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The address of the Mayor of Richmond’s top secret bat cave was revealed by the Wingnut Anarchist Collective in a scathing online post, encouraging writing of letters, legal protests and explicitly discouraging illegal actions.

Richmond Police have responded to the imminent threat of letters and demonstrations by increasing their rounds near the Mayor’s house tonight. Apparently the 400,000 dollars spent annually to protect the Mayor is not enough to combat the potential guilt or discomfort he might feel if being called out for his actions to privatize Monroe Park and put at further risk some of Richmond’s most vulnerable citizens.

The secret location of the Mayor’s Bat Cave, which the Occupy RVA movement camped out next to in 2011, was deviously discovered by the Wingnuts on the City of Richmond’s own website. As it turns out, public officials are public, and indeed that info is public knowledge. http://eservices.ci.richmond.va.us/applic…/propertysearch/

Members of the Wingnut Anarchist Collective are meanwhile enjoying cookies in bed and mixing beats on the rainy evening. Most likely in a highly threatening manner… like chewing with their mouths open. The arrival of news crews  to talk about this imminent threat disrupted the malicious naps of their adorable dogs.

If we didn’t know better it would seem as though the Richmond Police Department was wasting time and money to try and manufacture a threat that does not exist, and distract the public from information regarding the bad neoliberal practices that the Mayor and City Council are pushing forward.

http://mokarnage.com/2014/04/14/from-redskins-to-monroe-we-shall-not-be-moved/


NBC12.com – Richmond, VA News

The First Will Be Last: On Monroe Park

By Derek Jones (Food Not Bombs member)

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Editors note: This essay is a creative essay. Neither the author nor the publishers would ever promote illegal activity. But we do promote keeping Monroe Park Public, Open, and Free by Any Means Necessary! You figure it out. This is a slightly edited version of a statement read at the Land Use Committee meeting this week, where the committee made the bad choice to move the Monroe Park Lease to Council for voting. We hope to see you all out on Monday March 24 to STOP this plan.

The Master Plan for the Monroe Park renovations says that, “50 years of crime and vagrancy have tainted Monroe Park’s reputation” (pg. 1). and that the park needs renovations because of the “[…resurgence in popularity of many of the surrounding residential neighborhoods, retail corridors, and the recent increase in enrollment at VCU” (pg. 1).

But this plan is not driven by the increasing need for public, open space in Richmond.

Alice Massie said before City Cuoncil on February 18th, that this plan isn’t about “excluding any type of people or demographic”, but anyone that read the plan knows that is not true.

A permit requirement that is to be issued at the discretion of the Monroe Park Conservancy and a charge of $35 per application for an event will keep feeding and clothing distribution groups from having access to the park.

The Conservancy may well decide that the park needs to be fenced off for an unknown amount og time during renovations, thereby preventing anyone from using it.

Alice Massie would have you believe that the renovations plans are about building fields for plauing quoits and pentanque because they are popular pastimes among park goers in Liverpool, England, about allowing certain vendors the opportunity to sell coffee and pastries in the park, and about cutting down 62 trees and replacing them with 80 new “canopy tree” species that were there 110 years ago because for an unexplained and expensive reason, 1904 is heralded as the “golden age” of Monroe Park.

But the sprucing up of the park detailed in their plan is incidental to it’s main purpose: The displacement of the homeless, the Blacks, and the poverty ridden. I say “Blacks” because according to a 2009 survey by Homeward, out of more than 1,000 homeless Richmonders they surveyed, more than 2/3 identified as African American or People of Color, and it is no secret that Monroe Park is on the outskirts of a “white” part of Richmond.

Page 55 of the plan dismisses the notion that chronically homeless citizens of Richmond are valid and stable park users, calling them instead “transients”, reading, ” Park goers generally fall into 2 groups: VCU students and transients”. It says that Monroe Park WAS (as in used to be) a site for Churches and Community groups to feed the needy on weekends, that as many as 50 people could be waiting in the park on weekends. There were actually about 400 people waiting on food or clothing this past Saturday, and people provide services in the park on weekdays as well.  The plan also says that “though the hiring of a park keeper in 2007 has helped to deter homeless feedings, that park remains a popular gathering place for Richmond’s homeless population during the day” (pg. 55).

Most disturbingly, page 61 of the plan for renovations  says that “[privately financed park managers] must make frequent visitor counts, with special attention paid to female/male ratios… The ratio of non-homeless to apparently homeless ones must be at least 75-100: 1 to draw female visitors in great numbers” (pg. 61).

If you approve the Conservancy’s plan to lease Monroe park you will be declaring Class War on all of Richmond. We will Occupy the Park indefinitely. Instead of petanque and quoits fields, we will plant vegetable gardens, fruit and nut trees. We will march through your neighborhoods and we will expel you from your restautants, grocery stores, and homes as you have done to us. You will become residents of Monroe Park, and you will be treated as second class citizens there because in our kingdom the first will be last and the last will be first.

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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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For the month of February the weekly Richmond Food Not Bombs cooking will be held at the Wingnut  (2005 Barton Avenue RVA 23222 or call or text 804 300 0023)  every Sunday from 12:30 – 3:45. We leave at 3:45 to be Monroe Park to serve at 4.

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Come cook, clean, organize, learn, network, drink coffee, hangout, and strategize on how to beet the system.

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At Monroe Park at 4 there is:
Free, vegan meal.
Followed by a grocery distribution.
Literature table as well, weather permitting. (If you or your organization has fliers and pamphlets to distribute please be in touch or bring them by!)

Please come!!! New folks totally welcome.
Folks of all levels of cooking skills invited, as well as all ages.

Help also wanted afterwards to help cleanup the Food Not Bombs gear and the space.

The Wingnut has dogs, is a sober space and is not wheelchair accessible. Directions and more information on the space, including consent policy, can be found at www.wingnutrva.org

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If you need extra scrap produce to add to your compost pile.

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or scrap veggies to feed to your chickens (trust us, they love em, and it will save you money on chicken feed)

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please come by the Wingnut Anarchist Collective at 2005 Barton Avenue to get some!

We do Wingnut Food Not Bombs Produce Distribution every Wednesday and Friday morning, putting the food out by 8am. By the evening the food has been gone through, with the good stuff mostly taken.

If you want compost scrap or produce for chickens, it will be out front of the house, in cardboard boxes along the retaining wall. You will be getting free scrap to use in your gardening and chicken loving endeavors, and you will be helping us and our neighbors to get rid of the trash.

We don’t want to see all the compost and cardboard end up in the trash, but it is way beyond our capacity to re-use or re-cycle. So help yourself, and help a program that gets healthy food into a local food desert to low income and elderly folks.

The best times to come by would be Wednesday evenings, Thursdays all day, Friday evenings, and Saturdays all day. Please take as much as you can use, and help us keep the distribution area neat and clean!

Come hangout with us at the Wingnut for an outside movie screening of  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles  this Friday, August 2nd at 8:30 PM.

Free, Sober, All Ages

There’ll be popcorn!

Feel free to bring chairs/blankets

see ya’ll then!

Prison Activists Spread Radical Critique Through Theatre

 

RICHMOND, VA
Fri Aug 9, 7PM
Shadow of Lucasville
Sat Aug 10, 7PM
Know Your Enemy

both shows at:
The Wingnut
2005 Barton Ave.

 

Radical DIY theatre group Insurgent Theatre is touring the country with a play about police and a documentary film about a prison uprising. The film and play will be showing in Richmond on August 9th at 10th. The play, entitled Know Your Enemy juxtaposes dramatic unraveling of a troubled officer with a radical interactive lecture about prisons, history, and resistance. The film, entitled Shadow of Lucasville revisits the 1993 prison uprising at a maximum security prison in the Southern Ohio town of Lucasville. The film will be followed by conversation with death-sentenced survivors of the uprising, who will be calling in from the Ohio State Penitentiary, Ohio’s supermax prison.

 

Part of the money raised by this tour will go to support RedBird Prison Abolition, RedBird Books to Prisoners and The Lucasville Amnesty Campaign.

EVENT DETAILS

 

Venue: The Wingnut Anarchist Collective

Date: August

Time: 7pm

Local contact: wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

Price: suggested donation $5-20, no one will be turned away for lack of funds

Contact Insurgent: Ben Turk 614-704-4699 insurgent.ben@gmail.com

InsurgentTheatre.org, LucasvilleAmnesty.org, RedBirdPrisonAbolition.org

 

 

 

MORE ABOUT KNOW YOUR ENEMY

 

A Theatrical Examination of Police and Prison in America.

 

Written by Ben Turk, Directed by Kate Pleuss, Performed by Ben Turk – 90 minutes

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What does it mean to be a compassionate, dedicated, humane police officer in the country with the world’s highest incarceration rate and a continuing tradition of racial injustice? Know Your Enemy examines the role of police using stripped down interactive theatre, critical understanding of history and the power of silent refusal. Know your history. Know your rights. Know your enemy.

Promo image: http://insurgenttheatre.org/acab/bencop_smile.jpg

 

 

MORE ABOUT THE SHADOW OF LUCASVILLE

 

Follow-up to the award winning documentary film, The Great Incarcerator, part 1: Dark Little Secret

 

Directed by D Jones – 75 minutes

https://www.facebook.com/TheShadowOfLucasvilleMovie
The Shadow of Lucasville revisits the 1993 uprising at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, one of the longest in U.S. history, while exploring the fight for human rights and media exposure through inmate uprisings in response to mass incarceration and dehumanization supported by the prison industrial complex. After the film, Siddique Abdullah Hasan, Jason Robb and Keith Lamar, prisoners who were unjusty sentenced to death following the uprising and have spent the last 20 years in solitary confinement appealing their convictions and resisting supermax confinement will be calling to answer questions from the audience.

 

Promo image: http://insurgenttheatre.org/acab/shadow.jpg

MORE ABOUT INSURGENT THEATRE

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 also frequently touring the country since 2008 with pointedly political original works like Ulysses’ Crewmen and In the Belly.

http://insurgenttheatre.org

The Wingnut Anarchist Collective has been organizing a monthly Mobile Food Pantry with the Central Virginia Food Bank for almost 3 years now, where we get food to around 200 households in Southern Barton Heights. It is an act of solidarity that we can do, which only takes 3-5 hours a month to do and organize, which has a tangible benefit to members of this community.

For April we served 167 households, (14 of which were deliveries we did to folks who are elderly/disabled/or stuck at work).

out of those households we had 197 Adults, 78 Seniors, and 174 Children. So over 400 people in our community got a little extra food in April.

We do the Mobile Food Pantry on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 1pm in the parking lot at the corner of North Ave. and West Graham. Volunteers help us set it up at 12 noon.

Folks who are on our distribution list are guaranteed food, we also serve food to walkups who aren’t on our voucher list as long as there is food to go round.

Acoustic Ramshackle Glory (guitar accordion and trumpet) and Devil’s Coachwhip

on Sunday June 23rd after Food Not Bombs at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective

Punk Rock with all the wrong instruments from Tuscon, AZ

Sober, All Ages Show at 2005 Barton Avenue

Bring money to donate to the travelling bands.

Consent policy available on this website, as well as directions.

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Wednesday May 1st at 5pm meet in Monroe Park, the parade will leave the park at 6pm.
Bring signs, banners, flags, costumes, drums, instruments, medic bags, water, snacks etc.
May 1st is International workers rights day and it is celebrated all around the world by people taking the day off work and gathering to to express their general grievances. For years in RVA we have had a rally and a parade to commemorate this holiday and for lack of planning this year it looks like there will be no official rally with speakers but we will still be doing the amazing parade! I would love it if as many of you beautiful People out there as possible could take the day off and come take part in the parade! Bring any kind of musical instrument you want because we will be making alot of noise! the larger the crowd for the parade the better it will be so please bring all your friends!
We will need a lot of Bike marshals to help direct traffic so if you have a bike please bring it!
Word on the screet is that No BS Brass will be leading the march along with Captain Captain!
The Parade will begin at 6 but we will all start gathering in the park at 5

Here is a link to the facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/146946135478515/?fref=ts