Archive for April, 2011

To better prepare for the police presence at the May Day march, we will be hosting a Know Your Rights Training, geared specifically towards the march, for anyone who wants to attend. Knowing your rights when in a situation where police contact is likely is the best groundwork to have for making sure that you are not pressured by the police to give up more of your rights than they have already taken from you.

This will be more of an open discussion and planning session specifically for the march, not one of our more general workshops. Anyone who is planning on volunteering for Copwatch, Anarchist Black Cross, as a medic or bike marshall, or as a police liaison should consider this workshop an essential refresher in preparation for Sunday’s march.

Also, there will be coffee and donuts!

We are working on a new mural for the Memorial Day Party here at the Wingnut.

If you want to come help us paint, we are having a workday on Saturday May 7th from 10am til dark. Stop on by at any point to help paint.
This year we have an awesome montage of anarchist raccoons drawn by the talented Kayla Dean Dickey.

We are painting it on the panels of porch railing we made.

As part of the annual Wingnut Memorial Day Party In Memory of People Murdered by the State, we are starting an annual anti- police brutality march.


Bring banners, signs, drums, puppets, noise makers, musical instruments, etc. Especially anyone who wants to bring signs in memory of a particular person or persons who have been the victim of police brutality.

Folks with cameras, video cameras, etc. who want to help with Copwatch should get in touch ahead of time.

The march will leave the Wingnut around 7pm and go through Southern Barton Heights. The idea is to return to the Wingnut before dark.

Like all Wingnut events, this is all ages and sober.

And no worries, the march is not the end of the Memorial Day party, just a part of it.

From the May Day Coalition website, we are reposting the schedule of events for this upcoming weekend! It should be a good time to learn from fellow workers, reflect on the history of May Day and the Labor movements, and think about the current state of the labor movement and where we want it to go from here.

The Wingnuts will definitely be at the Really Really Free Market and History of May Day Workshop on Saturday. On Sunday, the whole Food Not Bombs crew will be at the Wingnut from 12:30 til 3:45 making some tasty food for our 4 o’clock meal in Monroe Park (where the Rally and parade are). Anyone interested in helping cook or bringing food for us to cook should, and also, keep in mind that we will need people to come back to the Wingnut after the rally and parade to help us clean up from Food Not Bombs.

May Day! Schedule of Events! / Primero de Mayo! Calendario de Eventos!

May Day 2011 Richmond, VA | Workshops | Rally | Parade
April 30, 2011 – May 1, 2011

Sunday May 1, 2011
Monroe Park (VCU Campus)
Music / Gathering: 3:00 pm
Rally / Food Not Bombs / Speakers: 4:00 pm
Parade: 5:00 pm
Closing Ceremonies: 6:00 pm

For the parade and rally, feel free to bring signs, flags, posters, puppets, banners, leaflets, etc. to let folks know why you came out and what it is about the struggle of working people that you are interested in!

RSVP on Facebook Here! [ http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=111284678950426 ]
Workshops | Saturday April 30, 2011

Entering the Workforce: Know Your Rights! 11:00am – 12:30pm
Ginter Park Presbyterian Church, 3601 Seminary Ave, Richmond 23227

Members of the Richmond Industrial Workers of the World, a local Union for all workers will host a workshop geared toward educating youth ages 14 and up on their rights in the workplace, and how to fight back when their rights are being violated. This workshop is a collaboration between May Day 2011 and the Richmond Peace and Education Center’s RYPP Youth Peace Summit.

Really Really Free Market!!! 12:00pm- 3:00pm (more…)

At least 2 Wingnuts will be reading from their zines at this event!!!!

Join the organizers of the Richmond Zine Fest (coming to you for the 5th consecutive year in October of 2011) for a night of sharing, laughing, and inspiration.

10pm on Thursday May 12th at Sprout, located at 1 North Morris Street in the Fan.

Sprout is graciously hosting this event, and will be open with beverages and snacks for sale.

We are having people read from their zines, because last year’s Zine Reading Potluck before the Zine fest was so much fun!
The Richmond Zine Fest is excited about the growing Zine Community in RVA.

We are looking for a variety of readers- from poems, to political, to anecdotal or personal, to whatever you have got. We will update this event with a list of confirmed readers over the coming week. Please email the zine fest if you want to read at:

* richmondzinefest@yahoo.com

Check us out online at: (more…)

At the Wingnut, Tuesday May 24th at 8pm, bring money to donate, sober, all ages! 2005 Barton Avenue! 804 303 5449

RPM Puppet Conspiracy presents:

The Standard Model
Fallacious Physics and Scientific Half-Truths!
Alliances and Betrayals!
The Latest Protocol on Blinding Laser Weapons!

In a world where Good battles Evil, and where stimulated emissions of photons blur the
lines between the two, questions are raised! For instance: Why are there apparent
violations of the symmetry between matter and antimatter? What was the nature of the
quark-gluon plasma in the early universe? And where are our protagonistʼs
eyeglasses?!

Critics exclaim: “The best puppet show about particle accelerators in light years! RPM
Puppet Conspiracy is a shining beacon in a universe of Dark Matter!”
Donʼt miss this moving exploration of friendship, intergalactic warfare, (more…)

We are still looking for local acts to play this show on May 15th. Get in touch with us if you are interested!
wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

S.L.F.M is touring the U.S. Spring/Summer 2011 and is playing the Wingnut at 7pm May 15, 2011.

Formed 2008 in Salt Lake City, UT– S.L.F.M blends flower punk ukulele with sweet lo-fi lady rogue vocals.

S.L.F.M has released four albums and enjoyed opening for Sonic Youth, YellowFever, The Cosmonauts, The Kris Special and many more wonderful acts.

Please listen to some tracks here: facebook.com/i.spy.slfm

Videos:

Solidarity means attack!

But sometimes it also means showing up to court to support your friends and allies. Less fun, less flashy, but vital for building movements. Court sucks, but it is a lot better if people show up to support you. 2 different issues have upcoming court dates, and would really appreciate support from others at the court dates. And because intersectionality is a reality, we are posting both of these dates here.

From Richmond Copwatch being threatened with a lawsuit by the Richmond Police Department, to the Monroe Park Occupation having court on April 12th over Obstruction of Justice and Trespassing charges, to the May Day parade having to defend their right to free speech regardless of their ability or desire to give money to off duty cops in order to finance their own repression, to the Defenders and Richmond African Burial Ground
Organizing Committee having to go to court to defend their civil disobedience in an ongoing campaign to get VCU to stop parking cars on the graves of people of color – Richmond has a LOT of legal stuff going on in 2011. Legal issues, arrests, lawsuits, tickets, and court dates are all very stressful and time consuming. Any support from those not directly involved can go a long way towards morale and be a really great way to strengthen relationships across particular issues. So many people are involved in the struggle for positive change, social justice, anarchism, etc. and it is really inspiring to see how much activity we do have in Richmond. Support each other, because a lot of folks seem to be throwing down really hard, and would appreciate any support.

First, the May Day Parade has a court date in regards to the bullshit cost the Richmond Police Department want them to pay to get a permit for the rally and parade. This court date is on April 26th.
Second, the folks who were arrested during a civil disobedience blockade at the African Burial Ground in Richmond, who prevented cars from being able to park on graves, have court on May 25th.

From the May Day Coalition:

A PEOPLES RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH AND ASSEMBLY SHOULD NOT BE DETERMINED BY WHETHER OR NOT THE PEOPLE HAVE THE MONETARY MEANS TO EXPRESS THEM.

The hearing for this case will take place Tuesday, April 26 at 11:00 am at the U.S. District Court, 701 East Broad Street, in Judge Hudson’s courtroom. (more…)

A C L U O F V I R G I N I A

M E D I A R E L E A S E

April 20, 2011

ACLU Sues Richmond Police Over

Onerous Costs on Parade Organizers

Richmond, VA – The ACLU of Virginia today filed a request in federal court on behalf of activists in Richmond for an injunction ordering the Richmond Police to allow them to hold a May Day parade without having to pay for off-duty police officers.

“Nowhere in the city code does it say that Richmond police have the authority to assess fees on parade organizers,” said ACLU of Virginia Legal Director Rebecca Glenberg. “The police cannot arbitrarily impose costs on individuals exercising their First Amendment rights.”

Kenneth Yates and other organizers are planning a May Day march through Richmond city streets and submitted a parade permit application on March 21. Although city code requires police to issue or deny the permit within five days, Yates did not receive a response until April 11. At that time, he was told that in order to march, his group would have to pay $296 for two off-duty police officers and two police cars. The group does not have the funds to pay for the officers.

The ACLU sent a letter to the Richmond Police Department on behalf of the group informing them that the Richmond parade ordinance does not authorize them to require a person to pay for off-duty police in order to march. Additionally, the ACLU said that applying such a requirement without specific guidelines is unconstitutional. The police did not respond to the ACLU’s letter.

“Without clear guidelines, police may be imposing fees on some groups and not on others,” said Glenberg. “We are concerned that police may be chilling free speech in Richmond.”

This issue is not a new one. Last year, May Day parade organizers were told they would have to pay for off-duty officers in order to march. Ultimately though, the police relented and granted organizers a permit to parade in the street without having to pay for off-duty officers.

“Organizers followed the rules and applied for their parade permit just like everyone else,” added Glenberg. “Richmond police cannot just move the goal posts and add another obstacle that is not authorized by law.”

Yates is represented by Glenberg and ACLU of Virginia Dunn Fellow Thomas Fitzpatrick.

A copy of the ACLU’s complaint can be found online at: http://acluva.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/YatesvNorwoodcomplaint.pdf. A copy of the preliminary injunction memo can be found online at: http://acluva.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/YatesvNorwoodPImemo.pdf.

Contacts:

ACLU of Virginia Legal Director Rebecca Glenberg, (804) 644-8080

This article was published on our friend’s website- http://www.richmondspark.wordpress.com

One of the main issues of the Monroe Park Occupation (www.monroeparkoccupation.wordpress.com) was the policy of the Richmond Police Department of destroying homeless camps and all of the belongings of homeless people with no notice. This policy has been an ongoing reality for people who are homeless in Richmond. In recent months, many camps have been destroyed by the Richmond police and by people doing court forced “community service” for the 4th precinct. Anyone interested in working on this issue should get in touch with the Wingnut Anarchist Collective. Destroying homeless camps and homeless people’s belongings is nothing short of class war, inhumane treatment, robbery, property destruction, and in many cases, attempted murder.

Here is the article:

ACLU Files FOIA Request Regarding VDOT Policies on Homeless, Litigation a Possibility

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the VA Department of Transportation (VDOT). The ACLU wants information regarding the policies of handling and destroying the possessions of homeless people who live on the land owned by VDOT.

Last month a company contracted by the Virginia Department of Transportation demolished a homeless encampment near Interstate 81 at Exit 315 near Winchester. At least four homeless men were using the property for months when the contracted company destroyed their camp and belongings.

The men lost tents, sleeping bags, clothes, food, medication, and other camping gear. One of the homeless men lost his wallet which contained his Social Security Card and birth certificate. No advance notice about the removal of their possessions was given. (more…)