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Starting in 2015, the Wingnut Anarchist Collective will be hosting Open Hours for use of the radical library, zine library, board games, musical instruments, computer etc. On Wednesday nights from 6pm – 9pm.

Additionally, the Wingnut will be hosting vegan communal dinners at the same time, with food ready to eat at 6:30/7pm.
The idea behind the suppers and new Open Hours is to build community, and share the burden of cooking.
We are asking that everyone who comes to these suppers bring a $3 dollar donation towards the food costs. If you can not afford cash, bartering with food stuffs, chore doing etc. Will be welcome.
We ask that everyone who comes to eat pitches in to wash the dishes.

We also need folks to RSVP the day before so we know how much food to make. 804 300 0023 is a number you can text, or email wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

If there are guest chefs who would like to bottomline a meal please let us know, that would be great!!!

The first dates will be:
Wed. Jan. 7
Wed. Jan. 14
Wed. Jan. 21
Wed. Jan. 28

Dont forget to RSVP!!!!!!

This is a list of upcoming events from the VOP- But we have added Wingnut events and events we know about in bold!

RICHMOND AREA VIRGINIA ORGANIZING UPDATE, August 29, 2014

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 18If 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).

CALENDAR/ANNOUNCEMENTS:
August 30, anniversary of Gabriel’s rebellion
August 31, 12:30-5pm Richmond Food Not Bombs

August 31, 4:00 p.m., public forum on police brutality, Monroe Park

September 1, Labor Day

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 4, Fast Food Workers Strike in Richmond
September 5, 6:00pm Wingnut Friends and Family Potluck

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, 6:00, action at Richmond City Council

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 16, 6:00 p.m. Amazing Raise 5k at the Boulders

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 17-18, the Amazing Raise

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

September 27, Pridefest on Brown’s Island
September 27-28, Richmond Youth Peace Project workshop

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 16, 7:00 p.m. Richmond Chapter meeting

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 4, Election Day

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!

January, 2015, Virginia General Assembly starts

September 2015, UCI cycling World Championship in Richmond

November 2015, Election for Virginia General Assembly

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 bob@virginia-organizing.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:

Rapid Transit For Richmond’s Future

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 bob@virginia-organizing.org. 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 bob@virginia-organizing.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 kpinkard@local400.org for details.

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This is Andrew, the new organizer and bike mechanic at the Wingnut. He has volunteered to run the bike shed and help his community through bike repair. 
He is currently re organizing the shed. He will be looking for donations of bikes, bike parts, tubes, tires and TOOLS. Bike pumps and lights and helmets would also be amazing!

Some new bike shed policies he wants to assert include no spray painting, and no bikes not brought in by their owners. His availability will be fluctuating based on his school and work. Please stop by, especially when you see the doors to the shed open!

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For the month of February the weekly Richmond Food Not Bombs cooking will be held at the Wingnut  (2005 Barton Avenue RVA 23222 or call or text 804 300 0023)  every Sunday from 12:30 – 3:45. We leave at 3:45 to be Monroe Park to serve at 4.

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2/9
2/16
2/23

Come cook, clean, organize, learn, network, drink coffee, hangout, and strategize on how to beet the system.

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At Monroe Park at 4 there is:
Free, vegan meal.
Followed by a grocery distribution.
Literature table as well, weather permitting. (If you or your organization has fliers and pamphlets to distribute please be in touch or bring them by!)

Please come!!! New folks totally welcome.
Folks of all levels of cooking skills invited, as well as all ages.

Help also wanted afterwards to help cleanup the Food Not Bombs gear and the space.

The Wingnut has dogs, is a sober space and is not wheelchair accessible. Directions and more information on the space, including consent policy, can be found at www.wingnutrva.org

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If you are in need of books or in need of giving away books, please come check out the Wingnut Little Free Library at 2005 Barton Avenue.

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Little Library in construction above. We made it out of scrap wood kicking around the house. Upcycle! If you want help building one for your neighborhood let us know.

Take a book and bring a different book back later!
No checking out! No need to return!

Just a community resource to facilitate getting books some folks no longer want to folks who want to read them.

If you have more books to give away than will fit in our little library, we have a spot inside the house to store back up.

Come down and check it out and get books! Reading rules and so does sharing!

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We are building a front door and shingling the little free library’s roof soon too. Just got too eager to get it out there to all you lovely people.

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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)

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Monday October 14th 6-9pm at 2005 Barton Avenue
Bonus to anyone who brings halloween themed food!
Come hang out, eat food, check out the Wingnut if you haven’t, talk about your ideas, network etc.We can talk about consent or copwatch or anarchism or current events. We can talk about Food Not Bombs, our bikes program, movie nights, the radical sobriety support group, and more! We can plan workshops and projects!

We have a lot of friends and get a lot of requests from new folks who want to know what we are all about. We figure a monthly open communal meal is a lowkey way to stay in touch with old friends and make new friends.

Hopefully this will be a monthly, casual affair, alternating between the last Saturday and the second Monday of months.

Potluck so please bring a dish to share. Vegan or not just let folks know.

Non-alcoholic beverages also welcome as the Wingnut is a sober space.
All ages event. More info on Wingnut policies available at www.wingnutrva.org

Saturday September 28th 6-9pm at 2

Come hang out, eat food, check out the Wingnut if you haven’t, talk about your ideas, network etc.We can talk about consent or copwatch or anarchism or current events. We can talk about Food Not Bombs, our bikes program, movie nights, the radical sobriety support group, and more! We can plan workshops and projects!

We have a lot of friends and get a lot of requests from new folks who want to know what we are all about. We figure a monthly open communal meal is a lowkey way to stay in touch with old friends and make new friends.

Hopefully this will be a monthly, casual affair, alternating between the last Saturday and the second Monday of months.

Potluck so please bring a dish to share. Vegan or not just let folks know.

Non-alcoholic beverages also welcome as the Wingnut is a sober space.
All ages event. More info on Wingnut policies available at www.wingnutrva.org

The Rebel Diaz Arts Collective in the Bronx is under attack and has been evicted. They do amazing work, and the Wingnut supports their efforts. If you are in New York, try to make it to the rally today.
Solidarity and Support to Rebel Diaz!!

http://www.rdacbz.blog spot.com

FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2013

Rebel Diaz ArtsCollective at 12:15 AM

RDACBX UNDER ATTACK!!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts: Gonzalo “G1” Venegas (646) 431 – 7037 Rodrigo “RodStarz” Venegas (646) 250 – 4405

South Bronx community center Rebel Diaz Arts Collective (RDACBX) shut down by Federal marshals and NYPD. Rally to be held denouncing lockout and forced eviction.

March 1, 2013- After a violent daytime raid yesterday, Thursday, February 28, 2013, on the warehouse turned arts space at 478 Austin Place in the Bronx, members of Hip-Hop community center RDACBX are denouncing their forced eviction at a rally to be held at 6pm today in front of their locked out building.

The building landowner, local commercial developer Marc Pagostin of Austin Property Corp., had for months stalled negotiations on a new agreement with the RDACBX after the group’s original lease expired this past November. Despite diverse support for RDACBX from local politicians, churches, and community organizations in the area, Austin Property Corp. eventually refused to renew the lease, citing concerns about the group’s political murals, and prompting the surprise eviction yesterday.

“The violent actions taken yesterday are an attack on young people, artists, and Hip Hop culture,” says RDACBX co-founder RodStarz. “In a time where budget cuts, stop and frisk, and gentrification are affecting our communities, it’s a shame we are being treated like criminals. There is no justification for this eviction.”

Karen Louviere, 19, a past participant in RDACBX youth programs, expressed her disappointment at the violent shutdown of the space. “They came in with armed officers into what is supposed to be a safe space for the community. A space that has served as an alternative for young people in the area, helping develop their talents in a positive way.”

The internationally renowned RDACBX, host to weekly cultural performances and educational workshops, had recently announced plans for the creation of the Richie Perez Radical Library, as well as the continuation of their widely recognized Boogie Mics open mic series, and the SxSBX Hip-Hop Festival.

“Despite the violent removal of RDACBX from its space, RDACBX will continue to work on its development, as it strives to be a resource for the community. There is a need for this organization to exist in The South Bronx,” says Claudia De La Cruz, a member of the collective.

What: Press Conference/ Rally to Defend RDACBX When: Friday, March 1 st , 2013 at 6:00 p.m. Where: 478 Austin Place, Bronx NY 10455

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The Richmond Zine Fest Organizers will be meeting on Tuesday March 5th at 5pm at the Crenshaw House (GSEX building) at VCU on Franklin St near Harrison.

If you are interested in helping organize zine events and fundraisers leading up to the 2013 Richmond Zine Fest please come!

http://www.richmondzinefest.org for more information!