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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Tim Duggan and Janine Bell with the Elegba folklore society on Indy Media Live!

upcoming events!

2010 Capital City Kwanzaa Festival
Thursday, December 30
The Showplace, 3000 Mechanicsville Trnpk, 5 - 11pm
Theme "Traditional Greatness"
Keynote: Cultural Historian, Egyptologist, Author, Anthony Browder
The Candle Lighting, Performances, Workshops, The African Market, Children's

Another Program by Elegba Folklore Society
Richmond's Cultural Ambassador
Embrace the Spirit!

Tune in next week for babySTOMP on Indy Media Live!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Judith McGreary with the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance and Nicole Crawford with ring dog rescue on Indy Media Live!

Judith McGeary, the Executive Director of FARFA, is an attorney and small farmer. She has a B.S. in Biology from Stanford University and her J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Following a clerkship with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, she practiced as an attorney doing a combination of administrative law, litigation, and appeals. After seeing first-hand how government regulations benefit industrial agriculture at the expense of family farms, she left her legal practice to form FARFA in 2006 to provide a voice for independent agriculture.

for more information, please visit

for more information about ring dog rescue, please visit

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dawn Moncrief on Indy Media Live!

Dawn Moncrief has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1994 and has two Masters Degrees from The George Washington University: the first in International Relations specializing in economic development, the other in Women's Studies specializing in women-in-development. Her focus is on the detrimental effects of intensive animal agriculture on world hunger, especially women in low-income countries. She also works with groups and individuals to reduce global meat consumption as part of efforts to reduce global hunger and reverse global warming. Related research areas are global trade and environmental protection via diet and agricultural reform.
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this moment, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is finalizing a very important and historic decision on mountaintop removal mining, a destructive mining practice that is obliterating mountains and streams throughout Appalachia—and you have a chance to make a difference in this decision. More than 2,000 miles of streams have been buried by mountaintop removal coal mining to date. The decision proposed by the EPA will be progress toward making sure that the people and the wildlife of Appalachia are being protected by longstanding law, but the coal industry has come out railing against this progress

There is no worse crime against the environment and against the people of Appalachia, their health and their future than mountaintop removal mining. Please take action today to help stop this tragic practice. Tell EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to follow through on this decision and begin to restore protections to Appalachia.

Environmental Protection Agency
Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460
(202) 272-0167

A Well-Fed World | 815 Otis Place NW, Washington DC 20010 | 202.495.1348


especially important for younger folks When people ask me why I'm vegan, I say the reason changes day to day. Some days it's because.........

A Well-Fed World is a health, hunger, and environmental advocacy organization working with individuals, social justice groups, and policy-makers to mend our food system as a crucial part of solving the world's most intractable problems. Fortunately, the foods and production methods that promote health and well-being are the same ones that conserve resources to better feed our world, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting the environment.

A Well-Fed World will be attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP16) in Cancun this December. We are thrilled to partner with the International Fund for Africa, both organizations and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine will be attending as part of the BRIGHTER GREEN DELEGATION


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Amy Bergmann of Richmond Friends of Animals on Indy Media Live!

Amy Bergmann is a member of an animal advocacy group called “Richmond Friends of Animals.” Members can choose to participate in a variety of local and national animal advocacy issues from Fur-Free Friday to the Walk for Farm Animals, to protesting veal at local restaurants or the treatment of animals in the circus, etc. Amy started getting involved with animal issues in college when she started volunteering at the local animal shelter. Amy is currently the proud guardian of three rescue dogs, two rescue gerbils, and one rescue horse, and she is proud to speak up for animals.

for more information, please visit:


-It's time to get into the fur-free spirit! Friday, November 26 (the day after Thanksgiving) is Fur-Free Friday—the day on which animal lovers all around the world will educate holiday shoppers about the cruel fur industry. Every year, the fur industry heartlessly kills 50 million animals ( of whom are skinned alive. This holiday season, we encourage you to take a stand against cruelty—do not include fur or fur-trimmed items on your holiday shopping list.

- Join the Richmond Youth Peace Project for a FREE interactive program on preventing youth gun violence.
No One is Bulletproof: Teens Talk About Gun Violence
Tuesday, November 30, 4:30-7 p.m.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 815 E. Grace St., Richmond 23219

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Karen Davis of United Poultry Concerns on Indy Media Live!

Karen Davis is the founding editor of Poultry Press, the quarterly magazine of United Poultry Concerns, chosen one of the BEST Nonprofit Publications in North America by UTNE magazine.


- Vegan Thanksgiving dinner: Nov. 25, 4 PM at the Friends meeting house 4500 kensingotn ave. 344-4356. Bring a vegan dish to share!

- EAT TO BEAT CANCER: At the Gayton Crossing center attached to the Good Foods Grocery store; classroom upstairs to the left of the entrance. No elevator; we start about 6:45pm. Event is FREE due to sponsorship. Hope to see you there! Please be sure to RSVP; seating limited to 30 guests. Good Foods Grocery, 1309 Gaskins Road (At Gayton Crossing) Call 804 323-3222 or email:

Hey Listeners! We have a new drop zone for our shows! starting today, all shows will be archived on the radio4all link on the right side of the page. Please email us with any concerns. Thank you!


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Executive Director of Compassion Over Killing Erica Meier on Indy Media Live!

Erica Meier is the executive director of Compassion Over Killing, a non-profit animal advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. Since 1995, COK has worked to end the abuse of animals in agriculture through undercover investigations, public outreach, litigation, and other advocacy programs. COK's efforts include successfully campaigning to end the egg industry's use of the misleading "Animal Care Certified" logo, persuading BOCA Foods to stop using eggs in all of its products, airing 30-second pro-vegetarian commercials on MTV stations nationwide, and much more. Before working at COK, Erica spent four years as an animal control officer in D.C., rescuing sick, injured, and homeless animals as well as enforcing animal protection laws.

Thanksgiving Dinner for Animal Lovers

Vegetarian & Vegan - Sunday Nov 21st Appetizers 4 pm, Sit Down Dinner 6 pm

Hosted at the home of Chef Mariza Soliman, 18 miles from Rikki’s Refuge, two miles from Route 20 and Route 3, Spotsylvania.

She’s already buying seasonal ingredients and has planned 34 wonderfully creative and different items; appetizers, soups, salads, main courses, side dishes, veggies, desserts. And once she starts planning - she can’t stop!!! Who knows what the next trip to the farmer’s market will inspire!

She’s hosted many Thanksgiving Dinners for Rikki’s before - and each has been bigger and better than the last - so you can just begin to guess what’s in store for this year!!!

Vegetarian and Vegan dishes in every category. Her substitutions are subtle, her flavors superb. Even non-vegetarians won’t feel like they’re missing anything!

Great time, great food, great company.

$25 per person donation to Rikki’s Refuge. Free to Rikki’s Extreme Family Members! All food is supplied by Mariza as a donation. Soda, juice, coffee, tea, water and limited beer and wine, if you’d like other drinks please bring your own.

Fabulous dining for you AND the price of your dinner will serve 100 meals to the animals at Rikki’s Refuge.

Reserve your spot today. 540-854-0870 x2 - In case of allergies, please note, dogs and cats DO live here. If you’re bringing your dog, it must be approved by Mariza in advance.

Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck

When: Thursday, November 25th, 2010
Where: Friends Meeting House, 4500 Kensington Ave.
(Kensington & Commonwealth Aves.)
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Cost: Members, no charge; non-members $3.00

Please bring a vegan dish to share and the recipe.
Call 344-4356 by Monday, November 22nd for reservations and information

Adopt a turkey!
In 1986, Farm Sanctuary began its annual Adopt-A-Turkey Project. This unique effort has saved thousands of turkeys from the slaughterhouse, and encouraged millions of people to be kind to animals. This Thanksgiving, hundreds of families are feeding turkeys, instead of eating them, by adopting feathered friends who live at Farm Sanctuary. For a one-time fee of $30, Adopt-A-Turkey sponsors receive a color photo of their turkey, an adoption certificate and turkey biography, plus a one year subscription to Farm Sanctuary’s quarterly newsletter. People can sponsor a turkey by calling 1-888-SPONSOR or by filling out a sponsorship form.
Adopt-A-Turkey Project

Hey Indy Media Live listeners! We are still in the process of archiving shows, please bear with us while we get everything online!


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Kent Willis director of the ACLU of Virginia on Indy Media Live!

Located in Richmond, the ACLU of Virginia is one of 50 state or regional affiliates of the National ACLU. Of the ACLU’s 500,000 members nationwide, 11,000 reside in Virginia. The ACLU of Virginia is a private, non-partisan, non-profit organization that depends almost entirely on individual contributions for financial support. It does not accept government funding. The purpose of the ACLU is to promote, protect and expand civil rights and civil liberties public through public education, litigation, and lobbying.

Dear Indy Media Live fans! The website where we post our shows has been bought out by facebook. We're looking into a new website to post all of our previous shows but we probably wont have it up and running until next week. Thank you for your patience!


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

3rd district congressional debate on Indy Media Live!

The 3rd District covers all of the City of Portsmouth, parts of the Cities of Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk and Richmond, all of the counties of Charles City, New Kent, and Surry, and part of the counties of Henrico and Prince George.

Tune in to hear John Kelly (Green Party), James Quigley (Libertarian Party), and Chuck Smith (Republican) debate current issues on this weeks Show!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Food Not Bombs on Indy Media Live!

Richmond Food Not Bombs has been sharing food in Monroe Park for over sixteen years now. We have developed many connections and friendships over the course of our existence, helped provide healthy food to many individuals who may not have had access to it otherwise, and become a staple of social activity for many people’s Sunday afternoons.

The proposed renovations to Monroe Park are an attack , a judgement on who the park should and shouldn’t be for. It is an attack on the homeless, the “homeless-appearing” (whatever that means - it’s in the Monroe Park Advisory Council’s renovation plans), and groups and individuals who don’t judge people by their social status or whether they have conventional means of acquiring shelter.

Come join us on Oct 24, 4pm at Monroe park to view a movie on the future of the park!

Other events!

- Friday Oct, 22nd 6pm vegan pot luck and 7pm lecture at The Friends Meeting house 4500 Kensington Ave. (344-4356)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Guest from the Library of VA on Indy Media Live!

See the exhibition at the Library of Virginia called "The Land We Live In, The Land We Left".


Voters' Rights Cards and Advice Available
Take five minutes to get registered by tomorrow, October 12 at or by calling 800-552-9745. Then get out to the polls on November 2 and make your voice heard!
Tuesday, October 12 is the last day to register to vote in Virginia. I am registered and ready to vote on November 2. Please get registered and join me at the polls so that we can make our voices heard together! For more information about getting registered call 800-552-9745 or visit

United Poultry Concerns’ Ninth Annual Conference

Co-hosted by the Animal Rights Collective of George Mason University
Saturday, October 30, 2010
George Mason University (Washington, DC Metro Area)
4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030
Location: Johnson Center (Big white building, center of campus)
Room: JC Dewberry Hall North
Conference Hours: 8am-6pm
To register, send check or money order to: United Poultry Concerns, PO Box 150, Machipongo, VA

Karen Davis, PhD is the President of United Poultry Concerns, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl. Karen will discuss “Chickens Belittled: An Inquiry Into the Representation of Chickens, Animal Liberation and Animal Welfare in the Writings of Peter Singer and Temple Grandin.”


For those who are interested, the 300 and 400 blocks of West Broad are
having a party this coming Saturday, October 16th from 4 to 8pm. Quirk, 1708, Lift, and Steady Sounds are throwing a block party to celebrate their neighborhood and build support for WRIR. Jesse and Joanna will be playing music, they will screen their Summer Film Camp film "Time Feet" and other short films, family activities, and there will be pumpkins and cupcakes for sale. All pumpkin and beer sales will benefit WRIR.

Also! WRIR'S Monster Mashquerade is Friday October 22nd at 9pm! find more info at

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Gary Francione on Indy Media Live!

Gary Francione is an American legal philosopher. He is the Distinguished Professor of Law and Scholar of Law & Philosophy at Rutgers School of Law-Newark
Francione is known for his work on animal rights theory, and was the first academic to teach it in an American law school. His work has focused on three issues: (1) the property status of animals, (2) the differences between animal rights and animal welfare, and (3) a theory of animal rights based on sentience alone, rather than on any particular characteristics.
He is a pioneer of the abolitionist theory of animal rights, arguing that animal welfare regulation is theoretically and practically unsound, serving only to prolong the status of animals as property by making the public feel comfortable about using them. He argues that non-human animals require only one right: the right not to be regarded as property, and that the moral baseline of the abolitionist approach is veganism, the rejection of the use of all animal products. Francione accepts the tenets of Jainism, and particularly the Jaina doctrine of non-violence, or Ahimsa, linking it to veganism and animal rights. It is this belief in non-violence that makes him non-supportive of direct action. Francione believes that animal rights can and should be achieved through non-violent protests.
Gary Francione is the author of The Animal Rights Debate: Abolition or Regulation (2010); Animals as Persons: Essays on the Abolition of Animal Exploitation (2008); Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? (2000); Animals, Property, and the Law (1995); Rain Without Thunder: The Ideology of the Animal Rights Movement (1996); and, with Anna E. Charlton, Vivisection and Dissection in the Classroom: A Guide to Conscientious Objection (1992). (

Important Announcements!

Voters still have through next Tuesday to register for upcoming elections.
- October 4, 2010 - The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia is distributing informational cards describing voters' rights and urging voters to register before next Tuesday's deadline.

State Board of Elections: 864-8901 Toll Free: 800 552-9745

Seventh District Congressional Candidates
Will Appear in Public Forum Monday, October 11

Two of the three candidates for the Seventh District Congressional seat will speak at a public forum at 7 p.m. Monday, October 11, at the Tuckahoe Public Library, 1901 Starling Drive, off Parham Road in Henrico County.
Appearing at the forum will be Independent candidate Floyd Bayne of Chesterfield County and Democratic candidate Rick Waugh of Louisa County.
The Tuckahoe forum is the only remaining scheduled opportunity before the November 2 election for the public to hear or question the Seventh District candidates. Sponsors of the forum are the League of Women Voters of the Richmond Metropolitan Area and the Richmond First Club.
Congressman Eric Cantor was invited to participate in the forum but declined.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Students with the exhibition 'Eyes Wide Open' on Indy Media Live!

Eyes Wide Open, the American Friends Service Committee’s widely-acclaimed exhibition on the human cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, features a pair of empty boots honoring each U.S. military casualty. The exhibit started in January 2004 when the US casualties in Iraq numbered 500. As the casualties grew so did the exhibit and it toured the country extensively until May 2007, when the casualties in Iraq numbered 3500 and it was determined to split the exhibit up into smaller state-based exhibits. Eyes Wide Open has been seen by millions of people across the country and has involved thousands of volunteers. Eyes Wide Open continues to tell the story of the human cost of war in 46 states with boots representing US deaths in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and shoes representing Iraqi and Afghan civilians. The exhibition will take place October the 3rd from 10am – 3pm at 4500 Kensington Ave., Richmond VA 23221 804.358.6185

Helene Ruiz' curation of paintings by various artists explores visual interpretations of the Orisha (Orisha are spirits or deities that reflect manifestations of God) that represent Yoruba origins of thought and spiritual practice in West Africa as well as its influences and practices in the Americas. This exibition opens in Elegba Folklore Society's Cultural Center, 101 East Broad Street in downtown Richmond on Friday, October 1 with a public reception beginning at 7pm and in conjunction with the kick-ff of the First Fridays ArtWalk season. Live music reflective of the show's thematic will be featured. This exhibition will run through December 31.

Elegba Folklore Society is a not-for-profit tax-exempt organization purposed to provide educational opportunities through the arts. In addition to exhibitions of art and artifacts, regular programming includes festivals, performances, classes and cultural history tours along the Trail of Enslaved Africans.

Mountain Witness Weekend in Wise County, Oct 8, 9, 10
Stopping mountaintop removal coal mining in Virginia Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards would like to invite everyone to "Weekend In Wise County" on October 8th-10th.

This event is an opportunity to witness mountaintop removal coal mining, to gain knowledge about the area and organizing efforts from a variety of workshops, and to enjoy good food, music and fellowship. As a member of the Wise Energy for Virginia, Sierra Club is pleased to support this event.

Workshop offered will include: History of Southwest Virginia, Mountaintop Removal 101, Understanding the Permitting Process, Community Organizing 101, Economic Transition of Appalachia, Water Testing, and more! Tours of mountaintop removal sites and affected coal camps will be conducted throughout the weekend. Come Friday night for a special presentation of the Beehive Collective's new poster, The True Cost of Coal, which uses images to tell the story of coal in Appalachia.

This event will take place at the Appalachia Civic Center in Appalachia, VA. Contact or call 276-523-4380 with any questions. Cost for participation in the weekend is on a sliding scale of $20-$75, with scholarships available.

This event is hosted by the Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards and the Wise Energy for Virginia Coalition.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Steve Northup and Rev. Lynn Litchfield on Indy Media Live

Stephen A. Northup, Esq: Steve is a 1967 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and is a 1974 graduate of Harvard Law School. He is a partner in the Richmond office of Troutman Sanders LLP and has practiced with that firm since 1976. He is currently the firm’s Pro Bono Partner, overseeing the pro bono activities of the firm’s 650 lawyers spread among 14 foreign and domestic offices. He has represented a number of prisoners in post-conviction challenges to their convictions and sentences, including two inmates on Virginia’s death row.

Please note that while there are vigils being held for Teresa Lewis throughout the Commonwealth, we strongly encourage everyone to attend the vigil in Jarratt, VA at The Greensville Correctional Center, where the execution is scheduled to take place. Please arrive no later than 8 p.m. The Greensville Correctional Center is located in Greensville County, not far from the town of Jarratt in Sussex County. Jarratt is at exit 20 off I-95, 55 miles south of Richmond, Those needing or willing to provide a carpool, please call us at 1-888-567-VADP.

To have your voice heard on the subject, please call Gov. McDonnell at 804-786-2211

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Gregg Johnson with the Gay Community Center of Richmond and Mike Maszaros of the VA Pride Fest on Indy Media Live!

Hey Indy Media Live listeners! Tune in this week to hear Gregg Johnson and Mike Maszaros talk about their involvement in the Richmond LGBT community! Gregg Johnson is the director of development and marketing for the Gay Community Center of Richmond and talked with us briefly on the show about an upcoming exhibit on the Nazi persecution of homosexuals from 1933-1945. (more info)

Mike Maszaros has been associated with VA pride since 2003 and has been instrumental in helping the organization grow into a stable, visible cornerstone of Richmonds LGBT community.

For more information on anything covered on today's show, please visit:

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Ralph Nader and the People's Alliance for Clean Energy on Indy Media Live!

Hey Indy Media Live listeners! Tune in to hear Ralph Nader and talking about nuclear energy and America's energy future! For more information, please visit If you are interested in hearing more from Ralph Nader, please be sure to attend his free speech at UVA's Newcomb Hall Ballroom at 7pm or his Reception from 4:30pm - 6:00pm (small cover charge. to RSVP please call 434-269-2494)!

Event Information!

The Bryan Park Centennial Celebration will be a big public celebration on Saturday, September 25th, from noon to 6 pm, in Bryan Park. Working with the Parks and Recreation Department, they will have a band area, food vendors, crafts booths, and non-profit exhibitors. They will also have special children’s activities, and will be burying a 100-year time capsule.

The Charlottesville Vegetarian Festival date is Saturday, September 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the location is Lee Park on Market Street, across from the main library.

Appalachia Rising: Voices from the Mountains is a conference held in Washington DC caling for the abolition of mountaintop removal and surface mining in Appalachia. Saturday, September 25, 2010

Family Peace Festival, Mary Munford Elementary School
211 Westmoreland St., Richmond, Sunday September 19, from11 a.m.-5 p.m.


WRIR is in the running for a $50,000 grant from the RefreshEverything project. The grant would pay for building a 3rd broadcast studio in the current Fund Drive office. Every committee will benefit from having this new studio! just look up WRIR and vote to have your voice heard!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Kerry Hilliard of Rikki's Refuge animal sanctuary on Indy Media Live!

Hey Listeners! If you're a long time fan of Indy Media Live, you will recognize Kerry Hilliard as being one of our favorite guests to have on the show. Tune in to hear what Kerry and the animals at Rikki's have been up to! And don't forget that the animals at Rikki's love visitors! Just remember to bring a few cans of cat food to help feed them all!

for more information please visit

Sept 13: Ralph Nader at Newcombe hall at UVA (7pm)
Sept 19: Richmond Peace Fest
Sept 25: Veg Fest (11am - 4pm)

And tune in next week for Ralph Nader and the people's alliance for clean energy!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

CEO Richard Conti and Katie Gantt of the Science Museum of Virginia on Indy Media Live!

Richard Conti’s path to becoming Science Museum of Virginia Director and CEO includes stints along the way as a Navy Top Gun F-14 Flight Officer, Assistant to the City Manager in Norfolk, Executive Director of Nauticus – the National Maritime Center. Now at the Science Museum he discovered gardening while planning the Green Acre Farm project.

Katie Gantt studied English and print journalism in college, earning degrees in both at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has gardened since she was a child and the Science Museum of Virginia’s Green Acre Farm is her first time gardening/farming on this scale.

Check out today's show to hear what Richard and Katie have to say about local gardens and upcoming Science Museum news! For more information on the Science Museum or Local Gardening, please visit or visit them at 2500 west broad street!

Tune in next week to hear Kerry Hilliard, founder and executive directer of Rikki's Refuge! (

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Author and Attorney Sylvia Clute on Indy Media Live!

Tune in to hear author and attorney Sylvia Clute discuss restorative justice and the american justice system here on Indy Media Live!

please visit Sylvia's new blog at for more information or shoot us a line at!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

President of the Arab American Association of Virginia on Indy Media Live!

Tune in to this weeks episode of Indy Media Live to hear Jameel Abed of the arab american association in VA talk about foreign relations concerning Palistine and Isreal.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Art 180 and Johnny z Fest on Indy Media Live!

Tune in to hear about art 180 and johnny Z Fest (as well as an awesome drum solo by an up and coming superstar!). For more information, visit:

please Email or leave a comment at

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Laura Fox, Founder and Director of Visionary Culture on Indy Media Live!

Founder Laura Fox is host of Visionary Culture Radio, founder of Best of Raw and the Raw Vegan Trade Association, and leads experiences such as Anchor The Dream, Reality Creation Playshops and Raw Foods Classes. VISONARY CULTURE RADIO is now live on the internet Wednesday Evenings at 7PM PST, 10PM EST,

AW INSPIRATIONS is High Vibrational Inspiration for the Vegan Live Foods Lifestyle, and for those interested in adding more plant foods to their diet! The mission of Raw Inspirations is to enliven our spirits and provide robust, lucid inspiration for adding more raw vegan organic plant foods to our diets, and for those who are all raw, for keeping our raw intentions and building raw vegan community; to build awareness regarding the eco-social and healing implications of a raw vegan diet as well as eco-friendly ways of living; to assist people at any level and with any desired diet style in becoming healthier, more joyful and leading a truly turned on, tuned-in life.

Her blog, E-zine and community services come from a place of desiring to uplift and educate people who are interested in improving their diet through adding more raw vegan foods in any percentage and/or through becoming 100% raw vegan.
Her teachings feature high vibrational ideas, inspiration, downloads, events, products and consciousness tools which help us collectively SHIFT + UPLIFT to the full expression of our super hero powers of transformation and planetary awakening.

For more information about Laura Fox, Visionary Culture, or to contact her please visit:

To take part in any of the other topics on today’s show, please contact or visit:

Friends Committee on National Legislation
FCNL has a toll-free number to call your representative: 1-888-493-5443, or use the standard number (202) 224-3121.

Pull U.S. Troops Out of Pakistan
The House is expected to debate and vote on Tuesday on a privileged resolution (HCR 301) introduced by Congressmen Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul to remove U.S. forces from Pakistan. The resolution directs the President, pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution, to remove the United States Armed Forces from Pakistan.

Call Congress (202) 224-3121.

For more information, please visit:

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sorry gang! there won't be a show this week, but keep your ears up and tune in next week to hear what democracy sounds like! You can also check out some of the vegan recipes or previous shows we have up and running to catch up on whats happening on the show! And remember, each week brings something new and current to Richmond's airwaves so stay tuned!


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Odette Wilkins from the Equal Justice Alliance on Indy Media Live!

If you tuned in today, you got to hear Odette Wilkins share her views about free speech, animal rights and the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act which prohibits any person from using force, violence, or threats for the purpose of damaging or interfering with the operations of an animal enterprise.

for more information please visit http:

Tune in next week when we have Lynn Greers on the show to discuss her 1.5 mile swim from alcatraz prison to shore to protest the death penalty!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

ACLU's Michael W. Macleod-Ball!

Hey Indy Media Live listeners! Tune in to hear Michael W. Macleod-Ball, the chief legislative and policy counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union Washington Legislative Office, talk about democracy and the constitution in our society!

upcoming events!

Internationally acclaimed folksinger John McCutcheon and Richmond favorite Susan Greenbaum will perform a benefit concert in celebration of the Richmond Peace Education Center’s 30th anniversary on Saturday evening, July 24. The show will be held at 7 p.m., at the VCU Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, 922 Park Ave. Proceeds from the show benefit the programs of the Richmond Peace Education Center. 232-1002
Josho Pat Phelan will be with us this Wednesday evening. She will give a Dharma talk following one period of zazen and walking meditation. She will join us for zazen on Thursday morning and be available for dokusan, or private practice discussion.
Kevin Heffernan .366.5546

-This Thursday, July 8 at 3 p.m.
-A sea of students call for clean energy
-News conference in front of City Hall on Broad St. in Richmond
-Speakers - someone from the community and student representatives
-It's time for a clean energy future!

guest from the gulf on your program on Tuesday, July 13 to speak about the oil spill
Clean Energy Works is a diverse coalition of more than 80 grassroots organizations representing more than 12 million Americans. This unprecedented grassroots coalition includes faith leaders, labor organizations, veterans, environmental activists, sportsmen, farmers, business leaders, youth, community leaders, and other groups, all calling for urgent action on a comprehensive clean energy and climate plan that delivers clean energy jobs, less pollution, and a more secure America.


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Children speak out about diversity on Richmond Indy Media!

Winning essays from the Richmond peace education center show us all how powerful youthful minds really are. Listen to what they have to say about diversity in the United States!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Local vegetarian food festival!

Hey gang! Listen in today to hear about some wonderful local vegetarian festivals coming up! One of our guests today is Kim Williams avid vegetarian and chef who will be talking about some of her favorite recipes! Here's one to start!


creamy avocado and zesty veggie taco filling are the stars in this colorful salad.

Veggie Taco Filling

3/4 cup ground veggie burger
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. cilantro
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp. diced onion
dash of cayenne
1/2 cup of water

1/2 cup red beans (rinse and drain if you are using canned beans)
about 3 cups of your favorite lettuce (I use red leaf)
1 avocado, cut into chunks
1/4 cup black olives
1/4 cup vegan sour cream
1/3 cup salsa
diced purple onion (optional)
diced tomatoes (optional)
tortilla chips

1)in skillet on medium-high heat, heat olive oil. then add ground veggie burger and next 6 ingredients. stir together for a few minutes.

2)add water and bring to a quick boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. summer for about 10 min, stirring occasionally.

3)meanwhile, assemble lettuce on the bottom of two plates and prepare other ingredients.

4) add prepared veggie burger onto lettuce. then add beans, avocado, black olives, vegan sour cream, salsa and other desired ingredients.

5) garnish with tortilla chips!

for more information on the veggie fest or vegan recipes go to

Monday, June 7, 2010


Hey gang! Tune in tomorrow for an Indy Media Live World Cup special with guests Daryl and Taylor from the Total Football Soccer Show right here on WRIR! If you're a long time soccer fanatic or if this is your first world cup tune in to hear all about it! Remember kickoff is in 4 DAYS! If you have any questions you would like to have answered on the show, send them via email or leave us a comment below.


Monday, May 24, 2010

Cindy Sheehan on Indy Media Live!

Hey gang! Be sure to listen in tomorrow at 12:30 to hear Cindy Sheehan on the show! Cindy is a pro peace activist and founding member of Gold Star Families for Peace and earned national attention with her protests against the bush administration and the war in iraq.

questions? comments? feel free to send us an email or leave us a comment on the end of each post!


Monday, May 17, 2010

Listen in Tomorrow at 12:30pm to Hear Ralph Nader on Indy Media Live!

Hey Indy Media Live listeners! Tune in tomorrow for a special interview with former presidential candidate Ralph Nader tomorrow at 12:30!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Restoring Voting Rights to Felons

Hey Indy Media Live listeners! Today on the show we had Andrea Miller, co-chair of the Progressive Democrats of America in Virgina and Linwood Christian Jr. a former felon who is struggling to get his voting rights back in Virgina.

for more information on nonviolent crimes in Virginia go to

also, for more information about the Democracy Restoration Act go to


restore our vote.

have questions for our guests?

Andrea Miller
(443) 878-2071

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Hey Indy Media Live Listeners!

Hey all of you indy media fans out there! Its been a long couple of weeks for the indy media crew with the WRIR pledge drive as well as other things. we all thank you all for listening and the blog will be up and running again this week! keep listening on tuesdays at 12:30 on WRIR 97.3!


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Earth Day Show with Farm Sanctuary and Gene Bauer

Gene grew up in Hollywood, California and worked in commercials for McDonald's and other fast food restaurants. He adopted a vegan lifestyle in 1985, and today, he campaigns to raise awareness about the negative consequences of industrialized factory farming and our cheap food system. He lives in rural New York state and is the co founder and president of Farm Sanctuary, America's leading farm animal protection organization, which runs the largest rescue and refuge network for farm animals in North America. Gene holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from California State University Northridge and a master's degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University.
After volunteering and working with various environmental and human rights causes, Gene turned his attention to animal agriculture. He has conducted hundreds of visits to farms, stockyards and slaughterhouses to document conditions, and his pictures and videos, exposing factory farming cruelty, have been aired nationally and internationally, educating millions. He has testified in court and before local, state and federal legislative bodies, and has initiated groundbreaking legal enforcement and legislative action to raise awareness and prevent factory farming abuses. He played a significant role in passing the first U.S. laws to prohibit cruel farming systems - including the Florida ban on gestation crates, the Arizona ban on veal and gestation crates, and the California and Chicago bans on foie gras. His efforts have been covered by leading news organizations, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, National Public Radio, ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN. His book, entitled Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food, was published by Simon and Schuster in March, 2008 and has become a national best seller.


What Is the Democracy Restoration Act?
The Democracy Restoration Act allows former felons to vote in Federal elections after completing their sentences. Only two states Virginia and Kentucky permanently disenfranchise ex-offenders unless voting rights are individually restored by the Governor. In Virginia there are 300,000 ex-offenders who lost their right to vote when they were convicted of a felony.

Join us as we lobby U.S. House of Representatives to support HR 3550 (Democracy Restoration Act of 2009). This bill will allow ex-offenders to vote in Federal elections.
April 28, 2010 11am (morning lobby) Rayburn Cafeteria

Teach In on Capitol Hill on War
What Congress Must Do to End U.S. Wars and Help Secure a Peaceful Middle East
DESCRIPTION: Educational briefing on the U. S. agenda in the Middle East, its consequences and development of a strategy/plan to withdraw. Emphasis will be on constructive, interactive dialogue among panelists and attendees.
MODERATOR: Representative Dennis J. Kucinich (D - Ohio)
PANELISTS: Chris Hedges, Jeremy Scahill, David Swanson, Ann Wright -- Learn more.
DATE: Thursday, April 29, 2010
TIME: 1:45 PM – 4:00 PM
PLACE: Gold Room (2168), Rayburn House Office Building, Independence Ave and C Street SW, Washington, D.C.

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public, the media, members of Congress, and staff
Call your Representative at (202) 224-3121 and ask them to attend.

Don't Use Any More of Our Money
In the coming weeks, Congress will vote on spending $33 billion of your money to send another 30,000 troops, plus many more contractors, to Afghanistan. logoWe are inflicting horrible suffering on the people of Afghanistan, making our own nation less safe, and spending resources we badly need.
Tell congress members we need them to publicly commit to voting No, and to urge their colleagues to do the same. Call your Representative at (202) 224-3121.
Here's a whip list tracking who has already committed to voting No and to publicly lobbying their colleagues to join them:

Brown Bag Vigil on April 21st
It's time to up the level and the reach of public pressure, with Brown Bag Vigils all over the country on April 21st at local congressional offices, where we will demand NO votes on funding an escalation in Afghanistan.

Marcy Winograd in Washington, D.C., on April 27th
Please join hosts Andy Shallal, Medea Benjamin, Steve Cobble, Steve Shaff, David Swanson, and Tim Carpenter to....
Meet and Greet PDA Congressional Candidate Marcy Winograd (CA-36/Harman)
Busboys & Poets (5th and K St.), Washington, D.C.
April 27, 7:00 PM
Click here for more details and to RSVP

May 8 Youth Peace Summit Registration
Register now for the sixth annual Richmond Youth Peace Summit, Saturday, May 8, 2010 at the Southside Campus of St. Paul’s Baptist Church, 700 E. Belt Blvd. The event is open to young people ages 13-19, free of charge. Lunch will be provided.
The summit promotes teen leadership, nonviolent conflict resolution, social justice and positive self-expression through the arts. Morning and afternoon workshops will offer a variety of topics of interest to teens. The summit also features a midday performance by youth musicians and spoken-word artists.
The summit starts at 10 a.m. and concludes by 4:00 p.m. Participants are asked to arrive by 9:45. Participants must register in advance to select workshop choices.
Registration information is printed below. Participants can also register online (preferred method) by emailing, or by visiting, through U.S. mail (RPEC, 400 W. 32nd St., Richmond VA 23225), or by calling 232-1002.
The Youth Peace Summit relies on volunteers and contributions. Donations from individuals are encouraged. Organizations sending groups of young people to the event are asked to donate $5 per participant to help cover the costs of the event.
The Youth Peace Summit is presented by RYPP, the Richmond Youth Peace Project, an initiative of the Richmond Peace Education Center and Drums No Guns.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Tuesday, April 6, 2010 -

"Feeding Vegan Kids" for parents, grandparents and friends of vegans by

Sandra Kisner, RN, BS, CCM, WCCM

and a Potluck

When: Saturday, April 10th, 2010
Where: Friends Meeting House, 4500 Kensington Ave. (Kensington & Commonwealth Aves.)
Cost: Members in good standing, no charge; non-members, $3.00
Time: 6:00 p.m. potluck; 7:00 p.m. program
All those who renew or join at this program will receive a free gift. Thank you.

For information and reservations call 344-4356, reply to this email or see

Please bring your own place setting and beverage and a dish to feed at least twice the number in your party. Please label all ingredients. Vegan preferable.

What’s Contributing to Obesity? Oils, Meat, Cheese, Ice Cream

An increase in childhood obesity reflects increased intake of oils, meat, cheese, and frozen desserts, according to a new PCRM study that will be published next month in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Neal Barnard, M.D., looked at food availability data maintained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 1909 to 2007. Oil intake increased from 35 pounds to more than 86 pounds per person per year. Meat intake rose from 123 pounds to more than 200 pounds per person per year (with a greater than six fold increase in chicken and turkey intake alone). In 2007, Americans also ate nine times more cheese and 16 times more frozen desserts than they did in 1909. Since 1970 (no prior data available), sweetener consumption doubled, mostly from carbonated beverages. Other long-term trends include decreased grain consumption, decreased fluid milk consumption, and increased fruit (mostly juices) and vegetable intake.

Barnard ND. Trends in food availability, 1909-2007. Am J Clin Nutr.

Josho Phelan Roshi will give a Dharma Talk this Wednesday evening at Ekoji following one period of zazen and kinhin. We begin at 7 p.m. Come, sit, and let the birdsong and cherry blossoms actualize the self. is the walking meditation that is practiced between long periods of the sitting meditation known as zazen.

Zen practice is to get to our True Mind,
the mind not accessible to thinking.
This mind cannot be consciously known
by ordinary efforts.
An unusual effort is necessary.
This effort is zazen.

- Shunryu Suzuki 3411 Grove st. Kevin (804) 366-5546
April 9 - April 30 - Congo/Women Photographic Exhibit
Saturday, April 17 - First They Came...Speaking Out Against Genocide
Sunday, April 25 at 2:00 p.m. -- Film: The Last Survivor
These programs would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors: Joan Arenstein, Joanne Moore, International Foundation for PsychoSocial Wellness and VCU Institute for Women's Health.

May 8 Youth Peace Summit Registration
Register now for the sixth annual Richmond Youth Peace Summit, Saturday, May 8, 2010 at the Southside Campus of St. Paul’s Baptist Church, 700 E. Belt Blvd. The event is open to young people ages 13-19, free of charge. Lunch will be provided.
The summit promotes teen leadership, nonviolent conflict resolution, social justice and positive self-expression through the arts. Morning and afternoon workshops will offer a variety of topics of interest to teens. The summit also features a midday performance by youth musicians and spoken-word artists.
The summit starts at 10 a.m. and concludes by 4:00 p.m. Participants are asked to arrive by 9:45. Participants must register in advance to select workshop choices.
Registration information is printed below. Participants can also register online (preferred method) by emailing, or by visiting, through U.S. mail (RPEC, 400 W. 32nd St., Richmond VA 23225), or by calling 232-1002.
The Youth Peace Summit relies on volunteers and contributions. Donations from individuals are encouraged. Organizations sending groups of young people to the event are asked to donate $5 per participant to help cover the costs of the event.
The Youth Peace Summit is presented by RYPP, the Richmond Youth Peace Project, an initiative of the Richmond Peace Education Center and Drums No Guns.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Harvey Wasserman is my guest on Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Harvey Wasserman, author, journalist, unflagging advocate for renewable energy and democracy activist, will be my guest on Tuesday, March 2, 2010. Please join us because it's gonna be a blast!

Mr. Wasserman has been a strategist and an organizer in the clean energy - that means NO NUKES, Y'ALL - for over 30 years. He's the senior advisor to Green Peace and the Nuclear Information and Resource Service

The noble vision of a Solartopian green-powered Earth is at last upon us.

Our eco-future is defined by the four Great Green Truths: we have a global crisis, it has a solution, the solution is winnable, and winning requires a "middle path" of action that is both non-violent and non-stop.

There are technological solutions to the crisis, but they demand political action. Together they comprise the Eight Green Steps to a sustainable world:

1. Ban Waste and War: Nothing may be produced that cannot be fully recycled or that will not completely bio-degrade. This includes weapons whose sole purpose is death and destruction, and whose manufacture and use must be ended by a global community that knows war to be the ultimate act of ecological suicide.

2. Maximize Efficiency & Conservation: From energy to building materials, food to fiber, water to paper, our resources must be preserved. Our unsustainable consumption and wasteful industries must be made appropriate and efficient, starting with a reborn mass transit system and complete preservation of all remaining virgin land and waters.

3.Transcend Fossil/Nuke: King CONG (Coal, Oil, Nukes & Gas) must take its place in the compost heap of history. Our addiction to filthy, finite fossil/nuclear fuels has led us to the brink of economic and ecological collapse. In the new green millennium, we either kick the habit, or it kills us.

4. Convert to Renewables: Solar, wind, tidal, geothermal, ocean thermal, wave, current, sustainable bio-fuels and their green siblings are proven, profitable and have time on their side. Each has its imperfections, and no single source will dominate. But union-made renewables sing in economic and ecological harmony, and are the ultimate job-creators.

5. Go Organic: Factory farming, genetically modified crops and chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers are unsustainable. Diverse, community-scaled, reliably organic agriculture is the key to a future fed by food that's fit to eat.

6. Transform the Corporation: Our most powerful -- and destructive -- institution claims human rights without human responsibilities. Corporate charters must require social service, ecological accountability and establish a barrier between capitalism and cannibalism. "Green" corporations whose legal mandate still remains limited to accumulating profits will make a mess of the planet as surely as all those who've come before.

7. Assure Social Democracy: Universal hand-counted (recycled) paper ballots and curbs on the power of money to sway elections are the essence of global democracy, as is the demand for social justice. Until all humans are assured the basics of life -- food, shelter, clothing, health care, education -- democracy and freedom are shallow illusions.

8. Empower Women/Control Population: Where enfranchised, educated, fairly paid and in control of their own bodies, the natural union of women with Mother Earth brings us the children She wishes to support. On a healthy planet, birth rates find their natural level when all children are loved and wanted, which is where Solartopia starts.

This list follows the form of Buddhism's Four Noble Truths and Eight-Fold Path to Enlightenment. But all religions at their core call for universal harmony between people and the planet.

Solartopia is diverse, sustainable, and socially just, the necessary, possible vision of a civilization in which we can all survive and thrive.
See you there!

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