Archive for May, 2010

Hey Yall!!!!
Food Not Bombs shows solidarity with the public housing advocacy group RePHRAME by catering their monthly meetings which occur on the 4th Thursday of Each Month. This Thursday is that Thursday.
So that means some folks who are around need to come to the WIngnut around 3pm Thursday to start cooking some food. It doesn’t have to be as much as a Sunday meal, usually only about 30 people will be there.
Please message the group if you can come so everyone can know if we will have enough people to cook!!
Here is more info about REPHRAME and the meeting if you want to attend!

RePHRAME Monthly Meeting

Thursday, May 27


123 East Broad (2nd & Broad)

Legal Aid Justice Center Building

Agenda Items:

  • Summer Outreach
  • September Forum
  • Follow-Up with RRHA
  • Video Project
  • MOUs, Partner Org Updates (more…)

Last night was the Food Not Bombs fundraiser dinner at Cafe Gutenberg in Shockoe Bottom. I think it is fair to say that the event was a success. I don’t have the final numbers, but we definitely raised over 500 dollars for Richmond Food Not Bombs. There were many Food Not Bombs supporters and friends at the event. It was really nice to have a fancy 6 course meal with so many friends. Kontra spoke briefly about the history and importance of Food Not Bombs.

If you missed it, don’t worry, we will hopefully have more events like this one in the future!! And we will always be accepting donations. Checks can be written out to “Food Not Bombs” and mailed to PO Box 6025 Richmond, Va 23222!!!

This is a new project being initiated by the new Richmond IWW chapter. GRTC and the state of Richmond’s public transportation are both in poor repair. If we want a more socially just community then we need more effective and accessible public transportation options. Please consider helping out RTRU, talking to folks in your area about it, etc.

Especially in areas like Southern Barton Heights, where we do not have many local jobs, stores, grocery stores, restaurants etc. people need a way to get to these important things. If the buses cost more and have decreased routes, this directly impacts the lives of many working class and poor people. Cutting public transportation is classist, and often implicitly racist. Cutting public transportation is an attack on working class and poor people. Joining together increases our ability to stand up for our right to public transportation that is effective and accessible.

There is not yet a website for this group, but there will be soon.

You can contact RTRU at:

Here is more information about what the group hopes to do:

“About 88 percent of the Richmond region’s commuters travel to and from work in a car, typically alone,”

Public transit is necessary for the mobility of the elderly and the disabled. It is necessary for communities without markets to access the things they need. For those without a car, it is the ability to seek necessary medical attention, to keep a job, and to get home at the end of the closing shift. It is necessary because the valorization of car ownership leads to ecological disaster, exacerbates the fight for fossil fuels, batters local budgets by deteriorating roads over and over again, and results in daily misery with the widespread congestion of commuting workers.

However, here in Richmond, VA, year after year, bus fares increase and service is cut. The buses have little to no access to suburban job centers. The poor, working-class, and communities of color are punished daily for not subscribing to the car-ownership money pit. And the drivers and mechanics who are the life-blood of the bus system are underpaid, and mistreated. (more…)

Forgot to add this update a while back, we fixed the downstairs bathroom. The wax seal on the toilet had begun leaking. That meant  toilet water was seeping under the floor boards. By the time we discovered it, it was too late for those floor boards.

The Wingnut solution, DIY!

We removed the sink and sink cabinet. Then we drained and removed the toilet. Then we had the smelly job of tearing up the old wet floor boards. Then we cleaned the floor, a lot.

Next, we installed tile-board. Then we put a new wax ring on the toilet and re-installed the toilet. After that we put down tile mortar, then tile. Then we grouted over the tiles (which match the tile in the upstairs bathroom). Then we reinstalled the sink cabinet and sink. TAAADAAA.

LEts just hope that wax ring stays good.

Richmond Food Not Bombs is excited to table at Gallery 5’s June First Friday event on June 4th. We will have stickers, fliers, brochures, and possibly some t-shirts. We will also be selling some baked goods to raise money and we will have a donation jar! Please come out to support Richmond Food Not Bombs so we can expand our program!


Gallery 5 is at 200 West Marshall Street, Richmond, Virginia

Sustainable Richmond (more…)

The Wingnut made it onto the Slingshot radical contact list. The updated version was posted on today. Check us out!

The Wingnuts went to the Southern Barton Heights Community Association meeting last night at the Goal Post on North Avenue. It was really great to meet with all of our neighbors again. We have a really fun and loving community association. We are happy to be a part of it.

Unfortunately one of the longer portions of the meeting involved hearing reports from a cop from the 4th Precinct. Even though there had not been much crime at all in Southern Barton Heights, his presentation was lengthy. I’ve never understood why so many community associations insist on a police report being one of the main sections of their meetings. It seems to simply inspire fear. One of the things that he told everyone about was a person who was wanted by the police. Because apparently the police thought he might have had a gun, and instead of asking him first (he might have had a conceal carry permit for all they knew) they TACKLED him. Imagine how surprised you would be if anyone just tackled you out of the blue. I seriously question if this person realized right away that it was a cop that tackled him. Anyways, he was wrestling with his attacker (who happened to be a cop) and then ended up on top. He hit the cop with the butt of his gun and then ran off, probably because he realized it was a cop. It seemed to me that this situation was an example of police brutality, and not of anything positive for the community.

One of the other main issues people brought up to the cop was prostitution. Apparently there are a lot of folks in Southern Barton Heights who spend a good amount of energy snitching on people that they suspect of being drug dealers and prostitutes. This seems like it is really counter productive, and likely involves a good amount of racism. Who is it that they are suspecting of prostitution and drug dealing, and why. And is calling the cops actually a good solution to this in our community? Probably Not. It seems like we need to have more community dialogue about what it is that people perceive of as the problem with sex workers (it falls into the category of victimless crime) and what would be more effective and positive solutions to the particular things that folks view as the problem with sex workers. Prohibition does not work, and landing more people in jail is not a solution to the problem. It just stops the situation.

Southern Barton Heights has a lot of good energy, and a lot of residents who clearly care about the area and their neighbors. But that does not mean we always know the best solution. If we want to build a more positive and inclusive neighborhood, we will probably need to do more thinking outside of the box. And obviously folks will have to do  lot less snitching.

The next two Southern Barton Heights Community Association Meetings will be June 15th and July 20th at 6:30 pm at the Goal Post Restaurant at 2400 North Avenue. (more…)

If you live on Barton Avenue or  in the surrounding area, just to let you know, The Wingnut Collective will be doing a litter cleanup on Sunday May 23rd from 9am until we are finished. Our focus will be the 2000- 2400 blocks of Barton Avenue. We have 15 orange vests and 15 trash picker uppers that we got from Darlene Mallory with the Clean City Commission.

Please meet us out front of the Wingnut at 9am on Sunday the 23rd. If you have an extra trashbag or two to bring that would be awesome!

Do you live in Southern Barton Heights? Do you need to monitor your Blood Pressure? Do you want to know your Blood Pressure? Mo, a resident at the Wingnut at 2005 Barton Avenue worked for 4 years as an EMT, and knows how to take Blood Pressure. If you would like to have Mo help you monitor your blood pressure please stop by the Wingnut or call 804 303 5449 (Wingnut home phone number) or 804 300 0023 (Mo’s phone number). She has a BP Cuff and sphygmomanometer .

This Saturday, May 22, from 8-12 there will be a Really Really Free Market at the Wingnut in Southern Barton Heights. The Wingnut is at 2005 Barton Avenue.

The Really Really Free Market is like a yard sale- but where everything is free. You can bring things to donate if you have things you no longer want. And anyone can come get some stuff for free too!

Items that you might find include: shoes, clothes, blankets, food, books, movies, hats, furniture, appliances, etc. Please come out and see what a Really Really Free Market can be like.

The Wingnuts also help organize the monthly Really Really Free Market that has been happening in Richmond’s Monroe Park for over 2 years now. That event is on the last saturday of every month from 12-5, at the corner of Main and Laurel.

While the things that come through the RRFMs are interesting and can make for great stories, it is important to remember that the Really Really Free Market is about a whole lot more than stuff. Sure, one of the most tangible results every month is the exchange of clothes, books, shoes, CDs, movies, food, appliances and more. But those are not the only important results. The model of the Really Really Free Market is such that the more significant outcomes are not nearly as tangible.

We often say that the Really Really Free Market is about community. And it is. It is a community event. But it is also an anarchist event. The Really Really Free Market model views community as an alternative to the capitalist market. The Really Really Free Market is actively providing alternatives to the capitalist market. Instead of everyone having to struggle and scrounge to get the money necessary to buy things in the capitalist (so-called) free market, the Really Really Free Market gives us a place to share our resources and help each other out.