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We have had some recent donations to the Wingnut Radical Lending Library. If you have books you think we might be interested in please feel free to come drop some off.

If you are interested in checking out these or other books, you can come by during Open Hours on Wednesdays and Fridays from 4-9pm. 2005 Barton Avenue. Feel free to call ahead to confirm, as we sometimes cancel due to more pressing events. We are also interested in anyone looking to volunteer to host the Open Hours. 804 303 5449 or wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites: Flavorful Recipes for Healthful Meals by Moosewood Collective

Heresies 18 : Mothers, Mags & Movie Stars : Feminism & Class ; and Heresies 19 :… by [Not stated]

ZINES VOLUME II by V. Vale

Sisterhood Is Powerful: An Anthology of Writings from the Women’s Liberatio… by Robin Morgan

Virgin Territory by Shar Rednour

The Girl Wants to: Women’s Representations of Sex and the Body by Lynn Crosbie (more…)

A group of us were on the porch of the Wingnut when we saw a RPD cruiser stop to pull over a young man of color who was walking down Barton Avenue. They stopped him with the excuse that he was walking in the street, but this was a very clear use of racial profiling and “stop and frisk” type policing. We grabbed our Copwatch video camera, and walked down the block to film the incident. We did not have the camera recording our full approach, and were unable to get video of the police frisking the man, though some of us did witness it.

One officer, M Godwin, was fairly aggressive about not allowing Copwatcher Mo to stand on the public sidewalk. A car pulled up Home St. while the RPD cops had their cruiser parked in the middle of Barton Avenue, completely obstructing the road. The folks in the car asked very politely if the police could move the cruiser so they could get by, since Barton is a one way street and they couldn’t turn the other way. The police ignored them.

When the police were done harassing our neighbor, they drove off. We started to head back to the house, when someone noticed they had gone down a few blocks and stopped another young man of color. We did not witness the initial stop, so can’t say for sure what excuse they used for detaining him while they ran his ID.

The person they detained said this was the 3rd time he has been randomly stopped by the cops this week. If you listen carefully you can hear him say this in the video. The amount of police and police harassment in Southern Barton Heights is why we started Copwatch 2 years ago. Unfortunately the cops still engage in racial profiling, harassment, brutality, and many other behaviors which hurt the community.

Again, we approached the scene to film and observe. Both times we were not asked to leave the scene, or even to step back from the scene. During the second incident, Officer Godwin again approached Mo and told her that she couldn’t stand on the sidewalk. He did not say anything about people standing on the grass just as close, or anything about his scene, officer safety etc. He was very clearly just trying to harass Mo.

At one point Mo tried to walk past the RPD Cops who were very clearly blocking the sidewalk. The cops stopped Mo and refused to let her go by. Later, a woman and a child walked up the sidewalk, easily past Mo who was allegedly obstructing the sidewalk, and through the scene without a problem.

Officer Godwin told Mo to move off of the sidewalk repeatedly. Mo told him repeatedly that she was legally allowed to be on the public sidewalk. He eventually demanded Mo’s ID and stomped off to write a citation. Officer Godwin was not stopping anyone from standing in the grass next to the sidewalk, or just as close to the scene as Mo was. After he wrote Mo the citation she walked back to where they had been standing before on the sidewalk. (The young man the RPD had detained was STILL at this point being held by the police, so there was more copwatching to do).

Officer Godwin then threatened to give Mo 5 seconds to get off the sidewalk or else he would take Mo to lockup. However, when Mo answered a phone call he walked off.

Mo’s summons says it is for violation of Law Section 18.2-404 102.2 and the charge is described as “Obstructing Free Passage”. This is a criminal charge- a first degree misdemeanor.

Mo’s court date is Thursday May 31st at 9am at the Manchester general district court at 920 Hull St. on Richmond’s southside. Supporters are encouraged to come out on the 31st to support Mo, and Richmond Copwatch, as well as the right of people to stand on the sidewalk.

If you are interested in learning how to do Copwatch, we can teach you! We also do Know Your Rights trainings, which we recomend to eveyone. Fortunately the majority of the time Copwatchers do not get threatened with arrest, and risk levels to be taken are up to every individual copwatcher and copwatching group.  Feel free to get in touch if you are interested in learning how to copwatch, know your rights trainings, our copwatch First Fridays Patrols, or anything else copwatch related. sbhcopwatch@gmail.com or 804  303 5449 or come by 2005 Barton Avenue on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7pm for the Copwatch Meeting!

Local Richmond journalist Michael Paul Williams wrote a piece in today’s Richmond Times Dispatch discussing Senator Norment’s labeling of the Wingnut as armed terrorists. Williams draws some excellent connections between the communist Red Scare era of the 1950′s and current use of the term terrorist. It is great to have local critical journalism.

The only difference to note is that some of the statements he attributes to Mo were actual from the press release written by the entire Wingnut Anarchist Collective- which you can read in full on this website.

Read his column, “Lawmaker’s ‘Terrorist’ Claim Reckless” here: http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/columnists-blogs/2012/mar/09/tdmet01-michael-paul-williams-lawmakers-terrorist–ar-1751932/

On Thursday February 2nd at 7pm (TOMORROW!!!) , come on out the the Flying Brick Library (506 S. Pine St) for a multimedia presentation and workshop on the Green Scare.

The Green Scare with the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross
This workshop will be a discussion of what the Green Scare is (think Red Scare) – the systematic repression of environmental, animal liberation, earth liberation activists by government and corporate agencies, how it affects activists today, and what can be done to fight it. There will be a lot of intro level material, but folks with more knowledge are encouraged to come share their thoughts and ideas. We are adding a multimedia aspect to this presentation to make it more interesting and engaging.

Recommended Reading List for further study:

Zines- The Green Scare Benefit Tour, Under Attack! The Green Scare and SHAC Canada, The SHAC Model: A Critical Assessment, Survivors Manual, The Green Scare  (These zines are available for reading at the Wingnut Radical Lending Library, Open Hours Wednesdays and Fridays from 4-9pm)

Books- Green is the New Red by Will Potter, Terrorists or Freedom Fighters? by S. Best, Making a Killing by B. Torres, Igniting a Revolution: Voices in Defense of the Earth by S. Best, Memories of Freedom by Rod Coronado (All books also available in the Wingnut Radical Lending Library)

On the web- infoshop.org, anarchistnews.org, ecoprisoners.org, greenscare.org, shac7.com, midwestgreenscare.org, greenisthenewred.com, anarchistblackcross.org, prisonactivist.org, breakthechains.info, ecojustice.org, cldc.org, supportdaniel.org, supporteric.org, freemarie.org, supportmariemason.com, legitgov.org/vafusioncenterterrorassessmentb.pdf

The Richmond Anarchist Black Cross is a prison abolition and political prisoner support organization. The RVA ABC is non-hierarchical and works both locally and nationally to support prisoners and fight the prison industrial complex. The RVA ABC has been working in Richmond for over 3 years.

Contact at rvaabc@gmail.com

The Richmond Anarchist Black Cross has meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7pm at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective, 2005 Barton Avenue.

We’ve added more books to our radical lending library here at the Wingnut. You can search our catalog of books online at http://www.librarything.com/thewingnutrva or you can come by the Wingnut during Open Hours on Wednesdays and Fridays from 4pm to 9pm or during events at the Wingnut to check out a book.

Some of our new titles are:

Eyes to the South: French Anarchists and Algeria by David Porter

The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities by Ching-In Chen

The Primal Screamer by Nick Blinko

Alternative Vegan by Dino Sarma Weierman

Pistoleros The Chronicles of Farquhar McHarg Volume 1: 1918 by Farquhar McHarg

On the Ground: An Illustrated Anecdotal History of the Sixties Underground Press in the U.S. by Sean Stewart

Civilization and Its Discontents by Sigmund Freud

Speaking Treason Fluently: Anti-Racist Reflections From an Angry White Male by Tim Wise

Against Equality: Don’t Ask to Fight Their Wars by Ryan Conrad

 

Come over to the Wingnut Anarchist Collective on Wednesday February 22nd anytime between 6 and 10pm to write a letter to a prisoner.

Supporting social justice/radical/anarchist movements also means supporting the people who are currently incarcerated for their involvement in these movements. Writing letters to prisoners is an act of solidarity.

We will supply addresses and background information about a variety of political prisoners from movements such as the Black Panthers, the Animal Liberation Front, and the Earth Liberation Front. We will also have paper, pens, envelopes, and stamps (although donated stamps are always appreciated).

We also have information on the dos and don’ts of writing letters to prisoners.

Tea and snacks too!

The Wingnut Anarchist Collective is a sober, all ages space located at 2005 Barton Avenue. For more information you can call 804 303 5449 or email wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

Visions of Abolition is a new feature length documentary about the prison industrial complex and the prison abolition movement.

We will be screening the movie’s 2 parts on 2 different nights – Sunday February 19th at 7pm and Sunday February 26th at 7pm. Both parts of the film are less than an hour long, leaving time for group discussion afterwards.

We encourage people curious about the prison industrial system, political prisoners, women and prisons, race and prisons, what alternatives there are to prisons and more to come watch and then join in the discussion.

We will also have handouts and literature from the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross at these screenings.

The Wingnut is a sober, all ages space located at 2005 Barton Avenue. Please call 804 303 5449 or email wingnut_collective@yahoo.com for more information.

More about the movie: (more…)

Jeremy Hawthorne, arrested September 5th, 2011 while on a Copwatch patrol, is going on trial before a jury for allegedly slashing 7 tires on Virginia Commonwealth University vehicles, including two police cars. The charge is Destruction of State Property > $1,000, a Class 6 Felony.The case is clearly politically motivated; as a part of Richmond Copwatch, Jeremy is one of several who have been targeted by Richmond police in past months for their work against police brutality and poor jail conditions in the city. The notoriously heavy-handed RPD and its officers, ever the subject of much controversy, have bristled and taken a particularly antagonistic attitude with activists, protestors, and copwatchers, reacting in a consistently aggressive, violent, and reckless manner. Accountability, on the other hand, has been elusive.

The “evidence” used to indict Jeremy is insubstantial, and many details surrounding testimonies evidence gathering, and the circumstances leading to Jeremy’s arrest, are questionable at best.
Commonwealth Attorney Christopher Toepp is handling the case per his personal request, intent on a full conviction. Toepp has had a long year of high-profile cases, having been on the prosecution for the Monroe Park Occupation, and the African burial ground demonstration. If Chris Toepp has his way, Jeremy would face 5 years in prison.
The description of the person depicted in the so-far unreleased surveillance footage is incredibly mundane: a beard, a hat (maybe camo, brown, or black?), tattoos, a black sleeveless or rolled-up shirt, a bag, and a step-thru frame bike. In Richmond, this could easily be thousands of people. The alleged acts occurred on August 23rd, the Monday proceeding Best Friends Day, meaning hundreds more out-of-town hipster look-alikes were wild in the streets.

We encourage all those who think they may roughly fit this description to come to the hearing, inside the courtroom and out, as part of a “beard bloc.”

Folks who wish to come out in support- the hearing will be in courtroom 305 of the John Marshall Court Building, 400 N. Ninth St., Richmond, Virginia; 9:30AM Wednesday, February 1st.

For more information, you can contact rvaabc@gmail.com and check richmondlegalsupport.wordpress.com for updates.
We ask all to donate to his legal fund, via the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross (2005 Barton Avenue, Richmond, VA 23222).

Saturday February 4th from 3pm til 8pm

The Occupy Richmond Gardening Workgroup and the Wingnut Anarchist Collective are getting ready for some awesome Spring time gardening!

We are getting together in February to plant seeds, which we can grow indoors until March, so we can have awesome, nutritious, delicious gardens in Richmond!

Supplies we need:
Seeds! (For vegetables)
Soil! (Top soil)
Containers for planting seeds in!
More TBA
We might have resources to share as well, more TBA!

If you have questions, donations, concerns etc you can contact Kat at 1 703 859 0393 or Mo at 1 804 300 0023

Come on out if you want to help plant seedlings that we can grow to feed communities around Richmond.
We will also be watching Attack of the Killer Tomatoes at some point during this event (TBA).

The Wingnut is a sober, all ages space. Kids are welcome!

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