Archive for December, 2012

Canadians at the Wingnut again! How does this keep happening? We welcome back Cud Eastbound, and 3 other performers to the Wingnut on Friday January 25th at 7pm

http://www.facebook.com/events/309547545823908/

Sober, all ages show

Local bands TBA, please get in touch if you would like to play. wingnut_collective (at) yahoo.com

2005 Barton Avenue – please check out our accessiblity and consent policies on our website.

This tour will be swinging back through Richmond on February 21st, please let us know if your space would like to host a show, or else, we hope to see you at the Wingnut again for an encore performance!

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We recently got back from a Cross Canada tour to share Cud’s new album Furcula “Little Fork” and we are getting ready to hit the road again! This time down the east coast of the USA!

Poster Full Res. http://lostwarren.com/dryrot2013poster.jpg
Cud Eastbound – http://www.LostWarren.com/
Beyon/Forest Fire – http://forestfire666.bandcamp.com/
BitterFucked – http://bitterfucked.bandcamp.com/
Rodeo – http://wylieburp.bandcamp.com/

Video from the Canadian tour http://youtu.be/dd1V6chVZjY

Thank you all so much for the continued support! ♥

Join the facebook event here:  http://www.facebook.com/events/480988831939956/

Join Parents For Life for a

Candlelight Flashlight Vigil at A. V. Norrell Elementary School

to enlighten the new school board

on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday January 21st

6pm at 2120 Fendall Avenue

Get the babies off the dump!

Richmond’s students deserve better!

Hot Soup and Hot Cocoa Provided by Richmond Food Not Bombs

Bring your own flashlight!

Then on Tuesday January 22nd,

attend the School Board Meeting with Parents For Life to shed light on the issues with Norrell Elementary.

4:30 p.m. in the Conference Room on the 17th floor of City Hall and 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of City Hall, located at 301 North Ninth Street

The health and welfare of the city’s children should be the primary concern of the Richmond City School Board. We are committed to remain vigilant in our demand for an excellent learning environment for our most vulnerable 3 & 4 year old preschoolers as well. We will remind everyone that we believe the previous school board has failed in their duty to our children.

- Parents For Life

We’d like everyone, but especially interested folks who have never been before, to join us Sunday the 20th for our first Greeting Day!

Have you heard about Richmond Food Not Bombs, but been unsure about approaching a group of strangers in an unfamiliar setting? Not sure what food access justice means? Do you have questions about the politics, history, or process of RVA Food Not Bombs?

Food Not Bombs is a loose worldwide conglomeration of local food justice organizations, who believe that food is a right and the conditions of poverty are a kind of structural violence. Richmond Food Not Bombs has been in operation for eighteen years, serving a vegan meal that is free to all and prepared from donations and food that would otherwise go to waste, on Sunday evenings in Monroe Park. RVA FNB has only ever missed two servings in their entire near-twenty-year history. Currently, we cook out of a collective in Barton Heights, from 12:30-3:45pm, and eat in Monroe Park from 4-5pm, on Sundays.

Members are always available to greet newcomers and answer questions at the regular Sunday cooking, eating, and cleanup- and anyone is welcome to attend any Sunday- but we’ve decided to begin a tradition of monthly Greeting Sundays, where a specific member volunteers to act as the greeter and guide for any newcomers. There will be nametags, literature, and a member available specifically to address your questions and explain the process, from grocery pickups all the way through to cleanup.

This week’s greeter will be Kat. If you have questions or concerns prior to Sunday, you can contact her at mcnealkc@vcu.edu, or through Facebook. You don’t need to show up right at 12:30, as this is an informal event. Feel free to come to the specified address from 12:30-3:30pm, and to the corner of Main and Belvidere at Monroe Park from 4-4:45pm. 2005 Barton Avenue!

There will be dogs at the cooking site, which is not wheelchair accessible, and lacks central heat, so dress warmly. Kids are welcome, provided they are supervised. Here is more information regarding accessibility and allergies: http://wingnutrva.org/2012/12/15/accessibilityallergies-at-the-wingnut/ .

Greeting Days will be held on the 3rd Sunday of each month. If you miss this one, there will be more!

Here is an update from our lawyers, who are currently helping us in our ongoing legal battle with the Richmond Police Department over documents. Please read, and go to their link, and if you have the ability/inclination, donate to help them be able to take on more cases like ours.

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The law firm of Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, P.C., an affiliate law firm of Freedom Works Foundation, is proud to stand against prior restraints and censorship of speech protected under the United States and Virginia Constitutions.  Freedom Works Foundation was founded in 1999 as a non-profit foundation in Virginia to defend against attacks on freedom, to promote, assure and enhance freedom.

The American tradition stands in stark contrast to the English licensing system, which expired in 1695, where all printing presses and printers were licensed and nothing could be published without prior approval of the state or church authorities.   All despotic and tyrannical governments attack the freedom of the people to speak.

One of the more famous cases in the United States involved the attempt of the government to restrain the publication of the “Pentagon Papers”, the Vietnam Study Task Force report created by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, consisting of thousands of pages including documents classified as “Top Secret—Sensitive”  At first President Nixon was not opposed to the publication since it was perceived to be embarrassing to the prior administrations of Kennedy and Johnson, but his National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger convinced President Nixon that the publication might establish a negative precedent.  The administration then attacked Daniel Ellsberg and Anthony Russo, who allegedly leaked the documents, arguing that they were guilty of a felony under the Espionage Act of 1917.  Attorney General John N. Mitchell and Nixon obtained a federal injunction ordering the New York Times to cease publication, which was appealed.  Then Assistant United States Attorney General William Rehnquist unsuccessfully sought an injunction against the Washington Post, which was denied.  Judge Murray Gurfein wrote that “[t]he security of the Nation is not at the ramparts alone. Security also lies in the value of our free institutions. A cantankerous press, an obstinate press, an ubiquitous press must be suffered by those in authority in order to preserve the even greater values of freedom of expression and the right of the people to know.”  The government appealed.  The United States Court of Appeals confirmed that the prior restraint of speech was unlawful, in a 6-3 decision with nine different opinions.

Justice Black wrote “Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people and sending them off to distant lands to die of foreign fevers and foreign shot and shell.”

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The law firm of Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, P.C. stands behind police forces when they uphold and enforce the law — the firm opposes any police force when the power entrusted to it by the people for the people is used to oppress and rob those they are to serve of the benefit and protection of the law and the constitutions they have sworn to uphold.  It is our sworn duty!

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Most recently in City of Richmond Police Department, et. al.  v. Moriah Karn, et. al., Case No. CL 12-4939, the law firm of Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, P.C. is defending Nathan Cox and Moriah Karn against the outrageous attack by the City of Richmond Police Department and the City of Richmond on their rights of free speech under the 1st Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I § 12 of the Virginia Constitution.

In that suit, the Richmond PD alleged that defendants “somehow obtained certain confidential information of the Department” including the names, addresses, telephone numbers and/or “other confidential information” concerning certain officers and employees of the Department.”

The suit does not allege who specifically posted the information online, but does allege that Karn and/or Cox posted links to the information on websites.  The suit among other things seeks to prevent Karn  and Cox from pointing the public to this information released to the public.

MORE- at this link: http://www.robertslaw.org/prior-restraint-of-speech-first-amendment-violations/

On Friday December 28th at 7pm, Food Not Bombs member Baldeep Pooni will be giving a presentation and screening a documentary at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective on Monsanto.

The World According to Monsanto by Marie-Monique Robin is the documentary that will be shown (1 hour, 48 minutes)

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“Monsanto is operating in the U.S.A. with very secretive and harmful methods that apply to the inhabitants of America as well as the rest of the world. If the food we eat today organic? Is it health for us? Is it even food? With genetically modified seeds Monsanto has copied the genetic coding of numerous products and have outlawed farming methods that use traditional seeds instead of GM seeds. Herbicides and pesticides are highly prevalent in the food we eat and the most disturbing fact is that they are operating successfully in the USA and the in the world without much opposition or criticism. It time the inhabitants of this planet wake up and demand proper methods of growing and producing food!”

Baldeep will be facilitating a discussion, as well as speaking to the serious issues that farmers in India are facing due to the practices of Monsanto.

Self Care is the radical concept that it is important to take care of yourself, and your emotional, mental, and physical needs.In activist scenes, this is a concept that can all too frequently be ignored or undervalued, to the detriment of the mental/physical/emotional health of community members.

Many people struggle with this, and we want to take up a little bit of webspace to acknowledge this, and provide a few resources to help folks who are trying to/struggling to deal with all the hurt this world can heap on us.

Definitely looking for more resources, suggestions from other anarchist/feminist/radical/activist spaces, and better ways to explain the concept! Please get in touch at wingnut_collective [at] yahoo.com

And take care of yourself out there! (Find communities that value your self care!)

This first link has a bunch of great resources for people looking to read up on self care. The second link is for the Icarus project, which is a radical mental health organization with good resources and ideas on their website.

http://www.soularbliss.com/2012/07/31/radical-self-care-and-community-care-zine-resources/

http://theicarusproject.net/

From the Mind(ful) Liberation Project out of Richmond, Virginia (samesies) here are lists of Hotlines and Warmlines for folks in crisis, or just needing support in some way. Mind(ful Liberation Project also does the RVA Peer Support Project, which we encourage folks to check out.

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Hotlines & Warmlines

If there are any others you think need to be added to this please let us know!

Peer Support:

1-804-631-3124. A peer support line operated by Richmond’s Mindful Liberation Project, a chapter of the international Icarus Project. Confidential and anonymous hot/warmline. Entirely volunteer run, no professionals, no calling the police or forced hospitalization. Just peer support, now.

1-877-838-2838. The Vet2Vet Peer Support Hotline, run by the Kristen Brooks Hope Center. Peer support from veterans to veterans. The website also offers a live chat.

Depression/Suicide/Crisis Hotlines: (more…)

Consent is a concept that we value very highly at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective. There have been a bunch of things that have happened lately that are pretty disturbing, and that one of the things that came out of the consent workshop we recently hosted was that we need to have better norms as a community rather than just different individual actions. TO that end we’re going to try to come up with a set of standards for behavior that addresses issues of consent in an activist context. We would love to hear from other activist/radical/feminist/anarchist spaces about what community norms you have in place, and any advice or tips you might have to offer.

For folks unfamiliar with this concept, here is a definition. It is a difficult concept to concisely define, so please take the time to check out the links below and read some of the articles/zines. We also have copies of some excellent zines, such as Learning Good Consent that you could read in the space.

Consent is informed, consent is never assumed, consent is not the same for everyone, consent is verbal, consent is an ongoing process, consent is knowing and respecting personal and sexual boundaries of others, the only way to be certain that their is consent is through explicit verbal communication.

Consent is frequently placed in the sexual realm, which is really important. However, consent is a concept that we can and should incorporate into more realms of our interactions than just romantic or sexual ones.

Once we start having more organizing meetings in January (Monday the 28th), we hope to expand our activism around consent and alter/expand this list and definitions to be inclusive of the folks who organize as the Wingnut Anarchist Collective. Thanks to Crystal for recently facilitating a Consent Workshop at the Wingnut and getting us revamped on this conversation and critical piece of culture!

But in the mean time, here is our list of consent norms for the Wingnut that includes but is not limited to:

  • Please ask before you touch people- including handshakes/back pats/ hugs/ etc. If you are hugging/patting/etc. be aware that not everyone will necessarily be as enthusiastic about closeness or length of such things as you might be.
  • Respect the bodily autonomy of others. Essentially respect people’s personal space, try not to invade their bubbles with out their permission.
  • Respect pronouns – do not assume by how someone looks, dresses, does their hair, or acts that they prefer one gender pronoun over another. There are many genderqueer, trans, non gender binary folks who live at the Wingnut, come to events, and that you will meet throughout your life. Instead of assuming or guessing a pronoun, we ask that you ask. It can also work to tell folks with introductions, and we would like to make a culture where this happens. Ex: “Hello My name is Bob, and my preferred pronoun is they, what is yours?” or “Hi nice to meet you Sue, what is your preffered pronoun”. There are many different pronouns folks might prefer- including but not limited to: she, he, her, him, they, them, ze, hir, etc. Correct others who mis-pronoun people and Don’t act like someone’s identity is work for you.
  • Be mindful of the space you are taking up in a room – Don’t corner people – Don’t fill up doorways/block people in
  • If someone says they don’t want you to do something, you should stop, not argue about it. The default is not that you can do/say whatever you want. And if someone is uncomfortable, that is frequently not the best time to push an issue.

More Resources:

If you are new to the idea of consent, unfamiliar, confused, etc. it is your responsibility to read up on it, learn about it, and learn how to practice it. But we don’t mind helping to some extend. Here is a list of resources you can check out. If you have questions or concerns, or more resources that we should be offering, or interest in hosting an event or workshop about consent and related issues, please email us at wingnut_collective [at] yahoo.com

http://anarchalibrary.blogspot.com/2010/11/consent-zine.html

http://radsexconsent.com/zines/

http://beyondbrynmawr.wordpress.com/2010/10/11/the-importance-of-preferred-pronouns/

http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Trigger_warning

http://fuckyeahtriggerwarnings.tumblr.com/

http://www.phillyspissed.net/

Accessibility

The Wingnut Anarchist Collective occupies a 2 story house in Southern Barton Heights. The house was built in 1922.

We’ve considered how we can try to make our house more accessible/wheelchair accessible, and unfortunately, right now that looks like it will be out of our capabilities.

The challenges we face include, being raised up off of the sidewalk, and again off of the yard, and again off of the porch, and then not having a first floor bathroom that is accessible either.

It really sucks that our house and events at our house are not wheelchair accessible/accessible right now.

Allergies

We also want to put out there, that we are a household with dogs, and we know a good amount of people are allergic to dogs. We have hardwood floors, not carpets, so that can cut down on the amount of dander/fur etc. But definitely be aware.

Also, ours is not a scent free household. Mostly people aren’t wearing perfume per say, but there are still shampoos/bodywash/etc.

We have a common kitchen, so most of our food should be assumed to be contaminated with gluten/peanuts/groundnuts/etc. Our kitchen is also not vegan, although the vegan that cooks their is pretty diligent about protecting the vegan cast iron pans etc.

In terms of other allergens, nothing pops out immediately, but if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call (804) 303 5449 or email wingnut_collective [at] yahoo.com

 

This week Style Weekly published an article about the ongoing dispute and legal battle between Mo Karn/Nathan Cox/Wingnut/Copwatch/Copblock

http://www.styleweekly.com/richmond/watching-the-detectives/Content?oid=1792605

 

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