New Virginia Defender Issue Out Now!

Posted: April 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

The Spring issue of The Virginia Defender is now online at:

This special, expanded issue marks the beginning of our 10th year of publishing!

It’s 16 pages instead of the regular 12, with half in color and a bump from 15,000 to 20,000 copies.

Eight pages are devoted to the struggle to stop a baseball stadium from being built in historic Shockoe Bottom, once the center of the U.S. domestic slave trade.
We have articles on the history and significance of the Bottom, an examination of the Revitalize RVA “development” scheme, the alternative proposal that combines development with historic preservation, two full-color anti-stadium posters, a whole page of various projects related to this fight and how you can get involved in them, several commentaries and a call to support the anti-stadium campaign by the Solomon Northup Foundation, which represents descendants of the author of the book “Twelve Years a Slave,” now an Oscar-winning movie.
Our normal press run goes to more than 300 sites, so the extra 5,000 copies of this issue are meant for distribution in neighborhoods, workplaces, schools, places of worship – and ballgames, among other possibilities. 
YOU CAN HELP! Contact us to get a bundle of papers to hand out to people you know and people you don’t.
And while you’re passing out the paper, ask people to sign the petition against the stadium. You can download and print out a copy at:

NOTE: This message is being sent to people who signed the petition against a Shockoe Bottom stadium and indicated they would like to receive updates on this struggle. If you do not wish to receive further notices, just reply to this email with the word “UNSUBSCRIBE” in the subject field. Thanks.


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