Act

Put your knowledge and passion into action to make change. 

The Latest Call to Action 

The Latest Call to Action 

Click on the image above for our latest call to action! 

Organizing  101

Organizing  101

Organizing 101

Where to start?

Action Steps

  • Talk about it
  • Spread the word on social media
  • Stay informed
  • Contact your public officials
  • Join or support your local PTA or neighborhood association
  • Get trained as an advocate
 

Your Voice Matters

Local decisions are swayed by input. Contacting your elected representatives early and often is crucial to this process. Click on the images below to send an email, sign up for their email newsletters, attend your district meetings, or call them (School Board, City Council, or Mayor). 

School Board

School Board

City Council

City Council

Mayor Stoney

Mayor Stoney

Your Actions Matter

Click on the images below to learn about ongoing efforts to move Richmond forward. 

Thriving Richmond

Thriving Richmond

Student Organizing

Student Organizing

Funding and Policy Action Team

Funding and Policy Action Team

Timeline

Timeline

Past Actions

The idea and framework emerged from two years (2014-2015) of researching and writing about Richmond. The intentions behind this blog were to serve the personal sanity of the author, and to make his mom proud that his words were on the internet.  

2015

What ended up happening is that research on topics like education-led economic development or the Academic Improvement Plan, started to gain attention of elected officials and the community. Also, during 2015 the RPS Facilities Task Force was formed and comprised a range of community stakeholders. Many of those who would become the driving force behind Richmond Forward met here.

Then, two major events happened that birthed Richmond Forward:

  1. When the 300-page school facilities plan was completed by the Facilities Task Force and community meetings were being held, there was no online resource with publicly accessible background documents. In effort to provide transparency and translation, the website was formed to post all materials and graphic designer Gabriel Vernon developed this One-Pager.

  2. Elkhardt Middle School was closed in February 2015 due to dangerously high-levels of mold, and a small group from the facilities task force reached out to Area 10 Faith Community who helped provide communications and food to help Elkhardt staff move. Over 40 volunteers responded and CBS6 news provided coverage to raise awareness.

The overwhelmingly positive response solidified in our minds that organizing to improve education and neighborhoods was a major need in Richmond.

 

2016

In 2016, we experimented from our base as a transparency tool to policy analysis, student expression projects, and advocate training. Please read our exciting 2016 Year 1 recap for more background.

  • Mayorathon
  • Budget Position
  • Art180 Student Expression
  • Parents Night Speak Out with Peter Paul Development Center

2017

In 2017, we’re focusing our approach to act as a value-added resource of policy analysis and education. We still believe in raising the level of engagement within the community, but will rely on strategic partnerships within communities to “bring more people to the table.” We’re going to focus on what they are eating at the table.

  • The Compact
  • Thriving Richmond
Art 180 Student Expression Project

Art 180 Student Expression Project

One-Pager Facilities Plan

One-Pager Facilities Plan

Mayorathon

Mayorathon

Thriving Richmond

Thriving Richmond