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February Updates and Announcements

MON., FEB. 1 – "TALK TO THE EDITOR" – The Defenders live, monthly, call-in talk radio show with host PHIL WILAYTO, Editor of The Virginia Defender. With this month’s special guest CAROLINA VELEZ, speaking on efforts by the local Latino/a community to defend itself from the threat of federal raids against undocumented immigrants. Plus, get the latest updates on the Shockoe Bottom campaign and other important community news. WCLM 1450 AM and online at: Call in at (804) 231-7685.

FRI., FEB. 5 - The first incredible GENERATION DREAM - a moving youth production in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 7 pm, Richmond Public Library's Main Branch, 101 E. Franklin St.. Sponsored by the Richmond Peace Education Center.

THURS., FEB. 11 - 38th Anniversary of the Iranian Revolution. DROP ALL THE SANCTIONS NOW!

MON., FEB. 15 - MARCH FOR OUR RIVERS - Noon, Virginia General Assembly, 201 9th St., Richmond. Sponsored by NO APC.

TUES., FEB. 16 - RICHMOND CRUSADE FOR VOTERS FEBRUARY MEETING - 7 pm, 2nd Baptist Church, 1400 Idlewood Ave.

WED., FEB. 17 - BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION - Presented by the Black Male Emergent Readers Literacy Program (BMER). Book Signings - Virginia’s African American Authors - Discussion led by Richmond’s own Clarence McGill, one of the Syracuse 8. 5-7 pm, Main Public Library, 101 E. Franklin St. Refreshments provided. FREE & Open to the Public. Information: 804-646-7223

SAT., FEB. 20 – SAVE THE DATE: Defenders Public Forum Examining Racial and Religious Prejudice - 2:30 pm, in the Gellman Room, Main Branch Richmond Public Library, 101 Franklin St., Program details to follow.

TUES., FEB. 23 - RICHMOND BRANCH NAACP FEBRUARY MEETING - 7 pm, 533 Club, 700 N. 3rd St. in Jackson Ward.\

SUN, MARCH 6 - FUND RAISER FOR THE VIRGINIA DEFENDER! - Revolutionary Love Songs! Music, song & dance with The Professor & The Madwoman - and Special Surprise Guests! 7-10 pm, at Sub Rosa Bakery. 620 N. 25th St. in Church Hill. Suggested Donation: $5.

THURS., MARCH 10 – SPRING EDITION OF THE VIRGINIA DEFENDER – Look for it at more than 300 distribution sites across Virginia and online at: NEW DISTRIBUTORS ALWAYS WELCOME! Just reply to this email and someone will contact you.

TUES, MAR. 15 - “SCHOOLS & JAILS IN THE LONG SHADOW OF SLAVERY” - A panel discussion with Ben Campbell, Kristen Green, David Coogan, Stanley Craddock, Terence Scruggs and Kelvin Belton. Moderated by Ana Edwards of the Defenders’ Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project. 7-9 pm, Visual Arts Center of Richmond, 1812 W. Main St. Information: (804) 422-8066.

SAT., APRIL 16 – 2016 VIRGINIA PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY FOR JOBS, PEACE & JUSTICE! – Virginia’s 8th annual statewide gathering of progressive activists from all our varied communities and struggles. Stay tuned for details. To volunteer, please reply to this email.

“HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT MAX?” Please visit this Facebook page to see how you can support Christopher Maxwell, the founder of Richmond’s community radio station WRIR. Max is facing severe health and financial problems. An FB page has been set up to help him meet these challenges. Note: From 2005 through 2013, Defender Ana Edwards hosted the WRIR program “Defenders Live!” which would not have existed if it weren’t for Max’s selfless work.