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!

Victory for Public Housing Residents as TK Somanath is Forced to Resign

Tonight Richmond public housing residents and advocates celebrated a significant victory: TK Somanath stepped down as CEO of the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA). I have written about Somanath before, when he threatened to deny residents suspected of illegal activity due process by using extrajudicial evictions in the supposed …