“I’m grateful for Governor Northam’s decisive action to support Virginia families and businesses as we recover from the Colonial Pipelines cyberattack. His Executive Order will help our Commonwealth prepare by increasing flexibility and funding to prevent any potential shortages.
“I am so proud of the work our grassroots campaign has accomplished as we head into the final month of the campaign,” said Delegate Hala Ayala. “Virginians are looking for someone who understands their experiences and challenges and can bring people together to make progress in their day-to-day lives. I have demonstrated I am that person.”
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“Today Virginia officially became the first state in the South to legalize marijuana. Yet again, our Commonwealth is leading the way to break down the legacy of Jim Crow and systematic racism. I am the mother to 2 Black children, and my greatest fear is that when they drive to work or walk around the block that they will not return home. Yesterday we were once again reminded of this painful reality with the verdict in the murder of George Floyd. We have a great deal of work to do to heal generations of trauma and begin to create an equitable justice system.
“Although today’s decision is a step in the right direction, we have so much work to do to heal our nation and ensure everyone can feel safe in our neighborhoods and hold our police accountable. There is so much implicit bias and inequity within our institutions of justice and we must be willing to do the hard work and root out these racist policies. I look forward to continuing to build on the reforms our Commonwealth has passed and create a more just society here in Virginia.”
Ayala knows the pain and trauma of gun violence personally. When she was 2 years old, her father was shot and murdered. She saw her mother suffer from severe PTSD as a result. That is why she has been a gun sense champion in the General Assembly since being elected in 2017. Ayala will continue to honor her father and all of the victims of gun violence through action as Lieutenant Governor.
“As the mother to a Black son and a Black daughter, I know the visceral fear that our Black mothers have when our sons and daughters drive to work, or go for a walk around the block. My children are one of the main reasons that I fight for criminal justice reform, and legalization is a critical part of that fight,” said Delegate Hala Ayala.
Governor Ralph Northam signed Delegate Hala Ayala’s legislative agenda supporting Virginia working families passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. Her agenda focused on supporting the Commonwealth’s workers, women, and families during the COVID-19 pandemic and moving Virginia forward to a strong future as we recover from this crisis.
"We know that women in our Commonwealth make just 82 cents on the dollar compared to their male, and that gap is even wider for a woman of color like myself. As we commemorate Equal Pay Day--the day that the average women must work in order to earn what the average man earns in the previous year--it is a stark reminder that our fight for gender equality and equity is far from over."
“I am so proud Congress has voted to remove the arbitrary deadline on the ERA, and I am grateful that so many members of the Virginia Delegation supported this measure,” said Delegate Hala Ayala. “We are one step closer to ensuring that equal rights are enshrined in the Constitution.”
Today’s celebration of the women’s movement is particularly poignant. During COVID-19, women--especially women of color--have been disproportionately furloughed, have had their hours reduced, and have lost their jobs. Women are more likely to be infected, hospitalized, and die from COVID-19 than their male counterparts, and women are more likely to be our frontline workers throughout the pandemic. COVID-19 has exacerbated existing inequities and has devastated Virginia women.