Sat., Jan. 22, 2022 for the 5th ANNUAL VIRGINIA PRISON JUSTICE RALLY! This annual rally, sponsored by the Virginia Prison Justice Network, is Virginia’s largest gathering supporting the human rights of prisoners. […]
The Virginia Defender
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 currently 12,000 and statewide. The online publication launched in Summer 2020.
UPDATES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS: GIVING TUESDAY
Tuesday, Nov. 30 is “Giving Tuesday.” Here’s our only big appeal for donations for the year, and instructions on how to contribute if you feel so moved. Thank you.
UPDATE: DIVERSITY THRIFT WORKERS BACK ON THE JOB
The Virginia Defender spoke last night with Diversity Thrift worker Jeremy Stump, who reported that as of Monday, Nov. 15, the strike at Diversity is over. Stump, along with Diversity Richmond program director Aurora Higgs, was selected by his coworkers to speak on their behalf during the strike.
DIVERSITY THRIFT WORKERS TAKE ON MANAGEMENT, WALK OUT AND WIN!
Saturday, Nov. 6, workers at Richmond’s Diversity Thrift went on strike. Here is The Virginia Defender’s account of what happened and what they’ve won so far.
UPDATES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS: OCTOBER 29, 2021
The October 29, 2021 issue of the Updates and Announcements newsletter.
AUTUMN 2021 ISSUE
The Autumn 2021 issue of the Virginia Defender was published on October 25, 2021. Click here to find a full PDF.
THE HOUSING CRISIS AND RICHMOND’S DECLINING BLACK POPULATION
Black and poor Richmonders are being priced out of the city limits, which has major implications for the city’s political balance of power. 2020 ended a 50-year period in which Richmond had been a majority-Black city.