Posts Tagged ‘Monroe Park’

Richmond Food Not Bombs has a new rotational schedule for the cooksites. For October we will be cooking at 3100 1st Avenue in Highland Park, for November we will be at 1105 Highland View Avenue in Highland Park, and for December we will be at 2005 Barton Avenue in Barton heights. All are near eachother on Richmond’s Northside.
We cook at each site for month at a time on Sundays from 12:30 – 3:30 then we load into vehicles and take the food to Monroe Park to serve at 4 at the corner of Main and Belvidere.

We can always use volunteers to help chop, cook, clean, wash dishes, organize, post fliers around town etc.

We can also always use donations of paper plates, paper cups, plastic forks and spoons, rice, oil, olive oil, vinegars, sugar, flour, pasta, spices, oats, etc.

If you would like to help us with a fundraiser we could certainly use that help as well. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation there is a way to do that too. Please get in touch at 804 300 0023 or mokarnage@gmail.com for more information.

Food is a Right, Not a Privilege!!!!
Food Not Bombs has been serving a free, vegan meal every Sunday in Richmond’s Monroe Park for almost 21 years now. We go out regardless of the weather or holidays and have only missed 2 Sundays in all these years. Everything is done on a volunteer and donation basis. We can really use the help and allies as we face many potential issues due to the recent privatization of Monroe Park (a thirty year lease for a dollar a year to the Monroe Park Conservancy), which threatens the ability of poor and houseless people to be in Monroe Park and our ability to serve free food with a potential year long park shut down, private security, and $35 permit application fee. We do not know when any of this might happen because the MPC is a non transparent private entity, but we do plan to resist and we need your help! For more info on the renovation plans please get in touch!!

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.

Check out Mo’s essay on why to protest on Easter Sunday!

http://mokarnage.com/2014/04/20/sunday-sermon-the-appropriateness-of-an-easter-protest/

And some signs we are bringing -

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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

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Sweet flier made by a good friend.
Make your own and distribute to get word out.
No selling our parks without resistance.

Text reads :
ALICE MASSIE:
Buying Monroe Park;
HOMELESS MUST GO!
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Here are updates from Mo:

3/25 @ 8am

sent to the City Clerk-
Hey there!
Thank you for accepting my bid yesterday.
I’ve also emailed councilman Baliles, but I have a few concerns
First- April 9th at 4 does not work for me. I take care of a 7 year old at that time, and he has soccer practice on Wednesdays. I don’t think it is a bad idea to bring kids to city meetings, but I can’t make him skip soccer to go.
Second- Why is this an emergency Land Use meeting? This isn’t a super urgent matter, so I respectfully request that my bid be discussed at a regularly scheduled Land Use committee meeting, and especially one that I can actually attend.
Third- I’m not sure that it is legal for me to be denied equal treatment with Alice Massie’s bid. She was allowed to do a power point presentation at Land Use, and Public Comment on her presentation and bid was allowed. I am respectfully demanding the same opportunities. I am looking into taking legal action if my bid is not treated in the same manner as hers.

Thank you so much
and feel free to forward this to whomever can make these changes as quickly as possible
Mo Karnage

3/26 @ 8am

Can we please push for the *insert racist name here* training camp building to be used as a homeless shelter – seeing as how it has locker rooms and a big unrented office and the City paid for it…. #rvacouncil #homeless #washingtonnfl #monroepark

3/26 @ 5pm

Just sent this to all Council members, city clerk, city attorney, and land use clerk. Wonder how they will respond…Also I am getting sassy in my old age. Nope, wait, always been sassy. If anyone feels like sending this text with pronouns changed or a variation of this text to the same people it can’t hurt. Thanks!

Hello all.

I have been trying to make a formal request to be allowed to present to the Land Use Committee on my bid for Monroe Park to equal the time allowed to Alice Massie. (more…)

This recent article on Rebranding and the art of subvertising on Quail Bell Magazine includes mention of several Wingnut efforts to rebrand around the baseball stadium and Monroe Park issue.

http://www.quailbellmagazine.com/3/post/2014/03/rebranding-the-art-of-subvertising.html

This bid was submitted to the City Clerk at 4:25 on March 24th in paper form.

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Karnage Creations LLC bid on Monroe Park

Whereas Monroe Park was declared by the Council of the City of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University to be Public Greenspace in Perpetuity, and the Park is now  being offered up to bids for Lease, and whereas the only bidder thus far (in fact, the only bidder expected or wanted to bid) the Monroe Park Conservancy (MPC) fails utterly to represent the best interests of the majority of the citizens of the City of Richmond, Mo Karnage (current legal name Moriah Karn) and Karnage Creations LLC are offering a competing bid which we believe to be a better deal for the City of Richmond and more importantly, the people of Richmond.

Karnage Creations LLC, while normally engaged in the business of revolutionary prose, childcare, old window repair and carpentry, will gladly lend it’s name and service to Keep Monroe Park Open and Free. Karnage Creations LLC does not agree with the privatization of any public park, but applies for this lease only in hopes of minimizing damage. Ideally we would think a park should always remain public, but we acknowledge the less than perfect practices of the current City of Richmond administration and the need for members of the community to step up and participate.

Karnage Creations LLC would like to object to the hasty way in which the Monroe Park lease bid was made public, and object to the favorable treatment given to MPC in this process. Ideally, Karnage Creations believes that the Monroe Park issue needs to be revisited in 6 months, after other organizations have had sufficient time to begin developing comprehensive renovation and maintenance plans. MPC had many years in which to develop their plans, as well as support from local government. Other organizations deserve equal treatment in the bidding process.

Karnage Creations LLC would also like to formally object to allowing Charles Samuels, Ellen Robertson, or any council member who sits on Venture Richmond’s board to vote on any issue which involves Venture Richmond. The conflict of interest seems obvious, and the politics of it seems corrupt.

Karnage Creations LLC is willing to make the generous (compared to MPC) offer of paying $1 a month for the lease of Monroe Park. Karnage Creations is requesting a month to month lease, that way, at any time, the citizens of Richmond can, via Council vote, revert the running of the park back to the Parks and Recreation department.

Karnage Creations LLC and Mo Karnage are well known members of the local community, with many years of organizing and networking experience. While financially we personally do not have much to offer, we have access to a much more valuable resource than money- the people of Richmond. We are fully confident that we will be able to organize and recruit the necessary donations and volunteers from a large variety of local businesses, non-profits, churches, and individuals. What we don’t know or have, people we know do or have, or know of other people who do or have. Their are many amazing, positive, talented, and smart people in Richmond that we would hope to make a welcoming space for collaboration of the betterment of Monroe Park and the community. We look forward to collaborating with many amazing people and groups in Richmond. It takes a village, and we happen to know one hell of a village.

Karnage Creations will create a special department to deal with all of the Monroe Park business, named the Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee.

  1. Neither Karnage Creations, nor Mo Karnage, nor any member of the Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee, will ever be paid for their roles in the maintenance or direction of Monroe Park. No profits will be kept by any of the above named parties, and all profits will be returned to the Parks and Recreation department of the City of Richmond for the use in maintaining and improving other parks in the City.
  2. The Board of Directors for the Park will consist of 2 houseless people, 1 formerly houseless person, 1 unemployed person, 1 senior, 1 public housing resident, 1 person from each neighborhood surrounding the park (Oregon Hill, Jackson Ward, Carver, the Fan), 1 student, 1 Parks and Rec worker, 1 City Council member, 1 elementary school student, 2 people from organizations which serve free food or distribute free clothing. We are willing to adjust this make up if other people have more ideas! The board WILL NOT include anyone who is a member of the Vulture ahem Venture Richmond organization, unlike the Monroe Park Conservancy who shares 2 members directly with Venture Richmond, and has 7 other compromised members either through family, or their employer sitting on Venture Richmond’s board.
  3. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will do it’s best to keep cash out of its control. As opposed to collecting donations, they will focus on collecting the items needed. We will ask for community support in the form of benches, seeds, mulch, playground parts, plants, and more!
  4. Renew Richmond a local 501c3 has agreed, via it’s director John Lewis, to partner with Karnage Creations LLC to create and manage edible landscaping in Monroe Park to provide food and community to the area. Both groups will maintain the edible landscapes and possible future community gardens and fruit/nut trees.
  5. Karnage Creations LLC will donate it’s existing office space at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective at 2005 Barton Avenue for any administrative needs specific to Monroe Park outside of Parks and Rec. Therefor no additional funding will ever be needed for Monroe Park offices, unlike the $3000 a month MPC expects to spend.
  6. The Checkers Building will be renovated into a community commercial grade kitchen, to allow for all organizations who want to serve free food in the park a place to cook that food.
  7. Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will help with the follow through of the City funded and mandated renovations of plumbing, electrical, bathroom and water fountain improvements, and pavers for the paths.
  8. Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will organize volunteer work days to help with maintenance and leaf removal among other things. The volunteer work days should reduce the amount of paid maintenance necessary.
  9. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will make legal guarantees that Monroe Park will not be used for parking.
  10. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will allow food carts to access Monroe Park and/or the surrounding sidewalks in compliance with local city ordinances and policies. We will build no special amenities for these food carts. If we ever were to create a permit process for food carts on the paths in the park, it would be limited to 2 at any given time, and the money from those permits would go towards supporting the use of the Checkers Building as a free community kitchen for free food programs.
  11. Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will organize to have utility bills for the Checkers buildings paid for by various churches and other non-profits interested in and invested in the availability of the commercial community kitchen for the feeding of all.
  12. Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will secure new benches, moveable tables and chairs, and community chess tables.
  13. Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will organize the construction of a play ground in Monroe Park, returning the swings and other fun aspects to engage both the young and the young at heart in safe, healthy activity.
  14. Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will never hire or use private security in the park.
  15. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will never fence off the park, and will work with any necessary contractors to ensure that a useable section of the park always remains open during renovations.
  16. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will not remove any trees without the direction of the City of Richmond’s Urban Forestry Department. New trees that might be planted will be part of the edible landscaping plan developed by Renew Richmond
  17. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will only ever charge a permit fee for events which themselves charge a fee. All money from these fees will go to the Parks and Recreation department. Events where no fee is charged will not be charged a fee, and will not be expected to apply for a permit. We will maintain a website, and a physical bulletin board in the park, where we will post dates of events in the park that we are aware of, that way folks can avoid conflict and overlap. The schedule for the community kitchen will be more officially organized just to make sure things run smoothly.
  18. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will guarantee that no corporation or other organization will get naming rights to Monroe Park or Checker’s building. This will never be Altria park, no matter who donates however much.
  19. Monroe Park will be a park of the people and for the people. Popular public events such as the May Day parade, Halloween Parade, Critical Mass bike rides and more will be supported by the Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee.
  20. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will do its best to ensure that Monroe Park will remain a safe and inclusive place for people of all classes, races, sexual orientations, abilities, gender identities, religions, ages, superpowers and more. We will work to improve the physical accessibility of the park. The Committee will work to provide free workshops in the park on a regular basis on a variety of relevant social justice issues. We hope to bring in outside organizations willing to donate their time to facilitate said workshops.
  21. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will promote public art and work with local artists to have free workshops available regularly on a variety of artistic mediums and crafts.
  22. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will work to maintain, renovate, and encourage a Monroe Park that is a benefit to the Richmond community. We will do this not just with corporate money or money from a few, but with the grassroots support from a wide swath of Richmonders, which will make our task far easier and more fulfilling than anything being attempted by the Monroe Park Conservancy.

Some of the various documents and articles which we feel are vital to understanding our position, and why our approach will be more effective than that of the Monroe Park Conservancy for both renovating Monroe Park and also working in solidarity with the homeless to work towards a Richmond without a people without a home.

We strongly believe that the methods of the Monroe Park Conservancy to remove homeless people from Monroe Park is both cruel and also ineffective. The way to solve any problem is to address the root causes of the problem. Otherwise we will be stuck moving homeless people from place to place around the city, which is an incredibly cruel thing to do to our most vulnerable population.

The 2013 US Conference of Mayors Hunger and Homelessness Survey

http://www.usmayors.org/pressreleases/uploads/2013/1210-report-HH.pdf

Virginia’s Homeless Crisis Response System

http://www.vceh.org/extras/VCEHCoCReportFINAL.pdf

 

We would also argue that Monroe Park needs to remain a public area open to all – homeless and not, because non-profit organizations are not actually long term solutions to homelessness, and our dependence on them as a City puts our homeless at risk, especially in situations like with the Conrad Center, when it shut down last year. A public park should remain public, that way the homeless and others always have a place to congregate.

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This is a rough draft of a potential bid for the Monroe Park Lease, which is being voted on tomorrow by City Council. We will hopefully finalize and submit before 5pm in order to be allowed to present this to City Council for consideration. Support between now and tomorrow with edits or items we may have missed would be appreciated and can be mailed to mokarnage@gmail.com – Mo will be at work so replies won’t happen until after 3pm, and will need to occur quickly before printing. Thank you.

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Karnage Creations LLC bid on Monroe Park

Whereas Monroe Park was declared by the Council of the City of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University to be Public Greenspace in Perpetuity, and the Park is now  being offered up to bids for Lease, and whereas the only bidder thus far (in fact, the only bidder expected or wanted to bid) the Monroe Park Conservancy (MPC) fails utterly to represent the best interests of the majority of the citizens of the City of Richmond, Mo Karnage and Karnage Creations LLC are offering a competing bid which we believe to be a better deal for the City of Richmond and more importantly, the people of Richmond.

Karnage Creations LLC, while normally engaged in the business of revolutionary prose, childcare, old window repair and carpentry, will gladly lend it’s name and service to Keep Monroe Park Open and Free. Karnage Creations LLC does not agree with the privatization of any public park, but applies for this lease only in hopes of minimizing damage. Ideally we would think a park should always remain public, but we acknowledge the less than perfect practices of the current City of Richmond administration and the need for members of the community to step up and participate.

Karnage Creations LLC would like to object to the hasty way in which the Monroe Park lease bid was made public, and object to the favorable treatment given to MPC in this process. Ideally, Karnage Creations believes that the Monroe Park issue needs to be revisited in 6 months, after other organizations have had sufficient time to begin developing comprehensive renovation and maintenance plans. MPC had many years in which to develop their plans, as well as support from local government. Other organizations deserve equal treatment in the bidding process.

Karnage Creations LLC would also like to formally object to allowing Charles Samuels, Ellen Robertson, or any council member who sits on Venture Richmond’s board to vote on any issue which involves Venture Richmond. The conflict of interest seems obvious, and the politics of it seems corrupt.

Karnage Creations LLC is willing to make the generous (compared to MPC) offer of paying $1 a month for the lease of Monroe Park. Karnage Creations is requesting a month to month lease, that way, at any time, the citizens of Richmond can, via Council vote, revert the running of the park back to the Parks and Recreation department.

Karnage Creations LLC and Mo Karnage are well known members of the local community, with many years of organizing and networking experience. While financially we personally do not have much to offer, we have access to a much more valuable resource than money- the people of Richmond. We are fully confident that we will be able to organize and recruit the necessary donations and volunteers from a large variety of local businesses, non-profits, churches, and individuals. What we don’t know or have, people we know do or have, or know of other people who do or have. Their are many amazing, positive, talented, and smart people in Richmond that we would hope to make a welcoming space for collaboration of the betterment of Monroe Park and the community. We look forward to collaborating with many amazing people and groups in Richmond. It takes a village, and we happen to know one hell of a village.

Karnage Creations will create a special department to deal with all of the Monroe Park business, named the Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee.

  1. Neither Karnage Creations, nor Mo Karnage, nor any member of the Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee, will ever be paid for their roles in the maintenance or direction of Monroe Park. No profits will be kept by any of the above named parties, and all profits will be returned to the Parks and Recreation department of the City of Richmond for the use in maintaining and improving other parks in the City.

  2. The Board of Directors for the Park will consist of 2 houseless people, 1 formerly houseless person, 1 unemployed person, 1 senior, 1 public housing resident, 1 person from each neighborhood surrounding the park (Oregon Hill, Jackson Ward, Carver, the Fan), 1 student, 1 Parks and Rec worker, 1 City Council member, 1 elementary school student, 2 people from organizations which serve free food or distribute free clothing. We are willing to adjust this make up if other people have more ideas! The board WILL NOT include anyone who is a member of the Vulture ahem Venture Richmond organization, unlike the Monroe Park Conservancy who shares 2 members directly with Venture Richmond, and has 7 other compromised members either through family, or their employer sitting on Venture Richmond’s board.

  3. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will do it’s best to keep cash out of its control. As opposed to collecting donations, they will focus on collecting the items needed. We will ask for community support in the form of benches, seeds, mulch, playground parts, plants, and more!

  4. Renew Richmond a local 501c3 has agreed, via it’s director John Lewis, to partner with Karnage Creations LLC to create and manage edible landscaping in Monroe Park to provide food and community to the area. Both groups will maintain the edible landscapes and possible future community gardens and fruit/nut trees.

  5. Karnage Creations LLC will donate it’s existing office space at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective at 2005 Barton Avenue for any administrative needs specific to Monroe Park outside of Parks and Rec. Therefor no additional funding will ever be needed for Monroe Park offices, unlike the $3000 a month MPC expects to spend.

  6. The Checkers Building will be renovated into a community commercial grade kitchen, to allow for all organizations who want to serve free food in the park a place to cook that food.

  7. Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will help with the follow through of the City funded and mandated renovations of plumbing, electrical, bathroom and water fountain improvements, and pavers for the paths.

  8. Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will organize volunteer work days to help with maintenance and leaf removal among other things. The volunteer work days should reduce the amount of paid maintenance necessary.

  9. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will make legal guarantees that Monroe Park will not be used for parking.

  10. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will allow food carts to access Monroe Park and/or the surrounding sidewalks in compliance with local city ordinances and policies. We will build no special amenities for these food carts. If we ever were to create a permit process for food carts on the paths in the park, it would be limited to 2 at any given time, and the money from those permits would go towards supporting the use of the Checkers Building as a free community kitchen for free food programs.

  11. Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will organize to have utility bills for the Checkers buildings paid for by various churches and other non-profits interested in and invested in the availability of the commercial community kitchen for the feeding of all.

  12. Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will secure new benches, moveable tables and chairs, and community chess tables.

  13. Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will organize the construction of a play ground in Monroe Park, returning the swings and other fun aspects to engage both the young and the young at heart in safe, healthy activity.

  14. Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will never hire or use private security in the park.

  15. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will never fence off the park, and will work with any necessary contractors to ensure that a useable section of the park always remains open during renovations.

  16. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will not remove any trees without the direction of the City of Richmond’s Urban Forestry Department. New trees that might be planted will be part of the edible landscaping plan developed by Renew Richmond

  17. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will only ever charge a permit fee for events which themselves charge a fee. All money from these fees will go to the Parks and Recreation department. Events where no fee is charged will not be charged a fee, and will not be expected to apply for a permit. We will maintain a website, and a physical bulletin board in the park, where we will post dates of events in the park that we are aware of, that way folks can avoid conflict and overlap. The schedule for the community kitchen will be more officially organized just to make sure things run smoothly.

  18. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will guarantee that no corporation or other organization will get naming rights to Monroe Park or Checker’s building. This will never be Altria park, no matter who donates however much.

  19. Monroe Park will be a park of the people and for the people. Popular public events such as the May Day parade, Halloween Parade, Critical Mass bike rides and more will be supported by the Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee.

  20. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will do its best to ensure that Monroe Park will remain a safe and inclusive place for people of all classes, races, sexual orientations, abilities, gender identities, religions, ages, superpowers and more. We will work to improve the physical accessibility of the park. The Committee will work to provide free workshops in the park on a regular basis on a variety of relevant social justice issues. We hope to bring in outside organizations willing to donate their time to facilitate said workshops.

  21. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will promote public art and work with local artists to have free workshops available regularly on a variety of artistic mediums and crafts.

  22. The Keep Monroe Park Open and Free Committee will work to maintain, renovate, and encourage a Monroe Park that is a benefit to the Richmond community. We will do this not just with corporate money or money from a few, but with the grassroots support from a wide swath of Richmonders, which will make our task far easier and more fulfilling than anything being attempted by the Monroe Park Conservancy.

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