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UPDATE: Since for whatever reason the story about the Wingnut/Richmond Copwatch using FOIA to get files from the Richmond Police Department is hot now on the internet, we are reposting this request for help.

The police refuse to send us these files.
We are asking for your help.
Please, if you already have these files send us copies. If you have the time/interest, submit a FOIA request of your own for all or part of the following.

We are also interested in any and all government documents you might have pertaining to Virginia, Virginia police (and protocols), FBI and Virginia activist organizations and anarchists etc.

Email us at wingnut_collective@yahoo.com for more info/ if you have the files!

Richmond Copwatch has had an ongoing FOIA request with the Richmond Police Department since January. We were requesting the 2nd half of the documents of police protocols that we did not get the first time we made a request. Since that time the Richmond Police Department has violated the Virginia Freedom of Information Act numerous times. They have a 200 dollar deposit from us, and they are also saying that so far the costs are over 900 dollars. Their lack of communication and compliance make it clear that they are giving us the run around.

You might remember our FOIA Fun back in January- which you can read about here: http://wingnutrva.org/2011/01/04/foiad-again/

We clearly have reason to believe that the police department is refusing to follow the law with this FOIA request because of who we are. We have filed a complaint in court, but VA FOIA law is very limited in its ability to hold government agencies accountable, even if they wanted to.

Since it is taking so long, we were wondering if anyone out there had already used FOIA to get these files. The list of titles we are interested in are below. If you have the time, it would also be awesome if people wanted to submit their own FOIA requests to the Richmond Police Department for these files. However, we would love to take a look at any files people have FOIA’d from the Richmond Police Department. If you have them online, please email them to wingnut_collective@yahoo.com or you can mail a hard copy to Richmond Copwatch 2005 Barton Avenue Richmond, VA 23222 If you have a copy of any of these files that we can borrow that would be great so we can copy and scan them.

These are all sections from the General Orders Index of the Richmond Police Department. We only need the sections listed here, as we have previously received all of the other sections.
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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?!

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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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).

Introducing a new anarchist zine about garbage, Throwing Garbage!

Includes labor history, radical history, the 1960′s Civil Rights movement, the Young Lords Organization, and is perfect for distributing to sanitation workers in your community!

Download the pdf to print and distribute:

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Also available on zine library:

http://zinelibrary.info/throwing-garbage-support-garbage-workers

 

On Friday September 2nd at 7pm, Insurgent Theater will be presenting their play “In the Belly” at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective.

The Richmond Anarchist Black Cross will be tabling with information about prison abolition and prisoner support.

There is no cover charge but please bring donations for Insurgent Theater!

Wingnut events are sober. Our events are usually All Ages, but due to nudity and graphic nature of this performance we ask that all kids be accompanied by an adult or talk to us ahead of time. The nature of the subject matter of this performance means that some folks may find the nudity, violence, or other aspects triggering. We will provide a safe place for people who become uncomfortable to hang out in if they decide to leave the performance.

The Wingnut is located at 2005 Barton Avenue in Southern Barton Heights. We can be contacted at 804 303 5449 or wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

Insurgent Theatre strives to connect performing arts with radical struggles, to make theatre that is relevant, engaging, challenging and useful for those who confront the US police state and global capitalist empire. We’ve been making original theatre since 2003 and frequently touring the country since August, 2008. Insurgent was founded in Milwaukee, WI, but is now located in Columbus, OH.

In the belly is where things digest, where they are broken down so their value can be extracted. This is where things are made to rot. If our society is a beast, it’s belly is the prison system. This new work from Insurgent Theatre seeks to manifest imprisonment on stage, overlays it with critical analysis of the system, and follows up with in-depth discussion about abolishing prison in America.

Created in workshop by Weslie Coleman, Kate Pleuss, and Ben Turk, with assistance from Harmony Bench and Rebecca Riley.

Touring the US in 2011. Raising funds for RedBird Prison Abolition. Supporting prisoners in Ohio.

This show contains nudity, violence and other sad realities of the US prison system. (more…)

The 2011 Richmond Zine Fest is going to be held on October 8th from 11amto 6pm at the Gay Community Center of Richmond.

Sign up for tabling this event is now live, at www.richmondzinefest.org

It really helps the organizers of the zine fest if people register and pay early. We have to raise 1500 dollars to rent the space, and it certainly takes the stress off if we know sooner how much to expect from the tablers.

If you are from out of town and will be looking for a place to stay, the Wingnut might be able to host you. You can take a look at our guest and house policies above if this is something that might interest you. Then please send an email our way at wingnut_collective@yahoo.com We would love to know how many people need a place to stay, and possibly plan some events for fun over the weekend if folks are interested.

Hope to see you this year at the 2011 Richmond Zine Fest! Tell your friends!

 

Post Critical Mass show at the Wingnut! July 4th at 7pm at the Wingnut.

Barons of Tang are absolutely fucking insane.  They’re musicianship combined with creativity is remarkable.  They call it gypsy deathcore but that only really sorta sums it up.  Mad gypsy deathcore with crazy timing and a truly talented lineup.  They have been blowing the audience away every single night.  You’ll absolutely love them.  The Barons of Tang are Gypsy Deathcore from Australia www.thebaronsoftang.com

Our band, Di Nigunim, plays klezmer influenced punk rock.  Usually we are a 10 piece punk orchestra, but as of now we’ve got but 5 members with us.  We’ve never played with so few, but crazy shit has gone on, including incarceration, and the tragedy of our drums (except hardware, cymbals and kick), bass amp, and bass head, and our two PA speakers being lifted in Chicago, they were stolen with the trailer that michael let us borrow actually.  So, we’re playing fun sloppy klezmo-punk.  We are guitar/vox, drums, keyboard, accordion, glockenspiel.

All ages, sober, no cover fee, but bring money to donate to the travelling bands and to buy their CDs!

The Pie and Blind Date Auction for the Anarchist Black Cross was a hilarious success last night.People got pied, people fought over pies in bidding wars, people danced silly to the fuck the police soundtrack. It appeared that a good time was had all around.

There was berry pie, french silk pie, punpkin pie, mud pies, shepherd's pie, german chocolate pie, and on and on and on. A good mix of vegan and non-vegan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We raised 404.25 for the Anarchist Black Cross. Thanks a bunch to everyone who baked pies, everyone who bought pies, Sprout for hosting, the folks who came from out of town for the event, and all involved for making it such a good time. If you missed out this time, you can always donate to the Anarchist Black Cross at any time, and definitely come to next year’s April Fools Day Pie and Blind Date Auction (yea, we’re going annual with this).

Hope everyone enjoys eating those pies and going on cute dates!

Know Your Rights Training with nice folks from the East Atlanta Copwatch Group!

Tuesday January 4th at 7pm at the Wingnut (2005 Barton Avenue)

Free Training!

804 303 5449