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Our friend Mark Aloysious curated a film program for this year’s James River Film Fest. His presentation, the Occupied Moment will be TONIGHT at 8pm at Gallery 5. It is by donation, so bring 3 dollars if you can, but still come out if you can not.

jamesriverfilm.org

PLEASSSSSEEEE come out if you can!!

For many 2011 will be remembered as a year of rebellion, revolution and repression. It is in times like these that the role of filmmakers is of the utmost importance, not to be bullhorns for any side, but rather to immerse themselves in the moment, to occupy space and time and navigate the multitude of realities and truths the world presents. This program features four filmmakers or collectives who did not have the luxury of looking back on a moment but rather created and distributed work as quickly as possible, often while their respective protest movements were still in the streets. Program includes Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, Series Two, five short impressions of Occupy Wall Street, shot by 2010 JRFF guest Jem Cohen in New York during the Fall of 2011; Krisis, the Prism Film Collective’s documentary about the economic crisis in Greece; Occupy America, Richmond filmmaker Mark Strandquist’s look at the Occupy Movement’s challenge in articulating their messages to everyday Americans; and Field Statements: Pritemps Arabe in Cairo, featuring the works of 13 Egyptian photography and video artists documenting their first hand experiences of the Egyptian revolution. Filmmaker/curator Mark Strandquist will introduce the program and lead a post-screening Q&A. Suggested Donation: $3

Our friends in the Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective have come out with the April Political Prisoner Birthday Poster! Check it out, read a little bit about various prisoners and their cases, and send people birthday letters!

Either download the pdf here, or go to their website below!

free all political prisoners

http://prisonbooks.info/2012/04/03/political-prisoner-birthday-poster-for-april-is-now-available/

From the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross-

Hello Fellow Activists, Organizers, Protesters, etc.
` We are writing to let you know about a resource currently being developed with the aim of supporting the Richmond activist scene.
This resource is the website Richmond Legal Support (www.richmondlegalsupport.org). The website is a project of the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross, a prison abolition and political prisoner support group.
Richmond Legal Support is intended to be a central point where activists from many different organizations can plug in when facing legal difficulties in order to centralize this information and keep folks from having to rebuild the wheel every time there is a protest that results in legal trouble.
The website will enable people from various movements to be able to submit write-ups or information they want written up about legal issues, cases, upcoming court dates, support campaigns for the arrested, funds needed etc.
Richmond Legal Support is a website created to serve as a clearinghouse for information on legal issues facing activists, organizers, and community members in Richmond which focus on civil liberties and/or social justice issues.
Richmond Legal Support has also been created to provide support for the activists, organizers, and community members in Richmond who are facing legal trouble and prison due to their participation and action around civil liberties and/or social justice issues.
Richmond Legal Support is also prepared to provide support to political prisoners from Richmond- helping with their cases, raising funds, and raising awareness. Fortunately, there are currently no explicitly political prisoners from Richmond. But if and when that day comes, Richmond Legal Support will be here to help.
We are also looking for ways that Richmond Legal Support can offer help to people before they get into legal trouble- hopefully finding ways to link people planning activist events to legal observers, copwatchers, and hopefully even lawyers before there is a legal issue.
If you would like to help run this website, get involved in a particular campaign for a Richmond legal case, offer a donation, offer your legal expertise, help organize, if you want you, your organization’s,  or someone you know’s legal issue to be covered, or if you have any questions please get in touch!
Email rvaabc@gmail.com with the subject “Richmond Legal Support” or call 804 303 5449
Thanks for all the amazing work you to do make Richmond a better place!

Passing the word along – please check this out!!!

ANTHOLOGY CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:

Working Title: Challenging Convictions: Survivors of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Writing on Solidarity with Prison Abolition.
Completed submissions due: April 15, 2012.
Like much prison abolition work, the call for this anthology comes from frustration and hope: frustration with organizers against sexual assault and domestic violence who treat the police as a universally available and as a good solution; frustration with prison abolitionists who only use “domestic violence” and “rape” as provocative examples; and, frustration with academic discussions that use only distanced third-person case studies and statistics to talk about sexual violence and the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC). But, this project also shares the hope and worth of working toward building communities without prisons and without sexual violence. Most importantly, it is anchored in the belief that resisting prisons, domestic violence, and sexual assault are inseparable.
Organizers of this anthology want to hear from survivors in conversation with prison abolition struggles. We are interested in receiving submissions from survivors who are/have been imprisoned, and survivors who have not.  Both those survivors who have sought police intervention, as well as those who haven’t, are encouraged to submit. We are looking for personal essays and creative non-fiction from fellow survivors who are interested in discussing their unique needs in anti-violence work and prison abolitionism.
Discussions of sexual assault, domestic violence, police violence, prejudice within courts, and imprisonment cannot be separated from experiences of privilege and marginalization. Overwhelmingly people who are perceived to be white, straight, able-bodied, normatively masculine, settlers who are legal residents/citizens, and/or financially stable are not only less likely to experience violence but also less likely to encounter the criminal injustice system than those who are not accorded the privileges associated with these positions. At the same time, sexual assault and domestic violence support centers and shelters are often designed with certain privileges assumed. We are especially interested in contributions that explore how experiences of race, ability, gender, citizenship, sexuality, or class inform your understandings of, or interactions with cops, prisons, and sexual assault/domestic violence support.
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The March meeting of the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross will be on Tuesday March 13th at 7pm at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective- 2005 Barton Avenue.

Agenda topics-

Letter writing

Richmond Legal Support Website

Outreach

Fundraising

Green Scare Workshop

etc.

If you are interested in working with a non-hierarchical organization to do prisoner support as well as advocate for prison abolition please come out to find out more.

If you would like to join the ABC mailing list please send an email to rvaabc@gmail.com or search for Richmond Anarchist Black Cross on google groups.

The Wingnut is located at 2005 Barton Avenue. It is a sober, all ages space.

Call 804 303 5449 or email rvaabc@gmail.com for more information

On Thursday February 2nd at 7pm (TOMORROW!!!) , come on out the the Flying Brick Library (506 S. Pine St) for a multimedia presentation and workshop on the Green Scare.

The Green Scare with the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross
This workshop will be a discussion of what the Green Scare is (think Red Scare) – the systematic repression of environmental, animal liberation, earth liberation activists by government and corporate agencies, how it affects activists today, and what can be done to fight it. There will be a lot of intro level material, but folks with more knowledge are encouraged to come share their thoughts and ideas. We are adding a multimedia aspect to this presentation to make it more interesting and engaging.

Recommended Reading List for further study:

Zines- The Green Scare Benefit Tour, Under Attack! The Green Scare and SHAC Canada, The SHAC Model: A Critical Assessment, Survivors Manual, The Green Scare  (These zines are available for reading at the Wingnut Radical Lending Library, Open Hours Wednesdays and Fridays from 4-9pm)

Books- Green is the New Red by Will Potter, Terrorists or Freedom Fighters? by S. Best, Making a Killing by B. Torres, Igniting a Revolution: Voices in Defense of the Earth by S. Best, Memories of Freedom by Rod Coronado (All books also available in the Wingnut Radical Lending Library)

On the web- infoshop.org, anarchistnews.org, ecoprisoners.org, greenscare.org, shac7.com, midwestgreenscare.org, greenisthenewred.com, anarchistblackcross.org, prisonactivist.org, breakthechains.info, ecojustice.org, cldc.org, supportdaniel.org, supporteric.org, freemarie.org, supportmariemason.com, legitgov.org/vafusioncenterterrorassessmentb.pdf

The Richmond Anarchist Black Cross is a prison abolition and political prisoner support organization. The RVA ABC is non-hierarchical and works both locally and nationally to support prisoners and fight the prison industrial complex. The RVA ABC has been working in Richmond for over 3 years.

Contact at rvaabc@gmail.com

The Richmond Anarchist Black Cross has meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7pm at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective, 2005 Barton Avenue.

Visions of Abolition is a new feature length documentary about the prison industrial complex and the prison abolition movement.

We will be screening the movie’s 2 parts on 2 different nights – Sunday February 19th at 7pm and Sunday February 26th at 7pm. Both parts of the film are less than an hour long, leaving time for group discussion afterwards.

We encourage people curious about the prison industrial system, political prisoners, women and prisons, race and prisons, what alternatives there are to prisons and more to come watch and then join in the discussion.

We will also have handouts and literature from the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross at these screenings.

The Wingnut is a sober, all ages space located at 2005 Barton Avenue. Please call 804 303 5449 or email wingnut_collective@yahoo.com for more information.

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Please come out to support Richmond anarchist and activist Hunter Singleton at his Pre-trial court appearance on Wednesday January 18th at 11am at the Manchester Courthouse on Richmond’s Southside at 920 Hull Street.

Two activists, Eric and Hunter were arrested on November 9th during a march for Occupy Richmond. They were on the sidewalk, when Eric, then Hunter, were grabbed by Richmond police and dragged into Monroe Park. They have been charged with the Felony of wearing a mask in public.They were part of a large group of people who applied apple cider vinegar to bandannas and scarves as a preventative measure against tear gas the Richmond Police are well known for using. The legal, peaceful march they were participating in knew that there were dozens of Richmond Police awaiting them around Monroe Park.

Additionally both are facing charges of disorderly conduct. Eric is facing a concealed weapons charge for the food tool he had in his backpack for eating apples with, and Hunter is facing a controlled substances charge for his prescription medication. The charges they are facing could result in up to 5 years.

Eric has taken a plea deal on his charges, but Hunter is still dealing with the courts. Please come out to show your solidarity with Hunter!

You can find more about the background of this story online here:

http://richmondlegalsupport.wordpress.com/eric-and-hunter/

This month’s prisoner birthday poster from Chapel Hill Prison Books people! Print and write to these prisoners this month! Start of 2012 with this new rad habit!

Click here to get to the pdf of the poster

http://prisonbooks.info/2011/12/31/political-prisoner-birthday-poster-for-january-is-now-available/

Or come by the Wingnut this month during Open Hours to pick one up! (Wed. and Fri. 4-9pm or call ahead 804 303 5449)

 

 

ALERT: Kevin Rashid Johnson was assaulted by staff at Red Onion. He has a dislocated shoulder and is yet to receive proper medical attention. He had a large swath of hair pulled out. This occurred when he refused to turn his back on an officer as he came out of the exercise cage. Please contact Director of VA DOC, Harold Clarke (804) 674-3000 and Warden Randy Mathena of Red Onion (276)796-7510. We demand that Tony Adams is held accountable for these hostile actions against Rashid. We demand that Rashid no longer be a target because of his political work.

This update came from the awesome organization SPARC- Supporting Prisoners and Acting for Radical Change.

http://sparcdc.wordpress.com/