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The address of the Mayor of Richmond’s top secret bat cave was revealed by the Wingnut Anarchist Collective in a scathing online post, encouraging writing of letters, legal protests and explicitly discouraging illegal actions.

Richmond Police have responded to the imminent threat of letters and demonstrations by increasing their rounds near the Mayor’s house tonight. Apparently the 400,000 dollars spent annually to protect the Mayor is not enough to combat the potential guilt or discomfort he might feel if being called out for his actions to privatize Monroe Park and put at further risk some of Richmond’s most vulnerable citizens.

The secret location of the Mayor’s Bat Cave, which the Occupy RVA movement camped out next to in 2011, was deviously discovered by the Wingnuts on the City of Richmond’s own website. As it turns out, public officials are public, and indeed that info is public knowledge. http://eservices.ci.richmond.va.us/applic…/propertysearch/

Members of the Wingnut Anarchist Collective are meanwhile enjoying cookies in bed and mixing beats on the rainy evening. Most likely in a highly threatening manner… like chewing with their mouths open. The arrival of news crews  to talk about this imminent threat disrupted the malicious naps of their adorable dogs.

If we didn’t know better it would seem as though the Richmond Police Department was wasting time and money to try and manufacture a threat that does not exist, and distract the public from information regarding the bad neoliberal practices that the Mayor and City Council are pushing forward.

http://mokarnage.com/2014/04/14/from-redskins-to-monroe-we-shall-not-be-moved/


NBC12.com – Richmond, VA News

The First Will Be Last: On Monroe Park

By Derek Jones (Food Not Bombs member)

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Editors note: This essay is a creative essay. Neither the author nor the publishers would ever promote illegal activity. But we do promote keeping Monroe Park Public, Open, and Free by Any Means Necessary! You figure it out. This is a slightly edited version of a statement read at the Land Use Committee meeting this week, where the committee made the bad choice to move the Monroe Park Lease to Council for voting. We hope to see you all out on Monday March 24 to STOP this plan.

The Master Plan for the Monroe Park renovations says that, “50 years of crime and vagrancy have tainted Monroe Park’s reputation” (pg. 1). and that the park needs renovations because of the “[...resurgence in popularity of many of the surrounding residential neighborhoods, retail corridors, and the recent increase in enrollment at VCU" (pg. 1).

But this plan is not driven by the increasing need for public, open space in Richmond.

Alice Massie said before City Cuoncil on February 18th, that this plan isn't about "excluding any type of people or demographic", but anyone that read the plan knows that is not true.

A permit requirement that is to be issued at the discretion of the Monroe Park Conservancy and a charge of $35 per application for an event will keep feeding and clothing distribution groups from having access to the park.

The Conservancy may well decide that the park needs to be fenced off for an unknown amount og time during renovations, thereby preventing anyone from using it.

Alice Massie would have you believe that the renovations plans are about building fields for plauing quoits and pentanque because they are popular pastimes among park goers in Liverpool, England, about allowing certain vendors the opportunity to sell coffee and pastries in the park, and about cutting down 62 trees and replacing them with 80 new "canopy tree" species that were there 110 years ago because for an unexplained and expensive reason, 1904 is heralded as the "golden age" of Monroe Park.

But the sprucing up of the park detailed in their plan is incidental to it's main purpose: The displacement of the homeless, the Blacks, and the poverty ridden. I say "Blacks" because according to a 2009 survey by Homeward, out of more than 1,000 homeless Richmonders they surveyed, more than 2/3 identified as African American or People of Color, and it is no secret that Monroe Park is on the outskirts of a "white" part of Richmond.

Page 55 of the plan dismisses the notion that chronically homeless citizens of Richmond are valid and stable park users, calling them instead "transients", reading, " Park goers generally fall into 2 groups: VCU students and transients". It says that Monroe Park WAS (as in used to be) a site for Churches and Community groups to feed the needy on weekends, that as many as 50 people could be waiting in the park on weekends. There were actually about 400 people waiting on food or clothing this past Saturday, and people provide services in the park on weekdays as well.  The plan also says that "though the hiring of a park keeper in 2007 has helped to deter homeless feedings, that park remains a popular gathering place for Richmond's homeless population during the day" (pg. 55).

Most disturbingly, page 61 of the plan for renovations  says that "[privately financed park managers] must make frequent visitor counts, with special attention paid to female/male ratios… The ratio of non-homeless to apparently homeless ones must be at least 75-100: 1 to draw female visitors in great numbers” (pg. 61).

If you approve the Conservancy’s plan to lease Monroe park you will be declaring Class War on all of Richmond. We will Occupy the Park indefinitely. Instead of petanque and quoits fields, we will plant vegetable gardens, fruit and nut trees. We will march through your neighborhoods and we will expel you from your restautants, grocery stores, and homes as you have done to us. You will become residents of Monroe Park, and you will be treated as second class citizens there because in our kingdom the first will be last and the last will be first.

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Well ok maybe it is not actually spring yet, but it felt like it today!

Here are some photos from the fun we had today around the Wingnut!

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March 18 at 3pm Land Use Meeting where discussion of Monroe Park privatization will happen.

March 24 at 6pm City Council Meeting will decide on Monroe Park privatization.

Both at City Hall.
All out.
Contact your city council members and spread the word hard between now and then.
Get educated, get involved. 

Come to the February Food Not Bombs meeting!
We are cooking at The Wingnut Anarchist Collective for the month of February, but our organizational meeting will be at Arch house at 2715 Barton Avenue instead – just 7 blocks up the street.

February 23rd at 11am is the meeting.

We will be back at 2005 Barton Avenue by 12:30 for the cooking to begin!

Please come to get in touch with our organizational process and needs, plans for fundraisers, and other ideas!

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There is a scheduled Land Use meeting at City Hall on Tuesday February 18th at 3pm, where the proposal for the privatization of Monroe Park will be presented by Alice Massey.

Please come out with friends, signs, and voices to be heard. It is imperative for the freedom of citizens of Richmond, the houseless, low income, radical social movements, and spontaneous events that we STOP the City from leasing Monroe Park to any private party, and STOP there from ever being a permit process or fee for holding events in our public commons.

For more information please check out the following article and links:

Op Ed: Monroe Park Needs Renovations NOT Privatization

Monroe Campaign

Monroe Park Occupation

 

 

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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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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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There will be a general Food Not Bombs meeting this Sunday January 19th at 11 am at 1300 north 1st street.

Please spread the word to folks involved with FNB or who want to become involved.

If you need extra scrap produce to add to your compost pile.

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or scrap veggies to feed to your chickens (trust us, they love em, and it will save you money on chicken feed)

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please come by the Wingnut Anarchist Collective at 2005 Barton Avenue to get some!

We do Wingnut Food Not Bombs Produce Distribution every Wednesday and Friday morning, putting the food out by 8am. By the evening the food has been gone through, with the good stuff mostly taken.

If you want compost scrap or produce for chickens, it will be out front of the house, in cardboard boxes along the retaining wall. You will be getting free scrap to use in your gardening and chicken loving endeavors, and you will be helping us and our neighbors to get rid of the trash.

We don’t want to see all the compost and cardboard end up in the trash, but it is way beyond our capacity to re-use or re-cycle. So help yourself, and help a program that gets healthy food into a local food desert to low income and elderly folks.

The best times to come by would be Wednesday evenings, Thursdays all day, Friday evenings, and Saturdays all day. Please take as much as you can use, and help us keep the distribution area neat and clean!

Starting in December the Wingnut Anarchist Collective will be doing a produce distribution on Wednesday and Friday at 8am each week.

This is a first come, first serve deal, and not going to be facilitated,  cause we have to run off to work many mornings. Please just take what you need. Some weeks we will be holding back produce as well, in order to do solidarity catering for events such as the Transgender Day of Remembrance or Virginia People’s Assembly, or just the usual Sunday Food Not Bombs (depending on what will keep).

We have started doing this for our neighbors, but frankly have so much produce that it doesn’t all get taken!

If you come take produce please consider helping out by either cleaning the distribution area and taking some empty boxes and trash with you, or making a cash donation to help cover fuel and vehicle maintenance.

WE REALLY NEED HELP GETTING ALL OF THE BOXES AND TRASH TAKEN AWAY.

If you have a vehicle and would be interested in helping us bring produce from several other locations here for distribution please be in touch!