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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!