Archive for June, 2012

Watch the Cops Richmond!!

If you see the cops- tweet about it!

 

  1. Get a free account on twitter.com
  2. Sync your account with your cell phone, enabling you to send tweets from your phone.
  3. Follow @rvacopwatch on twitter to see what the cops in Richmond, VA are up to
  4. When you see the cops, send a tweet, starting with @rvacopwatch
  5. Send identifying info like the license plates of cop cars, cop names and code numbers, location where they are, and a description of what they are doing.
  6. Your tweet will be displayed on the @rvacopwatch feed, allowing everyone who follows @rvacopwatch to keep up to date on where the cops are, what they are doing, and which ones are doing it!!

 

For more information, email sbhcopwatch@gmail.com or call 804 303 5449 or check online at www.wingnutrva.org about copwatch trainings, patrols, and events!

ADM Contractors, Inc. Fraudulently Promised Northside Residents Construction Jobs

Earlier this week, ADM Contractors held what was supposedly a job interview/application on Wednesday June 27th. What ended up happening was a couple hundred unemployed people were used as pawns in a media stunt of sorts.

Folks at the Wingnut heard earlier this week from our neighbors about a job opportunity. Word on the street was that the company building the new RRHA housing on Dove St. was hiring 100 people from nearby neighborhoods like Southern Barton Heights and Highland Park to do the construction. Anyone from the area interested was told to go at 5pm on Wednesday to Overby Shepperd School to apply.

A bunch of us went, and even early, saw over 100 people there. There was no line, and the only thing happening was that a single spiral bound notebook was being passed around for people to write down their names and their phone numbers. One of us asked and was told that we would all get called on a later date to come in to the office and fill out applications.This seemed kind of weird. The man also said that we were waiting to go inside the school to hear a lecture about the project we would be working on. This also seemed a little off.

Everyone who was waiting for their turn to sign into the little notebook was standing around in the unpleasantly hot sun. Around 5:05, another man, Ronnie Jennings, CEO of ADM Contractors showed up. He started herding the crowd back and forth and eventually began delivering a speech.

He refused to use a megaphone or speak up, so most of the crowd of close to 200 people at this point had no idea what he was saying. The things we could make out included him saying that “we were all here to work”, and to “get paid on fridays”, and “thank god for the opportunity”. He also mentioned that he was building 3 jails, a school, and a housing project.

He lost some of our interest at the jail part, and one of us exclaimed, “Who the fuck would want to build a jail?”

Then he announced that at 6pm we would be going inside the school to hear more. Well, as rousing as his speech was, some of us decided a)we wouldn’t want to build a jail, and b) our odds of getting called were probably the same whether or not we waited 45 more minutes in the hot sun or not, so we left and went home.

Two of us did stay, along with the majority of the crowd, confused, but desperate for work, and willing to sit through weird things in the hopes of landing a job. They waited an additional 45 minutes in the summer heat for what happened next.

The crowd was then split into 3 groups; women, laborers, and contractors. Another one of our friends left during this sexist separation of job applicants. Once split up, the crowd went into the school. Inside it turned out to be a community meeting with members of City Council present, and not a job opportunity at all.

6th District Councilwoman Ellen Robertson announced that she had no idea people were coming expecting jobs, which sent the crowd into an uproar. It seems that Mr. Jennings coerced a couple hundred unemployed people into attending the meeting as some sort of publicity stunt. It is unclear at this time whether or not Mr. Jennings or ADM Contractors, Inc. has this or any other contract with the City of Richmond.

One of us who did attend wrote immediately after the event that they, “Just sat around for a couple of hours in the hot ass sun without water because people were going around the community saying a developer was looking to hire laborers. There were a couple of hundred of us and they kept telling us we were all going to get a job if we waited there and went into an auditorium when they were ready. When a news crew finally showed up they brought us all in and it was a community meeting with members of city council members there. The councilwoman from our district was a the front of the crowd and she told us none of us were leaving the auditorium with a job and apologized if we felt we were lied to. Everyone was pretty furious at that moment and most of us stormed out as the councilwoman begged us to stick around for the meeting.” – WT

6th District Councilwoman Ellen Robertson had this to say about the incident:  “No one was more surprised than I to see so many people expecting to receive a job. The meeting was for the purpose of discussing development on Dove. Based on who approached me as the spoke person and took credit for coordinating getting people out for the purpose of discussing jobs, his card identifies him as Ronnie Jennings of ADM Contractors, Inc. To my knowledge he is not a contractor on the job. I had no discussion with Jennings prior to the community meeting and had no knowledge of the word on the street. However, I am willing to work with all those who attended to find jobs. I asked everyone there to sign up so I could contact them. However, Mr Jennings took all the sign in sheets so I don’t have any contact information except his.”

Folks we interviewed from Southern Barton Heights who had gone to apply for jobs were all quite upset at how they were treated. Richard Williams said, “That was wrong. Having all those people come down their waiting for a job in the heat”. When asked what they were expecting one man said, “What was said was for a job, you could come down there and get a job. Nobody got nothing”.

The people who made the effort, waited in the sun, and got nothing for it feel violated and upset. Dmitry said, “I felt angry, and taken advantage of” and Roger felt like, “They were playing with our emotions, it was nothing but a waste of time”.

And summing up many people’s feelings about the whole fiasco – “That’s some bullshit.” -anon.

So where do we go from here?

Ronnie Jennings and ADM Contractors should NOT be given contracts by the City of Richmond. They have violated the trust of a couple hundred citizens of Richmond.

The Dove St. housing project should be constructed using laborers from Southern Barton Heights, Barton Heights, and Highland Park. We are the people who live here, who will be effected by the construction, and who should benefit from it through job opportunities.

Residents of Northside NEED jobs.

We showed our willingness to take work offered to us over 200 strong on Wednesday June 27th, standing in the hot sun while being lied to. People here need jobs that we can access- jobs in our community that we can walk or ride bikes to. What happened on Wednesday was offensive and a violation of the people here looking for jobs. Folks with real job opportunities should keep Southern Barton Heights and Highland Park in mind as places to find folks willing to work.  Come here to find workers, and if you are hiring for jobs in these neighborhoods, please definitely find your workers here.

If you want to get the contact information for people on Northside who are willing to work construction jobs, please get in touch. We are going to try to get the lists that Ronnie Jennings took back from him, but in the mean time, will be assembling a list of our own to pass on to people willing to help our neighbors find jobs.  (804) 303 5449 or email wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

For our 3rd Red Beans and Rice Night at the Wingnut we will be showing a queer double feature!!!!

Come out on Monday July 2nd at 7pm to watch Paris is Burning and But I’m a Cheerleader!!!

Paris is Burning is “A chronicle of New York’s drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.” The movie is rated R, for language and sexuality.

But I’m a Cheerleader is a movie about “Megan is an all-American girl. She’s a cheerleader, she has a boyfriend, etc. But she doesn’t like kissing her boyfriend very much. And she’s pretty touchy with her cheerleader friends. And she only has pictures of girls up in her locker. Her parents and friends conclude that she *must* be gay and send her off to “sexual redirection” school, full of admittedly homosexual misfits, where she can learn to how to be straight. Will Megan be turned around to successful heterosexuality, or will she succumb to her love for the beautiful Graham?” but

We will provide red beans and rice to share, please bring a dish (vegan preferred) to contribute to the meal.

Bring a dish to share, and come hang out and watch queer movies!

2005 Barton Avenue Richmond, VA 23222

804 303 5449

wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

We had a breakfast potluck this morning for folks participating in the 23 hour fast against solitary confinement.  We had good food and good discussion, thanks so much to everyone who came!

We also got copies of some fliers with info about the Red Onion Prison Hunger Strike and the 23 hour fast. If you would like some of those fliers you can pick them up at the Wingnut!

Join us on Tuesday, June 19th at 5:30 PM at the John Marshall Court Building 400 N. 9th Street for a brief rally and then a march to the Richmond City Jail and back (1701 Fairfield Way). Bring signs, banners, noisemaking things, and water!

Tear Down All The Jails! Fire to the Prisons!

The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights will hold the first-ever Congressional hearing on solitary confinement on Tuesday, June 19 at 10am in Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 226.

We in Richmond are joining the national call by the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (this is not a religious action – just in Solidarity – with a cause) in a fast for 23 hours prior to the hearing – symbolising the 23 hours prisoners spend in solitary confinement cells per day. Join people across the nation in fasting from 1pm on Monday, June 18 until 12 noon on Tuesday, June 19.

In Richmond we will gather at the John Marshall Court House (400 N. 9th St) at 5:30pm with a short rally and march to the Richmond City Jail and back. We will march chain gang style, meaning two by two with home-made prison garb. Bring pots and pans. We encourage those with police or guard-uniforms to wear them. This is not mandatory but recommended.

Here is the link for the national call
http://www.facebook.com/events/406272916089904/

The United States is a world leader in holding prisoners in prolonged solitary confinement. There are 44 state-run super-max prisons and one federal super-max prison — each of which holds inmates exclusively in solitary confinement. At least 80,000 people in the U.S. criminal justice system are held in solitary confinement on any given day. From 1995 to 2000, the growth rate of segregation units significantly surpassed the prison growth rate overall: 40% compared to 28%.

We act in solidarity with the courageous hunger strikers at Red Onion State Prison, one of Virginia’s own super-max prisons, who are organising at great risk to themselves for rights that are already theirs under Virginia State law. Among their demands are fully cooked food with adequate nutritional content, access to grievance forms and a knowledge of why they are being held in solitary confinement and what is required of them to get out.

http://virginiaprisonstrike.blogspot.com/
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We are also collecting a list of names for people who wish to petition the VA Department of Corrections, Govenor McDonnell, and our state legislators.
Please send your information or questions and concerns to

Prisonerliberator@gmail.com

Name:
Organization (not required):
Zip Code:
Will you be participating in the 23hr fast for prisoners in solitary confinement: yes/no

(If you wish to include a statement to the petition add here)

*This is an informal petition! We will not solicit your information. This is specific to this event only.

After this march there is a fundraiser for the Richmond Zine Fest at the Flying Brick Library (506 S. Pine St)- join in to watch Grrly Show and Occupy America and eat cupcakes and popcorn!!

We will be hosting a pre-fast breakfast (confusing right) at the Wingnut on Monday June 18th from 10am-12noon. Please come and share a dish (vegan dishes are awesome, but not required). There will be coffee and delishes!!! Conversation about the 23 hour fast against 23 hours of solitary confinement, the prison industrial complex in general, and the rally and march in Richmond happening on Tuesday June 19th at 5:30pm!

All are welcome to come, whether you plan on actually fasting for 23 hours or not.

More details about Tuesday’s rally and march here: http://www.facebook.com/events/315681221848912/

Hope to see you Monday morning!!! 2005 Barton Avenue or call 804 303 5449 or email wingnut_collective@yahoo.com for more info!

Join us on Tuesday, June 19th at 5:30 PM at the John Marshall Court Building 400 N. 9th Street for a brief rally and then a march to the Richmond City Jail and back (1701 Fairfield Way). Bring signs, banners, noisemaking things, and water!

Tear Down All The Jails! Fire to the Prisons!

The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights will hold the first-ever Congressional hearing on solitary confinement on Tuesday, June 19 at 10am in Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 226.

We in Richmond are joining the national call by the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (this is not a religious action – just in Solidarity – with a cause) in a fast for 23 hours prior to the hearing – symbolising the 23 hours prisoners spend in solitary confinement cells per day. Join people across the nation in fasting from 1pm on Monday, June 18 until 12 noon on Tuesday, June 19.

In Richmond we will gather at the John Marshall Court House (400 N. 9th St) at 5:30pm with a short rally and march to the Richmond City Jail and back. We will march chain gang style, meaning two by two with home-made prison garb. Bring pots and pans. We encourage those with police or guard-uniforms to wear them. This is not mandatory but recommended.

Here is the link for the national call
http://www.facebook.com/events/406272916089904/

The United States is a world leader in holding prisoners in prolonged solitary confinement. There are 44 state-run super-max prisons and one federal super-max prison — each of which holds inmates exclusively in solitary confinement. At least 80,000 people in the U.S. criminal justice system are held in solitary confinement on any given day. From 1995 to 2000, the growth rate of segregation units significantly surpassed the prison growth rate overall: 40% compared to 28%.

We act in solidarity with the courageous hunger strikers at Red Onion State Prison, one of Virginia’s own super-max prisons, who are organising at great risk to themselves for rights that are already theirs under Virginia State law. Among their demands are fully cooked food with adequate nutritional content, access to grievance forms and a knowledge of why they are being held in solitary confinement and what is required of them to get out.

http://virginiaprisonstrike.blogspot.com/
____________________________________________

We are also collecting a list of names for people who wish to petition the VA Department of Corrections, Govenor McDonnell, and our state legislators.
Please send your information or questions and concerns to

Prisonerliberator@gmail.com

Name:
Organization (not required):
Zip Code:
Will you be participating in the 23hr fast for prisoners in solitary confinement: yes/no

(If you wish to include a statement to the petition add here)

*This is an informal petition! We will not solicit your information. This is specific to this event only.

Photo by Silver Persinger

After this march there is a fundraiser for the Richmond Zine Fest at the Flying Brick Library (506 S. Pine St)- join in to watch Grrly Show and Occupy America and eat cupcakes and popcorn!!

Thanks to donations from several generous friends, and some thrift store purchases, we have added a good bunch of books to our library. Come by sometime to browse and check one out!

If you have books you think we might be interested in please feel free to come drop some off.

If you are interested in checking out these or other books, you can come by during Open Hours on Wednesdays and Fridays from 4-9pm. 2005 Barton Avenue. Feel free to call ahead to confirm, as we sometimes cancel due to more pressing events. We are also interested in anyone looking to volunteer to host the Open Hours. 804 303 5449 or wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

Auto Repair for Dummies by Deanna Sclar

The Disarmament catalogue

Moon, Moon by Anne Kent Rush

AstroAnalysis: Gemini (AstroAnalysis Horoscopes) by American AstroAnalysts Institute

Survivability FM 5-103 by Author Unknown

Frosty: A Raccoon to Remember by Harriet E. Weaver

Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff

The Power of Birthdays, Stars & Numbers: The Complete Personology Reference Guid… by Saffi Crawford

JOURNEYS THROUGH BOOKLAND by SylvESTER (more…)

Today was the June Mobile Food Pantry- a co-operative venture between the Wingnut Anarchist Collective and the Central Virginia Food Bank. Next month will be our 2 year anniversary of holding these monthly events.

For June we provided food to 133 households representing:
42 seniors
 142 children
182 adults
We also delivered food to 12 households of elderly, differently abled, or busy at work folks in our area.
It was pretty hot out today, which led to a smaller than usual turnout. We will try to provide ice water next month.
The Southern Barton Heights Mobile Food Pantry is on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 1pm at the parking lot next to the Goal Post Restaurant at 2400 North Avenue (at the corner of North and W. Graham). We no longer deliver vouchers, and we only guarantee food to people who live in Southern Barton Heights. If you would like to sign up just come out to next month’s event! which will be at 1pm on Saturday July 14th.
Call 804 303 5449 if you have any questions!

Richmond Copwatcher and member of the Wingnut Anarchist Collective, Mo Karn, was detained, arrested, and ticketed in May while Copwatching for standing on the sidewalk of Barton Avenue.

You can read more about the original incident here: http://wingnutrva.org/2012/05/17/first-richmond-copwatch-ticket-for-standing-on-the-sidewalk/

The arraignment was on May 31st, and a court date was set for July 31st.

Please come out to support Mo and Richmond Copwatch, and to stand up to bully cops, on July 31st at 11am in Judge Cheeks’ court room at 920 Hull St in the Manchester Court Building.

You can’t bring cell phones, weapons, food, etc., but you CAN bring a sketchpad and pencil to draw and record the court proceedings. We ask that you do so.

The Wingnut Anarchist Collective will be hosting the Richmond Eats Richmond weekly potluck on Tuesday July 17th from 7pm til 11pm.

The theme is “Burrito Punx vs. Pizza Punx”

It’s time to have a duel over the age old question of burritos vs. pizza. Choose a side, and come show us what you’ve got!

For you Burrito Punx out there- Please bring some tortillas and a prepared ingredient that goes inside the burritos (ie- rice, beans, meats, false meats, tomatoes, lettuce, salsa, cheese, sourcream, vegan cheese etc.)

For you Pizza Punx- Bring a pizza or whatever it is that you do…

collaborate, experiment, show off!

BYOB – anyone who acts out of line will be composted.

The Wingnut Anarchist Collective is located at 2005 Barton Avenue in Southern Barton Heights on Richmond’s Northside. Call 804 303 5449 or email wingnut_collective@yahoo.com for more info!