Recap of the first City Council Meeting of 2014 -
where citizens wonder if this is a sports council or a city council
More info in the article linked below.
This is the RICHMOND stop on the tour for HEAVY HANGS THE HEAD, Taryn’s new book (more info at http://www.ladyteeth.com)!(Sadly, Bucky Sinister is not able to make it out east to traipse around with me Cassie J. Sneider can’t make it to Richmond but I’m excited to have lots of local zine folks join us)!
ABOUT THESE FINE FINE PEOPLE:
Taryn Hipp is an old tattooed college lady who has been making zines for more than half her life. Currently she writes the perzine “Ladyteeth,” a collection of stories about her experiences being depressed, getting divorced, getting sober, & falling the fuck in love.
Jaime Morgan is a freelance writer and video maker residing in West Philly. A huge advocate of mental health awareness, Jaime is currently in the process of reprogramming her brain and focusing on self-care. She’s great at finding humor in the shittiest situations and is a rad example of human resilience. Jaime recently wrote her first zine, Blaming Gravity, which is about grief, depression, and all the things we’re not supposed to talk about.
Mo Karnage lives at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective and helps organize the Richmond Zine Fest. Mo likes reading lesbian mystery novels while snuggling their 2 dogs Grits and Flapjack. Mo writes the zine Cuddle Puddles and Hot Pants and wrote a book, The South is Still Rising, on the history of Radical and Anarchist Movements in Richmond VA from 1994 to 2004.
HEAVY HANGS THE HEAD BOOK TOUR
AUGUST 22: WOODEN SHOE, PHILA PA
AUGUST 23: BLUESTOCKINGS, NY NY
AUGUST 24: BURLINGTON, VT
AUGUST 25: PAPERCUT ZINE LIBRARY, BOSTON MA
AUGUST 26: TBA, BALTIMORE, MD
AUGUST 27 THE DOLLHOUSE, WASHINGTON DC
AUGUST 28: CHOP SUEY BOOKS, RICHMOND, VA
WANNA HOST US? HOLLER.
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.
Mo Karn of the Wingnut has been subpoenaed, a few weeks ago, and is being forced to go to court on Monday Feb. 25th as a witness (against their will) in a civil case stemming from the RPD documents recently linked to from this website.
Mo is not clear on what they are or are not allowed to talk about in regards to this matter, sorry for the lack of details. The numerous papers that have been served to Mo over the past few months have included various injunctions which make it incredibly difficult to determine where Mo’s right to free speech remains around these issues.
Earlier in this ordeal the cops had tried to force Mo to attend a deposition and answer many questions about things not even related to any RPD documents. This looks like it might be the same situation.
Mo has legal representation, and will give an update whenever they get out of court.
A documentary recently completed by Baldeep on Richmond Food Not Bombs.
Please watch and share!
We are always looking for more organizers, more political events, more donations, more fundraisers, etc.
Latest injunction from RPD:
NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC
The Richmond City Police Department and the City of Richmond have alleged, based on speculation, that the one or more of the defendants in this action (they don’t identify which one) have converted (taken possession or exercised dominion and control over) a portable hard drive that is apparently missing. Of course, as they have sued ten individuals whom they do not identify except as “Does 1-10”, so the defendants to this action could be anyone. They do not explain in their pleading how this hard drive was lost, when it was lost, or where it was lost. They do not describe what the hard drive looks like.
They allege that the hard drive contains what they describe as “confidential” information or documents that has made its way into the public domain and was republished on various websites. The Richmond City Police Department and the City of Richmond allege that they are suffering and continue to suffer damages as a result of the alleged conversion of this hard drive and the loss of the documents on the hard drive.
If the person in possession of this hard drive (if it exists or still exists) reads this post, some or all of the defendants would probably appreciate it if this hard drive were delivered to the clerk of the Circuit Court for the City of Richmond (see order below). You may wish to consult an attorney since the Richmond City Police Department has threated criminal charges in what in the opinion of one or more of the defendants is not only a violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, but also an apparent effort to cover up the incompetence related to the dissemination of the information that they claim to be “confidential,” apparently without adequate password protection or encryption.
Defendants would appreciate it if you would notify counsel for Nathan Cox and Mo Karn if the hard drive is delivered to the clerk.
You might remember from a couple of years ago that the Wingnut Anarchist Collective and the Richmond Police Department had a tiff regarding some files from the RPD’s General Orders that the Wingnut got a hold of using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). More about that here ( http://wingnutrva.org/2011/01/04/foiad-again/ )
And after the police were forced to drop their case before it even hit the courts, they refused to comply to any FOIA requests coming from members of the Wingnut Anarchist Collective. We didn’t have the legal resources to take them to court over their violation of the FOIA laws. Instead we made multiple online asks for the info if anyone else already had a copy or was able to get one. (http://wingnutrva.org/2012/04/28/rpd-refuses-to-cooperate-with-foia-we-need-these-files-please-help/ ).
Well, someone finally came through, and an anonymous source gave people access to the rest of the General Orders from the RPD, as well as some other files. Since these files regard the rules the police must follow, and since tax money goes to pay for the police, we figure this is public information, and we are re-posting links to it here. We hope it finds you well and helps you protect yourself and your legal rights.
We haven’t actually had a chance to go through these files ourselves, so if you find something particularly interesting or useful, drop us a line to let us know! wingnut_collective @ yahoo.com We;d also love to hear from copwatchers, lawyers, and anyone who finds this information useful, share your stories!
Here are links to some of the new info out there on the web, not sure how long it will stay on those websites, so download your own copy if you are interested!