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.

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 …

The federal government has announced they’re no longer supporting 2016 guidance to schools on the rights of transgender students. Below is a summary from Trans Equality of what this means. A screenreader accessible summary is available online at the Trans Equality website. The Washington Post has a fairly substantial summary of this …

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 …