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Black Power Rally on VCU Campus
Wednesday, February 26th, from 11am-2pm, in the center of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Monroe Park Campus, students Ashleigh Shackelford and Allyne Sendolo are hosting a Black Power rally in order to empower, embrace, and celebrate Black people and Black culture. From the event description:
“We’re paying homage to those before us who fought to advocate for Black power and Black resistance. We want to give a platform for Black people to express themselves and to showcase their pride in being Black.
All people of all races are welcome to celebrate with us in showing the campus Black pride. Come bring posters explaining what makes you the most proud about being black or problems that encompass the community as a whole (i.e. colorism, classism, respectability politics, racism, hair politics, etc.).”
RSVP through the title link.
1:00 pm • 20 February 2014 • 13 notes
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.
1:48 am • 9 January 2014 • 159 notes
Queer Action at VCU: 9/12/2013: Potential Meetings, Social/Activism Events, & Volunteer Opportunities
As you may or may not know, last Thursday’s general body Queer Action meeting served the purpose to propose and plan ideas for QA this year. We got a lot of valuable feedback from attendees, all of which can be listed below. If you have any suggestions you would like to see added, or would like to…
Queer Action is a student organization at VCU. Many- if not most- of their meetings and events are open to non-students. Check out what they have planned.
9:56 pm • 20 September 2013 • 4 notes
RAINN Day 2013
It is not too late to join the RAINN Day 2013 efforts to end sexual violence! RAINN Day is a day of action on college and university campuses around the country during which student organizations and campus departments host events to raise awareness about sexual violence. You can do anything from a rally to a soccer tournament fundraiser to a bake sale. The possibilities are endless!
If your organization is interested in hosting a RAINN Day event on your campus on or around September 26th, you can sign up at http://rainn.org/rainn-day-sign-up. After you submit your information, we will send you an Event Planning Guide with tons of helpful tips and resources to make your RAINN Day exceptional.
Please feel free to reply to this message with any questions you have. We are happy to help!
…and be sure to follow us Facebook & Twitter @RAINN01. Our Facebook Event page can also be found here!
Students, bring RAINN Day 2013 to your campus this year.
3:04 pm • 4 September 2013 • 4 notes
Virginia Commonwealth University students: Boycott Aramark on May 1st
The Living Wage Campaign at VCU is calling for all Virginia Commonwealth University students to boycott Aramark- meaning, all campus dining locations- tomorrow, May 1st. They hope to demonstrate to VCU administration the ability of the student body to cause revenue losses, should the institution persist in allowing gross underpayment of Aramark employees after the upcoming contract renegotiation.
This is an exercise in mobilization, rather than an attempt at financial divestment;; because meal plans are pre-paid, refusing to “swipe,” or use meal plan blocks, will not ultimately affect how much money an individual student pays into the dining plan system.
Food Not Bombs will be providing free vegan chili, rice, and salad at Monroe Park at 1pm. Free to all.
11:28 am • 30 April 2013 • 34 notes
One of richmond’s best festivals at the #byrdtheatre annually. Come shop with us in between showings. If you don’t go to the movies at least come people watch with us! #french #film #festival #rva #carytown #byrd #ouioui #shop #thrift #thriftshop #vintage #fashion #style #paris #spring13
The Byrd Theatre (2908 West Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23221) is wheelchair accessible, but its bathrooms are not. Tickets for individual films at $15 a piece, sold at the Byrd, and a pass for the entire film festival runs $65 for a student, $105 for an instructor, and $115 for regular attendees. See this link for more information.
(Source: bsidesthrift, via rvanews)
12:37 pm • 22 March 2013 • 14 notes
VCU Friends of Richmond
Virginia Commonwealth University students looking to be involved in the Richmond community in a positive way- and Richmond residents and social justice organizations who want VCU students to act differently and with consciousness of the city- check out this organization. VCU students, you can join with MyOrgs.
Everyone else, meetings will be posted here with as much lead time as possible.
12:55 pm • 1 March 2013 • 4 notes
Today, 2/22 in 1960 “The Richmond 34” were arrested at the Thalhimer’s starting the beginning of the end of segregation in #RVA
As Director of Student Activities at Virginia Union University, at that time an all-black Baptist college, Dr. Allix Bledsoe James was once offered a $1 million dollar donation to VUU, on the condition that he prevent his students from participating in civil rights and desegregation actions.
Dr. James declined. He later put his house up as collateral in order to maintain a bail fund for his students who were involved in civil disobedience.
1:43 pm • 22 February 2013 • 16 notes
Virginia Students- Forward on Climate Rally
Students, do you not want to go to this weekend’s climate rally in DC alone? You can go with other students! See details in this group.
3:59 pm • 15 February 2013 • 2 notes
Discussion Forum: Equity in Education
Tuesday, February 5th, at 7pm, at the VCU Monroe Park Campus (907 Flloyd Avenue, Richmond VA) Richmond Salons II, Students for Social Action at VCU is holding a public forum on equity in education. From the event description:
"The forum, open to the public, will feature Dr. Christine Walther-Thomas (dean, VCU School of Education), Dr. Patrick Russo (superintendent, Henrico Public Schools), Dr. Jamelle Wilson (superintendent, Hanover Public Schools), and Dr. Harold Fitrer (director, Richmond Communities in Schools). Forum topics will include: issues for lower income children in schools, challenges of school reform, and the strengths and weakness of education policy."
The venue is wheelchair accessible. RSVP through the link.
10:25 pm • 3 February 2013 • 2 notes