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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 16,000 and statewide. The online publication launched in Summer 2020.

MAJOR BLACKWELL’S BRIEF TENURE SHOWS WE NEED REAL COMMUNITY INPUT INTO THE SELECTION OF RICHMOND’S NEXT POLICE CHIEF!

Local media has just reported that Richmond Interim Police Chief William “Jody” Blackwell “stepped down” today and will return to his position as a major in the police department. The undersigned organizations welcome this development and call for meaningful community input into the selection of both the next interim and permanent police chiefs.

PROTESTERS DEFY CITY/STATE ORDER TO LEAVE MARCUS-DAVID PETERS CIRCLE

RICHMOND, VA, June 22 — More than 150 young people active in Richmond’s Black Lives Matter protest movement tonight defied orders from the city and state to leave the liberated zone surrounding the Monument Avenue statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The area has recently been renamed Marcus-David Peters Circle in order of the young high school teacher who was experiencing a mental health crisis when he was gunned down two years ago by a Richmond cop.