The Summer 2022 edition of News U Can Use has info about a free nurse hotline where you can get health advice, the new number for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, and the new standard IRS Mileage rate for tax deductions.
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.
After more than 20 years of confrontational struggle between the community and Richmond’s city government and business elite, many people are asking what’s happening with Shockoe Bottom, the long-neglected downtown district that once was the epicenter of the U.S. domestic slave trade.
Closed in 1879, the Shockoe Hill African Burying Ground may have been the largest 19th century municipal cemetery for free and enslaved Black people in the U.S. Now, it’s finally getting some recognition.
Jan Meck and Virginia Refo, in their book “The Life & Legacy of Emily Winfree: From Enslavement to Carnegie Hall,” depict the perseverance and survival of the owner of Winfree Cottage, a fixture of the Lumpkin’s Jail Archaeological Site about which little was publicly known until now.
Another man wrongfully convicted due to the misconduct of former Norfolk detective Robert Glenn Ford has recently received a full exoneration. Jermaine Doss, who was likewise framed by Ford, will soon have a parole hearing.
An update on the Starbucks unionization campaign, which has just organized its 200th store in Cleveland, Ohio. Despite repression and retaliation, the movement continues to grow.
On July 25, Richmond City became the fifth locality in Virginia to adopt a local public sector collective bargaining ordinance.