Citizens on both sides of the gun control debate rallied at the capitol today to advocate for their stance on firearms in the Commonwealth.
Articles by Evie King
Today marks the official start of the 2019 Virginia General Assembly session. Last night, a group of local teachers and community members welcomed legislators to Richmond by holding up signs along 1-95.
Fifth-grader Manuela-Lynn Francis began last year at Barack Obama Elementary as a star student. Her favorite subject was math, she had straight A's, and loved going to school.
"One morning she was throwing up, she was so sick I actually had to convince her she couldn't go in... that's how much she loved school," said Tanya Francis, Manuela-Lynn’s mom.
Hundreds of community members marched from Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School to the Virginia State Capitol Saturday - demanding more state funding for Virginia public schools.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam visited several schools across the state this week as part of a tour to promote Computer Science Education Week.
This week kicks off Dignity in Schools' 9th annual week of action, aimed at dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline with the theme “Counselors Not Cops.” There are six participating member organizations in Virginia. An afternoon workshop was hosted by three local non-profits, Go High, Mothers and Others, and GLSEN RVA. Through presentations, performances and activities, group leaders emphasized the intersection of marginalized youth in the school to the prison pipeline.
Marchers protested police violence towards black and brown citizens in over 10 cities across the country this weekend.
Incarcerated youth in Richmond worked with local artists for a new exhibit at Art 180 called Lift Us Up, Don't Push Us Out. It examines the role of schools in the school-to-prison pipeline.
The exhibit is part of a project called Performing Statistics. Their mission is to bring about policy change by connecting incarcerated youth with legislative authority. Mark Strandquist is Creative Director.
"That's the work, is just really being human megaphones for these teens whose voices have been systematically silenced.”
Richmond’s city and public school district leaders are continuing their calls for more state funding.
In the past five years, more than 5,000 Virginians have died due to opioid use, according to the Virginia Department of Health. A local peer-run center encourages recovery by providing safe spaces for entertainment and songs filled with hope. WCVE’s Evie King has more.