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.
Dozens of housing activists gathered in downtown Richmond May 26 to protest the resumption of eviction cases by the city’s housing courts.
In an impressive display of solidarity during the coronavirus pandemic, protesters in more than 50 cars circled in front of the Richmond city jail this afternoon, honking horns and displaying signs demanding that inmates be released to protect them from the COVID 19 virus that has already shown up in prisons across Virginia.
Cathy’s Camp, the tent city located outside Richmond’s cold weather shelter where scores of homeless people have lived since last August, is coming down.
Cathy’s Camp is a tent city created in 2019 by homeless people in Richmond. The city wants to close it. In this interview, camp volunteers Bridget Whitaker Williams and Rhonda Sneed explain how the city, working with nonprofits, has been moving people from the camp to a hotel that they say is infested with bedbugs.