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HOME explains role in RRHA housing issue

Re “Prospect of home ownership escapes 70-year-old Randolph resident,” Free Press June 29-July 1 edition: The role of Housing Opportunities Made Equal in the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s scattered site process was to provide education and counseling. HOME is ...

Grammy winner, Prince tour manager credits ‘Tiger Tom’ Mitchell with his start

Re “Broadcast legend ‘Tiger Tom’ Mitchell dies,” Free Press July 13-15 edition: When my family moved to Richmond from up North in 1959, I was a somewhat naïve, pimply-faced kid at a segregated, all-white junior high school, with a budding ...

Action in the face of abuse

After 12 historic years leading the North Carolina NAACP, the Rev. William J. Barber II is stepping down from his post and stepping up to the challenge posed by the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. nearly five decades ago ...

Obamacare wins again

After Republicans spectacularly failed to gather enough votes to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Trump should consider changing his slogan from “Make America Great Again” to “Hey, We Tried.”

Health care fight

Republican efforts to dismantle health care in this nation are not over, despite the setback handed to the GOP leadership earlier this week. On Monday, a handful of their own U.S. Senate colleagues refused to go along with a vote ...

Maggie Walker’s awesomeness

We are still filled with pride and exuberance from the Maggie L. Walker statue dedication last Saturday in Downtown. There was a gloriousness about the day that Richmond rarely sees.

‘Placing markers with statues … will not fix this long-standing slap in the face’

Re “‘Tear those statues down:’ Richmonders decry mayor’s plan to put Confederate statues ‘in context,’” Free Press June 29-July 1 edition:

RRHA ‘missed a golden opportunity’ to help people become homeowners

Re “Prospect of home ownership escapes 70-year-old Randolph resident,” Free Press June 29-July 1 edition: I was appalled reading the Free Press front page story about Charlene Harris, the 70-year-old Randolph resident. Is the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s management ...

Ashe played tennis at Brookfield Park, not Battery Park

Re: “Ashe mural to be unveiled at Battery Park on July 12,” Free Press July 6-8 edition: I had started writing a letter about the myth of Arthur Ashe playing tennis in Battery Park when I saw the letter to ...

Justice not served

After decades of struggles and sacrifices, civil rights legislation enacted in the 1960s won federal promises to ensure that discrimination is illegal and would not be tolerated. Unfettered access to housing, voting rights, fair credit, public accommodations and more was ...

An absence of facts

It is hard to be rebuffed more soundly than President Trump’s “election integrity” commission — or, as he called it, the “very distinguished voter fraud panel.” The commission has been stiffed by most of the states. It’s not hard to ...

Stop the madness

We are tired of President Trump and his lies. And we are particularly aggravated by his hubris and deceit when it comes to his connections with Russia and his collusion with the Kremlin to win the November 2016 presidential election.

Praise for Girls for a Change

My parents raised me to be active, awake and an advocate for my community and the LGBTQ communities. After attending a recent event at the Bell Tower in Capitol Square, I knew I had a responsibility to use my voice ...

‘The racism of yesterday creates the realities of today’

Re “Tear those statues down,” Free Press June 29-July1 edition:

Protecting the right to vote

Voting is not a privilege. It is a fundamental, constitutionally ratified right afforded to all eligible citizens. The right to elect your federal, state and local representatives and weigh in on proposed local policies via ballot is the very definition ...

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