Archive for February, 2012

The 2nd annual Charlottesville Anarchist Bookfair will be held on March 24th starting at 1pm at Random Row Books in Downtown Charlottesville. Random Row Books is also host to the new Marginalia Infoshop!

The Wingnut tabled this event last year along with lots of other organizations such as the Flying Brick Library, the IWW, Food Not Bombs and more! It is a great chance to network with folks and organizations from throughout the region and pick up some awesome reading material!

The organizers are still looking for speakers, a film screening or two and as many folks to table as they can get. If you are interested in tabling or speaking etc. please get in touch with them at this email address:     frank@iyfoods.com

If you are visiting Charlottesville, make sure you check out Random Row books! Their address and other info is online here: http://randomrow.wordpress.com/

And folks should also check out the UVA Living Wage Campaign and support the hunger striking students. Find out more about their campaign and events here: http://www.livingwageatuva.org/

Yesterday a couple of us Wingnuts went to Charlottesville for a job. We also had time to visit Random Row Books, which is also housing the new infoshop- Marginalia Infoshop, and hang out with some great folks there. They told us about the rally happening that day for the UVA Living Wage Campaign, where students are currently engaging in a Hunger Strike to demand a living wage for UVA workers. We got to attend part of the rally/protest and see some C-ville friends.

If you are visiting Charlottesville, make sure you check out Random Row books! http://randomrow.wordpress.com/

And folks should also check out the UVA Living Wage Campaign and support the hunger striking students. Find out more about their campaign and events here: http://www.livingwageatuva.org/

We picked up some new books from Random Row, in addition to some we have gotten from PM Press in the mail! Check them out! – no literally, come to Wingnut Open Hours on Wednesdays and Fridays from 4-9pm and check out a book from our Radical Lending Library.

Eco-Warriors (eco warriors) Understanding the radical environmental movement 199… by Rik Scarce

Sister of The Road: The Autobiography of Boxcar Bertha – as told to Dr. Ben Reit… by Dr. Ben Reitman

You Can’t Win by Jack Black

Abolition Now!: Ten Years of Strategy and Struggle Against the Prison Industrial… by The CR10 Publications Collective

Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Object… by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

Anarchist Seeds Beneath the Snow: Left-Libertarian Thought and British Writers f… by David Goodway

Vida by Marge Piercy

Dance the Eagle to Sleep: A Novel by Marge Piercy

Surfing the Gnarl (Outspoken Authors) by Rudy Rucker

Richmond had it’s first snow of the 2011/2012 winter last night, which snowed out the Visions of Abolition movie screening. So we are going to push the whole event back a week and start next Sunday! Now it will be Sunday February 26th at 7pm and Sunday March 4th at 7pm.

Come out and join a community conversation about prisons!
Visions of Abolition is a new feature length documentary about the prison industrial complex and the prison abolition movement.

We will be screening the movie’s 2 parts on 2 different nights – Sunday February 19th at 7pm and Sunday February 26th at 7pm. Both parts of the film are less than an hour long, leaving time for group discussion afterwards.

We encourage people curious about the prison industrial system, political prisoners, women and prisons, race and prisons, what alternatives there are to prisons and more to come watch and then join in the discussion.

We will also have handouts and literature from the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross at these screenings.

The Wingnut is a sober, all ages space located at 2005 Barton Avenue. Please call 804 303 5449 or email wingnut_collective@yahoo.com for more information.

More about the movie:

Part I “Breaking down the Prison Industrial Complex” weaves together the voices of women caught in the criminal justice system, and leading scholars of prison abolition, examining the racial and gendered violence of the prison system. Our film features the work of Susan Burton, a formerly incarcerated mother who established A New Way of Life, a group of transition homes for women coming home from prison in South Los Angeles (39 mins).

Part II “Abolition: Past Present and Future,” documents the recent history of the prison abolition movement through the organizing efforts of Critical Resistance and explores the meaning of abolitionist politics. By focusing on the collaboration between Critical Resistance and A New Way of Life, (known as the L.E.A.D. Project) the second half of the film unfolds a vision of abolition in practice (48 mins).

The city said we needed to fix our fence (oh CAPS…), and our friend Steve came to town to help us.

We found materials in our own yard to fix the crappy parts of the fence. YAY!

Here are some pictures for your amazement and amusement:

Classy....

Old camper roof = strongest part of the fence yet! Plus a window...

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VA politician Bob Marshall, man behind the personhood bill, can be reached on his personal cell phone at 703 853 4213

Give him a call and let him know how you feel about the bill he sponsored. (Keeping in mind that he will have your phone number so threats are probably not a good idea- keep it legal, oh geez, did we just say that?)

http://delegatebob.com/

More about his involvement here:

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/02/15/425944/chief-sponsor-of-virginia-personhood-bill-calls-the-affordable-care-act-rape/?mobile=nc

Virginia politicians are attempting an advance in the war against women and women’s rights and reproductive freedom during this legislative session. Folks in Richmond are organizing some protests, call-ins, and petitions against the proposed pieces of legislation. One event will be a protest next Monday the 20th. Check out the information about the pieces of legislation and the protest below. Take action to support Virginian women. Solidarity actions encouraged.

We are glad to see people in Virginia taking a stand against these potentially oppressive laws, and look forward to the day when more people will take a stand against a system that makes even the proposal of such laws possible.
As anarchists, we do not seek reform or believe that reform through legislative bodies or politicians is a realistic solution to our problems. We would rather seek out and attack the roots of the problems, including misogny, sexism, patriarchy, capitalism, and hierarchy.
We do believe in self-defense, solidarity, direct action, and mutual aid.
Women, and anarchists will not stand for these laws, and the passing of any of these laws only goes to show the level of patriarchy still alive and well in the capitalist government system.
As anarchists, we support all attempts to fight back against a system attempting to criminalize, assault, objectify, violate, limit, and control women.
We encourage and support those who will defend the rights of women to control their own lives and bodies by any means necessary.

Go below for more about next Monday’s protest:

The VA General Assembly is attempting to outlaw abortions, the morning after pill and most hormonal birth control. They want to make it mandatory for us report miscarriages within one hour to the police and be able to charge us with murder if we do choose to get an abortion once illegal. They want us to have to get and see ultrasounds before choosing to get an abortion as psychological blackmail. The only place that will offer this if a woman can’t afford the ultrasound is a conservative crisis pregnancy center where they will then tell her how horrible she is. They want to stop federal funding to low income women with high risk pregnancies essentially forcing women carry even if the fetus would not make it through to labor. They want to change building codes in Virginia so that MOST places you can receive an abortion would be shut down. These are known as TRAP laws and are not technically session laws they are happening congruently.

There is also legislation trying to stop the current procedure of shackling women prisoner in labor. This is a serious and dangerous session to women and they mean business. We should show them we do too by speaking loudly in silence for women’s reproductive rights! We are not gonna take this anymore!

On Feb 20th at 11 am, we are we’re putting out the call for 500 women (but men very welcome and wanted!) to line either side of the walkway between the general assembly building and the Capitol in SILENCE as our Senators and Representatives pass between the two buildings several times a day to work on passing these bills. This is also President’s day so lots of folks will have off work but the legislators and the Governor have a full schedule.

The Capitol ground rules say that we can not assemble, hold signs, chant, yell or protest. We think silence in the face of this struggle and their unconstitutional rules is by far the strongest response to their terror on women.

Please come out and stand up for our rights and for the rights of all women in VA to choose the best reproductive route for themselves.

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The February Copwatch meeting will be held on Tuesday the 28th at 7pm at the Wingnut, 2005 Barton Avenue.

We will be discussing goals, strategy, copwatch protocol, and organizational structure for a city-wide Copwatch network.

Other agenda items may include:

fundraising, First Friday Patrols, Shockoe Bottom Patrols, How to Copwatch a Protest trainings, How to Copwatch trainings, Know Your Rights trainings, etc.

Come find out how you can start a branch of copwatch in your own neighborhood!

…Anyone with an interest in monitoring the police and holding them accountable for their actions is welcome to come. Bring yourself, your friends, and lots of ideas!

Have you ever felt like your rights were violated by the police? Have you ever seen bad behavior from the police? Want to find ways to build stronger communities that are protected from the police? Check out Richmond Copwatch!

Richmond Copwatch is a non-hierarchical organization dedicated to ending police abuse. We believe that monitoring and recording police interactions with community members is a vital first step towards ensuring accountability and protecting ourselves and our communities. We are committed to anti-authoritarian principles and seek to transform the nature of the police and explore alternative methods of community conflict resolution.

Come out to a Richmond Copwatch Meeting, on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7pm at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective, 2005 Barton Avenue.
Email sbhcopwatch@gmail.com or call 804 303 5449 for more info. Details about our workshops, patrols, and special events can be found online at www.wingnutrva.org

You can email the Southern Barton Heights branch of Richmond Copwatch at sbhcopwatch@gmail.com

From Chapel Hill Books to Prisoners- the February Political Prisoner Birthday Poster! Please download and print the poster to send cards to political prisoners having birthdays this month. Or come by the Wingnut to pick up a hard copy.

Also, if you want some help with writing to a prisoner, you can come to Prisoner Letter Writing Night on February 22nd from 6-10pm at the Wingnut.

There have been many recent actions in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, North Carolina. We encourage you to look on the website for more information about regional actions and prison issues:  www.prisonbooks.info

Hello Friends and Comrades,

Here is the political prisoner birthday poster for February. As always, please post this poster publicly and/or use it to start a card writing night of your own.

Good news, Mumia Has Been  Transferred to General Prison Population. This is the first time Mumia has been in General Population since his arrest in 1981.

Also, February 4th is an International Day of Solidarity with Leonard Peltier.The Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee calls on supporters worldwide to protest against the injustice suffered by Indigenous activist Leonard Peltier. Gather on February 4, 2012, at every federal court house and U.S. embassy or consulate worldwide to demand the freedom of a man wrongfully convicted and illegally imprisoned for 36 years! More info here.

Lastly, Occupy Oakland has called for February 20th to be a “National Occupy Day in Support of Prisoners.” Occupies across the country are having demonstrations outside of prisons, jails, juvenile halls and detainment facilities and other actions. More info here.

Until Every Cage Is Empty,

The Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective

Just a reminder that the next monthly Anarchist Black Cross Meeting will be at 7pm on Tuesday February 14th at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective. February 14th is a day when there are lots of  events and parties, and which some people celebrate as VAlentine’s Day. If you are unable to make the February meeting, but are interested, please send an email, and plan to come to the March meeting- on Tuesday March 13th at 7pm.

If you are interested in working with a non-hierarchical organization to do prisoner support as well as advocate for prison abolition please come out to find out more.

Some possible agenda items include the Anarchist Bail Fund, upcoming court cases, the richmond legal support website, SPARC, this year’s ABC Conference and more.

You can email rvaabc@gmail.com or call 804 303 5449 for more information.

If you would like to join the ABC mailing list please send an email to rvaabc@gmail.com or search for Richmond Anarchist Black Cross on google groups.

The Wingnut is located at 2005 Barton Avenue. It is a sober, all ages space.

http://richmondfoodnotbombs.wordpress.com/
Checkout the RVA FNB website for this month’s meeting notes!
Also, email rvafoodnotbombs@gmail.com if you want to be added to the Richmond Food Not Bombs google group email list!
A handout on consensus was also distributed at the meeting, to refresh everyone about how Food Not Bombs operates as an organization! You can check it out at the link below:
http://zinelibrary.info/quick-guide-consensus-0