This edition of the Virginia Defender was published August 23, 2019. In this issue:
Reclaiming Our Sacred Ground
2019 marks 400 years since the first captured Africans were brought to British-occupied North America. It’s past time to reclaim Shockoe Bottom!
Regional & National News
Chicago Defender ends print edition – part of a trend
More than half of all trans males attempt suicide
Imam Jamil Al-Amin, AKA H. Rap Brown
Coliseum project promises ‘affordable housing’ – really?
Why is Dominion targeting this historic Black community?
RRHA has big plans for public housing, but do they include the residents?
A Defenders guide for preparing for big storms
Our Working Lives
UVA to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour
Sanders’ presidential campaign 1st in U.S. history to unionize
Virginia: best state for bosses, but worst for workers
Union Carpenters rally at state capitol
No Hay Fonteras en la Lucha de los Obreros
Solidarity with Immigrants
Abbie Arevalo-Herrera hit with nearly $300,000 fine by ICE
Cops, Courts & Prisons
ACLU seeks to end solitary
Criminal Injustice Reform Network launched to do ‘intentional’ advocacy
Jermaine Doss Update
About the Va. Prison Justice Network
Take ‘Em Down – NOW!
In the war of the statues, anti-racists 6, pro-confederates 0
The biggest promoters of the ‘Lost Cause’ mythology are based right here in Richmond
In Our Opinion
McAuliffe, Heather Heyer & the height of hypocrisy
The case for reparations and who pays
Criminal Justice Reform (CRJ) in Virginia: a Critical Analysis
Letters to the Editor
Buckingham prisoners raise funds for youth
International & Antiwar News
No to NATO, War & Racism! U.S. Hands Off Venezuela!
Defend the Embassy Protectors!
Richmond forum hits NATO, U.S. role in Venezuela & Ukraine, domestic issues
International solidarity with the people of Odessa
Trump tightens U.S. blockade of Cuba