SATURDAY, JAN. 20:
VIRGINIA PRISON REFORM RALLY
AT CAPITOL SQUARE!
As of Jan. 16, more than 150 people have indicated on Facebook that they will be attending, with more than 800 “interested.” Among those who plan to attend are Delegate Alfonso Lopez, 49th district, and Delegate Lashrecse D. Aird, 63rd District. Carpools are being organized from cities across the state, including Blacksburg, Roanoke, Lynchburg, Gloucester, Norfolk and Prince William County.
The rally was Initiated by the Virginia Prisoner of Conscience Education Network (VAPOC), an organization of prisoners in the state prison system, and is being organized by the Coalition For Justice (Blacksburg) and the Richmond-based Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality.
The goal is to communicate to Virginia lawmakers that Virginians care about prisoners and no longer support criminal justice policies that punish excessively, unfairly and expensively.
Following the scheduled speakers (see below), there will be an open mic for former prisoners and relatives of prisoners to speak.
To learn more, please visit the Virginia Prison Reform Rally page on Facebook.
To endorse the rally, send the name of your organization with contact information to: email@example.com.
Co-Chair: Joseph Rogers of the Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality
Statement from Virginia Prisoner of Conscience (VAPOC)Statement by Jerry Mendoza- Villata, Member, VAPOC, representing immigrant prisoners, read by Aileen Rivera, Va. Defenders
Statement by Hassan Shabazz - Member, VAPOC, read by his brother
Wahid Shabazz, Founder & Dir., A Firm Foundation, Inc.
Statement from the Virginia Prisons Accountability Committee
(VAPAC), representing prisoners at the Red Onion State Prison
Arielle Goldman - Together We Will RVA
Bekura Waliah Shabazz - First Alliance Consulting Group
Kimberly Jenkins-Snodgrass - Interfaith Action for Human Rights
Janet "Queen Nzinga" Taylor - Virginia Defenders; Rastafarian and longtime supporter of Virginia Rastafarian prisoners
Lynetta Thompson - Former President, Richmond Branch NAACP
Henrietta Trotter - Representative, Family of Jermaine Doss, wrongfully incarcerated prisoner from Norfolk
Darryll X - Formerly incarcerated Board Member, Resource Information
Help for the Disadvantaged (RIHD)
Stephanie Younger - Angela Davis' Black Girl Coalition
Representative - Raise Up / Fight for $15
ENDORSERS: (in formation) A Firm Foundation, Inc.; Abu Unity Foundation - Newport News; Coalition for Justice - Blacksburg; Democratic Socialist of America, Richmond Branch; Family of Jermaine Doss, wrongfully incarcerated prisoner from Norfolk; First Alliance Consulting Group LLC. - Chester; Industrial Workers of the World, Richmond Branch; Interfaith Action for Human Rights - Washington, D.C.; Leaders of the New South - Richmond; New Virginia Majority; Raise Up VA; Resource Information Help for the Disadvantaged (RIHD) - Statewide; Together We Will RVA - Richmond; Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice, and Equality; Virginia Prisons Accountability Committee (VAPAC); Young Virginia Votes Center - Richmond; Stephanie Younger, Angela Davis' Black Girl Coalition