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Oct 8, 2018 26 tweets 12 min read
WOW! Tomorrow is #RVACouncil. Did you almost forget? I did. Whew. Time flies.

Well let’s take a little look at this week’s agenda! #RVA 🧜🏻‍♀️ Citizen Comment has 1 person signed up. Eric will be speaking about the city’s neglect.

#RVACouncil 🧜🏻‍♀️
Aug 27, 2018 16 tweets 4 min read
I remember sitting in geometry class in 2005 and the kid in front of me had a “heritage not hate” shirt on depicting 4 “confederate heroes.” One of the “heroes” was Nathan Bedford Forrest. I tapped him on the shoulder and asked if he knew who Forrest was. (1/6) He had no clue. I politely informed him of Forrest’s role within the KKK. He said “yeah? so?” and turned back around. This was a school that was extremely racially diverse; however, many of the white students would come to school flying confederate flags in their truck. (2/6)
Aug 20, 2018 13 tweets 11 min read
Tonight! #RPSBoard meets at 6PM in #RVACouncil chambers on the 2nd floor of city hall! Packed agenda with lots of interesting information. Some of the documents to be reviewed included in this thread. #RVA 🧜🏻‍♀️ The final Strategic Plan will be proposed to #RPSBoard. Of note is this document is only the final actions, not the goals.

Priorities 1, 2, and 3 are found in this tweet. 🧜🏻‍♀️
Aug 14, 2018 14 tweets 3 min read
I want to pause really quick to be sure that I am crystal clear about my sentiments about media. Despite feeling like as individuals, we are community activists, I recognize the outward perception is that we are media who reports and often perception is reality. (1/14) As such, I take a lot of the criticism about media to heart and instead of taking it personally, I use it as a reality check of my own behaviors and tendencies. I hope others do the same because there are so many individual reporters that I love and respect. Especially (2/14)
Aug 7, 2018 66 tweets 14 min read
Tonight at 10PM EST @frontlinepbs and @ProPublica are debuting a documentary that focuses on some of the people behind the events that took place in Charlottesville last August. I am going to live tweet some of the content while it airs on this thread.

propublica.org/article/propub… It sounds like this documentary may have some good information; however, it may be impossible for many people to watch which is why I have decided to do a tweet thread to disseminate relevant information without the images.
Jul 25, 2018 15 tweets 9 min read
In the name of accountability and transparency, #RVAMayor @LevarStoney, can you and your Police Chief clarify the @RichmondPolice press release today regarding the completion of the #MarcusDavidPeters investigation and what you and Durham have committed. #HelpNotDeath (1/14) In this press release, it is stated that Durham will host a discussion AFTER the CA’s office reviews the report. Durham also states that the promised community meeting is to explain and educate.

Will this be a discussion or lecture? (2/14) #HelpNotDeath #MarcusDavidPeters
Jul 22, 2018 26 tweets 12 min read
Late night reading a Style Weekly article from 2006 about Paul Goldman. Anyone else read it and get a sense of déjà vu? 👀

Brace yourself for a thread of receipts. (1/25)
#RVA #RVAMayor #RVACouncil #RPSBoard 🧜🏻‍♀️ Unless you’ve been under a rock for the past year, you have probably heard about the “School Modernization Referendum.” Here is a great article that summarized what it is. Basically what it does is tell #RVAMayor @LevarStoney to get a plan together (2/25)

Jul 11, 2018 10 tweets 5 min read
Today there was a VA House committee on school safety meeting at Meadowbrook HS in Chesterfield. There has been criticism of this committee as they haven’t had gun control on the table as part of the discussion. (1/6) RVA 🧜🏻‍♀️ This committee will make a recommendation to the General Assembly at the end of this year for legislation needed in 2019. State legislation is not my expertise by any means but keep your eyes out on media outlets tonight b/c on the agenda today was a scheduled (2/6)
Jul 8, 2018 12 tweets 5 min read
I think most people know Steve Bannon was at Black Swan books yesterday and a woman confronted him with some choice words triggering the store owner to call the cops. This thread is reality from my perspective. 🧜🏻‍♀️ #RVA (1/11) Even outside of the words that have directly come from Bannon’s mouth, he was the executive chairman of Breitbart and declared it the “platform for the alt right.” It is a publication that spreads xenophobic, misogynistic, racist, & generally hateful views.🧜🏻‍♀️ #RVA (2/11)
Jul 6, 2018 25 tweets 12 min read
I want to tell you all stories about two historic places I visited last year: Devil’s Half Acre in Richmond, VA and Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in Poland. (1/24) #RVA 🧜🏻‍♀️ Near the end of April 2017 was the first time I went to the Devil’s Half Acre. Some may also know this site by the name Lumpkin’s Jail. Most don’t know about it at all but it is in Shockoe Bottom. (2/24) #RVA
Jul 4, 2018 9 tweets 2 min read
You want to talk about erasing history? Let’s talk about the Devil’s Half Acre being paved over by VCU. Let’s talk about MCV stealing black people’s bodies for experimentation. Let’s talk about African American cemeteries that receive little funding for care&maintenance. (1/9) Actually... you know what.... let’s talk about the entirety of the Lost Cause campaign that re-branded the history of slavery and racism as “states rights” issues. You want to say that Germany erased the history of the Nazis? Have you been to a concentration camp? (2/9)
Jul 4, 2018 76 tweets 33 min read
We are loaded up for the @theValentineRVA’s Monumental bus tour! Let’s start with context of demographics. Approximately 40-45 people on board. I see about 3 people who are under 50 (2 of them is). Majority of bus is white. Approx. 3 people of color. #MonumentalRVA 🧜🏻‍♀️ Tour guide states they will talk about history of monuments and context they went up in. Clear there will be no debates about what should happen to the monuments. #MonumentalRVA 🧜🏻‍♀️
Jun 30, 2018 106 tweets 62 min read
Just arrived at the community meeting to call for justice and accountability for #MarcusDavidPeters. There are chairs reserved for #RVAMayor @LevarStoney and @RichmondPolice Chief Durham. Will they come to fill them? #HelpNotDeath 🧜🏻‍♀️ The demands and additional information. #MarcusDavidPeters #HelpNotDeath 🧜🏻‍♀️
Jun 21, 2018 14 tweets 8 min read
This is a thread that is intended to show how important community involvement and advocacy is. People often speak about gentrification as if it is an inevitable conclusion to development but recent efforts by South Richmond community members tell a different story. #RVA 🧜🏻‍♀️ In March 2018, @StyleWeekly named Michael and Laura Hild “Best Revivalist Couple” in their Best of Richmond edition. #RVA