"For the record, we've closed the parking lot today. And we want it to stay closed." This was the unequivocal declaration of Richmond African Burial Ground Community Organizing Committee member Rolandah Cleopattrah on Tuesday morning, April 12, when she and 7 other community advocates succeeded in shutting down the VCU parking lot that continues to desecrate Richmond's African Burial Ground! For an hour and a half no cars were allowed to park on this sacred site. Now we appeal to you to support the right to defend the Burial Ground by attending the trial of the four who were arrested, scheduled for 10 am, Wednesday, May 25, at Richmond General District Court, 920 Hull St., Richmond, VA 23224.
"Four arrested for blocking VCU parking lot" 4/13/11
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