Thursday, June 1, 2017

Sacred Ground Project to host National Guests at Burial Ground June 18

During the upcoming UNAC Conference, Stop the Wars at Home and Abroad! there will be a Juneteenth action on the final day, Sunday, June 18th, to help a national audience understand the significance of the site and its history and expand support for the Community Proposal for a Shockoe Bottom Memorial Park. 

From 2:30 to 3:30 pm participants will march to Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom (map), once the epicenter of the U.S. domestic slave trade, to visit the sites and attend a brief program and press conference to express support for reclaiming and properly memorializing this sacred ground.

We'd love to have you experience this national conference. This is the fourth one held since its founding in 2010, and the first time it has been hosted in the South. You will meet a range of people from organizations around the country all opposed to wars, and all who believe that a people-centered society is preferable to a profit-centered society. Learn how our domestic struggles are related to or shared by people in countries directly affected by U.S. foreign policies. 

Registration is just $35 for the weekend ($15 for students or those with low income). Check out details at the website: www.UNACconference2017.org.

Transportation provided for conference participants who physically cannot make the walk. Please let us know by Saturday if you need transportation. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Reminder to weigh in


Here is a screenshot of the "www.LumpkinsJail.org" project site. At SmithGroupJJR's March 7 public meeting the attendees shared their impatience with a focus exclusively on the Devil's Half Acre, and with the name of the project. Even if we consider it merely a working title, a discussion on the naming of the site along with the project is an important assertion by the Black community of their right to assess and determine what is of value to them.

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