A Historic Moment

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As a black mother, I am heartbroken to once again grieve the murder of a young black man at the hands of police. George Floyd was slain by individuals who took an oath to protect and serve the public—us. His death recalls long standing themes: lack of police training, a culture that devalues certain lives, and lack of leadership from …

Style Weekly Op-Ed: Compassion Needed

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In early May, Mayor Levar Stoney declared Richmond a “city of compassion” in a professionally produced video and news release. He cited the larger global befriend movement (charterforcompassion.org/about1) as well as the city’s commitment to “transforming systems to serve those who need them.”  Over the following three days – Mother’s Day weekend – nighttime temperatures plunged into the low 30s. Homelessness activists and city …

Why I Voted ‘No’ on the Budget

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Earlier this month, I joined three of my colleagues in opposing the adoption of the city budget to allow us two more weeks more to get the latest financial updates and impact of the COVID-19 crisis on city services for the rest of this fiscal year and next year. Law allows Council until May 31 to approve the budget. And in typical …

We Need a Responsible Budget

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Two weeks ago, the mayor’s administration presented an irresponsible and incomplete plan for his revised budget proposal that falls woefully short of what Richmond needs to prepare for the impact of COVID-19 and how it will affect Richmonders.   Families, businesses, and entire sectors of the economy have ground to a halt. Many people have lost their jobs, could lose their homes, …

Signatures are in!

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Thank you to all who joined me at Bar Solita on March 1 for our kick-off, and to all who made that event possible! Right after that event, we started collecting signatures to get on the ballot. As a result of the hard work of 50 volunteers, I am excited to share that on Friday I turned in 1,000 signatures …

Kim Gray Launches Campaign for Mayor of Richmond

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Platform calls for accountability, improving education and resident-focused services, and transparency and fairness in development. Lifelong Richmonder and current Second District City Council Representative Kimberly B. Gray will launch her campaign for Mayor of Richmond on Sunday, March 1. “We need a mayor who is accessible, transparent, and honest. I will be that mayor – for ALL of Richmond,” Kim …