2014 Workshops and Panels

Workshops, Networking Groups & Panel Discussions (as of Dec 8, 2013)
Note: Any group or individual that has endorsed the VPA can sponsor a networking group or workshop. Contact us with your ideas – but be prepared to work on it to make it happen.


Coordinator: Donald Minor (Organizer, UFCW Local 400)

 Black Community Issues

Coordinators: Ana Edwards (Co-Founder, Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality) & Vinny Weeks (Organizer, All As One)

Immigrant Issues

Coordinator: Carolina Velez (Richmond Field Coordinator, Wayside Center for Popular Education)

“Confronting the Empire” – International issues

Coordinator: Phil Wilayto (Editor, The Virginia Defender; Member, Coordinating Committee, United National Antiwar Coalition)

Prison Reform

Coordinators:  Lillie “Ms. K” Branch-Kennedy (Executive Director, R.I.H.D.) & Janet “Queen Nzinga” Taylor (Trustee,  Prisoners & Families for Equal Rights & Justice)

Prisoners & Prison Conditions

Coordinator: Phil Wilayto (Editor, The Virginia Defender)

“Breaking Barriers, Building Power: “Building relationships with each other to build a stronger movement”

Coordinator: Carolina Velez (Richmond Field Coordinator, Wayside Center for Popular Education)

Defending Reproductive Rights

Coordinator: Vanessa Coleman (Community Health Care Worker)

 LGBTQ Issues

Coordinator: SONG (Southerners On New Ground)

Food, Gardens & Community Survival

Coordinators: Duron Chavis (Founder, Happily Natural Day) & John Lewis (Founder, Renew Richmond)

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