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A recent new policy by the Virginia High School League sounds good, but the reality is that it is still transphobic. Big changes to the way sports go down in this country are necessary to include everyone from around the gender sphere!

http://www.quailbellmagazine.com/3/post/2014/02/op-ed-virginia-high-school-league-transgender-policy.html

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Virginia Anti-Violence Project and Minority Health Consortium condemn the brutal murder of Richmond, VA transgender woman

Agencies urge community solidarity
November 19, 2013,  Richmond VA
For Immediate Release:
 
The Virginia Anti-Violence Project and Minority Health Consortium condemn the murder of Amari Hill, a transgender woman in Richmond, Virginia that occurred on November 9. 
 
Juan Pierce, Executive Director of the Minority Health Consortium stated, “Our community has lost another ‘gem of brilliance’ to senseless violence and backward behavior. We encourage the community to support efforts to end this violence.” Ted Heck, President of the Board of Virginia Anti-Violence Project, stated, “This is a terrible tragedy to lose a loved member of the community in such a violent manner.  We stand in solidarity with the family and the community in the face of this crime.”
 
In response to this attack, Minority Health Consortium (MHC) and the Virginia Anti-Violence Project (VAVP) offer support to transgender and other community members and organizations to assist in processing this violence and responding in a constructive manner.  Support to victims and survivors of anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) violence, including those experiencing fear and distress resulting from this and other hate-motivated violence is the mission of VAVP, along with work to prevent all violence against and within LGBTQ individuals, families, and communities.  From Monica Behney, Board member for VAVP, “As members of the LGBTQ community and people of compassion, we must reach out to each other in our grief and outrage at this loss. Moving forward together to educate and advocate to prevent violence may be the best way to remember and honor this beautiful life.”
 

 
The Minority Health Consortium works with the LGBTQ community and all citizens to address the stigma and social determinants of health that impact the communities we serve through providing education, outreach and drop-in center activities that include a safe space to explore and discuss issues that impact minorities and youth. The MHC website can be found at http://www.mhcprevents.org
 
The Virginia Anti-Violence Project works to address and end violence, with a specific focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities across Virginia.  VAVP is an organization active since 2006, and currently offers services for survivors of intimate partner abuse, sexual assault, and stalking, including a free and confidential helpline for LGBTQ people in Virginia.  The Helpline number is 866-356-6998.  VAVP also has resources to support training and consultation with agencies, community groups, congregations, and other interested organizations.  The VAVP website can be found at http://www.virginiaavp.org/ 
  
For inquiry, please contact:
 
Ted Heck, VAVP Board President
(804) 726-1056
vavpboardpres@gmail.com
 
Juan Pierce, MHC Executive Director
(804) 641-1555
 juan@mhcprevents.org
 
 
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Southerners On New Ground
Building Connecting and Amplifying LGBTQ Organizing for Liberation
SONG Calls for Support and Power-Building as Key Southern LGBTQ leaders Sit in Jail to Stop Deportations

LIVE COVERAGE:  http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/2013/11/19/atlanta/
 
At this moment 16 Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice and LGBTQ leaders in Georgia (including SONG Founder Suzanne Pharr, Co-Director Caitlin Breedlove, and Board Member/Co-Director of Project South, Stephanie Guilloud) are participating in a non-violent civil disobedience at the U.S. Immigration Court in Atlanta, GA to stop today’s deportations.

These brave leaders have locked arms to demand Obama puts an Immediate End to Deportations and Detentions and the violent policies of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Together they demand #not1more. Immigrant people, people of Color, and LGBTQ often live lives filled with violence, fear, and isolation. We are central to the fabric of our communities and our economy. We deserve so much better.

People being deported at this time in the US are the people who wash our dishes, pick our vegetables and build our houses. We need to honor their work and their lives, not rip them out of their communities.

United in the vision of what is possible for all of us beyond our fear when we are willing to take shared risk, this group has chosen to put their bodies on the line to demand an end to the fear mongering and caging of our family who is undocumented. Over 2.2 million individuals have been deported during Obama’s presidency and thousands languish in detention right now. More than 276,000 undocumented LGBTQ immigrants are living in fear in the US today. Our communities cannot afford to wait. Si se puede!!!

HERE IS HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT US

SONG is reaching out to ask for your support. Our movements badly need moments of shared risk to build our integrity across lines of race, class, culture, gender and sexuality. Our communities are sitting in fear, violence and cages. SONG along with one of our closest organizational partners, The Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) is partnering with the Not1More campaign to hold a major rally and press event to call on President Obama to end deportations and show that LGBTQ people are deeply a part of the fight for immigrant communities to live free of violence and fear.

WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO HELP?

1. Could you write a Blog or Op/Ed telling your own story about why this is important to you, using our talking points?

2. Would you join our twitter campaign (goal—100 tweets to @MHarrisPerry and @MHPShow) to ask Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC TV host, to have Paulina Helm-Hernandez (SONG Co-Director) on her show to tell their viewers that it is PAST TIME to unite the fight for lives of LGBTQ people with the fight for the lives of immigrants and people of Color and the poor. We are uniting and have been. More people just need to know!!!!

3. Could you share our Memes on Facebook? These can be found at http://www.facebook.com/ignitekindred

4. Want to make a donation to legal fees or bail fund for leaders? Please go to www.notonemoredeportation.com for evolving information about how to give.
If you can help, please let Hermelinda Cortes at SONG know how and share with her (Hermelinda@southernersonnewground.org)

 
     
SONG envisions a sustainable South that embodies the best of its freedom traditions and works towards the transformation of our economic, social, spiritual, and political relationships. We envision a multi-issue southern justice movement that unites us across class, age, race, ability, gender, immigration status, and sexuality; a movement in which LGBTQ people – poor and working class, immigrant, people of color, rural – take our rightful place as leaders shaping our region’s legacy and future. We are committed to restoring a way of being that recognizes our collective humanity and dependence on the Earth.
http://www.southernersonnewground.org
 

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Virginia Pride is September 28th, and we think there should be a queer pride march as part of it, if you have ideas and want to organize to resist assimilation, address issues of intersectionality not addressed by mainstream pride events (immigration, youth, poc, homelessness, addiction, non gender binary, trans rights, etc.) holler at us at The Wingnut Anarchist Collective. we will figure out a meeting in the next few weeks maybe of interested parties. pink bloc wont stop.

9 new queer books, and 2 other new books in the Wingnut Radical Lending Library! Please be in touch if you want to volunteer for Open Hours or donate anarchist, radical, or queer books to us!

The Pink Triangle: The Nazi War Against Homosexuals by Richard Plant

Adam & Steve: A Novel by Craig Chester

Pulling Taffy- P by Matt Bernstein Sycamore

Horizon of the Heart by Shelley Smith

The Sophie Horowitz Story by Sarah Schulman

18th & Castro by Karin Kallmaker

Women, AIDS, and Activism by ACT UP NY / Women AIDS Book Group

The Women’s Book of Healing: Auras, Chakras, Laying On of Hands, Crystals, … by Diane Stein

Tim and Pete by James Robert Baker

Pleasures by Robbi Sommers

Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? by Gary L. Francione

 

Here are 24 new titles in our library!

Check out our other recent post about our re-organization and need for volunteers to run Open Hours!

Rebel Bookseller: How to Improvise Your Own Indie Store and Beat Backthe Chains… by Andrew Laties

The Knitting Circle Rapist Annihilation Squad (Flashpoint Press) by Derrick Jensen

Prism by Valerie Taylor

Simply Vegan: Quick Vegetarian Meals by Debra Wasserman

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of… by Julia Lawless

Complete Guide to Homeopathy: The Principles and Practice of Treatment by DK Publishing

Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs by Claire Kowalchik

Kid’s Herb Book, A: For Children of All Ages by Lesley Tierra

EVERYBODY’S GUIDE TO HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINES by Cummings & Ullman

minutemeals Vegetarian: 20-Minute Gourmet Menus by Evie Righter

Riding the Rails: Teenagers on the Move During the Great Depression by Errol Lincoln Uys

Sober Living for the Revolution: Hardcore Punk, Straight Edge, and Radical Polit… by Gabriel Kuhn

MTV’s Beavis & Butt-Head’s Ensucklopedia by Mike Judge

Defending Ourselves: A Guide to Prevention, Self-Defense, and Recovery from Rape… by Rosalind Wiseman

Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways to Support Families in Socia… by Victoria Law

Revolutionary Women: A Book of Stencils (Queen of the Neighbourhood) by Queen of the Neighbourhood

To Ride A Silver Broomstick: New Generation Witchcraft by Silver RavenWolf

Diario de Oaxaca: A Sketchbook Journal of Two Years in Mexico by Peter Kuper

Making History: The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Equal Rights : 1945-1990 : An O… by Eric Marcus

The Case of the Good-for-Nothing Girlfriend: A Nancy Clue and Cherry Aimless Mys… by Mabel Maney

Babycakes (Tales of the City Series, V. 4) by Armistead Maupin

Significant Others (Tales of the City, Book 5) by Armistead Maupin

Further Tales of the City (Tales of the City Series) by Armistead Maupin

The Ethical Slut: A Guide to Infinite Sexual Possibilities by Dossie Easton

 

The past few days have been spent re-organizing and re-arranging the Wingnut Radical Lending Library!

Books are now organizing into the following subjects on the shelves:

Radical fiction, guns, guerilla strategy, gardens, herbs, diy do it yourself, queer fiction, queer, religion/spirituality, myths, kids books, feminism, graphic novels, cookbooks, animal issues. home renovation, music, art, food politics, bikes, field guides, survivalism, Mexico, indigenous, Native American, prisons, police, medicine/medical, travelling, DIY Do it Yourself, Middle East, Asia, Africa, Journalism, Urban Planning, 1960s, drugs, zines, Hawai’i, Zinn, Schools/Education, Consumer Culture, Richmond/The South, South America, Globalization/Neoliberalism, Government Repression, Environment, The Spanish Civil War, Labor/Class, Black Power/Race, Anarchist Practice, Anarchism

That’s over 50 different categories of books for you to come read, and come check out if you are so inclined.

We are also currently looking for volunteers to help us re-vamp our Open Hours, folks who can come over during Open Hours, offer coffee and tea to guests, re-shelve returned books, help folks check out books, etc. If you are interested and available for Wednesday evenings from 4-9 or Friday evenings from 4-9 please shoot us an email at wingnut_collective@yahoo.com Ideally we’d have 2 volunteers per shift and everyone would take about 1 shift a month

Check out our book and zine collections online, http://www.librarything.com/profile/thewingnutrva our collection of over 1000 books and growing us under “Your Library” and our zines are under “approaching apocalypse” Zines are available to be read in the space, but not taken out of the space.

 

 

The next Richmond Zine Fest organizing meeting will be on Thursday Feb. 21st at 5:30pm at the GSEX building (Crenshaw house at VCU) on Franklin, near the intersection of Franklin and Harrison.
If you are interested in helping to organize, fundraise, and advertise, please come out!

The 2013 Richmond Zine Fest will be on Saturday October 5th from 11am to 5pm at the Gay Community Center of Richmond. Sign up for tablers and workshop facilitators to be coming soon.

Please spread the word to out of town tablers, this is gonna be the best Richmond Zine Fest yet!

Here are 8 new titles in our Wingnut Radical Lending Library. Come to our collective meeting on January 28th if you are interested in joining and helping us organize the library, staff open hours, and organize events and projects as the Wingnut Anarchist Collective!

Completely Queer: The Gay and Lesbian Encyclopedia by Steve Hogan

The Queerest Places: A National Guide to Gay and Lesbian Historic Sites by Paula Martinac

True Love by Fulton, Jennifer published by Naiad Pr Paperback by –N/A–

After the Fire by Jane Rule

Steel Drivin’ Man: John Henry, the Untold Story of an American Legend by Scott Reynolds Nelson

Bitterly Divided: The South’s Inner Civil War by David Williams

Labor Struggles In The Deep South and Other Writings by Covington Hall

What Lies Beneath: Katrina, Race, and the State of the Nation by The South End Press Collective