#BlackLivesMatterAtSchool Week Launches Today!

Today launches the Black Lives Matter At School Week (links to a facebook event), a 5 day teach-in for racial justice at schools across the US. There are great resources for engaging in the week’s events at the links below: Zinn Education Project – Black Lives Matter At School Week Rethinking Schools …

Schools, Communities, and Sustainable Partnerships

I was fortunate last night to have a free evening that coincided with a meeting of the RPS school board during their final hearing on a much-contested budget. Torn between the needs of city hall and public schools, our board had considered offering the mayor a budget that was much …

Virginians: VA Budget and NVM on MLK Day

New Virginia Majority invited community organizers and Virginian constituents to use the 2017 Martin Luther King day to approach their representatives and demand change in the following areas: Criminal Justice Reform and Rights Restoration Voting Rights Immigrant Rights Affordable Higher Education, Lowering Student Debt Economic Justice: Medicaid Expansion, Raising Minimum Wage …

Community Justice Film Series launches this weekend!

I’ll be working with a team of 10 amazing facilitators to hear from the Richmond community what we want for our schools. One of the short films we’ll be watching is Chicago Public Schools: Closed.  Join us at the inaugural meeting of Richmond’s Community Justice Film Series! We’ll have food, films, …

Freedom Quilt Square-making Gathering

VCU’s Year of Freedom Celebration, marking the 150th anniversary of Emancipation and the Civil War (http://www.yearoffreedom.vcu.edu/), has been sponsoring the creation of a North Star Freedom Quilt.

Students can come make their own quilt squares on Friday April 12 8pm-11:30 pm in the VCU Student Commons, Virginia rooms A-D. 

All supplies will be provided, although students should feel free to bring fabric (old t-shirts, etc) to personalize their squares. No knowledge of sewing or quilting is needed.

Refreshments will be provided. 

co-sponsored by Student Activities and the YoF Committee

I am only 14 pages short of a full chapter of Joyce’s…

I am only 14 pages short of a full chapter of Joyce’s Ulysses translated into erasure poetry. As soon as it’s complete it will be posted online in full. EDIT: The full text is now online

In the meantime Dave Coogan and I are trying to get another course at RCJ on the books for the summer. VCU people: this class will be a survey of 20th century prison writing. Readings may include the likes of Wole Soyinka, Reinaldo Arenas, Leonard Peltier, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Nawal El Saadawi, Anna Politikovskaya, Nelson Mandela, Alexsandr Solzhenitsyn, Mila D. Aguilar, Yevgenia Ginzburg, members of Pussy Riot, Ai Weiwei, El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, Jean Genet, Joseph Brodsky and more. 

Here’s hoping it’s ok to write “pussy” in a course description.