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66 minutes | Dec 8, 2021
WE KEEP US SAFE PT. 2 (Feat. Yaya Ogaldez & Sarandon Elliot)
For our last episode of 2021: We are talking about mutual aid with Yaya Ogaldez of Richmond Mutual Aid and Sarandon Elliot of UVA Mutual Aid. Our conversation explores the work of building life affirming institutions in so-called Charlottesville and here at home in the fallen capitol of the confederacy. We kick it off with our last Race Capitol reframe of 2021. Airing at 10am on WRIR 97.3 FM & streaming on all platforms! P.S. stay tuned for some more goodies before the year is out! #WeTakeCareofUs #WeKeepUsSafe #VA #RVA #Cville #FundBlackFutures #DefundThePolice Follow our guests: @uvamutualaid @madrva Resources UVA Mutual Aid Free Store GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/uva-mutual-aid-free-store?utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link_all&utm_source=customer Donate to Richmond Mutual Aid via venmo or Paypal @richmondmutualaid MADRVA website: https://richmondmutualaid.wixsite.com/resources Buy Richmond Mutual aid merch + support free store: https://madrva.squarespace.com/ As World Confronts Omicron Variant, Top 8 Pfizer & Moderna Investors Make $10 Billion in a Week https://www.democracynow.org/2021/12/7/pfizer_and_moderna_shareholders_profit Gov. Northam proposes police pay raises in upcoming budget https://vpm.org/news/articles/27718/gov-northam-proposes-police-pay-raises-in-upcoming-budget As Omicron Variant Circles the Globe, African Nations Face Blame and Bans https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/27/world/africa/coronavirus-omicron-africa.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur Omicron COVID variant was in Europe before South African scientists detected and flagged it to the world https://www.cbsnews.com/news/omicron-variant-covid-in-europe-netherlands-before-alert-raised/?ftag=CNM-00-10aab7e&linkId=142329193 Richmond Public Schools teachers are first in the state to gain collective bargaining rights https://richmond.com/news/local/richmond-public-schools-teachers-are-first-in-the-state-to-gain-collective-bargaining-rights/article_1d74e090-bb83-5fb0-bd22-81564ac872cb.html
58 minutes | Nov 24, 2021
FROM RVA TO CVILLE: SOLIDARITY FOREVER
This week on Race Capitol, we are in dialogue with Lisa Woolfork, Associate Professor of English at the University of Virginia and Christina Rivera of Congregate Cville, a Unitarian Universalist minister, as they reflect on the recent four year anniversary of A11 and A12 and the impact of the Sines v. Kessler trial on members of the Charlottesville community. Tune in this week as we center the People’s narratives from the ground in so-called Charlottesville. Thank you to our guests for joining this week! Give to the A11 A12 Survivors Support Fund: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/a11a12support https://bit.ly/rva-to-cville Resources: Black Women Stitch Podcast (Lisa) https://kite.link/StitchPlease https://linktr.ee/blackwomenstitch Facebook https://facebook.com/congregatecville https://facebook.com/CLFUU https://facebook.com/CalledToJustice Twitter @CongregateVille Congregate C'ville www.congregatecville.com Swords Into Plowshares article https://apnews.com/article/race-and-ethnicity-virginia-charlottesville-public-art-82967e27bfe3a0febd9b584bde381a99
56 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
No Cops. No Colonies. No Casinos.
This week on Race capitol, we are talking about the casino; exploring the legacy of wealth extraction, colonialism, and big shiny developments here in Richmond. We speak with community advocate and musician Allan-Charles Chipman and local artist Shon. After we speak with our guests, all three hosts will provide some deeper analysis on the upcoming casino referendum in Richmond. What are your thoughts on the Casino? Sound off in the comments! Music credit: Aloe Blacc - I Need A Dollar Nelly - Ride Wit Me The Roots - Ain Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around
116 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
Fire to the Prisons II: Meditations on Blackness, Captivity, and Freedom
NOTE TO LISTENER: Following the recording of this episode, it was brought to our attention that Marquis Bey had previously demonstrated a pattern of abusive behavior. Race Capitol has decided to remove Marquis’ interview from FTTPII in order to hold the tension between rejecting disposability of Black trans people while prioritizing survivors of sexual harm. We understand that those involved have completed a formal accountability process facilitated by transformative justice practitioners hired by AK Press. Read AK Press’ statement here. Race Capitol believes in our inherent value. We are against disposability culture which we understand to be a practice exercised by those within a privileged class or social position that sees poor, Black, Fat, Trans, non-men, Disabled, and other historically oppressed people as expendable. The practice of disposability culture causes those impacted to suffer the loss of social, political, and economic support. Considering Marquis' position as an academic, published author, and respected professional, Race Capitol believes that, at this time, removing Marquis' interview will not have any significant impact on their material conditions. We are birthing that world together where accountability is a daily practice. Race Capitol remains dedicated to creating a platform for those who have been violenced by the System--including by those who hold power within it. We have reached out to Marquis informing them of the concerns and look to those most impacted by Marquis’ abuse to inform further action. We are not in contact with survivors at the time of this statement. Survivors interested in contacting us can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org. ____________________________________________________________________ The liberation of colonized people necessitates the abolition of policing and prisons. Emancipation calls on us to not simply build a better world, in which less people are oppressed--but rather to build a world where the conditions for oppression become an impossibility: —one which affirms the lives of all people; —one that is divorced from the institutions of ableism, racism, and homophobia; —one that disallows the possibility for transmisogyny, that makes deportations obsolete; —one that not only changes, but has the infrastructure to be transformative; —where there are no borders, binaries, or limitations. Abolition requires our solutions to be imaginative and boundless. And abolitionism as both a movement and a project has continued to do just that since the colonization of the Amerikas. While the movement evolves into ways that are sometimes replications of state violence, the ever growing schools within the abolitionist movement lay the foundation for us to build a world that is much more free than we could ever imagine. This makes abolition more than one final project, rather--in the words of professor Marquis Bey--a constant state of becoming. This week on Race Capitol we meditate on Blackness, captivity, and freedom through exploring schools of abolitionism: non-profit (or NPIC) abolitionism and state abolitionism with co-host Nomi. First, we speak with Omi Mars (they/he/love), about how the freedom of oppressed people + marginalized genders necessitates the abolition of the NPIC (non-profit industrial complex), as well as their recent resignation from the Abolitionist Teaching Network after surviving repeated organizational harm. You can support them by visiting bit.ly/RefusingTheNPIC and donating directly. Please share! Finally, we hear from New Afrikan Prison Solidarity Organizer, CoCo (she/they) where they talk briefly about how the movement calls on us to develop the infrastructure for autonomous, sustainable community support. Visit https://linktr.ee/Racecapitol to see other ways you can support our guests!
56 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
Surveillance State: Policing Public Housing in RVA
This week on Race Capitol, co-hosts Nomi Isaac and Kalia Harris talk to community organizers about increased surveillance + policing in public housing neighborhoods in Richmond. Last month, five license plate readers were installed in both public housing neighborhoods and areas that Black people frequent. That, in addition to dozens of surveillance cameras that were already installed in public housing neighborhoods over the last couple of years has community members ringing the alarm. Hear from Yohance Whitaker of Richmond Transparency & Accountability project, and Legal Aid Justice Center, as well as Omari Al-Qadaffi of Leaders of the New South, as we talk about the history + legacy of policing in public housing, the current situation, and its implications for Black freedom and autonomy in public housing spaces in the future.
54 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
REEFER REVOLUTION (part 4): Legalization in Virginia
This week on Race Capitol, we talked with the #LegalizeItRight coalition of Virginia about the new laws around simple possession of marijuana that started this past July. In July, Marijuana Justice hosted the #LegalizeItRight coalition at their #MarijuanaMonthlies. Today the coalition includes: Marijuana Justice, Rise for Youth Virginia Student Power Network, Justice Forward Virginia. The #LegalizeItRight coalition was formed in 2019 to prepare for the 2020 Virginia legislative session to push elected officials to repeal the prohibition of simple possession due to the racial disparities so blatantly apparent in Virginia marijuana arrests and convictions. As of July 1, 2021 the coalition met their 2 year campaign mission to repeal the prohibition of simple possession, and Virginia was the first in the south to do so. But of course, there is more to do. Tune in today to hear from coalition partners to #KnowYourRisk with marijuana in the home, the car, at schools + universities, and public spaces. We also hear what’s next for the coalition, including #repeal, #repair, and #reparations
68 minutes | Aug 25, 2021
Justice For Orlando
Content Warning: Descriptions of police violence Jennifer Carter, mother of Orlando Carter, Jr. joins host Chelsea Higgs Wise to discuss her son’s case. Orlando Carter, Jr., was 27 years old when he was a target of police violence this past new year’s eve. An incident which started as an alleged traffic violation, left Orlando with a broken leg and 3 shots from behind by Richmond Police Department. He thankfully survived, but is now facing charges, while also being charged monthly for an ankle monitor while he awaits his next court date on October 8th at 9am. Every single day of 2021, since January 1st, the Carter family has been working to repair their lives due to the violence inflicted by Levar’s Richmond Police Department. Tune in to Jennifer Carter’s interview after this week’s Race Capitol reframe, as she tells us what she can about what happened on the night of New Years Eve. Additional reporting on Orlando's case by Ali Rockett: https://richmond.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/officers-testimony-on-thursday-differs-from-richmond-police-account-of-officer-involved-shooting/article_ddf010ef-d10d-579d-a3d1-9626c8e36db5.html Donate directly to the Carter family to support #ResourcingRepair : $cashapp JenJen913 Venmo: Jen-Carter-13 Want to support Race Capitol’s independent reporting? ✨ Subscribe to our show on your favorite podcast platform ✨ Join our Patreon and become a monthly donor ✨ Purchase a LIMITED EDITION “Pack It Up Levar” Merchandise on our Bonfire Campaign Thanks for your listens and shares of this week’s important episode!
81 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
Take Back the Land! : Land, Gentrification, and the Umoja Village Shantytown
Evictions and housing insecurity aren’t new issues in this country; since the beginning of European colonization of the Amerikas, displacement, forced encampment, and enslavement have been critical to sustaining the wealth of a small number of white male settlers. The foundation of this U.S. occupation has always rested on the practices of extraction and expansionism, building over anyone who dares to challenge the corporate elite's gross mismanagement of the land. The call to “free the land” is not simply about grass, water, or territory; it’s a call for reclamation: of culture, autonomy, and community control. This week on Race Capitol, co-host Nomi Isaac sits down with Haitian-born Pan-African theorist, organizer, and author of the book “Take Back the Land: Land, gentrification, and the Umoja Village Shantytown,” Max Rameau. We discuss the links between policing and housing--and reflect on how a small community of housing insecure people launched a 6-month long occupation to protest against gentrification in FL. In the spirit of Black August, we open the show with words + a call to action from New Afrikan prisoner, Shaka Shakur.
54 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Fire To The Prisons: Igniting the Plantation Through Inside-Outside Solidarity
The movement for the abolition of slavery, which includes the dismantling of prisons and policing, has never had a shortage of prisoner resistance. The legacy of those like Harriet Tubman and Nat Turner—who inspired free people to join them in a struggle for collective liberation, all while operating as either captives or fugitives of the state—lives on within us and our movement. It is the folks on the inside, and those most affected by the violence of carceral systems, who continue to educate, agitate, and organize a resistance against the disenfranchisement of oppressed people. Together, we will lift the sky—with the ashes of the Amerikan plantation fading away into the Earth beneath our feet. This week on Race Capitol, we discuss inside-outside solidarity movements taking place across the country. Co-host Nomi Isaac sits down with Prison Lives Matter members, Nick Grevens from IDOC Watch and Kwame Shakur, co-founder and chairman of the New Afrikan Liberation Collective. We close the show with words from Freedom Fighter and Former Black Panther member Assata Shakur. Resources: - “Down: Reflections on Prison Resistance in Indiana” - “Radical Resistance for Prison Abolition” by Comrade Frank Talk, a Captive New Afrikan Revolutionary - “Stand Up, Struggle Forward” by Sanyika Shakur - “A War Within Our Own Boundaries: Lyndon Johnson's Great Society and the Rise of the Carceral State” by Elizabeth Hinton - Assata Shakur in Her Own Words: Rare Recording of Activist Named to FBI Most Wanted Terrorist List via Democracy Now! Music: “Amerikan Sins” - Naomi Isaac “None of Us Are Free” - Solomon Burke “My Queen is Harriet Tubman” - Sons of Kemet “The Guillotine” - The Coup
56 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Canaan: when i read your letter, I feel your voice, with Nastassja Swift
For the week of June 9, 2021 Race Capitol interviews @nastassjaebony , an artist from Virginia who has a must-see production, Canaan: when I read your letter, I Hear Your Voice. Her show is brought to us by the @_canfoundation and will be shown at a FORMER COURTHOUSE in Hampton Virginia. Her brother Canaan is currently incarcerated, but this love letter to him goes far beyond his current place and this week’s interview is a peek into what it took to create such a powerful story. Not only is her work in a former Hampton courthouse, but specifically a volt, as she re-creates her own walls, not of a cage, just of love and family. Tune in this week to hear more about Nastassja as well the programming that's happening every weekend in the month of June. Visit Canaan: When I Read Your Letters, I Hear Your Voice 101 Kings Way Hampton VA Now- June 26, 2021
65 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Free the People: From RVA to Palestine (feat. Michael Kamel, Siona Peterous and Noura Erakat)
This week on Race Capitol, we talk about solidarity from #RVA to #Palestine with journalist Siona Peterous and filmmaker and photographer Michael Kamel, the co-hosts of the @ownyourstories podcast. Our dialogue centers creative and artistic tactics of resistance - from reclaimed spaces, to movement journalists, to musicians - fighting for collective liberation from the river to the sea. We also hear Dr. Noura Erakat’s powerful speech from a #SaveSheikhJarrah rally in Washington D.C. last month. As always, we kick off this week’s episode with our Race Capitol #Reframe, looking at the latest local, national, and international headlines. Support our independent Black media platform by subscribing where you listen to podcasts, sharing + bookmarking this post, and donating to us on #Patreon Featured Music: “Free Palestine” - Abe Batson “Free Palestine” - Genocide “‘Merica” - Rebelationz Resources: Follow on instagram: @OwnYourStories, @KamelWorld, @see.oh.nah, @nouraerakat, @DCPFAF Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions on Israel https://bdsmovement.net/ DC Palestinian Film & Arts Festival https://www.dcpfaf.org/ Justice For Some(book by Noura Erakat) https://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=26507 Freedom Is a Constant Struggle (book by Angela Davis) https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/780-freedom-is-a-constant-struggle Except for Palestine (book by Marc Lamont Hill) https://thenewpress.com/books/except-for-palestine Gaza in Context http://www.gazaincontext.com/ What Does Palestine Mean for Black America? A Conversation in Partnership with the Dream Defenders (panel discussion) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqn2_os_LJY Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists https://rsf.org/en/news/israel-now-holding-13-palestinian-journalists Reframe Resources: Isiah Brown GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-the-family-of-isiah-brown?utm_campaign=p_cp_url&utm_medium=os&utm_source=customer Chesterfield's third-largest mobile home park could change hands. Residents worry what comes next https://richmond.com/news/local/chesterfields-third-largest-mobile-home-park-could-change-hands-residents-worry-what-comes-next/article_2ce3f267-a4c4-59e7-96a9-365b66364f69.html Latinos have become the second-most vaccinated in Virginia. Community clinics are a major reason why https://richmond.com/news/local/latinos-have-become-the-second-most-vaccinated-in-virginia-community-clinics-are-a-major-reason/article_d73629b3-5e11-5881-a67c-f3c5f295b8be.html Concerns about missing work may be a barrier to coronavirus vaccination https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/05/27/time-off-vaccine-workers/ Historic Deception Bill Passes Illinois Legislature, Banning Police from Lying to Youth During Interrogations https://innocenceproject.org/historic-deception-bill-passes-illinois-legislature-banning-police-from-lying-to-youth-during-interrogations/ Arizona Plans Executions Using Same Poison Gas Used in Nazi Death Camps https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/may/28/arizona-gas-chamber-executions-documents U.S. unveils $310 mln in Central America aid https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/us-unveils-310-mln-central-america-aid-guatemala-agrees-work-together-migration-2021-04-27/ Who is Naftali Bennett, Israel’s potential prime minister? https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/5/31/naftali-bennett-who-is-israels-new-potential-prime-minister Israel and Colombia: The ever more special relationship https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/israel-and-colombia-ever-more-special-relationship Birds of a Fascist feather: why Israel is aiding Colombia’s crackdown on protesters https://mronline.org/2021/05/31/birds-of-a-fascist-feather-why-israel-is-aiding-colombias-crackdown-on-protesters/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=birds-of-a-fascist-feather-why-israel-is-aiding-colombias-crackdown-on-protesters All Eyes on Calí, Colombia https://blackallianceforpeace.com/newsletter/alleyesoncalicolombia
65 minutes | May 26, 2021
Whats the Tea on CRB? (feat. Jewel Gatling & Angela Fontaine of RVA Civilian Review Board Taskforce)
This week on Race Capitol, we spill the tea on the CRB! We talk with Jewel Gatling + Angela Fontaine of the Richmond Civilian Review Board Taskforce to discuss how the taskforce came about, the barriers that they are facing, the obstacles they’ve overcome, and what we can expect moving forward. As always, we kick things off with our Race capitol reframe, diving into local, national and international headlines. Support our independent Black media platform by subscribing where you listen to podcasts, sharing this track, and donating to us on Patreon (www.patreon.com/racecapitol) Join RVA CRB meetings each Wednesdays at 6:30pm via zoom: https://vcu.zoom.us/j/97009304361#success. Follow them on twitter @RVACRB and reach out to the taskforce via email at email@example.com Episode resources: Who Polices RPD? Race Capitol episode from 2019 https://soundcloud.com/user-461048344/episode-10-who-polices-rpd Richmond's police oversight board would be among nation's most wide-ranging if funding approved https://richmond.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/richmonds-police-oversight-board-would-be-among-nations-most-wide-ranging-if-funding-approved/article_f5fbe7b9-57ab-5eaa-ae2d-e404e95dcdea.html What Can Richmond Learn From Charlottesville CRB: https://vpm.org/news/articles/15921/what-can-richmond-learn-from-charlottesvilles-civilian-review-board From our reframe: Floyd one year later: Kalia Harris on holding powerful people accountable and keeping each other safe when governments don't: https://richmond.com/news/local/floyd-one-year-later-kalia-harris-on-holding-powerful-people-accountable-and-keeping-each-other/article_02577e00-0e87-5c82-8bb9-65f98e1b0af9.html Campaigns to Defund Police Have Seen Major Wins — and They’re Not Stopping https://truthout.org/articles/campaigns-to-defund-police-have-seen-major-wins-and-theyre-not-stopping/ People Expected Police Behavior to Change After George Floyd’s Murder. The Numbers Tell a Different Story: https://time.com/6046645/police-killings-2021/ Emails show Minneapolis police chief coordinated with PR pros to fight council, protect budget https://minnesotareformer.com/2021/05/24/with-budget-on-the-line-minneapolis-police-chief-coordinated-with-political-operatives-to-lobby-the-city-council-emails-show/ OPINION: Privatizing Creighton: https://m.styleweekly.com/richmond/opinion-privatizing-creighton/Content?oid=17474563 CDC COVID-19 Data Tracker: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/ Black Lives Matter activists said a man tried to hit them with his car. The suspect turned out to be a judge https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/05/17/north-carolina-judge-protesters-hit/ Charleston church shooter starts appeal in conviction, sentencing in Richmond: https://www.nbc12.com/2021/05/25/charleston-church-shooter-starts-appeal-conviction-sentencing-richmond/ IMF pitches $50B plan to end coronavirus pandemic https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2021/5/21/imf-pitches-50b-plan-to-end-coronavirus-pandemic SENATE PREPARING $10 BILLION BAILOUT FUND FOR JEFF BEZOS SPACE FIRM https://theintercept.com/2021/05/25/jeff-bezos-blue-origin-senate-bailout/ To distract from Gaza slaughter, Israel lobby manufactures antisemitism freakout https://thegrayzone.com/2021/05/24/gaza-slaughter-israel-lobby-antisemitism/ Israeli Police Round Up Palestinian Protesters Out of Global Spotlight https://theintercept.com/2021/05/24/israeli-police-round-palestinian-protesters-global-attention-fades/?utm_campaign=theintercept&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social
54 minutes | May 19, 2021
Maroon Grove Freedom Farm- Solidarity with Sussex
This week on Race Capitol, Juniper (@wetland_maroon) from Maroon Grove Freedom Farms discusses their call to action this Thursday at Sussex City Council to #StopTheQuarry. The council will hear comments regarding the newest quarry being proposed by Titan MidAtlantic Aggregates. Tune in to hear how the Black Liberated land of Maroon Groove Freedom Farm was attained through reparations & what's at stake if Titan Midatlantic is granted to exploit the land by depleting another quarry. As always we kick off our episode with our Race Capitol reframe, where we explore local headlines such as #evictions, national headlines with our #COVIDWatch and international stories from #Colombia and #Palestine
56 minutes | May 12, 2021
Remembering Marcus-David Peters 3 Years Later
This week on Race Capitol, we revisit audio from our very first episode in 2018 -- talking about justice for Marcus-David Peters. This Friday, May 14th, 2021 marks three years since Marcus-David Peters was killed by Richmond police officer Michael Nyantakyi while suffering a mental health crisis. Since then, so much has happened; but the Richmond police department and the City of Richmond have yet to be held accountable for his murder, which was ruled a “justifiable homicide”. Even after a global uprising for Black lives - including over 100 days of protest here in Richmond last summer - Marcus’ case has yet to be re-opened, and Richmond commonwealth attorney Colette McEachin has doubled down on the ruling in the case. The community has been clear on what their demands are - and these demands can be met swiftly. Colette McEachin can re-open the case. The police, both Richmond police and Virginia State police, can be defunded and abolished. This year, the Richmond Police have brutalized countless individuals, including many of you, listening to this show. They shot Orlando Carter Jr. from behind on New Year’s Eve, and continue to maintain that there was nothing wrong with their actions. We know that the police are violent, and we will not be silent. Our silence can cost us our lives and the future of our descendants. we start by hearing from Princess Blanding, sister to Marcus-David Peters, and Princess, by the way, is currently a candidate for governor here in Virginia. After that, we hear city council testimony from community organizer Rebecca Keel, and delve into co-host Chelsea Higgs Wise’s conversation with Dr. Eli Coston and Cory “Ulysses” Carter of the VCU YDSA chapter in 2018. We will also revisit some archived audio along the way. This weekend, Marcus-David Peters’ family and the community will gather at Marcus David Peters circle together for a celebration of life beginning at 1pm on Saturday, May 15th.
68 minutes | May 5, 2021
Change The Game, Lady Burrs State Bball Champs
This week, Race Capitol interviewed the West Catholic Lady Burrs Girls Basketball team, the 2020-2021 PIAA Class AAA Girls Pennsylvania State Champions. Joining us to dive into their journey is Daziy Wilson, Ti’Eisha Walker, Patience Sanders, and Coach Beulah Osueke. Coach Osueke not only led the team to their first state title in the West Catholic basketball program’s history, girls or boys, but this is the first time a girl’s state championship team in Pennsylvania has been led by a Black woman. We hear about the barriers from the pandemic on top of roadblocks due to their place, space and time of living, going to school and playing ball in West Philadelphia. Listen as we reflect on the stories of our own youth in Richmond, Virginia and leave inspired by these historic champions, the West Catholic Lady Burrs.
57 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
JUSTICE FOR BLACK LIVES RVA: PART 2
The movement for Black lives and liberation is more than just a Chauvin verdict. Throughout the summer, calls for justice extended far beyond police convictions, this week on Race Capitol we revisit archived audio from the streets of Richmond in the summer of 2020 and ground ourselves in the fight for Justice for Black Lives. At a time where the Richmond City Council is considering giving the racist police almost $10 million more dollars in funding on top of salary raises when the community is demanding that the police be defunded and abolished….what does justice look like? Tune in as we explore this and speak to community activist Allan-Charles Chipman about the Richmond Budget and hear his thoughts on the implications of the George Floyd verdict for Richmond. As always, we kick off the episode with the latest local, national, and international headlines in our Race capitol reframe. Please like, share, subscribe to our Black feminist media platform #DefundThePolice #AbolishThePolice #RVA #Radio #VA #AbolitionNow #GeorgeFloyd Resources: The Black Joy Experience prod. by OnRae LaTeal Police and Thieves by Junior Murvin
56 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
Richmond Gentrification with Damon Harris
Damon Harris of Tealhouse Company joins Chelsea Higgs Wise to discuss what he sees is stopping Black homeowners, renters and eager home buyers from finding affordable homes. During the show you'll hear a clip from Omari Al-Qadaffi of Leaders of the New South. His comments come from the Valentine's Controversial History Discussion from 2020
63 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
Protect Our Web (feat. UR Black Student Coalition Coordinating Committee)
This week on Race Capitol, co-host Chelsea Higgs Wise interviewed four members of the UR Black Student Coalition Coordinating Committee who are organizing the UR disaffiliation starting tomorrow, March 25, 2021 @protectourweb. Thank you to Shira Greer, Jesse Amankwaah, Jordyn Lofton, and Simone Reid who share what it is like to be a Black student on the campus of University of Richmond and why this activism is necessary for the quality of education of future Black students attending UR. The demands are: 1) We demand the names of Ryland Hall and Mitchell-Freeman Hall be changed, specifically, removing the names of Robert Ryland and Douglas Southall Freeman from these buildings. 2) We demand expanded academic accommodations for all students in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 3) We demand the University subsidize off-campus mental health services for Black students due to the underdevelopment and understaffing of Counseling and Psychological Services. So far the university has made some steps, but took the most egregious step no one asked for by attaching John Mithell Jr.’s name beside the name of the enslaver. Refusing to keep up with what universities are doing across the nation and commonwealth was the last straw for Black UR students, but you have to tune in to truly grasp the what our young leaders are working through on top of surviving a pandemic. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more and be sure to subscribe to Race Capitol wherever you listen to podcast and become a month patreon donor.
73 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
environmental injustice II
Caring for the land is resistance to whiteness. The accelerating climate catastrophe calls upon us to reestablish a relationship to the Earth, as well as connect the struggles of the land to the broader movement for total liberation. This week on Race Capitol we explore the many ways the Amerikan Empire is fueling environmental destruction in Black, Brown, and Native communities, and how oppressed folks are fighting back against this persisting, settler-colonial violence. First, our co-host, Naomi Isaac, sits down with María Torres-López (she/her/ella), the founder of Diáspora En Resistencia (@diaspora_en_resistencia) , where we discuss the toxic coal ash and other eco-violence impacting Puerto Rico. Maria delves into the fight for total sovereignty for the Puerto Rican people as the question of PR’s statehood continues to become a national discussion. Next we hear from Eriqah Vincent, Network Engagement Director and long time member of Power Shift Network, Eriqah talks about PSN’s upcoming virtual convergence featuring guest speaker, Dr. Angela Davis! Later, Eriqah gives us the tea on Johnny Appleseed and we discuss how COVID-19, white nationalism, and state-sponsored violence are fueling environmental injustice in BIPOC communities. Finally, Thelonius Cook, a farmer and the owner of Mighty Thundercloud Edible Forest, talks with us about the importance of Black food sovereignty, as well as the institutionalized racism that keeps Black farmers on the margins. Be sure to subscribe to Race Capitol on your favorite podcasting app to catch our full interviews! You can follow our guest speakers on social media: María Torres-López - Instagram: @diaspora_en_resistencia, Twitter: @diasporaresiste Eriqah Vincent - Instagram: @e.for.ecowomanist and @power_shift, Twitter: @powershiftnet Thelonius Cook - Instagram: @thelonius13 and @edibleforest
87 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
Reclamation East End: Resisting the Recreation Plantation (feat. Brian Palmer)
This week on Race Capitol, tune in to our latest: "Reclamation East End: Resisting the Recreation Plantation", where we dive into an in-depth interview with Brian Palmer of the Friend of the East End, about his entry into the work of reclaiming East End Cemetery and archiving Richmond Black history. The cemetery has over 15,000 people buried there and is at risk of becoming a new bike lane and green space, per the Enrichmond plan. The Enrichmond master plan is lacking the critical preservation component that would ensure the evidence of Black existence and resistance isn’t buried under gentrification to come. We discuss how the Enrichmond Foundation has exploited the labor and efforts of the descendants of East End Cemetery. The white led non-profit has now been given ownership of the land, as they are the sole recipient of the $400,000 grant from the Virginia Outdoor Association and now is planning what we call the “recreation plantation”, that includes construction but no preservation. Per usual, the nonprofit industrial complex has teamed up with Black elected officials who have lost the political will and moral courage to fight, and still, we rise. The resistance to our sacred spaces lives on through persistence of the Friends of the East End Cemetery. -- It takes our team about 30 hours each week to research, interview, record, and produce our politically educational episodes. Be sure to become a monthly sustainer of our independent Black media platform by joining our #patreon www.patreon.com/racecapitol -- Resources: Brain Palmer University of Richmond Visiting Professor Profile: https://journalism.richmond.edu/faculty/bpalmer/ New York Times East End Cemetery: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/07/opinion/sunday/for-the-forgotten-african-american-dead.html In Need of Repair, richmond Magazine East End Cemetery: https://richmondmagazine.com/news/news/in-need-of-repair/ The Nation: Reclaiming Black History, One Grave At a Time: https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/reclaiming-black-history-one-grave-at-a-time/ Style Weekly Brian Palmer Wins Peabody Award: https://www.styleweekly.com/richmond/richmonds-brian-palmer-wins-peabody-award-for-investigation-into-spending-on-confederate-memorials/Content?oid=14579165 WRIC East End Cemetery Grant Voting Promotion: https://www.wric.com/news/local-news/friends-of-east-end-cemetery-competing-for-25k-grant/ Why Does this Old Cemetery Matter: https://www.readingthepictures.org/2016/05/brian-palmer-old-cemetery/ AtlaticBlackStar Black Leaders fight to Save and restore Black Cememtaries https://atlantablackstar.com/2021/02/16/jim-crow-is-embedded-into-the-landscape-leaders-fight-to-save-and-restore-black-cemeteries-in-richmond-after-years-of-neglect/ 1708 East End Cemetery: https://www.1708gallery.org/exhibitions/exhibition-detail.php?id=99 VPR East end Article: https://www.vqronline.org/photography/2020/12/lives-east-end Church Hill People’s News (CHPN) East End Cemetery: https://chpn.net/2020/11/14/friends-of-east-end-update/ Dumbarton Oaks East End Article: https://www.doaks.org/research/garden-landscape/project-grants/palmer-2017-2018 2016 Vimeo Timelapse video of East End Cemetery Clean Up: https://vimeo.com/190653055
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