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As many know, Monsanto has taken on the totalitarian role of controlling food and food sourcing on a global level. This monopoly has made it so that conventional food is no longer truly food and the profit they make everyday furthers their lovely process of eugenics via commercial foods.

This year marked the first global March Against Monsanto that over 2 million people took part in. We hope to see this every year, maybe more than just annually. We the people do not need Monsanto, never have, and never will. 

Here are some pictures via the Richmond, VA march and if anyone has any others please be sure to let us know.

One personal note I would like to add in reference to corporate foods, Monsanto, and the USDA/FDA is: DO NOT FALL FOR THE CORPORATE ORGANIC SCHEME. 

“Organic” is NOT a revolution. If you eat all-organic or non-GMO marketed products/foods you are not revolutionary and are most likely actually contrary. Organic/whole/vegan/natural foods are the ORIGINAL foods of mother Earth and people this last past century or so have let despots control and poison our modern foodsource. Now the public is supposed to pay MORE for a product that is easier, simpler, better, and more ecologically friendly than conventional foods? I dont think so. Organic foods are a market and a profit for capitalism- not a revolution.

2nd: Organic, as a corporate label, is false on account that your “organic” milk most likely came from a cow that might have been fed more “natural” foods, but carries the genetics of thousands of conventionally/GMO bred cattle. Everytime something is packaged with petroleum, or stickers with chemical adhesives are stuck onto produce, or ultimately anytime something is farmed/processed/made/baked with flouridated water (the only sourced water within any and all institutions in America) it is NO LONGER organic.. Organic seeds also most likely had un-organic parents and are watered with flouridated water.

Organic isnt a new start- its taking select items on the market and using supposedly “higher quality” (simpler) means of production to then raise the price to appeal to the wealthy elite. Why would corporations want only the upper classes to have “quality” foods? This is what we call Eugenics. Weeding out the weak (poverty) and giving them the “lower status/quality” foods so that they may remain poisoned and dependent on the medical system while the white wealthy elite remains dependent on consumerism via groceries in this scenario. Isn’t this great? Capitalism is wonderful.

Until you educate yourself in agriculture, farming, survivalism, etc etc dont go telling people you eat healthier because you eat food with packages that say the “o” word on them. You have no proof they are better. Oh, studies show it? Studies also show that when officials say “studies show” people believe and buy more. So are you accurate, or just falling in line for another trend in the first-world? Who is conducting these studies? How much money does the organic industry make annually, and then to top it off, ask yourself… who the fuck owns all these companies. Bada-bing! The same banks that bring you Mcdonalds, Pepsi, Wal-Mart, etc etc also own the organic industry. Revolutionary? No. Consumerism. Period.

The greatest people I know dont have $500 worth of WholeFoods groceries in their house that they just bought. They farm, they liberate, or they dumpster food, because they are over the lies and the scams. Capitalism is capitalism no matter what you buy. Period. Stop buying the lie. The market was not designed for your health, just your money (slavery). Obtain heirloom seeds, spring water, and farm. That is the revolution.

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https://www.facebook.com/MarchAgainstMonstanto?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/events/355658477877810/?fref=ts (Richmond sector)

This is a piece written by our friend Brando Chemtrails, inspired by his stay at the Wingnut and based on his observations of the neighborhood and food issues. Brando opened for the Blackbird Raum show on April 12th, and blew us away with his spoken word.

More by Brando at his website below, buy a book or zine or cd of his if you can!

brandochemtrails.bandcamp.com

 

Here it is:

When a Dollar’s Too Much to Spare

by Brando Chemtrails

I woke up this morning in Richmond, in a part of town called “food desert” by people that do not live there. This doesn’t mean there’s no food there, it means there is no food those people would want to buy. Truth is there’s more edibles on sale per square block here than in a mile of most neighborhoods built on liberal guilt built on what used to be neighborhoods like these, and sold by the small family owned businesses they nondenominationally pray for every night. True, the shelves might not look like the ingredients to a long and healthy life, but if I was given the money to buy all I wanted from the co-op, I’d buy most of the same food I buy in stores like these, and the only difference would be the receipt, not the nutrition facts.
I have a rule when it comes to buying anything. Don’t call it morals, I’m not looking for friends when I’m paying the ransom for the things that I need, call it loyalty. I won’t buy shit from any store that’s ever had anyone I know arrested. Since food is pretty much the only thing I spend money on and it’s available most places, this rule doesn’t change much for me. When one place gets crossed off my list there’s always another store not far from there that hasn’t had a chance yet to prove itself the same as all the others yet, and I buy canned beans there until I’ve been proven wrong.
Anyways. On the door of one cornershop, they got a hoodie in a circle with a line through it, orders to take your hats off coming in or they’ll call 911, a dumpster with ALL CAPS demands not to pee there because we’re watching you. At the Dollar General, they got so many hanging cameras on the ceiling that the shadows look like black circle tiles on the floor. Every time I’ve gone to the North Avenue Deli and Market after sundown, the same cop stands between the registers and the people in line and watches the procession of best behavior, of the respect that comes from a hand resting on a holstered gun and the costume that makes it all OK. At the Family Dollar, they don’t play songs on the radio, they play warnings on a thirty second loop about how you’re being monitored from some office in Charlotte right now for your own safety, so don’t try to pull anything the next time you’re in here and hungry and a dollar’s too much to spare. I am angry, but it’s not the kind of story made for those whose business is outrage from the safety of their keyboard or sofa, no brave main street mom and pops trying to say “no” to a Wal Mart in town, and it’s not lone assholes speaking their mind too honestly, never expecting the world to watch and make them suffer till they say sorry like they mean it. No, this is the nature of holding the title to dinner in a place where a dollar can be too much to spare, and free help is always a phone call away. If I knew more people, I’d never buy a thing.

It looks like the RPD files that we linked to were taken offline at some point today. If they are online under a different link somewhere please let us know.

In the meantime, there are other RPD files that Richmond activists have acquired over the years. So you can check them out.

Learn the police’s rules in order to hold them accountable!

Our friends with the Mindful Liberation Project have collected some RPD documents, specifically about RPD policies for “Handling Mentally Ill Persons”. More about the info and Mindful Liberation here:

http://mindfulliberation.wordpress.com/foia-for-change/richmond-police-department-documents/

You can also always check out the files the Wingnut/Copwatch got in 2010 on our website under this link:

http://wingnutrva.org/richmond-police-department-documents/

Sometimes the hardest part about being called a terrorist is trying to explain how it happened. None of the current members of the Wingnut Anarchist Collective were at last Saturday’s protest, and none of us were involved in its planning. Some friends of ours, and former members of our collective were involved, and some folks we really like were among those arrested, but that doesn’t really explain why State Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment is calling us terrorists on the senate floor and in the newspaper.
It’s easy to feel upset about being called a terrorist. It’s pretty widely known how the government treats people after it starts calling them terrorists, so having a fairly important politician call you a terrorist is a lot like a threat. Rather than getting all bent out of shape about it, we’re probably going to go ahead and make terrorist glitter paint t-shirts or something.
We’re not going to let this stuff get to us because getting all outraged about Senator Tommy’s (ignorant, irresponsible) name calling is giving him what he wants, which is to distract from the bad behavior of his side. It isn’t the Wingnut that wants to legislate away women’s rights in order to score cheap political points. It wasn’t the Wingnut that sent armed, masked men to face down peaceful protestors. It wasn’t the Wingnut that forced these same protestors onto a bus and held them for hours on end with a bucket for a toilet and no water. It wasn’t the Wingnut that tried to defend thuggish behavior by its own side by making wild, ignorant allegations about a barely involved 3rd party. That’s on him, and the focus right now should remain on his bad behavior, and the bad behavior of the folks on his side.
As for us, we’re going to keep doing our best and fighting for a better world. Best of luck to our friends and allies. To the folks that were more directly involved in last Saturday’s protest, good on y’all. If nothing else you seem to have put a scare into a lot of shitty people. We here at the Wingnut believe that in order for the right to choose to truly be respected, much more fundamental changes will need to be made to our society than what’s on the table right now. If any of y’all want to talk about it, we’re not going anywhere.

I was at home on Friday night, not participating in Copwatch due to other conflicting activities. The phone rang, and on the other end was Copwatch Member D, who quickly related that another member of Copwatch, M, was being detained by the police. D said that the police were not allowing them to get anywhere near M, and that because all of the Copwatch cameras had been placed in M’s bag, the police had them all. I got the location, called to Copwatcher X, and jumped in the car to get to the scene as quickly as possible.

Upon arrival we met up with D, and walked to the street where M was being detained. I walked down the sidewalk on Monroe Street, off of Broad (headed South). Quickly, 2 members of Richmond Police Department informed me that if I was going to walk down the sidewalk I would be arrested. I asked what for, and they said Obstruction of Justice.

I got into an argument with them, explaining to them the definition of Obstruction of Justice in Virginia, and how my walking down a sidewalk to observe and record the police did not count. Then the cop informed me that he had specific orders not to let the three of us down that street. This whole time other people were walking down the street. I informed the cop that what he was engaging in was illegal, selective enforcement, and a violation of our right to observe and record as well as move freely. He kept repeating that he would arrest me if Iwalked down the public sidewalk. (more…)

A C L U O F V I R G I N I A

M E D I A R E L E A S E

April 20, 2011

ACLU Sues Richmond Police Over

Onerous Costs on Parade Organizers

Richmond, VA – The ACLU of Virginia today filed a request in federal court on behalf of activists in Richmond for an injunction ordering the Richmond Police to allow them to hold a May Day parade without having to pay for off-duty police officers.

“Nowhere in the city code does it say that Richmond police have the authority to assess fees on parade organizers,” said ACLU of Virginia Legal Director Rebecca Glenberg. “The police cannot arbitrarily impose costs on individuals exercising their First Amendment rights.”

Kenneth Yates and other organizers are planning a May Day march through Richmond city streets and submitted a parade permit application on March 21. Although city code requires police to issue or deny the permit within five days, Yates did not receive a response until April 11. At that time, he was told that in order to march, his group would have to pay $296 for two off-duty police officers and two police cars. The group does not have the funds to pay for the officers.

The ACLU sent a letter to the Richmond Police Department on behalf of the group informing them that the Richmond parade ordinance does not authorize them to require a person to pay for off-duty police in order to march. Additionally, the ACLU said that applying such a requirement without specific guidelines is unconstitutional. The police did not respond to the ACLU’s letter.

“Without clear guidelines, police may be imposing fees on some groups and not on others,” said Glenberg. “We are concerned that police may be chilling free speech in Richmond.”

This issue is not a new one. Last year, May Day parade organizers were told they would have to pay for off-duty officers in order to march. Ultimately though, the police relented and granted organizers a permit to parade in the street without having to pay for off-duty officers.

“Organizers followed the rules and applied for their parade permit just like everyone else,” added Glenberg. “Richmond police cannot just move the goal posts and add another obstacle that is not authorized by law.”

Yates is represented by Glenberg and ACLU of Virginia Dunn Fellow Thomas Fitzpatrick.

A copy of the ACLU’s complaint can be found online at: http://acluva.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/YatesvNorwoodcomplaint.pdf. A copy of the preliminary injunction memo can be found online at: http://acluva.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/YatesvNorwoodPImemo.pdf.

Contacts:

ACLU of Virginia Legal Director Rebecca Glenberg, (804) 644-8080

You’ve got to give Charles Samuels and his group of knee jerk lawyers one thing… they’re tenacious as hell.  Not a month after the courts found Samuels’ noise ordinance unconstitutional, he’s got a new draft ready to go, and the sequel is just as long-winded, vague, and concerning as the first.

Here’s the new version:

http://www.styleweekly.com/Media/MediaManager/Noise%20Ordinance%20Draft%20Version%201%20_2_.pdf

If you feel the need to sift through all of the lawyer speak of this new ordinance, (and I strongly suggest that you do), you’ll find all sorts of little questions that need to be raised regarding the constitutionality of the document.  For all of you who just want a rundown, we’ve got you covered.

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The Southern Barton Heights branch of the Richmond Copwatch Federation  will be facilitating a workshop at the Richmond Zine Fest this Saturday (October 16th) at 12 noon on Copwatch as an idea.

The Richmond Zine Fest is at the Gay Community Center of Richmond attached to DIversity Thrift on Sherwood Avenue. It will be from 11-5 on Saturday October 16th. http://www.richmondzinefest.org

Richmond has not had (to our knowledge) an official copwatch group before.

The workshop will allow a space for questions, explanations, creativity, and discussion about what copwatch is and what copwatch could be.

Anyone interested in the idea of copwatch is welcome to come, we would be specifically excited to find people who want to start a branch of copwatch in their own neighborhood in Richmond.

Copwatch Mission Statement:

Richmond Copwatch is a non-heirarchical network of groups dedicated to ending police abuse.  We believe that monitoring and recording police interactions with community members is a vital first step towards ensuring accountability and protecting ourselves and our communities. We are committed to anti-authoritarian principles and seek to transform the nature of the police and explore alternative methods of community conflict resolution.

Richmond Copwatch’s Goals:

1) Reduce police violence by directly observing the police on the street, (more…)

The Wingnut Anarchist Collective will be hosting a workshop on Security Culture on Tuesday September 14th at 7pm. This workshop will be an opportunity for people new to activism/organizing/security culture to get introduced to the topic, as well as a chance for folks who already know about security culture to brush up on their practice and understanding of it.

Feel free to bring your questions and comments- but please let the facilitators establish guidelines first.

Security Culture is not something only for people who break the law. In fact, given the current oppressive practices, security culture is extremely relevant to activists of all tactics and strategies.

As more and more people practice security culture, it will become more of a culture and less of a protocol. It is important with a growing activist scene for people to understand the importance of security culture and how our words and behavior can have drastic affects on ourselves and our friends. Security culture is about minimizing risk.

You may have seen on blog posts from the Wingnut or things posted in the space that there are activities and discussions that are not allowed in the space- this workshop is part of a move away from just rules and warnings, into understanding and customs.

If you can not make the workshop or simply want to brush up on your security culture, we recommend this link for a relatively comprehensive discussion.

http://security.resist.ca/personal/culture.shtml

A Richmond Police Department patrol car just stopped in front of the Wingnut at 7:44pm, in the middle of the street. Their plate number was 157 002L. They had their window rolled down and were just staring at the house. When someone inside noticed, they waved. When Wingnuts went outside to get their badge numbers, they noticed that the officer in the passenger side was taking pictures of his own. One Wingnut held the video camera while another asked for their badge numbers. One of the Cops (the driver) gave his badge number, #1219 Officer Dickerson. The cop in the passenger side said he did not have a badge number. When he was asked if he was refusing to give his badge number he reiterated that he did not have a badge number. He gave his name as officer Godwin. He was wearing a RPD uniform.

There is no form on the RPD website to fill out a complaint. We called the department and found out that ALL Richmond Police Officers have badge numbers, which would suggest that Officer Godwin was breaking the law by refusing to give his. We are waiting for a return call from a supervisor, so we can make our complaint about this incident.

We will post the video footage when we have it uploaded.