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Social media influencers organize “Pulse The Broad” dinner crawl at businesses affected by GRTC Pulse construction

The dinner crawl, taking place March 17th, is framed as a way to support restaurants along the W. Broad Street corridor affected by the construction of the city’s bus rapid transit line.

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Three social media mavens of Richmond have joined forces to support local businesses impacted by GRTC Pulse construction on West Broad Street. Faith Wilkerson of Unlocking RVA, Samantha Kanipe of The Richmond Experience and Sarah Choi, organizer of monthly #igersrva events have announced “Pulse The Broad,” a Broad Street crawl and dinner event to take place on Saturday, March, 17, 2018th from 2:00 to 5:00 PM. 

The idea sparked when Choi drove from downtown to Scott’s Addition on Broad street recently. “I did not realize how bad the construction had gotten, then became worried about numerous friends who own businesses on or near Broad street,” she said in a news release. An organizer of monthly #igersrva (short for Instagrammers of Richmond) gatherings, she started planning her next event in the area.

Then the idea grew quickly. “I only [had] 160 #igersrva email addresses and a little over 4,000 followers on Instagram. I wanted to make a greater impact and knew if I had the right partners, I could pull it off.” Choi reached out to Samantha Kanipe of The Richmond Experience and Faith Wilkerson of UnlockingRVA to partner on a larger event. “Not only Sam and Faith have large followings, their main focus and passion is to showcase meaningful Richmond experiences. People look to them for ideas on what to do,” she continued.

 Kanipe and Wilkerson immediately got on board. “We care about Richmond and the livelihood of local businesses. They are suffering as a result of this project and really need our support. There was no hesitation when Sarah came to us with this idea,” said Kanipe. “We jumped at the chance to be a part of this initiative. This an issue we have heard from many business owners and we are fully committed to alleviating some of the pressure as much as we can,” said Wilkerson, who came up with the hashtag #PULSETHEBROAD.

Choi then asked help from Angela Prado of Boomhitch, a branding agency whose office is located on Broad street in Jackson Ward. “Faith’s hashtag was so simple and to the point that I thought easily recognizable look and feel would be helpful in getting the idea spread,” Choi said.

“We are encouraging Richmonders to Lyft, Uber, bike and walk into town on March 17th and show support for the businesses on Broad Street,” continued Choi. At 5:00 PM, the organizers will join those who want to have dinner with them at Max’s On Broad, Comfort and The Savory Grain. For more information, visit the event website.

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Mayor Stoney names members of “Task Force to Reimagine Public Safety”

“There is a lot of work ahead of us, but this group’s diversity of expertise and lived experiences is a key asset on our path forward,” said the mayor. “I am thrilled to have this team help our city heal.”

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Today Mayor Levar Stoney announced the members of the Task Force to Reimagine Public Safety and outlined his primary requests of the diverse group of professionals. The majority of task force members stood with the mayor for the announcement.

“There is a lot of work ahead of us, but this group’s diversity of expertise and lived experiences is a key asset on our path forward,” said the mayor. “I am thrilled to have this team help our city heal.”

The members of the task force bring an array of perspectives from activist, legal, academic, law enforcement, emergency services, artistic, healthcare, and other fields. At the close of a 45-day period, the task force will bring the mayor a set of actionable steps forward to build a safer city for all.

“After additional conversations and review of actions taken in other cities, I do not believe we can wait to begin acting on reform recommendations,” said Mayor Stoney. “I have asked this task force to report back with initial recommendations within 45 days of their first meeting.”

The mayor established three foundational requests of the task force: reviewing the police department’s use of force policies, exploring an approach to public safety that uses a human services lens, and prioritizing community healing and engagement.

“We need a new process for noncriminal and nonviolent calls for service, and that will be a top priority for this task force,” noted the mayor. “We must center compassion instead of consequences.”

Regarding community healing and engagement, the mayor said that the task force will allow the city to explore methods of engagement that will enable meaningful change, using his support for the Virginia Black Legislative Caucus’ legislative package as an example.

“Last month I expressed my support for the VBLC’s package for the summer session,” said Mayor Stoney. “This task force can determine where the city can explore complementary legislation and where we need to focus community advocacy to make statewide change a reality.”

Members of the Task Force

Carol Adams, Richmond Police Department
Ram Bhagat,
 Manager of School Culture and Climate Strategy for RPS

Glenwood Burley, retired RPD officer

Keisha Cummings, community engagement specialist, founder of 2LOVE LLC, member of the Richmond Transparency and Accountability Project and the Richmond Peace Team

Torey Edmonds, Community Outreach Coordinator at VCU Clark-Hill Institute for Positive Youth Development

Professor Daryl Fraser, VCU School of Social Work professor and licensed clinical social worker

Triston Harris, Black Lives Matters organizer and organizer of the 5,000 Man March Against Racism

Birdie Hairston Jamison, former district court judge for the 13th Judicial District in Virginia

Councilman Mike Jones

Shanel Lewis, Youth Violence Prevention Specialist at the Richmond City Health District

Brandon Lovee, Richmond artist and advocate, member of the Richmond Peace Team

Colette McEachin, Richmond Commonwealth Attorney

Reverend Dontae McCutchen, Love Cathedral Community Church

Dr. Lisa Moon, Associate Provost at VCU and former Director of the Center for the Study of the Urban Child

Sergeant Brad Nixon, RPD

Tracy Paner, Public Defender for the City of Richmond

Bill Pantele, Richmond attorney and former City Council Member

Professor William Pelfrey, VCU professor with expertise in emergency preparedness and policing

Councilwoman Ellen Robertson

Rodney Robinson, National Teacher of the Year and teacher at the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center

Patrice Shelton, Community Health Worker in Hillside Court and director of the Hillside Court Partnership

Lashawnda Singleton, President of the Richmond Association of Black Social Workers

Sheba Williams, Executive Director of NoLef Turns

Courtney Winston, Richmond trial attorney

The Mayor’s Office is specifically working with the Office of Community Wealth Building’s Community Ambassadors to identify additional community members, including youth, to be part of the task force’s important work and to assist with community engagement.

The task force is committed to a transparent process and will make meeting minutes available to the public.

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Richmond Then and Now: 114 E. Broad Street

A then and now snapshot of Richmond.

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Original Image from Souvenir views: Negro enterprises & residences, Richmond, Va.
Created / Published[Richmond, D. A. Ferguson, 1907]

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Library of Virginia reopens to researchers by advance appointment beginning today

During the initial reopening phase, researchers will be able to use the collections by appointment Tuesday–Friday, 10:00 am–4:00 pm.

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The Library of Virginia has announced that its reading rooms will reopen to researchers by advance appointment beginning at 10:00 am on Tuesday, July 7, 2020.

During the initial reopening phase, researchers will be able to use the collections by appointment Tuesday–Friday, 10:00 am–4:00 pm. To make an appointment, please call 804.692.3800.

COVID-19, which prompted the Library’s closing to the public in mid-March, continues to pose a serious public health risk. The Library’s reopening plan includes new health and safety protocols based on the latest guidance from the Governor’s Office, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

What to expect when returning to the Library:

  • Appointments required to use the reading rooms in order to ensure space availability on a researcher’s preferred date
  • Signage describing coronavirus symptoms – Please do not enter the building if you feel unwell or have a fever
  • Face coverings required in the building at all times
  • Physical distancing of six feet required in all public spaces
  • Face masks and hand sanitizer available for the public
  • Frequent cleaning of restrooms and surfaces in public areas throughout the day
  • Returned books quarantined for three days before being available for use again
  • The Exhibition Gallery, the Virginia Shop, our conference rooms, and the reading room at the State Records Center will remain closed

For additional information about what to expect on your visit, take a look at the COVID-19 Update: Guidelines for Researchers, page, which will be updated regularly.

For more on how to use the collections, click here.

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