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 …

Morning Announcements:

If I were a teacher in this school, or any Negro school, and I was dealing with Negro children, who were in my care only a few hours of every day and would then return to their homes and to the streets…I would try to teach them—I would try to …

City government held a press conference about violence in public housing. It was nothing short of horrifying.

I am checking in with my people this morning about the mayor’s press conference yesterday. We are horrified. I believe you should be too. Here’s why: Our mayor believes this conversation should not be led by discussion of policy There is no city government-led conversation about community violence that sits outside …

An open letter to Edgar Wright upon the occasion of viewing his most recent film, Baby Driver. 

Dear Mr. Wright, I hope you will forgive my boldness in writing, though it is my hope you’ll find my feedback consistent with the spirit of dialog with which you opened your film Baby Driver. Your direct address to the audience–informal and conversational as it was–implied the sort of rapport …

Sanctuary Cities are Safer Cities

Friday the Times Dispatch reported news that, even my own pessimism didn’t have the foresight to anticipate: Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scheduled to visit Richmond on Wednesday to speak with federal, state and local law enforcement officials about “efforts to combat violent crime and restore public safety,” the Department of Justice announced Friday …

Ethnographies of European Policing

Angela Davis spoke at VCU last week, and in conjunction with her visit I read her new book Freedom is a Constant Struggle. In it, as in her talk, she explores american incarceration as an exportable product. I tend to be very hesitant to conflate American carceral culture to security cultures globally, simply …

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 …