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May
20
9:00 AM09:00

Faith Rooted Revolution: A Symposium

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Faith Rooted Revolution:

Embracing the Truth Disrupting the Cycle…Together

We work to disrupt the contemporary and historic patterns of oppression and injustice manifested in the city of Richmond.  Our success will require a greater synergy and fusion of efforts to build an equitable reality.  Join Initiatives of Change USA and the Johnson A. Edosomwan Center for Faith Leadership and Public Life on the campus of Virginia Union University, Living and Learning Center, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for this symposium and training designed to broaden our coalition for the work of justice and equity in Richmond. 

This one-day symposium, strategy and training session is solutions oriented and designed to help us better understand the intersections of our work and to maximize our efforts through a shared narrative and advocacy goals. The strategy session will focus on an issue that sits on the nexus of our intersections, the coliseum redevelopment project proposed by Dominion. Due to the impact this decision will have on our city for decades, a deeper understanding of the proposed Tax Increment Financing District (TIF) is necessary for all of our work.  This is both the continuation of our series of trainings for Faith Rooted Organizing begun in 2018 and the inaugural session to develop a long-term partnership among advocacy organizations working toward an equitable Richmond and Virginia. 

Participants will take away from this symposium:

  • A better understanding of the proposed TIF project and its possible impact for Richmond’s historic African American and vulnerable communities 

  • Discovery of new allies and efficiencies

  • Resources for training and strategy for power building

  • Beginning the process of developing shared narrative and goals

  • Foundation for future collaborations


Symposium Schedule:

9:00 a.m. Welcome Greetings and Statement of Purpose 

9:15 a.m. Understanding TIF and the Navy Hill Proposed Project

9:45 a.m. Q & A

10:15 a.m. Panel Discussion – Local organizers/leaders share their short and long term goals

11:15 a.m. Q & A

12:00 noon Working Lunch/Break Out Discussions

What TIF Might Mean for My Organization/Goals

12:45 p.m. Training/Strategy Session

2:15 p.m. Next Steps 

3:00 p.m. Adjourn


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Apr
13
11:00 AM11:00

The Community Remembrance Project

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Initiatives of Change USA and The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) is pleased to invite community members across Virginia and the greater Richmond region to attend an informational meeting and conversation about opportunities to participate in EJI's Community Remembrance Project. This project advances a more honest conversation and engagement with how our national history, legacies of racial and economic injustice and inequality, continue to inform contemporary issues today.

The Community Remembrance Project involves three companion projects including Soil Collections, Historical Marker Projects, and the upcoming Memorial Monument Placement Initiative. This is a component of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, located in Montgomery, Alabama, and dedicated to over 4,000 African American victims of racial terror lynching in the United States.

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Apr
12
6:00 PM18:00

Jesus, Good Friday & the Criminal Justice System

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Discover the historic context of Good Friday & how it correlates to the modern-day injustices within the criminal justice system. Initiatives of Change USA is happy to host this event with the Equal Justice Initiative.

Within the Christian faith, one of the narratives at the center is the story of the crucifixion of Jesus. The cross has been used and interpreted in many ways in U.S. cultures.

However, what did the cross mean in Jesus’ original context?

What is the origin of the phrase, "King of the Jews"? 

Examining the political context of Jesus’ time gives a new perspective into the justice system of Rome. While Good Friday typically focuses on the person of Christ, this discussion will focus on the process of Jesus’ trial, incarceration, and execution. Journey with Gabrielle Daniels of Equal Justice Initiative as we compare the context of Good Friday to the injustices in our modern-day criminal justice system. Officer Carol Adams (Carol Adams Foundation) & Rise for Youth's Valerie Slater, ESQ will also join the discussion to reimagine a criminal justice system that cares for the vulnerable in light of the lessons of Good Friday. We invite you to join us for this event that is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit our Facebook event page or Eventbrite.

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