Daryle Brown 
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Re: “Friends Mourn Deaths of Activists, Guns in Tow

Wow now he knows what it's like to be black, (armed or not) and between the ages of 12 and 100 in a stop and frisk area. Except if he was open carrying in such an area, he'd be dead instead of just having to answer a few questions.

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Posted by Daryle Brown on 06/02/2015 at 6:24 PM

Re: “By the People

Hmm, well as an attendee of last year's People's Assembly, let me give you a bit of perspective. Most of the people attending work or are students (I myself work for the department of Health full time and have a part time job as well.) There are VCU professors, graduate students, as well as Union organizers, immigrants, and people who work corporate jobs as well as minimum wage workers there - but almost all the people I met work. Many of them also volunteer their time and effort for other groups such as UniteWomen, NOW or other labor and immigration groups - some of them organize and or/volunteer for groups that help with prisoner rights and assisting felons in getting their voting privileges back. So many of these people, between work and their volunteer work, put in 60-80 hours of effort a week regularly. I know I personally don't attend because I want somewhere to be and someone to see. I go because I'm passionate about women's rights and voters rights, and those are serious issues facing us with politicians in this state taking direct, adversarial, and ideologically driven actions against them. I'd say I'm truly offended by your dismissal of the Assembly as merely wanting to make noise and needing an "us VS. them" mentality to fit some group, especially when by dismissing people out of hand like that is very much displaying an "us VS. them, and ain't they weird amirite?" sort of attitude, implying both dismissal and opposition in one go. But you are probably someone who doesn't really make much effort to really look at the concerns of people who don't match your experience and create feelings of commonality for you. You should actually go. Meeting these people in person, and learning about the facts and statistics related to the issues they spend so much passionate energy tackling, might really open up your mind in ways you didn't expect, and it's genuinely harder to dismiss people out of hand when they are in front of you and not in a nice, removed internet space. If you get there, look me up. I can assure you I'm a well adjusted, concerned citizen interested in people's rights and more willing to be politically active more than once a year in November. I'd be happy to hang out with you for the day and share my point of view and experiences.

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Posted by Daryle Brown on 01/01/2014 at 7:14 PM

Re: “Working Poor

And this would be a much better way to invest in the residents of Richmond than a stadium - it would have an immediate impact on many people directly. By the way, Denny R, 75% of minimum wage workers are adults, and half of those are women, many with children. If you are over 40 it probably was teens growing up but it's not like that at all any more.

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Posted by Daryle Brown on 11/27/2013 at 8:56 PM

Re: “Pro-Choice Rally Turns Raucous

Actually JL a lot of what you say is true. Those protesters were willing to get arrested. At that point I think it became as much a First Amendment issue for them as any other issue that was felt at today's protest. We were being asked to disperse from the steps of the Capitol when we were peacefully assembling there. We pay the taxes that operate that building and it is the center of our state government. If a similar limit is placed on gun owners in this state you'll never hear the end of it and it won't last long because the gun lobbyists will pitch a fit. But the same erosion happens bit by bit to our fundamental right to assemble, discourse, and criticize: and we do nothing. It has to start somewhere, and one place it started was on the Capitol steps today. They were employing King style tactics and creating that nonviolent tension to highlight how out of whack the situation was. Do I agree with all of it? No. But I do see their point.

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Posted by Daryle Brown on 03/04/2012 at 12:47 AM

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