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Today we received an interesting package from the City of Richmond, hand delivered to our door.

The documents within informed us about a court case in the works (“The Chief of Police Bryan Norwood and The City of Richmond v. Mo Karn”), and include an:

“Emergency Motion for Protective Order and to Compel the Return of Tactical Information and to Prevent the Disclosure of Said Information on behalf of Plaintiffs Chief of Police Bryan Norwood and The City of Richmond”

You can see the documents here (they are almost identical):

What it boils down to is they’re trying to sue Mo Karn, saying some of the police documents we received via the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) are documents they shouldn’t have sent us, specifically ones including “tactical plans”. They are going to attempt to get an order “(A) compelling the return of certain exempt information, (B) preventing the disclosure of this information to the general public, (C) enjoining the defendant from publicizing this information, and (D) granting such other relief as the Court deems appropriate.”

The first reason stated for this in the Emergency Motion is the most obvious:

“1. Defendant Mo Karn is a known and admitted anarchist. See generally http://anarchymo.wordpress.com/2010/12/21/foia-rocks

It goes on to detail most of the mundanely routine email conversation between Mo and the Angela Harrison (Associate General Counsel, although titled in the case documents as a “Program Manager”) of the RPD, to whom our FOIA request was directed. When she mentioned that certain documents included tactical plans, Mo stated very clearly, “I understand that tactical plans may not be subject to FOIA. However if any of the manuals and orders I have requested include tactical plans I would expect that tactical plans sections to be blacked out, but the non-tactical information surrounding them in the manual to still be included.”

In the official response to the FOIA request, the bit about redacting information goes thusly: “in order to completely and properly respond without negatively impacting public safety and our intense operational responsibilities, the Department is entitled to and elects to utilize seven additional work days to respond”.

Well, despite addressing those concerns and the seven days the RPD had to go over the documents, apparently we got some information they thought we shouldn’t have anyway. The Program Manager’s “production of these documents exceeded the authority granted to her,” and she sent them “without first obtaining permission to do so from Chief Norwood.”

Unfortunately that means not shit to us. If the RPD feels they shouldn’t have sent out these documents, maybe they shouldn’t have done so. The idea that they can sue anybody for having information that they gave us is utterly ridiculous.

That said, the list of documents that the RPD feels you shouldn’t read include the following:

Sadly, we already uploaded ALL of these ostensibly public documents (linked above) prior to learning about their illicit nature. We no longer have the ability to remove them from the internet, or the public domain. We encourage you to look through these documents and more on our Richmond Police Department Documents page.

For our part we’re seeking legal counsel on the issue. If it ever goes to court we promise you’ll hear about it.

We have a new ‘page’ on the Wingnut Blog!! Fliers and Literature- Download and Share!
You can find this page at the top of the blog. We have about 7 different fliers and pamphlets available as of right now, with more to come. This new page will enable others to more easily print and distribute literature that they are interested in. From Copwatch to the Really Really Free Market to Queer issues, there will be frequent updates to this section. Feel free to borrow the content and images as long as they are not being used to promote authoritarian, hierarchical, exploitative or oppressive behavior or ideas.

In making fliers for various activities and ideas we have realized that there are just not very many templates or examples of radical fliers available online. So we have decided to make a bunch of different fliers and pamphlets available for download. That way other people and organizations can borrow any images, ideas, etc. that they can find useful. Hopefully this will save folks some time and energy and keep radicals and anarchists from always having to completely reinvent the wheel!

These will be based off of uploads on zinelibrary.info , which is a really awesome resource for radical zines and fliers. You can do general subject searches on zine library to find radical material from around the world. We are just posting things originating from us (The Wingnuts) or our friends in Richmond!

Richmond Copwatch Trifold Pamphlet

Monroe Park Campaign Trifold Pamphlet

Wingnut Anarchist Collective Pamphlet

Richmond Food Not Bombs Pamphlet (more…)

Some Wingnuts got on the TV talking about anarchy, community, and the upcoming election!

Mark on The Local Anarchists

This past weekend we participated in the 4th monthly Mobile Food Pantry. This is a project that is the joint effort of the WIngnut Anarchist Collective and the Central Virginia Food Bank. Throughout the month before the event, the Wingnut distributes vouchers for free groceries throughout Southern Barton Heights. One voucher per household. Then on the second Saturday of each month, the Food Bank drives out a huge and awesome truck to the parking lot next to the Goal Post Restaurant at 2400 North Avenue- at the intersection of West Graham and North Avenue. The Wingnuts then work with 2 folks from the Food Bank to set up tables full of food. At 1pm the distribution starts. People who have vouchers are given priority, since they are the people that we guaranteed access to the food. The only qualification for the vouchers is living in the Southern Barton Heights area. People who are disabled, elderly, or otherwise unable to come the day of and pickup the food (it is quite heavy) can contact the Wingnut ahead of time to arrange a delivery. We recommend bringing more than one person per voucher to pick up the food on the day, it is usually more than 1 heavy bag worth of groceries. Re-usable bags are also a really great thing to bring with you- paper ones don’t last long with the weight! (more…)

The VCU student paper the Commonwealth Times included a terrible article in the opinion section this week. Not only was there an offensive graphic depicting a cartoonish Wingnut, yupie, and presumably homeless person, but also the entire article was riddled with mistakes.

You can check out the text here:

http://www.commonwealthtimes.org/?p=12580

The picture is on the print copy, or on the front page of the CT website- in the scrolling picture bar.

We tried to comment on the article, to correct its many mistakes, but the comment has not appeared on the site.  The article conflates the Wingnut Anarchist Collective with Food Not Bombs multiple times, as well as completely fails to mention that Food Not Bombs exists. It also states as fact many things which are not fact. No one at the Wingnut was consulted or interviewed at all for this article. The CT might want to consider checking facts in articles, as well as refraining from terrible graphics.

The Richmond Zine fest is October 16th. Zines, for people who are unaware of what they are, are most importantly a form of  do it yourself publishing.  Anybody can write a Zine, you don’t need permission and its a direct action approach towards putting ones ideas, art, information or what have you, out in the open. Zine culture has grown immensely nationally and worldwide. Our very own city has deep roots in the culture. Since technology has advanced so much and now anyone can share information through the Internet, zine culture has sadly suffered. I attended  last years Richmond Zine Fest there were many people from out of state, but very few local zinesters. I think more people should really represent Richmond this year. So if anyones interested in collabortaing or working on Zines as a group, solo,  or just meeting local zinesters, then show up Sept. 1st at The Wingnut 7pm for The Zine Meetup Group. Support DIY, do it yourself, culture.

This past Saturday, August 14th, the Wingnut Anarchist Collective and the Central Virginia Food Bank teamed up again to bring the Mobile Food Pantry to Southern Barton Heights. The Wingnuts had distributed 100 vouchers throughout the neighborhood during the weeks prior. The day of we set up a literature table with fliers for other community events like the Really Really Free Market, Anarchist Black Cross, and Copwatch. Then we set up all of the food. The menu included chicken, applesauce, butter, creamer, romaine lettuce, cantalopes, raisin bran, oatmeal, fresh corn, crackers, pasta, cornbread mix, green beans, manwich, pork and beans, shampoo and more.

We tally the numbers of folks who come out, and how many people they represent in their households. This month we had more people than last month. A total of 123 households were represented, including 197 children, 254 adults, and 60 seniors, for a total of 511 people represented.

This event is a regular event, which the Wingnuts plan to continue (more…)

On Wednesday, August 4th, the Conspiracy Tour made a stop in Washington DC.  They aren’t stopping in Richmond, so the only opportunities for folks from around here to see them without traveling TOO Far were last night in DC, or tomorrow night in Carrboro.  I’d say it’s worth the drive, especially if you’re involved in any way with anarchist/anti-authoritarian projects and are unfamiliar with the scope of state repression that has been coming down on our heads in the last ten years or so.

The presentation began with a brief puppet skit about what conspiracy charges actually are.  Basically, someone can be charged with conspiracy to commit a crime if there is planning to commit a crime, and any action is taken in furtherance of that plan, EVEN if the crime is NEVER COMMITTED.  Normally for a conspiracy to exist, more than one person has to be involved, although there are some cases (such as Scott DeMuth’s) where the state will simply INVENT co-conspirators as “unknown persons” in order to charge an individual with conspiracy.
After the initial puppet skit, there was a brief history of state repression in America, discussing such topics as the FBI’s COINTELPRO program and the recent “Operation Backfire” and including information about how these programs gather their information.
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Teresa Lewis is scheduled to be executed September 23, 2010

The Richmond Anarchist Black Cross will be attending a protest against the death penalty on Broad Street in front of the Governor’s Office at 1111 West Broad from 4-6 on September 23rd. The organization Virginian’s Against the Death Penalty may also be there.

We encourage people who can not attend, as well as those who can, to call the Governor’s office and email as well to let them know that you object to the execution. From the Virginians Against the Death Penalty (www.vadp.org): ACTION #1: Contact the Governor RIGHT NOW.

The most effective way to communicate your message at this stage is to write a letter asking the governor to grant clemency by commuting Bell’s death sentence to life without the possibility of parole.

Office of the Governor
Patrick Henry Building, 3rd Floor
1111 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

You can also contact the governor by telephone and/or fax. If you live in Virginia, be sure to start by stating your name and where you live.

Phone: (804) 786-2211

Fax: (804) 371-6351

The Richmond Anarchist Black Cross is an autonomous Collective committed to prison abolition and prisoner support. As anarchists we are oppossed to all systems of oppression and repression and have concluded that prisons serve no positive function in society. We actively seek to abolish the institutionalized slavery of the Prison Industrial Complex. We are dedicated to working in solidarity with prisoners and drawing connections between a multitude of struggles. (more…)