Statement by the Virginia Defenders on Gov. Northam’s announcement of $9 million for Shockoe Bottom historical memorialization: There’s something missing.
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.
More than 175 people rally Jan. 8 on the steps of the State Capitol to support legislation that would allow local governments to take down “war memorials,” including those honoring slavery-defending Confederate figures. The rally was sponsored by Monumental Justice Virginia, a statewide coalition that includes the Defenders.
Nearly 40 anti-racist activists – Black, Latinx, Asian and white – gathered today in Richmond for a demonstration outside the national headquarters of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Their lead banner boldly proclaimed the reason for the protest: “UDC: Celebrating 125 Years of Racist Lies!”
The small town of Pittsboro, N.C, has become a flashpoint in the ongoing battles over Confederate monuments.
There’s a low, wide, white, sepulture-looking building in Richmond that you’ve probably passed by many times without really noticing it. This building, between two prominent museums, is the headquarters of the organization that has done more to promote a false history of the slavery-defending Confederacy than any other group in the country.
For the sixth time since the deadly fascist gathering in nearby Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017, gun-toting, flag-waving pro-Confederates came to Richmond June 1 to rally in support of the Confederate statues on Monument Avenue. And for the sixth time, antiracist Richmonders turned out to shout them down.