Sunday, April 23, 2017

VCU Board of Visitors Protest Meeting: No Tuition Hikes

Today, April 23rd 2017, from 1-4pm, at VCU's Cabell Library (901 Park Avenue, Richmond VA), several groups (Our Revolution RVA, Richmond Struggle, and Young Greens at VCU) are holding a meeting to plan a protest of the May Board of Visitors meeting, in response to proposed tuition hikes at VCU.

The venue is wheelchair accessible with accessible bathrooms and single-occupancy bathrooms in the basement.

For more info and to RSVP, see this link

US-Cuba Friendshipment Caravan 2017 Stop in Richmond

Tomorrow, April 24th 2017, at 6:30pm, at the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church (1720 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Richmond VA), the African Awareness Association is hosting a reception program for IFCO/Pastors for Peace and the 2017 US-Cuba Friendshipment Caravan.

The evening will feature: keynote speaker Gail Walker, executive director of IFCO/Pastors for Peace; an interview with Cuban professor Dr. Nestor Garcia Iturbe on US-Cuba relations; and Haki Kimaathi Muchoki of the African Awareness Association. Lee Robinson will facilitate.

Free. The venue is wheelchair accessible via a side-door and an inside chair-lift which requires assistance to operate. Street parking only.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Dance Party Fundraiser for Local Trump Inauguration Protester's Legal Fund

Tuesday, April 25th 2017, from 11pm-2am, at Ipanema Cafe (917 West Grace Street, Richmond VA), the newly-formed Scuffletown Anti-Repression Committee is holding a dance fundraiser to benefit the legal support fund for locals who were caught in a mass arrest in Washington DC while protesting Donald Trump's inauguration. They're facing up to ten years in prison, and need our support.

The fundraiser will feature tabling and local musician Sha Shakusky.

Free admission. The venue is wheelchair accessible via a ramp. Street parking only. 

For more info and to RSVP, see the link.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

undocuALLY Training for K-12 Teachers

This workshop is intended for educators who work with grades K-12, but is open to all. There are only 5 spaces remaining. 

Saturday, April 22nd 2017, from 9:45am-12pm, at VCU's Oliver Hall (1015 West Main Street, Richmond VA), Richmond Teachers for Social Justice and PLUMAS (Political Latinxs for Movement in Action in Society) are co-hosting an undocyALLY training for K-12th grade educators. The purpose of the workshop is to help teachers learn about the policies and social realities impacting undocumented immigrant students and their families, as well as supports and resources which are available to them. 

Registration is free but limited to the first 25 who complete this form; only 5 spots remain

If you complete the form after this workshop is full, you'll have the first opportunity to sign up for the next training. Email for more info. 

The venue is wheelchair accessible via the Harrison Street entrance and has accessible bathrooms. Parking is available on the street and in two garages at 1101 West Cary Street and 801 West Main Street. Max charge of $10/day, accepts cash and cards. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Providing Sanctuary: a Forum

Sunday, April 30th 2017, at 12:30pm, in the community room of the Richmond Friends Meeting (4500 Kensington Avenue, Richmond VA), Richmond's Quaker congregation is holding a focum which will focus on: a history of the sanctuary movement, specifically sanctuary provided by congregations and individuals; information about ICE detentions in the Richmond area in recent years and under the current administration; the Circles of Protection Sanctuary Network (VICPP); support and care for the vulnerable undocumented immigrants who have been detained or deported and their families; Power-of-Attorney clinics; and the legal aspects of providing sanctuary as a congregation or an individual.

Panelists will include Dr. Linda Rabben, author of books including "Give Refuge to the Stranger: the Past, Present and Future of Sanctuary"; Jennifer L. West, an immigration lawyer; and Lana Heath de Martinez, the Welcoming All Coordinator with the Virginia Interfaith Center. 

Park on Commonwealth Avenue. Light refreshments provided. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sally Gudas at or (804) 399-8342.

Get Out: a Panel on the Horror of Racism

Today, April 18th 2017, from 1:15-3pm, at the Depot (814 West Broad Street, Richmond VA), there will be a panel discussion on horror, representation, race, and think pieces inspired by the recent hit horror film Get Out (2017, directed by Jordan Peele). Panelists include the VCU professors Tressie McMillan Cottom, Brandi Summers, Chioke I'Anson, Cara Benedetto.

Free, open to the public. 

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Richmond General Meeting

Sunday, April 30th 2017, from 4-6pm, at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond (1000 Blanton Avenue, Richmond VA), the racial justice group SURJ Richmond is holding their monthly general meeting. 

As always, an orientation on what SURJ is and what it stands for will be held from 4-5pm, followed by the regular meeting from 5-6pm. 

The venue is wheelchair accessible. To request childcare, email with the age(s) of the children. 

Precinct Town Hall Meetings with Police Chief Durham

Richmond Chief of Police Alfred Durham will be holding a series of precinct town halls, to present on crime trends and allow residents to raise concerns. All of the town halls will take place from 6-8pm. It's good to keep an eye on these things. 

Second Precinct, Tuesday April 18th 2017— Southside Community Services Center (4100 Hull Street Road, Richmond VA) 

Fourth Precinct, Wednesday April 19th 2017— Richmond Police Academy (1201 West Graham Road, Richmond VA) 

Third Precinct, Tuesday April 25 2017— Grove Avenue Baptist Church (8701 Ridge Road, Richmond VA) 

First Precinct, April 27th 2017— St. John's Church (2401 East Broad Street, Richmond VA)

Seven Hills Autonomous Queers (SHAQ) Open Interest Meeting

Tomorrow, Wednesday April 19th 2017, from 8-11pm, at the Comm Room (3110 West Leigh Street, Richmond VA), there will be an open interest meeting for the Seven Hills Autonomous Queers, a new left queer collective. From the event description: 

"Seven Hills Autonomous Queers is a newly formed collective of queer and trans rebels, looking to grow and expand. We stand opposed to the constant onslaught of capital, the state, and the extralegal fascist forces who seek to destroy us and our communities. We are working to build strong, resilient infrastructure for queer safety and resistance against the authoritarian future we face. Won't you join us?"

For more info and to RSVP, see this link

Friday, April 14, 2017

"Agents of Change— Listening to Richmond's Youth" Panel Event

Thursday, April 20th 2017, from 7-9pm, at Binford Middle School (1701 Floyd Avenue, Richmond VA), there will be a community forum for youth to address political topics relevant to themselves and their communities. From the event description: 

"The forum seeks to provide a space in which Richmond’s youngest citizens may express their views about decisions and actions that affect them. There will be eight short “lightning talks” by Richmond youth (from Sabot at Stony Point, Cameron Gallagher Foundation, Milk River Arts, Art 180, Side by Side, and Henrico HS) addressed to the panel of Richmond’s public officials (to include Senator Jennifer McClellan, Delegate Jeff Bourne, and Deputy Secretary of Education Holly Coy). Richmond’s youngest citizens will address a variety of topics that touch their own lives, including education, art, race, special needs, mental health, refugees, and the LGBTQ community. The adult panel will listen to these talks and will have time to respond. Children and youth in the audience will be invited to address the speakers and the panel in a brief question and answer session."

Free, open to the public. 

For more information and to RSVP, see this link