Ana Edwards 
Member since Jun 6, 2013

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Re: “Failure to Communicate

Really ugly, uncaring, dismissive responses.

Helping these children will help all children. Dustin, Ms. Pickney-Epps, what can we do to help?

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Posted by Ana Edwards on 09/25/2014 at 11:07 PM

Re: “Funding for Slavery Site Uncertain

Richmond is the capital city and the proper treatment of this site is as much a state issue as a city issue.

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Posted by Ana Edwards on 03/03/2014 at 10:44 PM

Re: “Remembrance: Thomas Cleary, Richmond Community Activist

I will really miss Tom Cleary. I will miss knowing he was there and that he would be there - at every rally, protest, celebration and commemoration. Tom was one of the true practitioners of kindness and strength. A good man. May the earth rest lightly upon his soul.

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Posted by Ana Edwards on 01/07/2014 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Working Poor

Grown, middle aged and older people are having to live on minimum wage and part time jobs. Educated people and low-skilled people. The ideal trajectory is that teens start with minimum wage jobs then work their way up in experience, but as you age and the jobs don't materialize. What if 10 apply for the same job and 1 gets it - what do the other 9 do? Keep applying until luck turns their way. But that doesn't happen for a lot of people - it may not be a majority of people, but it's enough that there is a constant and rising need for public assistance - real people are not making it. Too few jobs, too many that are either low paying or part time. How does that get addressed? How do you stand before individual after individual whose lives in this reality? What if the sacrifice is not a smartphone, but a replacement pair of shoes or glasses or getting the car fixed? How would you like to be the "throw-away" person in your neighborhood?

Posted by Ana Edwards on 01/01/2014 at 10:15 PM

Re: “Bronze Star

Marking the past for the lessons we can learn in order to move forward is a good thing. If we are trying to move Monument Avenue forward, I think that the addition of Union commander Thomas makes very good sense. Richmond did have a Union sympathetic population, they just had to be careful and quiet. I also would rather that the statue of Arthur Ashe should be in Byrd Park or in Battery Park if we are talking about honoring the life and impact of the man, the athlete, the humanitarian. The placement of his statue on Monument Avenue, however, is an excellent marker to the state of Richmond's struggle with its identity. Rather than remove it, and erase that very interesting an important chapter from our history, perhaps another statue of (or honoring) Arthur Ashe, through a national competition process would be a good thing to do. Richmond can make use of far more permanent public art that commemorates pivotal people, events and changes in the life of Richmond and there is much work to be done to show that this town's history isn't just antebellum confederacy. In the same vein wiping out Shockoe Bottom's ability to show off its own stories of peoples, ways of life, and how those have both changed over the centuries, before they have a chance to being seen and pondered, known and remembered - that would be a cultural crime. I would not want Gabriel on Monument Avenue. Gabriel's presence is needed elsewhere in the community - in the community he sought to bring to freedom. Maybe he should be all over town.

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Posted by Ana Edwards on 07/11/2013 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Up From the Valley

I love that the Jewish history of Shockoe Bottom is being told, that the sites are being identified and made visible. I really enjoyed this article and how much more I will now see when I walk the streets of the Bottom. It only makes more clear what a unique opportunity Shockoe Bottom presents. Investing in the bottom does not have to be in a mega-plop project that will, in one very fell swoop, wipe out not only the unique history, the walkable, touchable history of this district, but the more creative and individual development ideas that would be supported by significant flood plain infrastructure improvements and incorporation of the histories. Big box is not the only way to go. There are so many smarter ideas out there that Richmond always seems to be afraid of. (And we desperately need new and dynamic architecture in this town.) And it isn't about dwelling on or being stymied by a sad or tragic past. It is about acknowledgement, honor, and building from that past. There is no single way forward, but we can certainly reach for smarter, greener, more livable and respectful solutions.

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Posted by Ana Edwards on 06/06/2013 at 5:14 PM

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