Community members will gather Tuesday in Richmond to remember Lillie A. Estes. The longtime civic leader engaged countless local residents and was recognized nationally for her work. WCVE’s Catherine Komp spoke to friends and collaborators about her impact.
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The City of Richmond is undertaking a new master plan for the James River Park System. As the 600 plus acre park becomes increasingly popular, advocates are asking residents for their input on how to protect, access and enhance this “crown jewel” of Central Virginia.
Richmonders are mourning the loss of longtime community strategist Lillie Estes, who passed away Thursday. She was involved in dozens of community justice efforts and consistently pushed leaders to address root problems and seek solutions from those most affected by economic and racial injustice. In 2017, she spoke to WCVE’s Megan Pauly at a housing summit about Richmond’s “absolute refusal to empower public housing residents.”
The James River Park system is one of the most popular destinations in Richmond, where millions come to hike, bike, paddle and explore. But this “wilderness in the city” is also battling a big problem: invasive plants. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
What does it mean to be a “Virginian?” As the Commonwealth’s population gets more diverse, a new exhibition at the Library of Virginia in partnership with Virginia Humanities examines this question from the perspectives of residents from dozens of countries.
A number of Richmond-area nonprofits are helping people out of homelessness by getting them into rental units as soon as possible. Advocates say they’re seeing positive results from the “housing first” approach. In WCVE’s series Where We Live, Catherine Komp has more.
In Richmond, there isn’t enough shelter capacity to serve residents who don’t have any place to sleep. Efforts failed earlier this year to open a shelter with wrap around services in the Manchester neighborhood. But a measure before City Council may help create a roadmap to address these challenges.
In the last month, Central Virginia first responders have been facing a very personal kind of trauma - the death of two firefighters. In both cases, local departments activated their peer support systems and connected their teams to mental health resources. WCVE's Catherine Komp has more in the second of our two part series.
Firefighters and other first responders face high rates of post-traumatic stress, depression and suicide. For decades, shame and stigma have kept these issues in the dark.