Monday, December 2, 2013

Today's Show

Technical difficulties, schmechnical difficulties, when you have a great Board Op, you get great air!

Thanks Harvey Soul Hall for thinking quick and popping in a great past show - an interview with Dr. Ann Creighton-Zollar from August 26th of this year. Her work researching and promoting the understanding of Problem of Being Without Sufficient levels of Vitamin D is worthy of repeating.  I hope you enjoy it and come away healthier. CLICK HERE to see the original blog post on DefendersLIVEradio.

And here's the show that should have aired.


  1. What happened to the people who USED to live in Dove Court? How has Mixed Income housing worked for them?
  2. If Shockoe Bottom is wonderful, creative, inspirational, and growing (and it is), why do they want to do this??? Click here to play relevant video.


Next Monday, December 9, 2013 at 6pm: City Council Meeting may hear and vote on "continued" ordinances on transfer of land under The Diamond from RMA back to the City and  the resolution for council to approve the concept of the plan the Mayor Dwight Jones and H. Louis Salomonsky and the Lovings and the Squirrels have preordained for our fair city. 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Saturday, October 26, 2013


Keep the voices and issues of DefendersLIVE and the Music of the World as presented through WRIR on the air!!!

and because the No BS Brass Band (which was just playing) might remind you as it does me just how amazing horn bands are!!! Tower of Power was my NBSBB way back in my sleepy secret teen-aged L.A. days ...

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Food Justice = Food and Economic Empowerment in Our Communities

Richmond's First Annual Green Harvest Festival

Duron Chavis, community advocate for RVA Farms, founder/coordinator of Happily Natural Day, partner in Renew Richmond
John Lewis, director community engagement Renew Richmond 501c3
Velma Hairston, educator, volunteer with Renew Richmond and advocate for community gardens in the Richmond area
Mike Kemetic, creative director for We R Natives, on the Patrick Henry School for Science and Art Board of Directors for their Charter Art Programs, host WRIR

Monday, September 23, 2013

Sep. 23rd on DefendersLIVE

About the Black Left Unity Network and its Black Activists Journal,

Download and listen to Today's show

Monday, September 9, 2013

Mike Kemetic on DefendersLIVE

The Intersection of Art and Social Justic in Richmond - a 54-minute chat with Richmond Man About Town.
More about his likes and inspirations at

Monday, September 2, 2013

What IS and WILL BE this Month:

In the event of any U.S. attack on Syria, the Defenders and other opponents of another war will gather at 5 pm that same day in front of the Richmond Federal Courthouse, 701 E. Broad St. Join us!

Stadium opponents will hold a news conference at 12:30 p.m. in front of Richmond City Hall the day after Mayor Jones announces plans to put a baseball stadium in Shockoe Bottom. Please plan to join us!



FOOD NOT BOMBS – Sundays at 4 pm. Free vegan meals served in Monroe Park, corner of Main and Belvidere streets. Volunteers welcome. (804) 303-544, or


Thurs., Sept, 5 — “SLAVE TRAIL” COMMISSION MEETING – 4 pm, East District Initiative, 701 N. 25th St. Be prepared to ask Commission members to take a stand opposing a stadium in Shockoe Bottom. And be prepared from them canceling the meeting, without notice.

Mon., Sept. 9 — COURT HEARING FOR JORDAN ROMEO ­— Richmond activist Jordan Romeo was charged with “obstructing free passage” while observing a police arrest. Please come out and show your support. 9:45 am, Manchester Courthouse, 920 Hull St. Facebook: “Court Support - Jordan’s Hearing.”

Sat., Sept. 14 — CLAUDE McKAY BLACK BOOK EXPO ­— Commemoration of this Jamaican-born figure of the Harlem Renaissance. Books, prints, posters, refreshments & live jazz. 1 pm, Elegba Folklore Society’s Cultural Center, 1st & East Broad streets.

Sun., Sept. 15 — CLAUDE McKAY BLACK BOOK EXPO ­— See above. Open till 7 pm.

Tues., Sept. 17 — RICHMOND STOP OF MOBILE JUSTICE TOUR ­— 6:30-9 PM, Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 1720 Mechanicsville Turnpike. For story and full schedule, see page 2.

Tues., Sept. 17 — RICHMOND CRUSADE FOR VOTERS MEETING ­— Regular monthly meeting. 7 pm, Military Retirees Club, 2220 Chamberlayne Ave. Information:

Fri.-Sat., Sept. 20-21 - 2013 WOMEN, WAR & PEACE CONFERENCE - focus on women’s roles in war and peacebuilding in West and North Africa, presented by VCU Dept. of World Studies, Virginia Friends of Mali, Richmond Peace Education Center, Richmond Sister Cities Commission. Information:

Tues., Sept. 24 — RICHMOND BRANCH NAACP MEETING — 7 pm, Club 533, 700 N. 3rd St. Information: 804-505-0083.

Sat., Sept. 28 — RACIST FLAG RAISING ­— The Sandston-based, neo-Confederate group Virginia Flaggers say they will raise the “rebel” flag just south of Richmond overlooking I-95. Maybe they will, and maybe they won’t.

Sat., Oct. 5. — RICHMOND ZINE FEST ­— An annual gathering of zine-makers and readers. Zines, workshops, food & more. 11 am-6 pm, Gay Community Center of Richmond. Information:

Thurs., Oct. 10 — GABRIEL DAY ­— The 213th anniversary of the day Richmond slave rebellion leader Gabried was executed at the town gallows in Richmond’s African Burial Ground. Join us at the Burial Ground to pay homage to him and his fallen comrades. Details to be announced.

Fri., Sat., Sun., Oct. 11-13. — RICHMOND FOLK FESTIVAL ­— Which does not advertise in the Defender, so look elsewhere for details.

Sat., Oct. 12 - COMMUNITY CONVERSATION on African and African American Resistance to Slavery, Ana Edwards will lead a presentation on revolutionary Africans in America, Gabriel and Lucy Goode Brooks; Dr. Michael Blakey will facilitate a discussion on resistance and how we commemorate our "heros". Hosted by William Byrd Community House, 224 S. Cherry St. Richmond 23220. Information: or 757-221-7889.