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A message from the Virginia Defenders:
To all the folks who have signed the petition against a Shockoe Bottom stadium:

Five months after Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones unveiled his proposal to build a minor-league baseball stadium in the heart of what once was the largest slave-trading district north of New Orleans, City Council still has not voted on the controversial plan. This is a testimony to the movement that has been built up around this issue, a movement that includes the more than 3,700 people who have signed the anti-stadium petition.

Today is April 3, 2014 – the 149th anniversary of the day Union troops, led by Black soldiers, marched into Richmond, tore open the slave jails and ended nearly 200 years of slavery in the city. Amazingly, this is not an official holiday here. To rectify that omission, stadium opponents have organized “Liberation Day 2014,” a program to commemorate and celebrate the fall of the Confederacy and the liberation of Richmond.

As part of our program, Virginia resident Linsey Williams, a direct descendent of “Twelve Years a Slave” author Solomon Northup, will be reading from her ancestor’s account of the night he spent in a Richmond slave jail. As she reads his moving story, she will be standing on the very spot in the Shockoe Bottom district where the jail once stood – and where the mayor and the wealthy developers he represents want to build the stadium.

If you live in the Richmond area, please join us at 6 pm at the site of Lumpkin’s Jail, at what would be 15th and East Grace streets – just south of East Broad Street, between Interstate 95 and the CSX railroad. (More information is in the attached media release.)

And for everyone, PLEASE SHARE THIS PETITION with your social media friends. Every time someone signs online, a note goes to the mayor and every member of Richmond City Council. Council members have mentioned several times how many emails they are receiving on this issue. It really does help. http://www.change.org/petitions/city-of-richmond-mayor-dwight-c-jones-and-city-council-oppose-building-a-baseball-stadium-development-in-shockoe-bottom

To find out more ways you can help, pleases contact the Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality at: DefendersFJE@hotmail.com.

Thank you all for your interest and support.

Phil Wilayto
for the Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality
Richmond, Virginia

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So got word that some people are giving the Wingnut credit/blame for the awesome #dwightjonesissellingourcity wheatpasted posters that are going up around town. Even heard a suggestion that the Wingnut might be raided over this. A raid would be bad cause of our four loving puppies.

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Well sad to say we are NOT the awesome people responsible for these posters, and we don’t know who is.

We do think it is kinda weird that the city would be extra fussy  to remove those specific pieces of street art over all the rest that goes on in this city. And maybe we need to start speaking out against money being spent to take down these posters when Loving RVA ads get free pages in official parks publications etc.

We think the posters are awesome. We think we need more messages calling out the situation. And vandalism and civil disobedience are valid tactics in our tool kits. But please be careful who ever is doing this. It looks like the City wants to spend money to take em down and then catch someone to pin it on to charge them.

The resistance has no leaders and no hierarchies. As far as we know it could be 100 different people doing this. And we hope all 100 people get away with it and keep speaking truth to power through whatever means necessary.

We look forward to seeing the many creative ways the resistance moves forward to fight against a stadium in shockoe, privatization of monroe park, and tax breaks for Vulture Richmond. Everyone who came out yesterday showed exactly how much heart we have on our side.

Take care of yourself and take care of eachother so we can all continue in this struggle. And the next time we pack city council, lets organize snacks for everyone. Seriously.

Recap of the first City Council Meeting of 2014 –

where citizens wonder if this is a sports council or a city council

http://www.quailbellmagazine.com/3/post/2014/01/council-called-out-on-sports-interests.html

 

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

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!”