The Activists' Watch

March 3, 2023

Turning the embers into a bonfire
Calendar section

Upcoming Activist Events:
March 3 - 16, 2023

  • March 5 - noon RCA Live Staking Workday at Key West,
  • March 5 - 4 pm CCPJ meeting,
  • March 6 - 7 pm Staunton Organizing meeting
  • March 9 - 6 pm Virginia Organizing Waynesboro Chapter meeting
  • March 9 - 7 pm Citizen's Climate Lobby Meeting
    Email for details and zoom link
  • March 11 - 1 pm RCAWater Quality Monitor Training,
  • March 12 - 1 pm RCAWater Quality Monitor Training,
  • March 13 - 7 pm NAACP meeting
  • March 13 - 7 pm Staunton Organizing meeting
  • March 16 - 7 pm Charlottesville 350 meeting
For complete descriptions of these events, visit
The Activists' Guide Calendar.

What happened?

March 12 - On this day in 1930 Gandhi began the Salt March.

Today's Quote

““These additional terroristic threats against the Jewish community are alarming, to say the least,” said Mr. Gottheimer, a Democrat whose district includes Bergen County, N.J., which has a large Jewish population.

“The key is to stand up and fight it, and not back down, and make it very clear that we will not cower.”
"We Stand Together" the newest iteration of Activists' Guide's "Cville Stands Together" provides daily posts from legitimate media reports. The posts depict the growing institutionalization of fascism in the US, a major symptom of which is white supremacy, and mass actions of resistance. is presented in blog format.

Here's a recent Post:

Judge Gives Ex-Philadelphia Cop Who Killed Unarmed Black Man Sitting on the Ground with a Hand Up a Lenient Sentence Because Prison Would Not ‘Make Him a Better Person’
A trial highlighted how Ruch fatally fired his weapon within six seconds of arriving on the scene in the Ogontz section of Philly, where Plowden had crashed his car while being pursued in a high-speed chase by law enforcement. Prosecutors said Plowden was in the process of surrendering to the PPD when Ruch shot and killed him.

McDermott said there were two main reasons why Ruch received such a light sentence. One, she said, over the years since being charged with the killing, he has demonstrated good behavior. Two, she believed a longer sentence would not have afforded him any rehabilitation.

“Nothing he is going to do in prison is going to make him a better person,” the judge said. The judge took it a step further and blamed the victim, saying, “Plowden was the one that created the danger.”

Under this sentence, Ruch is also eligible for parole and does not have any financial penalties attached to this criminal case.

A white former Philadelphia police officer received a sentence of fewer than two years in prison for killing an unarmed Black motorist in 2017 despite being convicted of voluntary manslaughter in September. The judge gifted him with a light sentence, as the maximum sentence he could have received was 20 years in lockup.

For details check "We Stand Together". It is now available on-line at:


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