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Photos: 5,000 Man March

Thousands took the streets on Saturday to march for racial equality and police reform.

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The images above were taken by Richard Hayes and the images below were taken by Suzanne Velasco.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Tune-in for LGBTQ+ Youth: Side by Side Hosts Virtual Fundraiser on Aug. 1

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Richmond-based nonprofit Side by Side is shifting its annual fundraiser online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic this weekend. “Springtime in the Summer” will premiere on Saturday via Facebook at 7 p.m.

The 30-minute broadcast will feature the 2020 Catalyst Award honorees, a group of individuals and organizations recognized for their support of LGBTQ+ youth in Central Virginia. Springtime in the Summer will also include stories and updates about Side by Side’s work and a virtual auction.

This year’s Catalyst Award recipients include:

  • Dr. Archana Pathak: Dr. Pathak helped launch VCU’s LGBTQ+ Studies minor program in 2019 and is the Interim Director of the Q-Collective, a new LGBTQ+ resource and scholarship center at the university. She also provided counsel and support for Side by Side’s racial equity policies and programming.
  • Stonewall Sports Richmond: Stonewall Sports Richmond is a sports league for LGBTQ+ individuals and allies. The nonprofit aims to create a social, safe and inclusive community where people are comfortable being themselves while taking part in fun sports and activities. Through fundraising and events focused on giving back, Stonewall Sports Richmond has raised more than $50,000 for LGBTQ+ nonprofits.
  • Ginter Park Baptist Church: Ginter Park Baptist Church is a LGBTQ+ affirming congregation located in Richmond’s Northside. The church regularly contributes to Side by Side’s meals program, an initiative that ensures youth have access to a healthy meal when they attend support groups.

“We know the last few months have been extremely tough for people as the pandemic continues and the region and nation grapples with violence against Black people and systemic racism,” said Side by Side executive director Ted Lewis. “We hope Springtime gives people a chance to come together virtually to find community during this time. We also know nonprofits are not immune to the virus’ impact on the economy. Side by Side needs the community’s help more than ever to continue our mission to support LGBTQ+ youth living in Virginia.”

Before the online event on Saturday, local drag entertainer Natasha Carrington will safely and fabulously pass out pre-ordered take-home meals that support Side by Side at MOSAIC Catering + Event’s Museum District location from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Approximately 100 packages were purchased and people will be picking meals up through a drive-thru in front of MOSAIC. (Orders are no longer available.)

Springtime in the Summer is presented by Altria. Other generous sponsors include Salomon & Ludwin Financial Consulting Group, Lewis Insurance Associates, Kroger, Weinstein Properties, McKay Wealth Management, Equality Virginia, Mosaic, and TVJerry.

For more information, visit http://www.sidebysideva.org/springtime.

Side by Side organizes weekly support groups for LGBTQ+ youth in Richmond, Petersburg and Charlottesville throughout the year. The nonprofit has been hosting virtual meetings since March to keep youth, volunteers and staff safe in response to the pandemic.

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Richmond reschedules National Night Out events due to COVID-19 concerns

Events will be tentatively rescheduled for October 6th, 2020.

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Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Richmond Police Department is rescheduling this year’s National Night Out.

National Night Out will be tentatively held on Tuesday, October 6, 2020.

“We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 conditions in Richmond,” police said in a release. “Please watch RPD’s social media sites for updates.”

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police‐community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

As we get closer to the rescheduled date, RPD will provide updates on the status of 2020 National Night Out.

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State Fair of Virginia is Canceled

With Covid-19 cases continuing to rise and no signs of leaving Phase Three anytime soon the State Fair had to make the hard decision and cancel the fair for 2020.

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These announcements are rarely surprises but the still sting when they become official.

Statement from the State Fair of Virginia:

For the health of all Virginians, we’ve made the tough decision to cancel this year’s State Fair of Virginia. We will hold a modified State Fair 4-H Livestock Show in October to honor our youth and recognize them for their hard work. We have heavy hearts with this decision but we look forward to gathering to celebrate the best of Virginia when we can be together safely.

The State Fair of Virginia has an excellent FAQ related to their decision. The details on the livestock show mentioned above will be released at a later date.

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