Posts Tagged ‘Wingnut’

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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!

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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. 

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Councilman Hilbert held a 3rd district community meeting about the Revitalize RVA plan for a baseball stadium in historic Shockoe Bottom on Feb. 5 at Pine Camp on Northside.

Farid Alan Schintzius noticed that someone had placed in the medians and other public areas pro- shockoe stadium signs, clearly targeting anyone headed to the meeting.

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Signs in the median on Chamberlayne still there on the morning of the 6th.

Who funded these signs and who illegally placed them in the public right of way, in a shady attempt to influence citizens is not known. What we do know is that Loving RVA and the Mayor have been engaging in underhanded and corrupt measures to use their money and power to push through the baseball stadium plan. Just this week it was revealed that a full page ad for Loving RVA was published in a tax payer funded parks and rec publication, which is not even supposed to have ads in it.

The signs have now been removed from everywhere we found then and we are going to use them for a more worthy cause.

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Join us and many many community groups and members at the City Council Meeting on February 24th at 6pm to insist that Council say No to the irresponsible, disrespectful, and corrupt Revitalize RVA plan.

And if you happen to see any of these signs illegally placed around town, you know what to do.

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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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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/)

On Anarchist Fiction: Margaret Killjoy Speaking Tour

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
Phone: 804.648.4177
Hours: Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

If you are in need of books or in need of giving away books, please come check out the Wingnut Little Free Library at 2005 Barton Avenue.

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Little Library in construction above. We made it out of scrap wood kicking around the house. Upcycle! If you want help building one for your neighborhood let us know.

Take a book and bring a different book back later!
No checking out! No need to return!

Just a community resource to facilitate getting books some folks no longer want to folks who want to read them.

If you have more books to give away than will fit in our little library, we have a spot inside the house to store back up.

Come down and check it out and get books! Reading rules and so does sharing!

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We are building a front door and shingling the little free library’s roof soon too. Just got too eager to get it out there to all you lovely people.

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!

Thursday Dec. 19th 6-8 pm at Main Street Station at 15th and Main Councilwoman Ellen Robertson and Cynthia Newbille will be meeting with residents to discuss Mayor Jones’ economic development plan.

  • 12.12.13 - Council President Charles R. Samuels will hold a District meeting at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 2401  W. Leigh Street, Richmond VA 23220
  • 12.19.13 - Councilwoman Reva M. Trammell, 8th District, held a ballpark-focused meeting in mid-November, but she said the topic will come up again at her next district meeting on Dec. 19
  • 01.07.14 - Councilwomen Michelle R. Mosby, 9th District, and Kathy C. Graziano, 4th District, are planning to hold a joint meeting on Jan. 7 at Lucille Brown Middle School.
  • 01.09.14 - Councilman Parker C. Agelasto, 5th District, has scheduled a ballpark meeting for Jan. 9 at George Wythe High School.

http://mokarnage.com/2013/11/13/mo-karnages-top-nine-reasons-a-stadium-in-shockoe-bottom-is-a-terrible-idea-and-mayor-jones-is-a-douchecougar/

Want to know what anarchism is all about? Wondering what it is that the Wingnut does, and why?

This new zine from Strangers in a Tangled Wilderness Press is an excellent introduction to anarchism.

Click on this link to read it, and download and print to share.

http://www.tangledwilderness.org/life-without-law/

Make sure you donate to Strangers in a Tangled Wilderness Press if you enjoy it!

A teaser:

Life Without Law

An Introduction to Anarchist Politics

An anarchist is someone who rejects the domination of one person or class of people over another. Anarchism is a very broad umbrella term for a group of political philosophies that are based on the idea that we can live as anarchists. We anarchists want a world without nations, governments, capitalism, racism, sexism, homophobia… without any of the numerous, intersecting systems of domination the world bears the weight of today.

There is no single perfect expression of anarchism, because anarchism is a network of ideas instead of a single dogmatic philosophy. And we quite prefer it that way.