Archive for April, 2010

The Wingnut is a radical collective in Richmond, Virginia, in Southern Barton Heights. The Wingnut is a sober space, so please no drugs or alcohol or intoxication. The Wingnut is an All Ages space, so we try to keep events kid friendly.

All events at the Wingnut are free, but if you have some money to donate to the travelling bands or the Wingnut it is appreciated! Also, always feel free to bring snacks to share!

May 2nd- 12:30- Food Not Bombs
May 3rd- 8pm- Movie Screening: The Murder of Fred Hampton
May 6th- 7pm Show- Gutbucket Bellowers, Coaltown Noir and more (Bluegrass/folk)
May 9th- 12:30- Food Not Bombs
May 10th-8pm- Movie Screening: Up the Ridge
May 11th-7pm- Sobriety Discussion Group
May 12th-7pm- Craft Night- Make Signs for the Massey Coal Protest on May 18th
May 16th- 12:30 Food Not Bombs
May 16th- 7pm -Show Criminal Culture (FL)
May 17th- 8pm Movie Screening- What We Want, What We Need, Black Panthers
May 22nd-7pm Show- David Deese, Very Magic (PA)- pop punk
May 23rd- 12:30 Food Not Bombs
May 25th- 8pm Movie Screening: The Angola 3: Black Panthers
May 26th- 7pm- Craft Night
May 30th- 12:30 Food Not Bombs
May 31st-  12- Memorial Day Cookout and Music in memory of people killed by cops (bring food to grill or share and instruments to play)

2005 Barton Avenue Richmond, Virginia 23222

Contact the Wingnut at 804 303 5449 or xveganarchistrvax@gmail.com

Keep up to date on our events at http://www.thewingnutrva.wordpress.com

Check this out: As organizers of this years May Day Parade, the decision was made to get a permit for the event this year, to make it more inclusive for folks at greater risk of arrest. Despite our attempts at doing things the ‘correct’ way, the city and the police have failed to behave in a legal or respectful manner.

The Richmond Police are infringing on our right
to free speech by demanding that we produce the funds to pay for off
duty police officers in order to march in the street. We have chosen
not to set that precedent for future marches by any organization.
Please sign this petition, more actions will be announced late this
evening. Please refer to http://maydayrva.org for more

Targeting: Secretary Cheryl Green (Secratary to the Mayor of Richmond), Police Chief Bryan T. Norwood (Richmond City Chief of Police) and Mayor Dwight C. Jones (Richmond City Mayor)

To get to the petition:

http://www.change.org/petitions/view/free_speech_for_richmonds_may_day

If you missed the bluegrass ad folk fun before, we have some of the same bands, plus some new playing at the Wingnut.
Good for dancing, with fiddle, banjo, accordian, guitar, washtub bass, washboard and MORE!!!

7pm, please bring donations for the band or money to buy their cds!!

Coaltown Noir
Zach Orion (of Casa de Chihuahua)
Gutbucket Bellowers
She Feels Like Pittsburgh
Meg Christenson

Sober, All Ages, Please be respectful of the Wingnut and our neighbors

As part of May in Memory of people killed by cops and the state, the Wingnut and the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross is showing films each Monday about the police state, state oppression, COINTELPRO, and the Prison System.

So come on out to watch this film and talk about it too, if you want. Bring snacks if you have some, the WIngnut is a sober space.

The Angola 3: Black Panthers and the Last Slave Plantation is an interesting documentary that brings up issues about both the persecution of the Black Panthers as well as the Prison Industrial Complex, race, and more.

This DVD tells the gripping story of Robert King Wilkerson, Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox, men who have endured solitary confinement longer than any known living prisoner in the United States. Politicized through contact with the Black Panther Party while inside Louisiana’s prisons, they formed one of the only prison Panther chapters in history and worked to organize other prisoners into a movement for the right to live like human beings. This feature length documentary explores their extraordinary struggle for justice while incarcerated in Angola, a former slave plantation where institutionalized rape and murder made it known as one of the most brutal and racist prisons in the US. The analysis of the Angola 3’s political work, and the criminal cases used to isolate and silence them, occurs within the context of the widespread COINTELPRO being carried out in the 1960s and 70s by the FBI and state law enforcement against militant voices for change.

As part of May in Memory of people killed by cops and the state, the Wingnut and the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross is showing films each Monday about the police state, state oppression, COINTELPRO, and the Prison System.

So come on out to watch this film and talk about it too, if you want. Bring snacks if you have some, the WIngnut is a sober space.

What We Want, What We Believe: The Black Panther Party Library has 3 newsreels produced with the Black Panthers that show aspects of the Black Panther party ignored by other media sources.

The invaluable Movement documentaries Newsreel produced furthered the work of the Black Panther Party and now provide the esdentail visual record of the Party’s early days. This new DVD collection offers an extraordinary compilation that includes historic behind the scenes details taken from a wide range of interviews and contemporary events as well as the classic Newsreel films.” –Kathleen Cleaver, Communications Secretary, Black Panther Party, 1967-1971
Product Description
Formed in 1967, the Newsreel film collective was dedicated to chronicling and analyzing current events. In their time, they produced more than three dozen films throughout the US and abroad. By working directly with the Black Panthers, Newsreel was able to explore realities often ignored by traditional media outlets, while producing documents that the Panthers could use in organizing their own communities. The results speak for themselves and stand as true testimonials to the spirit of community self-defense and political savvy the Panthers are celebrated–and were targeted–for.
For the first time on DVD, we’re proud to present three acclaimed Newsreel Films on the Black Panther Party: Off the Pig; Mayday; and Repression. Accompanying these three Newsreel films is a massive quantity of rare and exclusive materials culled from Roz Payne’s extensive collection of FBI documents, correspondence, and interviews with Panthers and their supporters. It’s all here, the government-sponsored repression, the trials, exile, triumph, and reunion. These materials–over 12 hours–are crucial to understanding the Black Panther Party and their legacy.

As part of May in Memory of people killed by cops and the state, the Wingnut and the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross is showing films each Monday about the police state, state oppression, COINTELPRO, and the Prison System.

May 10th, 8pm

Up the Ridge is about Wallen’s Ridge Prison located in Wise County, Virginia.

So come on out to watch this film and talk about it too, if you want. Bring snacks if you have some, the WIngnut is a sober space.

New Movie: “Up the Ridge: A U.S. Prison Story”

Appalshop’s

“Up the Ridge: A U.S. Prison Story”

A shocking new documentary of urban prisoners in remote rural prisons

Up the Ridge: A U.S. Prison Story is a one-hour television documentary produced by Appalshop’s Nick Szuberla and Amelia Kirby. In 1999, Szuberla and Kirby were volunteer DJ’s for the Appalachian region’s only hip-hop radio program in Whitesburg, KY when they received hundreds of letters from inmates transferred into nearby Wallens Ridge State Prison, the newest prison built to prop up the region’s sagging coal economy. The letters described human rights violations and racial tension between staff and inmates. Filming began that year and, through the lens of Wallens Ridge, the film offers viewers an in-depth look at the United States prison industry and the social impact of moving hundreds of thousands of inner-city minority offenders to distant rural outposts. Up the Ridge explores competing political agendas that align government policy with human rights violations, and political expediencies that bring communities into racial and cultural conflict with tragic consequences. As the film makes plain, connections exist, in both practice and ideology, between human rights violations in Abu Ghraib and physical and sexual abuse recorded in American prisons.

Monday, May 3rd at 8pm, come to the Wingnut to watch

The Murder of Fred Hampton

As part of May in Memory of people killed by cops and the state, the Wingnut and the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross is showing films each Monday about the police state, state oppression, COINTELPRO, and the Prison System.

Starting out the month is this 88 minute long film on the murder of Black Panther Fred Hampton.

Bring snacks if you have them, the Wingnut is, as always, a sober space.

THE MURDER OF FRED HAMPTON began as a film portrait of Hampton and the Illinois Black Panther Party, but half way through the shoot, Hampton was murdered by Chicago policeman. In an infamous moment in Chicago history and politics, over a dozen policeman burst into Hampton s apartment while its occupants were sleeping, killing Hampton and fellow Panther Mark Clark and brutalizing the other occupants. Filmmakers Mike Gray and Howard Alk arrived a few hours later to shoot film footage of the crime scene that was later used to contradict news reports and police testimony. Recently restored and reworked by Gray, THE MURDER OF FRED HAMPTON is a chilling slice of American history.

tired of AA? wondering about the role intoxication plays in your life? curious about why some people go straightedge? want to talk about how to be sober without judging? want to talk about how you think sobriety is or isn’t important to radical social movements? want to talk about sobriety without god?
Let’s Talk!!!

You are invited to come to the Wingnut for an OPEN, and SAFE as possible, discussion on issues surrounding sobriety. Bring questions, bring comments, bring respect, bring your ears for listening.
The direction of the conversation depends on the attendees.

This is something that might develop into a more regular sort of event/discussion/support group etc.- depending on where interests lie.

7pm, the Wingnut is a sober space, bring snacks to share if you want!

Check out this article from WRIR Richmond Independent Radio- with pictures on their news blog!

http://wrirnews.blogspot.com/2010/04/food-not-bombs-serving-everyone-for.html

We renovated both of the bathrooms in the Wingnut when we bought the house. They were basically gutted, and we had to redo the flooring and everything. We did hire a plumber to do the pipes because of the need for expediency.

We’ve been noticing that the floor in the downstairs bathroom has been looking like it has water damage, but there has never been water on top of it. We reckoned it was coming from below. Well, now it has apparently gotten to the point where we are going to have to confront the problem. I went into the bathroom two days ago, and when I stepped on the floor, water squelched up from the floor boards. No bueno.

Hopefully the problem is basically that the wax seal on the toilet is not sealed properly. That seems the likely culprit. Either way, looks like we get to tear up the floors again and re-do.

This time, if we get the leak fixed, I’m going to tile the downstairs bathroom with the tile leftover from the upstairs bathroom.