April 9 @ 4 is a special Land Use Committee meeting on Monroe Park with no allowed public comment.

April 14 @ 6 is the City Council Meeting where again no public comment will be allowed. However, you can sign up to speak during the Pubic Comments period and use that time to express your outrage at the privatization of a public park.

Call 646 7955 to speak to a City Clerk and request to speak during the public comments period at the City Council Meeting on April 14th.

You can not it seems officially sign up to speak for an issue that is on the agenda, which Monroe Park is, so you may want to say you are speaking on something tangential to the issue and not say Monroe Park specifically.
You can only sign up to speak during the public comments period once every 3 months.

If you do not feel like signing up during that period but still wish to speak, keep in mind that yelling or interupting council can result in you being banned from meetings for 6 months. However if you do not care about being banned you might speak out of turn. We would urge everyone to not do anything to get arrested at these public meetings. Civil disobediance may have its time and place down the line regarding this issue, but that is something we should have a developed strategy and support network for.

Please bring signs and banners to these meetings expressing the Keep Monroe Park Open and Free ideas. There will also be shirts available for sale for $5 and the money will go towards future expenses of the Keep Monroe Park Open and Free campaign.

If anyone wants to make fact sheets or fliers to distribute before, during, and after the meeting that would be very helpful.

Additionally, email, call and get in touch with Council Members. If you feel their spirits need to be moved in a better direction hold religious ceremonies on public sidewalks with bucket drums outside of their homes. All legal tactics should be employed.

This is not just about Monroe Park – this is a neoliberal attack on the poor, people of color, lgbtq folks, homeless, immigrants, indigenous, and more. The NFL training camp, Revitalize RVA plan,  Tredegar Green, and more are part of the overall attack.

Spring time!

Posted: April 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

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We are getting to work on some spring time projects. One being a witch perennial herb bed and the other being our bee hives. Sadly one bee hive didn’t survive the winter. We think hive beetles were the culprits. So we are going to harvest the honey from that hive.
We will later clean the hive and try to help a new batch of bees make a home at our home and help pollinate our neighborhood.

Join RPEC & Virginia Organizing on Tax Day, Tuesday, April 15th, at the
Richmond Post Office on Brook Road. We’ll be holding signs and handing
out flyers that show “Where Your Tax Dollars Really Go.”

Most of our tax dollars are spent on war and the military (not
education or jobs). We’ll also be sharing information about the
trade-offs between defense spending and community needs.
Hold a sign
or pass out information!
This is a nonviolent leafletting action.

Please join us! Contact Sam McKinney (sam@rpec.org) to volunteer for
shifts beginning at 3pm.

More information here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1574054699487180/

Hello everyone,

Today is one of the big days for the fast food campaign. Today workers from across the nation are going to be standing tall and fighting back against wage theft. Its going to be a good day.

Again, we are going to meet at 4pm at the Weinstein Community Center at 5403 Monument Ave, at 4:45 we are going to leave for the Wendys on 4805 W Broad St; at 5 on the dot we are all going to go into the store and start the action.

Please make every effort to come and to turnout others. A large turnout not only makes this a successful action but it also helps protect the workers at the Wendy’s who are going to speak and participate in this action. If management sees a lot of community support they will be less willingly to retaliate against the workers because they know they have the support of the community.

Hope to see you on the other side!

In solidarity,

Guillermo Zamora
Organizer
Raise UP

A message from the Virginia Defenders:
To all the folks who have signed the petition against a Shockoe Bottom stadium:

Five months after Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones unveiled his proposal to build a minor-league baseball stadium in the heart of what once was the largest slave-trading district north of New Orleans, City Council still has not voted on the controversial plan. This is a testimony to the movement that has been built up around this issue, a movement that includes the more than 3,700 people who have signed the anti-stadium petition.

Today is April 3, 2014 – the 149th anniversary of the day Union troops, led by Black soldiers, marched into Richmond, tore open the slave jails and ended nearly 200 years of slavery in the city. Amazingly, this is not an official holiday here. To rectify that omission, stadium opponents have organized “Liberation Day 2014,” a program to commemorate and celebrate the fall of the Confederacy and the liberation of Richmond.

As part of our program, Virginia resident Linsey Williams, a direct descendent of “Twelve Years a Slave” author Solomon Northup, will be reading from her ancestor’s account of the night he spent in a Richmond slave jail. As she reads his moving story, she will be standing on the very spot in the Shockoe Bottom district where the jail once stood – and where the mayor and the wealthy developers he represents want to build the stadium.

If you live in the Richmond area, please join us at 6 pm at the site of Lumpkin’s Jail, at what would be 15th and East Grace streets – just south of East Broad Street, between Interstate 95 and the CSX railroad. (More information is in the attached media release.)

And for everyone, PLEASE SHARE THIS PETITION with your social media friends. Every time someone signs online, a note goes to the mayor and every member of Richmond City Council. Council members have mentioned several times how many emails they are receiving on this issue. It really does help. http://www.change.org/petitions/city-of-richmond-mayor-dwight-c-jones-and-city-council-oppose-building-a-baseball-stadium-development-in-shockoe-bottom

To find out more ways you can help, pleases contact the Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality at: DefendersFJE@hotmail.com.

Thank you all for your interest and support.

Phil Wilayto
for the Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality
Richmond, Virginia

Muckman vs. RPD

Posted: March 30, 2014 in Uncategorized
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http://chpn.net/news/2014/03/29/police-seeking-info-on-muck-man_32643/

So apparently the Richmond Police are focusing efforts on catching local graffiti artist Muckman.

Why this one artist? Well we can only guess it is because many of his pieces are accompanied by an ACAB tag – meaning All Cops Are Bastards.

Ouchie, must hurt their feelings. Sort of like an iota of the pain felt by the thousands of people targeted by racial profiling and classism and arrested for non violent crimes and crimes of survival. Like an iota of the pain felt by people who experience police brutality, the criminalization of homelessness, or the non lgbtq friendly police and prison systems. Sort of like that except for not really.

Seems like the police are ticked off and so trying to put the pressure on. Fairly immature reason for the focus but, hey, it is the cops so what do you expect.

Public opinion in Richmond, like many places, is ignored by the elite ruling classes. The domination of corporations and old money means that there are constant struggles against bad public policies. The police are the enforcement arm of the regime. So when City Council refuses to listen to the people, and if for instance they were to do something like build a baseball stadium on historic slave market areas that ought to be preserved, or privatize Monroe Park, the police would be there to try to stop the protests. And not being the corporate elite in this society, having the money to compete with Vulture Richmond’s pro-privatization campaigns is pretty impossible.

So of course the resistance will need to engage in more do it yourself methods of getting the word out. Including street art and graffiti.

Wheat pastes of messages like the previous Dwight Jones is Selling Our City ones, and Muckman are simply to be expected.

So here’s hoping Muckman can continue to paint without getting caught. The people seem to support the anti-cop message. Thank you to Muckman for the promoting of the anti-cop message, we can only hope to see more of these messages of resistance in the public sphere.

We would love to see more pictures of Muckman pieces or any other anti establishment street art. Keeping security culture in mind though. Wingnut_collective@yahoo .com

From our friends organizing around Fast Food Workers!
So next Thursday, April 3rd,  the Fast Food Workers will be having wage theft actions across the country. Our action will be at the Wendy’s at 4805 W Broad, at 5pm. But first we will meet at 4pm at the Weinstein Community Center on 5403 Monument Ave; to eat, make signs, practice some chants, and plan our action. Ideally, everyone will meet at the community center so we can all leave as a big group, but people can meet us at the Wendy’s right before 5 and wait for us to arrive. The entire thing should be over around 5:45.

This will be the biggest action we do till the next strike, so a huge turnout would do a lot to galvanize the workers and give us a lot of momentum to build up on. So please bring your members, friends, coworkers and family.

www.facebook.com/RaiseUpfor15

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active-rva:

Every Saturday, from 12-4pm, outside of the Virginia Museum of Fine Art (200 North Boulevard, Richmond VA), across from the Virginia Flaggers demonstration, there will be an anti-Confederate Rap Battle. Demonstrators will hold signs, have fun, and play loud rap music. From creator Goad: “bring whatever you think is appropriate.” 

This demonstration stands in contrast to the Virginia Flaggers who, twice a week, demonstrate in front of the VMFA in protest of a 2010 decision of the museum to ask an adjacent property, which they lease to the Museum of the Confederacy, to take down a Confederate battle flag. Earlier this year, the group bought some land to erect a giant Confederate flag above I-95 Northbound, outside of the city. 

The type of flag shown above, and carried by the Flaggers, is not a friendly sight for many people in the South- it was used as a symbol by the KKK for approximately 25 times longer than it was used as a symbol of the Confederate States of America, an entity devoted to preserving the institution of chattel slavery, and it was a rallying symbol for the pro-school-segregation movement in the 1950s. 

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Sweet flier made by a good friend.
Make your own and distribute to get word out.
No selling our parks without resistance.

Text reads :
ALICE MASSIE:
Buying Monroe Park;
HOMELESS MUST GO!
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Here are updates from Mo:

3/25 @ 8am

sent to the City Clerk-
Hey there!
Thank you for accepting my bid yesterday.
I’ve also emailed councilman Baliles, but I have a few concerns
First- April 9th at 4 does not work for me. I take care of a 7 year old at that time, and he has soccer practice on Wednesdays. I don’t think it is a bad idea to bring kids to city meetings, but I can’t make him skip soccer to go.
Second- Why is this an emergency Land Use meeting? This isn’t a super urgent matter, so I respectfully request that my bid be discussed at a regularly scheduled Land Use committee meeting, and especially one that I can actually attend.
Third- I’m not sure that it is legal for me to be denied equal treatment with Alice Massie’s bid. She was allowed to do a power point presentation at Land Use, and Public Comment on her presentation and bid was allowed. I am respectfully demanding the same opportunities. I am looking into taking legal action if my bid is not treated in the same manner as hers.

Thank you so much
and feel free to forward this to whomever can make these changes as quickly as possible
Mo Karnage

3/26 @ 8am

Can we please push for the *insert racist name here* training camp building to be used as a homeless shelter – seeing as how it has locker rooms and a big unrented office and the City paid for it…. #rvacouncil #homeless #washingtonnfl #monroepark

3/26 @ 5pm

Just sent this to all Council members, city clerk, city attorney, and land use clerk. Wonder how they will respond…Also I am getting sassy in my old age. Nope, wait, always been sassy. If anyone feels like sending this text with pronouns changed or a variation of this text to the same people it can’t hurt. Thanks!

Hello all.

I have been trying to make a formal request to be allowed to present to the Land Use Committee on my bid for Monroe Park to equal the time allowed to Alice Massie. Read the rest of this entry »