Tyson Foods informed its workers’ union on March 13 that it would be closing its plant in Glen Allen, Va., laying off all 692 workers.
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.
VA. SOLIDARITY WITH RR WORKERS
On March 11, members of the Tidewater Workers Assembly, a chapter of the Southern Workers Assembly, staged a protest outside the Lamberts Point coal yards in Norfolk to call out Norfolk Southern for what it called its dangerous practices. It was part of a national day of solidarity with railroad workers.
OBITUARIES: LEROY MASON AND SIMIN ROYANIAN
Obituaries for Leroy Mason and Simin Royanian.
MALCOLM’S LEGACY LIVES ON IN VIRGINIA’S FREEDOM LIBRARIES
Describing books as his “alma mater,” Malcolm said he could spend the rest of his life reading. A new project named in his honor is putting more books in the hands of people in prison across Virginia.
RICHMOND LIBERATION MARKER TO BE REPLACED – BUT NOT JUST YET
As of this writing, in mid-March, Richmond historical institutions are getting ready to mark the anniversary of the day the city was liberated from Confederate rule and slavery: April 3, 1865. But the state historical marker that stood at the site where Union troops enter Richmond has now been missing for more than a year.
KROGER WORKERS CHARGE WAGE THEFT
A group of Kroger workers in Virginia and West Virginia have filed a class action lawsuit against the giant grocery chain, charging that the company’s payroll software has been systematically shorting workers their rightful pay.
WHY SO MUCH ON PALESTINE?
In this issue of the Defender we’re devoting a lot of space to the issue of Palestine, for two reasons.