Groups from around the country rallying for undocumented rights had their day in court as they rallied for the passage of two potentially life-changing pieces of legislation.
It’s been rainy as the weather starts to cool and fall sets in, but on a Friday in late September, the sun is out. People are briskly walking through Monroe Park on their way to work. Students are all around, some on bikes, others stretched out on the grass. Homeless folks are sitting on benches, conversing and enjoying the weather.
Anne Holton, former Virginia secretary of education and wife of Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine, stopped by Ginger Juice at the Village Shopping Center today as part of an effort by Kaine’s running mate, Hillary Clinton, to appeal to small business owners.
Drummer Troy Gatrell, of the Richmond band Clair Morgan, will write and record a five-song EP within public view as part of The SoundView Project. (Photo by Joey Wharton)
John Mills, owner and creative strategist for local branding agency Release The Hounds, is collaborating with RVA-based label EggHunt Records for a month-long public experiment that is giving viewers an insight on how music is made, and helping improve music education programs in the city along the way.
“The city will not, right now, allow people to actually speak about being HIV positive,” said Johnnie Cruise Mercer, local choreographer and artistic director for TheREDproject. “This concert creates a small space that will allow people to open up and talk about it.”
Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday vetoed a bill that he said could disenfranchise qualified voters but Republican legislators said could reduce voter fraud.
At Rudd’s Trailer Park off Jefferson Davis Highway, dozens of condemned mobile homes stand vacant, with boarded-up or broken windows. Fire gutted some; others have been raided by vandals. If there’s any progress since last year’s settlements resulting from a federal lawsuit and civil rights complaint, it’s not evident yet.
Three bills that would help undocumented immigrants, and one that would hurt them, have been introduced in the Virginia General Assembly as state legislators tackle an issue that has loomed large during the presidential election.
Richmond’s Latino community is watching the presidential race anxiously as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s poll numbers tighten. Many community members said the tone of the presidential race already has consequences in their daily lives.
“I didn’t want people to feel bad for me; I just wanted people to see that I had finally gotten to a place to embrace all aspects of myself,” said Chaz Barracks, a University of Richmond grad student and the founder of IAMMYLIFE.com.
Days before the Richmond mayoral election, the field of candidates has narrowed to five. Three of the five candidates have a realistic chance of winning, according to recent polls. One of those candidates is Levar Stoney, a 35-year old Virginia native, James Madison University graduate, and former Secretary of the Commonwealth.