28 May 2012

DefendersLIVE May 28:
On Tuesday, May 22, a group of prisoners held in Virginia's notorious Red Onion Super-Max prison began a hunger strike to demand that the Virginia Department of Corrections (DOC) follow its own regulations in regard to meals, sanitation, isolation, safety and procedures for processing prisoner grievances. To support these courageous prisoners, a press conference was held Wed., May 23 at 11 a.m. outside DOC headquarters in Richmond, sponsored by the Richmond chapter of SPARC (Supporting Prisoners and Advocating for Radical Change). (See: http://ping.fm/C1S0U). SPARC members Isis Hodari, Adam Ryan and Joshua DePaolis provided an update and background on this struggle and SPARC's goals for radical change in our nation's prison industrial system.

LINKS
virginiaprisonstrike.blogspot.com
sparcva.wordpress.com

EVENTS
Solidarity with Red Onion State Prison Hunger Strikers - Letter-Writing Party - http://ping.fm/cdVva
Vigil in Solidarity with Hunger Strikers - http://ping.fm/WmJ3t

21 May 2012

May 21 on DefendersLIVE

MONEY FOR JOBS, HEALTHCARE and EDUCATION ...NOT FOR WAR
(and certainly not multiple wars):
  1. Ashley Williams: 9 am, Monday, June 4, in Courtroom 302 of the John Marshall Courts Building, 400 N. 9th St. in downtown Richmond. Young mother unjustly convicted of starving her child to death seeks the right to the legal counsel of her choice - see Va Defender report on Court Watch tab above.
  2. May 25 - Court date for 33 women’s rights protesters arrested at Capitol
  3. Mayor's Anti-Poverty Commission hearings 
    • TONIGHT: 6-8pm at Calhoun Center in Gilpin Court
    • WED, 6-8pm at Southside Community Center
  4. Richmond Public Schools Rezoning Hearings - 6:30 pm on May 29 at George Wythe High School (4314 Crutchfield St., 23225, 804-780-5037) and May 31 at John Marshall High School (4225 Old Brook Rd, 23227). RPS School Board Meeting scheduled for June 18 at 7pm at City Hall, 900 E. Marshall St. 
  5. June 15: Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers (TRAP) Hearing in Glen Allen Dept. of Health. Link to Virginia Coalition to Protect Women's Health comments on the impact of Senate Bill 924 
PLEASE ATTEND ANY OR ALL OF THESE HEARINGS. LOCAL POLITICS IS YOUR ONGLING SHOT TO ENGAGE OR CHALLENGE OUR CURRENT SYSTEM TO BE THE SOCIAL JUSTICE MECHANISM IT OUGHT TO BE. WHY MISS IT?
DefendersLIVE airs Noon on Mondays, WRIR 97.3 lp fm
Rebroadcast Tuesdays at 11 and 2 at www.wrir.org

14 May 2012

DefendersLIVE today: Part 2 of the Interview with Naseem Rakha, journalist and author of The Crying Tree, a novel about the death penalty and its impact on the victim, the workers, the guilty, and its essential impotence as a crime prevention tool in our society. Noon on 97.3 LP FM and live streamed on www.WRIR.org.