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MAKING IT HAPPEN IN RVA!: Richmond Radical News Briefs

Recently the oft quiet city of Richmond, Va. has been bustling with radical activism and organizing. Plans for a Nov. 9 march on the state capitol to oppose the war on Iraq are bringing people conscience, freedom fighters, and critically minded folks out of the woodwork. The march is planned to begin with a 2 p.m. rally at Festival Park. If you are interested in taking action to stop the war, Saturday meetings of the Richmond Anti-War Coalition are convening every weekend up to the march at 2 p.m. at the Pace Center.

On Tuesday, Oct. 8 survivors of sexual assault and their allies held a Take Back the Night rally at the Virginia Commonwealth University Commons and an energetic march that followed took to the streets to protest the global pandemic of rape and sexual assault. After the march “officially ended,” anarchist feminists and Richmond radicals continued the march to local fraternity houses.

On Wednesday, Oct. 9, the Rural Justice Tour came to the Pace Center and educated Richmonders about the struggles for land and freedom in this hemisphere. Members of the Brazilian landless Movement, Indigenous Peoples Without Borders from Mexico, and a rural justice organizer from Venezuela spoke eloquently about their struggles and the need for international solidarity.

On Thursday, Oct. 10, Richmonders memorialized the freedom fighter Gabriel “Prosser,” an African slave who planned the largest slave uprising in Virginia history. Due to a sudden and massive thunderstorm, the uprising faltered and authorities caught wind of the rebellion’s plans. “Prosser” was hung in Richmond on Oct. 10, 1800 and today his body is buried beneath a parking lot downtown. Councilman Sa’ad El-Amin is calling for an official memorial to honor Gabriel. Local white supremacists turned out to protest and antagonize Richmonders who attended to commemorate Gabriel “Prosser.”


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