“All I Want for Christmas Is the abolition of imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist, heteropatriarchy!!!”
Took an internet meme and brought it to the real world!
This is a list of upcoming events from the VOP- But we have added Wingnut events and events we know about in bold!
THE AMAZING RAISE: Virginia Organizing will be participating in the Amazing Raise on September 17 and 18. This is an online fundraising effort and anyone can donate by visiting http://www.theamazingraise.org/. Folks can easily contribute online at anytime starting at 6:00 a.m. on September 17 until 6:00 p.m. on September 18. However, the Richmond Chapter will be working to win the “Second Chance Early Bird” prize of $1500! To win this, Virginia Organizing needs to be one of the first ten groups to receive 25 separate gifts of $50 or more starting at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 18. If you can, please donate right at 8:00 a.m. on September 18. We need to make sure we have people signed up to give during this time, so please contact me directly if you are able to help us try to win this prize. If our Chapter helps with this prize and Virginia Organizing wins it, some of the prize money will count toward our 2014 Chapter fundraising goals! Also, if anyone is available to run a 5k to benefit Virginia Organizing, the Amazing Raise is hosting a race on Tuesday, September 16 at the Boulders in Chesterfield. Visit www.amazingraise5k.org to register (and be sure to run in your Virginia Organizing t-shirt, contact me if you don’t have one).
August 31, 4:00 p.m., public forum on police brutality, Monroe Park
September 1, 6:00 p.m. (every 1st and 3rd Monday) Moral Monday, Bell Tower on Capital Square
September 1st, 8:00pm Bizarro Books Reading at the Wingnut
September 5-7, Virginia Organizing annual Grassroots Gathering, Blackstone, Virginia
September 7, 2:00 p.m., ASWAN (an organization of Homeless people) meeting, Legal Aid Justice Center
September 7 (and every Sunday) 12:30 p.m. Food Not Bombs meal in Monroe Park
September 8, 7:00 Virginia Organizing Transit Action Team meeting at Northside Grill
September 10, 7:00pm Karaoke at Lakeside Tavern with the Wingnut
September 11, 7:00pm Craft Night at the Wingnut
September 13, Richmond Peace Festival, 11:00 am at St Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 600 Grove Avenue
September 17, noon, Central Virginia Rainbow Partnership Meeting, 1407 Sherwood Avenue
September 17, 6:30 p.m., Joe Calabrese to speak on the benefits of rapid transit, at the Science Museum
September 18, Virginia General Assembly Special Session on Medicaid expansion begins
September 20, Broad Street Mile fundraiser for Richmond Justice Initiative
September 21, UCI cycling World Championship in Spain begins (2015 in Richmond)
September 23, 6:00-8:00pm Shooting Practice with the Wingnut at CSA
September 25, RePHRAME (public housing residents organization) meeting
October 1, 7:00 p.m., Ellen Dunham-Jones on reducing sprawl at VCU Commons
October 3rd, 7:00pm Slam Up Performance at the Wingnut
October 4th, 11:00am – 5:00pm Richmond Zine Fest at the GCCR
October 7, 7:00 p.m., presentation on Bus Rapid Transit plan, at Spring Run Presbyterian Church near Woodlake
October 9, 7:00pm, Craft Night at the Wingnut!
October 14, last day to register to vote and last day to apply for an ID for the November election
October 25, 1:00 p.m. 7th Annual River City Saunter Route 5 Corridor bus tour, Partnership for Smarter Growth
October 31, HALLOWEEN – Halloween Parade
Every Sunday in November from 12:30- 5pm, Food Not Bombs at the Wingnut
November 1 & 2, Richmond Gunshow with Anarcho Rednecks Against Oppression
November 8, Richmond Peace Education Center Dinner and Auction
November 12, The Commonwealth Institute is holding a statewide policy conference in Richmond
November 27th, Friendsgiving Potluck at the Wingnut!
September 2015, UCI cycling World Championship in Richmond
Join Virginia Organizing for a discussion with
Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam
Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam will be speaking at the Virginia Organizing Grassroots Gathering on Saturday, September 6 at 9 a.m. The Grassroots Gathering will take place at the Blackstone Conference and Retreat Center, located at 707 4th Street, Blackstone, VA 23824.
The Gathering is a weekend event with workshops, speakers, and fun time! Virginia Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar Stoney will also attend to discuss restoration of rights in Virginia. Please see grassrootsgathering.eventbrite.com for more details.
You are invited to come for the entire weekend event or just parts. Please register in advance and arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning! We look forward to seeing you there!
MEDICAID EXPANSION: The struggle for full health care reform in Virginia will continue next month when the General Assembly begins a special session on Medicaid expansion on September 18. Medicaid expansion is a piece of the Affordable Care Act that could provide coverage to up to 400,000 uninsured Virginians (with the federal government picking up a minimum of 90% of the cost). Governor McAuliffe would like to expand Medicaid but is faced with a legislature that refuses to take action. We will be doing at least one action in mid-September to push leaders of the opposition to expansion to come up with some ideas about what we should do.
TRANSIT ORGANIZING: Organizing bus riders continues to be a major priority for the local chapter. We have contacted over 200 bus riders about our organizing efforts and we are finding lots of interest and support. Once or twice a month we gather to talk to bus riders at the Transfer Station downtown at 9th and Marshall. If you would like to join us please contact Bob Becker at firstname.lastname@example.org. This Fall we will have an intern joining us for outreach.
BUS RAPID TRANSIT: The regional plan for a Bus Rapid Transit system continues to move forward. The city is currently waiting on approval of a major federal grant to begin construction of the first phase of the system. Bus Rapid Transit has been called “a train on wheels” as it involves large buses moving on special lanes on streets to fixed bus stops. Lots of information about Bus Rapid Transit, including a link to the first phase of the Richmond Plan, can be found at:
RVA Rapid Transit, Partnership for Smarter Growth, and GRTC are presenting:
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:30 pm.
Science Museum of Virginia, Thalhimer Theater
2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
This event will feature Joe Calabrese, the CEO of the most successful Bus Rapid Transit system in the country. He will be discussing the economic development potential of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) for Metropolitan Richmond.
Click here to RSVP: rapid-transit-rva.eventbrite.com
RUDD’S TRAILER PARK (volunteers needed): The effort to save the community at Rudd’s Trailer Park off Jeff Davis Highway is moving forward. Volunteers are helping folks correct problems with their trailers. If you have construction related skills and would like to help, email email@example.com. The other challenge with the effort remains the attitude of the city. It still seems to many people that the city is taking a harder line with trailer parks than they are with other rental property.
VOTER REGISTRATION AND VOTING: The new Virginia Voter Photo Identification law took effect on July 1. The law requires everyone to have an approved photo ID to vote. Folks who do not have an approved photo ID can get one at your Registrar’s office. For more information on the new voter photo ID law, click here to download a printable flyer.
LISTENING PROJECT: Virginia Organizing is conducting a Listening Project in the Richmond Area. The Listening Project is made up of several hundred face to face conversations about the Metro Area and its opportunities and challenges. Anyone is able to participate. If you would like to be involved please contact Virginia Organizing’s Richmond organizer, Bob Becker at firstname.lastname@example.org
KROGER CAMPAIGN: UFCW Local 400 is looking towards contract negotiations for Kroger workers here in Virginia. They are asking community supporters to wear a button and talk to Kroger workers as a show of support. Contact Ken Pinkard at email@example.com for details.
On Wednesday August 27th we are hosting live from Canada the Drunken Wobblies! Folk punk music with labor lyrics! 7pm, all ages, bring a friend and a donation for the canadians!
On Thursday August 28th we are hosting a craft night at 7pm! We will be making jewelry and you are welcome to come and bring any craft you want to work on or supplies to share etc.!
On Sunday August 31st, join us at 12:30 to cook for Food Not Bombs! This is the Wingnut’s last Sunday hosting the meal preparation until November!
On Monday September 1st, take a break from your Labor Day festivities to come to a bizarre book reading at the Wingnut. No, really, its bizarre- The Bizarro Book Tour to be exact! 8pm!
And on Friday September 5th, at 6pm, we will be hosting a potluck dinner for friends and family!!
Anarcho-Rednecks Against Oppression is a new organization based in Central Virginia, and one of the first projects of the group is to begin tabling at gun shows.
Our goals are to introduce a more diy, class struggle, and anti-oppression perspective to the culture at gun shows, and create opportunities for folks who may have never been exposed to anarchist ideas to hear about them and pick up some relevant literature. We hope that instead of dismissing people who aren’t on the exact same page we are on, we can meet them on our common ground, and through conversation and literature help folks step away from reactionary and racist perspectives and more into being self-thinking individuals.
We aren’t the first anarchists to attempt to reach out in this way, some of our predecessors include the John Brown Gun Club in Kansas and Redneck Revolt in Denver. We would love to hear from anyone who has been involved in these groups, intervened with tea party types, has their own insights about gun shows, etc.
Some topics we are looking for relevant literature on:
Know Your Rights
DIY stuff that folks at gun shows might be into
If any anarchists or radicals have zines, pamphlets or literature for us to distribute that you can mail us for free to help the cause, titles to recommend, or documents to email us, we would really appreciate it. We hope to develop a lot of original literature over time, but it always helps to not have to reinvent the wheel.
You can mail items to: ARAO c/o Wingnut 2005 Barton Avenue Richmond, VA 23222
or email mokarnage @ gmail.com
Our first gunshow will be the C & E Gun Show in Richmond on August 23-24 so if you can, please get any materials to us before then.
Upcoming Events at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective!!!
All Wingnut Events are All ages and sober!
For out of town performers and speakers please bring money for donations and merch if you can!
2005 Barton Avenue Richmond, Va 23222 – firstname.lastname@example.org
More always being planned- check the website for updates! http://www.wingnutrva.org
Monday July 7 @ 6 – Wingnut Meeting (Bimonthly meetings on the 1st and 3rd Mondays at 6 are open to the public who want to get involved or have ideas etc. followed by a private residents meeting @ 7)
Saturday July 12 @ 12pm- Mobile Food Pantry neighborhood grocery distribution at North ave and W. Graham st.
Saturday July 12 @ 7pm – They Flew me to Canada, and Boy My Arms are Tired – Dane Rossman speaks about his experience being extradited to Canada for actions during the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto – fundraiser for other G20 extraditees bring $$ to donate
Monday July 14 @ 6 – Richmond City Council Meeting at City hall – 9th and broad st. come see what the bastards are up to, speak out, make a ruckus, whatever you please! Get some!
Monday July 21 @ 6- Wingnut Meeting
Every Sunday in August @ 12:30 – Food Not Bombs Cooking! August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st come help prepare a vegan meal at 12:30, we leave around 3:30 to get to Monroe Park by 4pm to share the food and then return to do cleanup! All levels of cooking experience welcome! Food is a right not a privilege!
Monday August 4 @ 6 – Wingnut Meeting
Monday August 18 @ 6 – Wingnut Meeting
Monday September 1st @ 6 – Wingnut Meeting
Monday September 1st @ 8- Bizarro Books Tour – Bizarre fiction readings and performances! $$ to buy books!
The Wingnut Anarchist Collective
We Gladly Feast on Those Who Oppress Us
What we are into: autonomy, sustainability, solidarity, mutual aid, liberation, equality, community, Do-it-yourself and do-it-together, direct action, consent, diversity of tactics
What we are not into: the state, police, jails, bosses, capitalism, hierarchy, consumerism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, racism, classism, etc.
What we do about it: food not bombs, copwatch, prisoner support, food not lawns, bike repair, radical lending library, public computer, radical zine collection, game nights, potlucks, movie nights, music/poetry/puppet performances, grocery and produce distribution, sobriety support, host and facilitate workshops, attending local city council and other meetings to speak out against bad plans and for good ones (recent examples include the privatization of Monroe park, shockoe stadium, and public $$$ going to Venture Richmond), organize and attend protests on a variety of political issues, critical mass bike rides, host speakers, trash cleanups, support fast food workers and others fighting for a living wage, free store clothing cabinets, little free library, free anarchist and radical literature distribution and more!
Anarchism is the revolutionary idea that no one is more qualified than you are to decide what your life will be!!!
Interested? Get involved! Check the other side for a list of our upcoming events and meetings!
“Anarchists know that a long period of education must precede any great fundamental change in society, hence they do not believe in vote begging, nor political campaigns, but rather in the development of self-thinking individuals.
We look away from government for relief, because we know that force (legalized) invades the personal liberty of man, seizes upon the natural elements and intervenes between man and natural laws; from this exercise of force through governments flows nearly all the misery, poverty, crime and confusion existing in society.” – Lucy Parsons – anarchist, labor organizer 1853-1942
“There is one common struggle against those who have appropriated the earth, the money, and the machines.” – Voltairine de Cleyre – anarchist, feminist 1866-1912
We are recommending this short zine written by our friends, which is a brief analysis of the fast food industry from an intersectional lense. We at the Wingnut have been involved locally with the Fight for $15 Fast Food Workers movement. We support workers because a)some of us are fast food workers or other low paid workers, b) not supporting workers would get us no closer to social change, and c) we have to build movements to have movements, and create relationships with people to build the community that is necessary to transform the world.
But at the end of the day, we are anti-capitalists. Not all of us are vegan, but the environmental impacts, health impacts, animal suffering, exploitation of low income people of color and more mean that the Fast Food Industry is a major negative impact on our communities. Improving the working conditions and raising wages is something that all industries need and all workers deserve. However, the Fast Food Industry is specifically so rotten, so toxic, that changes to labor will never be enough.
We will continue to support the Fight for $15 and other worker’s movements, but we will also always keep the bigger picture in mind. Low wages and bad working conditions are just a symptom of the rotten exploitative attitude of the fast food industry. We need to attack the roots.
Check out the zine, read more about it, and help us create a vision for a world without Fast Food, and where our communities are healthy and sustainable!
WARZONE DISTRO/The Feral Space
Save the Date- Sunday March 2nd Margaret Killjoy will be coming to the Wingnut on a speaking tour for his forthcoming book, A Country of Ghosts!
Times and details TBA
(Taken from http://aidandabet.org/)
Posted Tuesday January 14th 2014 by Jen Angel
Author and editor Margaret Killjoy is touring to promote his forthcoming book, A Country of Ghosts, an anarchist utopian novel to be published by Combustion Books. In this talk, Margaret will focus on the usefulness of fiction–with a focus on utopian fiction–in anarchist struggle. Check out the awesome video below of Margaret speaking with Ursula K LeGuin in Portland.
Margaret Killjoy is the editor of Mythmakers & Lawbreakers: Anarchist Writers on Fiction as well as We Are Many: Reflections on Movement Strategy from Occupation to Liberation (which was referred to as “deftly edited” by The New Yorker). His first fiction book was What Lies Beneath the Clock Tower. Margaret’s fiction has been praised by Alan Moore and Cory Doctorow, and SJ Chambers called the book, “A fun read, not only engaging, but also enlightening. It is a story about class warfare, capitalism, oppression, revolution, and most of all free will.” (more…)
Want to know what anarchism is all about? Wondering what it is that the Wingnut does, and why?
This new zine from Strangers in a Tangled Wilderness Press is an excellent introduction to anarchism.
Click on this link to read it, and download and print to share.
Make sure you donate to Strangers in a Tangled Wilderness Press if you enjoy it!
An anarchist is someone who rejects the domination of one person or class of people over another. Anarchism is a very broad umbrella term for a group of political philosophies that are based on the idea that we can live as anarchists. We anarchists want a world without nations, governments, capitalism, racism, sexism, homophobia… without any of the numerous, intersecting systems of domination the world bears the weight of today.
There is no single perfect expression of anarchism, because anarchism is a network of ideas instead of a single dogmatic philosophy. And we quite prefer it that way.
We don’t have all of the information or links as of yet, but have just heard that the new City Budget has money for the Monroe Park Renovation Plan.
The Monroe Park Renovation Plan – at least in it’s 2010/2011 version, was incredibly problematic and incredibly classist.
We are meeting with a City Council person later this week to discuss the current situation and find out what the plan and timeline are.
Folks unfamiliar with this issue should take a look at wwwww.monroecampaign.wordpress.comw.monroecampaign.wordpress.com and www.monroeparkoccupation.wordpress.comhttp://www.monroeparkoccupation.wordpress.com and http://richmondiww.org/2010/11/03/455/ to see many articles on why park renovation plans were rejected by a huge coalition in years past.
We’ve occupied the park before, and will not allow the park to be shut down to serve the interests of VCU and gentrifiers.
If you’ve struggled against the Monroe Park Renovation before, this is your alert to start paying attention and be prepared to get involved and defend the people’s park!!!!
Monroe Park Will Stay Open.
We Will Win, We Always Do!