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copwatchzine

*Cover and back cover of old Richmond Copwatch Zine – Note we do not have regular meetings any longer*

There has been a recent reinterest in Copwatch in Richmond, and to help anyone interested in copwatching or knowing their rights or keeping good security culture, especially given the recent organizing around the murder of Mike Brown in Ferguson, we are collecting as many links and zines and pamphlets on these topics so they can be shared far and wide and anyone can access them.  Richmond Copwatch was starting in the summer of 2010 by members at the time of the Wingnut Anarchist Collective. Over the years multiple Know Your Rights and similar workshops were facilitated. And while the structured organization and routine patrols have fallen by the wayside, copwatching has remained a decentralized important aspect of radical and anarchist movements in Richmond.

There has also been discussion of how Copwatching is an activity that white people can do as allies, and this aspect ought to be discussed further.  Pretty much every time there is a big movement with many new members, it is important to make sure some of the basic safety information gets made available to new activists. Sorry for not having thought of this before now regarding the Ferguson protests.

For Richmonders, you can tweet to @rvacopwatch on twitter, or find the facebook group RVA Copwatch here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/157292621073163/ to get connected to other copwatchers and to share videos and information you find or to promote events and workshops about copwatching and know your rights trainings.

Copwatch Zines/Info

Richmond Copwatch

Copwatch 101

These Streets Are Watching – Copwatch Documentary

Alternatives to Police

Copwatching Poster

Copblock Website

Know Your Rights Zines/Info

Know Your Rights Trainer Materials

Know Your Rights! What You Need to Know

Know Your Rights Posters and Pamphlets

Know Your Rights Comix

Grand Jury Investigations, FBI Harassment, and Your Rights

Flex Your Rights

Don’t Talk to Police

Colorado ACLU Know Your Rights Training

NLG Know Your Rights

Security Culture Zines/Info

What is Security Culture? A guide to staying safe

Security Culture: a handbook

Security Culture: An interactive sock puppet farce

Stay Calm: Some tips for staying safe during times of state repression

Why Misogynists Make Great Informants

Towards a Collective Security Culture

Legal

Anarchist Survival Guide for Understanding Gestapo Swine Interrogation Mind Games

Legal Observer Guide

Medical

An Activist’s Guide to Basic First Aid

Direct Action Survival Guide

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.

Prison Activists Spread Radical Critique Through Theatre

 

RICHMOND, VA
Fri Aug 9, 7PM
Shadow of Lucasville
Sat Aug 10, 7PM
Know Your Enemy

both shows at:
The Wingnut
2005 Barton Ave.

 

Radical DIY theatre group Insurgent Theatre is touring the country with a play about police and a documentary film about a prison uprising. The film and play will be showing in Richmond on August 9th at 10th. The play, entitled Know Your Enemy juxtaposes dramatic unraveling of a troubled officer with a radical interactive lecture about prisons, history, and resistance. The film, entitled Shadow of Lucasville revisits the 1993 prison uprising at a maximum security prison in the Southern Ohio town of Lucasville. The film will be followed by conversation with death-sentenced survivors of the uprising, who will be calling in from the Ohio State Penitentiary, Ohio’s supermax prison.

 

Part of the money raised by this tour will go to support RedBird Prison Abolition, RedBird Books to Prisoners and The Lucasville Amnesty Campaign.

EVENT DETAILS

 

Venue: The Wingnut Anarchist Collective

Date: August

Time: 7pm

Local contact: wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

Price: suggested donation $5-20, no one will be turned away for lack of funds

Contact Insurgent: Ben Turk 614-704-4699 insurgent.ben@gmail.com

InsurgentTheatre.org, LucasvilleAmnesty.org, RedBirdPrisonAbolition.org

 

 

 

MORE ABOUT KNOW YOUR ENEMY

 

A Theatrical Examination of Police and Prison in America.

 

Written by Ben Turk, Directed by Kate Pleuss, Performed by Ben Turk – 90 minutes

insurgenttheatre.org
What does it mean to be a compassionate, dedicated, humane police officer in the country with the world’s highest incarceration rate and a continuing tradition of racial injustice? Know Your Enemy examines the role of police using stripped down interactive theatre, critical understanding of history and the power of silent refusal. Know your history. Know your rights. Know your enemy.

Promo image: http://insurgenttheatre.org/acab/bencop_smile.jpg

 

 

MORE ABOUT THE SHADOW OF LUCASVILLE

 

Follow-up to the award winning documentary film, The Great Incarcerator, part 1: Dark Little Secret

 

Directed by D Jones – 75 minutes

https://www.facebook.com/TheShadowOfLucasvilleMovie
The Shadow of Lucasville revisits the 1993 uprising at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, one of the longest in U.S. history, while exploring the fight for human rights and media exposure through inmate uprisings in response to mass incarceration and dehumanization supported by the prison industrial complex. After the film, Siddique Abdullah Hasan, Jason Robb and Keith Lamar, prisoners who were unjusty sentenced to death following the uprising and have spent the last 20 years in solitary confinement appealing their convictions and resisting supermax confinement will be calling to answer questions from the audience.

 

Promo image: http://insurgenttheatre.org/acab/shadow.jpg

MORE ABOUT INSURGENT THEATRE

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 also frequently touring the country since 2008 with pointedly political original works like Ulysses’ Crewmen and In the Belly.

http://insurgenttheatre.org

Insurgent Theatre’s newest play, ACAB is about a cop struggling with the possibility that he’s a bastard.

 

Written by Ben Turk.
Directed by Kate Pleuss.
Performed by Ben Turk.
Booking first tour now!

Ben will be travelling with ACAB and a documentary / workshop about the Lucasville Uprising by his friend D Jones called The Shadow of Lucasville. If you’d like to host these projects in your town, PLEASE contact Ben at insurgent.ben@gmail.com. The first tour is going out east for Gabfestry, and then to Denver for the North American Anarchist Black Cross Conference, but we hope to bring both the film and the play to as many places as possible in the future.

August 10th at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective at 7pm

sober, all ages

donations will be collected for the touring theater company

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Huge thanks to everyone involved in the organizing and participating of the March Against Monsanto in Richmond, VA today. All of us Wingnuts had a great time.

Extra love to the bike marshalls, legal observers, and copwatchers! And super extra love to the person who was arrested, the person who got hit by a cop car while on their bike, and the person shoved by a cop.

We took the street, there were a ton of us, and this is just the beggining.

Looking forward to seeing the connections drawn between the food justice movement and many other pressing issues around various oppressions, and having all of this energy move forward into more and more positive things!

Huge thanks to David Martin of Martin images for coming out and filming the march. If you have a way to support David Martin, please do, he really does a great job of supporting a variety of protests and movements that the mainstream media doesn’t do anything close to justice with.

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

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http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/local/city-of-richmond/richmond-recovers-police-data-flash-drive/article_638f9228-b1c1-11e2-820c-001a4bcf6878.html

The Richmond Police have reportedly received the missing Police Department flash drive from a 3rd party (neither Mo Karnage of the Wingnut nor Nathan Cox of Copblock).  See link above for full news report.

The flash drive was reportedly found on the ground near a trashcan. The cop Martin Harrison who’s flash drive it was had testified in court that he never took the flash drive from police headquarters- yet said there were no reported intruders during the few days when the flash drive went missing. And yet the flash drive was found outside.

Thanks to Tom Roberts and Andrew Bodoh- the attorney’s representing in this case. www.robertslaw.org to find out more about them and make a donation to their legal fund.

The Richmond Police Department, like most police departments, routinely breaks the law, behaves in racist ways, and engages in acts of brutality against the public.

In the past week we have seen or heard of 3 incidents of police brutality. Anyone with video footage of police brutality is highly encouraged to email us a copy or a link at wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

Anyone who wants tips on how to copwatch or on your rights when dealing with the police is also encouraged to get in touch. The Wingnut Anarchist Collective started Richmond Copwatch about 3 years ago. We no longer have a formal Copwatch organization (though if you are interested let us know), but we still have the capacity to host workshops, come to you and your organization with a workshop, and of course to observe and record the police in Richmond and every where we go.

Here is a link to a story about an incident that occurred in Gilpin Court, a nearby neighborhood: http://www.nbc12.com/story/21997791/richmond-community-claims-excessive-police-force-during-arrest

We have also heard that a man in Southern Barton Heights was beaten up by the police this week, and some of us were a witness to a man getting tazed at Harrison and Grace St. on Saturday night.

If you have video or pictures of the police tazing, beating, harassing, stop and frisking, etc. please send it to us! The more people who watch and record the police on a regular basis the less bullshit they can get away with. These are our neighborhoods, let’s take them back from the biggest most violent gang in Richmond- the Police Department.