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We have added more books to the Wingunt Radical Lending Library and to our online, search-able, library database.

You can search our books online, at http://www.librarything.com – our name is thewingnutrva – on the website you can search our books, under “Your Library”, or our Zine collection under “Approaching Apocalypse Zine Library”. Zines are not available to be checked out, but you are welcome to come browse and read.

Thanks so much to everyone who has donated books! We are always accepting donations of books. If you can’t make it by during Open Hours or and event to donate, feel free to leave a box or bag of books on our front porch with a note!

If you are interested in getting involved with the library, checking out books, etc. please feel free to stop by during Open Hours on Wednesdays and Fridays from 4-9pm, or email wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

Here are some of our new titles:

The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell

The Lost Gospel: The Book of Q and Christian Origins by Burton L. Mack

The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan

In Defense of Women by H. L. Mencken (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!

Wingnut House Policies

No drugs, No people intoxicated by drugs.

Our political events are all sober events- so no drinking or being intoxicated by alcohol or drugs. Any event that is a non-sober event will be stated as such. If you are unclear, you can ask- please ask BEFORE you come over. Examples of political events which ARE STILL SOBER include but are not limited to: Food Not Bombs, Anarchist Black Cross Meetings and Events, Copwatch Meetings and Events, Open Hours, Workshops, etc.

Smoking – if you smoke cigarettes you can do so on the property as long as it is outside. Please make sure you pick up your cigarette butts, and be aware of whether or not the people around you are comfortable with the second hand smoke.

No oppressive language or actions including but not limited to homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, ableism, ageism or classism. We support calling out of these actions. If you hear someone say something and you are not comfortable addressing it please let a Wingnut know. (more…)

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?!

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

 

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…)

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!

These are pictures from the raid today in Chapel Hill. The police, without warning, raided the occupied space, guns out and in the faces of the people present. No word yet on what charges are facing the folks loaded onto a city bus and taken off, but they were trespassing on private property, so that is likely to be one of the charges. We have not heard anything further about the Richmond activist detained by the police. We only know that she was one of the folks detained.

http://anarchistnews.org/node/17796

http://www.dailytarheel.com/index.php/article/2011/11/4ec04a8f753e7

http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/11/13/1641362/activists-take-over-vacant-franklin.html

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.

Join the Wingnut Anarchist Collective to watch the new movie, If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, on Sunday, October 16th at 7pm.

This is a sober, all ages event. The Wingnut is located at 2005 Barton Avenue. Call 804 303 5449 or email wingnut_collective@yahoo.com if you have any questions

More about the film:

On December 7th, 2005, federal agents conducted a nationwide sweep of radical environmentalists involved with the Earth Liberation Front — an organization the FBI has called America’s “number one domestic terrorism threat.”

IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT is the remarkable story of the group’s rise and fall, told through the transformation and radicalization of one of its members, Daniel McGowan. Part coming-of-age tale, part cops-and-robbers thriller, the film interweaves a chronicle of McGowan facing life in prison with a dramatic investigation of the events that led to his involvement with the ELF. Using never-before-seen archival footage and intimate interviews — with cell members and with the prosecutor and detective who were chasing them — IF A TREE FALLS asks hard questions about environmentalism, activism, and the way we define terrorism.