A veganarchist critique of liberal veganism. Zine written by our friends at the Feral Space.
A vegan straight-edge anarchist space for information, community organizing, and direct action in Elgin, IL.
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.
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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.
Join the Wingnut Anarchist Collective for a Holiday Hangout on December 24th.
We’re thinking family, friends, food, food, food, puzzles/games, music playin, chilling, food, possibly organized games or present exchanges, movies, sleepovers, hot chocolate, cozyness in general.
More details to come, and ideas welcome. But if you are looking for somewhere to go for the holiday let us know. Probably be a sort of collaboration where everyone brings food and fun to share!
Wingnut Family Holiday Hangout!!!! Dec. 24th the whole damn day (maybe the next day too)
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/180673835453514/181506722036892/
Members of the Wingnut Anarchist Collective will be organizing to attend this March in November. If you would like to make banners/signs and plan to march with us, please get in touch!! Mark yer dang calendars!!!!
Our youth are facing only the latest developments of imperialism, slavery, and the criminalization of our lives. Friends, family, and loved ones are constantly threatened and in fear of the growing web of the Prison-Industrial Complex. We refuse to be imprisoned for who we are, where we live or what we do not have. We refuse to be housed in cages, and locked out of education and employment opportunities and denied human dignity. We demand freedom, we demand justice, and we demand an end to mass incarceration. It’s time to take action.
CALL TO ACTION: Collective X, a multi-issue direct action collective, is helping to organize this march but we need YOUR help. We need your help spreading the word, getting people involved and making it as fun and creative as possible. Reach out to your friends, families and communities however you feel is best. Come to the march as yourself or in a group marching side by side. Focus on whatever issues are close to your heart.
Examples of issues we are eager to confront are, but are not limited to…
- systemic racism
- the war on drugs
- solitary confinement
- school to prison pipeline
- mandatory minimums
- the PIC
- prison abolishment
- inhumane treatment of prisoners
- the cost of imprisonment
- the death penalty
- local jails
- police abuse
- court misconduct
- the abolishment of parole in Va
It would be a great opportunity to meet others that care about these same issues, educate one another and take action together. This is an all encompassing event. Please feel free to bring creative signs and wear colorful costumes. Bring instruments or items from home to make noise with so we can make sure to be heard loud and clear! Most importantly wear comfortable shoes and remember to bring water to stay hydrated!
This is a family friendly event and children are encouraged to come.
The rally, featuring several informed speakers from endorsing groups, will begin at 2pm followed by an fun and energized march promptly at 3pm.
Starting point is TBA
For more detailed information and updates, please check
A little bit more coverage on the John Smith mural in Richmond by Style Weekly,
And our full statement we released to the press:
The Wingnut Anarchist Collective’s article in response to the new John Smith mural was based on the lack of critique of colonialism, genocide and racism obvious in the mural or the article written about it. Apparently the artist Gaia was trying to make the piece ironic, but he also admits to not knowing Richmond well and not spending much time on his concept. The irony isn’t obvious, instead of bringing to light prominent figures in indigenous struggle, the artist has chosen to create a carbon copy of an already existing statue dedicated to one of the founders of Native American genocide.
We challenged the mural and successfully initiated conversations about racism – conversations which need to be happening all the time given the ongoing institutional racism in Richmond as is represented in multiple city sponsored monuments to white colonizers (Columbus, John Smith, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, George Washington) and highlighted by the Redskins stadium, environmental racism of Norrell Elementary school, skyrocketing police and jail budgets, and push for a baseball stadium on sacred historic ground in Shockoe Bottom.
We hope that future street art and murals in RVA will be painted by local artists and represent people of color and indigenous struggles, speak out against the status quo and speak for a better, more just society.
Monroe Park Renovation Plan
Here is what we currently know about the status of the Monroe Park Renovation Plans.
Most of this information has come from a discussion with 5th district City Councilman Parker Agelasto, the January 2008 Monroe Park Master Plan all 129 pages, our experience in 2010/2011 with campaigning to keep Monroe Park open, and the 2014/2015 adopted fiscal plan for the City of Richmond.
The current City budget approves 435,000 to go towards the renovation (page 313 of fiscal plan 2014/2015). The City money is to go towards the more nuts and bolts aspects of lighting, sewer, drainage, and pavers.
There is not currently a date set for the beginning of this stage of the renovation, and has been no communication as of yet as to how much of the park will be shut down at a time.
Remember, our biggest demand in 2010/2011 being that the entirety of Monroe Park never be closed at once.
Now that the City has approved the budget, the Monroe Park Advisory Council- the folks who originally developed this plan, can push to get donations to cover the rest of the aspects of their 6.2 million plan.
Additionally – and this is crucial- the idea is for Monroe Park to be placed under the guidance of a directing board who will privately control the park. Who is on this board, how they are elected or appointed, how they qualify, how representative they are of the people who use the park, how their decisions can be challenged by citizens, etc. are all just some of the aspects that will need to be thoughtfully and carefully addressed in a Memorandum of Understanding between the board and the City.
The process of developing the MOU needs to be transparent and well publicized.
Some aspects of the Monroe Park Renovation Plan are troubling and outdated. There are extensive articles written on www.monroecampaign.wordpress.com and www.monroeparkoccupation.wordpress.com which dissect the faults in the plan.
Some parts of the plan- like accommodating food carts are already outdated due to the swift creation of a food cart culture and bureaucracy in the City generally. The whole Amphitheater section of the plan just seems redundant, with Brown’s island nearby already acting as a thriving outdoor venue.
The pages in the Monroe Park Master Plan detailing the budget and private security also reveal some of the issues that we are likely to run up against. Page 61 of the Master Plan reveals the intention of a privately financed and privately managed park. They also want to incorporate private security. Things they want the private security to prevent include “loud cursing…rummaging through garbage cans, spitting… feeding pigeons and playing loud music” (page 107). The security would cost over 200,00 in the first year and increase yearly.
The plan revealed on these pages for the ongoing management of Monroe Park shows that the authors of this plan desire to have Monroe Park act more as an events venue and less as a casual park. They have budget outlines for an events manager, a park manager, an administrative assistant, and an office for the new management entity. The programming and administrative departments alone all costs over 200,000 in the first year and increases yearly.
200,000 a year could do SO much more good in this City than to manage events at Monroe Park – especially when we have many other outdoor and indoor event venues available. For example, Food Not Bombs serves a free vegan meal every Sunday in Monroe Park on an annual budget of less than 2,000 – 100 other groups operating on the same model could be funded to distribute food weekly on 200,000. 200,000 would cover 133,333 bus rides for houseless or low income people in Richmond. These are just a few of the many awesome things that could be done with 200,000 aside from general administration of a park.
These are just SOME of the issues with the Monroe Park Renovation Plan/ Master Plan. There are many many others. If anyone would like to talk in person, interview, or look over some documents together please get in touch. If you hear anything about the plan, start dates, MOU, meetings around this issue etc. please get in touch as well. Www.wingnutrva.org firstname.lastname@example.org 804 303 5449 2005 Barton Avenue RVA 23222
Virginia Pride is September 28th, and we think there should be a queer pride march as part of it, if you have ideas and want to organize to resist assimilation, address issues of intersectionality not addressed by mainstream pride events (immigration, youth, poc, homelessness, addiction, non gender binary, trans rights, etc.) holler at us at The Wingnut Anarchist Collective. we will figure out a meeting in the next few weeks maybe of interested parties. pink bloc wont stop.
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!
Shadow of Lucasville-
The film is 60 minutes long, and is followed by call-in / Q&A with one of the prisoners who was involved in the uprising.
Organizations involved in prison issues and prisoner suport are highly encouraged to come table and share info!!!
Friday August 9th at 7pm
2005 Barton Ave
sober, all ages, by donation
consent policy, directions/bus routes, allergies/accessibility online