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A Conversation with One of the Nation’s Foremost Young Activists

A Conversation with One of the Nation’s Foremost Young Activists

While she is active and engaged, she is not overworked. “I’m more a less-is-more kind of person,” and I believe her, since she expresses such an awareness of the necessity of the fight for racial equity to continue beyond her efforts. Momentum can only be maintained if people can “sustain these conversations for more than just a moment.”

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Determined to Be Free

Determined to Be Free

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, at least twice a week Home to Hope staff went to the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail (ACRJ) to talk with inmates about their upcoming release — to develop short and long term goals, and discuss what’s called a Wellness Recovery Access Plan (WRAP).

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Determined to Stay

Determined to Stay

Charlottesville has been in an affordable housing crisis for years now, made more imperative because of longstanding racial and economic systems of segregation that have denied successful life outcomes to many generations of Black residents while gifting many white residents with wide-ranging structural and policy supports.

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Do Better: A Conversation with Nikuyah Walker

Do Better: A Conversation with Nikuyah Walker

People who were only seeing me in that sense, they were hoping I would remain uncomfortable so that maybe one day I won’t be able to continue doing this. It becomes ammunition for them. I was doing this work for free. And so I’ll do this for free like I was doing before.

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Nikuyah Walker: Unmasking the Illusion

Nikuyah Walker: Unmasking the Illusion

One of Nikuyah Walker’s (s)heros is Shirley Chisholm; she has been known to quote Chisholm when she needs to make a point. I find the above quote apropos to contextualizing Walker’s campaign slogan Unmasking the Illusion, which for her suggested redressing the inequalities at the heart of Charlottesville’s social and governmental systems. Prior to her run for office, a select few knew Walker as a champion for the under dog but, through interactions at such places as Blue Ribbon Commission and City Council meetings, she made her presence known to the broader community.

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Treating the Symptoms Rather than the Illness

Treating the Symptoms Rather than the Illness

The real work lies in the long-term. White supremacist ideology is firmly baked into our nation. It is manifest in everything from the blanket Eurocentric curriculum found in almost every school– kindergarten through college– to these very statues that we speak of. It takes hours to knock down a statue. It takes generations to breakdown white supremacist ideology.  

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Why  Feminism?

Why Feminism?

Unfortunately, history would show us that time and time again, women of privilege can be co-opted to overlook the complexities and urgencies of less privileged women. But not my feminism.

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