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5:16 pm • 29 July 2014 • 3 notes
A march on Eid-al-Fitr in solidarity with the population of Gaza, which has been under sustained attack since early this month. About sixty people were present at this march in Richmond, Virginia, on July 28th.
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You can see the entire album here. To keep up with other Palestinian solidarity events in the Richmond area, see this group, Richmond United for Palestine.
5:16 pm • 28 July 2014 • 3 notes
Virginia: Free Secular Marriage Celebrant Services for Same-Sex Couples
A Virginia appeals court has struck down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage. Provided the ruling is not appealed, Virginia will begin issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples in 21 days.
Virginia’s only registered secular marriage celebrant (person permitted by the courts to perform civil marriages, like a judge, rabbi, imam, or priest), Autumn Reinhardt-Simpson, is offering to officiate any same-sex marriage for free, when the state begins to issue licenses.
You can contact Ms. Reinhardt-Simpson at 206-226-7780.
3:40 pm • 28 July 2014 • 13 notes
Hey! Jail Mail, at Crenshaw House (919 West Franklin Street, Richmond VA), has free pizza! Come write to an incarcerated pen pal and eat some tasty Piccola Italy pizza. Pizza pizza!
Now until 4pm.
2:06 pm • 28 July 2014
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
I tried to find a kind of cheesy joke about the mail service for this reminder of tomorrow’s Jail Mail, but I ended up on a site that looked like it was made in 1996 with a neon yellow background and blue text. All of the jokes were about either post office spree killings or US Postal Service insolvency.
So instead of a fun joke, today I’m just not inflicting that website on you.
8:01 pm • 27 July 2014 • 30 notes
Ok, white readers, time to talk.
I’ve been out at most (4 out of 6) of the demonstrations against Israel’s attack on Gaza, and at every single one of them, the number of white protesters has been less than 12. At the caravan yesterday, there were only four white protesters- me, the editor of the Virginia Defender, a member of the Interfaith Council who is married to a Palestinian, and a man whose wife is Palestinian.
So far, the racial breakdown has been like this: overwhelming majority are Arab, a sizable black contingent, and a very tiny white one.
What’s going on, guys? They’re having trouble getting out non-Muslims generally, but I know that Active-RVA’s readership is more than half white, so I know that you all know. Where is everyone?
4:12 pm • 27 July 2014 • 5 notes
Tomorrow, July 28th, at 10:30am, there will be a solidarity march in Richmond for Gaza- the beseiged population has now suffered more than 1,000 deaths. The march will begin at the Greater Richmond Convention Center (403 North 3rd Street), where thousands will be celebrating Eid-al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan, and will end at the Governor’s Mansion (1111 East Broad Street). Bring your signs, bring your voices, bring your hunger for justice.
If you have children younger than two, please put them in strollers for their safety; there will be a large crowd and the march will be crossing major roads. The route is about half a mile long.
You can stay up to date on Richmond activities in solidarity with Gaza through this Facebook group, Richmond United for Palestine.
3:51 pm • 27 July 2014 • 9 notes
Richmond Food Not Bombs, July 27th 2014
Tomorrow, Sunday July 27th, from 12-7pm, at 1202 North 22nd Street and Monroe Park, Richmond Food Not Bombs will gather to cook, eat, and clean up after their weekly free vegan meal.
From 12-3:30pm, at 1202 North 22nd Street, volunteers will prepare donated and remaindered food into a delicious vegan lunch. At 4pm, the lunch will be served, free to all, in Monroe Park (at the corner of West Main and Belvidere Streets), and excess groceries will be distributed. All are welcome to eat.
At 6pm, cleanup will resume at the host site.
Food Not Bombs has been very shorthanded lately; they need more volunteers to pull off this weekend’s free meal. Supervised children are welcome.
RSVP through the title link.
9:00 pm • 26 July 2014 • 11 notes
Here are some photos from today’s solidarity caravan for Palestine. Eighteen cars, decorated with messages in support of Gaza and decrying Israel’s campaign against the besieged civilian population, drove from Short Pump shopping center to Richmond City Hall, and back again.
You can see the full album of photos here. You can keep up with Richmond actions in support of Palestine here, with Richmond United for Palestine.
7:49 pm • 26 July 2014 • 14 notes
Party to Benefit Girls Rock! RVA
Today, at 9pm, at OUR House (see link for location details), there will be a party to benefit Girls Rock! RVA, a local organization that puts on a free summer camp each month to empower girls and gender-nonconforming youth through music.
$5 at the door, ages 21+ only.
RSVP through the link.
7:41 pm • 26 July 2014 • 5 notes