Posts Tagged ‘solidarity’

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Hope to see some of yall there to support the trans* community in Richmond!!

http://www.gofundme.com/hfew8s

From their gofundme page: Richmond TG Prom RICHMOND, VA
The TG Prom is an annual event for anyone who identifies in any way as trans* and for anyone who supports trans* identities. It seeks to continue providing a safe, non-judgemental, and fun space for trans* people and their allies to meet and make friends. It seeks to promote a culture that acknowledges and accepts without hierarchy or judgement all forms of trans* identity. It acknowledges and supports the right of trans* people to determine their own needs and seeks to provide financial assistance as much as possible in meeting those needs without condition. It seeks to provide a space that showcases trans* talent and performers who have far too often been overshadowed or represented by drag performances within the LGBT community. It seeks to promote a visible trans* community so that trans* identities may stop being a source of stigma and shame, so that dangerous stereotypes are shown to be untrue, and to attract more allies and supporters to trans* causes.

we are trying to raise money to secure and throw the TG Prom at the GCCR.

Thanks to everyone who came out in Richmond today to show solidarity with fast food and convenience store workers on strike for $15 an hour. There were over 30 workers on strike and over 40 community supporters as well. Plus amazing puppets and drums from the All Saints Theater Puppet Company.
It was a re-energizing event and thanks to everyone who helped to organize it as well.
Here are some photos and video we took at the event! Keep an ear out as there will be more strikes, more protests and more actions around living wage, Eric Garner, Mike Brown, #blacklivesmatter, and more. There is a ton of excellent work being done in Richmond, much led by people of color, to draw the intersectional connections between issues while still respecting the importance and uniqueness of each issue.

Keep loving, keep fighting, keep reading, keep talking, and keep taking care of yourself and those around you! We are building a movement, a necessary movement, and we need to bring our positivity to it because lives are on the line. But seriously, keep your mental/emotional and physical health in mind so we can sustain this movement. lovelovelove

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Tonight’s protest, which seemed to be primarily organized by women of color, against the racist system that let off the NYPD cop who killed Eric Garner took place at 10pm. The march left the VCU compass, and took Harrison to West Grace, then to Ryland. At Ryland and Broad an 11 minute die in took place to symbolize the 11 times Eric Garner said “I can’t breathe” while being choked to death.
Then the march went down Broad, stopping in the middle of a block to listen to the organizers speak on the epidemic of police murders of black people (every 28 hours),  about how the system is not broken but designed in this racist manner, and how solidarity and speaking out against these grave injustices is important – even vital for black lives. The march then proceeded to Broad and Belvidere where protesters held the intersection for almost a full hour before dispersing. Some protesters bought water bottles to pass out amongst the crowd.
Some of the cheers included – “I can’t breathe, we’ve got to fight back”? “Black lives matter”, and “for Eric Garner and Mike Brown shut it down” (forgive us we are tired and are not recalling the last one correctly).
Richmond police blocked the roads but there were no arrests to our knowledge.

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Richmond Food Not Bombs will be doing the prep and cooking for Sunday meals at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective every Sunday in December from 12:30- 3:45 then leaving for Monroe Park to share the meal.
2005 Barton Avenue
Or call 804 300 0023 for more info

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Richmond Food Not Bombs has a new rotational schedule for the cooksites. For October we will be cooking at 3100 1st Avenue in Highland Park, for November we will be at 1105 Highland View Avenue in Highland Park, and for December we will be at 2005 Barton Avenue in Barton heights. All are near eachother on Richmond’s Northside.
We cook at each site for month at a time on Sundays from 12:30 – 3:30 then we load into vehicles and take the food to Monroe Park to serve at 4 at the corner of Main and Belvidere.

We can always use volunteers to help chop, cook, clean, wash dishes, organize, post fliers around town etc.

We can also always use donations of paper plates, paper cups, plastic forks and spoons, rice, oil, olive oil, vinegars, sugar, flour, pasta, spices, oats, etc.

If you would like to help us with a fundraiser we could certainly use that help as well. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation there is a way to do that too. Please get in touch at 804 300 0023 or mokarnage@gmail.com for more information.

Food is a Right, Not a Privilege!!!!
Food Not Bombs has been serving a free, vegan meal every Sunday in Richmond’s Monroe Park for almost 21 years now. We go out regardless of the weather or holidays and have only missed 2 Sundays in all these years. Everything is done on a volunteer and donation basis. We can really use the help and allies as we face many potential issues due to the recent privatization of Monroe Park (a thirty year lease for a dollar a year to the Monroe Park Conservancy), which threatens the ability of poor and houseless people to be in Monroe Park and our ability to serve free food with a potential year long park shut down, private security, and $35 permit application fee. We do not know when any of this might happen because the MPC is a non transparent private entity, but we do plan to resist and we need your help! For more info on the renovation plans please get in touch!!

Ok folks, hold onto your hats. We have got a change up with Richmond Food Not Bombs. One house in the rotation has dropped out so we are now going to be hosting for the month of September at The Wingnut Anarchist Collective 2005 Barton Avenue. October and November will be planned to be at  3100 1st Avenue. September is Mo’s birthday and marks their 12th year of some sort of involvement with Food Not Bombs. Come celebrate with Mo by coming out to cook on Sundays in September at 12:30.

Look out for notice of a Food Not Bombs meeting soon so we can figure out a long term schedule and maybe a new house to add back into the rotation.
We need to keep strong because we are still facing the privatization of Monroe Park and possible issues from that coming up next Summer. Momentum must be built and allies made.

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Here are some photos from today’s Raise Up! press conference, which was held at the McDonald’s at E. Broad and 18th.

The rain and the cold didn’t stop fast food workers, or supporting unions and organizations from showing up to take a stand against wage theft and abuse at work. Fast food workers demand respect, $15 an hour, an end to wage theft and more!

If you are a fast food worker who has experienced Wage Theft in the Richmond area, call 804 495 1439 to report it!  Or check out www.robbedonthejob.org

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Next time hopefully the weather will treat us better and we will see more faces out to support Fast Food Workers! Unionizing in the South is hard, and vitally important. Support Southern workers, support Fast Food Workers! Everyone deserves a Living Wage!

More info: http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2014/03/14/mcdonalds-wage-theft-suits-just-the-tip-of-the-iceberg/

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/14/business/mcdonalds-workers-in-three-states-file-suits-claiming-underpayment.html?_r=0

BREAKING: MCDONALDS WORKERS IN 3 STATES COME FORWARD TO FILE WAGE THEFT LAWSUITS AGAINST THE COMPANY

http://www.salon.com/2014/03/13/breaking_mcdonalds_workers_mount_class_action_suits_in_three_states/

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If you want to help the Wingnut do any action around this please get in touch!

Following recent events in Chiapas, the Network for Solidarity and against Repression has urged “adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle, and every organization, collective, and honest person in Mexico and the world who, from your own places, extend your embrace to the dignified rage of the Zapatistas,”  to participate in the Week of National and International Solidarity, “If they touch the Zapatistas, they touch all of us”, to be held from February 16 to 23, to “denounce the counterinsurgency war” and express that “the Zapatista communities are not alone.”

This call results from great concerns about recent events, denounced by the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Human Rights Center as: “the Chiapas government’s failure to prevent attacks on the support bases of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) from the 10 de Abril community,” leading to “an imminent possibility of new attacks and an intensification of the violence, which would be a risk to life and personal integrity, in addition to the violations of the right to territory and autonomy of the Zapatista peoples.”

These events came to light on January 31, when the Zapatista Good Government Junta, Heart of the Rainbow of Hope, from Caracol IV, and Whirlwind of our Words (based in Morelia, Chiapas) denounced new aggressions suffered by Zapatista support bases (BAZ). The attacks were made on the iconic Zapatista community of 10 de Abril in the autonomous rebel municipality 17 de Noviembre, by groups of government supporters belonging to the group Independent Center of Agricultural and Campesino Workers (CIOAC) Democratic, from the nearby Tojolabal community of 20 de Noviembre. Six BAZ members were injured, three of them seriously, and one is in danger of losing his sight. Furthermore, a shocking attack also took place on staff from the San Carlos Hospital in Altimirano who came to give assistance, but were attacked and prevented from attending to the injured.
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Pricey? Yes.

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Please spread the word!

New Normal Apparel has done a really nice job of reaching out to connect with community groups and they are brand new!

Our Pals at ACORN Community in Louisa have had a SECOND fire this year, this time damaging their main building. These folks are incredible, do incredible work for agriculture and community. There are so many amazing residents, and they need some support right now. Please, if you are able to, donate to their repair fund. And definitely share this with others who might be willing and able to support them!

There indiegogo fundraiser:

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/acorn-community-s-post-arson-repairs?show_todos=true

http://igg.me/p/576244