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consentis

The Wingnut Anarchist Collective will be hosting a consent workshop on

Monday December 3rd at 7pm.

The facilitator of the consent workshop is Crystal.

Crystal will start with a consent 101 briefing, and then move onto further discussion of consent, and possible scenarios with audience participation to practice consent.

There will be plenty of opportunity for group discussion of consent.

Consent is for everyone, and something you can never really know enough about. If you’ve had problems with consent, if you’ve been called out, if it’s been a while since you’ve gone to a consent workshop, if you engage with other humans on this planet, then maybe it is about time you attended a consent workshop!

This is a sober, all ages event.

The Wingnut is located at 2005 Barton Avenue, Richmond VA 23222

Richmond Copwatch will be having its second official meeting on Monday, September 27th at 7 pm at the Wingnut. We will be discussing goals, strategy, copwatch protocol, and organizational structure for a city-wide Copwatch network.

Come find out how you can start a branch of copwatch in your own neighborhood!

Anyone with an interest in monitoring the police and holding them accountable for their actions is welcome to come. Bring yourself, your friends, and lots of ideas!

For more information, call or email the Wingnut. wingnut_collective@yahoo.com (804) 303-5449

The Wingnut Anarchist Collective is currently looking for more roommates and collective members.
You can find our more about the collective on the blog at http://www.thewingnutrva.wordpress.com/

PLease send your questions/comments/proposals to wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

If you know someone who might be interested please feel free to pass the info onto them.

Here are some things we are looking for- we don’t expect any one person to fulfill any of these things, but you should at elast be interested in a lot of it. We are serious, we work hard, we have a lot of fun, and we get a lot done.

Future Wingnut could…

like dogs (3 live here)
sober or ok living in a sober house (won’t come home intoxicated, ever)
clean/orderly/willing to be neat and help clean the space
likes copwatch
not an apologist about cops
not a snitch
productive
has $200 a month for rent/utilities
has extra $ to put towards house projects
ok with cooking vegan for communal meals and respecting different diets and allergies (more…)

Wingnut House Policies

No drinking, No drugs, No people intoxicated by drugs or alcohol.

No Racist, Sexist, Homophobic, Transphobic, Ageist, Classist, or Ableist language or actions. We support calling out of these actions. If you hear someone say something and you are not comfortable addressing it please let a Wingnut know.

We are busy people. We can’t spend too much time just hanging out, but folks are welcome to work on various projects with us. We love productivity.

If you want to bring a friend over, ask one of the Wingnuts before you do – especially if we have never met them before.

Please, if you are a guest, clean up after your mess. This means your dishes, glasses, craft supplies, legos, etc.

Do not feed the dogs without asking first. Please also do not throw toys for the dogs inside, thats what we have a backyard for.

Do not bring over other animals- dogs, cats, rats, etc. without checking first. This can disrupt our dogs and cause fights.

Help us conserve electricity. Turn out lights, fans, etc. when you leave rooms.

If you want to use the bathroom and don’t know about greywater systems, please ask.

If you see something dirty, you can clean it. We would appreciate that.

The Wingnut is a sober space.

It has been since its inception, and we know that this makes our space different than many other radical spaces in Richmond and the world. We want to take the time, now that we have it, to explain the reasoning behind our decision to create and maintain a sober space.

We want to clear up any misunderstandings about why we keep the space sober and offer up our reasons for conversation if folks are interested.

Inclusivity. Our culture is dominated with substances. There are many opportunities for people to socialize in settings that involve drugs and alcohol. Restaurants, clubs, shows, bars, and even most events at private homes frequently involve drugs and alcohol. These environments exclude many demographics of people- people in recovery, underage people, people at higher risk for arrest, and people who are triggered by inebriated people. Creating a sober space is making a space that is safe for more people than are usually considered in our society. As anarchists we think it is important to be inclusive of groups that are often completely ignored and oppressed. Children need places to go that are safe and sober. People in recovery need places where they won’t be tempted by substances they are trying to stay away from. And people who are triggered by inebriated people need spaces they can go and not have to deal with that trigger. These are just some examples.

Our sobriety policy is one of inclusivity, not exclusivity. We do not think it is asking very much for folks who are not sober to just be sober when they come to the Wingnut. Only 1/3 of the people in the Wingnut Anarchist Collective consider themselves sober. Everyone however agrees on the benefits of having a sober space. Folks who are not sober and are part of the Wingnut Anarchist Collective simply go somewhere else when they want to drink and then come home after they have sobered up. We understand that people often use intoxication as a means with which to cope with a variety of issues, such as depression and social anxiety. We also understand that there are many people with chemical addictions to substances which make it hard for them to not be intoxicated.  We are not trying to condemn any of these people, intentionally exclude them, or make them feel judged for their use or dependence on a substance. (more…)

Alternatives to calling the cops

- Get to know your neighbors.  Talking to others in our communities allows us to discuss our grievances in a rational manner.  This also gives us people who we can call in an emergency, who are almost guaranteed to respond faster than the cops could.

- Mediation.  Sometimes after a heated altercation someone who wasn’t involved the situation can help come up with a solution that satisfies everyone.

- Learn self defense  Taking personal accountability for our own safety, including how to properly and safely use firearms, can make us feel more empowered, safer, and more confident.

- Live and let live  Not everyone has the same opinions and values, but so long as the things others are doing aren’t harming us, it’s in everyone’s best interest to let people do their own thing.  Why create unnecessary conflict?