RICHMOND, VA, June 22 — The editor of The Virginia Defender, one of more than a dozen speakers at this evening’s online meeting of Richmond City Council, demanded real input from the community in the selection of the next chief of police. He also challenged all members of council to join him after the meeting at the liberated zone of the Marcus-David Peters Circle, which police were expected to attempt to sweep at sundown.
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.
RICHMOND, VA, June 12 — Richmond police have confirmed the arrest of one of several heavily armed individuals involved in an incident early this morning at the Lee statue on Monument Avenue. Several others were “detained,” but apparently have not yet been charged.
Statement by member of the Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality Joseph Rogers regarding the night of June 1, 2020.
The Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality has been calling for taking down all the city’s white-supremacist memorials since 2007 and is elated to learn today that some of the statues’ days are now officially numbered. Their demise is long, long overdue.
Statement by member of the Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality Kat McNeal regarding the night of May 31, 2020 and the mass arrest that took place on that date.
RICHMOND, VA, May 31 — For the second night in a row, Virginia’s capital city has experienced an unprecedented rebellion against racism.
Militant and at times violent protests have erupted across the United States over the incredibly depraved, racist and brutal murder of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American security officer, by a white policeman in Minneapolis, Minn.