Good News! and July 11 Forum

Dear Friends,

The news came today: We got the grant! 
Preservation Virginia submitted the application in partnership with the Sacred Ground Project, Center for Design Engagement and The Valentine for funding from the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund (National Trust for Historic Preservation) and we were awarded the funding!

800 applications were submitted, and ours was one of just 16 selected. Read Preservation Virginia's post about the the two-part economic impact and benefits study this funding will enable. Visit the National Trust's page to see the other fifteen award recipients.

Economic Strategies Forum: July 11 (next Wednesday)

As a way to invite the community to participate in the discussion about economic benefits to Shockoe Bottom's descendant community, we are hosting a series of presentations and discussions on economic development models. The first one will be held next Wednesday evening, July 11, 2018, from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at VCU Globe, 830 W. Grace Street in Richmond (23220), on VCU's Monroe Campus. 

The Shockoe Bottom: Economic Strategies Forums - is a series of discussion sessions presented by the Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project (Richmond VA) and Center for Design Engagement (Amherst, MA) on the ways in which public history sites, sites of conscience, historically significant sites can be the catalyst for economic development. 

As one of the elements of the Community Proposal for a Shockoe Bottom Memorial Park, economic benefit to the descendant community of Richmond's most notorious slave trading district could require "out of the box" thinking about education, marketable skills, and institutional commitment in both the private and public sectors: connecting education, employment, entrepreneurship, land trusts and home ownership stability.



This article is a very detailed explanation of the practice and how it works:
The Trump administration’s separation of families at the border, "explained" Why children are being sent to “foster care or whatever” while their parents are sent to jail. - Vox.com

Contact Federal Elected Officials and tell them to get those children back to their families now!

Contact the President of the United States by filling out the online contact form or by calling the White House switchboard at 202-456-1414 or the comments line at 202-456-1111 during business hours.
Contact Members of the U.S. Congress
Contact Virginia Elected Officials
Contact RVA Elected Officials

Support advocacy organizations

RAICES: This Texas-based organization offers free and low-cost legal services to immigrant children and families. Donate here and sign up as a volunteer here.

Pueblo Sin Fronteras: This organization provides humanitarian aid and shelter to migrants on their way to the U.S. Donate here.

Together Rising: This Virginia-based organization is helping provide legal assistance for 60 migrant children who were separated from their parents and are currently detained in Arizona. Donate here.

Al Otro Lado: This bi-national organization works providing legal services to deportees and migrants in Tijuana, Mexico, including deportee parents whose children remain in the U.S. Donate here.

The Florence Project: This Arizona-based organization offers free legal services to men, women, and unaccompanied children in immigration custody. Donate here.

(This list is from an article at https://www.refinery29.com/2018/06/201849/how-to-help-parents-children-kids-separated-border)