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A Fond Farewell

A Fond Farewell

It is with mixed emotions of sorrow and excitement that I write to you today. June 29th will be my last day in Richmond because I will be departing for Portland, Oregon.  My wife and I are uprooting from a place and people we have truly come to love and call home for the past decade, to be closer to family and seek new job opportunities for this next stage of life.

Cigarette Tax Explained: Quick Hit and a Long Drag

Cigarette Tax Explained: Quick Hit and a Long Drag

An $0.80 cent per pack cigarette tax dedicated to school facility maintenance will generate roughly $5M per year. Read the analysis and recommendation from our Policy Action Team and how you can voice your opinion! 

Thriving Education in Richmond

Thriving Education in Richmond

We know that schools alone cannot achieve the future of a world-class education system in Richmond, as challenges in transportation, housing, the economy, poverty, racism, immigration policy, criminal justice, the environment, physical and mental health, all directly impact the classroom.

It’s time we gathered to deconstruct the professional and class divides within or community. The divide of RVA and Richmond.

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: An RVA Joint

The Compact: An RVA Joint

As Mayor Stoney's Compact heads to a public hearings on July 17th and 24th, you'll want to read about the latest changes, public reaction, and what to expect. Also, bonus material on what advocates can do to improve the quality of our public discourse!

Getting to Work

Getting to Work

Richmond Forward is getting to work on policy analysis, communication, and advocate training. Passionate hands, minds, and voices are needed. Join us today! 

On the shoulders of giants

Wow, what a list of accomplishments in our first year. All thanks to you and the many voices who responded to our call.