Recent news of popular uprisings across the globe remind us of how the spirit of revolution roars in places like Brazil and Turkey. As the long-term work continues, governments transition, and power shifts to and from the masses. Relationship-building and solidarity continue to be a barometer of progress and a place to begin visioning for the long haul
?(photo from DC Federal Worker’s Strike in May 2013)
Wayside hopes to spotlight some of the solid organizing happening in our region by mapping actions from the past month involving friends, family, and people we closely organize with.
To get the word out about your upcoming demonstrations and actions, try contacting Active-RVA, a community resource and events calendar that covers information on political and community events in and around Richmond, Virginia with occasional listings for nearby cities including Charlottesville, DC, and Roanoke.
LATIN@ STUDENTS UNDER ATTACK: HUGUENOT HIGH RALLY TO SUPPORT STUDENTS AND FAMILIES FIGHTING TO DECRIMINALIZE SCHOOLS — Richmond, VA — June 13th
Students, families, and supporters came out to confront issues within the education system, regarding the school-to-prison pipeline, mass deportations, language access, racial profiling and discrimination. Communities mobilized to demonstrate at the high school and see that demands be met. Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality have been strong allies in building solidarity across various communities. See feature article for details.
VIGIL TO SAY “NO STADIUM IN SHOCKOE BOTTOM” — Richmond, VA — June 19th
Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality and the African Ancestral Chamber issue an urgent call for people to contact Richmond City Council members in opposition of developers who are trying to build another baseball stadium in Shockoe Bottom. This is a call to preserve the historical legacy of Shockoe Bottom for the future of heritage tourism in what was the second-largest slave-trading market in all of North America. More information on how to support the campaign including action tonight Monday, June 24th 6 – 8:30 PM Richmond City Council Chambers 2nd Floor 900 E. Broad
(Pictured are Idalia, Jessica, and Jonathan, Wayside youth leaders, also involved with the recent action at Huguenot High School. They were inspired to attend the protest in solidarity after members of The Defenders supported the Huguenot HS protest)
CRITICAL MASS BICYCLE RIDE — Richmond, VA — May 31st
One of many worldwide critical mass rides to promote bicycle-friendly infrastructure and legislation, as well as calling attention
to the environmental, health, and safety impacts of bicycling.
There will be a Bicycle Parade later this month, June 28th @ Monroe Park @ 5pm
ANTI-RACIST PARADE — Charlottesville, VA — May 28th
Led by Revolutionary Youth Army, a Charlottesville based “new organization started by youth to help other youth get into radical organizing in VA.” The parade began at the Charlottesville Federal Building. The tour reflected on the national history of racism and the symbolism of colonial and Confederate propaganda of historical monuments and sites.
Youth interested in more information about the group can contact acyf@gmailcom.
(Pictured is a statue depicting racist colonizers, Lewis and Clark, towering over Sacajawea, one of the statues which inspired the march)
MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO — Richmond, VA — May 25th
New faces looking to plug in and activist veterans alike came from across different issue areas to take to the streets. Despite police hostility, youth and elders marched against corporate control of agriculture and food production with banners and petitions for GMO labeling.
Gallery 5 is hosting a March Against Monsanto art show and music night July 5, 2013.
DC FEDERAL WORKERS’ STRIKE — Washington, DC — May 21st
Multiple coordinated actions strategically shut down sites across the capital city. The strike incorporated marches, rallies, banner drops, and worker speak-outs in Change to Win’s labor union campaign against wage theft and for fair pay.