Posts Tagged ‘Virginia’

On Wednesday August 27th we are hosting live from Canada the Drunken Wobblies! Folk punk music with labor lyrics! 7pm, all ages, bring a friend and a donation for the canadians!

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On Thursday August 28th we are hosting a craft night at 7pm! We will be making jewelry and you are welcome to come and bring any craft you want to work on or supplies to share etc.!

On Sunday August 31st, join us at 12:30 to cook for Food Not Bombs! This is the Wingnut’s last Sunday hosting the meal preparation until November!

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On Monday September 1st, take a break from your Labor Day festivities to come to a bizarre book reading at the Wingnut. No, really, its bizarre- The Bizarro Book Tour to be exact! 8pm!

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And on Friday September 5th, at 6pm, we will be hosting a potluck dinner for friends and family!!

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Dominion Resources Inc. is in the preliminary stages of planning to build a 2-4 billion dollar (conflicting numbers on this out there) natural gas pipeline from West Virginia, into and through 5 counties in Virginia, and down into southern North Carolina. They call it Dominion Southeast Reliability Project which is apparently fancy talk for gonna wreck your land whether you like it or not. Much of the territory being threatened lies in rural areas, where folks may feel less capacity to push back. But they are not alone, and we have gotten word that they are more angry than scared. Dominion Resources is a sister company to Dominion Power, who holds a monopoly on electricity in Virginia, and has headquarters located in Richmond. There is plenty of opportunity to push back against this plan, in solidarity with folks in the counties and in defense of the earth.

Highland County is one of the least populated counties in the state, and the Board of Supervisors there was presented with initial information in late May. The local paper there, the Recorder reports, “The board also received a map, plus a draft letter to property owners who could be affected, explaining the surveying that would take place on their land.

It explains to a landowner, “Typically, the first step in a new project is to conduct surveys and environmental studies along a potential route corridor. Your property has been identified as being in this corridor and that is why we are notifying you so that we can begin keeping you informed throughout this process and because surveys will be conducted on your property. Conducting these surveys and environmental studies is required as part of the permitting process for a project of this nature. The Commonwealth of Virginia encourages new projects such as the Southeast Reliability project to conduct these studies as a way to minimize environmental and land use impacts. Dominion plans to begin the surveys and studies on or about July 1, 2015.”

Further, it tells a landowner, “Please be aware that our surveying the route does not mean you are agreeing to access for construction of the pipeline. For that purpose, we will seek a separate easement agreement from all affected property owners prior to construction once a final route is selected at the end of this process. During the initial phase and any subsequent phases of the Southeast Reliability pipeline project, Dominion and its representatives will remain in contact with you through other mailings, phone and in-person information sessions to keep you informed and to answer any questions you may have.”

It directs landowners to sign the form and return it to Dominion.

It also explains Doyle Land Services Inc. would assist with the project…. County supervisors informed the planning commission of the project last night (Thursday). “The said holy cow, too,” Wagner said. “There might be nothing we can do. It’s going to sock us.””

Sorry about the long quote, but the text of the letter sent to landowners seems important to get verbatim.

Photo fro a Yinke Dene protest against the Enbridge pipeline in  April 2014- article on that issue here: http://warriorpublications.wordpress.com/2014/04/11/b-c-first-nation-along-pipeline-route-officially-rejects-northern-gateway-plan/

Photo fro a Yinka Dene protest against the Enbridge pipeline in April 2014- article on that issue here: http://warriorpublications.wordpress.com/2014/04/11/b-c-first-nation-along-pipeline-route-officially-rejects-northern-gateway-plan/

The folks of rural Virginia are the ones who will have this dangerous and destructive pipeline in their backyards, and these communities are not even set to benefit from access to resources. Dominion told a Prince Edward official that the county could purchase their own T to tap into the line in the future if they wanted.

The people of Nelson County Virginia are in the preliminary stages of pushing back against the aggressive, destructive plan. In one area, property owners are organizing to follow and film the surveyors who are being sent onto their properties. There are many determined to not let the pipeline onto their land.  Others are also gathering signatures and creating petitions. Apparently Nelson County officials who requested to meet with Dominion have not yet been given the chance.

One resident, Ammon Sammon, says “The pipeline will include a 400ft corridor wiping out everything around it, including my house, and will not be giving anyone any compensation:.

Environmentally, there is a lot at risk. Aside from the clearly destructive expansion of infrastructure serving non-renewable energy sources, the pipeline would run through the Alleghany Highlands, putting the entire area at risk. And anything which produces a greater demand for practices such as fracking is an enemy of the people and the planet.

Local Sierra Clubs have begun to come out against the pipeline plan, including the Shenandoah Group. You can read their letter to the editor which details some of the natural areas at risk, in the Staunton paper the News Leader  here.

Keep your ears to the ground, and make contact with folks you might know living in Highland, Augusta, Nelson, Prince Edward, Cumberland or Buckingham  counties. Make sure folks are aware of what is going on, even those not directly affected may have neighbors who are. They tentatively plan to start construction in 2017 and be done in 2018.

If anyone has news of any resistance or organizing against this pipeline and you would like us to share the news, please be in touch! wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

No Compromise in Defense of Mother Earth!

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As many know, Monsanto has taken on the totalitarian role of controlling food and food sourcing on a global level. This monopoly has made it so that conventional food is no longer truly food and the profit they make everyday furthers their lovely process of eugenics via commercial foods.

This year marked the first global March Against Monsanto that over 2 million people took part in. We hope to see this every year, maybe more than just annually. We the people do not need Monsanto, never have, and never will. 

Here are some pictures via the Richmond, VA march and if anyone has any others please be sure to let us know.

One personal note I would like to add in reference to corporate foods, Monsanto, and the USDA/FDA is: DO NOT FALL FOR THE CORPORATE ORGANIC SCHEME. 

“Organic” is NOT a revolution. If you eat all-organic or non-GMO marketed products/foods you are not revolutionary and are most likely actually contrary. Organic/whole/vegan/natural foods are the ORIGINAL foods of mother Earth and people this last past century or so have let despots control and poison our modern foodsource. Now the public is supposed to pay MORE for a product that is easier, simpler, better, and more ecologically friendly than conventional foods? I dont think so. Organic foods are a market and a profit for capitalism- not a revolution.

2nd: Organic, as a corporate label, is false on account that your “organic” milk most likely came from a cow that might have been fed more “natural” foods, but carries the genetics of thousands of conventionally/GMO bred cattle. Everytime something is packaged with petroleum, or stickers with chemical adhesives are stuck onto produce, or ultimately anytime something is farmed/processed/made/baked with flouridated water (the only sourced water within any and all institutions in America) it is NO LONGER organic.. Organic seeds also most likely had un-organic parents and are watered with flouridated water.

Organic isnt a new start- its taking select items on the market and using supposedly “higher quality” (simpler) means of production to then raise the price to appeal to the wealthy elite. Why would corporations want only the upper classes to have “quality” foods? This is what we call Eugenics. Weeding out the weak (poverty) and giving them the “lower status/quality” foods so that they may remain poisoned and dependent on the medical system while the white wealthy elite remains dependent on consumerism via groceries in this scenario. Isn’t this great? Capitalism is wonderful.

Until you educate yourself in agriculture, farming, survivalism, etc etc dont go telling people you eat healthier because you eat food with packages that say the “o” word on them. You have no proof they are better. Oh, studies show it? Studies also show that when officials say “studies show” people believe and buy more. So are you accurate, or just falling in line for another trend in the first-world? Who is conducting these studies? How much money does the organic industry make annually, and then to top it off, ask yourself… who the fuck owns all these companies. Bada-bing! The same banks that bring you Mcdonalds, Pepsi, Wal-Mart, etc etc also own the organic industry. Revolutionary? No. Consumerism. Period.

The greatest people I know dont have $500 worth of WholeFoods groceries in their house that they just bought. They farm, they liberate, or they dumpster food, because they are over the lies and the scams. Capitalism is capitalism no matter what you buy. Period. Stop buying the lie. The market was not designed for your health, just your money (slavery). Obtain heirloom seeds, spring water, and farm. That is the revolution.

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https://www.facebook.com/MarchAgainstMonstanto?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/events/355658477877810/?fref=ts (Richmond sector)

Heard word from friends in Roanoke about a new Food Not Bombs chapter they are starting up. If you know anyone in that area please pass the indfo along!

https://www.facebook.com/events/544630918908385/?ref=2

Food Not Bombs Interest Meeting
Public
Hosted by Erika Ries, Gentry Basilseed and Jay Olde

When
Monday, May 13, 2013, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Where
auditorium, roanoke public library 706 South Jefferson Street
Get Directions
Details
Come out and support your local Food Not Bombs chapter!

This will be our first meeting. Our initial mission is to serve free hot vegetarian/vegan meals in a public space to anyone who is hungry. All One! Everyone is welcome, bring a friend!

At the upcoming meeting we will present a brief history of Food Not Bombs and discuss options for:
~ food collection
~ location for cooking
~ location to serve food
~ community outreach

If you would like to learn more about Food Not Bombs before the meeting, you can visit the website
http://www.foodnotbombs.net

feel free to email questions and suggestions
foodnotbombsroanoke@gmail.com

Food is a Right, Not a Privilege

From: http://virginiaprisonstrike.blogspot.com/2013/04/hunger-strike-begins-at-wallens-ridge.html?m=1

Solidarity with Virginia Prison Hunger Strikers
Solidarity with Virginia Prison Hunger Strikers has been formed to supportand publicize the hunger strike being launched by prisoner comrades at Wallens Ridge State Prison beginning Monday April 15th when men in segregation refused their first meal.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Hunger Strike Begins at Wallens Ridge State Prison

On Monday, April the 15th it was brought to the attention of the Solidarity with Virginia Prison Hunger Strikers Coalition that a hunger strike has been initiated at Wallens Ridge State Prison located in Big Stone Gap, Virginia.Based off inside information there are at least 16 individuals participating in this hunger strike. The status of the strikers is unknown at this time. Last May a hunger strike was initiated at Red Onion State Prison, which is located 30 minutes north of Wallens Ridge State Prison and could be considered its sister site. Between the prior hunger strike and the current one, the VADOC has conducted a new effort to transport many of the prisoners formerly held at Red Onion to Wallens Ridge. Although Wallens Ridge is a lower-level security prison it is commonly said by prisoners and ex-prisoners that Wallens Ridge is a more brutal and corrupt prison than Red Onion. Even though the technical status of Wallens Ridge is security-level 4 there has now been a new security-level designation within Wallens Ridge, in correspondence with Red Onion transfers, known as security-level S. According to the VADOC January newsletter the reasoning behind this campaign is to “give…offenders more programmatic opportunities and more pathways to lower security prisons” and that it has resulted in “..a reduction in the number of Administrative Segregation offenders, a reduction in incidents, and a reduction in offender grievances.” The fact that these young men are compelled to risk their lives in order to gain a little more fairness, a little more decency, refutes whatever the official line of the VADOC may be in its efforts to keep the population under its thumb.

The VADOC and its agents are culpable for all torture and brutality that is inlicted upon generations of young black men who are living at the mercy of a justice system that specifically targets them based on their race and class. We support these hunger strikers and their demands against the oppression they face daily at the hands of correctional officers and the negligence of the VADOC itself.

Suport the Hunger Strikers!

Meet Their Demands!

End Prison Torture!

The Wingnut Anarchist Collective is looking for a new roommate (or 2) starting on March 1st.

Preference given to residents of Southern Barton Heights.

Rent is 450 a month. Due on the first of each month. Rent includes utilities.

House policies are available on our website.

You would be living with 3 dogs, 2 female assigned genderqueer folks, house is a sober space but you don’t have to be sober or straightedge, there is 1 vegan and 1 non vegan also.

4 hours of house work/chores/projects and 10 hours of community/anarchist organizing a week are required. All residents are expected to organize 1 event in the space every 6 months, and post 1 post on the website each month. All residents are expected to cook a communal mean once a month.

terms negotiable. get in touch.

More details available
Email: wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

Join the Wingnut Anarchist Collective!

For a little over 3 years, the Wingnut Anarchist Collective has existed and consisted only of people who live at the Wingnut house in Southern Barton Heights.

Not only has this restriction of membership been restraining the growth of our organization, but it has been ignoring the many contributions to various projects from people who don’t live at the house. Well, we’re tired of shooting ourselves in the foot, and not empowering people to participate and organize with us!

We want to give credit where credit is due, and organize, as anarchists, with people who can’t for whatever reason, live in the Wingnut house.

To this end, we are separating the household aspects of our collective from the political ones, and opening the collective up to people who identify as anarchists and want to organize with us in this space. Folks who live at the Wingnut house will still have veto power over how many and what type of events are hosted at 2005 Barton Avenue, and residents will still be paying the mortgage and utility bills. The change will be that non-residents can identify as members of the Wingnut, organize events in the space, and help expand existing programs and develop new ones.

Some of the things we have done in the past include: hold Memorial Day bbq’s In Memory of People Who Were Murdered by the State, started Copwatch, facilitated Copwatch and Know Your Rights trainings, distributed anarchist literature, held demonstrations outside of the Richmond City Jail, hosted zine readings, hosted political plays, hosted anarchist speakers and presentations, hosted puppet shows, hosted musical acts, held potlucks, screened political movies and fun movies, held craft nights, playing games with kids, distributed a Wingnut newsletter, created anarchist literature, etc.

Some of the projects we are currently engaged in include: hosting Food Not Bombs every Sunday, the monthly Mobile Food Pantry in Southern Barton Heights, starting the SMART Recovery sobriety group, organizing with the neighborhood association, organizing the Wingnut Radical Lending Library, Southern Barton Heights FNB Grocery Distribution, etc.

Some of the things we would be interested in doing/expanding in the future include: self care workshops, consent workshops, mediation trainings, sobriety support, increasing volunteer support of Open Hours of the space and radical lending library, woodshop open hours, screenprinting workshops, collaborative zines, etc.

Some of our core values include: consent, creating a safer space, anti-oppression work, respecting pronouns and identities, accountability, supporting the growth and education of members, maintaining a sober space, etc.

If you would like to be involved and join the Wingnut Anarchist Collective, we will be holding the first meeting of the political collective on January 28th.

We are putting the word out ahead of time so that there will be plenty of time for people to come talk to the current Wingnut Residents (Dave, Eris, and Mo) about what we are thinking, how this might look, etc.

We are generally thinking that we would have monthly meetings of the Wingnut Anarchist Collective to make decisions and plan events, an email listserv thing, and our mission statement/principles to guide us. We would also like to develop some expectations of participation, so that everyone

We welcome folks who identify as anarchists and are willing to organize around those principles and our core values. We would like to develop things like a Mission Statement and Principles or something similar as a political organizing group.

We’re back down to having 3 folks living at the Wingnut full time; 3 is a good number when it comes to living together happily but it puts a limit on our ability to organize effectively. We can run all of the projects that we’re currently committed to but we can’t grow and do new things without more people actively participating. Also, we have a lot of friends that come over and help out with stuff that we do in a variety of contexts who don’t always get the input or the credit that they deserve for the work that they do.

One of the potential solutions that we’ve discussed for dealing with both of these problems is splitting the political organization off from the residential organization.   The folks living in the house would all be members of the political side, but the political side would also be open to people who either couldn’t or wouldn’t live at the wingnut.  If you’re reading this and are interested in participating, you probably already have a good idea of who we are and what we’re about, but we’re going to put together more information about what this might look like that will be on the facebook and website in a week or so.

We’re gonna have a meeting on Monday January 28th to try to hash out the particulars of what membership would be like, a statement of purpose and so on.   Feel free to get in touch with us with any comments or concerns that you have leading up to the actual meeting.

The Wingnut Anarchist Collective will be hosting an unofficial SMART Recovery meeting on Wednesday December 5th at 7:30 pm.

The idea of having some kind of sobriety peer support group in Richmond that’s an alternative to AA seems to have struck a chord with a lot of people. This is the 2nd meeting around that idea.

We are waiting on one member to get an official facilitator training, but in the mean time, we want to start having meetings of interested sober/trying to get sober folks to help support each other and practice for when the group becomes official.

If you are interested, you can find out more about the SMART Recovery program here: http://www.smartrecovery.org/

SMART Recovery is a program to help support people who are sober and are trying to get/stay sober. It is a non-religious program, and an alternative to the AA/NA model. Once we have an officially trained facilitator, we can begin to make the moves necessary to have our chapter recognized by courts and such as an official option for people who are required to attend a sobriety group. But in the mean time, we’d like to start supporting each other. And get more people familiar with the program so that we have many capable facilitators, even if they aren’t all officially trained.

This is a sober, all ages event.

Get involved!

Food Not Bombs is catering the 5th annual RePHRAME Forum “Eliminating Poverty, Protecting Community”

  • Good Shepherd Baptist Church 1127 N. 28th Street, Richmond, VA 23223
  • A Discussion on “Unpacking the 2010 Census” & the Upcoming Mayor’s Anti-Poverty Commission’s Report

More info on the event here: http://www.facebook.com/events/285008308277367/?fref=ts

We will be cooking a spaghetti dinner for about 100 people. Folks who want to help us cater this event should meet at the Wingnut, 2005 Barton Avenue, at 2pm on Thursday Nov. 1st.

If anyone has garlic, onions, noodles, bread, oil, tomatoes, sauce, etc. to donate please let us know. You can call 804 300 0023 or drop the supplies off at the Wingnut.

What’s RePHRAME you say?

RePHRAME, Residents of Public Housing in Richmond Against Mass Evictions, is an alliance of public housing residents, advocates, and allies committed to housing justice for all in Richmond.

The RePHRAME Concerns & Demands:

1. There should be 1-for-1 replacement of any public housing units lost through public housing redevelopment. In other words, there should be no net lossof public housing units. In addition, location of newly created public housing units, and other aspects of the redevelopment process, should increase the employment, education, and other opportunities of public housing residents.

2. Current residents should have the right to return to newly developed public housing without any additional screening or requalification process. In the past, additional credit checks and other screenings (above and beyond those to which public housing residents are routinely subjected) have been used to effectively prevent previous residents from coming back to the newly developed housing. We believe redevelopment should not be used to get rid of residents who have done nothing to warrant eviction.

3. Public housing residents should have a meaningful voice in decisions regarding their housing and communities. Currently only 1 out of 7 RRHA commissioners is a public housing resident. RePHRAME proposes adding 2 additional seats to the RRHA Board of Commissioners which would be filled with RRHA residents.

4. RRHA currently requires that residents mail their rent payment to a SunTrust bank address in Baltimore, MD. Residents must often pay late fees through no fault of their own due to delays in the mail system or processing delays in Baltimore. In February, hundreds of residents paid late fees when a blizzard caused the mail system to shut down. According to RePHRAME’s research of dozens of housing authorities in Virginia and nationally, RRHA alone requires residents to mail rent out of state. RePHRAME surveyed hundreds of public housing residents in Richmond, and the overwhelming consensus is for a local rent payment option, at either the RRHA rent office in their neighborhood or at a local bank.