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Statement by the Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality
Bowing to years of growing local, national and international pressure, Richmond City Council voted Nov. 10 to keep baseball on the Boulevard, where it has been played for nearly 60 years. This effectively kills – for now – the reactionary, developer-driven proposal to build a baseball stadium in historic Shockoe Bottom, once the center of the massive U.S. domestic slave trade.
As we celebrate this important victory, we call on all defenders of Black History to rededicate ourselves to reclaiming and memorializing a section of Shockoe Bottom in order to pay homage to the hundreds of thousands of Black people who suffered and resisted on this sacred ground. .........................................................
This latest proposal to build a stadium in the Bottom – the fourth such proposal that we are aware of – was first raised Aug 5, 2012, in a Richmond Times-Dispatch opini…

The Virginia Defender Autumn issue online now.

!Chokwe Lumumba!

Chokwe Lumumba's death is a loss both personal and collective.  Jackson, Mississippi, Mayor Chokwe Lumumba died at the age of 66 on Feb. 25, 2014. Taking office just last July, a true people's mayor, Lumumba lived according to his principles - without fear, with strength and faith in the people. He was a Black man committed to his belief in unity of all peoples while advocating for the self-determination of Black people. He was a good man and he was elected mayor in a majority Black city in a period when most elected people elected are too afraid to speak truth to power and money, much less act truth to power and money. He had a plan, it's now the plan of the people of Jackson. Chokwe Lumumba is now one of our beloved ancestors. Long live the heart of Chokwe Lumumba. Long live the people of Jackson Mississippi. Long live the People. May Richmond live and learn as well.
Coverage: Jackson Free Press…