Founded in February 2005, The Virginia Defender is a statewide community newspaper published quarterly by the Richmond-based Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality. We provide news and analysis of interest to poor and working-class people, with an emphasis on the Black community.
We print 15,000 copies, distributed to nearly 300 locations in 14 cities and counties.
The Virginia Defender is free and produced by an all-volunteer staff. We finance the paper through paid advertising and donations. Our editor is Phil Wilayto and our editorial board members are Phil Wilayto and Ana Edwards.
To inquire about placing an ad, making a financial contribution, writing for the paper or helping with distribution, please contact us at 804-644-5834 or DefendersFJE@hotmail.com.