Posts Tagged ‘social justice’

Join Richmonders on Monday Jan. 19 @ 4pm in Monroe Park for a Liberation March in Honor of Dr. King.
No justice, no peace!
Facebook event here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1572215976325498/

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Check out this article on 30 ways to be a better ally as part of working towards better activism and stronger movements in 2015

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Keep an ear out for upcoming meetings, events, protests, and city council events where more voices and support are needed around issues from #blacklives matter to #fightfor15 to #nostadiuminshockoe

Richmond can be whatever we want, we have to continually work on ourselves, our self care, supporting our friends and neighbors, and communicating openly and lovingly with the intention of movement building. There are thousands of ways to plug in. Ask us how!

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Check out the just released issue #1 of Calm Down Zine, from 4 different contributors in the Richmond area – a critique of practices in social justice/radical/ anarchist activism and a call out for more effective tactics!!

Come to the February Food Not Bombs meeting!
We are cooking at The Wingnut Anarchist Collective for the month of February, but our organizational meeting will be at Arch house at 2715 Barton Avenue instead – just 7 blocks up the street.

February 23rd at 11am is the meeting.

We will be back at 2005 Barton Avenue by 12:30 for the cooking to begin!

Please come to get in touch with our organizational process and needs, plans for fundraisers, and other ideas!

Defenders Updates & Announcements – Jan. 2, 2014

Plan to be at the 2014 Virginia People’s Assembly – Saturday, Jan. 4, in Richmond!
Hear the Rev. William Barber, nationally recognized leader of the dymamic Moral Mondays movement, and the keynote speaker at the afternoon VPA rally. (For a Bill Moyers report on this new movement, see: “State of Conflict: North Carolina” at http://billmoyers.com/segment/preview-state-of-conflict-north-carolina
Be part of the first Community Conversation on the alternative plan for Shockoe Bottom – NO to a Stadium, YES to a Historic District! (Black Community Issues Workshop, 10:40 am)
Plan actions for 2014 in the struggle for Jobs, Peace & Justice!
For a full schedule, log onto http://www.vapeoplesassembly.org (The most detailed schedule will be posted by the end of Jan. 2)

No Stadium in Shockoe Bottom!
See the details of a new alternative Vision Plan for Shockoe Bottom – development and history without the offending ballpark. Maps, narrative and bullet points are posted on http://www.shockoebottom.blogspot.com
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Get involved!

Food Not Bombs is catering the 5th annual RePHRAME Forum “Eliminating Poverty, Protecting Community”

  • Good Shepherd Baptist Church 1127 N. 28th Street, Richmond, VA 23223
  • A Discussion on “Unpacking the 2010 Census” & the Upcoming Mayor’s Anti-Poverty Commission’s Report

More info on the event here: http://www.facebook.com/events/285008308277367/?fref=ts

We will be cooking a spaghetti dinner for about 100 people. Folks who want to help us cater this event should meet at the Wingnut, 2005 Barton Avenue, at 2pm on Thursday Nov. 1st.

If anyone has garlic, onions, noodles, bread, oil, tomatoes, sauce, etc. to donate please let us know. You can call 804 300 0023 or drop the supplies off at the Wingnut.

What’s RePHRAME you say?

RePHRAME, Residents of Public Housing in Richmond Against Mass Evictions, is an alliance of public housing residents, advocates, and allies committed to housing justice for all in Richmond.

The RePHRAME Concerns & Demands:

1. There should be 1-for-1 replacement of any public housing units lost through public housing redevelopment. In other words, there should be no net lossof public housing units. In addition, location of newly created public housing units, and other aspects of the redevelopment process, should increase the employment, education, and other opportunities of public housing residents.

2. Current residents should have the right to return to newly developed public housing without any additional screening or requalification process. In the past, additional credit checks and other screenings (above and beyond those to which public housing residents are routinely subjected) have been used to effectively prevent previous residents from coming back to the newly developed housing. We believe redevelopment should not be used to get rid of residents who have done nothing to warrant eviction.

3. Public housing residents should have a meaningful voice in decisions regarding their housing and communities. Currently only 1 out of 7 RRHA commissioners is a public housing resident. RePHRAME proposes adding 2 additional seats to the RRHA Board of Commissioners which would be filled with RRHA residents.

4. RRHA currently requires that residents mail their rent payment to a SunTrust bank address in Baltimore, MD. Residents must often pay late fees through no fault of their own due to delays in the mail system or processing delays in Baltimore. In February, hundreds of residents paid late fees when a blizzard caused the mail system to shut down. According to RePHRAME’s research of dozens of housing authorities in Virginia and nationally, RRHA alone requires residents to mail rent out of state. RePHRAME surveyed hundreds of public housing residents in Richmond, and the overwhelming consensus is for a local rent payment option, at either the RRHA rent office in their neighborhood or at a local bank.

An important demonstration to be held at Richmond City Hall at 5:00 p.m on Monday Sept. 24th to protest the city of Richmond’s outrageous minimum water/sewer service charge of $49.40, which is the highest in the nation.

There is a facebook event at: http://www.facebook.com/events/443983688974130/

This is a real burden for every social security grandma and other low income residents to have to pay $592 annually just to be connected to the water supply.

The city utility raises over $30 million annually from this residential water/sewer service charge, and almost half of this, $12 million is, paid directly into the city’s general fund. This is the most regressive means possible to raise general funds for the city– putting an outrageous service charge on the most basic necessity — water. Furthermore, Richmond’s water rate does not promote conservation because the city utility gets more than half of its revenue from the minimum service charge instead of the volume charge.

The All the Saints Theater troop has committed to having music and puppets at this demonstration. At the event Sierra Club will present to City Council a petition with 1300 names protesting this regressive water/sewer service charge.

We would encourage you to make some posters with such slogans as: SERVICE CHARGE is TOO LARGE; ABATE THE RATE; LORDY $49.40 ; Drowning in Base Rate; Sewer rate STINKS. (I’m sure that you can come up with some better slogans!) Also please bring empty plastic gallon water jugs with $49.40 written on them to signify how much residents must pay for the first gallon of water — put a few pieces of gravel on the jug for a good sound effect.

This is not organized by the Wingnut, but is supported as a significant social justice issue affecting people in Richmond.

For Immediate Release

Norrell Elementary Grand Re-Opening

Should a gas mask be on their back to school supply list?

The Richmond School Board has voted 8-1 in favor of moving over 250 pre-school age children (ages 3-4) from schools on the East End to Norrell Elementary in the Barton Heights Neighborhood.

School Officials claim that methane gas, mold, and carbon dioxide levels at Norrell are “Within acceptable limits”.

“Within acceptable limits” for whose children?

Norrell Elementary is built on a landfill, and was shut down in 2006 thanks to 7 years of community efforts to fight against environmental racism and for the health and well being of our children. At the time the methane gas, mold, and carbon dioxide levels posed serious health and safety risks to our children.

When did that change?

When was the community consulted about the decision to re-open the school?

There will be a picket and protest on Tuesday September 4th at 5pm around City Hall. At 7pm there is a school board meeting, which we will also be organizing to attend.

When: Tuesday, September 4th

Time: 5:00pm Picket

7:00pm School Board Meeting

Where: City Hall 9th St. Entrance

301 N. Ninth Street

Richmond, VA 23219

For More Information Contact: Art Burton (804) 467- 6408 or email burtonal@live.com

Parents For Life 2012!

This is being organized by a coalition of community members, social justice activists, and community organizations from around Richmond. If you or your organization are interested in joining the fight to keep our kids safe, please be in touch.

A reminder that although VCU has finally closed the parking lot on the Richmond African Burial Ground, 4 people still have court this Wednesday over their act of civil disobedience protesting the use of the Burial Ground as a parking lot.  Please come out this Wednesday to support them! Details below.

From the Richmond Defenders:

As the subject header suggests, the battle to reclaim the Richmond African Burial Ground is finally over!  You may recall at the last COC meeting, five individuals volunteered to become members of the Coordinating Committee (CC).  The CC members are:  Autumn Barrett, David Boothe, Donnell Brantley, Rolandah “Cleopattrah” McMillan, and Janet “Queen Nzinga” Taylor.  The charge of the CC is to keep you informed and we will endeavor to do just that.

While we can relish this victory, we must still remain ever vigilant until this Sacred Ground is properly memorialized.  Below is the statement released by the Defenders on behalf of the COC, and important dates for you to remember.  We would also like to thank you, the community, for taking a stand and helping to bring this reclamation to fruition.

We look forward ever, backward NEVER!

Janet B. Taylor
Coordinating Committee
Celebrate the Reclamation of the Burial Ground/Support the Four Advocates
The VCU parking lot which for years desecrated the Richmond African Burial Ground was finally closed, Saturday, May 21 and is scheduled to be removed starting, Tuesday, May 24.  The African Burial Ground, formerly the Burial Ground for Negroes, is the city’s oldest known municipal cemetery for enslaved Africans and free people of African descent.

After years of community agitation, the Virginia General Assembly earlier this year passed a bill authorizing the transfer of the 3.4 acre site from VCU to the City of Richmond.  The City has placed a marker on the site explaining its historical and cultural significance as well as detailing Richmond’s leading role in the internal U.S. slave trade.

Part of the activism that eventually led to the closing of the parking lot occurred, Tuesday, April 12, the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.  Eight community activists were successful in closing down the parking lot for an hour and a half.  Four of the eight -Donnell Brantley, Rolandah “Cleopattrah” McMillan, Autumn Barrett and Phil Wilayto – were subsequently arrested and charged with trespassing.  They are being represented pro bono by the law firm of Benjamin & DesPortes, a leading criminal defense firm.  As McMillan explained, “We decided to close the parking lot ourselves…We wanted the whole world to see that this state institution has no respect for the community that surrounds it.”

For more information, please contact Janet “Queen Nzinga” Taylor, 804-347-3598 or OneRastaQueen@hotmail.com.

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

Monday, May 23, 6 pm
Public Hearing, Richmond City Council Chambers, 2nd floor/City Hall, 900 W. Broad St. The City will vote to accept the land transfer from VCU.

Tuesday, May 24, 10:30 am
Groundbreaking Ceremony, Richmond African Burial Ground, 15th & Broad streets.

Wednesday, May 25, 9 am
Support vigil outside the Manchester Courthouse, 920 Hull Street, followed by the 10 am trial of the four African Burial Ground advocates who shut down the VCU parking lot, April 12.  Please wear a white shirt or blouse as a show of solidarity.

Sunday, June 5, 4-6 pm
Community Organizing Committee meeting, location TBA. (Note:  Meetings are always the first Sunday of the month, 4-6pm; you will be notified of the location.)

——————————————- Defenders for Freedom, Justice and Equality A group of Richmond area residents working to improving the lives of people in our community. Phone & Fax 804.644.5834 . PO Box 23202, Richmond VA 23223 . DefendersFJE@hotmail.com

It is with heavy hearts that we pass on word of another death at the Richmond City Jail. We have previously posted about the 2 deaths there over the summer. No word yet on the cause of this 3rd death, or the identity of the individual. We will definitely do our best to update with more information as it becomes available. The brutality of the prisons and jails in Virginia is a terrible reality. The solution to the inhumane conditions at the Richmond City Jail is NOT the construction of a new, bigger facility. We need better ways of dealing with our problems, and some serious re-evaluation of what our problems are. There needs to be better facilities that are not allowed to get overcrowded, and which provide counseling, education, medical and other services. Everyone deservesaccess to the services necessary for healthy lives.

The Richmond Anarchist Black Cross is an autonomous Collective committed to prison abolition and prisoner support. As anarchists we are oppossed to all systems of oppression and repression and have concluded that prisons serve no positive function in society. We actively seek to abolish the institutionalized slavery of the Prison Industrial Complex. We are dedicated to working in solidarity with prisoners and drawing connections between a multitude of struggles.

Here is the article we found online today:

Richmond Jail inmate dies

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By Staff Reports | Times-Dispatch
Published: September 17, 2010
Another Richmond Jail inmate, the third since mid-June, has died.

Sheriff C.T. Woody Jr. said an inmate collapsed Friday at 1:30 p.m. and was later pronounced dead at VCU Medical Center. No foul play is suspected; an autopsy is scheduled next week. (more…)