Members of CASA, a national immigrant advocacy organization, rally at the State Capitol’s Bell Tower last week, where the group announced its policy for Virginia’s legislative session. Approximately 50 immigrants stood in solidarity, listening to speakers such as Daisy Serano, 29, originally from Honduras but who now lives in Springfield. Ms. Serano said Virginians need the minimum wage to be $15 per hour and that gradual increases are sufficient for raising a family. The crowd often chanted, “Si, Se Puede,” meaning “Yes, we can.” The local group also used the day to lobby and educate lawmakers about legislation they believe will help immigrants and working families. Luis Aguilar, CASA’s Virginia director said, “Immigrants have been at the forefront of this pandemic the last two years, which is important to highlight their contribution to the Commonwealth of Virginia during this legislative session. We will continue the fight in Richmond, just as CASA members, immigrants and working-class families have done during these tough times.”
Zakiya Pollard of North Chesterfield attended the 5th Annual Prison Justice Rally last Saturday at Monroe Park with her daughter, 21-month-old Sanaa Pollard, who was there on her own agenda to explore the park and the remains of an overnight snowfall.
The City of Richmond has two salt domes, including this one located at 802 Forest Lawn Drive on Richmond’s Northside. The other is located on the city’s South Side at 2506 North Hopkins Road.This particular igloo-like structure was erected in 2017 and sits behind Henderson Middle School. Each dome holds 3,000 tons of salt and 1,000 tons of salt typically is used for each snow event. Richmond’s Department of Public Works says that when a storm is on the way, the city tries to pre-treat the roads at least 72 hours before the impending storm.
Winter berries in Richmond
Natasha White of Interfaith Action for Human Rights and the Virginia Coalition of Solitary Confinement speaks during the 5th Annual Virginia Prison Justice Network Rally last Saturday, Jan. 22, in Monroe Park.
Prison justice advocates and members stand together but apart at the rally.