Archive for August, 2011

Three of the Wingnuts visited Red Emma’s Coffeeshop and Bookstore in Baltimore this morning! The folks working were super friendly and they have a great selection of books and zines available for sale!

We brought home some awesome looking books, now available in the Wingnut Radical Lending Library for your reading pleasure!

The Color of Violence: The Incite! Anthology

Free Comrades: Anarchism and Homosexuality in the United States 1895-1917

Butch is a Noun (Arsenal Pulp Press)

Green is the New Red: An Insider’s Account of a Social Movement Under Siege

The Death and Life of Great American Cities (50th Anniversary Edition)

We also went to the Flying Brick Library earlier this week for a presentation on Crimethinc’s new book, Work, and we picked up a copy for the library there as well!

Work

Additionally we have added these books to the library collection this week from donations and subscriptions: (more…)

The Wingnut held up well during Hurricane Irene over the weekend. We lost power, but had a generator to keep our sump pump in the basement going as well as a refrigerator.

Food Not Bombs on Sunday went off without a hitch, as folks gracefully adapted to the limited electricity conditions.  Which was really great, as other organizations who normally distribute food in Monroe Park were unable to due so on Sunday. There was a larger than usual crowd at the meal and grocery distribution.

Members of the Wingnut and friends also spent a good amount of time yesterday taking axes and saws to trees in our neighborhood that had fallen across the roads. We collected a lot of future firewood which is now in our yard. We have to chop all of this wood into wood stove size pieces over the coming days. Anyone who feels like getting their chopping on is more than welcome to come help out. (more…)

The Richmond Zine Fest organizers are again organizing a pre zine fest potluck and reading event the night before the zine fest. Last year’s potluck and reading was such a good time we wanted to do it again.

So Friday October 7th from 7pm to 10pm come join the organizers of the Richmond Zine Fest and both out of town and local zinesters to socialize and share food.

Last year we had a really great time with the zine readings that folks did during the potluck. So if you are interested please bring some of your material to share. This will be a casual event, but if you want to let us know that you plan on reading, please email us at richmondzinefest@yahoo.com

This event is FREE just like the zine fest, but please bring a dish or non-alcoholic drink to share! If you are able to label your dish for allergens (peanuts, dairy, meat, soy) even better! (more…)

Join the Richmond Zine Fest organizers and volunteer DJs Mike Albrecht and Alan Smith for a benefit dance party for the Richmond Zine Fest! Balliceaux is graciously hosting this good time.

Balliceaux is at 203 N. Lombardy Street in Richmond, VA. It is 21 and up and the kitchen will not be open.

Dance the night away to your favorite punk and zine-y songs.

No cover charge, but we will be accepting donations for the Richmond Zine Fest. We will also have patches, bags, and zines for sale.

www.richmondzinefest.org

The Richmond Zine Fest will be held on October 8th at the Gay Community Center of Richmond from 11am to 6pm.

This Fall, there will be a 3 part class on Colonization and Decolonization, meeting at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective on Tuesday nights at 8:30pm.

Autumn is a season when there are many reminders of colonization and the history of oppression, racism, and genocide that Amerikkka was founded on. From Columbus Day to Thanksgiving there are plenty of celebrations of colonization. We are choosing to take time to learn more about the real history of colonization and indigenous peoples during this season. We welcome folks with an interest in learning more about these issues to participate in this 3 part class.

The meetings will be at 8:30 pm on Tuesday September 20th, Tuesday September 27th, and Tuesday October 4th.

Richmond does not have a full fledged Free School, although this is something that folks at the Wingnut and others have been talking about for a while. We found the manual “Colonization and Decolonization – A Manual for Indigenous Liberation in the 21st Century” by Zig-Zag aka Gord Hill (Author of 500 years of Indigenous Resistance), and decided that we would like to do a class with the text. The text is already divided into 3 sections making for 3 hour long sessions. (more…)

On August 13th the Central Virginia Food Bank showed up in Southern Barton Heights with enough food to provide for 200 households in our community. The event worked out, even though we all got a shower when it decided to pour rain right in the middle of the day! Here’s how it went:

Of the 200 vouchers handed out, 147 were handed in for food. In all, those with vouchers represented 280 adults, 277 children, and 95 seniors; accounting for 652 people total.

Having seen that there were some organizational issues to be worked out with how the Pantry has worked in the past, this month, we did things a little differently.  We have noticed over the last few months a trend in folks from Southern Barton Heights not receiving vouchers, while others from well outside of the neighborhood were receiving one, or even more. This is not to say that we don’t want other people to have food, on the contrary if it were up to us, we would live in a world where everyone had enough to keep themselves and those around them fed.  Sadly, we are only able to guarantee food for 200 families, which is by no means a small amount, but unfortunately doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of the issue of hunger in our communities. So, with that in mind, we have revamped the process by which we are handing out vouchers, in an effort to better serve our immediate community. If you have, in previous months, received a voucher for the event, yet you did not this month, please keep in mind that if you are outside of our range of delivery you will either need to contact us at 804-303-5449, or come to the mobile food pantry event the second Saturday of every month and sign up to have a voucher delivered to you.

We will be handing out semi-permanent voucher cards to people in the Southern Barton Heights area over the coming weeks as a solution to the voucher concerns.

In honor of the anniversary of Nat Turner’s slave rebellion the Wingnut Anarchist Collective will be screening the movie Nat Turner A Troublesome Property on Sunday August 21st at 7pm.

“This film is magnificent. Required viewing by all who are deeply concerned about race relations in Amereica.” – Cornel West

The movie is a critical look at the legacy and representations of Nat Turner and ‘historical’ interpretations of him and the slave rebellion of 1931. The movie is only an hour long, and there will be discussion afterwards. The Wingnut is a sober, all ages space.  2005 Barton Avenue or call 804 303 5449 for more information.

For folks who don’t know, Nat Turner led a slave rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia on August 21, 1831 that resulted in 56 deaths of white people. Turner was smart and also very religious. He believed he was destined to do something, and that signs pointed towards a rebellion against slavery.

Turner started with a few fellow slaves, and then went from house to house freeing slaves and killing white people. Eventually around 70 slaves and freed blacks were involved. They actually avoided attacking some homes of poor white people, thinking they had more in common with the blacks.

Turner and 56 other blacks supposedly involved were then later murdered by the state. An additional 200 or so blacks were murdered across the state as well, by mobs and militias.

October 2nd, 1800- November 11, 1831

Nat Turner was born the year of Gabriel’s attempted revolt. 31 years after Gabriel, the situation for black people in America had not changed. Abolitionists and others did not take the risks necessary to end slavery, the movement was not strong enough.

About the Film:
Nat Turner’s slave rebellion is a watershed event in America’s long and troubled history of slavery and racial conflict. Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property tells the story of that violent confrontation and of the ways that story has been continuously re-told during the years since 1831. It is a film about a critical moment in American history and of the multiple ways in which that moment has since been remembered. (more…)

Sunday, September 4 · 1:00pm – 2:00pm
At the Wingnut Anarchist Collective at 2005 Barton Avenue Richmond, VA 23222

Please come out to the monthly Food Not Bombs organizational meeting. at 1pm on the first Sunday of every month.
Meetings operate on a consensus basis, and usually have roles to be filled such as facilitator, note taker, and stack taker.
Topics for this month include:
pickups
bank account
fliers
fundraising
outreach
more?
If you have agenda items please post them on here or email rvafoodnotbombs@gmail.com

Tuesday the 16th at 7pm.
The bands playing are Cave Cricket ( a guy/girl duo with a squeezebox type thing/guitar and cello), Old Table (playing solo acoustic indiepunk godhate heartbreak music) and Aeon Yahweh (solo acoustic Jean-Baptiste playing drone punk lifehate music on guitar)

Sober, All Ages Show

Bring some money to donate to the travelling bands if you can!