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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Some aspects of the Monroe Park Renovation Plan are troubling and outdated.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Some parts of the plan- like accommodating food carts are already outdated due to the swift creation of a food cart culture and bureaucracy in the City generally.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 wingnut_collective@yahoo.com 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!

shadowoflucasville

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

https://www.facebook.com/events/170132149823363/

Wednesday June 19th from 5-6pm

Southwest corner of 17th (Oliver Hill Way) and East Broad streets, Richmond, Virginia.

The 40 people who attended the June 15 Community Meeting to oppose building a baseball stadium in historic Shockoe Bottom agreed to call for a Vigil to take place from 5-6 pm on Wednesday, June 19 – Juneteenth – at the southwest corner of 17th and East Broad streets in downtown Richmond. This is next to the Exxon gas station, which sits on the site of the 19th century “slave” jail owned by Silas Omohundro. If the developers and the mayor get their way, this site will be further buried under the stadium’s right field. This whole area once held the second-largest slave-trading market in all of North America. Why can’t it be developed as a living, outdoor museum, with walking paths, meditative parks, interactive exhibits, an information center, bookstore and more. Not desecrated by a ballpark that no one wants. Let’s tell Mayor Jones and members of Richmond City Council: Keep baseball on the Boulevard and develop Shockoe Bottom as a memorial to all those who suffered there. Don’t be part of the “Stadium that Racism Built!”

Acoustic Ramshackle Glory (guitar accordion and trumpet) and Devil’s Coachwhip

on Sunday June 23rd after Food Not Bombs at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective

Punk Rock with all the wrong instruments from Tuscon, AZ

Opening will be Mess’ Sideshow, where Mess performs astounding and disgusting tricks for your amusement, pleasure, and disgust!

Sober, All Ages Show at 2005 Barton Avenue

Bring money to donate to the travelling bands.

Consent policy available on this website, as well as directions.
Facebook event here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/644873418862536/

the flier from Critical Mass in May 2013

the flier from Critical Mass in May 2013

 

Critical mass is critically awesome. Cars take up all the roads most of the time. Roads take up way too much of the earth. Bike parades are the best because friends and exercise and sunshine and creating a presence to disrupt the everyday fossil fuel drudgery. March Against Monsanto was also disruptive. You are damn right. If you don’t think that this world needs to be disrupted A LOT then you might need to open your eyes, check your privilege, and reflect on things. Disrupt things. Cause disturbances. The status quo is almost entirely fucked up. So if you think critical mass is disruptive, and marches are disruptive – then let us tell you 2 things- this shit is better than sitting around watching TV, and you are DAMN RIGHT ITS DISRUPTIVE. We hope more and more people step up and step out and start making disruptive actions to break up this capitalist/racist/patriarchical/whitesupremacist/classist/homophobic/speciesist/environment destroying hot mess yall call civilization.

Some local media coverage:

http://www.styleweekly.com/TheReportersNotebook/archives/2013/05/31/crunch

http://wtvr.com/2013/06/01/holmberg-critical-mass-bike-ride-slows-the-flow-down-to-easy-biking-speed/

Hope to see you out on June 28th at 5pm in Monroe Park!

UBS: Hands Off Appalachia! Teach-in

Sunday July 14th at 7pm (post Food Not Bombs) Come to the Wingnut Anarchist Collective at 2005 Barton Avenue for a workshop!

What: Hands Off Appalachia! is an urban-based campaign demanding UBS wealth management company change their official policy and stop funding companies that engage in mountaintop removal coal mining. UBS provides funding and investment services to Patriot, Arch and James River Coal Companies. Those three companies, operate active strip mines in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia.

HOA!’s Teach-in consists of a presentation about the campaign and collaborative discussion around next actionable steps with community members.

What’s UBS?

UBS is a Swiss-owned wealth management company based out of Zurich, Switzerland. Unlike regular banks, UBS handles only large investments and clients with money to “manage”.

UBS is a Swiss Bank.

What’s Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining?
Mountaintop removal coal mining (MTR) is a form of strip mining that was developed in the 1970’s as a method for extracting coal cheaply. Companies use explosives to remove the top layers of soil and rock from a mountain ridge, exposing the seams of coal for easy access. The valley-fills that accompany mountaintop removal are poisoning water supplies, causing cancer and birth defects, devastating local economies, and displacing large segments of Central Appalachian residents.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HandsOffAppalachia

WordPress; http://handsoffappalachia.wordpress.com/

 

sober, all ages, consent policy and accessibility/allergies situations as well as directions and bus routes on our website. please bring a donation for the organization if possible! 804 303 5449 wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

This Spring the Wingnut Anarchist Collective got 2 bee hives (well built them), and got approximately 20,000 bees to go with them! We are super stoked about supporting these hard workers in a world less and less friendly to bees.

Thanks to the Ashland Beekeepers Association which is where one Wingnut took a beekeeping class, and thanks to 2 of our friends who are with the East Richmond Beekeepers association and helped out once we had the bees.

Here are 2 important/relevant links regarding bees that might interest you.

http://www.realfarmacy.com/illinois-illegally-seizes-bees-resistant-to-monsantos-roundup-kills-remaining-queens/

http://anarchyapiaries.org/

If you want to come say hi to our bees, just let us know. They are pretty chill.

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The Wingnut Anarchist Collective is hosting a full-on SIGN MAKING PARTY for the March Against Monsanto on thursday (May 23rd) evening at 4pm-8pm. We will have some supplies but please try bringing your own signage and supplies if possible. This is also a non-GMO potluck and we encourage people to even bring local produce if they know anyone who would want to buy/trade them. Learn your locals, get active and come visit us at The Wingnut for various other workshops and events around richmond. Thank you all. Be safe. It’s hot out there.

 

Event Page link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/355658477877810/?fref=ts