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One of our neighbors, an awesome, badass, punk zinester woman, donated 18 really great books to the Wingnut Radical Lending Library today. Everything from radical politics to zine anthologies to radical fiction.

Come by and check these books, and our 1060 others out!

Wednesdays and Fridays from 4-9pm. If you are interested in becoming involved with the library/open hours, get in touch! 804 303 5449 or  wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

Another World Is Possible by Beka Economopoulos

On Subbing: The First Four Years by Dave Roche

Controlled Flight Into Terrain: Stealworks Anthology 3.0 by John Yates

Against the Grain: Biotechnology and the Corporate Takeover of Your Food by Marc Lappe

On Fire: Battle of Genoa by Green Mountain Anarchist Collective and

Race for Justice by Leonard Weinglass

Adventures in Medialand: Behind the News, Beyond the Pundits by Jeff Cohen (more…)

The city said we needed to fix our fence (oh CAPS…), and our friend Steve came to town to help us.

We found materials in our own yard to fix the crappy parts of the fence. YAY!

Here are some pictures for your amazement and amusement:

Classy....

Old camper roof = strongest part of the fence yet! Plus a window...

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Here are some of the new books we’ve added to the Wingnut Radical Lending Library!

Our library has Open Hours on Wednesdays and Fridays from 4-9pm. You can search online at librarything.com/thewingnutrva to see what books we have to offer. Folks are welcome to check out books, but zines must stay in the space.

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Don’t Shoot: One Man, A Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner… by David M. Kennedy

Send My Love and a Molotov Cocktail!: Stories of Crime, Love and Rebellion (Swit… by Gary Phillips

Black Flags and Windmills: Hope, Anarchy, and the Common Ground Collective by scott crow

Gun Thugs, Rednecks, and Radicals: A Documentary History of the West Virginia Mi… by David Alan Corbin

Robin Hood: People’s Outlaw and Forest Hero: A Graphic Guide by Paul Buhle

Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Mischief in the Forest: A Yarn Yarn (Flashpoint Press) by Derrick Jensen

 

We had a great turnout for tonight’s first meeting of Anarchist Theory by Anarchist Women. We read outloud from A Thousand Rioters, Selected Writings bofLucy Parsons. We read and discussed her essays, The Principles of Anarchism and Crime and Criminals.

For next week’s class we decided to read Lucy Parsons‘ essay To Tramps and Voltairine de Cleyre’s essay Direct Action.

Both of these essays are available online, and there are hard copies of Direct Action available at the Wingnut. Feel free to come by during Open Hours on Wednesday or Friday from 4 to 9pm to pick up a copy.

The Wingnut is located at 2005 Barton Avenue. Anarchist Theory by Anarchist Women is being held on Tuesday nights at 8:30pm.

The Wingnut is a sober, all ages space.

Here are links to online versions of all the pieces we are reading for this class:

Anarchism What it Really Stands For by Emma Goldman (10 pages)

http://www.zinelibrary.info/emma-goldman-anarchism-what-it-really-stand

What is Syndicalism? By Emma Goldman (12 pages)

http://www.zinelibrary.info/what-syndicalism

Direct Action by Voltairine de Cleyre (20 pages)

http://www.zinelibrary.info/direct-action-voltairine-de-cleyre

Crime and Punishment by Voltairine de Cleyre (20 pages)

http://www.zinelibrary.info/crime-and-punishment

Prisons: A Social Crime and Failure by Emma Goldman (12 pages)

http://www.zinelibrary.info/prisons-social-crime-and-failure

A Thousand Rioters selected writings of Lucy Parsons (30 pages)

http://www.zinelibrary.info/lucy-parsons-thousand-rioters

November’s Really Really Free Market – an excellent alternative to holiday consumerism- will be happening tomorrow from Noon until 3pm in Monroe Park at the corner of Main and Laurel.

The weather looks great- sunny and 65- so come hang out!

Bring your excess belongings to give away- books, clothes, movies, food, appliances, music, and more! Come discover the treasures of community events and maybe a knick knack you like.

Also, letter writing at the Really Really Free Market:

Come join the Anarchist Black Cross at the monthly Really Really Free Market (on the last Saturday of every month) to write letters to prisoners who will be celebrating their birthdays the following month. We will have a table set up with instructions, addresses and descriptions, envelopes, and people to help answer any questions. rvaabc@gmail.com to get in touch!

We will be using the prisoners’ birthdays posters created monthly by the Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective, and will also have additional prisoner addresses available.
This is a monthly event that will repeat every last saturday of each month.


This event occurs from 12-3pm at the corner of Main and Laurel in Monroe Park. Come on out to support political prisoners and talk to people interested in prison abolition.

 

We keep adding books and zines to our radical lending library.

If you are interested in ideas of anarchism, feminism, queerness, radical change, organizing, non-hierarchical organizing, etc. you are likely to find a book or zine of interest to you.

We have Open Hours on Wednesdays and Fridays from 4pm to 9pm, where folks are welcome to come over, browse the library, check out a book, read a zine, drink some tea, play games, or have conversations.

Here are just a few of our new titles:

Wobblies!: A Graphic History of the Industrial Workers of the World by Paul Buhle

Autonomy, Solidarity, Possibility: The Colin Ward Reader by Colin Ward

Dynamite: The Story of Class Violence In America by Louis Adamic

Rebel Voices: An IWW Anthology by Joyce L. Kornbluh

Organizing Cools the Planet: Tools and Reflections on Navigating the Climate Cri… by Joshua Kahn Russell

The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (Outspoken Authors) by Cory Doctorow

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser

 

Three of the Wingnuts visited Red Emma’s Coffeeshop and Bookstore in Baltimore this morning! The folks working were super friendly and they have a great selection of books and zines available for sale!

We brought home some awesome looking books, now available in the Wingnut Radical Lending Library for your reading pleasure!

The Color of Violence: The Incite! Anthology

Free Comrades: Anarchism and Homosexuality in the United States 1895-1917

Butch is a Noun (Arsenal Pulp Press)

Green is the New Red: An Insider’s Account of a Social Movement Under Siege

The Death and Life of Great American Cities (50th Anniversary Edition)

We also went to the Flying Brick Library earlier this week for a presentation on Crimethinc’s new book, Work, and we picked up a copy for the library there as well!

Work

Additionally we have added these books to the library collection this week from donations and subscriptions: (more…)

On Friday September 2nd at 7pm, Insurgent Theater will be presenting their play “In the Belly” at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective.

The Richmond Anarchist Black Cross will be tabling with information about prison abolition and prisoner support.

There is no cover charge but please bring donations for Insurgent Theater!

Wingnut events are sober. Our events are usually All Ages, but due to nudity and graphic nature of this performance we ask that all kids be accompanied by an adult or talk to us ahead of time. The nature of the subject matter of this performance means that some folks may find the nudity, violence, or other aspects triggering. We will provide a safe place for people who become uncomfortable to hang out in if they decide to leave the performance.

The Wingnut is located at 2005 Barton Avenue in Southern Barton Heights. We can be contacted at 804 303 5449 or wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

Insurgent Theatre strives to connect performing arts with radical struggles, to make theatre that is relevant, engaging, challenging and useful for those who confront the US police state and global capitalist empire. We’ve been making original theatre since 2003 and frequently touring the country since August, 2008. Insurgent was founded in Milwaukee, WI, but is now located in Columbus, OH.

In the belly is where things digest, where they are broken down so their value can be extracted. This is where things are made to rot. If our society is a beast, it’s belly is the prison system. This new work from Insurgent Theatre seeks to manifest imprisonment on stage, overlays it with critical analysis of the system, and follows up with in-depth discussion about abolishing prison in America.

Created in workshop by Weslie Coleman, Kate Pleuss, and Ben Turk, with assistance from Harmony Bench and Rebecca Riley.

Touring the US in 2011. Raising funds for RedBird Prison Abolition. Supporting prisoners in Ohio.

This show contains nudity, violence and other sad realities of the US prison system. (more…)

Southern Barton Heights is a neighborhood with few options.  There are few businesses, fewer recreation options, and nowhere except the streets to hang out.  This leads to a massive amount of police harrassment of folks who are just hanging out and socializing, a lack of cohesiveness and communication within our community, and few safe places for children to play.

The need for a community center is an oft-talked about situation in Barton Heights, but none has really been forthcoming.  The neighborhood association drags its feet around and talks about how “someone should make such-and-such into a community center” or “couldn’t someone use this building for free community events,” and so on, but nothing is ever actually DONE to facilitate a neighborhood community center.

We would like to change that.

We currently have the opportunity to purchase a condemned building for fifteen thousand dollars.  It’s over 3,000 square feet and would make a GREAT community center.  Its condemned status doesn’t bother us in the least.  The Wingnut was condemned when we first bought it, and we got it fixed and up to code in 7 months.  We know about construction, one of us is a licensed contractor, and we bust our asses to get things done.  Just about anyone who knows us can attest to that.

We have five thousand dollars available.  We were hoping to be able to use it as a down payment and get a mortgage loan, but the type of loan we are able to get for the building requires us to also borrow enough money to cover construction/repair costs AND prohibits us from doing the repairs ourselves.  Yeah. Right.

So basically we’re at a point where we’re asking for loans from anyone might have some spare cash on hand.  We’d really like to get this building FAST, because so far the only people who’ve come to look at it are very clearly speculative investors, and while so far none of them have made offers on it, it won’t stay that way forever.

If you’d like to help us out, get in touch and let’s talk.  Got 50 bucks? 200? 2000? The whole 10k?  Let’s make this shit work.

Always in solidarity,
The Wingnut Anarchist Collective

Here are some pictures of the Wingnut in 2011. You can see our radical lending library, our literature table, and our wacky kitchen walls. If you aren’t involved in anarchist and radical projects in Richmond but you want to be, make 2011 the year you start! There is Copwatch, the Anarchist Black Cross, the RVA Radicalendar, Food Not Bombs, the RVA Zine Fest, the Monroe Campaign, Earth First, the Flying Brick Library, the Wingnut, the Really Really Free Market and more! Come by the Wingnut sometime and talk to folks about what is going on if you are interested! Here is a preview of what you can expect!

This is one of the shelves in our library. We have a section of queer books- we would love to have more- donations always accepted!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is our big bookshelf- with a clipboard on the side for checking out books from the library. We also have a book wishlist on the side. And don’t forget you can browse our collection at http://www.librarything.com/thewingnutrva

We have books on this big bookshelf on everything from the media to DIY to gardens to Mexico and much more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can sit down on one of our many comfy couches to read books or zines during Open Hours on Wednesdays and Fridays from 4-9pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bookshelves under our creepy mantle host our anarchist history, anarchist theory, anarchist practice, black power, civil rights, and north american indigenous books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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