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Commentary/Opinion: Yes Charlottesville, There is Racism in the CPD

In a recent opinion essay, a former Charlottesville police officer, who reached the rank of captain, asserted that there is and has been no racism in the Charlottesville Police Department for decades. He’s wrong, and this false narrative will only fan the flames of aggressive, warrior type police officers.  Black people in Charlottesville know from […]

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Commentary/Opinion: Charlottesville Police Department is not a systematically racist organization

I served in the Charlottesville Police Department from 1981-2012. During my thirty-one year career, I held the rank of patrolman, detective, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain. I want to push back on the false narrative I hear represented by the current mayor of Charlottesville and a small group of supporters: that the Charlottesville Police Department is […]

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Commentary/Opinion: Food equity should have a place in the Comprehensive Plan

As the critical dialogue around future land use in Charlottesville heightens, Cultivate Charlottesville Food Justice Network  partners reflect on the urban agriculture land lost to necessary redevelopment at Friendship Court, South First Street and, after this season, Sixth Street. In recent years, there were up to 25,000 square feet of green growing space accessible to […]

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Commentary/Opinion: Charlottesville’s proposed Land Use Map is first step toward remedying the past

I am a lifelong resident of Charlottesville who grew up in the Vinegar Hill neighborhood before it was destroyed. I have been disappointed in recent weeks by reactions from Charlottesville residents to the proposed land use map. These reactions include Ruth Barolsky’s June 1, 2021, letter to the editor of The Daily Progress, which likened […]

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Commentary/Opinion: As governor, I will open doors of opportunity in Charlottesville and across Virginia

I was born to a family of educators, domestic workers and laborers. My parents were raised during the Depression under the tyranny of Jim Crow, where they faced racism in education, economic opportunity and their ability to vote. But despite the hardships they faced, they witnessed the powerful force of the New Deal and watched […]