Archive for July, 2012

Tuesday, August 7th is National Night Out.

Barton Heights, and our newly re-forming neighborhood association will be celebrating in Yancey Street Park (At intersection of North Avenue and Poe Street). We will start at 6:30 and go til dark!

There will be food to grill (vegan, vegetarian, halal options) and anyone who wants to can bring a dish to share!

There will be local organizations tabling, entertainment in the form of a DJ and/or movie, a Know Your Rights training, and a Really Really Free Market (free clothes, books, cds, etc. anyone is welcome to bring items to give away).

More details coming as we work them out. Please save the date and plan on attending! email wingnut_collective@yahoo.com if you have questions/concerns/want to help!

And also- don’t forget that the next Barton Heights Neighborhood Association meeting will be on Tuesday, Sept. 11th at 6pm. Tell your neighbors, and let’s get the community out to talk about how to make Barton Heights a better place for us all!

Know Your Rights Training

This workshop will help participants learn the basics of asserting their rights when dealing with the police. We highly recommend this workshop for EVERYONE. But especially anyone who engages in… any level of political protest or demonstrations.This workshop consists of skits that are performed by Copwatch members and then edited by participants from the audience. We encourage participation, questions, and dialogue around the topics covered in the skit. We are not lawyers, but we are able to provide useful information about a lot of legal questions.

For more information about this workshop or SBH Copwatch or if you are interested in having us come to your organization with a workshop  you can call 804 303 5449 or email sbhcopwatch@gmail.com

SBH 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.

Tuesday, August 7th is National Night Out.

Barton Heights, and our newly re-forming neighborhood association will be celebrating in Yancey Street Park (At intersection of North Avenue and Poe Street). We will start at 6:30 and go til dark!

There will be food to grill (vegan, vegetarian, halal options) and anyone who wants to can bring a dish to share!

There will be local organizations tabling, entertainment in the form of a DJ and/or movie, a Know Your Rights training, and a Really Really Free Market (free clothes, books, cds, etc. anyone is welcome to bring items to give away).

More details coming as we work them out. Please save the date and plan on attending! email wingnut_collective@yahoo.com if you have questions/concerns/want to help!

And also- don’t forget that the next Barton Heights Neighborhood Association meeting will be on Tuesday, Sept. 11th at 6pm. Tell your neighbors, and let’s get the community out to talk about how to make Barton Heights a better place for us all!

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.

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.

Come on out at 7pm on August 4th to hang out in the back yard of the Bainbridge Collective on Southside and listen to some local zinesters and zine enthusiasts read from their zines or zines they love.

Danny Rathburn will be presenting.

More confirmed readers on the way.
Please get in touch if you want to read for this event.

We are asking for folks to bring a few dollars to donate to the Richmond Zine Fest.

The Bainbridge Collective is located at 1300 Bainbridge St.

From our friends in North Carolina, the August Political Prisoners Birthday Poster can be picked up at the Wingnut or downloaded here:

http://prisonbooks.info/2012/07/28/political-prisoner-birthday-poster-for-august-is-now-available-2/

A message from the Prison Books Collective, including more good links:

A hunger strike has begun at  multiple prison facilities in North
Carolina. Reports are still coming in as to the scope of the strike. A
list of the strikers demands and phone numbers you can call can be found
here.
http://prisonbooks.info/2012/07/18/prisoners-begin-hunger-strike-at-three-facilities/

On Wednesday July 25th, the FBI conducted a series of coordinated raids
against activists in Portland, Olympia, and Seattle. They subpoenaed
several people to a special federal grand jury, and seized computers,
black clothing and anarchist literature. This comes after similar raids in
Seattle in July and earlier raids of squats in Portland. A website has
been created to spread information about the raids and to support the
victim´s of the FBI´s Harrassment.
http://nopoliticalrepression.wordpress.com/

Lastly, here is a link to the latest Political Prisoner/Prisoner Of War
every-other week update by the NYC-Anarchist Black Cross. There are lots
of good updates on many political prisoners.
http://nycabc.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/updates-17-jul-2012.pdf

Until Every Cage Is Empty,
The Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective
http://prisonbooks.info/

Solidarity Statement against the raids and grand jury

On Wednesday July 25th, the FBI conducted a series of coordinated raids against activists in Portland, Olympia, and Seattle. They subpoenaed several people to a special federal grand jury, and seized computers, black clothing and anarchist literature. This comes after similar raids in Seattle in July and earlier raids of squats in Portland.

Though the FBI has said that the raids are part of a violent crime investigation, the truth is that the federal authorities are conducting a political witch-hunt against anarchists and others working toward a more just, free, and equal society. The warrants served specifically listed anarchist literature as evidence to be seized, pointing to the fact that the FBI and police are targeting this group of people because of their political ideas. Pure and simple, these raids and the grand jury hearings are being used to intimidate people whose politics oppose the state’s agenda. During a time of growing economic and ecological crises that are broadly affecting people across the world, it is an attempt to push back any movement towards creating a world that is humane, one that meets every person’s needs rather than serving only the interests of the rich.

This attack does not occur in a vacuum. Around the country and around the world, people have been rising up and resisting an economic system that puts the endless pursuit of profit ahead of the basic needs of humanity and the Earth. From the Arab Spring to the Occupy movement to now Anaheim, people are taking to the streets. In each of these cases, the state has responded with brutal political repression. This is not a coincidence. It is a long-term strategy by state agencies to stop legitimate political challenges to a status quo that exploits most of the world’s people.

We, the undersigned, condemn this and all other political repression. While we may have differences in ideology or chose to use different tactics, we understand that we are in a shared struggle to create a just, free, and liberated world, and that we can only do this if we stand together. We will not let scare tactics or smear campaigns divide us, intimidate us, or stop us from organizing and working for a better world.

No more witch-hunts! An injury to one is an injury to all.

Signed:
Committee Against Political Repression
Freedom Archives
Sacramento Prisoner Support
Committee to Stop FBI Repression
We Are Oregon
Portland Jobs with Justice
Rose City Cop Watch
Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC)
Red Spark (Kasama)
Repeal Coalition
1st of May Anarchist Alliance
Connect the Dots
Oregon Jericho
Parasol Climate Collective
Portland Anarchist Black Cross
Right to Survive
Right to Dream 2
Rosehips Medic Collective
Communities United Against Police Brutality
The Radical Anti-Capitalist Caucus, of Occupy Portland
Students on Strike Organizing Committee
Autonomous Workers’ Group
Occupy Oakland Anti Repression Committee
Oakland Occupy Patriarchy
Oakland Occupy Legal
East Bay Solidarity Network
Portland Animal Defense League
Cascadians Against War
PDX Bike Swarm
Northbay Movement for a Democratic Society
Solano Peace and Justice Coalition
Solano Peace and Freedom Party
Northbay Uprising Radio Collective
MN Anti-War Committee
Peoples’ Action for Rights and Community
Redwood Curtain CopWatch
Occupy Eureka
Arizona Prison Watch
All Power to the Positive podcast
Justice for Palestinians, San Jose, CA
OccupyLV
Culture of Resistance
Family & Friends of Daniel McGowan
Blazing Arrow Organization
Portland International Socialist Organization
Anti-Racist Action-LA/People Against Racist Terror
The Portland World Citizens’ United Front
The Wild Poppies Collective
Everglades Earth First!
The Center For A Stateless Society
The Wingnut Anarchist Collective
Richmond Copwatch

To add your group’s name to the solidarity statement, please email: nopoliticalrepression@gmail.com.

Save the date!

Tuesday, August 7th is National Night Out.

Barton Heights, and our newly re-forming neighborhood association will be celebrating in Yancey Street Park (At intersection of North Avenue and Poe Street). We will start at 6:30 and go til dark!

There will be food to grill (vegan, vegetarian, halal options) and anyone who wants to can bring a dish to share!

There will be local organizations tabling, entertainment in the form of a DJ and/or movie, a Know Your Rights training, and a Really Really Free Market (free clothes, books, cds, etc. anyone is welcome to bring items to give away).

More details coming as we work them out. Please save the date and plan on attending! email wingnut_collective@yahoo.com if you have questions/concerns/want to help!

And also- don’t forget that the next Barton Heights Neighborhood Association meeting will be on Tuesday, Sept. 11th at 6pm. Tell your neighbors, and let’s get the community out to talk about how to make Barton Heights a better place for us all!

 

Please make calls to the wardens at these facilities, over 100 men starving
themselves and willing to die to get basic human rights met. Your call
matters!

At the end you will find prison books statement of support. If your group
would like to sign on, please let us know.

Prisoners at Three Facilities Begin Hunger Strike

On Monday July 16th, prisoners began hunger strikes at Bertie CI in Windsor,
Scotland CI in Laurinburg, and Central Prison in Raleigh. Targeting a wide
range of conditions related but not exclusive to solitary confinement, the
prisoners have vowed not to eat until their demands are met.

Prisoners have encouraged supporters to call or fax the administrations of
these different facilities as well as Director Robert Lewis (see information
below), to “march or protest in front of Central Prison and others,”
“boycott all products being sold in these prisons,” and to “contact media
outlets and let them know what we are doing.”

The prisoners have listed the following demands (listed at the bottom),
though
they are also encouraging others to include any other grievances specific to
their conditions. It is still unclear how many prisoners are currently
participating, but correspondence with those on the inside has made it clear
that the strike has spread to three at least three different facilities.

Constant attention and pressure on administrations can help make this
strike a
success, and protect those who are putting their lives on the line. Prisoners
have asked folks on the outside to call everyday to check on fasting
prisoners
and pressure administration. You can contact officials at:

Robert C. Lewis, Director of Prisons

phone: 919.838.4000

fax: 919.733.8272

Central Prison Warden Ken Lassiter

phone: 919.733.0800

fax: 919.715.2645

Bertie CI Warden Renoice Stancil

Phone: 252-794-8600
Fax: 252-794-4608

Scotland CI Warden Sorrell Saunders

Phone: (910) 844-3078
Fax: (910) 844-3786

PRISONERS’ DEMANDS

1.Law Libraries. We are tired of being railroaded by the courts, and
having our rights violated by prison staff and officers. NC Prison Legal
Services are inadequate and oftentimes do not help us at all. A law
library is needed to enable us to legally defend ourselves.

2.An immediate end to the physical and mental abuse inflicted by officers.

3.Improve food, in terms of quality and quantity.

4.A better way to communicate emergencies from cells; many emergency call
buttons are broken and never replaced, and guards often do not show up for
over an hour. At least one prisoner has died this way.

5.The canteens that serve lock up units need to make available vitamins and
personal hygiene items. (more…)

On July 18th there was a meeting of a group of people interested in re-forming a Barton Heights Neighborhood Association. The Wingnut Anarchist Collective was concerned by both the small amount of outreach ahead of the meeting, and also the types of decisions on the agenda for the first meeting. We made fliers and notified as many neighbors as we could, but it was not an ideal situation in terms of being able to get word out. Luckily, enough folks did come out who agreed that we needed a much more representative of our neighborhood body to be able to make foundational decision.

We filmed the meeting to make it available to folks who could not make it last night.

The next event will be a National Night Out Event on August 7th at Yancey Street Park- more info to come on that next week after our planning meeting.

The next official meeting of the neighborhood association will be Tuesday September 11th at 6:30 pm, location TBA, but we are looking for one closer to Barton Heights.

July 18, 2012 Barton Heights Neighborhood Association Meeting from WingnutAnarchistCollective on Vimeo.

We passed out fliers on how Consensus decision making works, and Rusty’s Rules of Order as used by the IWW (Thanks to the Richmond IWW branch for those copies http://www.richmondiww.org). Here are links to those for folks interested in learning about multiple options before we decide on how we as a neighborhood association will be making decisions.

http://zinelibrary.info/quick-guide-consensus-0

http://gainesvilleiww.org/resources/blog1.php/rusty-s-rules-of-order

We think it is significant/interesting to note, that despite the resistance to using anything other than majority rules voting for decision making at the meeting, that the group actually used consensus to make it’s decisions!

 

A friend of the Wingnut will begin teaching a weekly Spanish Class on Monday nights at 6pm, with the class lasting about one hour.
We will be using an old edition of a Spanish beginners text book, but we encourage folks with more Spanish language knowledge to come participate if they want to,

Anyone is welcome to participate, but the class is designed for students who will participate on a regular basis, and be willing to do studying and work between meetings.

The class is being offered for free, but the teacher needs help affording transportation to and from the classes. It will cost him about 3.50 in bus fare each week. Anyone willing to pitch in towards that is highly encouraged to do so.

Anyone who wants to take the free Spanish class at the Wingnut needs to fill out this questionnaire so we can turn it into the teacher, so he can figure out the best way to teach the class to meet the students’ needs and desires.  Please fill this out and return it to wingnut_collective@yahoo.com or bring by the Wingnut Anarchist Collective ASAP.

Also- the two textbooks we will be using are the 1st Edition Vistas Student Textbook  ISBN numbers 1-931100-004 and  Vistas Student Activities Manual ISBN 1-931100-03-9  0 These are both available on amazon to be purchased, and you can get copies really cheap (less than a dollar and then 4 dollars shipping) so if you want your own textbook, please feel free to get one. Otherwise, we will have copies and sharing! (more…)

First Meeting of proposed new Barton Heights Neighborhood Association

Barton Heights has not had a Neighborhood Association since the previous President, the much loved Ralph Harris sadly passed away.

Mark Dorroh, who was the Secretary at the time, is now organizing to re-create the Neighborhood Association.

An email list has been revived, and a few items proposed for the agenda of the first meeting.

Some of the proposed agenda items include working with the police to have a National Night Out event on August 7th, and forming a Neighborhood Watch program as part of the Neighborhood Association. These are 2 things that us Wingnuts are against, and we would encourage folks who have questions about our stance on these topics to get in touch.

The previous incarnation of our neighborhood association worked with police, invited them to meetings to report on crime, and included them on the email list. The previous neighborhood association also used a hierarchical structure for organization, and majority rules decision making.  Because the organization is re-starting there is an opportunity this Wednesday for community members to come express what they really do and do not want in a neighborhood association and we strongly encourage folks to come out and do so.

We can choose to not work with the police, to not welcome them at our meetings, to not include a neighborhood watch group that calls the police as part of the association, and to operate through consensus or another more equitable decision making process.

The first meeting will be on Wednesday July 18th at 6:30 pm at the Northside Family Resource Center at 800 West Graham Road- behind the 2 auto parts stores on Chamberlayne Ave.

Folks who would like a ride should meet at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective at 2005 Barton Avenue at 6pm on Wed. July 18th.

rarmcwa@aol.com is Mark’s email, so folks interested in being added to the Barton Heights Neighborhood Association email list should send him an email requesting it. If folks need help accessing the internet, the Wingnut has wireless you can come use, and a computer  which are both available during Open Hours on Wednesdays and Fridays from 4-9pm.

We will also be making paper fliers and info about the meeting available around the area to help get in touch with folks without internet access.

Call, stop by, or email us if you would like to talk about any of this! 804 303 5449, wingnut_collective@yahoo.com