Friday June 14th at 7pm
Furious George (RVA) Captain, Captain! (RVA) and
Canadol (Canada) Playing Russian influenced folk music
Admission by donation, bring $$$ for merch too
Sober, all ages space, please respect that and our consent policy
Southern Barton Heights is a neighborhood with few options. There are few businesses, fewer recreation options, and nowhere except the streets to hang out. This leads to a massive amount of police harrassment of folks who are just hanging out and socializing, a lack of cohesiveness and communication within our community, and few safe places for children to play.
The need for a community center is an oft-talked about situation in Barton Heights, but none has really been forthcoming. The neighborhood association drags its feet around and talks about how “someone should make such-and-such into a community center” or “couldn’t someone use this building for free community events,” and so on, but nothing is ever actually DONE to facilitate a neighborhood community center.
We would like to change that.
We currently have the opportunity to purchase a condemned building for fifteen thousand dollars. It’s over 3,000 square feet and would make a GREAT community center. Its condemned status doesn’t bother us in the least. The Wingnut was condemned when we first bought it, and we got it fixed and up to code in 7 months. We know about construction, one of us is a licensed contractor, and we bust our asses to get things done. Just about anyone who knows us can attest to that.
We have five thousand dollars available. We were hoping to be able to use it as a down payment and get a mortgage loan, but the type of loan we are able to get for the building requires us to also borrow enough money to cover construction/repair costs AND prohibits us from doing the repairs ourselves. Yeah. Right.
So basically we’re at a point where we’re asking for loans from anyone might have some spare cash on hand. We’d really like to get this building FAST, because so far the only people who’ve come to look at it are very clearly speculative investors, and while so far none of them have made offers on it, it won’t stay that way forever.
If you’d like to help us out, get in touch and let’s talk. Got 50 bucks? 200? 2000? The whole 10k? Let’s make this shit work.
Always in solidarity,
The Wingnut Anarchist Collective
This is an article written by our friend Ramey Connelly in response to an article and an event that happened earlier this month in Richmond. There was a Sustainability Forum that was happening at First Fridays in Richmond at Gallery 5. Food Not Bombs and the Really Really Free Market were both going to table. However the event was not how we pictured it being. You can contact Ramey at email@example.com and find out more about the Really Really Free Market at http://www.myspace.com/rvafreemarket
Here is what she has to say!
My response to this article: http://wrirnews.blogspot.com/2010/06/for-local-businesses-future-of-richmond.html
As a community member & Richmond enthusiast, I went to the forum to share information about the RVA Really Really Free Market, but came away sorely disappointed. Not only was there no space or table set aside, but my attempts to remedy the issue were thwarted by rudeness and standoffishness. So much for building community.
Luckily, some friendly neighborhood anarchists at the Food Not Bombs table were kind enough to share their space, and we spent the time co-promoting and discussing our confusion and dismay at what surrounded us.
The so-called “sustainability forum” ended up being a marketplace for people to sell their wares under the guise of being “green” and “eco-friendly”. But the majority of people buy over-processed agribusiness products because that’s what they can afford. Buying/going green is just another form of conspicuous consumption; a way of using money to feel morally superior- a luxury that is not afforded to most of the community.
Instead of having a company selling rain barrels, why not a workshop on how to build your own?
Instead of having a company selling solar panels, why not a discussion about ways to reduce energy use in our everyday lives? (more…)
Another program that we would like to get going at the WIngnut would be some sort of tutoring or homework help for kids in our neighborhood.
We need ideas for how to do the outreach for something like this.
Also any stories, comments, etc. from other people’s experiences trying similar things would be cool.