Please join us in welcoming Carolina Velez to her new position as a full-time organizer with Wayside! Save the date for a happy hour and open house in Richmond the evening of Friday, December 13th – details coming soon! I am Carolina! Mestiza, Caleña, Colombian,...Read More
During the annual Freedom Fund Gala, the Richmond NAACP will recognize Jessica Osornio Resendiz for her work against racial discrimination in her high school with the Ella Baker Award. Hear directly from her in this short video about how she and other students and parents...Read More
Acquaintances new and old convened at the Wayside Center’s third annual Commons, July 13th-14th. Here’s a video and some reflections from friends and comrades. “There is something magical about Wayside. It was one of the first places where I felt at home in Virginia and...Read More
By Idalia Alvarez and Jessica Osornio, Wayside summer interns and Richmond Public School Students who helped to organize the events described. On Monday July 15th, two different causes joined forces at the school board meeting to fight against injustices. Groups from mainly...Read More
Come down to Wayside for a crash course in movement building, campaign strategy, and direct action. Meet other folks from the region and leave better prepared to fight for the win back home. Registration is closed for this eventRead More
Wayside’s annual field day fundraiser extravaganza. Now’s the time to pull together your team and compete for the ultimate glory of winning the Wayside Cup!Read More
When a disgusting racist diatribe appeared in one of Charlottesville’s arts and entertainment papers, Cville Weekly, many were not surprised. The weekly feature known as The Rant allows callers to leave anonymous messages on a voicemail line. The editors then select a few...Read More
The voice of the South is changing. What would our movement look like, how much more power could we have if we began communicating well across language? At the center of Wayside’s work is education and building relationships across class, gender, immigration status, sexuality, language, and race. Our language work lies at the center of this commitment: to connect people at the base who often are not engaged in meaningful dialogue around shared struggles.
Central to Wayside’s vision is the belief that those directly affected are the ones best qualified to create solutions to the problems affecting their communities. In addition to creating spaces where people can come together and reflect on those problems, we offer a variety of organizer skills training programs to increase the capacity of our communities to implement those solutions. These range from evening programs to weekend workshops to months-long internships. Most can be offered both at Wayside and in your area.
The Wayside Center offers a beautifully restored 200 year-old farmhouse on 25 lush, river bottom acres for use by your group. If you’re interested in using the space, please contact us and we will get back to you within a couple of days.