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This man, Chris Dorsey, was carried out of City Council by police last night, for refusing to leave the press box, and then refusing to stop yelling.
The Richmond-Times Dispatch described him as an “activist.” He is an activist the same way I’m a Zionist FBI agent, which is to say, not at all. This has not stopped him from accusing me and others of this, however, including Adria Scharf, director of the Richmond Peace Education Center, and Phil Wilayto, editor of the Virginia Defender, both of whom he has publicly announced to be his enemies. When he ran for sheriff, his website prominently featured a video of himself accusing me of slandering his dog.
Chris Dorsey is a paranoid rightist who insinuates himself into left political spaces and efforts to serve his own vanity and tax the tolerance of well-meaning people. He was not working with the effort against privatizing Monroe Park, and in fact has a long and well-known history of disrupting similar efforts. He believes that an international Jewish conspiracy controls world finance and has worked more closely with the local Tea Party than with any progressive organizations.
He is frequently physically aggressive and often carries a concealed handgun, which he sometimes announces, but not always. Do not allow him in any of your organizing spaces.
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Congratulations to Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon Page of the Week WINNER Tana, bowling next week with the Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project! Tana’s story is incredibly powerful and moving. She start
Bowl-a-thon fundraiser season for your local abortion fund, RRFP, ends tomorrow so you can no loner wait to take action.
Support me as I STRIKE down reproductive barriers in the National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon!!
I know you’ve already heard from me about funding abortion access in NC, and I am incredibly grateful for the support ya’ll have given, but consider donating like $5 to the Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project right now. Today is the last day for their bowl-a-thon fundraiser and they only have $24,638 of their $50,000 goal! I just donated $25, on top of what I have already donated to various NC and VA teams, because I want to see them reach their goal.
Making reproductive health choices possible for everyone is not gonna happen overnight, but in order for it to happen we have got to start reaching out, acting out, and planning for the long term. This is important to me and I hope it is important to you too.
Support me as I STRIKE down reproductive barriers in the National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon!!
Please click on that link and donate to my team so we can give all the money to RRFP so they can give all the money to poor people seeking abortion access and care in virginia. It’s really that simple. That’s what I love about working with RRFP.. the core of the work is just doing whatever we can to make sure that people who are facing the many many MANY barriers to abortion care across the state of Virginia can overcome enough of them to get the abortion care that they need.
RRFP is doing lots of other stuff in addition to this, with no paid staff and a completely grass roots structure. I’m personally really excited to begin offering some sort of abortion doula services, specifically for women and people of color who are coming to Richmond for clinic visits, in the upcoming months.
RRFP also hosts workshops, speak outs, participates in rallies and marches, etc etc. But the core of what’s going on is that we need to get $$$ to people who can’t afford the life-saving procedure that they need. And for that, we need donations.
So click that link please please, and give whatever amount you can. If 10 people give $3, that could pay for a bus ticket for someone in rural VA to get to Richmond for a clinic visit. If 10 people give $10, that can pay for a babysitter for the two days they have to be out of town, thanks to the mandatory 24 hour wait time between the initial clinic visit and the actual abortion procedure.
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Hi friends!!! So, RRFP is about $26,000 away from our goal this year….. i don’t really know how to convey how scary or heartbreaking that is. Today is the last day of the fundraiser y’all.
It’s like, for the past couple years the bowl-a-thon has generated a really amazing amount of money, and RRFP has been able to fund a lot of people needing abortion care in VA. And if we don’t make that $26,000 this time, for real people will be turned away. This is the furthest RRFP has been from reaching our goal in the time that i’ve been involved with the organization.
This year a woman who RRFP helped to literally save her own life last year is fundraising, and I am just thinking about how if last year we were this far below our goal, she wouldn’t have been funded.
And this year there’s so many new things RRFP is trying to do, outside of just straight up funding people, and how are we gonna do any of that now if we can’t provide the core of RRFP’s services?
Anywayssss, today is the last day to donate to RRFP through the bowl-a-thon. I know this is a sad and not very eloquent post, but please reblog and donate if you can! I’m totally holding our for a miracle.
Tonight, City Council approved a plan to lease Monroe Park to the Monroe Park Conservancy, which has published their intent to throw homeless-looking users of the park out. It is likely they will attempt to curtail the distribution of services to that population, also.
This Sunday, April 20th, at the Robert E. Lee Monument at Allen and Monument Streets, from 1-5pm, there will be a protest of Venture Richmond, the stadium in Shockoe Bottom, and the Monroe Park lease. This location is in front of the house of Alice Massie, one of the Monroe Park Conservancy’s prime public figures.
By Paul Buchheit
The following are all relevant, fact-based issues, the “hard news” stories that the media has a responsibility to report. But the business-oriented press generally avoids them.
1. U.S. Wealth Up $34 Trillion Since Recession. 93 percent of You Got Almost None of It.
That’s an average of $100,000 for every American. But the people who already own most of the stocks took almost all of it. For them, the average gain was well over a million dollars — tax-free as long as they don’t cash it in. Details available here.
2. Eight Rich Americans Made More Than 3.6 Million Minimum Wage Workers
A recent report stated that no full-time minimum wage worker in the U.S. can afford a one-bedroom or two-bedroom rental at fair market rent. There are 3.6 million such workers, and their total (combined) 2013 earnings is less than the 2013 stock market gains of just eight Americans, all of whom take more than their share from society: the four Waltons, the two Kochs, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett.
3. News Sources Speak for the 5 percent
It would be refreshing to read an honest editorial: “We dearly value the 5 to 7 percent of our readers who make a lot of money and believe that their growing riches are helping everyone else.”
Instead, the business media seems unable to differentiate between the top 5 percent and the rest of society. The Wall Street Journal exclaimed, “Middle-class Americans have more buying power than ever before,” and then went on to sputter: “What Recession?…The economy has bounced back from recession, unemployment has declined.”
The Chicago Tribune may be even further out of touch with its less privileged readers, asking them: “What’s so terrible about the infusion of so much money into the presidential campaign?”
4. TV News Dumbed Down for American Viewers
A 2009 survey by the European Journal of Communication compared the U.S. to Denmark, Finland, and the UK in the awareness and reporting of domestic vs. international news, and of ‘hard’ news (politics, public administration, the economy, science, technology) vs. ‘soft’ news (celebrities, human interest, sport and entertainment). The results:
— Americans [are] especially uninformed about international public affairs.
— American respondents also underperformed in relation to domestic-related hard news stories.
— American television reports much less international news than Finnish, Danish and British television;
— American television network newscasts also report much less hard news than Finnish and Danish television.
Surprisingly, the report states that “our sample of American newspapers was more oriented towards hard news than their counterparts in the European countries.” Too bad Americans are reading less newspapers.
5. News Execs among White Male Boomers Who Owe Trillions to Society
The hype about the “self-made man” is fantasy. In the early 1970s, we privileged white males were spirited out of college to waiting jobs in management and finance, technology was inventing new ways for us to make money, tax rates were about to tumble, and visions of bonuses and capital gains danced in our heads.
While we were in school the Defense Department had been preparing the Internet for Microsoft and Apple, the National Science Foundation was funding the Digital Library Initiative research that would be adopted as the Google model, and the National Institute of Health was doing the early laboratory testing for companies like Merck and Pfizer. Government research labs and public universities trained thousands of chemists, physicists, chip designers, programmers, engineers, production line workers, market analysts, testers, troubleshooters, etc., etc.
All we created on our own was a disdainful attitude, like that of Steve Jobs: “We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.”
6. Funding Plummets for Schools and Pensions as Corporations Stop Paying Taxes
Three separate studies have shown that corporations pay less than half of their required state taxes, which are the main source of K-12 educational funding and a significant part of pension funding. Most recently, the report ”The Disappearing Corporate Tax Base” found that the percentage of corporate profits paid as state income taxes has dropped from 7 percent in 1980 to about 3 percent today.
7. Companies Based in the U.S. Paying Most of their Taxes Overseas
Citigroup had 42 percent of its 2011-13 revenue in North America (almost all U.S.) and made $32 billion in profits, but received a U.S. current income tax benefit all three years.
Pfizer had 40 percent of its 2011-13 revenues and nearly half of its physical assets in the U.S., but declared almost $10 billion in U.S. losses to go along with nearly $50 billion in foreign profits.
In 2013 Exxon had about 43 percent of management, 36 percent of sales, 40 percent of long-lived assets, and 70-90 percent of its productive oil and gas wells in the U.S., yet only paid about 2 percent of its total income in U.S. income taxes, and most of that was something called a “theoretical” tax.
8. Restaurant Servers Go Without Raise for 30 Years
An evaluation by Michelle Chen showed that the minimum wage for tipped workers has been approximately $2 an hour since the 1980s. She also notes that about 40 percent of these workers are people of color, and about two-thirds are women.
Tonight, at 6pm, at City Hall (900 East Broad Street, Richmond VA), City Council is voting on whether or not the Monroe Park Conservancy should be granted the lease to Monroe Park. If they are, they will be in charge of managing the park, and one of their explicitly stated goals is to eliminate homeless-looking users of the park.
Two weeks ago, local Mo Karn was able to delay the vote by submitting an alternative bid. The bid was presented at a Land Use Committee meeting last Wednesday. This was a stall tactic; tonight they’ll do the vote.
They have announced that there will be no public comment allowed tonight. However, sufficient public pressure may change this.
Congratulations to Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon Page of the Week WINNER Tana, bowling next week with the Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project! Tana’s story is incredibly powerful and moving.
OurOwn Collective’s Abortion Access Bowl-a-thon 2014 team, Muppets for Choice, looking glorious at Durham AMF lanes!
Through hard work, persistence, and amazing craft and culinary skillz, we raised a whopping total of $2,420 to help make choice possible for all North Carolinians, regardless of their income.
This team captain is VERY proud.