1. Include trigger warnings for graphic or disturbing material. This includes images or discussion of sexual assault, suicide, violence, torture, injuries, abuse, etc. Graphic images should be under a cut and include a warning.
2. Either inform or facilitate an action.
3. Pertain to Richmond, Virginia, especially in terms politics, culture, people’s history, or protest- events are especially welcome. Discussions, documentary screenings, art events, marches, rallies, actions, and meetings happening in Richmond or pertaining to Richmond all come under this heading. Public service type announcements specific to Richmond- for example, if the James is flooded with sewage- are welcome. Neighborhood-specific announcements are usually fine. Asking for help for a local individual or organization is ok.
Fundraiser events are fine so long as they’re not going to benefit a political candidate from either the Democrat or Republican parties (or, obviously, an oppressive organization); fundraisers for national organizations will have to be considered on a case by case basis.
4. Be a recounting or description of an event that you attended, especially Richmond specific events or high-profile national events. These are especially useful and wanted if there was a misleading media report on the event, or some aspect of it is in dispute.
5. Pertain generally to Virginia or USA history, politics, culture, or protest. For example, a report on the environmental health of Virginia would be appropriate, but a local event taking place in Lorton, Virginia would not be. There’s some leeway here, because local events can have statewide significance- for example, actions centered on the Lake Anna nuclear plant are absolutely relevant, as are things like the Red Onion Prison hunger strike. Use your discretion. Calls for statewide solidarity, actions, or aid are a good fit in this category.
Nationally relevant submissions should affect the entire nation generally- for example, Muckrock.com’s Drone Census project.