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Black Lives Matter Symposium at VCU
Activist Bree Newsome speaks at the Black Lives Matter Symposium Photo by Craig Zirpolo/RVA Magazine

Activist Bree Newsome speaks at the Black Lives Matter Symposium
Photo by Craig Zirpolo/RVA Magazine

“What are we willing to do to be free?” asked Dr. Ravi Perry, as a silence fell over the VCU Commons Ballroom.

From the opening moments of the college's first Black Lives Matter Symposium, the moderator held no punches. One of many events celebrating Martin Luther King Day at VCU this week, Perry deftly led a discussion between nationally recognized activist and filmmaker Bree Newsome, Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham and other members of the Richmond and VCU community to an audience of over 200 attendees Wednesday evening.

Learn more about the symposium in my article with Sarah Schuster via RVA Magazine

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Relatives of Missing 43 Mexican Students Rally in Richmond
Photo by Craig Zirpolo/Capital News Service

Photo by Craig Zirpolo/Capital News Service

Relatives of the 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa rallied in Richmond this weekend, seeking justice for their loved ones and urging the United States to cut off foreign aid to corrupt politicians and law enforcement officials in Mexico.

Speaking to a crowd of more than 100 students at Virginia Commonwealth University on Friday, Anayeli de la Cruz, Clemente Rodriguez Moreno and Felipe de la Cruz Sandoval disagreed with government and police accounts of the Sept. 26 attack on students in Iguala, located about three hours from Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers’ College of Ayotzinapa.

Three different groups are traveling across the US as a part of Caravana 43. Members who spoke at VCU will head to Washington DC on Sunday and culminate at a large demonstration in New York City on April 26.

To find out more about the case and what relatives had to say read my story via The Fairfax Free CitizenThe Village News Online and Medium.

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