Dozens of housing activists gathered in downtown Richmond May 26 to protest the resumption of eviction cases by the city’s housing courts.
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Established in 2005 as The Richmond Defender, The Virginia Defender is a free community newspaper, published quarterly for the Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality. Print distribution is 16,000 and statewide. The online publication launched in Summer 2020.
In an impressive display of solidarity during the coronavirus pandemic, protesters in more than 50 cars circled in front of the Richmond city jail this afternoon, honking horns and displaying signs demanding that inmates be released to protect them from the COVID 19 virus that has already shown up in prisons across Virginia.
Cathy’s Camp, the tent city located outside Richmond’s cold weather shelter where scores of homeless people have lived since last August, is coming down.
Cathy’s Camp is a tent city created in 2019 by homeless people in Richmond. The city wants to close it. In this interview, camp volunteers Bridget Whitaker Williams and Rhonda Sneed explain how the city, working with nonprofits, has been moving people from the camp to a hotel that they say is infested with bedbugs.
RICHMOND, VA, Feb. 29 — “Today is the day! Bring your hand drums, bring your songs, grab your red shawls, put on your jingle dress, bring a sign and bundle up. We will see you at 1500 E. Main St. at 1 pm as we march to bring awareness to our Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and show support for our Wet’suwet’en relatives!”
The Winter 2020 issue of the Virginia Defender was published on February 17, 2020. Click here to find a full PDF and links to each story.
IS THERE A MASTER PLAN TO REMOVE THE POOR FROM RICHMOND? TWO INTERVIEWS AND A LOOK BEHIND THE ‘MASTER PLAN’
The Defender interviews a resident of Camp Cathy and the city official who sent the letter ordering it to be shut down, followed by a discussion of the developer who thinks Richmond needs to get rid of people who make less than $50,000 a year.