I got a chance to listen to what our leadership here in Richmond was saying about the Police and the situation happening around the world. Please share with me (in the comments) on what we need in regards to leadership here in the City of Richmond. Although Mayor Levar Stoney’s intent was good, the timing of it all and having a white police chief, who took blame for making the call to tear gas the protesters, did not help the situation.
People are protesting and being peaceful, but when you are exercising your right to protest and the police are causing harm than good, folks want answers.
Stoney tried to be there for the citizens to listen but the attempt failed because it was a little too late. Governor Doctor Northam executed a curfew for the state which is 8pm. Folks were yelling at Stoney to remove the curfew, his response was “Im not the Governor, he decided that!”
Its evident there is a lack of communication between the Mayor, the City leaders and the citizens. You want to be involved? You want your voice heard?
Tune in this Friday, June 5 at 4pm for A “Candid Candidate Conversation w/Ann-Frances Lambert” We will be discussing Policing Policies and Solutions.
I decided to capture the vandalism and destruction of property that occurred after a tumultuous night in Richmond, VA. The aftermath of Day 1 of rioting due to the death of George Floyd, who was murdered in broad daylight by a racist Minnesota police officer. Cities around the country are rioting and setting businesses and police stations on fire.
I attended a rally at 15th and Main streets organized by Richmond for All non-profit.
After the rally I walked down Broad street and captured photos of some of the damage done to the businesses. Waller Jewelers is a Black owned family jewelry business that was robbed the first night. The looters stole jewelry but they did not steal any of the sorority and fraternity paraphernalia.
All it takes is just a little bit of faith
The next morning, Mr. Waller was afraid to see what damage the looters may have caused to his business store front, but upon his arrival he was welcomed by a crowd of sorority and fraternity members ready to support his business. Mr. Waller said, “All it takes is just a little bit of faith”and that faith led me to see how good God is.
If you are looking to get involved, for starters you can donate to the RVA Bail Fund. Another good organization is Richmond For All, they are a coalition of individuals and organizations fighting for housing, education, environmental, & racial justice. Also, the Richmond Transparency Accountability Project (RTAP) is another good organization that builds safer, healthier communities by disrupting mass incarceration at its source: police policies and procedures.