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While recognizing the limited efficacy of both consumer boycotts and petitions, we hope you will check out the new Petition which pledges to Boycott the Richmond Squirrels and supporting businesses if Mayor Jones’ plan to desecrate Shockoe Bottom with a Baseball Stadium is pursued. In this case, the economics of the plan are the major goal of the capitalists and developers behind the proposal. We aren’t asking for them to change their hearts, we are promising to hurt them where they care – their wallets. Please check out the link below, and sign, share, and get involved in the many other actions taking place to prevent a baseball stadium from being paid for with public money on historical ground.

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We, the undersigned, stand in opposition to the Mayor’s Shockoe stadium proposal. There are many reasons to oppose a stadium in Shockoe Bottom: the questionable finances of the developers’ plan, parking, traffic, leaving the best and most accessible site for baseball in the city and disrespecting the incredible history of what once was the largest slave-trading district north of New Orleans. Some of us are county residents who do not want to travel into the Bottom for a baseball game.

As long as the Shockoe stadium proposal is still a threat, from this point forward we promise to boycott the Flying Squirrels’ baseball games and other supporting businesses. This is not something we take lightly- many of us like the Flying Squirrels and recognize the harmful economic effect that this boycott will have. However, with the Mayor and proponents not allowing a referendum or citizens’ vote on the Shockoe stadium proposal, and in effect muting our political voice, we have decided it is time to exercise our economic voice.

Sign the petition “Mayor Dwight Jones: We Are Boycotting Flying Squirrels/Shockoe Stadium Proposal” on Change.org.

It’s important. Will you sign it too? Here’s the link:

http://www.change.org/petitions/mayor-dwight-jones-we-are-boycotting-flying-squirrels-shockoe-stadium-proposal?recruiter=1145211&utm_campaign=signature_receipt&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition

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Dear Opponents of the Shockoe stadium development,

Below is an email I sent this morning to the members of the City Council’s Land Use, Housing and Transportation Committee.  You will see at the end of the email that I am asking for those who agree with my position to send these members of Council an email with the subject line: The Timmons Analysis is a SHAM!  Email addresses are a part of the forwarded message.  I also ask that people show up at next Tuesday’s 3pm meeting.  Feel free to bring a sign that says The Timmons Analysis is a SHAM! and I will be making a lot of signs to hand out as well.  Please forward this email to anyone you know who opposes or has concerns about the Mayor’s plans in Shockoe.  Thank you.

Rick Tatnall

For the documents in question please check out the Replenish Richmond Website!

Dear Chairman Baliles and Members of the Land Use, Housing and Transportation Committee,

I have been pressing City Council since November to recognize that the infrastructural foundation of the Mayor’s Shockoe stadium development plans, the Timmons Traffic and Parking Analysis, is so unscientific, flawed and incomplete that it cannot possibly be considered as valid.  The Timmons analysis is a sham, which Webster’s defines as “One who assumes a false character: IMPOSTER”.  The Timmons report pretends to be a scientific assessment when it has disregarded almost every significant and relevant traffic and parking consideration, including:
  * Timmons used 2008 numbers that do not consider the 1,135 apartments and condos that have come online in the past 3 years (more…)

Thursday Dec. 19th 6-8 pm at Main Street Station at 15th and Main Councilwoman Ellen Robertson and Cynthia Newbille will be meeting with residents to discuss Mayor Jones’ economic development plan.

  • 12.12.13 – Council President Charles R. Samuels will hold a District meeting at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 2401  W. Leigh Street, Richmond VA 23220
  • 12.19.13 – Councilwoman Reva M. Trammell, 8th District, held a ballpark-focused meeting in mid-November, but she said the topic will come up again at her next district meeting on Dec. 19
  • 01.07.14 – Councilwomen Michelle R. Mosby, 9th District, and Kathy C. Graziano, 4th District, are planning to hold a joint meeting on Jan. 7 at Lucille Brown Middle School.
  • 01.09.14 – Councilman Parker C. Agelasto, 5th District, has scheduled a ballpark meeting for Jan. 9 at George Wythe High School.

http://mokarnage.com/2013/11/13/mo-karnages-top-nine-reasons-a-stadium-in-shockoe-bottom-is-a-terrible-idea-and-mayor-jones-is-a-douchecougar/

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RVA Environmental Film Festival Announces 2014 Dates and First Confirmed Film

For immediate release
Contact: Tara Quinn
Email: tara@capitalregionland.org; Phone: 804-301-5352

Richmond, Va. ~ Plans are rapidly moving forward for the fourth annual RVA Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF), to be held around the second weekend in February, 2014. The Enrichmond Foundation, Falls of the James Group – Sierra Club, Capital Region Land Conservancy, EarthCraft Virginia and the James River Green Building Council have been working together to make sure this year’s festival is the best yet, with many insightful films designed to raise awareness of environmental issues relative to all residents of our planet – and to Richmond citizens in particular.

The film selection subcommittee is pleased to announce its first confirmed film, “Lost Rivers”, a Canadian documentary that was just released this past year. Lost Rivers takes its audience on an adventure down below and across the globe, retracing the history of lost or forgotten urban rivers by plunging into archival maps and going underground with clandestine urban explorers.

“Certainly this film speaks to how Richmond and other cities are rediscovering their riverfronts, but now with the proposal for a Shockoe Bottom stadium, perhaps this film will reignite interest in one of Shockoe Bottom’s lost natural features, Shockoe Creek”, said Scott Burger, a Sierra Club and RVA EFF film selection subcommittee member.

The film is tentatively scheduled to be shown at the Byrd Theater on afternoon of Saturday, Feb. 8.

Thanks to generous sponsors such as Bon Secours, Whole Foods Market, the Sierra Club-Falls of the James Group, REI, EarthCraft Virginia, Slow Food RVA, James River Association, Carytown Merchant’s Association, Watershed Architects, and The Fresh Market, this event is free and open to the public. This year’s Festival will feature a VIP reception to take place on Feb 7th. In addition, an environmental short film contest has been launched.

More information about other films, guests and speakers, and specific schedules for each day will be made available as the event becomes nearer. For more information on the Festival, including sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, visit http://www.rvaenvironmentalfilmfestival.com.

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See trailer for Lost Rivers by clicking here:

Related!:

http://gizmodo.com/how-living-infrastructure-will-save-our-cities-from-nat-1467518998

Thanks,
Scott

Everyone!

On Monday, Nov. 25, Richmond City Council will consider a critical resolution on the mayor’s proposal to put a baseball stadium in Shockoe Bottom. It’s not a legally binding resolution, but would put the council on record as being in favor of the proposal. This would be a big pubic relations victory for the mayor. Every council member is getting deluged with emails and phone calls about this issue and we are hearing they may decide not to vote, which would be a huge victory for our side. 

This is a real battle. The deep-pocketed, pro-business group Venture Richmond has hired a public relations firm to promote the mayor’s plan. Or, more exactly, the developers’ plan being fronted by the mayor. They were able to turn people out for Tuesday’s Land Use Committee meeting, which we also attended. They had more people there, but we had more people willing to speak, and that was the message the media carried.

WE NEED EVERYONE WHO CAN MAKE IT TO BE AT MONDAY’S CITY COUNCIL MEETING – 6 pm, Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, Richmond City Hall, 900 E. Broad St. Showing up is half the battle and we don’t want to lose this fight.

People are also needed to attend council’s Finance Committee meeting at 3 pm Thursday, Nov. 21. And please speak to the issue if the spirit moves you. It helps.

One last thing: The mayor says that if his plan is adopted, the city will gain net tax revenues of up to $187 million over the next 20 years.But he says If it builds a new stadium on the Boulevard, it will still gain half that amount. We say, keep baseball on the Boulevard and develop a historic district and major tourist destination in Shockoe Bottom and you’ll make even more in the long run, from taxes on hotel rooms and meals for the millions who would travel here in years to come. And you will avoid further cementing Richmond’s image as a backward, Confederate-tainted town that cares more about profits than respecting its Black history.

And whether or not you can make the meetings, please make sure you sign the online petition against the stadium – we’re close to 2,000 signatures! See http://shockoebottom.blogspot.com

Thanks,

Phil Wilayto
for the Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality
http://shockoebottom.blogspot.com/

Tell the Mayor & City Council:
 NO to a Shockoe Stadium, YES to a Historic District!

10 AM MONDAY, NOV. 11 – Gather at 17th & East Grace streets in Shockoe Bottom. Bring signs and we’ll have some for you.

6 PM – RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL MEETING. 2nd floor of City Hall, 900 E. Broad St., downtown Richmond.

On Monday morning, Nov. 11, Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones will publicly call for building a for-profit baseball stadium in historic Shockoe Bottom, once the site of the second-largest slave-trading market in the United States. That evening, a resolution is expected to be introduced to Richmond City Council laying the groundwork for the stadium plan. The mayor will present his proposal as an economic development project that will create jobs and income for the City while still paying homage to the Bottom’s history. Venture Richmond, the pro-business group pushing for the stadium, is mobilizing people to attend the mayor’s announcement to try and create an illusion of community support. We need to be there to counter this. Bring your won signs and we’ll also have some for you.

It doesn’t matter what bribes or incentives the mayor offers the public – not a “slavery museum” next to the stadium, a supermarket, more retail shops – it’s just wrong to play games on the site of mass human suffering. Instead, we are calling for the creation of a historic district and educational tourism destination that would finally tell the real story of how this city, state and country were built, avoid one more shameful instance of Richmond disrespecting its African-American past and bring far more economic benefits to many more people than just the small group of wealthy developers behind the stadium project. 

Your presence is vitally needed. Either we show we care about this issue or we lose. It’s crunch time and we need all hands on deck. We hope to see you

Saturday, July 20th, at 5:30pm, at the Diamond (3001 North Boulevard, Richmond VA) activists against a stadium in historic Shockoe Bottom will be attending the Flying Squirrels game against the Baysox, to hold banners and distribute fliers with information regarding the proposed stadium. One such event has been undertaken before, and there was no trouble from the stadium security, as the action is not designed to be disruptive. 

RSVP through the link. Tickets range in price from $7 up. 

For more information regarding the struggle against a baseball stadium in Shockoe Bottom, and why that’s important, visit this website

Wednesday June 19th from 5-6pm

Southwest corner of 17th (Oliver Hill Way) and East Broad streets, Richmond, Virginia.

The 40 people who attended the June 15 Community Meeting to oppose building a baseball stadium in historic Shockoe Bottom agreed to call for a Vigil to take place from 5-6 pm on Wednesday, June 19 – Juneteenth – at the southwest corner of 17th and East Broad streets in downtown Richmond. This is next to the Exxon gas station, which sits on the site of the 19th century “slave” jail owned by Silas Omohundro. If the developers and the mayor get their way, this site will be further buried under the stadium’s right field. This whole area once held the second-largest slave-trading market in all of North America. Why can’t it be developed as a living, outdoor museum, with walking paths, meditative parks, interactive exhibits, an information center, bookstore and more. Not desecrated by a ballpark that no one wants. Let’s tell Mayor Jones and members of Richmond City Council: Keep baseball on the Boulevard and develop Shockoe Bottom as a memorial to all those who suffered there. Don’t be part of the “Stadium that Racism Built!”

A small sector of todays protest against Richmond’s baseball stadium proposal. They wanna build over sacred African-American burial grounds. Only activism can stop the constant institutionalizing capitalistic racist bigoted disguise of bread and circus. We need a new baseball stadium for a group of fucking bros to go hit balls in a field? I dont think so.

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