Ashley Williams declared guilty; faces 7 years in...
Ashley Williams, a local mother who did everything she could to save her youngest son’s life, was convicted in relation to his death today. The child, who died of malnutrition, had an genetic disorder which his pediatrician failed to diagnose, despite his mother repeatedly taking him into the office and following every instruction the physician issued. It is clear that the prosecution...
A Rapist Can't be a Representative: E-mail Cheryl...
Cheryl Higgins will be deciding whether Chris Dumler, who represents Scottsville on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and is a rapist, will be forced to resign. You can reach her by sending an e-mail to her clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org, addressed to the Honorable Cheryl Higgins. Dumler was ultimately convicted of sexual battery earlier this year, rather than forcible sodomy...
Richmond Friends of the Homeless needs a lawn... →
Richmond Friends of the Homeless needs a working lawnmower in decent condition. If you have one you would like to donate, they will provide a tax receipt so that you can get a deduction. Contact them through the link.
VA GOP’s Attorney General Nominee Wanted Women To... →
Republican nominee for Attorney General, Mark Obenshain, one proposed a bill to require women to report miscarriages to the police within 24 hours, or face up to a year in jail. It looks like Republicans have dug up the most anti-abortion ticket possible; Ken Cuccinelli, nominee for governor, bullied the TRAP regulations through, which are poised to shut down the majority of Virginia clinics which...
#OpposeTRAP: Public Record Mysteriously Goes... →
OpposeTRAP discovered, after filing a Freedom of Information Act request, that the minutes from the June meeting of the Virginia Board of Health had mysteriously gone missing.
Richmond Peace Education Center Summer Book Sale
Saturday, June 8th, from 8am-5pm, and Sunday, June 9th, from 1-5pm, at 3231 Kensington Avenue, Richmond VA, there will be a book sale to benefit the Richmond Peace Education Center’s youth conflict resolution programs. From the event description: “Modern Literature; Middle Eastern Studies; Spirituality; Health; American History; African American History; Women’s Studies; Travel;...
Punk, Mental Illness, and Recovery: A Talk with... →
Friday, June 7th, at 7pm, at the Flying Brick Library (506 South Pine Street, Richmond VA) Crusty Craig Lewis will give a talk on punk, mental illness, and recovery. From the event description: “Craig has been a part of the Boston punk rock community since 1988. He has been active playing in several bands, putting out the long running Upheaval Fanzine and also set up DIY shows for 15...
Introduction to Finding Non-profit Funders with...
Friday, May 24th, from 10am-12pm, at the computer lab of Main Library (101 East Franklin Street, Richmond VA), there will be a free class titled “Introduction to Finding Nonprofit Funders.” From the event description: “This session provides an introduction to one of the key online tools for finding funders, Foundation Directory Online Professional. Learn how to create...
Restoration of Rights Training and Clinic →
Saturday, June 1st, from 12-3pm, at 3rd Street Bethel Church (614 North 3rd Street, Richmond VA), Virginia Organizing is holding a clinic to help people with felony convictions have their rights restored. Volunteers are needed for this event, to report to a training on site from 10am-12pm and to stay for the clinic to help attendees. See event page for details. RSVP through the title link.
Demonstration against Republican Lieutenant...
Tomorrow, May 23rd, from 11am-12pm, outside of the Virginia Republican Convention at the corner of East Broad and North 5th Street in front of the valet stand of the Marriott Hotel, there will be a multi-group protest against the Republican nominee to run for Lieutenant Governor, Reverend E.W Jackson. Jackson subscribes to the notion of abortion as genocide of black babies, and has described...
Week Schedule: May 20th - May 26th
Ongoing The comment period on hypocritical anti-abortion TRAP regulations is open. Supporting Prisoners and Acting for Radical Change (SPARC) is raising money to by a passenger van to transport families and friends to visit their loved ones in prison. Hip Hop from the Hilltop, the folks that bring us WMMT’s Calls from Home for Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee Inmates, are having a fund...
Richmond School Board Meetings
The Richmond School Board meets on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, on the second floor of City Hall (900 East Broad Street, Richmond VA), at 7pm. If the Monday upon which the meeting falls is a holiday, the meeting will instead be held on the next day, the first or third Tuesday of the month.
Richmond Public Library Board Meetings
Richmond Public Library Board Meeting takes place on the forth Wednesday of each month, from 12-1pm, at Main Library (101 East Franklin Street, Richmond VA). Call the library at 804-646-7223 for more information.
Zine Fest Benefit Show featuring Zac Hryciak & the... →
Friday, May 24th, at 8pm, at Studio Two Three (1617 West Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23220), there will be a benefit show for the 2013 Richmond Zine Fest, taking place in October. Zac Hryciak & the Jungle Beat, Julie Karr, and Rameysaurus will be playing. RSVP through the title link.
Spring Cleaning Bike-B-Q at the Rag & Bones... →
Saturday, May 25th, from 5-9pm, at the Rag & Bones Bicycle Cooperative (3110 West Leigh Street, Richmond, Virginia 23221), there will be an open house and barbeque. From the event description: “Come out to the shop for an open house, grilled food and music by Tess Fisher, The Cales, and who knows who else! Bring your own instrument if you want to play one! We will be taking donations...
SPARC Membership Development Study Course #2 →
Tuesday, May 28th, from 7-9pm, SPARC (Supporting Prisoners and Acting for Radical Change) will be holding its second membership development course. This course will focus on Historical and Dialectical Materialism. This study is primarily for SPARC membership, but the general public is welcomed to attend. To obtain the address, message one of the event administrators. For more information and...
Critical Mass Bicycle Ride →
Friday, May 31st, in Richmond, there will be a critical mass bicycle ride, in order to promote bicycle awareness on the streets. All welcome. The initial meeting will take place at Monroe Park- between Main, Laurel, Franklin, and Belvidere Streets- at 5pm. The ride will begin at 6pm, along a route which will be announced at the park. Helmets are not required, but are very strongly suggested....
Sign Making Party and Potluck for March Against... →
Thursday, May 23rd, from 4-8pm, at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective (2005 Barton Avenue, Richmond VA), there will be a sign making party and potluck in preparation for Saturday’s March Against Monsanto. See link for further details.
The Richmond Peace Education Center's Conflict... →
Saturday and Sunday, June 22nd and 23rd, from 9am-5pm, at the auditorium of the Fan Free Clinic (1010 North Thompson Street, Richmond VA), the Richmond Peace Education Center is holding their Conflict Resolution Training for Trainers. From the event description: “Open to community members and educators who wish to learn conflict resolution techniques for their own purposes, or to become a...
Amazing Books for Amazing Girls Summer Reading... →
Taglined “This is not your school’s summer reading list,” two authors have chosen a summer reading list for girls and young women. Their website, through the link, includes book reviews. The list is broken into three levels: picture book and early reader, middle grade, and young adult. The blog lists resources for social justice, radical, queer, and feminist teen and child...
"High Stakes Testing Forum: From National to...
Monday, May 20th, from 4:30-6pm, at Unity of Richmond (800 Blanton Avenue, Richmond, VA 23221), there will be a forum on high-stakes standardized testing in public schools, titled “High Stakes Testing Forum: From National to Local”. From the event description: “From Atlanta to Texas to Seattle, the overuse and misuse of high stakes testing in our public system of education has...
Citizens Standardized Testing Group meeting
On Tuesday, May 21st, at 7pm, in the library of the Midlothian High School (401 Charter Colony Parkway, Midlothian, VA), there will be a meeting of the Citizens Standardized Testing Group, a group against standardized testing. From the event description: “VCU Professor Lara Coggin, who teaches freshman at VCU, will speak about her experience with the readiness of students who are entering...
mokarnage: March Against Monsanto - Meet at Floyd and Thompson near Post Office at 1:30 pm Sat. May 25th Update:(****Start Location Change*****) March Against Monsanto: Richmond In solidarity with ‘consumers’ across the WORLD, Richmond citizens are going to March Against Monsanto. On Saturday May 25th…
RVA Food Not Bombs Greeting Day, May →
Sunday, May 19th, from 12:30-5pm, at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective (2005 Barton Avenue, Richmond VA), local food justice organization Food Not Bombs is having its usual Sunday activities (cooking, then eating), with a specially designated greeter to show first-timers around. This month’s designated greeter is Kat. Cooking will take place at 2005 Barton Avenue, from 12:30-3:45pm. Dinner...
Court Support at the May 20th Trial of Ashley... →
Monday, May 20th, at 9am, in room 301 of the John Marshall Courts Building (400 N. 9th Street, Richmond, Virginia), local mother Ashley Williams is having another trial- she is accused of the murder of her infant son, even though it’s clear that he died of a genetic disorder undiagnosed by every doctor she took him to, and the prosecutor filed charges before an autopsy was even...
Privilege Discussion at the ARCH House →
Sunday, May 19th, at 2pm, at 2715 Barton Avenue, Richmond VA, there will be a moderated discussion on privilege. Free and open to the public. RSVP through the link.
Postpartum 101, from Richmond Doulas →
Monday, June 10th, 6:30-8:30pm, at the Chesterfield County Library (521 Coalfield Road, Midlothian, Virginia 23114), there will be a free class covering the following postpartum topics for new and expectant parents: “Postpartum Doulas Babywearing (including a fashion show) Cloth Diapering Placenta Encapsulation & Breastfeeding” RSVP through the title link.
Malcolm X Day Black Book Exposition →
Today, Saturday May 18th, and tomorrow, Sunday May 19th, from 10am-6pm, at 101 East Broad Street, Richmond VA, there will be a Black Book Exposition, presented by the Richmond-based Elegba Folklore Society and the UBUSCS (United Brothers and United Sisters Communications Systems). The expo will highlight black literature, authors, and publishing companies. This is a two day event. Live jazz and...
"Join us for a Flying Squirrels Baseball Game- No... →
Today, Friday May 17th, at 6:30pm, at the Diamond (3001 N Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia 23230), activists opposed to the proposed stadium in Shockoe Bottom will support local team the Flying Squirrels, and let them know that they wish the team to remain in their current location on Boulevard. This event will not be disruptive. If you wish to participate, RSVP through the above link and...
The Bowl-a-thon was a huge success!!!
rrfpbowlathon: A massive thank you to all of our business sponsors, donors, and supporters! Because of their generosity and encouragement we were almost able to match the ridiculous amount we raised last year, ensuring that the RRFP can continue with our monthly budget of funding $2,000 to folks in need across Virginia. RRFP’s funding capabilities have increased almost tenfold in the last 3...
Keep Chris Dorsey out of your organizing spaces...
This man is Chris Dorsey. For at least several years, he has frequently shown up to progressive organizing efforts in Richmond and disrupted them, usually by demanding a leadership position, attempting to exercise some kind of authority over the proceedings, or demanding that libertarian rhetoric be inserted into the effort. He has become violent on more than one occasion. He has solicited funds...
Presentation and discussion: "The Guantánamo... →
Thursday, May 16th, at 7pm, at Random Row Books (315 West Main Street, Charlottesville VA) in Charlottesville, there will be a discussion on whether, and how, to close Guantánamo Bay, where individuals declared dangerous to United States security are kept and tortured indefinitely without trial. Luke Hansen, a reporter for a Catholic magazine, has covered the military trials of those prisoners...
Public Comment on the Equal Enforcement of TRAP... →
Demand the equal enforcement of new hospital regulations in Virginia. This public comment period ends on May 26th. TRAP rules- Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers, passed without grandfathering amendments last month- can’t be enforced exclusively on clinics which provide abortions, unless Virginia is able to prove that abortion care carries special risks that can only be mitigated...
Restoration of Rights Clinic and Training to...
On Saturday June 1st, from 10am-3pm, Virginia Organizing will be holding a Restoration of Rights clinic in Richmond. Richael Faithful of the Advancement Project will be coming down from Washington DC to hold a training seminar for volunteers interested in helping people file the relevant paperwork to restore their right to vote. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Zachary Hanson at...
Press Conference on the Crade to Prison Pipeline...
Tomorrow, Wednesday the 15th, at 10am, outside of the John Marshall Court Building (400 North 9th Street, Richmond, VA), there will be a press conference regarding the Cradle to Prison Pipeline. The “Cradle to Prison Pipeline” refers to the mechanisms by which certain populations, especially black Americans, are consistently targeted by the criminal justice system, leading to...
Week Schedule: May 13th- May 19th
Apologies for the schedule delay; I had my college graduation this weekend - Kat. Ongoing The comment period on hypocritical anti-abortion TRAP regulations is open. Supporting Prisoners and Acting for Radical Change (SPARC) is raising money to by a passenger van to transport families and friends to visit their loved ones in prison. Hip Hop from the Hilltop, the folks that bring us WMMT’s...
Prisoner Letter Writing Nights at the Flying Brick...
The third Thursday of every month, at 7pm, the Flying Brick Library (506 South Pine Street) hosts a letterwriting session to political prisoners. Addresses and names provided.
Friends of the West End Library
Friends of the West End Library meets the third Saturday of each month, from 9-10am, at West End Library (5420 Patterson Avenue, Richmond VA). “Join us for our meeting and find out how you can support your local library!”
This week’s schedule will be out tomorrow, rather than today. To plan your week, please consult the calendars.
Richmond/Chesterfield: Be careful of the driver of...
Richmond/Chesterfield: yesterday (5/10/2013), a light skinned African American man wearing blank sunglasses and driving a black Audi A8, license plate DEEP 1, pursued a female pedestrian in his car in an isolated area, drove over an embankment to try to corner her, and attempted to entice the woman into his car. A police report was made. If you see this license plate, be on alert.
This new drug-resistant gonnorhea strain is very... →
http://rt.com/news/superbug-gonorrhea-aids-sex-900/ This Reuters article details the dangers of a newly occurring drug-resistance gonnorhea strain. The article describes the disease as “worse than AIDS,” because it can kill in only a few hours via a mechanism of sepsis (infection of the blood). While this quote was likely chosen for the title only to be sensational, this is serious...
Anonymous releases letter to Richmond City Council...
The following letter was initially send to RVA Magazine, signed Anonymous. In this case, Anonymous refers to a loose, nonexclusive, noncentral group of hackers, who often take up political causes. I have eliminated the magazine’s commentary, as it mostly consisted of criticizing the tone of the letter. Included are links, which were sent with the letter; they constitute a kind of...