Michael Paul Williams

Final Thoughts: Part 1

Final Thoughts: Part 1

But before I depart, I wanted to provide a few takes on Richmond. Will it be 1860s bridge or 1950s streetcar burning-style (double burn), or will it soothe the body like the first bite of a Mama J’s pound cake? You will have to read and find out.

Mason, a symbol of RVA and Richmond

Mason, a symbol of RVA and Richmond

The School Board will hold a 6pm public hearing on Monday, July 31st at Mason Elementary to consider actions before the school year start. This has the opportunity to become a monumentally important step for Richmond for two reasons:

  1. It represents this School Board’s first step and first opportunity to address long-standing facility needs.

  2. The coalition of north, south, and west side Richmonders showing up to support the east side Mason community is a positive step in addressing our RVA and Richmond divide.

However, the School Board could just as easily vote to do nothing. Doing nothing is a choice to continue the status quo of a broken commitment to our children as realized through failing school facilities. This perpetuates the divide between RVA and Richmond.

It's time for you to stand up and make sure action is taken to move Richmond Forward. 

The Compact: Climbing the Ladder

The Compact: Climbing the Ladder

The Compact is an essential step to moving Richmond forward, but change is needed to achieve Mayor Stoney's goal of ONE Richmond. Read to learn how we can get there and what Arnstein's ladder has to teach us about community engagement.