Political Activist

Evandra Catherine is a political activist in the Greater Richmond Metropolitan area. She started her activism as a student at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.  Evandra majored in African American Studies where she studied a broad range of topics covering the African Diaspora.  Evandra’s passion to engage her community around issues affecting communities of African born Americans and Africans is a direct result of the oppression and abuse she faced throughout her childhood.  She is devoted and driven by her passion to see a better future. Evandra finds comfort in her role as an activist. She believes in the power of the collective to bring awareness and change to the communities in which they live and serve, to include political empowerment.

Evandra has been involved in grassroots activism over a decade, this video is one of the first initiatives she undertook

BlackLivesMatter: It’s not your parents’ revolution

Black_Lives_Matter_AP_t580Black lives matter to Evandra Catherine.

And that means more than fixing a broken criminal justice system.

“Black Lives Matter doesn’t only focus on police brutality. Black lives also matter in systematic things like housing, education, looking for jobs, wages,” said Ms. Catherine, referring to the Black Lives Matter movement, a grassroots network of organizations and community leaders working to improve the lives of black people on all fronts.

13 Flag Funeral Confederate Flag Burial – John Sims Project

Burying Dixie

dixieOrganizer Evandra Catherine did little to quell disapproval from Richmond’s proudest Confederate flag proponents — the Virginia Flaggers.

But at the other end of Richmond — a few blocks from the center of its once bustling slave trade — Catherine called the flag’s continued presence “ongoing psychological terrorism.”

“The flag in its inception may not have been harmful, but it’s become something that’s been harmful,” Catherine said. “We’re not doing this in disrespect, but as a way to bring together our history.”

Confederate flag burial sparks debate

“It’s not to say what you believe is incorrect,” Catherine said, “But as a city and a state, in order to grow, we need to have a better understanding of how things can affect multiple groups of people.”

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