Archive for October, 2012

The idea of having some kind of sobriety peer support group in Richmond that’s an alternative to AA seems to have struck a chord with a lot of people. This meeting is going to be to discuss the possibility of starting a SMART Recovery chapter that would meet on a regular basis in Richmond.

The first meeting will be Wednesday, November 7th at 7:30pm at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective at 2005 Barton Avenue.

We’ve added some new titles this week to our radical lending library!

Vamps & Tramps: New Essays by Camille Paglia

Fatal Reunion by Claire McNab

An Easy Burden: The Civil Rights Movement and the Transformation of America (wit… by Andrew Young

Out from Under: Sober Dykes and Our Friends by Jean E. Swallow

The Housing Monster by prole.info

Anarchist Pedagogies: Collective Actions, Theories, and Critical Reflections on … by Robert H. Haworth

We, the Children of Cats (Found in Translation) by Tomoyuki Hoshino

Report from Planet Midnight (Outspoken Authors) by Nalo Hopkinson

Signal: 02: A Journal of International Political Graphics by Alec Dunn

Against Architecture (Green Arcade) by Franco La Cecla

Black Power U.S.A. by Lerone Bennett, Jr.

Presumed Guilty: The Tragedy of the Rodney King Affair by Stacey Koon (This book is written by a pig, trying to justify the brutality to Rodney King by the LAPD, we got this mostly to see how ridiculous it is)

23 Shades of Black (A Filomena Buscarsela Mystery) by Ken Wishnia

Lure and Loathing: Essays on Race, Identity, and the Ambivalence of Assimilation… by Gerald Early

Get involved!

Food Not Bombs is catering the 5th annual RePHRAME Forum “Eliminating Poverty, Protecting Community”

  • Good Shepherd Baptist Church 1127 N. 28th Street, Richmond, VA 23223
  • A Discussion on “Unpacking the 2010 Census” & the Upcoming Mayor’s Anti-Poverty Commission’s Report

More info on the event here: http://www.facebook.com/events/285008308277367/?fref=ts

We will be cooking a spaghetti dinner for about 100 people. Folks who want to help us cater this event should meet at the Wingnut, 2005 Barton Avenue, at 2pm on Thursday Nov. 1st.

If anyone has garlic, onions, noodles, bread, oil, tomatoes, sauce, etc. to donate please let us know. You can call 804 300 0023 or drop the supplies off at the Wingnut.

What’s RePHRAME you say?

RePHRAME, Residents of Public Housing in Richmond Against Mass Evictions, is an alliance of public housing residents, advocates, and allies committed to housing justice for all in Richmond.

The RePHRAME Concerns & Demands:

1. There should be 1-for-1 replacement of any public housing units lost through public housing redevelopment. In other words, there should be no net lossof public housing units. In addition, location of newly created public housing units, and other aspects of the redevelopment process, should increase the employment, education, and other opportunities of public housing residents.

2. Current residents should have the right to return to newly developed public housing without any additional screening or requalification process. In the past, additional credit checks and other screenings (above and beyond those to which public housing residents are routinely subjected) have been used to effectively prevent previous residents from coming back to the newly developed housing. We believe redevelopment should not be used to get rid of residents who have done nothing to warrant eviction.

3. Public housing residents should have a meaningful voice in decisions regarding their housing and communities. Currently only 1 out of 7 RRHA commissioners is a public housing resident. RePHRAME proposes adding 2 additional seats to the RRHA Board of Commissioners which would be filled with RRHA residents.

4. RRHA currently requires that residents mail their rent payment to a SunTrust bank address in Baltimore, MD. Residents must often pay late fees through no fault of their own due to delays in the mail system or processing delays in Baltimore. In February, hundreds of residents paid late fees when a blizzard caused the mail system to shut down. According to RePHRAME’s research of dozens of housing authorities in Virginia and nationally, RRHA alone requires residents to mail rent out of state. RePHRAME surveyed hundreds of public housing residents in Richmond, and the overwhelming consensus is for a local rent payment option, at either the RRHA rent office in their neighborhood or at a local bank.

NATIONAL JERICHO MOVEMENT


WELCOMING JERICHO MOVEMENT TO FREE POLITICAL PRISONERS
AND END MASS INCARCERATIONS
TO RICHMOND, VA.
GREETING OTHER LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS WORKING TO
END MASS INCARCERATIONS, THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX, PRISON
CONDITIONS AND SERVICES, AND RE-ENTRY
Saturday, October 27, 2012
3-5 PM
Fan Free Clinic Auditorium
1010 North Thompson Street
RVA 23230
THE REALITY OF POLITICAL PRISONERS!
EXTENT OF MASS INCARCERATIONS!
SCOPE OF RACIAL INJUSTICE!
RE-ENTRY INITIATIVES AND RESOURCES
VIEWING OF “COINTELPRO 101” (THE FBI’s HISTORICAL
COUNTER INTELLIGENCE PROGRAM THEN AND NOW)
Open to the Public!!
Light refreshments!!
Contact: Jihad Abdulmumit
National Jericho, POB 2164, Chesterfield, Va. 23832
richmondjericho@gmail.com * 804-304-8595
http://www.thejerichomovement.com

Barton Heights Community Association

November Meeting – Tuesday November 13th

December Meeting – Tuesday December 11th

January Meeting – Tuesday January 8th

 

Monthly meetings of the Barton Heights Community Association are on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm. We meet in the basement of Triumphant Baptist Church, located at the intersection or Lamb Ave. and Poe St. The best entrance to use is around back through the parking lot.

Our meetings are open, and we encourage residents, business owners, property owners, and others with interests in the Barton Heights Neighborhood to attend.

 

 For more information please visit our website, or email us to be added to the email list.

Www.bartonheightscommunityassociation.wordpress.com

 

bhca1910@yahoo.com

 

 

Just cataloguing some books on this rainy day. Here are our newest titles.

Thanks to everyone who has donated books to our library! We are always looking for donations specifically around issues of race, class, gender, indigenous struggles, feminism, queer issues, southern issues, anarchism, environmental etc.

My Mother Wears Combat Boots: A Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us by Jessica Mills

Colonize This!: Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism (Live Girls) by Daisy Hernandez

Ms. Films DIY Guide to Film and Video

Beebo Brinker by Ann Bannon

Odd Girl Out by Ann Bannon

Gender Inequality: Feminist Theories and Politics by Judith Lorber

Mindful Occupation: Rising Up Without Burning Out by Occupy Mental Health Project

The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope by Amy Goodman

Someone Killed His Boyfriend: A Summer of Sex, Sun and Murder in Provincetown by David Stukas

From Wedded Wife to Lesbian Life: Stories of Transformation by Deborah Abbott

Joining the Tribe; by Linnea A. Due

Growing Up Gay in the South: Race, Gender, and Journeys of the Spirit (Haworth G… by James T. Sears

Now the Volcano: Anthology of Latin American Gay Literature by Winston Leyland

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich

The Prostitute and Her Clients by PH.D. Lewis Diana

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

When the Dancing Stops (Brett Higgins Mysteries) by Therese Szymanski

Black Bloc, White Riot: Antiglobalization and the Genealogy of Dissent by A. K. Thompson (2010).

So You Want to Be a Lesbian? by Liz Tracey

Free Pizza for Life by Chris Clavin

Techniques of Safecracking (52054) by Wayne B. Yeager

The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 by Antony Beevor

More Joy Than Rage: Crossing Generations with the New Feminism by Caryl Rivers

Dumping In Dixie: Race, Class, And Environmental Quality, Third Edition by Robert D. Bullard

Long Road to Freedom: The Advocate History of the Gay and Lesbian Movement by Mark Thompson

Here is the schedule of workshops for the 2012 Richmond Zine Fest!!!! The Richmond Zine Fest is Saturday October 6th from 11am to 6pm at the Gay Community Center of Richmond (1407 Sherwood Avenue). The Zine Fest and all workshops are free and open to the public. Over 40 people/groups will be tabling, selling their zines. And we have 6 workshops scheduled for this year!

12:00pm- Radical Mental Health – Mind(ful) Liberation Project – Description: This workshop will introduce folks to the idea of mental health from a radical, community-supported model, that encourages both proscriptive and prescriptive action to maintain mental wellness on individual and community levels. This workshop will be of use to those feeling burnt out, isolated, depressed, overwhelmed, in life, in work, in activism, as well as those just curious on radical alternatives.

Background info: Mind(ful) Liberation Project has brought a much-needed radical activist approach to mental well-being in RVA. We work tirelessly in destigmatizing and speaking out about differing mental health concerns, termed “mental illnesses” or “disorders” by the Psychiatric Industrial Complex. We were founded in 2010 with the idea that we can empower ourselves and our communities to candidly and openly talk about mental health and alternatives to mainstream mental health services. We work to create options and choices that are available to all.

Our principles include working beyond the medical model of mental health, educating ourselves about alternatives, balancing wellness and action, non judgment and respect for diversity, non-hierarchy and anti-oppression, nonviolence, and transparency.

1:00pm – Journaling As Art – Anya Lynn Garten – I will define artistic journaling and then share examples. Students will be asked to write and each student’s work will be workshopped in a group setting.

2:00pm – Introduction to Liberate RVA – Kal Molinet – Liberate RVA is a freedom movement against the occupation of violence in our community. If you’re curious about how to achieve real freedom in our lifetime, please join us in an active discussion and introduction in understanding what this freedom movement is all about!

3:00pm -Creative Writing: Short Fiction – Robert Mitchell – What makes a good short story, and how do you tell it in limited space? Sit down with your fellow ‘Zinesters and talk about the art of writing short fiction. Get and share tips and tricks, and learn to avoid the traps and pitfalls.

4:00pm – Teen Worker’s Rights – The Richmond Industrial Workers of the World – The Richmond branch of the Industrial Workers of the World seeks to empower young workers by educating them about their rights as employees in Virginia. These include many special rights, restrictions and exceptions regarding pay, hours, safety and benefits. We want to share our idea of solidarity unionism and show that all workers, no matter what their age, have the right to stand up and defend themselves and their fellow workers.

Participants will leave with a better understanding of their rights and detailed pamphlet and work journal.

5:00pm -Practicing Good Consent- Robin Leach – A brief workshop designed to create a space through which we can discuss how to deepen our practice of consent in relationships. We will be discussing how to assess our own boundaries and desires, and how to maintain consent and accountability. Whether you are curious about learning how to practice consent or want a place to check in with your own boundaries and methods of communication, this is a safe space to do so.

From: http://www.active-rva.tumblr.com

RVA Food Not Bombs October 2012 Can Drive

Food Not Bombs is calling for canned vegan vegetables to replenish their pantry. The drive lasts from today until Halloween.

There are three dropoff locations for canned goods, for now:

1. The Wingnut Anarchist Collective, at 2005 Barton Avenue. Leave the cans in the provided container on the stairs. This location is not wheelchair/mobility accessible.

2. Crenshaw House, at 919 West Franklin Street. There is a box immediately inside the door, clearly marked with a bright gold poster with an arrow. This location is also not wheelchair/mobility accessible. (The GSEX team, who helped get this lined up, has a Tumblr here.)

3. The VCU Office of Multiculturalism and Student Affairs, on the second floor of the Monroe Park VCU Student Commons. The box is bright red and marked with a poster, and immediately inside the office. The office itself is also marked with a bright gold poster, designating the spot a dropoff location. This location IS wheelchair/mobility accessible, by elevator.

If you know of another place that might be open to hosting a donation box, please message this Tumblr- especially if the location is further from VCU campus, and/or accessible.

Some good canned items to donate are: black, kidney, white, and pinto beans, tomatoes, peaches, corn, and tomato sauce. Every meal is vegan, so please check labels (especially for seasoned beans) to make sure there’s no meat, dairy, or egg products in the cans.

While Food Not Bombs prepares the bulk of each meal from fresh foods that grocery stores would otherwise throw away, sometimes non-perishable items are needed to augment the meal- and sometimes, a pickup is small or doesn’t come through. Food Not Bombs can also be called upon to cater for events; for example, FNB has catered the Virginia People’s Assembly, rePHRAME meetings, and IWW events.

Food Not Bombs cooks every Sunday at 12:30pm at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective (2005 Barton Avenue), and eats at 4:00pm in Monroe Park, at the intersection of Main and Belvidere streets. Everyone is welcome for either or both.

Barton Heights Community Association

October Meeting

Tuesday October 9th at 6:30 pm

at Triumphant Baptist Church (Lamb Ave. and Poe St.)
Entrance around the back parking lot to the basement

Agenda:

Defining our communities geographic boundary

Environmental, Health, and Utility concerns

Planning a Fall Community Festival

Bring your ideas, concerns, interests, etc.

Residents, organizations, business owners etc. encouraged to attend.