Southern Poverty Law Center Seeking Personal Testimony from Payday and Car Title Loan Users
As part of their efforts to end unreasonable interest rates and predatory practices, the Southern Poverty Law Center is seeking personal testimony from people who have used payday and car title loan establishments. The information will be kept confidential.
Learn more through the link.
10:01 am • 22 July 2014 • 2 notes
Anonymous said: You wrote the cook-out is this weekend, but August 3rd is Sunday after next.
Thanks for catching that, I’ll fix it.
5:17 pm • 21 July 2014
First Annual Cookout for Reproductive Choice with the Richmond Clinic Defense
Sunday, August 3rd, from 11am-4pm, in Forest Hill Park (4021 Forest Hill Avenue, Henrico VA), in Shelter #2, the Richmond Clinic Defense is holding a cookout to celebrate reproductive rights.
Burgers and utensils will be provided by the Richmond Clinic Defense, a group that coordinates clinic escort services for the Richmond Medical Center for Women (118 North Boulevard, Richmond VA). Bring condiments and burger fixings or a dish to share. Alcohol is prohibited by the park; do not bring alcohol.
For questions or information about how to join the Richmond Clinic Defense, email Autumn at email@example.com.
All supporters of reproductive rights and justice are invited.
RSVP through the title link.
Remember, this is happening this weekend.
3:01 pm • 21 July 2014 • 7 notes
Protest today, Friday July 20th, at City Hall in Richmond, Virginia, against the Israeli attack on Gaza. The balloons, more than eighty of them, were marked with the names of children killed in the past weeks of the attack, and released one by one. There were a great deal of balloons marked only “unknown”; this is because many children were killed in a massacre yesterday in Shujaiya, and the bodies have not yet been recovered, let alone identified.
There will be another demonstration against the Israeli attacks tomorrow, Monday July 21st, from 3-7pm, at the intersection of Belvidere and Broad Streets in Richmond. RSVP here.
Today Chris Dorsey, local nuisance and virulent anti-Semite, showed up armed with a handgun and tried to get a platform to rant about the Jewish conspiracy he believes runs the world. The demonstrators drove him off and called the police.
8:34 pm • 20 July 2014 • 30 notes
TOTALLY JAIL MAIL! MONDAY
«Summer Edition »
Every Monday, starting June 2, the GSWS department is continuing our tradition of prison activism by hosting letter writing and zine making workshops from 1-3. We will be writing letters, making zines, and preparing care packages for prisoners in the Richmond City Jail and LGBTQ prisoners across the US.
In the past, we’ve done film screenings of documentaries and films about prisons and mass-incarceration, zine making, listened to sweet playlists, had really good conversation, etc. We plan on keepin on with alla that! We can also screen the music that’s been coming out of the Richmond City Jail through the Open Minds course with Liz for anyone who hasn’t heard it yet!
As always, this weekly event is open to the public and everyone is invited. We have lots of supplies, just bring yourselves and your friends.
*Inaccessibility note: the Crenshaw House conference room is not wheelchair accessible. There are two sets of three big steps to get into the front of the building, and a very narrow hallway to the first floor bathroom.
1st Summer JAIL MAIL:
Monday June 2nd
919 W. Franklin Street
Free and open to the public
It’s Jail Mail, it never fails, it makes me want to wag my tail! It’s almost here, it’s time to wail MAAAAAAIIIIIL!
5:01 pm • 20 July 2014 • 29 notes
PayPal Button and Organizational Expenses
I just made a round of organizational purchases and am about to make a couple more. I’d appreciate some help defraying those costs.
Our costs, which are pretty minimal, can be divided into two categories: publicizing costs (business cards, staples for my staple gun, tape, tacks, gas) and costs associated with assisting other efforts (signmaking supplies, stamps, some printing, little odds and ends that come up last minute like disposable plates and cups).
All the expenses are small, but they can add up when I cover them all out of pocket. I’d appreciate some donations through the PayPal (to the left of this webpage) to help cover them- this is not, however, a dire situation, so don’t worry if you can’t. Nothing bad will happen to me.
1:34 pm • 20 July 2014 • 1 note
Calling All Virginians: submit your comment by July 31st, keep abortion accessible in our state.
Public comment is open once more on 12 VAC 5-412, Regulations for the Licensure of Abortion Facilities, some TRAP rules passed last year. Under pressure from feminists and abortion rights advocates, Governor McAuliffe ordered the Board of Health to revisit the ruling, and as a consequence, the public comment period is open again.
TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) is a conservative legislative tactic to destroy access to abortion without challenging Roe vs. Wade, by imposing medically irrelevant but extremely costly architectural standards on abortion clinics (but no other type of facility). In Virginia, the rules are set to eventually shut down almost all (18 of 22) clinics which provide abortions.
Click this link, then click the “Enter a Comment” link to submit your comment encouraging the Board of Health to rescind these onerous regulations. The Board originally passed them after being threatened by former Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli- but he’s out, largely because we got him out. Tell them we’re behind them now. Abortion must remain accessible.
For more information on TRAP, here’s an explanation. I’m available to answer any questions or refer you to more information.
12:04 pm • 20 July 2014 • 93 notes
Friday Protest of Israeli Airstrikes on Gaza, Richmond VA
Friday, July 18th, and Saturday, July 19th, from 3-6pm, at Richmond City Hall (900 East Broad Street, Richmond VA), there will be a protest against Israel’s airstrikes on Gaza, and the United States government’s support of those strikes via military aid and arms shipments.
Gaza is an occupied territory of Palestine. It has no military. More than one million people are trapped in the strip by Israeli territory and the heavily militarized borders; they must pass through armed checkpoints to leave, and even then are only allowed passage with permission. They had no option to flee when Israel began bombing Gaza last week. The hospitals are running out of supplies and can’t get more.
The death toll is now 154. Israeli strikes have targeted civilian neighborhoods, a home for the disabled, and a mosque, among other places.
Also this week, there will be an event to name and mourn for those killed.
Through the title link you will find video of today’s protest, which Active-RVA unfortunately did not learn about until after it had ended.
RSVP through the link in the top of the post.
Tomorrow, Saturday, and now also Sunday. Beginning at 3pm.
The Palestinian death toll is over 200 now, the vast majority of which are civilians. Yesterday, one Israeli soldier died, and Israel has begun a ground invasion.
There are also daily readings of the names of the dead in Monroe Park.
10:01 am • 20 July 2014 • 16 notes
Some photos from this evening’s protest against Israel’s attack of Gaza, outside of Richmond City Hall. There were about 200 demonstrators. You can see the rest of the photos here.
There are two more demonstrations planned for this week, one tomorrow on Saturday, July 19th, and one on Sunday, July 20th. RSVP to those here.
I asked permission to take individual photos of people, but took group shots without asking. If your photo appears in this set and you would like it taken down, please contact me here, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember, 3pm today at City Hall (900 East Broad Street, Richmond VA). As with all outdoor activities, remember to wear sunscreen and be mindful of the heat’s effect on you; you must be especially careful if you are fasting for Ramadan and not drinking water.
RSVP to the event today here.
12:22 pm • 19 July 2014 • 76 notes
Revive: Virginia Project to Train Laypeople to Administer Drug to Counteract Opiate Overdose
Virginia has recently launched two pilot programs, in Richmond and in Southwest Virginia, to train lay people to administer naloxone, a drug that reverses opiate overdose, and to administer other emergency first aid to people suffering from an overdose.
The program is intended for the friends and family of people with opiate (heroin, hydrocodone, ocycodone, dilaudid, etc) addictions. Trainees are given instruction on administering the prescription drug naloxone and on administering other first aid in the event of an overdose. After the training, they are then given kits with naloxone and other supplies.
While the free program is currently limited only to two areas of Virginia, it is expected to expand with the success of the initial pilots. For more information, see this presentation from the Virginia Rural Health Association.
News of the next round of trainings has not yet been made available; inquire with Jason Lowe, at email@example.com. He’ll add you to a list of people to inform when new training dates are announced.
I am on that list, so Active-RVA will list new training dates as they become available. Stay tuned.
12:07 pm • 19 July 2014 • 22 notes