Even as Virginia Democrats on Sunday began considering impeachment proceedings for Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax over sexual assault allegations, a group of Richmond activists rallied to keep the heat on Gov. Ralph Northam.
“Do not ask me about Justin Fairfax’s resignation before you give me Ralph Northam’s resignation,” Chelsea Higgs Wise, a social worker and host of the “Race Capitol” podcast who campaigned for Northam in 2017, told The Daily Beast at a demonstration in downtown Richmond. The rally was organized by Race Capitol and RVA Dirt, a grassroots website run by three women who primarily cover municipal politics, often live-tweeting Richmond City Council meetings.
Wise, an organizer of the event, had gathered with about 40 other people—both black and white—at the site of Lumpkin’s Jail, where enslaved people were sent before being auctioned off in one of the country’s largest slave-trading markets in the 19th century.