Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Anti-Racist Parenting Meeting with SURJ Richmond

Sunday, March 26th 2017, from 2-4pm, at the First UU Church of Richmond (1000 Blanton Avenue, Richmond VA), SURJ Richmond is holding a monthly committee meeting on fighting racism from the position of parents and caregivers. 

Open to the public. Childcare is available upon request. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Community-Informed Study, Memorialization, and Reburial: the Remains in the the East Marshall Street Well

Tuesday, March 28th 2017, from 5:30-7:30pm, at the Hermes A. Kontos Medical Sciences Auditorium (1250 East Marshall Street, #8, Richmond VA), VCU is hosting a panel titled "Tapping the Well: Community-Informed Study, Memorialization & Reburial," with members of the East Marshall Street Well Project Family Representatives Council. 

The panel concerns what is to be done with the human remains that were discovered discarded in a well beneath the VCU Medical Campus in 1994, during construction of the Kontos building. Analysis has since revealed that the remains belonged to at least 53 people, most of them of African descent, and were discarded in the early half of the 1800s. It is now understood that the remains were cadavers stolen from Black cemeteries to provide anatomical specimens for medical students. 

Free, open to the public. For more info and to RSVP, see the link. 

Showing Up for Racial Justice RVA: March General Meeting

Tuesday, March 28th 2017, from 7-9pm, at the First UU Church of Richmond (1000 Blanton Avenue, Richmond VA), Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) RVA is holding their March meeting. From 7-8pm, there will be an introduction on what SURJ is and what they do, followed by the meeting from 8-9pm. At the meeting, the SURJ-RVA Policy Team will provide a legislative recap of the 2017 General Assembly session, and talk about how to navigate the news to stay informed. 

The venue is wheelchair accessible. See the event page for details on getting childcare. Free and open to the public. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Community Organizing Power: Fighting for Expanded Sanctuary with ICE Out of RVA

Wednesday, March 22nd 2017, from 7:30-9pm, at the VCU Globe building (830 West Grace Street, Richmond VA), ICE Out of RVA is hosting a talk with Jacinta Gonzales, field director for Mijente. From the event description:

"The current President came into office inheriting a system where 1 in 3 people will be arrested by the age of 23, where nearly 1 in 100 people are currently in jail or prison, and where a Black person is killed by law enforcement or a vigilante every 28 hours on average. The legacy of the failed war on drugs, stop and frisk, and decades of over-policing receives added urgency with the continued practice of utilizing such contact with law enforcement as pretext for additional immigration proceedings and deportation when the person in question may be undocumented or a non-citizen.

"In order to effectively respond to these threats, Cities must both provide undocumented and other non-citizen residents effective protections and safeguards from immigration enforcement, while also reducing the over-policing and criminalization of immigrant communities, Black people, and other people of color, that leads to mass incarceration and deportation."

Free, open to the public. The venue is wheelchair accessible. Parking available on the street and at the West Broad Street parking deck at 1111 West Broad Street.


For more information and to RSVP, see this link.

"Popular Politics, Populism and Donald Trump: Who are 'We the People'?": a Town Hall

Wednesday, March 22nd 2017, from 7-9pm, at the Grace Street Theater (934 West Grace Street, Richmond VA), VCU's Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs will hold a town hall titled "Popular Politics, Populism and Donald Trump: Who are 'We the People'?," a discussion on the political climate, changing electorate, and strategies of civic engagement.

Free, open to the public.


For more info and to RSVP, see this link.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Community Altar Building for Trans Women of Color

Wednesday, March 22nd 2017, from 6-8pm, at Richmond's African Burial Ground (1540 East Broad Street, Richmond VA), members of the local LGBTQ community are holding a community altar-building workshop. From the event description:

"Following the deaths of many women of color, and in particualr Black trans women, we want to have a public community alter building space and celebration of the lives of these women but also the resistance and beauty the black trans folks who are still here. Please come, bring art, candles, flowers poems, songs, and anything else you'd like to leave in this space."

#SayHerName:
Mesha Caldwell, 41 (Canton, Mississippi)
Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow, 28 (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)
Jojo Striker, 23 (Toledo, Ohio)
Tiara Lashaytheboss Richmond, 24 (Chicago, Illinois)
Jaquarrius Holland, 18 (Monroe, Louisiana)
Chyna Doll Dupree, 31 (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Ciara McElveen, 21 (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Free, open to the public. For more information and to RSVP, see this link

Consent Workshop at VALET

Sunday, March 26th 2017, from 7-9:30pm, at the art gallery VALET (509 East Franklin Street, Richmond VA), there will be a workshop about consent. The venue has a safer spaces policy.

Free, open to the public and those who did not attend Part I of the workshop.
For more info and to RSVP, see this link.

Gen Action at VCU Presents: an Abortion Speak-Out to benefit the RRFP

Thursday, March 23rd, from 7-8pm, at the Firehouse Theatre (1609 West Broad Street, Richmond VA), Planned Parenthood Generation Action at VCU is holding their first annual abortion speak-out, to fight the stigma against abortion and raise money for the Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project (RRFP). 

Open to the public, $5 suggested donation at the door which will go to the RRFP. The RRFP is the private, all-volunteer abortion fund serving Virginia; they help people in financial need afford abortion care and associated costs. 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Support the Shockoe Bottom Memorial Park at City Council

Please note that this event was re-scheduled from March 13th. 

Monday, March 27th 2017, from 6-7pm, at City Hall (900 East Broad Street, Richmond VA), the Sacred Ground Project of the Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality will be presenting a statement on the Community Proposal for a Nine-Acre Shockoe Bottom Memorial Park to city council. Immediately after the public comment period, there will be a community meeting, to discuss the next steps for moving the plan forward. 


Shockoe Bottom was once the hub of the domestic slave trade, but this history has gone largely unaddressed here in the former capitol of the Confederacy. Coming out of the successful 2011 struggle to reclaim the African Burial Ground from beneath a VCU parking lot, the community effort to preserve Shockoe Bottom's Black history has produced a plan for a memorial park. To hear about it, attend the council meeting, or check out the link below. 


For more info and to RSVP, see this link. If you're not able to attend yourself, please invite your friends. 

"Invasive: a Queer Quilting Bee" Workshop and Fundraiser for Side by Side

Sunday, March 19th 2017, from 12-4pm, at Studio Two Three (3300 West Clay Street, Richmond VA), a Baltimore-based community art project, Invasive Queer Kudzu, will be holding a quilting workshop. The workshop will teach quilting skills, and participants will produce a piece to be part of a larger installation dedicated focused on the diverse lives of the Southern LGBTQ community.

Donations requested, with a portion of proceeds going to Richmond's youth LGBTQ organization, Side by Side.


For more information and to RSVP, see this link