Just made a new logo for Vulture Richmond. Hoping Jack Barry will kick down some of his huge salary to repay these graphic design efforts.
And here is the Looting RVA logo someone else made:
Both link to the petition, which we hope you all have signed. If not, please get on it.
Join the Resistance, fight to Keep Monroe Park Public and Free, fight to keep Dwight Jones from selling out city, and to keep Vulture Richmond and Looting RVA from stealing our pyblic resources!!!!
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.
This is Andrew, the new organizer and bike mechanic at the Wingnut. He has volunteered to run the bike shed and help his community through bike repair.
He is currently re organizing the shed. He will be looking for donations of bikes, bike parts, tubes, tires and TOOLS. Bike pumps and lights and helmets would also be amazing!
Some new bike shed policies he wants to assert include no spray painting, and no bikes not brought in by their owners. His availability will be fluctuating based on his school and work. Please stop by, especially when you see the doors to the shed open!
Please come out to Richmond City Council on February 10th at 6pm at City Hall to speak out against giving Venture richmond a real estate tax exemption.
Venture Richmond is a massive “non profit” heavily involved in lobbying for gentrifying plans to benefit developers and the wealthy, without helping the people of Richmond.
They are currently involved in the Revitalize RVA which plans to waste almost 80 million tax oayer doklars on a baseball stadium and development which will benefit private developers and is not wanted by the people of Richmond.
The letter below by Charles Pool has an excellent break down of why Venture Richmond deserves no breaks from the tax payers of Richmond. They have more than enough money and too little regard for the citizens.
If you want to file a complaint against Venture Richmond with the IRS, please do. IRS form 13909 Tax Exempt Organization (referral) Complaint Form.
Dear Honorable Members of Richmond City Council,
The Richmond City Council will vote on February 10th on whether to give Venture Richmond a real estate tax exemption for its “Tredegar Green” property. City Council should not approve this tax exemption for Venture Richmond for the following reasons:
1). The City Council has a moratorium on granting tax exemptions by designation. Venture Richmond submitted this application in 2012, and Venture Richmond failed to meet the deadline of April 8, 2013 , as established by City Ordinance 2013-19, for introducing an ordinance exempting property from taxation by designation.
2). State code requires that City Council consider whether the non-profit applying for tax exemption engages in substantial lobbying for legislation. According to Venture Richmond, it has spent the substantial sum of at least $32,000 lobbying for the Mayor’s Shockoe Stadium proposal. The Mayor is President of Venture Richmond, and Venture Richmond has been engaged in substantial lobbying for the Mayor’s legislation.
3). State code also requires that City Council consider whether the executive salary of the non-profit is reasonable when considering an organization’s application for tax exemption. Venture Richmond Director Jack Berry receives a salary of over $240,000 annually, according to IRS filings. If Venture Richmond can afford to pay its Director over $240,000, it is unreasonable to believe that it cannot afford to pay $43,000 in city real estate tax.
4). Richmond’s Tax Exemption by Designation Committee recommended AGAINST a real estate tax exemption for Venture Richmond, and the committee sessions generally focused on the amount of executive salaries, revenue sources and any duplication of city services being performed by each applicant.
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.
Come cook, clean, organize, learn, network, drink coffee, hangout, and strategize on how to beet the system.
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
Save the Date- Sunday March 2nd Margaret Killjoy will be coming to the Wingnut on a speaking tour for his forthcoming book, A Country of Ghosts!
Times and details TBA
(Taken from http://aidandabet.org/)
Posted Tuesday January 14th 2014 by Jen Angel
Author and editor Margaret Killjoy is touring to promote his forthcoming book, A Country of Ghosts, an anarchist utopian novel to be published by Combustion Books. In this talk, Margaret will focus on the usefulness of fiction–with a focus on utopian fiction–in anarchist struggle. Check out the awesome video below of Margaret speaking with Ursula K LeGuin in Portland.
Margaret Killjoy is the editor of Mythmakers & Lawbreakers: Anarchist Writers on Fiction as well as We Are Many: Reflections on Movement Strategy from Occupation to Liberation (which was referred to as “deftly edited” by The New Yorker). His first fiction book was What Lies Beneath the Clock Tower. Margaret’s fiction has been praised by Alan Moore and Cory Doctorow, and SJ Chambers called the book, “A fun read, not only engaging, but also enlightening. It is a story about class warfare, capitalism, oppression, revolution, and most of all free will.” (more…)
Hey Yall It is cold out tonight and rapidly getting colder- This is your reminder to take care of your neighbors, pets, stray animals, etc. If you can build outdoor shelters for feral animals do, if you can bring any animals inside, even better. The cold weather is a matter of life or death. Take is seriously and take care of your community. For folks who are homeless or trying to help a homeless person get shelter here is the relevant info:
The overflow shelter is located at the City’s Public Safety Building, 501 North 9th Street. The shelter entrance is the second entrance on the 9th Street side of the building closest to Leigh Street. The shelter opens at 7 p.m. and closes at 6 a.m. Shelter registration will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night it is open.
Residents in need of overnight shelter are asked to report to Commonwealth Catholic Charities Homeless Point of Entry by 5 p.m. for a comprehensive intake and referral to the appropriate shelter. Commonwealth Catholic Charities Homeless Point of Entry is located at 511 West Grace Street. A referral to the Cold Weather Overflow Shelter will be provided to individuals who are not eligible for an existing shelter or if all available beds have been filled. Individuals seeking access to the Overflow Shelter must have a referral.
*** Per someone at the CCC Point Of Entry intake individuals are strongly encouraged to go through intake however they are allowed 3 times (lifetime) without going through intake. ***
The city’s Department of Social Services (DSS) provides emergency assistance with gas and electric disconnection notices for residents who qualify. Residents may also call the Fuel Line at (804) 646-7046.
The elderly or residents with disabilities should contact Senior Connections for assistance at (804) 343-3000, Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Homeless Point of Entry is the starting point for anyone who is homeless and in need of shelter, case management, and related services. This program helps individuals and families facing a housing crisis regain housing stability. Staff works directly with area emergency shelters and permanent housing providers to fill available spaces in greater Richmond.
Locations and Hours
511 W. Grace Street
Richmond, VA 23230
Hours: Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-5:00 p.m.