Since we got so many new readers in February, here is a look at the holidays and regular weekly and monthly events going on in March.
Holidays and Observances:
March is Women’s History Month. Holidays and observances include Self Injury Awareness Day, Mardi Gras, the International Day Against Police Brutality, Purim, the beginning of Daylight Saving Time, Saint Patrick’s Day, the first day of meteorological Spring, World Water Day, International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Palestinian Land Day, César Chávez Day, and Transgender Day of Awareness.
ASWAN Meeting: ASWAN stands for A Society Without A Name for People Without A Home. It is a homeless self-advocacy organization. They meet on the first Sunday of each month. Non-homeless allies may attend, but may only become advisory members, not voting members. See link for more details.
Women, Trans, Femme Night at the Rag & Bones Bicycle Cooperative: The first Monday of each month with WTF night at Rag & Bones. This is intended to create a safe space for people who are not cisgender men to explore and enjoy bicycle culture. See link for details.
Women’s LGBTQ Coming Out Support Group: The first Monday of the month, this support group for LGBTQ women meets at the Gay Community Center. See link for more information.
Breastfeeding Solutions Meeting: The second Thursday of the month, Richmond’s La Leche League holds a mother-to-mother, free, breastfeeding support and resources event.
Positive Friends and Allies HIV+ Discussion Group: This group meets the second Thursday of each month, and centers around discussing the needs of people affected by HIV and AIDS.
Monthly Silent Peace March: This silent anti-war march occurs on the second Saturday of each month. See link for more details.
rePHRAME Meeting: Residents of Public Housing in Richmond Against Mass Evictions is an organization for people living in public housing. They meet on the forth Thursday of each month. See link for more details.
Central Virginia Rainbow Partnership Meeting: The CVRP is a collective of twenty-four Central Virginia LGBTQ groups, who meet monthly to share information and make plans. They meet on the third Wednesday of every month. See link for more details.
Prisoner Letterwriting at the Flying Brick Library: On the third Thursday of each month, the Flying Brick hosts a letterwriting evening, to send messages of support and solidarity to imprisoned people. See link for more info.
Critical Mass Bicycle Parade: On the final Friday of each month, cycling advocates hold a bicycle parade that begins in Monroe Park. See link for more information.
The Really Really Free Market: This event to exchange free items and services takes place on the final Saturday of each month, in Monroe Park. See link for more details.
Hot 88.7’s Calls From Home: Every Monday night, this radio station records messages for prisoners in state prisons and jails in Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee, then broadcasts them so that incarcerated people can tune in and hear messages from their loved ones.
LGBTQ Youth Support Group: Every Tuesday evening, this support group for LGBTQ youth aged 14-20 meets. See link for more info.
Jail Mail at the VCU Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Department: Every Tuesday, the VCU GSEX building hosts an event to write to LGBTQ prisoners around the country, and to people incarcerated in the Richmond City Jail. See link for further details.
Transgender Youth Support Group: Every Thursday, this support group for transgender youth aged 14-20 meets, through ROSMY. See link for more info.
Evergreen Cemetery Cleanup: Every Saturday, there is a cleanup of the four cemeteries at Evergreen. These majority-black historical spaces feel victim to lack of maintenance over the years, and a local community group is reclaiming them.
Richmond Clinic Defense: This organization meets every Saturday morning outside of the Richmond Medical Center for Women to escort patients and provide a buffer between them and anti-abortion demonstrators. See link for additional details.
Food Not Bombs: FNB is an anti-militarist, anti-capitalist food justice organization. They meet every Sunday to prepare a vegan meal from remaindered and donated groceries, then share the meal with everyone in Monroe Park, and distribute the excess groceries. See link for more info.