As the leader of the governing board of a community radio station, I am beyond saddened by the loss of fellow journalists in the recent shooting in Annapolis. Journalists and the presence of independent news are vital to the community; a job so important and necessary to our democracy that the U.S. Bill of Rights explicitly protects it.
Journalism is not a 40 hour a week job. It’s a 24-hour-a-day job. Reporters, editors, producers work out of a sense of passion for truth in the news. They give all they have every day to inform you of what’s happening in your neighborhood, city, and country. Reporters Without Borders reported that threats faced by journalists worldwide are increasing and that last year was the most dangerous year ever for journalists.
Who will protect community journalism?
It certainly can be you. You can help us stand up to the violence against the very voices telling the stories of your life, reporting on the issues important to you, and lifting up the voices of those most unheard.
At WRIR, we are volunteers. We work with you in the communities of the greater Richmond area. We are not only journalists; we are your friends, your family, and your neighbors. We care deeply about all of the residents we live next to, go to work with, socialize with and whose stories we tell. I feel certain that the same can be said of the staff of the Capital Gazette.
To our five colleagues who lost their lives in the service of news, truth, and democracy, we honor your work and stand in solidarity with journalists everywhere.
President of the Virginia Center for the Public Press,
Co-chair, News and Public Affairs Committee
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On May 14th Richmond Police Officer Michael Nyantaki shot unarmed and naked Marcus David-Peters. Following his death, Richmond Police Department’s press releases portrayed Marcus as a life-threatening superhuman aggressor which set the stage for local mainstream media outlets’ narrative. The volunteers who host programs on WRIR took a different approach. They wanted to know who Marcus-David Peters was? How did a man in crisis end up dead at the hand of a police officer? How do we prevent this from happening again? Black Minds Matter Project, Open Source RVA, and RVA Dirt’s Municipal Mania tackled these questions and discovered much more.
On Open Source RVA’s June 1 show, Don Harrison sat down with Princess Blanding, sister of Marcus, and Art Burton from the Kinfolk Empowerment Center. Princess painted a picture of a man, who was one of 11 children, with goals and ambitions to make a difference in people’s lives. Princess talked about how RPD responded to her brother and how they continued to respond. Art brought a big picture perspective to the discussion. He linked Marcus’s death to the deaths of unarmed black men across the United States. Listen to this interview on SoundCloud and tune into Open Source RVA every Friday at Noon.
“He had a major fire in him to not just be successful for himself but to help other people be successful.”
– Princess Blanding
RVA Dirt’s Municipal Mania focused on the voices who are demanding justice. The June 7 edition wove chants and speeches from the March for Justice with their interview of Princess and her sister, LaToya Jarrell. The two sisters vocalized their disappointment with Richmond Police Department and their family’s demands for justice. Listen to this episode on SoundCloud and tune into RVA Dirt’s Municipal Mania every Wednesday at 11 AM.
“Get it right Chief Durham. Get it right.”
– chants from the March for Justice
On June 8, Black Minds Matter Project aired reactions that co-hosts Taneasha White and Bri Atari collected from the community while at an art build preparing for the March for Justice. They spoke with Chelsea Higgs-Wise, community organizer, clinician practicing mental health, and co-host of the WRIR program Women And Politics. Chelsea explored Marcus from a mental health perspective. She touched on the inherent fear of black men and RPD crisis intervention training programs. Listen to this episode on SoundCloud. You can hear Black Minds Matter Project every second and fourth Friday at 11 AM.
Stay tuned for more coverage, perspectives and voices as WRIR volunteers continue to follow this story. Open Source RVA, Black Minds Matter, Women And Politics and RVA Dirt’s Municipal Mania are part of WRIR’s block of news and public affairs programs that air every weekday between 11 AM – 1 PM. You can find a complete schedule of programs at wrir.org/schedule.
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Open Source RVA presents:
On Friday’s Open Source RVA, a rebroadcast of our March 2 episode, host Don Harrison talks about The Valentine Richmond Historymakers Awards with Ashley Hall from the The Capital Region Collaborative, Eric Steigleder from The Valentine, and Diversity Richmond’s Rodney Lofton. The 13th annual Historymakers awards are presented to outstanding community organizations and leaders, and Diversity Richmond is one of this year’s history-making recipients. And do we have to live with friction? Co-host Angela Lehman talks with Mark Rubin, the executive director of the Virginia Center For Consensus Building, about the art of conflict resolution and how to bring people together in this polarizing age. All of that PLUS RVA Dirt’s Melissa Vaughn and Jessee Perry put on the cleats and helmets for a rough and tumble “Hell to the Redskins” installment of the Quick and Dirty Council Roundup. LISTEN TO THIS REWARMED SOURCE! IT MICROWAVES WELL! Friday at noon on 97.3 FM and http://wrir.org.
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The Church of the Ecstatic presents:
Upsetting the intended order of the tarot series, we skip ahead to the Tower card- and highlight artists from the neighborhood of London surrounding the Grenfell Tower, which tragically caught fire the day before this show aired. Unfortunately, the tenants’ voices weren’t heard until there was a catastrophe. Here’s hoping it becomes a wake up call to landlords and lawmakers, in London and elsewhere, that we cannot remain imprisoned by false values and practices. Hopefully, we can create a new way of life.
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On March 5th, Side by Side–a Richmond-based non-profit that is dedicated to creating supportive communities where Virginia’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning youth can define themselves, belong, and flourish–partnered with the ACLU of Virginia, Equality Virginia, and Nationz Foundation for a town hall discussion on supporting transgender youth.
Many in our community had questions regarding the Trump Administration’s decision to rescind guidelines regarding protections for transgender youth in public schools. The town hall was an opportunity to learn information on what the law says and how members of our community can support transgender youth in our schools today!
Recording provided by WRIR volunteers Jay Westermann and Jacobi Harris. Music provided by Fuselab
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HO-HUM! NOTHING MUCH HAPPENING TODAY You should listen to Open Source RVA on WRIR at 2PM and hear from members of the PLUMAS organization at VCU — Jessica Moreno-Caycho, Diego Orbegoso and Ana Diaz Casos. The Latin-American campus group (pictured) is meeting tomorrow — Inauguration Day — with Virginia Commonwealth University President Michael Rao about the possibility of VCU becoming a Sanctuary Campus and resisting future student deportation efforts by the Trump administration. Also on the Source, we welcome the Bijou Film Center’s Terry Rea and James Parrish as they promote their “Facing Facism: Time Capsules” event happening this weekend and next. The mini-festival of film about the effects of totalitarian regimes includes classics from directors as diverse as Louis Malle, Federico Fellini, Costa-Gavras and Charlie Chaplin. We also feature another dramatic episode of Curtain Call, produced by the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle. This week, Sifter’s Jerry Williams and Style Weekly’s Rich Griset and Claire Boswell review 5th Wall’s production of “Luna Gale” and Quill Theatre’s “The Top of Bravery.” Hey, who needs Lee Greenwood, Tony Orlando and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir when you’ve got Richmond’s audio news digest? Get local on Friday and solemnly swear to listen to Open Source RVA at 2PM on WRIR 97.3 FM and http://wrir.org.
OSRVA 148 January 20th, 2017
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