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Announcement :: Elections & Legislation

Yes, Virginia IS a Swing State

A new poster and web campaign is letting Virginians know that Bush only won Virginia by 8% in 2000 and that 47% percent of eligible VA voters didn't go to the polls that year.

In the 2000 election Bush won 52% of the Virginia popular vote, Gore got 44%, and Nader 2%.

Virginia carries 13 electoral college votes. Bush got 5 more than Gore in 2000.
 
 

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Commentary :: Protest Activity

July 3rd Protest: Now on Cable TV!

Catch video footage from the rally on High Grade TV airing on Comcast (in Richmond, VA), Wednesday night from 9:00-10:00 p.m. on channel 6.
 
 

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Commentary :: Protest Activity

IF YOU LOVE YOUR FREEDOM, THANK A PROTESTER

Today nearly a thousand people turned out to protest the war on Iraq in downtown Richmond. The crowd was spirited and diverse. Organizers with several progressive groups took turns at the mic rallying against the Bush administration's agenda of militarism, racism, greed and deceit (not to mention homophobia and Christian fundamentalism).
 
 

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News :: Protest Activity

Virginia: Bring the Noise!

Join hundreds of people in protest this Saturday for the Virginia Anti-War Coalition’s Rally and March at Monroe Park at 4 p.m. As the war rages in Iraq, the rest of the world and at home, dissenters across the globe are mobilizing in opposition to the U.S. government’s quest for empire. March endorsers / Directions to Monroe Park / Parking information / Housing information
 
 

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Announcement :: Civil & Human Rights

Protest Marriage Affirmation Act

The Virginians Stand Up for Equality coalition announces a “Day of Action? to protest the extreme anti-gay “Affirmation of Marriage Act? (HB 751) which goes into effect on July 1. Events will take place on Wednesday, June 30 in Richmond at the Capital Square Belltower at 6:30PM.

“With events occurring around the state nearly simultaneously, we’ll be sending a strong message to all of our elected officials that we reject the divisive politics of homophobia,? said Dyana Mason, Executive Director of Equality Virginia and coalition partner.
 
 

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Announcement :: Civil & Human Rights

speakout on abortion

this tuesday, june 29th @ 7pm, members of the richmond reproductive freedom project and the peace and justice committee at the first unitarian universalist church have combined efforts to host the first in a series of pro-choice awareness events in richmond. the speakout on abortion will be an educational and demystifying event to assist in reducing the stigma and alienation that so many people feel after having an abortion. we are inviting people to speak about their personal experiences of having an abortion.
 
 

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News :: Civil & Human Rights

Gabriel Historical Marker Approved for Richmond

June 17, Richmond, VA -- The Virginia Board of Historic Resources this week approved the placement of a historical highway marker at the site in Downtown Richmond where the great slave rebellion leader Gabriel was executed on Oct. 10, 1800. The board’s decision was announced today by Scott Arnold, manager of the Historical Highway Marker Program.

The privately funded marker will be placed along the north side of East Broad Street immediately east of Interstate 95. An unveiling ceremony is planned for this Oct. 10, the 204th anniversary of Gabriel’s execution.
 
 

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News :: Civil & Human Rights : Elections & Legislation

Richmond Celebrates Juneteenth

Art vendors, citizens, non-profits and politicians gathered downtown today in rememberance of "Juneteenth". This time of the year is celebrated as the time when the last slaves in Texas got word of their freedom -- fully two years after the Emancipation Proclimation. Read more about the history and the world-wide celbration at http://www.juneteenth.com/

Richmond has special reason to remember emancipation, as it is steeped deep in the history of the slave trade. Only this year has the city begun to acknowledge this past with a marker commemorating Gabriel, the fallen leader of an attempted slave rebellion. Unfortunately, a proposed baseball stadium threatens to cover the historical site of slave trading in Shockoe Bottom. Read more about the marker and the stadium at the website fo the The Defenders for Freedom Justice & Equality.

 
 

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Announcement :: Peace & War

"Islam & Social Justice: The Anti-War Response" Event June 26

On Saturday, June 26 at 5:30pm, the Islamic Center of Virginia hosts "Islam & Social Justice: The Anti-War Response", featuring speakers Junaid Ahmad of the Progressive Muslims Network and Hadi Pannah of the Virginia Muslim Coalition for Public Affairs. This event kicks off the Virginia Anti-War Coalition's 2004 workshop series.

The June 30 fake transfer of sovereignty for Iraq looms. People across the region are preparing to protest this and all other aspects of our government's occupation of Iraq on July 3 in Richmond, Virginia. The July 3 march, organized by the Virginia Anti-War Coalition, is demanding the following: end the occupations of Iraq, Haiti, Afghanistan and Palestine; bring the troops home now; money for jobs and human needs not for war; and real sovereignty for the people of Iraq.

With these dates in mind, the Virginia Anti-War Coalition and the Muslim Student Association at VCU/MCV have invited Br. Junaid Ahmad and Br. Hadi Pannah to speak about these events, as well as how and why the Muslim community can get involved. All are invited to attend what is bound to be an engaging event with two terrific speakers.

Read the full article for more details. The post also includes a downloadable flyer with full-color photos.
 
 

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News :: Peace & War

Enola Gay protestor to be sentenced 6/18

"I am sorry to say, I had helped build nuclear weapons for 23 years at Rockwell International. Now I am a grieving pacifist"

Peace activist and former nuclear weapons builder, Thomas Siemer, is scheduled for sentencing in the Federal Court House in Alexandria, VA on June 18. Siemer took part in a protest of the unveiling of the Smithsonian's revisionist display of the Enola Gay bomber back in December. The plane in question dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, a civilian target, incinerating the entire city and some 100,000 residents.

Siemer threw a small jar of red paint at the bomber symbolizing the blood spilled by the Enola Gay and other B-29 bombers. He was promptly arrested and suffered a heart attack during the trip to jail.

Read the full article for Siemer's personal statement which includes details of his arrest.
 
 

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Commentary :: Miscellaneous

Reagan, Race and Remembrance

Many of us who read this site were deeply affected by the Reagan administration in our formative years. His death has created a parade of salutes and tributes without any critical reflection on the real impacts of the Reagan administration. As we continue to cope with this instance of the whitewashing of American history, I hope we will take the time to carry on the oral tradition of speaking our truth about the Reagan legacy and it's divisive parallels to Bush.

Many young people don't have a clue about the contradiction between the reality of the Reagan years and this parade of propaganda. There may never have been a clearer instance of across the board lying by the corporate media in the United States of Amnesia. But we've got alternatives to promote. This past week's programming at www.democracynow.org is truly enlightening of the Reagan years. Please also see this piece from blackcommentator.com -- one among many critical obituaries that need to be heard. It's challenging, but that what history is for, to challenge us to do better.

 
 

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Announcement :: Environment

Tell NRC to hold local hearings on new nukes

The U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be considering challenges to Dominion's possible new nuclear plants at its North Anna site, on Lake Anna in central Virginia. However, the hearing is in Maryland.

Since Virginia residents, including Richmond (only 40 miles downwind) have to live with the negative effects of new reactors with few benefits, any hearings on the issue should be held locally so residents can attend and make their voices heard.

If you would have attended hearings closer to Richmond, please print out the attached pdf file saying so, sign it, and send it to me BEFORE June 21! You can either fax it to (202) 547-7392 or mail it to the above address.
 
 

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