This week, a bipartisan group of 40 mayors from cities and towns across the country signed a letter to Congress urging federal lawmakers to temporarily increase benefits for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Led by Mayor Levar Stoney of Richmond, VA and Mayor Betsy Price of Ft. Worth, TX, these local leaders are asking for a 15 percent increase to all household SNAP benefits and an increase to the minimum SNAP benefit, bringing it from $16 to $30, in the next coronavirus relief package.
“No child in Richmond or any city around the country deserves to spend one day hungry,” says Richmond, VA Mayor Levar Stoney. “In the face of a global pandemic, this country will be defined by whether it chooses to stand behind hardworking families or decides to abandon them in a time of unprecedented need. We call on Congress to do the right thing – fight poverty, protect our children.”
Before the pandemic, 1 in 7 kids in the United States faced hunger; this year, that number may grow to 1 in 4. SNAP is critical to ensuring children and families have an option to safely access food during these uncertain times. Benefits are used to buy groceries, helping to make room in budgets for other basic needs, like diapers and medicine.
“Communities need access to every tool available to fight hunger during this crisis,” says Jordan Bailey, state policy counsel at Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. “SNAP is not only a safe and effective way to feed children, it’s also shown to stimulate the economy. Increasing benefits and strengthening the program will provide immediate relief for families in need and will help our nation as it recovers from this crisis.”
SNAP is also one of our nation’s fastest, most effective tools to stimulate local economies. Benefits spent at local grocery stores and markets leads to more jobs, wages and local economic activity in the community.
While other stimulus programs put dollars in pockets, the vast majority of families spend their benefits before the month ends, making SNAP one of our nation’s highest returns on investment.
Businesses Unite to Bring Change to Monument Avenue
“We believe inclusion is integral to the strength of our organizations, and that symbols antithetical to equality, equity, and unity harm our employees and community.”
The Monument Commitment is a pledge by Richmond employers to work for change not only along Monument Avenue but in the community.
RVAHub is proud to stand with the businesses below.
If you would like to learn how to add your organization to this commitment email: [email protected]
The pledge reads:
Governor Northam, Mayor Stoney, City Council Members:
We are employers of the Richmond community.
We believe inclusion is integral to the strength of our organizations, and that symbols antithetical to equality, equity, and unity harm our employees and community.
We ask that you commit to support the respectful removal of all the confederate monuments on Monument Avenue in coming months, and do not repair – other than for public safety – the monuments as they currently stand.
For our part, we commit to confronting racism in our organizations and supporting you in eradicating systemic racism in our community.
It is time to take them all down.
Please note we created this post on Friday morning and since businesses are being added constantly some businesses might not be on the list above. This is not a statement against those businesses just an inability to keep up. This link will give you the most current list of those that have made the commitment.
Wayback RVA — Old Pythian Hall and Mechanics Savings Bank
A Then & Now photo essay of Richmond places from around the area.
The Old Pythian Hall and Mechanics
Savings Bank, Mr. Jno. Mitchell Jr., Pres.
- Souvenir Views Negro Enterprises and Residences, Richmond, Va. D. A. Ferguson & Co. 1907.
- Richmond Planet masthead.
- Logo, Order of the Knights of Pythias.
- Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Richmond (1905) — Plate 3.
- [RTD] John Mitchell Jr. Richmond Times-Dispatch. Michael Paul Williams February 21, 1996.
- 311 North Fourth Street.
John Mitchell Jr. was aptly described as “a man who would walk into the jaws of death to serve his race.” Mitchell – newspaper editor, entrepreneur, city councilman and candidate for governor – was one of the most respected black leaders of his day. [RTD]
A fascinating individual. The Shockoe Examiner has an interesting post from 2012 about Mitchell’s grave in Evergreen Cemetery. Alas for the old bank building, it’s former location now rests under the Richmond Convention Center.
(Old Pythian Hall and Mechanics Savings Bank is part of the Atlas RVA! Project)
Black Bear’s Visit to Richmond Comes to a Safe End
No picnic baskets, bears, dogs, cats, or humans were harmed in today’s adventure.
A black bear decided to explore Richmond today. First spotted on the Northbank Trail he later headed into town. Previous reports earlier in the week had the bear up near Pony Pasture. The picture above is from RACC Instagram which reported on the sedation and transportation of the bear.
We just received a call about a bear-and it really was a bear. Sometimes we laugh and arrive on scene with a giant Rottweiler, but nope-this was a real bear. We named him Fuzzy Wuzzy. Shout out to @richmondpolice for helping keep us safe and to @virginiawildlife for tranquilizing and relocating the bear out of the City!
Here he is in town.