Richmond for All

I’m incredibly proud today to be standing alongside a coalition of organizations committed to building a more just Richmond and a more just Virginia through public school, housing, and environmental advocacy. This morning our coalition released a statement against the proposed coliseum redevelopment project, which is led by Tom Farrell of Dominion Energy.

Put kids before coliseums. Build a Richmond for all.

I’ve written elsewhere about Mr. Farrell’s disproportionate influence over our public schools. This week I was lucky to join a roomful of community activists who are fighting the undemocratic influence of both Mr. Farrell and Dominion energy in their own communities — public housing advocates facing displacement, rural Virginia residents facing environmental destruction wrought be pipeline damage, public school advocates seeking funding from public coffers that Mr. Farrell seems to control.

Read our statement, add your name, and then join us December 10th at Richmond City Council to tell our elected representatives to put people before profit.

Justice for Marcus-David Peters

The family of Marcus-David Peters held a press conference this afternoon to respond to the Richmond City Police’s defense of the Marcus’s killing. Thank you to everyone who is supporting the family at this time. There will be a community gathering tomorrow at 2nd Street Baptist Church from 2-4 pm. Please join us.

4C’s Presentation: Counternarratives, Social Justice, and College Composition

Note: This post is subject to updates through this Friday, May 25th! This Friday I’ll be presenting at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, which VCU will be hosting for the second year. My topic this year is “Counternarratives in the Classroom: Rethinking College Composition as Storytelling for Social …

Jason Kamras and The New Jim Crow

Last week the superintendent of Richmond Public Schools tweeted praise of Richmond’s local jail, the Richmond City Justice Center. This tweet landed in a moment when Richmond’s attention is turned toward school funding and school facilities, and Karmas’s tweet notes that our jails receive funding that our schools do not. …

RPS walk in, 7:55am on May 8th

Virginia public schools have been defunded, eliminating essential support staff like nurses and social workers, driving up suspensions and judicial referrals, emptying classrooms of supplies, degrading infrastructure, and reducing outcomes for students and families. Virginia public colleges and universities have also been defunded, reducing expenditures on instruction, converting staff into …

APV tonight!

Tonight I’ll be speaking with the Alliance for a Progressive Virginia on criminalization of sex work and its impact on policy to combat human trafficking. Join us!