The Activists' Watch

January 6, 2023

Turning the embers into a bonfire
Calendar section

Upcoming Activist Events:
Jan. 6 - Jan. 20, 2023

Jan 9 - 7 pm Staunton Organizing meeting
Jan 9 - 7 pm NAACP meeting
Jan 10 - 7pm Citizens Climate Lobby meeting
Jan 12 - 12pm Anti-Death Penalty Vigil
Jan 12 - 6 pm Virginia Organizing Waynesboro Chapter Meeting
Jan 16 - 7 pm Staunton Organizing meeting
Jan 16 - 2 pm Martin Luther King Day rally
Jan 16 - 11 am Rivanna Conservation Alliance, invasive vine removal event
Jan 19 - 7 pm Charlottesville 350 meeting

For complete descriptions of these events, visit
The Activists' Guide Calendar.

What happened?

On January 16, 1989, Miami police officer William Lozano shot and killed Clement Lloyd, an African American motorcyclist. Allen Blanchard, Lloyd’s passenger, was injured so severely that he died the next day. The shooting sparked riots in the Overtown and Liberty City sections of Miami, Florida until Jan. 21. Although no one died in the riot, 13 businesses were burned, schools were closed, and tear gas was used against rioters.

Today's Quote

When tolerance is under attack, what do we do?
Stand up, fight back!

When evidence Is fabricated,
what do we do?...
Stand up, fight back!
"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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