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We are a little late in posting this, thanks to all the folks in Richmond who have been working to publicise this letter and this issue. No baseball stadium in Shockoe Bottom!!!

May 8th, 2013

TO THE SITTING MEMBERS OF RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL AND MAYOR’S OFFICE

We have watched with displeasure the most recent crimes of the Richmond City administration and its petty ambitions; it sells its soul to the rapacious FIRE sector and throws its citizens to the wolves to appease the never-ending greed of its shadowy elite. There is no change in Richmond, only the quiet hum of the Jones Machine and the avaricious stare of the sitting mayor, dancing obediently on the strings of privileged and secret interests. There is no hope in Richmond, only despair for those who remember the lessons of the past. There is no voice in Richmond, only a pathetic handful of ‘local’ media sources who are content to take their pittances from corporate masters while their city rots around them. The corruption leaking from every pore of the city is indicative of its inability to understand or accept its own past.

In this city once flourished the most oppressive and disgusting form of business ever created by mankind: the slave trade. Human beings were bought and sold like chattel by the hundreds of thousands based solely on the color of their skin. From Richmond, blacks were shipped all over the country to sweat, bleed, and die at the pleasure of white slave-owners. The scars of this atrocity still bleed and fester in the forms of institutionalized racism and economic apartheid against people of color.

For too long Richmond’s elites have systematically manipulated and disenfranchised its black majority through regressive economic policy, criminally negligent spending priorities, mock elections, and shadowy real estate deals. Jackson Ward was obliterated by white elites to make room for an interstate highway. Navy Hill’s earthly remains consist of a marker found in a parking garage by a local professor. The black children of Richmond’s school system suffer from a 75% poverty rate. Black preschoolers attend a program for disadvantaged youth on top of an unlined dump in a school that was built during the era of Jim Crow. Huge swathes of East Broad Street were gentrified to make way for the Richmond Convention Center and CenterStage Theater, a coup for the conspicuous consumers that make up Richmond’s elite patrons and coordinated by Bob Mooney, former chief financier of Richmond-based Ethyl Corp. Monument Avenue’s statuary stands as false exoneration of the ‘heroes’ of the Civil War; ‘heroes’ whose greatest achievement will forever be marked as failing to win the war they fought so desperately to win.

Decades ago, the discovery of the Burial Ground for Negroes (now Richmond’s African Burial Ground) by Elizabeth Cann Kambourian under a parking lot in Shockoe Bottom began the decades-long struggle towards the reclamation of the nation’s second-most-successful slave market by the inheritors of its legacy of cruelty and hate.

Now, as Richmond’s black residents continue to make progress to regain their past and right the great injustice that white supremacist power has laid upon them, the white land barons have again mobilized to murder the threat of black power in its crib. The specter of the Shockoe Ballpark has been resurrected by Richmond’s criminal capitalist class under the guise of ‘growth’ and ‘wealth.’ The charge is in part led by one H. Louis Salomonsky, an unrepentant capitalist sent to prison several years ago for bribing a public official in a failed bid to swing a mayoral election; his cries of “community!” serve merely to increase the value of his many real estate holdings through wasteful public expenditure projects. His tendrils, and those of others like him, extend far into local politics; the real estate sector outspends the next highest industry in Richmond political campaigns by two to one.

We call you out, Dwight Jones. Your 2012 unopposed mayoral election garnered you $314,499 in funds; $43,350 came from the land barons and their interests, with $2,500 alone from Salomonsky and his subsidiaries. Over the course of your sixteen-year political career, the landlords have bribed you for $135,917.

We call you out, Charles Samuels. Your 2012 election garnered you $63,225 in funds; $10,850 came from the land barons and their interests. Over the course of your four-year political career, the landlords have bribe you for $24,250.

We call you out, Chris Hilbert. Your 2012 election against a neophyte social worker garnered you $41,702 in funds; $5,155 came from the land barons and their interests. Over the course of your eight-year political career, the landlords have bribed you for $43,472.

We call you out, Kathy Graziano. Your 2012 election garnered you $96,838 in funds; $12,450 came from the land barons and their interests. Over the course of your eight-year political career, the landlords have bribed you for $71,706.

We call you out, Ellen Robertson. Your 2012 unopposed election garnered you $12,110 in funds; $1,000 came from the land barons and their interests. Over the course of your nine-year political career, the landlords have bribed you for $29,525.

We call you out, Cynthia Newbille. Your 2012 unopposed election garnered you $17,166 in funds; $1,300 came from the land barons and their interests. Over the course of your three-year political career, the landlords have bribed you for $4,100.

We call you out, Reva Trammell. Your 2012 election garnered you $65,141 in funds; $6,645 came from the land barons and their interests. Over the course of your political career, the landlords have bribed you for more than $20,095.

We are watching you, Jon Baliles. Bruce Tyler was sold to the landlords for only $82,307.

We are watching you, Parker Agelasto. Martin Jewell was sold to the landlords for only $20,600.

We are watching you, Michelle Mosby. Douglas Conner was sold to the landlords for only $29,400.

We demand that the city permanently halt attempts by its white landowners to build a ballpark in this critically important district and commit fully and transparently to enacting recommendations by the Richmond Trail of Enslaved Africans Commission for a heritage site in Shockoe Bottom.

We will be watching.

WE ARE ANONYMOUS.
WE ARE LEGION.
WE DO NOT FORGIVE.
WE DO NOT FORGET.
EXPECT US.

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Parents For Life_2012 invites you to join us for the Preschoolers First Day of Class Vigil at Norrell Elementary School. Norrell Elementary School was closed in 2006 because there were environmental concerns about the site, which was built on an old city landfill.

On facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/events/466670310021143/

Parents for Life_2012 believe that the health and welfare of the city’s children should be the primary concern of the Richmond City School Board. We are committed to remain vigilant in our demand for an excellent learning environment for our most

vulnerable 3 & 4 year old pre-schoolers as well. We will remind everyone that we believe this school board has failed in their duty to OUR children.Please join us in reminding the school board that they have endangered our children and that we will persist in our effort to protect our children.

While we wish to express our outrage at the school board’s decision, we do not want to frighten the children nor do we want to interrupt nor interfere with the normal operation of the school.

We, therefore want everyone attending this vigil to be respectful of students and staff. We ask that this be a quiet vigil and that no one yell at school personnel nor enter the school grounds. We are to remain on the sidewalks.

Representatives of Parents For Life_2012 will be present in shifts starting at 7:30 AM until 4:00 PM on Monday Sept 10.

Please join us during the times listed below as you are able.

Shifts will run:
7:30 AM to 9:30 AM
9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

A. V. NORRELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2120 FENDALL AVENUE, RICHMOND, VA 23222

On Monday:

In response to the violent arrests of Hunter Singleton and Eric Scott on the evening of November 9th during a march in Richmond, Occupy Charlottesville will be holding a solidarity demonstration along the Downtown Mall on Monday November 14th around 7:30 pm after the General Assembly in Lee Park on Market street.

Eric and Hunter are facing felony charges for wearing masks during the march, something that most everyone in the march was doing as a protective measure against tear gas and police surveillance. This move shows that the police singled them out for being openly involved in activism and anarchist organizing.

We march in Charlottesville to show that solidarity with those imprisoned is possible doesn’t matter where we live and to strengthen the regional movement to occupy public spaces and all spaces. We march also to stand by the age old conviction that “An injury to one is an injury to all” among those who resist systemic oppression and injustice. To Richmond mayor Dwight Jones and Police Chief Bryan Norwood we want to show that even outside Richmond, people are watching and have each other’s backs. To the Charlottesville government and police department we also say that we have comrades all along the region that will support each other and organize to keep our city’s occupation going for the long haul.

Folks from Richmond who want to carpool to Charlottesville should call 804 300 0023 or email wingnut_collective@yahoo.com We will probably leave from the Wingnut around 5pm. Contributions for the cost of fuel would be appreciated

An update from the Monroe Park Occupation back in March, where several individuals were charged with violating a City Code regarding being in parks after dark. Three members of the Wingnut Anarchist Collective are appealing their verdicts of guilty, and are challenging that piece of City Code based on it being unconstitutional. Arguments in this appeal were finally presented on Thursday, November 3rd, after multiple continuances over the months. Occupiers have court again on Monday, November 21st at 9am at the John Marshall Court Building in room 302 for the disposition. Supporters are welcome to attend.

For background information on the Monroe Park Occupation of March, 2011 you can go to: http://www.monroeparkoccupation.wordpress.com

Here is an account from one of the folks involved:

The morning started out rather frantic. I woke up and rolled out of bed, my mind churning with thoughts, my stomach twisting in anticipation. The day I had been anticipating ever since I last squared off with my archnemesis, the loathsome Christopher Toepp. Words can not express my utter contempt for this vile pond scum who has infected our gracious city with his insidious presence. No, wait, I shouldn’t say that, pond scum is too good to be associated with the likes of him. The Commonwealth’s Attorney who has made it his personal crusade to champion fascism, to goose step all over freedom, to piss on the fires of liberation wherever he finds them smoldering in the hearts of the down-trodden and oppressed. Whether he’s ripping the Constitution to pieces or trying to pin ludicrous charges on innocent activists with no evidence this man has no problem manipulating a corrupt and broken judicial system in an attempt to destroy everything that is right and good in this world.

I only had a few hours to prepare for this battle and I knew if I was to have any hope of survival my wits would have to be razor-sharp and I had to have my thoughts in order. The odds were stacked against us. None of our group has any legal experience, we knew that they had the advantage of fighting us in their home terrain. Court procedures and legal terms are the province of their lands, a land which seems foreign and strange to us. A land where an archaic language based on dead tongues and centuries of antiquated  jurisprudence reign supreme. There is no respect for the kind of organic interpersonal communication and connection that we thrive and grow on, here rhetoric and carefully structured arguments are the only thing that matter. I stocked up on energy drinks and brought my highlighter to bear as I reread the court cases I have read over and over again over the past few months. Trying to sift through the lengthy opinions of so-called Justices who dedicate their lives to passing final judgement on people who they don’t even know, it is not an easy task trying to translate and comprehend their tangled webs of legal jargon. I had managed to find a few cases that provided us a solid shield against the venomous fangs of that detestable man, Christopher Toepp. The case of Shuttlesworth v. the City of Birmingham, a shimmering gem of hope buried deep in a quagmire of court decisions that have chipped away at our liberties over the years. In the case the court for once defended the Constitution and stated quite clearly that city ordinances do not have the authority to rob us of our natural liberties. They stated quite clearly that city governments do not have the authority to write vague laws to restrict our ability to speak freely and that the power to limit speech can not be vested in a single authority with no guidelines or chance for appeal. It even goes a step further and states quite clearly that when people are faced with such unconstitutional and illegitimate laws that they may disregard them entirely and express themselves freely, for no governing authority has the right to strip us of our thoughts and beliefs.

To understand this monumental court case you must understand the time and place which it arose from. It was in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama, a state which had become infested to its core with virulent racism. Terrorists rode through the dark of night wearing white hoods and carrying burning crosses, savage cops viciously beat down anyone who so much as questioned the racist regime that rigidly created rifts and divides throughout society. (more…)

The Monroe Park Master Plan:  A look at the costs

by Dave Thompson

This document is intended to be a quick reference guide for the costs of renovating Monroe Park, mostly using data from the  Monroe Park Master Plan (http://www.monroepark.com/roadside/Monroe_Park_Report_2_2008.pdf).   This is a draft and may still contain some errors, please double check my numbers before you use them, and if you find anything wrong with this document, let me know so I can improve it. (more…)