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Don’t leave qualified immigrant health professionals on the sidelines

By: - July 6, 2020

By Ahmad Javed Momand I remember the day I was leaving for work in Kabul and found a letter from the Taliban on my front gate: “We will kill you and your family.” I was an anesthesiologist, treating war victims and helping the U.S. Army train Afghan medical personnel. As recommended by the U.S. Embassy […]

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Pipeline work threatens Virginians

By: - July 3, 2020

By Emily Little As health care professionals concerned about the health of our patients, our communities, and our planet, let us be clear: building out fossil fuel infrastructure that is neither safe nor needed is a bad idea.  Building it in the midst of a pandemic that is disproportionately harming racial and ethnic minority communities […]

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How the ‘Pathfinder of the Seas’ sought to revive the antebellum lifestyle in Mexico

By: - July 3, 2020

By Dean Knight Confederate Naval Commander Matthew Fontaine Maury was lionized as the “Pathfinder of the Seas” for his work in oceanography along Richmond’s Monument Avenue for decades until his statue came down Thursday. But less well known is that at the conclusion of the American Civil War, Maury was one of the die-hard Confederates […]

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It’s a new day for reproductive rights in Virginia

By: - July 1, 2020

By Jamie Lockhart It’s been horrific to watch politicians across this country use the COVID-19 global pandemic as a vehicle to ban abortion and restrict access to reproductive health care. When the pandemic first hit, seven states included abortion bans in their COVID-19 emergency orders  –– making abortion inaccessible for thousands during a pandemic. And […]

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We could be witnessing the deciding battle of the culture wars

By: - July 1, 2020

By Jay Bookman We are living through history, through a tumultuous time in which change accelerates, the once-solid becomes fluid and no one has any real idea of where this thing is headed. Living in chaos, trying to make daily sense of it, has been frightening, exhilarating and confusing.  Someday our grandchildren, reading about this […]

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Stopping systemic racism from shortening Black lives

By: - June 29, 2020

By Alan Dow, M.D., M.S.H.A. Recently, I joined a couple hundred health care practitioners, faculty, and students from VCU who gathered as part of White Coats for Black Lives. This event was one of many nationwide during which health care practitioners advocated for addressing the impact of systemic racism on our patients. For eight minutes […]

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Environmental boards are a special place to serve the public good 

By: - June 25, 2020

By Queen Zakia Shabazz and Chad Oba One of the most important displays of a government such as Virginia’s that is “of the people, by the people and for the people” are the many boards and commissions that advise or oversee state agencies or set policy on all manner of issues. The citizens who serve […]

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When insisting on ‘peaceful’ protest misses the point

By: - June 24, 2020

By Rich Meagher As protests continue in Richmond, and throughout the nation, I often hear the same concern from people across the political spectrum: Why can’t protesters remain “peaceful?”  This question makes a certain amount of sense in light of the history of recent, celebrated rights movements. For example, the principle of non-violence was central […]

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In a year of chaos for Black Americans, reflecting on the meaning of Juneteenth

By: - June 19, 2020

By Kai’eshia Cole Growing up, I recall being struck by the great Frederick Douglass’ response to the Declaration of Independence and the 4th of July: “What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and […]

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Some influential early Virginians also targeted statues

By: - June 17, 2020

By Meredith Henne Baker Last week, police in Portsmouth arrested two NAACP leaders who called for the removal of a Confederate monument. Afterward, angry protesters pelted the monument with bricks, then attempted to pull it down as a brass band blared celebratory tunes in the background. After community member Chris Green was seriously injured by […]

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A Rebel reflects

By: - June 16, 2020

By Beau Cribbs At the risk of pulling a muscle from patting myself on the back, I’ll admit that I was a pretty popular guy in high school. I went to Douglas Southall Freeman in Henrico County, and I did everything. It’s actually kind of a miracle that I slept at all during those four […]

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Dear Congress: We need outdoor spaces

By: - June 12, 2020

By Elly Boehmer Virginians love their open spaces. We love to hike, bike, swim and explore. From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the James River to the Eastern Shore, Virginia is home to so many special places to enjoy and recreate in the outdoors. The current pandemic has reminded many of us of how much […]