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CEO of AARP to speak at VCU Investors Circle reception

AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins is slated to speak alongside dean of Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Business, Ed Grier, in a discussion on “The Business of Boomers.” The discussion will take place on Wednesday, April 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hotel John Marshall, and is a part of the School of Business Foundation’s Investors Circle held annually every spring.

Kroger to provide more jobs in Virginia locations

Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic Division will hire 420 new employees across its 122 stores in Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia and parts of Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. This is part of the chain’s hiring push, which is set to fill a total of 11,000 jobs nationwide. Their site currently lists 35 available positions in Richmond, including both hourly and management positions.

Richmond Police Chief to hold 4 public forums in April

Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham will hold four town hall meetings over the next two weeks, according to the department. The meetings, which will occur in each of the four police precincts in the city, were part of Durham’s initial promises to the community when he took over the department three years ago. The meetings will consist of updates on community crime statistics and public comment periods in which any community member can voice their concerns.

CEO of Facebook faces second day of congressional testimony

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, faced even tougher questions in day two of his congressional testimony on Wednesday. Lawmakers on the House side of Capitol Hill questioned Zuckerberg on Facebook’s handling of user data, and were particularly focused on the site’s privacy settings. Over the two days Zuckerberg has spent in testimony, he has faced over 10 hours of hearing and questioning from 100 lawmakers

 

Confederate rally draws counter-protesters, not many Confederates

Story by Tyler Hammel

Picture by Julie Rothey

Titled like a bad straight to video sequel no one asked for, CSA II: The New Confederate States of America descended upon Richmond for a “Heritage Not Hate” rally.  

The group, best known for selling neo-Confederate merchandise on the internet, did not bring numbers. By 10 a.m. the less than 10 neo-Confederates were handily outnumbered by a few hundred counter-protesters representing a swath of beliefs and groups.

A march for love and not hate was organized by the Richmond Peace Education Centre, and hundreds of people gathered at the Maggie L. Walker memorial to listen to various speakers before heading down to the Lee monument.

 

Picture by Julie Rothey

Among the counter-protesters were members of the First Unitarian Universalist Church who felt more inspired to march after the events in Charlottesville.

“White silence is enabling. By being here we’re hoping to effect a change,” said on the church members. “Charlottesville did the opposite of deterring us, it made us more conscious.”

After walking to the Lee monument and encountering the few members of CSA II around 10:30 the crowd of counter-protesters grew. Cries of “Heritage not hate,” were drowned out by counter cries telling the flaggers to get a better hobby.

 

Picture by Julie Rothey

A CSA II member tried to talk to the crowd, yelling that he didn’t see any American flags.

“I’ve got mine right here,” said one man in the crowd pointing to his socks. “That monument stands for oppression, how do you think oppressed people feel having to walk by that every day?”

Surrounded by police with their backs to the gated off monument, members of CSA II left after less than two hours.

A few pro-statue folks remained, one woman in a Confederate flag t-shirt compared being from the South to being a minority.

“Being from the South is a crime, I can’t even wave my flag. Land of the free my a--,” she said. “Everyone already has their opinion, they don’t care about mine.”

A few separate neo-Confederate groups showed up throughout the day only to be met with a perpetually large crowd of counter-protesters. Eventually protesters began dispersing from the monument to parade through the Fan. The police removed the precautions set up in the wake of Charlottesville, including riot gear, gating around the monument and surrounding homes, and trucks from Public Works blocking Monument Avenue.

Though leaving their own protest before noon, CSA II hit more troubles on their way out, springing a flat they claim was caused by a slashed tire. A GoFundMe page set up by the group to help them leave has since been removed. The group posted on their Facebook page Saturday night that they had been “extracted safely.”