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About Us & What We Believe

The Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality is an organization of Virginia residents working for the survival of our communities through education and social justice projects. The Defenders recently celebrated 15 years of community organizing and activism! We began in June 2002. Many of us had relatives in the Richmond City Jail or state prisons and were concerned about the physical conditions of these institutions. As we worked around these issues, we learned more and more about the connections between jails, jobs, poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia, class, political representation, and war. We began organize and hold public forums on these issues, so we could develop more to show the connections between local and international events. We have The Virginia Defender , a statewide, quarterly newspaper; two websites ( www.DefendersFJE.blogspot.com and www.SacredGroundProject.net ); and three Facebook pages, for the Defenders organization, newspaper and radio pro

Check out the latest VDEF Updates & Announcements

THE COVID-19 RICHMOND JAIL CRISIS THAT COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED

Defenders Call for Unity in the Rebellion

Appeal to Support Michaela Hatton

For Immediate Release: May 29, 2020

All four Richmond mayoral candidates endorse the Memorial Park!

SPOTLIGHT: Virginia Prison System COVID-19 Cases

MAY 5 IS GIVING TUESDAY!

Updates and Announcements: April 16, 2020

CATHY’S CAMP IS COMING DOWN

The winter issue of The Virginia Defender is up!

Open Letter to Gun Rights Supporters Coming to Richmond on Jan. 20

Next issue of The Virginia Defender is up!