Yoga and Food Justice: Renew Richmond Project Yoga @ 4/4 10a-2:30p

Join Renew Richmond And Project Yoga.

When: April 4, 2015 from 10a – 2:30p

Where: Jerusalem Connection Community Garden (210 Giant Drive, Richmond VA)

What:Prep Renew Richmond’s Community Garden for the Season and Join After for a Free Yoga Session. All Levels of Yoga.


[flyer for event, has photos of people doing yoga and gradens. Says “Sat April 4, 2015 10-2:30p. ROOT AND RENEW. Jerusalem Connection Community Garden. 210 Giant Drive, Richmond VA. Serve with us. Prep renew Richmond’s community garden for the season. Join us after for a free all levels yoga class.]


Sanctuary RVA Opening!

We are excited to cosponsor the Sanctuary RVA Opening! Here is some more info about the event:

When: 6-8p Friday March 27

Where: Black Iris, 101 W Broad St


We are so excited to finally be opening the doors to Sanctuary! Sanctuary VA is a community re-entry center for formerly incarcerated men + women. The center has daily drop- in hours, as well as weekly workshops in writing, poetry, music, and art therapy.

Celebrate our open- mic opening with us with a night of music, dance, poetry, food, and more! Open to all ages!

*Suggested $5 donation

We are lucky to have some amazing co-sponsors, including:

Jihad Abdulmumit of The Jericho Movement
Justice RVA

#StopTheBurn: People of Color Organize against Toxic Explosives

A parody music video made by concerned citizens of Louisiana against the open burn of toxic explosives that harms the publics health and environment. Filmed by the kids at the Renzi Center after school program. The mission of #StopTheBurn:

“Our goal is to fight for a safe disposal or removal of the 15 million pounds of M6 explosives at Camp Minden, and to stop the open burn.”

More info at

Community Events Calendar

ALL these great events need your support! Hope to see you there!

HOW TO BE AN ALLY: Understanding Systemic Racism

Date: 03/04
Time: 9pm – 10pm
Location: VCU Student Commons, Salon III-IV

Focusing on Systematic Racism, this Public Knowledge Series will take on sub-topics such as

-How to be an Ally
-Racism Today
-Mass Incarceration

There will also be a panel to discuss these topics
As well as Free Food!


MEMORIAL FOR THE MISSING – Ayotzinapa and State Violence

Date: 03/06
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Location: 101 W Broad St (Basement of the Renaissance building)

This will be an informations session and fundraiser about the disappearances in Ayotzinapa, US intervention in Latin America and the history of students and people disappearing, as well as how all of that is related to migration and the situation of immigrants in the U.S. We will link this to how people disappear in the U.S. into detention centers and jails and how in the U.S. our young people are also victims of violence by the state.

This work shop is in preparation for the arrival of the parents of the 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa to Richmond, they will be touring the U.S. and stopping by 10 cities ending their tour in DC asking for support to ask the government to stop sending funding to the federal police in Mexico.


SONG Letter Writing to Ky Peterson

Date: 03/07
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Location: Gay Community Center of Richmond, 1407 Sherwood Avenue

On October 28, 2011, Ky Peterson, a black trans man, was assaulted leading to the killing of his attacker. Ky is now serving time in a women’s prison for involuntary manslaughter. All too often, trans inmates are abused within the prison industrial complex, and we understand that Ky was acting in defense, and does indeed deserve justice. We want to support him as we know #BlackTransLivesMatter !

March 7, come out to the Gay Community Center of Richmond Classroom to engage in discourse about the criminalization of trans people of color, transphobia, racism, and lower income folks in prison, and learning more about Ky’s case. You can read up more beforehand here: !!


Date: 03/08, 03/15, 03/22 & 03/29
Time: 12:30pm – 3:45pm
Location: The Wingnut Anarchist Collective, 2005 Barton Ave

For the month of March Richmond Food Not Bombs will be cooking at The Wingnut Anarchist Collective on Sundays from 12:30 – 3:45!
Help us fundraise, gather supplies, cook food, make literature, and clean up!

We are building community and resistance and healthy bodies one vegan meal at a time!


R.I.S.E. UP Day Party

Date: 03/07
Time: 1pm-5pm
Location: TheTop RVA, 10 Walnut Alley

R.I.S.E. UP ( a cultural organization for the upliftment of our people) networking party & live entertainment provided by Tai Wo Mia Moore Teshia LeSane Reppa Fadedtoolong Ton Walter Pitchford Chris Tha Grifta Land Torre’ Baker Love B. Speaks Josh Trig Lee KO Williams & Rahshon ‘Jada’ Wilson … Jamil Dee Jasey & Chetaura Jones are co hosting the talent portion so come out $10 at the door…it’s an event to remember so much talent this Saturday I am excited… brought to you by R.I.S.E UP & Rva Culture-Center


VIRGINIA RAISE UP Community Allies Meeting

Date: 03/10
Time: 6pm
Location: 231 Belt Blvd

Join fast food workers and the Virginia Raise Up campaign to get involved in the fight for a living wage and to learn about our big labor march on April 15 at 5 in Monroe Park.

We are looking for individuals and organizations to get involved and informed so we can all strengthen our movements and highlight the intersectionality in the struggle for a living wage. Individuals and organizations can host or co-sponsor events leading up to the march, attend other events, endorse the march, and more!



Date: 03/14
Time: 11am – 1pm
Location: Monroe Park, 600 W Main St

This rally is to bring awareness to the violence suffered by the Black trans community. Just in 2015 alone, two Black transwomen have been brutally murdered. Lamia Beard, 30 years old of Norfolk, VA, on January 17th & Ty Underwood, 24 years old of Austin, Texas on January 26th.

There is a prevalence and distinction of the gruesome violence that has been perpetuated against the trans community, but specifically against Black trans individuals. In order to bring attention to the violence committed against Black trans folx, we need to make people aware of all the Black lives affected by systemic oppression. That includes fighting for Black Trans Lives. Let’s take a stand against transphobia, transmisogyny, anti-Blackness, and racism together and honor those who have been murdered or suffered due to these forms of violence.
Bring signs, banners, energy, and support! We will be meeting at Monroe Park at 8PM!

If you have any additional questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Ashleigh Shackelford [] or Shay Patrick [].


RICHMOND COMMUNITY Discussion on Ferguson

Date: 03/19
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Location: Good Shepherd Baptist Church,1127 N. 28th Street

#ALLBLACKLIVESMATTER: Inclusivity in the Black Power Movement Workshop

Date: 03/21
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Location: TBA

Through discussions and interactive exercises, we will help explore how to understand and incorporate ALL BLACK LIVES within the #BlackLivesMatter movement and in Black empowerment initiatives. Come to increase your knowledge and awareness of inclusivity of different identity aspects and learn how to promote and practice inclusivity in your work, organizations, and programs!

This workshop will also be a safer space to discuss and share ideas and experiences about intersections of race, class, sexuality, gender, disability, size, presentation, etc. It is open to everyone committed to Black liberation to provide a comprehensive look at issues of privilege within the Black community and the ways we all benefit from some form of privilege, and how we may be silencing specific groups of people by not understanding our privilege or someone else’s marginalization.


RICHMOND TLC (Trans Legal Collaborative): Name & Gender Marker Change Clinic

Date: 03/21
Time: 1pm-5pm
Location: Fan Free Clinic, 1010 N Thompson St

Come out to the first Richmond TLC hosted at Fan Free Clinic!
Volunteer lawyers will assist clients in changing their name and gender markers with the circuit court, as well as updating identification documents and identification markers (e.g., driver’s licenses, passports or a client’s gender and/or name on file with the Social Security Administration and related identification).

In addition, there will be free HIV testing, an employment workshop, and the opportunity to obtain resources and referrals if needed.

All services are FREE!!!

Space is limited for both set appointments and walk-ins, so sign up by 3/16!!

To schedule an appointment or for more information contact:

Afton Bradley
Trans Health Services Program Manager
804-358-6343 x143


4/15 FOR $15: Richmond’s Biggest Labor March Ever!

Date: 04/15
Time: 5pm
Location: Monroe Park, 600 W Main St

Working people are fed up with being treated, and paid, like we don’t matter. On April 15, we will stand side-by-side with other workers demanding $15 an hour, the right to form a union and the respect we all deserve.

Join Fast Food Workers with the Raise Up campaign and a coalition of supporting organizations and individuals on Wednesday April 15th, the day before Tax Day, at 5pm in Monroe Park to rally for a $15 dollar an hour living wage for Fast Food Workers!

We are planning a day full of events, including a 1,000 person march. This will be the biggest labor march Richmond has seen.
We are putting together a list of endorsing individuals and organizations as well. If you would like to be on this list please email or call or text 804 300 0023

Stay tuned for details on events leading up to the 15th, and a schedule for the day of!

Folks from around Virginia are encouraged to come to town to take part in this important day!


News Round Up: Richmond People’s Climate March and Blockade at Dominion HQ

Thanks for all your kind support. This event could not have been possible without the incredible people supporting us, re-tweeting our images and sharing all over the internet. We need you as we battle Dominion Power a monopoly bent on extreme fossil fuels and nuclear at a time when leading climate scientists say we must phase them out within the next 15 years.