This year, RPEC is adding an exciting new set of items that will be of great interest to many of our members. Now there are opportunities to spend some time with people who are helping to shape Richmond or to explain what is happening in the complex social and political world in which we live.
Michael Paul Williams, award-winning columnist for the Richmond Times Dispatch, will meet with a single bidder or couple to discuss whatever items are most interesting or attracting attention in the weeks after the Auction. (Remember, Election Day is November 5!) Williams is a metro columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. His columns appear on Tuesday and Friday, and his weekly video “Mike’s Take” is online Wednesday. A graduate of Virginia Union University and Northwestern University, he won Virginia Press Association awards for column writing in 1992, 1994 and 2007. During 1999-2000, he was one of a dozen U.S. journalists awarded a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University.
Claire Gastanaga is Director of the Virginia affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Claire will meet with a single bidder or couple to discuss how the ACLU plans to challenge recent Supreme Court decisions on voters’ rights and gay marriage. Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, a former chief deputy attorney general for Virginia, has provided spirited advocacy for several progressive causes, including the gay-rights group Equality Virginia, the Virginia Coalition for Latino Organizations and the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Alliance.
Judy Hart, former National Park Superintendent of the Women’s Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls, NY, and of the Rosie the Riveter WWII/Home Front National Park in Richmond, CA (across the Bay from San Francisco), will share stories about how these important places of memory came into being — against some opposition.
You will mutually arrange the place, date, and time for your meeting. Please visit our Auction page for more information by clicking here. We can’t wait to see you there!