Clarence M. Dunnaville, Jr. endorses Amanda Pohl for Virginia Senate

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Posted by Brandon Jarvis

Amanda Pohl just sent out an endorsement announcement from civil rights activist Clarence Dunnaville.

Pohl is currently in a primary race against fellow Democrat Wayne Powell. Both Democrats want the chance to face firebrand Republican Senator Amanda Chase.

Peep the endorsement of Pohl below:

Amanda Pohl, candidate for Virginia Senate in the 11th District, received the endorsement of long-time civil rights activist and lawyer Clarence M. Dunnaville, Jr. Born during the Jim Crow Era in Roanoke, Virginia, Dunnaville began his resistance to the racist laws and policies of the time by refusing to sit in the back of the bus as a young boy. Later, as a young lawyer, he helped register citizens to vote in Mississippi, where he was eventually run off by shotgun. Dunnaville never stopped fighting and, to this day, he continues to fight against injustices whether in our prison systems or our schools. Dunnaville became the first African American lawyer for AT&T and joined the law firm of Civil Rights giant Oliver Hill in 1990.

“I am proud to support Amanda Pohl in her run to represent Virginia Senate District 11,” said Dunnaville. “Progressive change in our community means progressive change for Virginia, and Amanda Pohl will help bring that change when we elect her to represent the 11th District. I have fought throughout my life against systems that support inequality and Amanda is doing the same in her work. I’ve also been a strong advocate for environmental protection and Amanda is also strongly committed to protecting the health and wellbeing of our communities now and for future generations. We have a choice here and Amanda Pohl is the right choice to move us forward for the 11th District.”

“I am humbled and honored by this endorsement,” said Pohl. “Clarence Dunnaville, Jr. has tirelessly fought to end discriminatory laws and practices that have damaged so many individuals, families, and communities. His efforts, often in the face of danger to himself, inspire me to continue fighting today and every day against inequality and for fair treatment of everyone regardless of their age, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic situation, intellectual or physical capability, gender identity, or sexual orientation. If elected, I will work with my colleagues and community stakeholders to pass laws promoting better voter protection, fair housing, quality job opportunities and access to affordable healthcare for everyone.”

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