Archive for March, 2012

Today we planted a bunch of our seedlings in our garden. Our new garden bed is where the bike rack once was- the sunshine was too good to be wasted on bikes any longer.

We’ve planted habaneros, jalopenos, banana peppers, bell peppers, cucumber, a couple varieties of tomatoes, lettuce, kale, sunflowers, watermelons, winter squash, and some other stuff we’re forgetting right now. A lot!

Ribbon fence to protect one of our mums next to the front stairs.

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Come out to the Wingnut Anarchist Collective for a Post-May Day show, featuring Love Banshee from Toronto.

Love Banshee is a seven piece country-ish band but are also influenced by garage, punk, doo-wop and jazz. You can listen to them here: www.lovebanshee.bandcamp.com

Local musician Pete Hamilton, who performs awesome bluegrass music, will also be playing this show!

And you can come hear local Ben Shirley with his “log-splittin’, pig-shittin’ banjo”!!!

7pm. All Ages. Sober. Bring some money for the touring band/band merch.

2005 Barton Avenue. 804 300 0023 wingnut_collative [at] yahoo.com

The Wingnut Anarchist Collective has a new Vimeo account, a site where we can post our videos from Copwatch, meetings, protests, shows, and more.

Wingnut Vimeo

We are getting better about both recording and actually uploading our videos. This new account allows us to upload longer sections of video. So make sure you keep an eye on our Vimeo account to stay up to date and in the loop.

If you are having a meeting/protest/event and want it to be recorded and made public, let us know so we can bring a camera along with us.

Local Richmond band, My Son the Doctor, has been added to the lineup for the Pre-May Day Show and Celebration at the Wingnut on Friday April 27th at 7pm.

Sober, All Ages show at 2005 Barton Avenue. (804) 303 5449 or wingnut_collective@yahoo.com for more

They will be joining Snail Party and Jake Mayday to help celebrate International Worker’s Day! Come ready to dance, screenprint a May Day patch with a design by Bizhan Khodabandeh, learn about other May Day events, and celebrate!

My Son the Doctor plays an eclectic mix of Eastern European, Balkan, and Mediterranean folk musics, with an emphasis on Yiddish, Hebrew, and Roma traditions. Klezmer dance tunes, Yiddish folk and theater songs, Israeli folk songs, Chassidic songs, Ladino songs, contemporary and traditional Roma songs, and Balkan pop—all with a high-energy approach with elements of rock, African music, and jazz.

The current line-up is:

Louis Schwartz: guitar and vocals
Allen Cole: clarinet
Cayman Mooney: accordion
Ken Kellner: guitar, bass, and vocals
Janine Turner: percussion and vocals
Dave Ellis: percussion

Some of the Wingnut went to the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA) meeting on March 21st, to support members of the groups Residents of Public Housing in Richmond Against Mass Eviction (RePHRAME). http://rephrame.blogspot.com/

RePHRAME asked for support at the meeting because RRHA had recently sent public housing residents in scattered sight homes (the more effective and humane sort of public housing as opposed to creating pockets of extreme poverty) had just received letters telling them that RRHA was trying to get approval from Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to sell off the homes as they were too costly to maintain. If they were able to do this, residents would have 90 days to move. RePHRAME supports residents of public housing when they are threatened with displacement.

Many supporters came to the meeting to show that RePHRAME members are not an isolated bunch. In fact, there were so many people there that board room was completely full and some folks had to stay on the outside of the building.  The RRHA office at 901 Chamberlayne was using a metal detector on all visitors, which is a new policy. We tried to ask about the policy, and when it was implemented, and got a general run around about how many gun shots there had been in that area.

We took video of part of the meeting. It was Mo’s first time filming a meeting, so its clipped into a few separate parts, and is a little rough. They weren’t sure about proper manners when it comes to filming a meeting.

The speakers bring up many good points as to why they need to be allowed to stay in the homes where they’ve been paying rent for decades (you’d think they deserve to own them outright after so many years of paying rent). The basic message from all of the people who spoke is that RRHA needs to respect the residents of public housing more, needs to communicate with the residents better, and that RRHA has a long legacy of racism and problematic policies that it will have to really move away from in order to gain the trust of any residents.

Here are the videos:

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Local graphic designer, Bizhan Khodabandeh has designed a May Day 2012 patch for Richmond that we will be printing on April 27th at the Pre-May Day Show at the Wingnut.

The patches are a roughly 4″ x 4″ design so bring pieces of fabric a little larger than that if you want to make a patch, or whatever fabric or shirt you want the image on! We will also have some pre-made for folks too.

Bizhan’s other amazing work can be found online at www.mendedarrow.com  Bizhan has contributed a lot of work into Richmond May Day festivities over the past couple of years, designing previous bandannas and posters.

The Pre-May Day Show is on Friday April 27th at 7pm at 2005 Barton Avenue. There will be music and labor songs by Snail Party, Jake Mayday, and 2 other local acts. Sober, All Ages. No cover charge, but donations for Snail Party from Canada and merch from other bands encouraged.

 

Dear Neighbor,

We are the Wingnut Anarchist Collective, and we wanted to get in touch about a program we are hoping to bring to Southern Barton Heights starting this Spring. The event we want to organize is called a Really Really Free Market. We have been involved in a Really Really Free Market that happens on a monthly basis in Monroe park for 3 years now. We have decided to focus more of our efforts on Southern Barton Heights, and want to try a Really Really Free Market here.

A Really Really Free Market (RRFM) is a community gathering where participants bring, and give away absolutely free, andy usuable items, skills, ideas, talents, friendship, excitement, discussion, games and many other things that we as a community can come together and share. A RRFM is a 100% free and non-commercial event, creating a gift economy as an alternative to the normal way of buying and selling.

Our plan is to have the first Southern Barton Heights Really Really Free Market on Saturday April 21st from 12 noon until 3pm in Yancey Street Park at the corner of Poe St. and North Ave. Earth Day is the following day, which makes it an extra approporiate day to encourage re-using and re-cycling of belongings instead of throwing away and buying new.

If this sounds like something you’d like to be involved with, we’d love to have your help.

- If you have any ideas for things you’d like to see at the Really Really Free Market, get in touch with us.

- Contribute something to the free market, spare stuff that you have around your house or work, some kind of entertainment, or a skill that you’d like to share with your community.

-Tell your friends about this thing, the more people who show up the better it’s gonna be.

Love,

The Wingnut

2005 Barton Avenue

(804) 303 5449

wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

http://www.wingnutrva.org

Lots of people have been wondering what the plans are regarding May Day in Richmond this year. Some folks planning some events are getting together on Thursday at 6pm at the Flying Brick Library (506 S Pine St.)

They emailed out an announcement about the meeting, but to a small list of people, so we are passing word along so that more folks can hopefully be included and aware.

They’ve listed some of the events planned, but it is by no means a full list. In addition to the Pre-May Day Show at the Wingnut on Friday April 27th, there are more events TBA.

Please go to the meeting if you are interested in planning for May Day.

More from them…

TO THOSE PLANNING WORKSHOPS, ACTIONS, ETC. AROUND MAY FIRST, OR THOSE WHO
ARE INTERESTED IN ASSISTING IN SOME CAPACITY:

Folks currently functioning as a coordinating committee for May Day and
the preceding weekend have set out a five-day plan of events as a general
guideline based on the intentions/actions being discussed and planned. The
objective of this coordinating body is only to schedule, facilitate space,
and assist others in ensuring fluidity and cross-pollination in all events
and efforts, while encouraging autonomous action.

To ensure a strong but flexible scheme, it is apparent that a central
meeting is dire for organizers to be on the same page.

We are calling for a meeting at 6pm this coming Thursday at The Flying
Brick Library (506 S. Pine St, Richmond, VA 23220). We understand that
this is short notice, but we have little time left and MUST get the ball
rolling. If you cannot make this meeting, please try to submit any
questions or pertinent information to be delivered to this email (try not
to “Reply All”). The facilitators will take care to shop this out. (more…)

Richmonder Jake Mayday has agreed to play the April 27th pre-May Day show at the Wingnut.

Friday April 27th at 7pm, get pumped for the International Worker’s day, May 1st.

Jake will be performing old labor songs to celebrate!

You can check out his music here: www.jakemayday.bandcamp.com

Also performing is Snail Party, from Canada! (more…)

The Richmond Public Housing Authority is trying to sell some properties and displace the residents of them. More below!

Please come out to support residents of public housing in Richmond! RePHRAME is an organization of public housing residents that has been doing advocacy work for years in Richmond to help protect the rights of the residents. RRHA has a long history of abuses and bad behavior towards the communities it is supposed to be working for. Please help spread the word!

On March 21, please attend the RRHA Board of Commissioners meeting (5:30
PM at 901 Chamberlayne Parkway, Richmond) to show support for the affected
 residents, who will speak during the public comment period.

If you can’t make the meeting, please call RRHA and let them know that they should not displace residents, or sell off public housing properties (especially without the input of the residents). Phone: (804) 780-4200

From the Richmond Peace Education Center:

[RPEC co-sponsored call to action]

RPEC friend,

The peace center is part of the RePHRAME coalition, which supports the
needs and rights of Richmond’s public housing residents.

**We have been alerted to a situation and are calling for your help with a
response.**

Dozens of low income people who live in “scattered site single-family
public housing” recently received letters from the Richmond Redevelopment
Housing Authority stating that it plans to seek approval from HUD to sell off
their homes. The letters warn the residents that they could be forced to
move if HUD approves. (Their scattered site homes are  detached homes within
neighborhoods and not large public housing complexes–some are found for
example in Randolph).

RRHA wants to sell off the houses and move the families into the city’s
older existing large public housing complexes. Many of
those who received the letters are upset because they’ve lived in the
houses for decades. They don’t want to be forced to move, and don’t wish
to relocate to Gilpin, Mosby, etc. RRHA itself has argued that poverty should
be deconcentrated—and yet these scattered-site homes threatened
by potential sale are among the most “deconcentrated” that RRHA owns.

Before they can ask  HUD for permission to sell the homes, RRHA must get
their own Board of Commissioners to approve selling off the homes. In a
public meeting on WED. MARCH 21 at 5:30, we expect RRHA’s Board of
Commissioners will consider and vote on a resolution giving RRHA the green
light to seek HUD approval to sell the homes.

Concerned Richmonders can and should call for a stop to further reductions
of affordable housing, and to the planned dislocation of these Richmond families.

**On March 21, please attend the RRHA Board of Commissioners meeting (5:30
PM at 901 Chamberlayne Parkway, Richmond) to show support for the affected
residents, who will speak during the public comment period.**

RePHRAME will select public housing residents to act as spokespeople at
the meeting. RePHRAME thanks community partners for attending to show support, and to show the Board of
Commissioners that the residents facing possible dislocation have broader community support.