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OPERATION: INJUSTICE PUBLIC FORUM | Facebook
On Sunday, August 17, over 300 of us gathered at the steps of the John Marshall Court House to speak out against the unjust killing of youth at the hands of the police and the ongoing situation in Ferguson, Missouri. After the initial coming together, many in attendance wanted to know - what do we do tomorrow? The answer - organize.
Please join again for a facilitated public forum, Sunday August 31 at 4pm @ Monroe Park, the same place where we gathered for our initial solidarity march. Please bring a friend or two, and ideas for how to build a movement of power for all of our intersecting communities. We will address problems and injustices in the Richmond community. In order to change those problems first we must address them.
12:30 pm • 22 August 2014 • 4 notes
Virginia Commonwealth University students, I’ll be at the SoVo Fair today distributing handbills for Active-RVA to relevant organizations. If you’d like to help pass them around, ask for Kat or Amber at the Queer Action table.
12:25 pm • 22 August 2014 • 1 note
sewerclown said: do you know of any future ferguson solidarity protests in Richmond or DC? I know there were some very recently but there will need to be more...
There will be a community forum in Richmond on August 31st, prompted by the Ferguson situation. From what I understand, it will primarily address what kinds of local actions are necessary to support Ferguson, and to address issues of racism in Richmond.
Charlottesville is having a march in solidarity with Ferguson this weekend, August 23rd.
This is all that I know of in Virginia and DC now, but today, August 21st, is being billed as a Day of Rage for Ferguson by Anonymous, so it’s entirely possible that actions will arise in the next few days. If you find any, please let me know.
12:10 pm • 21 August 2014 • 1 note
Nelson County Screening of "Gasland"
Thursday, August 28th, at 7pm, at the Rockfish Valley Community Center (190 Rockfish School Lane, Afton VA) in Nelson County, there will be a screening of the documentary Gasland, on hydraulic natural gas fracturing. The showing is presented by the Pipeline Education Group, a local organization against the natural gas pipeline that Dominion Power is planning to put through the county.
RSVP through the link.
4:47 pm • 20 August 2014 • 1 note
Charlottesville March Against Racist Police Violence
This Saturday, August 23rd, at 4pm, in multiple locations (see event link), there will be a march against racist police violence. This is regarding the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the resulting escalation of police violence there.
RSVP through the link.
4:44 pm • 20 August 2014
Take Two adoption promotion
Everyone knows that everything is better with a buddy! When you adopt two felines from the Richmond SPCA during August, you’ll only pay one adoption fee. Our $105 adoption fee includes spay or neuter procedure, age-appropriate vaccinations, free behavior helpline support, a packet of valuable discount coupons and special offers, and more! Click here to learn about our adoption process.
Two for one cat adoption at the Richmond SPCA.
1:32 pm • 20 August 2014 • 9 notes
Staying Informed on Actions for Palestine in Richmond, Virginia
The most recent ceasefire just ended in Gaza, and the attack has begun again. Stay tuned here for news of local events in support of Palestine and the besieged population of Gaza. You can also join this Facebook group, Richmond United for Palestine.
If you are organizing an event, please let us know here, on our Facebook page, or by e-mailing email@example.com
12:05 pm • 20 August 2014 • 5 notes
RVA Peer Support
Every other Saturday, from 5-7:30pm, in the Virginia Commonwealth University James Cabell Library (901 Park Avenue, Richmond VA), RVA Peer Support meets. The next meeting date is this Saturday, August 23rd. From the event description:
“Mutual aid and support groups are a way to bring down the walls that isolate us. No one in the group is above anyone else: mutual aid means we listen to and support each other as a community of equals, without paid professionals or staff to define who we are.
"This will be a safe listening space for anyone who attends, no matter their backgrounds or their current struggles. We merely ask that people are respectful of others while also maintaining confidentiality.”
These meetings are sober events. No drugs or alcohol.
For location, see the calendar at rvapeersupport.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The specific meeting room will be listed on the calendar up to two weeks before each date.
12:00 pm • 20 August 2014
VCU Launching Food Pantry for Students
On January 15th, Virginia Commonwealth University is opening a food bank for food-insecure students. According to a brief poll from the beginning of last semester, 57% of VCU students report sometimes going without food due to lack of money.
To use the food pantry, you must present your VCU ID card and take a confidential survey. You will be allowed to take sufficient food for two or three weeks, and there is no limit to how many times you may return.
This food bank is for VCU students only. For general food pantries and free meal servings, as well as information on free meals for kids and pets, see this resource list.
New and returning Virginia Commonwealth University students, staff, and faculty: the food pantry is resuming regular hours next week, on August 27th. Students, staff, and faculty can fill out and form and receive food on Wednedays, from 11am-5pm.
For those unaffiliated with VCU, use this resource list.
Please share this information with new students.
11:49 am • 20 August 2014 • 170 notes
Operation: Injustice Public Forum
Sunday, August 31st, at 4pm, in Monroe Park (between Belvidere, Laurel, Main, and West Franklin streets), there will be a public forum in regards to the events in Ferguson, Missouri. This event will address problems in Richmond, specifically those relating to race and the police, as a followup to the march in solidarity with Ferguson last weekend.
RSVP through the link
11:44 am • 20 August 2014 • 4 notes