2015 Resolutions

The following resolutions were proposed by endorsers of the 2015 Virginia Peoples’ Assembly. All were passed by vote of those present at the VPA, January 10, 2015.


NO STADIUM IN SHOCKOE BOTTOM, A SITE OF HISTORY AND CONSCIENCE

THIS IS A CALL FOR AN INTERNATIONAL BOYCOTT OF THE UCI WORLD BIKE RACE IN RICHMOND IF RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL DOES NOT TAKE DECISIVE ACTION TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT SHOCKOE BOTTOM’S UNIQUE HISTORIC AND CULTURAL RESOURCES FROM DESTRUCTION BY THE “REVITALIZE RVA” DEVELOPMENT PLAN.

We, the Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality strongly oppose the proposal from the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce and Venture Richmond, which represent the city’s business and corporate elite, to turn Shockoe Bottom into an entertainment, commercial and residential development, surrounding a sports stadium. We instead urge Richmond’s and Virginia’s governmental leaders to recognize the irreplaceable treasure they have in Shockoe Bottom and develop it as a protected historical district that can be used to educate people of all racial backgrounds about the actual origins of this country. Surely, such an internationally significant historic district would draw far more people to Richmond than a minor-league ballpark.

Inasmuch as the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Preservation Virginia demonstrated their understanding of the historic significance of Shockoe Bottom to Richmond’s Black history by selecting Shockoe Bottom as one of Virginia’s and this country’s 11 most endangered historic sites because of the scope, pace and destructive nature of the development proposal; and

Whereas the collective efforts of allies throughout the region to prevent the development resulted in the Mayor removing the proposal from city council consideration in May 2014, who in spite of promises to resubmit a complete plan to city council a month later, failed to do so; we therefore declared a victory in the effort to stop the stadium while recognizing that the next step – community engagement – was no less important; and

Inasmuch as now, 7 months later, there are rumors that Mayor Jones is repositioning to bring back the stadium proposal; and

Whereas the Virginia Defender newspaper and the Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project plan to co-host a series of nine “Community Conversations on the Future of Shockoe Bottom” in the months leading up to April 3, 2015 – historically known as the day the Union Army, led by Black troops, marched into Richmond ending Confederate rule and nearly 170 years of slavery in the city – and that by holding these conversations, allow Richmond residents, particularly its Black residents, to consider and offer alternative preservation and development ideas for what is recognized as an irreplaceable site of conscience;

Therefore, be it here resolved that we are giving Richmond City Council until April 3 to show that it is serious about memorializing a part of Shockoe Bottom. Otherwise, we will call for international protests in Richmond during the UCI World Bicycle Race when the world’s attention will be focused here.

Richmond and the state of Virginia are at crossroads. As we approach the national commemoration of the end of the Civil War, this city and our state will again be front and center on the public stage. When the 150th anniversary of the liberation of Richmond and the end of its 170 years of slavery arrives, on the morning of April 3, 2015, will this former capital of the Confederacy be known for its enlightened preservation of its sacred sites, OR for continuing the cultural desecration of a people’s history.

Submitted by the Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality and the Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project to the 2015 Virginia People’s Assembly for endorsement and support in carrying out this campaign, this 10th day of January 2015.


Resolution: Support for the May 8-10 Conference of the United National Antiwar Coalition

WHEREAS: The United National Antiwar Coalition, or UNAC, will be holding a national conference from May 8 to 10 in Secaucus, New Jersey, under the theme: “Stop the Wars at Home and Abroad!”

WHEREAS: This conference will be very much in line with the program and goals of the Virginia People’s Assembly: Jobs, Peace and Justice. It will highlight domestic struggles against police killings, the struggle for a higher minimum wage, campaigns against the destruction of our environment and opposition to all U.S. wars abroad.

WHEREAS: The Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality of Richmond, which helped to organize this VPA conference, is affiliated with UNAC and is heading up its national organizing committee.

THEREFORE: Be it resolved that the 2015 Virginia People’s Assembly for Jobs, Peace & Justice does hereby declare its support for the “Stop the Wars at Home & Abroad” conference sponsored by the United National Antiwar Coalition and encourages all Virginia activists to consider attending the May conference.

More information is available at www.unacpeace.org.


Resolution: A call to normalize relations with Cuba

Submitted by the AFRICAN AWARENESS ASSOCIATION

  1. For the citizens of Virginia to support and join in the struggle for the U.S. Government to put an end to its racist and unjust embargo/blockade against Cuba, immediately and to normalize relationship with Cuba and its people.
  2. For the U.S. to lift all travel bans against the people of U.S. and Cuba and to allow them to travel freely to visit and return as desired.
  3. For the U.S. to take Cuba off the U.S. state-sponsored terrorist’s list immediately.
  4. For the U.S. to return all stolen/illegal taken properties, land and resources, etc. that belong to Cuba and to compensate them for its damages and losses.
  5. For the U.S. to stop supporting terrorism and/or terrorist acts against Cuba and its people inside or outside of Cuba’s border, immediately.
  6. For all citizens of Virginia of “goodwill” to help aid and support African Awareness Association upcoming “African Freedom Ride Travel Challenge” to Cuba during the months of July 2015 & December 2015, and all travel challenges, join us.

Resolution for the Virginia People’s Assembly to Endorse the Virginia Student Power Network’s Statewide Student Day of Action Against Student Debt

The Virginia Student Power Network is a growing grassroots network of students from around the state organizing for more affordable, accessible, and democratic education in Virginia (based in the belief that higher education is a right) and for social, economic, and racial justice on and beyond campus.

The Network is hosting a “Virginia Student Day of Action Against Student Debt,” January 18-19th, 2015, in Richmond. Students and other people from around the state will be telling their stories, highlighting how inaccessible education and/or student debt has impacted their lives, and demanding that the state stop balancing its budget on the backs of students, working class families, and people of color.

Virginia’s state government has cut funding per student by 34% in the last five years, with more cuts just this fall. 60% of students in Virginia graduate in debt, on average owing over $25,000. Virginia’s public universities rank 49th in the nation for socioeconomic diversity. A large number of young people are unable to afford to go to college in the first place.

The Virginia People’s Assembly endorses VSPN’s action against student debt and urges its attendees to support and promote it.


CALL TO ESTABLISH INMATE ACCESS TO COMMUNITY THIRD-PARTY DOCTOR EVALUATIONS, DIAGNOSIS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

The Richmond Chapter of the National Jericho Movement to free all political prisoners respectfully submits this resolution to the 2015 VPA to pursue plans to craft legislation to:

  • Call on the Virginia Department of Corrections allow inmates easy access to outside doctor opinions and evaluations; and
  • That inmates under the care and custody of the Virginia Department of Corrections be allowed to retain a doctor of their choice; and
  • That any such doctor legitimately retained, and after having signed appropriate consent forms for the inmate’s privacy and protection, be permitted to:
    1. Review inmates medical records,
    2. Have professional and confidential visits with inmate, and
    3. Confer with prison medical staff, and
    4. Offer third-party diagnosis and recommend treatment
  • Demand that the Department of Corrections incorporate any and all such diagnoses and recommendations in the course of medical treatment for the said inmate.

CALL TO FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS

The Richmond Chapter of the National Jericho Movement to free all political prisoners respectfully submits this resolution to the 2015 VPA to:

  • Recognize that the United States government, its States, law enforcement and penal institutions are in violation of its signed treaty obligations under the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment by continuing to indefinitely incarcerate Political Prisoners who fought against racial violence and repression, most for well over 40 years;
  • Insist that, through a Truth, Justice & Reconciliation Process, the US government and States should investigate and resolve all cited instances of torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment and punishment of those considered political prisoners, including, but not limited to, length of Insist time served, medical treatment, age, and repeated denials of parole;
  • Demand the US government and States free all political prisoners; and
  • Acknowledge and support all legitimate and genuine local and national community and organizational campaigns to free political prisoners.

CALL FOR SUPPORT AND ENDORSEMENT OF ANNUAL NATIONAL ASSATA SHAKUR LIBERATION DAY

The Richmond Chapter of the National Jericho Movement to free all political prisoners respectfully submits this resolution to the 2015 VPA to:

  1. Join in the growing movement, started in 2013, to make November 2nd of each year a national people’s holiday in commemoration of the freedom of freedom fighter Assata Shakur;
  2. Organize an Assata Shakur Cultural/Political Awareness event on or about every November 2nd in your town or city to:
  3. Celebrate Assata Shakur’s freedom and support Cuba’s international sovereign right of granting her political asylum, and demand that:
    1. Assata Shakur not be designated as a terrorist,
    2. that the $2 million bounty for her capture be rescinded, and
    3. that Assata Shakur’s political asylum in Cuba be respected under international law.

Resolution in opposition to fossil fuel pipelines in Virginia

Whereas fossil fuels create Extreme Weather through Climate Change that threatens people’s lives and livelihoods; Whereas energy efficiency and renewable energy sources will provide a robust economy while protecting our environment; We resolve to oppose the building of massive pipelines to transport fossil fuels in Virginia and our nation.

 

Submitted by Freeda Cathcart

Mothers Against Pipelines, January 10, 2015

540-598-7231

ContactFreeda@gmail.com


Resolution in support of the April 18, 2015, “Put Kids First” Rally

Whereas:
The Virginia Education Association and the Parent Teachers Association are co-sponsoring an April 18, 2015 rally at the state capitol in Richmond at 3 pm;

Whereas:
The four main issues of the rally reflect the Virginia People’s Assembly’s mission and goals;

Therefore be it resolved:
The VPA shall support and encourage participation for the April 18, 2015 “Put Kids First” rally.

Submitted by 1) Scott LeCates 2) Cassandra Shaw 3) Byran F. Pfeifer 4) Kathryn C. McNeal
January 10, 2015
More info: veanea.org


Some Anarchists Propose: Anti-Capitalist Organizing/Alternatives to Business as Usual

Whereas, our current economic system divides and oppresses all people, especially marginalized communities;

Whereas, the capitalist system provides no real opportunities to build community wealth and sustainability;

Whereas, “traditional” business models provide no challenge to existing power structures;

Whereas, the People contain resources in our communities already, and have the capacity to organize;

Whereas, a commitment to Social Justice necessarily demands an end and alternative to Capitalism;

Some Anarchists propose that
The VPA endorse an anti-capitalist perspective and praxis.
That discussions of jobs and economic development should be based on sustainable and holistic business models; that businesses should be organized fo rthe benefit of the community at large, not private individuals.

Submitted by Ben Caston, Ramona D. Hinkle, Whitney Whiting, Katie in Blacksburg

 

One thought on “2015 Resolutions

  1. Submitted Resolutions: “A Call To…..”
    1. For the citizens of VA to support and join in the struggle for the U.S. Government to put an end to its racist and unjust embargo/blockade against Cuba, immediately and to normalize relationship with Cuba and its people.
    2. For the U.S. to lift all travel bans against the people of U.S. and Cuba and to allow them to travel freely to visit and return as desired.
    3. For the U.S. to take Cuba off the U.S. state sponsor terrorist’s list immediately.
    4. For the U.S. to return all stolen/illegal taken properties, land and resources, etc. that belong to Cuba and to compensate them for its damages and losses.
    5. For the U.S. to stop supporting terrorism and/or terrorist acts against Cuba and its people inside or outside of Cuba’s border, immediately.
    6. For all citizens of Virginia of “goodwill” to help aid and support African Awareness Association upcoming “African Freedom Ride Travel Challenge” to Cuba during the months of July 2015 & December 2015, and all travel challenges, join us.

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