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Here are some photos from today’s Raise Up! press conference, which was held at the McDonald’s at E. Broad and 18th.

The rain and the cold didn’t stop fast food workers, or supporting unions and organizations from showing up to take a stand against wage theft and abuse at work. Fast food workers demand respect, $15 an hour, an end to wage theft and more!

If you are a fast food worker who has experienced Wage Theft in the Richmond area, call 804 495 1439 to report it!  Or check out www.robbedonthejob.org

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Next time hopefully the weather will treat us better and we will see more faces out to support Fast Food Workers! Unionizing in the South is hard, and vitally important. Support Southern workers, support Fast Food Workers! Everyone deserves a Living Wage!

More info: http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2014/03/14/mcdonalds-wage-theft-suits-just-the-tip-of-the-iceberg/

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/14/business/mcdonalds-workers-in-three-states-file-suits-claiming-underpayment.html?_r=0

BREAKING: MCDONALDS WORKERS IN 3 STATES COME FORWARD TO FILE WAGE THEFT LAWSUITS AGAINST THE COMPANY

http://www.salon.com/2014/03/13/breaking_mcdonalds_workers_mount_class_action_suits_in_three_states/

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Wednesday May 1st at 5pm meet in Monroe Park, the parade will leave the park at 6pm.
Bring signs, banners, flags, costumes, drums, instruments, medic bags, water, snacks etc.
May 1st is International workers rights day and it is celebrated all around the world by people taking the day off work and gathering to to express their general grievances. For years in RVA we have had a rally and a parade to commemorate this holiday and for lack of planning this year it looks like there will be no official rally with speakers but we will still be doing the amazing parade! I would love it if as many of you beautiful People out there as possible could take the day off and come take part in the parade! Bring any kind of musical instrument you want because we will be making alot of noise! the larger the crowd for the parade the better it will be so please bring all your friends!
We will need a lot of Bike marshals to help direct traffic so if you have a bike please bring it!
Word on the screet is that No BS Brass will be leading the march along with Captain Captain!
The Parade will begin at 6 but we will all start gathering in the park at 5

Here is a link to the facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/146946135478515/?fref=ts

Join the Richmond IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) for a protest on Thanksgiving evening!

Thursday, November 22, 2012
8:00pm until 1:00am
Walmart 7901 Brook Rd, Richmond, VA<

RSVP here: [ http://www.corporateactionnetwork.org/events/black-friday-at-walmart-supercenter-2295 ]

We will be leafletting outside the Walmart on Brook and Parham Rd. letting consumers and workers know that there are walkouts and active organizing campaigns happening all over the Unites States.

Why 8:00pm on Thanksgiving Day? Because, Walmart has announced that Black Friday sales will begin two hours earlier than years before, cutting deeper into an already short or non existent holiday for workers. A t

ime traditionally held for family and friends, stolen by capitalist and their pursuit of profits over human and social needs.

Stand with Walmart workers in their fight for their rights. For decades, Walmart Stores, Inc have dragged down wages, forcing their workers to work irregular schedules, and intimidated and took retribution on any workers who fought back. It’s time for the retribution to end, so come to this local Walmart to show your solidarity and tell Walmart that they need to pay their fair share.

On Facebook here:

http://www.facebook.com/events/290448721074188/?fref=ts

Here is the schedule of workshops for the 2012 Richmond Zine Fest!!!! The Richmond Zine Fest is Saturday October 6th from 11am to 6pm at the Gay Community Center of Richmond (1407 Sherwood Avenue). The Zine Fest and all workshops are free and open to the public. Over 40 people/groups will be tabling, selling their zines. And we have 6 workshops scheduled for this year!

12:00pm- Radical Mental Health – Mind(ful) Liberation Project – Description: This workshop will introduce folks to the idea of mental health from a radical, community-supported model, that encourages both proscriptive and prescriptive action to maintain mental wellness on individual and community levels. This workshop will be of use to those feeling burnt out, isolated, depressed, overwhelmed, in life, in work, in activism, as well as those just curious on radical alternatives.

Background info: Mind(ful) Liberation Project has brought a much-needed radical activist approach to mental well-being in RVA. We work tirelessly in destigmatizing and speaking out about differing mental health concerns, termed “mental illnesses” or “disorders” by the Psychiatric Industrial Complex. We were founded in 2010 with the idea that we can empower ourselves and our communities to candidly and openly talk about mental health and alternatives to mainstream mental health services. We work to create options and choices that are available to all.

Our principles include working beyond the medical model of mental health, educating ourselves about alternatives, balancing wellness and action, non judgment and respect for diversity, non-hierarchy and anti-oppression, nonviolence, and transparency.

1:00pm – Journaling As Art – Anya Lynn Garten – I will define artistic journaling and then share examples. Students will be asked to write and each student’s work will be workshopped in a group setting.

2:00pm – Introduction to Liberate RVA – Kal Molinet – Liberate RVA is a freedom movement against the occupation of violence in our community. If you’re curious about how to achieve real freedom in our lifetime, please join us in an active discussion and introduction in understanding what this freedom movement is all about!

3:00pm -Creative Writing: Short Fiction – Robert Mitchell – What makes a good short story, and how do you tell it in limited space? Sit down with your fellow ‘Zinesters and talk about the art of writing short fiction. Get and share tips and tricks, and learn to avoid the traps and pitfalls.

4:00pm – Teen Worker’s Rights – The Richmond Industrial Workers of the World – The Richmond branch of the Industrial Workers of the World seeks to empower young workers by educating them about their rights as employees in Virginia. These include many special rights, restrictions and exceptions regarding pay, hours, safety and benefits. We want to share our idea of solidarity unionism and show that all workers, no matter what their age, have the right to stand up and defend themselves and their fellow workers.

Participants will leave with a better understanding of their rights and detailed pamphlet and work journal.

5:00pm -Practicing Good Consent- Robin Leach – A brief workshop designed to create a space through which we can discuss how to deepen our practice of consent in relationships. We will be discussing how to assess our own boundaries and desires, and how to maintain consent and accountability. Whether you are curious about learning how to practice consent or want a place to check in with your own boundaries and methods of communication, this is a safe space to do so.

Richmond has a new resource for folks in the City.

The Richmond Rag is “A free calendar of low cost or free events and collective DIY Spaces”.

It includes also a directory of radical spaces and organizations, as well as a list of places to get free or cheap healthy food (Food Not Bombs and local Farmer’s Markets).

Print copies are now available at the Wingnut for September.

You can access online also, and submit your events or organizations here: www.therichmondrag.blogspot.com

So submit your potlucks, protests, free classes, bike rides, meetings etc.!

Thanks to the folks who put this together, you know who you are!!!

On July 18th there was a meeting of a group of people interested in re-forming a Barton Heights Neighborhood Association. The Wingnut Anarchist Collective was concerned by both the small amount of outreach ahead of the meeting, and also the types of decisions on the agenda for the first meeting. We made fliers and notified as many neighbors as we could, but it was not an ideal situation in terms of being able to get word out. Luckily, enough folks did come out who agreed that we needed a much more representative of our neighborhood body to be able to make foundational decision.

We filmed the meeting to make it available to folks who could not make it last night.

The next event will be a National Night Out Event on August 7th at Yancey Street Park- more info to come on that next week after our planning meeting.

The next official meeting of the neighborhood association will be Tuesday September 11th at 6:30 pm, location TBA, but we are looking for one closer to Barton Heights.

July 18, 2012 Barton Heights Neighborhood Association Meeting from WingnutAnarchistCollective on Vimeo.

We passed out fliers on how Consensus decision making works, and Rusty’s Rules of Order as used by the IWW (Thanks to the Richmond IWW branch for those copies http://www.richmondiww.org). Here are links to those for folks interested in learning about multiple options before we decide on how we as a neighborhood association will be making decisions.

http://zinelibrary.info/quick-guide-consensus-0

http://gainesvilleiww.org/resources/blog1.php/rusty-s-rules-of-order

We think it is significant/interesting to note, that despite the resistance to using anything other than majority rules voting for decision making at the meeting, that the group actually used consensus to make it’s decisions!

 

We have 20 copies of the Terror Incognita text now available at the Wingnut for people who are planning on participating in the Terror Incognita reading and discussion group. Please come by sometime to pick up your copy if you want to read it before the class starts. If you are able to share one copy between friends or roommates that would be helpful too.

We are doing out best to get a .pdf of the text available online this week as well.

The Terror Incognita Reading and Disussion Group starts on Wednesday July 18th at 8pm. The other class dates are Wed. July 25th at 8pm,  Wed. August 1st at 8pm, and Wed. August 15th at 8pm. (We are skipping that 2nd Wednesday in August so as to not conflict with the monthly IWW meeting, so it’s a great time to join the Richmond Industrial Workers of the World! http://www.richmondiww.org)

The topics in this reading include: current anarchist theory, queer theory, terrorism, consent, gender, identity, and more!

Happy May Day to everyone out there!
Remember HayMarket Square in 1886, the people who were killed by the police and the bosses, and the Chicago anarchists who were killed by the state! Workers and anarchist workers have struggled, fought, and died for the cause of justice, and it is in their honor and memory we celebrate.

If you are in Richmond, we hope you can make it to the May Day Rally and parade in Monroe Park. The Rally is at 5. The parade is at 6. So bring your signs/banners/flags/drums/instruments/costumes etc. and come celebrate International Worker’s Day!!

There will also be a potluck at 6:30 or 7 or so (whenever the parade is over), at 6th and Broad Streets, on an empty lot.

None of the May Day events have permits (who needs em), so keep this in mind in terms of deciding your risk level and arrest-ability level. There will certainly be many people at all of these events who are not arrestable, so you won’t be alone.

For folks who need a reminder about the importance of May Day, we recommend the zine Hurrah for Anarchy, which explains how the worker’s holiday originated, and the anarchist roots of the celebration. You can look at it online/download a copy here: http://www.tangledwilderness.org/zines/

Don’t forget our pagan friends too, for whom May 1st is Beltane, traditional May Day celebration of fertility, renewal, awakening & new beginnings that heralds the arrival of summer.

Friday April 27th at 7pm! Bands and Screenprinting! Come share with others your planned May Day related events and come hear about theirs!

Come out to hear Snail Party, from Canada! According to them: “snail party is a flailing orchestra made up of several scum fucks, a handful of crusty queers & a couple mortals too. we’re from halifax, nova scotia.”

You can listen to their music here: http://snailparty.bandcamp.com/

No cover charge, but please bring some money to donate to the band or buy merch from them if you can- they are coming a long way! All ages, sober show.
My Son the Doctor will be joining Snail Party to help celebrate International Worker’s Day!

Come ready to dance, screenprint a May Day patch with a design by Bizhan Khodabandeh, learn about other May Day events, and celebrate!

My Son the Doctor plays an eclectic mix of Eastern European, Balkan, and Mediterranean folk musics, with an emphasis on Yiddish, Hebrew, and Roma traditions. Klezmer dance tunes, Yiddish folk and theater songs, Israeli folk songs, Chassidic songs, Ladino songs, contemporary and traditional Roma songs, and Balkan pop—all with a high-energy approach with elements of rock, African music, and jazz.

Local graphic designer, Bizhan Khodabandeh has designed a May Day 2012 patch for Richmond that we will be printing on April 27th at the Pre-May Day Show at the Wingnut.

The patches are a roughly 4″ x 4″ design so bring pieces of fabric a little larger than that if you want to make a patch, or whatever fabric or shirt you want the image on! We will also have some pre-made for folks too.

Bizhan’s other amazing work can be found online at www.mendedarrow.com Bizhan has contributed a lot of work into Richmond May Day festivities over the past couple of years, designing previous bandannas and posters.

The Pre-May Day Show is on Friday April 27th at 7pm at 2005 Barton Avenue. There will be music and labor songs by Snail Party, My Son the Doctor, and 2 other local acts. Sober, All Ages. No cover charge, but donations for Snail Party from Canada and merch from other bands encouraged.

IWW Food & Retail Workers United

On behalf of Fellow Worker Moriah “Mo” Karn, the Richmond General Membership Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World and IU640 (Restaurant, Hotel, & Building Service Workers Industrial Union) are initiating a campaign to demand that $183.18 in unpaid wages be paid in full to fellow worker Karn.

Fellow worker Karn worked as a bartender and waitstaff for 3rd St. Diner located at 218 E. Main St. in Richmond, Virginia. Fellow worker Karn has yet to receive any compensation for their labor after working a total of 86 hours at a wage of $2.13 an hour, between November 3rd and November 22nd, 2011.

Although in the state of Virginia, it is a violation of law to withhold a final paycheck from an employee after removal (see §40.1-29 Va State Code); the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry was of little help.  When fellow worker Karn filed a complaint with the Virginia Department of Labor, they were told that because there was no written proof of their hours worked, ie. a time sheet, schedule, etc., and because the employer failed to process her W2 form, there was nothing the Department of Labor could do for her.

In lieu of this news we, on Friday April 6, 2012 a letter was issued to owner, Mr. William “Billy” Polyaris requesting that fellow worker Karn be paid in full by 4:00pm Friday April 12, 2012, or further action would follow.  We received no response.

Whereas the inability of the state to procure justice for workers who are victims of wage theft, and whereas Mr. Polyaris appears to have no issue with exploiting workers, we call upon supporters to participate in a phone blast, putting pressure on management, demanding retribution for Karn and her fellow workers.

Please call the following numbers: 

Mr. William “Billy” Polyaris    (804)218 2204

3rd St. Diner (24 hours)    (804) 788-4750

Sample Script:  (first ask to speak with the manger) Hello, my name is _________ and I’m calling with support of Mo Karn in demanding that they be paid in full, $183.18 in stolen wages.  The working people will not tolerate wage theft by any employer, large or small.  Furthermore we demand that you provide tipped employees’ with a minimum wage of $7.25 and hour,  free shift meals, and that accountability in the form of time sheets be issued to all employee’s at the end of every pay period.

Mr. Polyaris is also co/owner of several “Gentleman’s Clubs” open between 11am & 2am on any given day, except Sunday 7pm – 2am: 

Daddy Rabbits  (804)232.0413
Candy Bar (804)232.5176
Old Dominion Club (804)643.0636
Club Rouge (804)643.2687
End Zone Gentleman’s Club (804)458.2232

You can also leave a message for them on their Facebook pages for various businesses owned by Billy. Here are some links, just copy and paste into your browser.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/3rd-Street-Diner/113101008728204

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Daddy-Rabbits/204370952938761

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Daddy-Rabbit-End-Zone/142731682406157

http://www.facebook.com/pages/ODC-at-The-Old-Dominion-Club/122638344428302

Have you worked for Mr. Polyaris and have a work story you would like to share? Please consider submitting your testimonial here: [ http://tinyurl.com/85ezo5g ]

Some Facts About Tipped-Employees’ 

The Federal Minimum Wage was last raised in 2009 from $6.55 an hour to $7.25 an hour in July, 2009. Some states (not Virginia) have raised the minimum wage,  however there hasn’t been any legislation to raise the Federal Minimum Wage for tipped employee’s since 1991.

Originally, the federal tipped worker minimum wage was 60% of the full minimum wage.  However, it was frozen at just $2.13 per hour in 1991.  Because it has not been increased at all in the decades since then, it has plummeted in value to less than 30% of the minimum wage.(1)

Many states provide stronger protections for tipped workers by requiring that tipped workers be paid above the federal rate.  Illinois guarantees tipped workers 60% of the minimum wage.  In New York and Connecticut it’s approximately 70%.  And Alaska, California, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington guarantee tipped workers the full minimum wage – a best practice that has successfully reduced poverty among tipped workers in those states.(2) Why can’t Virginia become one of those states?

According to the National Restaurant Association, 1 in 10 working Americans nationally work in restaurants which collectively register sales exceeding $600 billion.  Virginia restaurants employ over 342,200 people, and were projected to register $12.8 billion in sales.  Restaurant jobs represent 9% of employment in Virginia.

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