Speak truth to power

Last week, you signed a bill sponsored by Virginia Legislative Black Caucus chairman Delegate Lamont Bagby of Henrico to create a state African-American Advisory Board. According to the legislation, House Bill 2767, this 21-member board composed of citizen members — ...

We must invest in ourselves

Let’s get one thing straight: Mayor Levar M. Stoney’s 2020 budget proposal to invest in public education and to improve basic services is an effort to remedy racism. It’s effectively universal affirmative action with a price tag. Simply put, the ...

Reject violence, affirm life

Words fail to express the depth of our sorrow at the horrific violence against the Muslim community at the Al Noor and Linwood Mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.


Congratulations to the Virginia Union University Lady Panthers and the Virginia State University Trojans men’s basketball teams!

Parity and equity

Several searing events during the past two weeks have again raised serious questions about the lack of parity and equity in this nation.

Too late in Venezuela?

The United States is pushing for an overthrow of the government of Venezuela. The Trump administration has denounced Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro as a “dictator,” dismissing the 2018 election, which the opposition boycotted.

Calling out white terrorists

An Australian white nationalist who says he hates immigrants acted out his hate by murdering at least 49 people and seriously injuring dozens more last week. He

Remembrance and justice: Shockoe Bottom Memorial

Every week, a new story of some city, county or state’s decision to keep or remove a memento of the Confederacy captures our nation’s attention.

Vote out those who weakened school truancy law

Re “RPS attendance officers’ jobs on chopping block despite crucial need, service,” Free Press March 14-16 edition: It was unconscionable for members of the Richmond delegation to the General Assembly to vote to defang the truancy law.

Gaming the college admissions system and defunding K-12 public education

Re “Stand by your plan: Mayor Levar M. Stoney pushes his proposed tax hikes despite opposition and criticism” and “Fallout continues from college admissions scandal,” Free Press March 14-16 edition: The indictment of 50 people in a fraudulent scheme to ...

No more taxes

Re “More taxes: Mayor Stoney proposes tax hikes on real estate, cigarettes and utility rates to generate more money for city needs,” Free Press March 7-9 edition: I see that Mayor Levar M. Stoney wants to raise more taxes in ...

The only plan on the table

Mayor Levar M. Stoney has presented what he calls a “bold” new budget to Richmond City Council that goes all in for greater investment in public schools and road and street improvements.

‘Something in the Water’

Planning to attend “Something in the Water,” the three-day music festival in late April spearheaded by Pharrell Williams in Virginia Beach? According to the latest reports, the cheapest tickets are sold out, along with most of the hotel rooms on ...

Young people and vaping

Nearly half a million people die every year from complications from smoking. About a tenth of them never put a cigarette to their lips; they die from exposure to second-hand smoke.

Help end gun violence

H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, is the most significant gun safety bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives in more than two decades. The legislation requires background checks on all firearm sales in the country.