The Wingnut is using a blogspot website to host our calendar of events – you can find a comprehensive calendar of all Wingnut events at http://wingnutcalendar.blogspot.com/
Tags: activism, anarchist, collective, consensus, direct action, DIY, foodnotbombs, mokarn, radical, RVA, solidarity, vegan, Wingnut
Ok folks, hold onto your hats. We have got a change up with Richmond Food Not Bombs. One house in the rotation has dropped out so we are now going to be hosting for the month of September at The Wingnut Anarchist Collective 2005 Barton Avenue. October and November will be planned to be at 3100 1st Avenue. September is Mo’s birthday and marks their 12th year of some sort of involvement with Food Not Bombs. Come celebrate with Mo by coming out to cook on Sundays in September at 12:30.
Look out for notice of a Food Not Bombs meeting soon so we can figure out a long term schedule and maybe a new house to add back into the rotation.
We need to keep strong because we are still facing the privatization of Monroe Park and possible issues from that coming up next Summer. Momentum must be built and allies made.
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This is a list of upcoming events from the VOP- But we have added Wingnut events and events we know about in bold!
THE AMAZING RAISE: Virginia Organizing will be participating in the Amazing Raise on September 17 and 18. This is an online fundraising effort and anyone can donate by visiting http://www.theamazingraise.org/. Folks can easily contribute online at anytime starting at 6:00 a.m. on September 17 until 6:00 p.m. on September 18. However, the Richmond Chapter will be working to win the “Second Chance Early Bird” prize of $1500! To win this, Virginia Organizing needs to be one of the first ten groups to receive 25 separate gifts of $50 or more starting at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 18. If you can, please donate right at 8:00 a.m. on September 18. We need to make sure we have people signed up to give during this time, so please contact me directly if you are able to help us try to win this prize. If our Chapter helps with this prize and Virginia Organizing wins it, some of the prize money will count toward our 2014 Chapter fundraising goals! Also, if anyone is available to run a 5k to benefit Virginia Organizing, the Amazing Raise is hosting a race on Tuesday, September 16 at the Boulders in Chesterfield. Visit www.amazingraise5k.org to register (and be sure to run in your Virginia Organizing t-shirt, contact me if you don’t have one).
August 31, 4:00 p.m., public forum on police brutality, Monroe Park
September 1, 6:00 p.m. (every 1st and 3rd Monday) Moral Monday, Bell Tower on Capital Square
September 1st, 8:00pm Bizarro Books Reading at the Wingnut
September 5-7, Virginia Organizing annual Grassroots Gathering, Blackstone, Virginia
September 7, 2:00 p.m., ASWAN (an organization of Homeless people) meeting, Legal Aid Justice Center
September 7 (and every Sunday) 12:30 p.m. Food Not Bombs meal in Monroe Park
September 8, 7:00 Virginia Organizing Transit Action Team meeting at Northside Grill
September 10, 7:00pm Karaoke at Lakeside Tavern with the Wingnut
September 11, 7:00pm Craft Night at the Wingnut
September 13, Richmond Peace Festival, 11:00 am at St Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 600 Grove Avenue
September 17, noon, Central Virginia Rainbow Partnership Meeting, 1407 Sherwood Avenue
September 17, 6:30 p.m., Joe Calabrese to speak on the benefits of rapid transit, at the Science Museum
September 18, Virginia General Assembly Special Session on Medicaid expansion begins
September 20, Broad Street Mile fundraiser for Richmond Justice Initiative
September 21, UCI cycling World Championship in Spain begins (2015 in Richmond)
September 23, 6:00-8:00pm Shooting Practice with the Wingnut at CSA
September 25, RePHRAME (public housing residents organization) meeting
October 1, 7:00 p.m., Ellen Dunham-Jones on reducing sprawl at VCU Commons
October 3rd, 7:00pm Slam Up Performance at the Wingnut
October 4th, 11:00am – 5:00pm Richmond Zine Fest at the GCCR
October 7, 7:00 p.m., presentation on Bus Rapid Transit plan, at Spring Run Presbyterian Church near Woodlake
October 9, 7:00pm, Craft Night at the Wingnut!
October 14, last day to register to vote and last day to apply for an ID for the November election
October 25, 1:00 p.m. 7th Annual River City Saunter Route 5 Corridor bus tour, Partnership for Smarter Growth
October 31, HALLOWEEN – Halloween Parade
Every Sunday in November from 12:30- 5pm, Food Not Bombs at the Wingnut
November 1 & 2, Richmond Gunshow with Anarcho Rednecks Against Oppression
November 8, Richmond Peace Education Center Dinner and Auction
November 12, The Commonwealth Institute is holding a statewide policy conference in Richmond
November 27th, Friendsgiving Potluck at the Wingnut!
September 2015, UCI cycling World Championship in Richmond
Join Virginia Organizing for a discussion with
Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam
Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam will be speaking at the Virginia Organizing Grassroots Gathering on Saturday, September 6 at 9 a.m. The Grassroots Gathering will take place at the Blackstone Conference and Retreat Center, located at 707 4th Street, Blackstone, VA 23824.
The Gathering is a weekend event with workshops, speakers, and fun time! Virginia Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar Stoney will also attend to discuss restoration of rights in Virginia. Please see grassrootsgathering.eventbrite.com for more details.
You are invited to come for the entire weekend event or just parts. Please register in advance and arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning! We look forward to seeing you there!
MEDICAID EXPANSION: The struggle for full health care reform in Virginia will continue next month when the General Assembly begins a special session on Medicaid expansion on September 18. Medicaid expansion is a piece of the Affordable Care Act that could provide coverage to up to 400,000 uninsured Virginians (with the federal government picking up a minimum of 90% of the cost). Governor McAuliffe would like to expand Medicaid but is faced with a legislature that refuses to take action. We will be doing at least one action in mid-September to push leaders of the opposition to expansion to come up with some ideas about what we should do.
TRANSIT ORGANIZING: Organizing bus riders continues to be a major priority for the local chapter. We have contacted over 200 bus riders about our organizing efforts and we are finding lots of interest and support. Once or twice a month we gather to talk to bus riders at the Transfer Station downtown at 9th and Marshall. If you would like to join us please contact Bob Becker at firstname.lastname@example.org. This Fall we will have an intern joining us for outreach.
BUS RAPID TRANSIT: The regional plan for a Bus Rapid Transit system continues to move forward. The city is currently waiting on approval of a major federal grant to begin construction of the first phase of the system. Bus Rapid Transit has been called “a train on wheels” as it involves large buses moving on special lanes on streets to fixed bus stops. Lots of information about Bus Rapid Transit, including a link to the first phase of the Richmond Plan, can be found at:
RVA Rapid Transit, Partnership for Smarter Growth, and GRTC are presenting:
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:30 pm.
Science Museum of Virginia, Thalhimer Theater
2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
This event will feature Joe Calabrese, the CEO of the most successful Bus Rapid Transit system in the country. He will be discussing the economic development potential of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) for Metropolitan Richmond.
Click here to RSVP: rapid-transit-rva.eventbrite.com
RUDD’S TRAILER PARK (volunteers needed): The effort to save the community at Rudd’s Trailer Park off Jeff Davis Highway is moving forward. Volunteers are helping folks correct problems with their trailers. If you have construction related skills and would like to help, email email@example.com. The other challenge with the effort remains the attitude of the city. It still seems to many people that the city is taking a harder line with trailer parks than they are with other rental property.
VOTER REGISTRATION AND VOTING: The new Virginia Voter Photo Identification law took effect on July 1. The law requires everyone to have an approved photo ID to vote. Folks who do not have an approved photo ID can get one at your Registrar’s office. For more information on the new voter photo ID law, click here to download a printable flyer.
LISTENING PROJECT: Virginia Organizing is conducting a Listening Project in the Richmond Area. The Listening Project is made up of several hundred face to face conversations about the Metro Area and its opportunities and challenges. Anyone is able to participate. If you would like to be involved please contact Virginia Organizing’s Richmond organizer, Bob Becker at firstname.lastname@example.org
KROGER CAMPAIGN: UFCW Local 400 is looking towards contract negotiations for Kroger workers here in Virginia. They are asking community supporters to wear a button and talk to Kroger workers as a show of support. Contact Ken Pinkard at email@example.com for details.
Tags: 2005 Barton Avenue, all ages, anarchism, anarchist, anarchy, bizarro books, collective, cookout, craft night, DIY, Do It Yourself, FNB, folk punk, food is a right not a privilege, Food Not Bombs, friends, house show, infoshop, Mo Karn, Mo Karnage, no alcohol, no beer, no booze, no drinking, Northside, potluck, punk, radical, RVA, sober, Virginia, Wingnut
On Wednesday August 27th we are hosting live from Canada the Drunken Wobblies! Folk punk music with labor lyrics! 7pm, all ages, bring a friend and a donation for the canadians!
On Thursday August 28th we are hosting a craft night at 7pm! We will be making jewelry and you are welcome to come and bring any craft you want to work on or supplies to share etc.!
On Sunday August 31st, join us at 12:30 to cook for Food Not Bombs! This is the Wingnut’s last Sunday hosting the meal preparation until November!
On Monday September 1st, take a break from your Labor Day festivities to come to a bizarre book reading at the Wingnut. No, really, its bizarre- The Bizarro Book Tour to be exact! 8pm!
And on Friday September 5th, at 6pm, we will be hosting a potluck dinner for friends and family!!
Tags: all ages, anarchist, collective, cookout, Mo Karn, Mo Karnage, potluck, RVA, sober, vegan, Wingnut
New and old friends and family are invited to a potluck on Friday September 5th starting at 6pm.
Bring a dish or non-alcoholic beverage to share!
We should have the coals on the grill warmed up for you, so bring something to throw on if you desire!
All ages, sober event.
2005 Barton Avenue Richmond, VA 23222
Tags: all ages, anarchist, art, arts, collective, craft, creative, dit, DIY, homespun, punk, Richmond, sewing, sober, va, Wingnut
Come get crafty at the Wingnut on Thursday, August 14th at 7pm.
Bring projects you are wokring on, new ones, craft supplies etc.
We will have coffee and some snacks- feel free to bring snacks to share if you want.
We will also have some crafting supplies, but maybe not what you are looking for, so get in touch and ask or bring things you like to use to get creative! This will be a monthly event, on the 2nd Thursday of each month! Do-It-Yourself and Do-It-Together!
Sober / All Ages
2005 Barton Avenue Richmond, VA 23222
Tags: anarchist, Mo Karn, Mo Karnage, Richmond, RVA, slam up, Wingnut, zines
Slam Up, a musical mix of comedy, poetry, and improv. They are two female, NYC-based performers who are going on a tour of the east coast. We will be in the Richmond area on Friday, October 3, 2014.
The night before the Richmond Zine Fest!!
The show in 40 words: It’s TMI time with Cali & Emily! Prepare for a musical ride through the many stages of life and shades of love– requited, unrequited, gay, straight, queer, or, well, just “creative.” WARNING: Contains wonderfully, hilariously, poignantly, adult material.
The show is approximately 60-75 minutes long.
All ages (discretion advised), sober event. 2005 Barton Avenue
Bring money for merch and donations!
Tags: acoustic punk, all ages, anarchist, collective, folk punk, house show, Mo Karn, Mo Karnage, radical, Richmond, RVA, sober, the drunken wobblies, Wingnut
Anarcho Acoustic punk. Gonna be on a big US east coast tour from Canada for an album release.
Wednesday August 27th at 7pm at the Wingnut- 2005 Barton Avenue
Sober, All Ages
Bring money for merch and donations to the touring band!!!! Please and thank you!!
Tags: anarchism, anarchist, anarchoredneck, Mo Karn, Mo Karnage, redneck, redneck revolt, Richmond, RVA, Wingnut
Anarcho-Rednecks Against Oppression is a new organization based in Central Virginia, and one of the first projects of the group is to begin tabling at gun shows.
Our goals are to introduce a more diy, class struggle, and anti-oppression perspective to the culture at gun shows, and create opportunities for folks who may have never been exposed to anarchist ideas to hear about them and pick up some relevant literature. We hope that instead of dismissing people who aren’t on the exact same page we are on, we can meet them on our common ground, and through conversation and literature help folks step away from reactionary and racist perspectives and more into being self-thinking individuals.
We aren’t the first anarchists to attempt to reach out in this way, some of our predecessors include the John Brown Gun Club in Kansas and Redneck Revolt in Denver. We would love to hear from anyone who has been involved in these groups, intervened with tea party types, has their own insights about gun shows, etc.
Some topics we are looking for relevant literature on:
Know Your Rights
DIY stuff that folks at gun shows might be into
If any anarchists or radicals have zines, pamphlets or literature for us to distribute that you can mail us for free to help the cause, titles to recommend, or documents to email us, we would really appreciate it. We hope to develop a lot of original literature over time, but it always helps to not have to reinvent the wheel.
You can mail items to: ARAO c/o Wingnut 2005 Barton Avenue Richmond, VA 23222
or email mokarnage @ gmail.com
Our first gunshow will be the C & E Gun Show in Richmond on August 23-24 so if you can, please get any materials to us before then.
Tags: alleghany highlands, augusta, buckingham, cumberland, defenders of freedom, Dominion Power, dominion resources, dominion southeast reliability project, earth first!, ecological, emminent domain, fight back!, highland county, natural gas, nelson county, no compromise in defense of mother earth, organize, pipeline, pipline, prince edward, property rights, shale, sierra club, va, Virginia
Dominion Resources Inc. is in the preliminary stages of planning to build a 2-4 billion dollar (conflicting numbers on this out there) natural gas pipeline from West Virginia, into and through 5 counties in Virginia, and down into southern North Carolina. They call it Dominion Southeast Reliability Project which is apparently fancy talk for gonna wreck your land whether you like it or not. Much of the territory being threatened lies in rural areas, where folks may feel less capacity to push back. But they are not alone, and we have gotten word that they are more angry than scared. Dominion Resources is a sister company to Dominion Power, who holds a monopoly on electricity in Virginia, and has headquarters located in Richmond. There is plenty of opportunity to push back against this plan, in solidarity with folks in the counties and in defense of the earth.
Highland County is one of the least populated counties in the state, and the Board of Supervisors there was presented with initial information in late May. The local paper there, the Recorder reports, “The board also received a map, plus a draft letter to property owners who could be affected, explaining the surveying that would take place on their land.
It explains to a landowner, “Typically, the first step in a new project is to conduct surveys and environmental studies along a potential route corridor. Your property has been identified as being in this corridor and that is why we are notifying you so that we can begin keeping you informed throughout this process and because surveys will be conducted on your property. Conducting these surveys and environmental studies is required as part of the permitting process for a project of this nature. The Commonwealth of Virginia encourages new projects such as the Southeast Reliability project to conduct these studies as a way to minimize environmental and land use impacts. Dominion plans to begin the surveys and studies on or about July 1, 2015.”
Further, it tells a landowner, “Please be aware that our surveying the route does not mean you are agreeing to access for construction of the pipeline. For that purpose, we will seek a separate easement agreement from all affected property owners prior to construction once a final route is selected at the end of this process. During the initial phase and any subsequent phases of the Southeast Reliability pipeline project, Dominion and its representatives will remain in contact with you through other mailings, phone and in-person information sessions to keep you informed and to answer any questions you may have.”
It directs landowners to sign the form and return it to Dominion.
It also explains Doyle Land Services Inc. would assist with the project…. County supervisors informed the planning commission of the project last night (Thursday). “The said holy cow, too,” Wagner said. “There might be nothing we can do. It’s going to sock us.””
Sorry about the long quote, but the text of the letter sent to landowners seems important to get verbatim.
The folks of rural Virginia are the ones who will have this dangerous and destructive pipeline in their backyards, and these communities are not even set to benefit from access to resources. Dominion told a Prince Edward official that the county could purchase their own T to tap into the line in the future if they wanted.
The people of Nelson County Virginia are in the preliminary stages of pushing back against the aggressive, destructive plan. In one area, property owners are organizing to follow and film the surveyors who are being sent onto their properties. There are many determined to not let the pipeline onto their land. Others are also gathering signatures and creating petitions. Apparently Nelson County officials who requested to meet with Dominion have not yet been given the chance.
One resident, Ammon Sammon, says “The pipeline will include a 400ft corridor wiping out everything around it, including my house, and will not be giving anyone any compensation:.
Environmentally, there is a lot at risk. Aside from the clearly destructive expansion of infrastructure serving non-renewable energy sources, the pipeline would run through the Alleghany Highlands, putting the entire area at risk. And anything which produces a greater demand for practices such as fracking is an enemy of the people and the planet.
Local Sierra Clubs have begun to come out against the pipeline plan, including the Shenandoah Group. You can read their letter to the editor which details some of the natural areas at risk, in the Staunton paper the News Leader here.
Keep your ears to the ground, and make contact with folks you might know living in Highland, Augusta, Nelson, Prince Edward, Cumberland or Buckingham counties. Make sure folks are aware of what is going on, even those not directly affected may have neighbors who are. They tentatively plan to start construction in 2017 and be done in 2018.
If anyone has news of any resistance or organizing against this pipeline and you would like us to share the news, please be in touch! firstname.lastname@example.org
No Compromise in Defense of Mother Earth!