Archive for December, 2011

Introducing a new anarchist zine about garbage, Throwing Garbage!

Includes labor history, radical history, the 1960’s Civil Rights movement, the Young Lords Organization, and is perfect for distributing to sanitation workers in your community!

Download the pdf to print and distribute:

throwing-garbage

Also available on zine library:

http://zinelibrary.info/throwing-garbage-support-garbage-workers

 

This month’s prisoner birthday poster from Chapel Hill Prison Books people! Print and write to these prisoners this month! Start of 2012 with this new rad habit!

Click here to get to the pdf of the poster

http://prisonbooks.info/2011/12/31/political-prisoner-birthday-poster-for-january-is-now-available/

Or come by the Wingnut this month during Open Hours to pick one up! (Wed. and Fri. 4-9pm or call ahead 804 303 5449)

 

 

Here are some of the new books we’ve added to the Wingnut Radical Lending Library!

Our library has Open Hours on Wednesdays and Fridays from 4-9pm. You can search online at librarything.com/thewingnutrva to see what books we have to offer. Folks are welcome to check out books, but zines must stay in the space.

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Don’t Shoot: One Man, A Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner… by David M. Kennedy

Send My Love and a Molotov Cocktail!: Stories of Crime, Love and Rebellion (Swit… by Gary Phillips

Black Flags and Windmills: Hope, Anarchy, and the Common Ground Collective by scott crow

Gun Thugs, Rednecks, and Radicals: A Documentary History of the West Virginia Mi… by David Alan Corbin

Robin Hood: People’s Outlaw and Forest Hero: A Graphic Guide by Paul Buhle

Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Mischief in the Forest: A Yarn Yarn (Flashpoint Press) by Derrick Jensen

 

Saturday February 4th from 3pm til 8pm

The Occupy Richmond Gardening Workgroup and the Wingnut Anarchist Collective are getting ready for some awesome Spring time gardening!

We are getting together in February to plant seeds, which we can grow indoors until March, so we can have awesome, nutritious, delicious gardens in Richmond!

Supplies we need:
Seeds! (For vegetables)
Soil! (Top soil)
Containers for planting seeds in!
More TBA
We might have resources to share as well, more TBA!

If you have questions, donations, concerns etc you can contact Kat at 1 703 859 0393 or Mo at 1 804 300 0023

Come on out if you want to help plant seedlings that we can grow to feed communities around Richmond.
We will also be watching Attack of the Killer Tomatoes at some point during this event (TBA).

The Wingnut is a sober, all ages space. Kids are welcome!

ALERT: Kevin Rashid Johnson was assaulted by staff at Red Onion. He has a dislocated shoulder and is yet to receive proper medical attention. He had a large swath of hair pulled out. This occurred when he refused to turn his back on an officer as he came out of the exercise cage. Please contact Director of VA DOC, Harold Clarke (804) 674-3000 and Warden Randy Mathena of Red Onion (276)796-7510. We demand that Tony Adams is held accountable for these hostile actions against Rashid. We demand that Rashid no longer be a target because of his political work.

This update came from the awesome organization SPARC- Supporting Prisoners and Acting for Radical Change.

http://sparcdc.wordpress.com/

TIME CHANGED TO 12:30!!!

 

Croatan Earth First (from North Carolina) has organized a demonstration for next week against the lifting of Virginia’s Uranium mining ban. Please come out to support efforts to STOP nuclear power and environmental pollution and destruction.

Say No To Uranium: Hearing Next Monday

An hour North of Chapel Hill, a Canadian energy company is planning to mine for Uranium for use in Nuclear Energy.  These is an extremely dangerous type of extraction and is a great risk to our water table, the Roanoke River Basin.  The area in which the mining happens feeds into waterways that go to Virginia Beach, Eastern NC, Durham, Chapel Hill and Raleigh which are all downstream.  This could contaminate our entire bioregion and water supply.  Until recently, uranium mining has only been done in very remote areas.  Mining inside of a community and right next to a waterway is nearly unprecedented.  This would be the first mining project for uranium East of the Mississippi.   Prepare a written statement to make a comment against the lifting of the ban, and contact us asap by e-mail at croatanearthfirst (at) gmail.com to let us know you’d like to carpool to Richmond next Monday.
More info below:

Video of Virginians Against Uranium

*New Meeting*
Subject: URANIUM MINING SUBCOMMITTEE of THE COAL AND ENERGY COMMISSION MEETING
Meeting Date: Monday, December 19, 2011 End Date: Monday, December 19, 2011
Meeting Time: 12:30 PM

Location: House Room D, General Assembly Building
Address: 901 East Broad Street Richmond, Virginia 23219
Information:
The Uranium Mining Subcommittee of The Coal and Energy and Energy  Commission will meet on Monday, December 19, 2011 in House Room D at  1:30 PM. There will be a briefing from the National Academy of Sciences’ study of the health, safety and environmental impact of uranium Mining. Written comments will be accepted and the subcommittee will take  written questions from the public to the study’s authors. (more…)

For folks concerned about the new piece of legislation – the NDAA- and the possible consequences of it, we will be having a meeting on Monday night the 19th at Festival Park at 6pm.

Festival Park is open until 3am, and is fairly well lit. It is located next to the Richmond Coliseum.

The NDAA is the National Defense Authorization Act. Here is one news story about it:

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/11/29/battlefield_america_us_citizens_face_indefinite

If you are feeling scared, mad, upset, anxious, etc. you don’t have to deal with NDAA alone (now this sounds like a cheesy infomercial). We want to talk about exactly what NDAA entails, what concerns us, and what we think we can do about it.

Tell your friends, tell your coworkers, let’s come together to deal with this horrendous law.

Luis Oyola will be hosting a slide show presentation at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective on Wednesday December 28th at 5:30pm  on certain highlights of the decolonization struggles in Puerto Rico, as well as expansions of repression in the island.

It will by no means be, or pretend to be, a full objective history of Puerto Rico. There are many interwoven struggles going on dealing with labor, housing, ecological destruction, gender violence, education, etc., and so it’s impossible to give each their deserved attention within an hour-long event. There is also plenty material coming from a purely factual stance elsewhere.

This story will start from the Real Cedula de Gracias in 1815, and will cover various struggles up until the adoption of the ELA constitution in 1952, through the history of the Macheteros, and a spotlight on three big events of the past decade: the fight against US Navy occupation of Vieques, the assassination of Filiberto Ojeda, and the 2010 UPR strike.

The Wingnut Anarchist Collective is located at 2005 Barton Avenue. The Wingnut hosts sober, all ages events.  You can get in touch by phone 804 303 5449, or email wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

 

Join the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross for a demonstration outside of the Richmond City Jail on December 31st (New Year’s Eve. Meet at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective (2005 Barton Avenue) at 11pm to head down together, or meet at the jail at 11:30pm.

This demo is Against Prison and the World that Needs It!

Show solidarity with everyone spending their New Year’s in Jail!

Bring noisemakers, chants, and ferocity! Drums, buckets, boomboxes, megaphones, and sparklers all encouraged.

The Richmond City Jail is located at 1701 Fairfield Way. There is not very much public parking in the area, we recommend folks driving park in a nearby neighborhood and walk on over, or drop off folks at the jail and then park elsewhere.

Bring the Noise!!!!

rvaabc@gmail.com or 804 303 5449 for more information!

New Year’s Eve Noise Demos outside of jails and prisons are an international anarchist tradition.

The Wingnut Anarchist Collective and the Central Virginia Foodbank teamed up again this past Saturday for the Southern Barton Heights Mobile Food Pantry. We’ve been doing this monthly event for over a year now, bringing groceries to Southern Barton Heights for the benefit of our community. Members of the Wingnut facilitate the program, but folks from the neighborhood participate in the actual distribution. We’ve been working on how the program functions as well.

We had 200 people signed up for vouchers. The total number of members of households in Southern Barton Heights who benefit from this grocery distribution are below.

Total: 549 people of which 278 were Adults, 226 were children, and 45 were seniors

The next Mobile Food Pantry will be in January on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 1pm. This event happens at North Avenue and West Graham in the raised parking lot next to the Goal Post restaurant. We can always use help setting up starting at 12. We have a list of addresses of folks who have vouchers, and also a waiting list for folks in the area we will get vouchers to if/when we can.

Here is a letter we handed out at this past event:

Dear Neighbors,

A little over a year ago the Wingnut decided to partner up with the food bank to make the mobile food pantry happen in Southern Barton Heights. It’s gone on for over a year now, and while it’s been good in some ways, it’s also had problems.

One of the big problems for us is that we’re anarchist activists, and we don’t really have any experience running a program like this and we’ve made a bunch of mistakes. People who were supposed to get vouchers didn’t, people who shouldn’t have gotten vouchers have them. There’s been a good deal of miscommunication about how this is supposed to work and so on. This stuff is our fault, and we;re sorry that any of y’all haven’t gotten what you expected or deserved out of it.

How the Food Pantry Works:

The food bank sends a truck out to our neighborhood, and they know that they have enough space in the truck to provide 200 servings of food.

These vouchers are promises to you that if you show up anytime before we start handing stuff out to the folks that are in the non-voucher line you’ll get food. If you don’t have a voucher, you can still get food if there is stuff left after the first 200 meals (there usually is). We’re not going to do paper vouchers at all anymore, but we’re just going to rely on what’s on the list. If you are not on the voucher list, we’re restarting the waiting list as of today.

Changes we’re making:

1. People who are in Southern Barton Heights are the only ones who are going to get vouchers from here on out.

2. If you can’t make it to the food pantry 2 times in a row, you get dropped from the voucher list, but you’ll be able to get back in the waiting list if you want.

3. The waiting list is getting restarted today (December 10th 2011), if you were on any previous waiting list you need to sign up again.

4. From now on, it’s going to be one trip through the line per voucher. If you have 2 cvouchers because you sre picking up for a firend or whatever, you’re going to need to go through the line twice. This is kind of a pain, but we’ve had a lot of problems with this in the past.

Stuff that we’d like to see:

1. More community control over how the food pantry runs

2. All of the vouchers going to folks that live in the immediate area

3. Better communication from the folks running it to everyone else

Please come talk to us if you have any ideas for how to make this thing run berrer, or if you want to get involved with running it!

Love,

The Wingnuts