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In case you haven’t heard, 33 people were arrested on Saturday March 3rd during a rally for women’s rights at the Virginia State Capital. The protest was one of a number of recent demonstrations held in Virginia to protest the oppressive proposed legislation which would severely inhibit women’s rights to reproductive freedom.

The people arrested on Saturday were held for hours in buses without access to food, water, or bathrooms. They were then later transferred to the Richmond City Lock Up where they were processed and released, late into the night. A group of supporters stayed outside of lock up the whole time, cheering as people were released and helping keep the spirits high with acts of solidarity.

They have been charged with unlawful assembly and trespass. They are facing up to 2 years for their participation in the demonstration at the capital.

Folks are collecting money to help out the arrestees with all of their legal fees. If you are able, please donate here: https://www.wepay.com/donations/179709?fb_comment_id=fbc_10150723832110505_22452582_10150724878410505#f16ba7792c

Upcoming court dates for the arraignments of the folks arrested on Saturday are: Friday March 9th, Wednesday March 14th, Thursday March 15th, Friday March 16th, and Monday March 19th all at 9:00am at the Manchester Court House at 920 Hull St. Keep in mind that cell phones, weapons, knives, guns, food, drink, etc. are not allowed in court rooms.

Here is a link to a video by amazing Richmond journalist/photojournalist/documentation Kontra of the events. Includes police violence: M3: Richmond Women Take the Capital http://player.vimeo.com/video/37925933?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0

There were many amazing anarchists and feminists who have been organizing and participating in these protests and this movement against the patriarchical system. The movement might not yet be revolutionary, but many of the participants are. Keep struggling, keep fighting!

The pieces of legislation being proposed right now in Virginia are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the problematic, dangerous, and oppressive situation faced by women world wide. Misogyny abounds, and male privilege continues to dominate. The movement for women’s rights must continue after the legislative session, and beyond the political realm. Stopping pieces of law can be seen as a huge victory, and will certainly have a positive impact for tens of thousands of women in Virginia. But we have to push further, and gain more ground, so we aren’t fighting for the same turf every year. We need to consider intersectionality of oppression, the oppression inherent in the capitalist system, the problems of hierarchy, etc.  A better world IS possible. And Virginia has the people power to make it happen!

For a world where these sorts of laws aren’t even imaginable! For a world where women control their own lives, health, and reproductive choices! For a world where no one can make decisions about our bodies or sexuality for us! For a world without politicians, bosses, or cops!

“Being an anarchist feminist means becoming conscious of all struggles for liberation, not letting the struggle for women’s liberation become the struggle for white, middle-class, able-bodied, straight heterosexual women’s equality under capitalism.
While as feminists we are aware of male privilege, we need to be aware of our own. The eternal difficulty with feminism, and all politics/activism, is that it tends to be exclusive. It is more likely to be the educated, the white, the middle-class, the able-bodied, the non-marginalized, the young, the straight, the child-free, the cis-gendered, the settled, that get to participate in these groups.”

— What the fuck is Anarcha-Feminism anyway?!

The city said we needed to fix our fence (oh CAPS…), and our friend Steve came to town to help us.

We found materials in our own yard to fix the crappy parts of the fence. YAY!

Here are some pictures for your amazement and amusement:

Classy....

Old camper roof = strongest part of the fence yet! Plus a window...

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Virginia politicians are attempting an advance in the war against women and women’s rights and reproductive freedom during this legislative session. Folks in Richmond are organizing some protests, call-ins, and petitions against the proposed pieces of legislation. One event will be a protest next Monday the 20th. Check out the information about the pieces of legislation and the protest below. Take action to support Virginian women. Solidarity actions encouraged.

We are glad to see people in Virginia taking a stand against these potentially oppressive laws, and look forward to the day when more people will take a stand against a system that makes even the proposal of such laws possible.
As anarchists, we do not seek reform or believe that reform through legislative bodies or politicians is a realistic solution to our problems. We would rather seek out and attack the roots of the problems, including misogny, sexism, patriarchy, capitalism, and hierarchy.
We do believe in self-defense, solidarity, direct action, and mutual aid.
Women, and anarchists will not stand for these laws, and the passing of any of these laws only goes to show the level of patriarchy still alive and well in the capitalist government system.
As anarchists, we support all attempts to fight back against a system attempting to criminalize, assault, objectify, violate, limit, and control women.
We encourage and support those who will defend the rights of women to control their own lives and bodies by any means necessary.

Go below for more about next Monday’s protest:

The VA General Assembly is attempting to outlaw abortions, the morning after pill and most hormonal birth control. They want to make it mandatory for us report miscarriages within one hour to the police and be able to charge us with murder if we do choose to get an abortion once illegal. They want us to have to get and see ultrasounds before choosing to get an abortion as psychological blackmail. The only place that will offer this if a woman can’t afford the ultrasound is a conservative crisis pregnancy center where they will then tell her how horrible she is. They want to stop federal funding to low income women with high risk pregnancies essentially forcing women carry even if the fetus would not make it through to labor. They want to change building codes in Virginia so that MOST places you can receive an abortion would be shut down. These are known as TRAP laws and are not technically session laws they are happening congruently.

There is also legislation trying to stop the current procedure of shackling women prisoner in labor. This is a serious and dangerous session to women and they mean business. We should show them we do too by speaking loudly in silence for women’s reproductive rights! We are not gonna take this anymore!

On Feb 20th at 11 am, we are we’re putting out the call for 500 women (but men very welcome and wanted!) to line either side of the walkway between the general assembly building and the Capitol in SILENCE as our Senators and Representatives pass between the two buildings several times a day to work on passing these bills. This is also President’s day so lots of folks will have off work but the legislators and the Governor have a full schedule.

The Capitol ground rules say that we can not assemble, hold signs, chant, yell or protest. We think silence in the face of this struggle and their unconstitutional rules is by far the strongest response to their terror on women.

Please come out and stand up for our rights and for the rights of all women in VA to choose the best reproductive route for themselves.

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Today was Jeremy Hawthorne’s trial for charges brought against him back in September. Numerous posts on this website and others (www.richmondlegalsupport.org) detail the charges and circumstances around them. He was facing felony charges for vandalism that happened to 7 tires of VCU vehicles, including 2 cop cars in August.

Over 40 friends showed up to the court building today to show their love and support for Jeremy. It was clear that he is part of a large community that likes and appreciates him.

Unfortunately, today he was found guilty. There were many aspects of this case which were bogus, including the last minute cancellation of his lawyer, leaving him stranded with a public defender unfamiliar with the case. Jeremy was found guilty of Felony Destruction of State Property worth greater than 1000 dollars. He was sentenced to 12 months in jail, and a fine of over 1300 dollars (the alleged cost of replacing the tires).

Fortunately, Jeremy is being allowed to remain out of jail until April 6th, when the details of his sentence will be decided in court. His lawyer will also hopefully be able to begin an appeal process before that date. We hope that court on April 6th and any future appeal dates go in Jeremy’s favor.

Our friend Kontra has written a very good article explaining in more detail the situation today in court, as well as the context which helps to better explain the overall case. Please take the time to check it out here:

http://kontradictions.wordpress.com/2012/02/02/apolitical-politics/

Jeremy Hawthorne is an asset to the Richmond community, loved by many, friend to many, and will continue to be supported by these people and community, including us. Solidarity and hugs to Jeremy.

The next court date for Jeremy Hawthorne will be on February 1st 2012 (provided the world has not yet ended).

If you can come support Jeremy, who was arrested during a Richmond Copwatch First Fridays Patrol in September, show up for a 9:30 am court at room  305 (Judge Stout) at the John Marshall Courthouse located at 400 North 9th Street in downtown Richmond.

You can find more about Jeremy’s case on the Wingnut site and soon at http://www.richmondlegalsupport.org

The Occupied Mind blog has written about the Richmond Occupation, and specifically has this post about the arrests of Hunter and Eric during an Occupy Richmond March. They have specifically addressed the relationship between occupiers and our anarchist collective. They also critique the actions of the Richmond Police Department, and question the singling out of 2 anarchists and long term activists during the march.

News and editorials about the Occupy Wall Street movement, with specific local coverage of Occupy Richmond. On Occupy by an Occupier, for everyone.

http://occupiedmind.blogspot.com/2011/11/merry-pranks-and-police-state-politics.html

We just heard from our 2 friends arrested tonight that they will be arraigned tomorrow morning at 9am in the courthouse at 920 Hull Street on Richmond’s Southside.

Please come out to support Eric Scott and Hunter Singleton, who will be spending the night tonight occupying Richmond City Lockup.

This class will take a look at anarchist theory written by anarchist women at the beginning of the 20th century. We will be selecting zines with essays from Emma Goldman, Lucy Parsons, and Voltairine de Cleyre.

The meetings for this class will be on Tuesdays at 8:30pm. The dates will be 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, and 12/20. Folks are welcome to come to all or any of the classes.

Richmond does not have a full fledged Free School, alt…hough this is something that folks at the Wingnut and others have been talking about for a while. After the success of our first class, Colonization and Decolonization, this Fall, we thought about wanting to find a way to approach anarchist theory that would be introductory and accessible.

We will be learning together, and folks interested in studying this topic will be deciding, together, how to make the meetings function. The class is free and open to all ages.

The texts will be available online for download, and if folks need help getting a copy we can make more copies at the Wingnut. *This will be coming soon*

Please get in touch if you plan to attend or have questions or concerns. wingnut_collective@yahoo.com or 804 303 5449

The Wingnut is a sober, all ages space.

The Wingnut Radical Lending Library is a constantly growing collection of anarchist, radical, queer, DIY, environmental, vegan, popular upsrising and more books. Every month we receive new titles from PM Press and AK Press. We also accept donations and purchase books on our own.

You can come by the Wingnut during our weekly  Open Hours- from 4 to 9pm on Wednesday and Fridays (subject to change however, dependent on other events in Richmond, you can call ahead to check 804 303 5449). We are also looking for people who can volunteer to facilitate Open Hours. We have 944  books available for browsing, reading, and checking out. We also have our ever expanding and newly organized Wingnut Zine Library (over 540 titles so far), which you are welcome to read during Open Hours, but which cannot be checked out.

If you are looking for books or zines on a particular subject you can search ahead of time online at http://www.librarything.com/thewingnutrva

Here are just some of our recently added titles:

No More Prisons: Urban Life, Homeschooling, Hip-Hop Leadership, the Cool Rich Ki… by William Upski Wimsatt

Anarchism & Environmental Survival by Graham Purchase

Banksy Locations & Tours Volume 2: A Collection of Graffiti Locations and Photog… by Martin Bull (more…)

There was another meeting for the Occupy Richmond plan last night at 4pm in Monroe Park. The next get together will be on Thursday October 13that 5:30 pm in Monroe Park. The Occupation will begin on October 15th at 4pm. Everyone will meet in Monroe Park. We will then decide on the location for the occupation and then travel as a group there.

At the meeting on Sunday, the group discussed non-violence as a policy, sobriety of the space and what that might mean, possible locations for the occupation, and then split into working groups to start thinking about logistics.

Members of the Wingnut passed out a couple pieces of literature that we felt were relevant to the dialogue about Occupations-

Dear Occupiers: A Letter From Anarchists can be read here:

http://anarchistnews.org/node/15501

America is Already Occupied can be read here:

http://earthspiritandanarchy.blogspot.com/2011/10/america-is-already-occupied-its-time-to.html

Please bring supplies you can carry with you to the meeting on October 15th. Gear that might be really useful to anyone planning on participating in an occupation:

bandanas soaked in apple cider vinegar or lime juice (in ziploc baggies) for dealing with tear gas – goggles – milk of magnesia – apple cider vinegar – ear plugs – pen – paper – markers – ID – tents – tarps – blankets – coats – water bottles – food – snacks – games – books – notebooks – cameras – video cameras – chargers – cell phones – medical supplies – medications you take and the prescriptions for them – flashlights – headlamps – batteries – bandanas – hats – banner material – paint – comfortable walking shoes – personal hygiene products – things to share – music – reading material – material for making signs – markers – ponchos/raincoats – herbal teas – vitamins/supplements – comfort food – things that help you feel better when you are stressed etc.

Things NOT to bring: weapons, drugs, alcohol, bad attitudes, expensive things, fragile things

We would also like to remind people that the state of Virginia has a no-mask law, so wearing a mask that conceals your face can result in FELONY charges.

The Richmond Occupation will be a SOBER space- so no drugs or alcohol or people who are inebriated. This policy is not meant to be exclusive, but to help protect the participants from the police and uncomfortable situations. People who smoke tobacco are asked to be respectful of others, sticking to designated smoking areas that will be created/ staying out of designated non-smoking areas, and picking up cigarette butts.

There will be a medical working group, folks with a variety of experience levels who are willing to help keep everyone safe and comfortable. There will be at least one medic station during the occupation, as well as mobile medics during marches. If you have medical skills you would like to provide during the occupation please come to the medic station. They will be using shirts/armbands/ flags with the red cross symbol on them to identify them. These medics are all donating their time and knowledge and are acting as good samaritans.

There will also be a safe spaces group at the occupation. These folks will have identification symbols (I believe heart armbands) to make them recognizable. They will be available to help mediate, and to help people under mental/emotional stress and difficulty. Their station will be set up in proximity to the medic station.

There are plans being worked on for getting lawyers, legal observers, Know Your Rights trainings throughout the occupation, and more.

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