Archive for June, 2010

If you have been to the Wingnut in the past couple of months you might have run across some things you did not expect.  You will have noticed that we hang out with a lot of kids, and that there are often a lot of kids at the Wingnut. And because we are developing friendships with these kids, they are explicitly welcome at our events. We wanted to take a moment to acknowledge that folks might not automatically expect kids at events, such as Food Not Bombs, that happen at the Wingnut. We want to explain why we welcome kids specifically. And we want to open up lines of communication around this issue so members of the community feel welcome coming to us with questions or concerns about the presence of kids.

The anarchist community in the United States has long failed to be multi-generational. Frequently, anarchist parents receive no support, only derision. We believe that the negative attitude towards children held by many anarchists is short sighted and stems from prejudice. Ageism is prejudice against people based on their age. And we can see it frequently in our society in the way children and elders are mistreated and excluded.

We think it is very important to be explicitly welcoming of babies, children, and parents. We want a community of friends which actually reflects the people in the world. We want to break the model of anarchist movements not being inclusive of children and parents. (more…)

The Richmond Transit Riders Union had its first meeting on Monday June 14th. There were about 30 people in attendance- at least 20 of whom had never participated in the organizing of RTRU before. The decision was made to officially form RTRU, and to also get together the following week to plan demands to bring to the City Council meetings later this month.

Some of the ideas for what the demands may look like include:

  • Opposing the fare hike and if the increase is unavoidable—proposing that it be temporary and alternative avenues of public transit funding are pursued.
  • Expanding services to work centers in surrounding counties and developing transit-oriented communities.
  • Opposing reduction of service hours.
  • Proposing day-long and monthly passes.
  • Proposing an improved map system at all stops to encourage new ridership.
  • Proposing a portion of the car tax be allocated to public transportation.
  • Proposing to allocate funding for road maintenance to assist in subsidizing public transportation.
  • Advocate for increased state and federal funding for public transportation.

More on the meeting and how you can get involved can be found at:

http://rvanews.com/news/rrichmond-transit-riders-union-holds-first-meeting/29072

The Wingnut is a sober space.

It has been since its inception, and we know that this makes our space different than many other radical spaces in Richmond and the world. We want to take the time, now that we have it, to explain the reasoning behind our decision to create and maintain a sober space.

We want to clear up any misunderstandings about why we keep the space sober and offer up our reasons for conversation if folks are interested.

Inclusivity. Our culture is dominated with substances. There are many opportunities for people to socialize in settings that involve drugs and alcohol. Restaurants, clubs, shows, bars, and even most events at private homes frequently involve drugs and alcohol. These environments exclude many demographics of people- people in recovery, underage people, people at higher risk for arrest, and people who are triggered by inebriated people. Creating a sober space is making a space that is safe for more people than are usually considered in our society. As anarchists we think it is important to be inclusive of groups that are often completely ignored and oppressed. Children need places to go that are safe and sober. People in recovery need places where they won’t be tempted by substances they are trying to stay away from. And people who are triggered by inebriated people need spaces they can go and not have to deal with that trigger. These are just some examples.

Our sobriety policy is one of inclusivity, not exclusivity. We do not think it is asking very much for folks who are not sober to just be sober when they come to the Wingnut. Only 1/3 of the people in the Wingnut Anarchist Collective consider themselves sober. Everyone however agrees on the benefits of having a sober space. Folks who are not sober and are part of the Wingnut Anarchist Collective simply go somewhere else when they want to drink and then come home after they have sobered up. We understand that people often use intoxication as a means with which to cope with a variety of issues, such as depression and social anxiety. We also understand that there are many people with chemical addictions to substances which make it hard for them to not be intoxicated.  We are not trying to condemn any of these people, intentionally exclude them, or make them feel judged for their use or dependence on a substance. (more…)

The Wingnut Anarchist Collective has organized with the Food Bank of Virginia to bring the Mobile Food Pantry to Southern Barton Heights. This will be  a monthly event, where the Food Bank brings food for about 100 households. Each person will receive groceries ranging from canned goods to bread to produce to meat to toiletries.

It will be on the second Saturday of each month at 12 noon at the Parking lot next to the Goal Post at 2400 North Avenue. There will be vouchers for 100 people. Any additional people will be served as food is available.

If you know anyone in the Southern Barton Heights Area who needs more food, please get in contact with us so we can get them a voucher. Especially if you are aware of people with limitations on mobility please let us know so we can reserve and deliver food to them.  Call 804 303 5449 or stop by 2005 Barton Avenue.

Volunteers are needed to show up around 11am to help set up the tables and food, and then help organize the distribution. The Southern Barton Heights Community Association is partnering with the Wingnut on this program. They will be assisting in the maintenance of the parking lot, which the Goal Post is graciously allowing us to use.  Hopefully folks from the Southern Barton Heights Community Association will also help with the distribution of food- they are certainly welcome to.

We are looking for the following things for a coffee shop we plan to open up. If you have any of these to sell or give please don’t hesitate to contact us.

3 compartment sink, coffee brewers, coffee grinder, espresso machine, blender, cash register, cork boards, coffee carafes, sugar canisters, tampers, safe, deep fryer, restaurant fridge, restaurant freezer, flat top grill etc.

Don’t forget- tomorrow Tuesday the 15th is the Southern Barton Heights Community Association Meeting at 6:30 at the Goal Post Restaurant at 2400 North Avenue!

Hope to see you and lots of our neighbors there!

email any questions to mkarn@sbhca.org

We have been trying to get together the resources to provide free breakfasts for kids in Southern Barton heights for a while now. Unfortunately, it looks like for now we are only going to be able to do one day a week.

Our plan is to start providing free breakfast for kids starting on Friday June 25th (after school lets out for the summer). We will do free breakfasts every Friday morning at 10am.

Anyone who wants to come help us cook food on Friday mornings, or just hang out with the kid,s is more than welcome to. Also, if you have any breakfast type things to donate to us for use during this weekly program please contact us and let us know.

This is an article written by our friend Ramey Connelly in response to an article and an event that happened earlier this month in Richmond. There was a Sustainability Forum that was happening at First Fridays in Richmond at Gallery 5. Food Not Bombs and the Really Really Free Market were both going to table. However the event was not how we pictured it being. You can contact Ramey at rameysaurus@gmail.com and find out more about the Really Really Free Market at http://www.myspace.com/rvafreemarket
Here is what she has to say!

My response to this article: http://wrirnews.blogspot.com/2010/06/for-local-businesses-future-of-richmond.html

As a community member & Richmond enthusiast, I went to the forum to share information about the RVA Really Really Free Market, but came away sorely disappointed. Not only was there no space or table set aside, but my attempts to remedy the issue were thwarted by rudeness and standoffishness. So much for building community.

Luckily, some friendly neighborhood anarchists at the Food Not Bombs table were kind enough to share their space, and we spent the time co-promoting and discussing our confusion and dismay at what surrounded us.

The so-called “sustainability forum” ended up being a marketplace for people to sell their wares under the guise of being “green” and “eco-friendly”. But the majority of people buy over-processed agribusiness products because that’s what they can afford. Buying/going green is just another form of conspicuous consumption; a way of using money to feel morally superior- a luxury that is not afforded to most of the community.

Instead of having a company selling rain barrels, why not a workshop on how to build your own?

Instead of having a company selling solar panels, why not a discussion about ways to reduce energy use in our everyday lives? (more…)

Even though yesterday was a super long day that started out really poorly, with Jeremy having a gun in his face and getting robbed, we managed to pull off an amazingly nice end to the day.
While we were waiting for the show to start, Kayla Dean got the neighborhood kids excited about capture the flag. She grabbed some flags (red and black, duh). We went to the vacant lot across the street and played a bunch of rounds of capture the flag with about 12 kids. They were silly and we were silly. It was awesome and we are looking forward to more games with the kids.
After we all ran around for a bit, we were on the front porch waiting for bands to tune up, when one kid ran up and told us he was worried the cops were going to harrass us. We were confused and said, no the cops aren’t harrassing us. Then he managed to spit out that he was worried about the cops harrassing us because they were harrassing someone down the street. Copwatch is a lot easier with smart kids around. So we hightailed it down Barton to make sure the cops didn’t rough up someone they were arresting.
Then it was show time! Some of our great friends had come over, but the crowd was small. I believe the general consensus among Wingnuts was, Their Loss! Cause all the bands were freaking AMAZING. Stefan Fink went on first, then Wood Spider, and then The Armadillos. They were all such amazing musicians! We were smiling and singing along late into the night. All the performers were extremely animated and entertaining. They also had some awesome art, zines, and home screened patches for sale.
It was a really good fucking night. The Wingnut is extremely grateful for our supportive neighbors and our supportive new friends from out of town. If you missed it, sorry, but we are here for the long haul, so check us out some other time.

The Armadillos!!! TOnight at 8pm at the Wingnut!!!
Tucker Bear- Guitar, Lead Vocals, Kazoo
Chuck Chupacabra- Upright Bass
Randy Ratfish- Mandolin, Baritone Ukulele, Vocals
Mongoose Missy – Lead Vocals, Accordion, AutoHarp other instruments
Honorary Member Partial Panda- Tenor Uke, Harmonizing Vocals
Come on out and see Woodspider at 7pm on June 9th!
Come out to the Wingnut for a night of fun music. All ages, and sober. No door fee but please bring money for the travelling bands and to buy their cds!!
Wood Spider is a band from CT that plays music inspired by gypsy and vaudeville music, with the fervor and energy of a punk group. In this incarnation, Wood Spider is playing as a four-piece, and make noise with an acoustic guitar, banjolele, cello, accordion, glockenspiel, jaw harp, and junk percussion.  They can play totally acoustic if necessary.
They’re on tour with Stefan Fink, a solo acoustic act who plays indie-folk with punk and rock influence on guitar and ukulele.
Along with musical performances, our tour will also be a traveling DIY guerrilla art gallery/zine distro. The gallery will be displaying the original artwork in the zines affiliated with The Circuit. The Circuit is a collective of individuals who’ve produced zines covering a wide variety of topics with the intention of uniting and connecting with other like-minded radical folk. All we would need to accommodate this is a little bit of room and a portion of wall space to set up both our gallery and distro/merch table.
Wood Spider is a musical collaboration between the minds of Michael Ditrio and Alexander Krokus. With the occasional help of our friends, we hit trash, yell ’til we can’t yell no more and stomp a hearty stomp, all the while trying to pass it off as music.

The Armadillos!!! TOnight at 8pm at the Wingnut!!!
Tucker Bear- Guitar, Lead Vocals, KazooChuck Chupacabra- Upright BassRandy Ratfish- Mandolin, Baritone Ukulele, VocalsMongoose Missy – Lead Vocals, Accordion, AutoHarp other instruments Honorary Member Partial Panda- Tenor Uke, Harmonizing Vocals
Come on out and see Woodspider at 7pm on June 9th!
Come out to the Wingnut for a night of fun music. All ages, and sober. No door fee but please bring money for the travelling bands and to buy their cds!!
Wood Spider is a band from CT that plays music inspired by gypsy and vaudeville music, with the fervor and energy of a punk group. In this incarnation, Wood Spider is playing as a four-piece, and make noise with an acoustic guitar, banjolele, cello, accordion, glockenspiel, jaw harp, and junk percussion.  They can play totally acoustic if necessary.http://www.myspace.com/hellowoodspiderThey’re on tour with Stefan Fink, a solo acoustic act who plays indie-folk with punk and rock influence on guitar and ukulele. http://stefanfink.bandcamp.com
Along with musical performances, our tour will also be a traveling DIY guerrilla art gallery/zine distro. The gallery will be displaying the original artwork in the zines affiliated with The Circuit. The Circuit is a collective of individuals who’ve produced zines covering a wide variety of topics with the intention of uniting and connecting with other like-minded radical folk. All we would need to accommodate this is a little bit of room and a portion of wall space to set up both our gallery and distro/merch table.
http://www.myspace.com/hellowoodspider
Wood Spider is a musical collaboration between the minds of Michael Ditrio and Alexander Krokus. With the occasional help of our friends, we hit trash, yell ’til we can’t yell no more and stomp a hearty stomp, all the while trying to pass it off as music.