Category Archives: Monroe Park

On the Closing of Monroe Park

Monroe Park, where we serve our meals every Sunday, is still under attack. The park is a major day site for homeless folks and one of few spots for key services like running water and restrooms. A Society Without A Name, for People Without A Home, is rallying to keep Monroe Park open and accessible for everyone.

ASWAN is circulating a petition in support of their efforts as they organize amongst park users and negotiate with the City. Please sign and share!
http://tinyurl.com/Monroe-ASWAN

Boycott List- Free Monroe Park

Last week, the Richmond City Council leased Monroe Park to the Monroe Park Conservancy, ostensibly because the city can no longer afford to handle management of the park (though they can afford to put 3 million dollars toward renovations, directed by the MPC). The Conservancy has expressed, repeatedly, their intention to prevent homeless or “homeless-looking” people from using the park. Monroe Park is our largest public park; it must remain free for all to use.

The following businesses and institutions are connected to individuals attempting to gentrify Monroe Park by either 1) Having a representative as an officer or director of the Monroe Park Conservancy 2) having a Monroe Park Conservancy member as an employee 3) donating to the Conservancy 4) are owned by a Conservancy official or 5) employ or are owned by a member of the Monroe Park Advisory Council. Don’t patronize them, don’t donate to them, don’t attend their events, and don’t do business with them. Full list through the link.

Boycott List.

Boycott List

The following businesses and institutions are connected to individuals attempting to gentrify Monroe Park by either 1) Having a representative as an officer or director of the Monroe Park Conservancy 2) having a Monroe Park Conservancy member as an employee 3) donating to the Conservancy 4) are owned by a Conservancy official or 5) employ or are owned by a member of the Monroe Park Advisory Council. Don’t patronize them, don’t donate to them, don’t attend their events, and don’t do business with them.

  • Collegiate School
  • Corrugated Partners, LLC
  • Hunton & Williams
  • McGuireWoods
  • Monroe Park Conservancy (duh)
  • Red SHED/Vineyard Meadow
  • Southern Federal Tax Institute
  • Venture Richmond
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • William Miller House Bed and Breakfast
  • WORK Labs
  • 3north

The following events are organized by Venture Richmond. Mayor Jones is the President of Venture Richmond as well as a member of the Monroe Park Conservancy. Boycott these events.

  • Brown’s Island and Turning Basin rentals for events
  • Dominion Riverrock
  • Easter on Parade
  • Friday Cheers
  • Eerie Canal Tours
  • Richmond Folk Festival
  • RVA Fireworks on the James
  • 2nd Street Festival

The following businesses, nonprofits, and other institutions are connected to the listed City Council members. These firms are either owned by a council member, employ a council member, or have a council member on a governing board. Don’t donate to them, don’t do business with them, don’t collaborate with them, and don’t patronize them.

Charles Samuels

Samuels Law Firm

Chris Hilbert

Virginia Housing Development Authority

Cynthia Newbille

Richmond Memorial Health Foundation

Richmond Behavioral Health Authority

Sports Backers

Ellen F. Robertson

Richmond Family & Fatherhood Initiative

Jonathan Baliles

Virginia Repertory Theatre

Richmond Folk Festival

RVA Street Art Festival

River City Rapids

Michelle Mosby

Help Me Help You Foundation

International Hair Salon

Exit First Realty

Reva Trammell

RMT, LLC