Starting in January 2014, eight Richmond-based arts and cultural organizations will partner to facilitate community-wide conversations inspired by their respective exhibitions and programs. Participating institutions include Candela Books + Gallery, Anderson Gallery VCUarts, Black Iris, 1708 Gallery, Elegba Folklore Society, Reynolds Gallery, the Valentine Richmond History Center, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Many of the programs and exhibitions will occur in January and February, with additional offerings to follow in the spring.Events are free and open to the public, except where otherwise noted. Click on the link for each venue’s website for directions, gallery hours, and other details.
Since late September 2013, Patricia Ferguson and I have participated in 12-15 NC Legislative Black Caucus sponsored Town Hall meetings held around the state. The purpose of the town halls was to update communities on the ways that they’ve been impacted by regressive legislation passed by the 2013 NC General Assembly, to educate communities about the legislation and to define a way forward in addressing community priorities. Our task has been to address voter suppression and to help to define an appropriate community response. During our presentations we’ve addressed the national Republican led campaigns to suppress the right to vote and to translate its present and future impact on voting in North Carolina.
Affordability, Reliability, 9-1-1 Access at Risk; FCC to Address Crucial Decisions. BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA -- The accelerating shift to digital telephone networks could put communities of color at risk by ending basic standards like affordable service and 9-1-1 access , The Greenlining Institute argues in a new report being released Dec. 10. “Everything from 9-1-1 emergency services to consumers’ very ability to access reliable, affordable phone service is potentially in danger if the FCC doesn’t enforce basic standards as the transition to a digital phone network moves forward,” said Greenlining Institute Energy and Telecommunications Policy Director Stephanie Chen. Chen noted that several factors could make communities of color particularly vulnerable.
BALTIMORE—The American Federation of Teachers and First Book announced today that they have distributed 1 million new, free children’s books to public schools and to community and educational groups nationwide serving children in low-income families. The announcement was made at a First Book event in Baltimore, where more than 400,000 books will be distributed this week. About 60 percent of the books will be shipped to 538 communities across the nation, and the remainder—about 160,000 books—will stay in the Baltimore area. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was instrumental in making the public warehouse available for book storage and distribution.