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Check out Richmond’s new anarchist collective- Infidel Collective!

The Infidel Collective

Mission Statement

There has been a myth that the truth is transparent and that everyone has the freedom of obtaining information about the facts and theories that surround them.  The unfortunate truth I have come to find is that information is not accessible, if one lives in a more underprivileged community they do not have the same access to information that one does living in a middle class home.  This can be access through libraries, public school systems, and an easily accessed home internet connection.  Because of this, if a person is born into a marginalized community, they suffer the consequences of not having the proper information that they as an individual living in a democracy have the right to.  The Infidel Collective is set towards emphasizing the radical idea that information is a right, not a privilege.

All work that is published will both be digital and paper formatted in order to ensure that everyone is able to obtain the information.  I will distribute all media and literature by hand, through your local bookshops, in your coffee bar, and online through .pdf formats that can be read both on the computer and electronic reader devices.  The Collective will be donation based and all money made will go straight back into producing and distributing more zines, I should not make a profit off of giving people information they had a right to in the first place.

The Infidel Collective will carry information concerning Human, Earth and Animal Liberation through the intersectional school of thought.  I believe that all issues of oppression / repression are interlocking and must be problematized and deconstructed with one another in order to capture and dismantle the institutional pillars of oppression / repression.  We must understand that in order to fight oppression / repression, we must do so as a community of people coming from a plethora of backgrounds and identities that construct who we are as individuals.  If you are not able to accept, acknowledge and appreciate the beauty in diversity, you are further perpetuating the normative institutions of hatred and marginalization.

We must stand together in solidarity to fight the institutional boots pressed down on our throats together as allies.  Rather than turning our cheeks, we will bash back.  We will not assimilate into a normative society that teaches us to fear the other, to hate the other, to oppress the other, and to repress the other.  Equality is no utopia, together we can promise our future generations to come that they will be safe to walk the streets free to express themselves without harm and hatred.

In solidarity,
The Infidel Collective

 

 

 

 

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It is with heavy hearts that we pass on word of another death at the Richmond City Jail. We have previously posted about the 2 deaths there over the summer. No word yet on the cause of this 3rd death, or the identity of the individual. We will definitely do our best to update with more information as it becomes available. The brutality of the prisons and jails in Virginia is a terrible reality. The solution to the inhumane conditions at the Richmond City Jail is NOT the construction of a new, bigger facility. We need better ways of dealing with our problems, and some serious re-evaluation of what our problems are. There needs to be better facilities that are not allowed to get overcrowded, and which provide counseling, education, medical and other services. Everyone deservesaccess to the services necessary for healthy lives.

The Richmond Anarchist Black Cross is an autonomous Collective committed to prison abolition and prisoner support. As anarchists we are oppossed to all systems of oppression and repression and have concluded that prisons serve no positive function in society. We actively seek to abolish the institutionalized slavery of the Prison Industrial Complex. We are dedicated to working in solidarity with prisoners and drawing connections between a multitude of struggles.

Here is the article we found online today:

Richmond Jail inmate dies

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By Staff Reports | Times-Dispatch
Published: September 17, 2010
Another Richmond Jail inmate, the third since mid-June, has died.

Sheriff C.T. Woody Jr. said an inmate collapsed Friday at 1:30 p.m. and was later pronounced dead at VCU Medical Center. No foul play is suspected; an autopsy is scheduled next week. (more…)

Just so you’re aware, your presence in and around our community, especially outside of our home on a daily basis, has not gone unnoticed. I suppose some sort of thanks should be in order for the increased harassment that has come to our doorstep… it lets us know that Southern Barton Heights Copwatch is bringing in positive results. Besides, the more time that you spend sitting in front of our house, shining lights in our windows, and blasting us with your sirens, is less time that you’re spending doing the same to other members of our community. Whether or not your continued contact with us has to do with us being more proactive in our watching and recording of your officers, or is simply due to our increased visibility in the community, or even if it is because you have absolutely nothing better to be doing than (ineffectively) flexing your authoritative power at people who have done nothing against the law… we’ll go ahead and give you an update.

We will not be intimidated.
We will continue to be vigilant and relentless with our taping of officers in this and other neighborhoods.
We are not going anywhere. (more…)

This is the Wingnut Statement of Purpose which we made as a handout and distributed to hundreds of houses in Southern Barton Heights:

Hello!

The house you may have noticed at 2005 Barton Avenue is called The Wingnut, and is a project of the Wingnut Anarchist Collective. We hope to maintain a positive relationship with our community and the individuals within it.  Therefore we feel that it is important for us to be upfront and honest about who we are and what we believe.

As anarchists, we do our best to live by the principles of mutual aid, anti-authoritarianism, and direct action.

Mutual aid for us encompasses a wide variety of things.  We believe in sharing our resources – material, physical, mental and emotional.  We share our food, labor, knowledge and support freely with those who would do the same for us.  We strive to create safe spaces for children, elders, disabled people, those with emotional or psychological trauma, those in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse, and people of all races, religions, national origins, genders and sexual orientations. (more…)

As you may have heard, the Wingnut is having a cookout/potluck party on Memorial Day. But we do not want to celebrate a typical memorial day.

What we want to do with this event is make it a Memorial Party for people who have been murdered by the State. We will try to come up with a list of names of folks who have been killed in the US by the FBI, Police, etc. We can use your help compiling this list.

Two possible options: That we will paint a mural with a list of those names during the open house, or that we will just unveil the mural at the party. Let us know what you think would be appropriate/make sense etc.

Here is one example of a person murdered by the State: (more…)