The Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality held a Solidarity Forum at the Richmond Public Library’s Main Branch Feb. 20 as part of the National Week of Unity & Solidarity promoted by the United National Antiwar Coalition. Nearly 60 people attended, half of them African-American, along with Latinos, Palestinians, Jews and progressive whites. Six speakers addressed attacks on Middle Eastern and African-American Muslims, Latino immigrants, the Black community in general, low-income workers and the environment. Taking place the day before the 51st anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, the forum was dedicated to his legacy and began with a video clip of one of Malcolm’s final speeches, along with reactions of Harlem residents to his death. At the end of the program a dozen people signed up to be part of a “Solidarity Network” ready to oppose right-wing threats in the area.