Archive for April, 2012

UPDATE: Since for whatever reason the story about the Wingnut/Richmond Copwatch using FOIA to get files from the Richmond Police Department is hot now on the internet, we are reposting this request for help.

The police refuse to send us these files.
We are asking for your help.
Please, if you already have these files send us copies. If you have the time/interest, submit a FOIA request of your own for all or part of the following.

We are also interested in any and all government documents you might have pertaining to Virginia, Virginia police (and protocols), FBI and Virginia activist organizations and anarchists etc.

Email us at for more info/ if you have the files!

Richmond Copwatch has had an ongoing FOIA request with the Richmond Police Department since January. We were requesting the 2nd half of the documents of police protocols that we did not get the first time we made a request. Since that time the Richmond Police Department has violated the Virginia Freedom of Information Act numerous times. They have a 200 dollar deposit from us, and they are also saying that so far the costs are over 900 dollars. Their lack of communication and compliance make it clear that they are giving us the run around.

You might remember our FOIA Fun back in January- which you can read about here:

We clearly have reason to believe that the police department is refusing to follow the law with this FOIA request because of who we are. We have filed a complaint in court, but VA FOIA law is very limited in its ability to hold government agencies accountable, even if they wanted to.

Since it is taking so long, we were wondering if anyone out there had already used FOIA to get these files. The list of titles we are interested in are below. If you have the time, it would also be awesome if people wanted to submit their own FOIA requests to the Richmond Police Department for these files. However, we would love to take a look at any files people have FOIA’d from the Richmond Police Department. If you have them online, please email them to or you can mail a hard copy to Richmond Copwatch 2005 Barton Avenue Richmond, VA 23222 If you have a copy of any of these files that we can borrow that would be great so we can copy and scan them.

These are all sections from the General Orders Index of the Richmond Police Department. We only need the sections listed here, as we have previously received all of the other sections.

More of the documents we need after the break…

Richmond’s story telling group, Secretly Y’all is hosting an event on Monday May 7th at 7:30, with the proceeds going to support the Richmond Zine Fest!

Come on out to Balliceaux to hear stories and maybe share your own. Celebrate Richmonder’s sharing their stories, whether orally or written!

203 N. Lombardy St., Richmond, VA 23220

As Nicki Minaj so eloquently puts it “I do anything that you say, anything cause you da Boss…you da Boss Man.”

Come give and receive stories. Once again at Balliceaux we will be sharing tales – this time about horrible bosses, or work, or inspiring types who are entitled the name…Boss.

Door opens at 6:30, stories start ’round 7:30. Fill your bellies and get a taste of life with Secretly Y’all.

Lainie, Colin, and Kathleen

We will hopefully have a confirmed date and venue for the 2012 Richmond Zine Fest by May 7th. Keep updated on the Richmond Zine Fest, coming this Fall, online at

Henrico Police shot and seriously wounded an upset and allegedly bipolar man Thursday afternoon (April 26) off of Three Chopt Road.

Multiple neighbors who witnessed this event have already come forward to speak out against this instance of police brutality. They describe the situation where Allen Skeens posed no threat to the officers, and where the cops shot him in the chest as a first attempt at detaining him.

This picture was taken by Heather Powell, thanks!

Our hearts go out to the friends and family of Allen Skeens. We hope he has a swift and full recovery

This instance is a great example of why Copwatching is so important. If it were not for the multiple neighbors who were brave enough to stay and observe and take photos of this situation, it might not be so clear that Allen Skeens was brutally attacked by the police today. Too often the only side of the story heard in these circumstances is that of the police.

Please observe and record the police whenever you can, and get other people to stay with you. If you would like a training on how to do this in a more safe way and how to protect your rights, please get in touch with us at sbhcopwatch [at] or 804 303 5449.

Video footage of interviews with some witnesses as well as 3 pictures taken by one of them are available here:

It was announced April 26th that Richmond’s Juvenile Detention Facility, located across the street from the Richmond City Jail, is being shut down immediately for a year. There have been allegations of bad conditions, forged paperwork, unsafe conditions, and sexual relations between guards and under age inmates.

The Juvenile Detention Center being shut down might be something of a victory, except that the Juvenile inmates are all being transferred to different facilities throughout the state. There is no doubt that this will make it more difficult for the friends and families of the inmates to visit and support them. It is also important to remember that the new facilities where these kids will be sent will still be unsafe, inhumane, brutal, and traumatic places.

Here’s to hoping that Richmond’s Juvenile Detention Center never opens up again because we stop detaining juveniles and locking them in cages.

News story about the shut down here:

The back porch of the Wingnut was severely water damaged, falling apart, and unsafe. We had started doing some poking around on it to try to see if it was salvageable, and if so, what parts we could save, and what parts would have to be removed. Well, as it turns out the whole thing was in pretty terrible shape.

What started out as exploratory demolition turned into full on destruction last Saturday, as the dang thing just came down incredibly easily. We are excited about designing plans for a new back porch to replace this one, which was no longer safe.

Here are some pictures of the demo! We missed out taking pictures of the major demolition parts where we tied ropes around the support columns and simply pulled. Wingnut construction/destruction methods that were surprisingly effective.



Friday April 27th at 7pm! Bands and Screenprinting! Come share with others your planned May Day related events and come hear about theirs!

Come out to hear Snail Party, from Canada! According to them: “snail party is a flailing orchestra made up of several scum fucks, a handful of crusty queers & a couple mortals too. we’re from halifax, nova scotia.”

You can listen to their music here:

No cover charge, but please bring some money to donate to the band or buy merch from them if you can- they are coming a long way! All ages, sober show.
My Son the Doctor will be joining Snail Party to help celebrate International Worker’s Day!

Come ready to dance, screenprint a May Day patch with a design by Bizhan Khodabandeh, learn about other May Day events, and celebrate!

My Son the Doctor plays an eclectic mix of Eastern European, Balkan, and Mediterranean folk musics, with an emphasis on Yiddish, Hebrew, and Roma traditions. Klezmer dance tunes, Yiddish folk and theater songs, Israeli folk songs, Chassidic songs, Ladino songs, contemporary and traditional Roma songs, and Balkan pop—all with a high-energy approach with elements of rock, African music, and jazz.

Local graphic designer, Bizhan Khodabandeh has designed a May Day 2012 patch for Richmond that we will be printing on April 27th at the Pre-May Day Show at the Wingnut.

The patches are a roughly 4″ x 4″ design so bring pieces of fabric a little larger than that if you want to make a patch, or whatever fabric or shirt you want the image on! We will also have some pre-made for folks too.

Bizhan’s other amazing work can be found online at Bizhan has contributed a lot of work into Richmond May Day festivities over the past couple of years, designing previous bandannas and posters.

The Pre-May Day Show is on Friday April 27th at 7pm at 2005 Barton Avenue. There will be music and labor songs by Snail Party, My Son the Doctor, and 2 other local acts. Sober, All Ages. No cover charge, but donations for Snail Party from Canada and merch from other bands encouraged.

We’ve added quite a few books to the collective on a variety of subjects since the last time we updated our list. Here’s some of the titles we now have available at our lending library (

What Lies Beneath the Clock Tower: Being An Adventure Of Your Own Choosing by Margaret Killjoy ♥
Louise Michel: Rebel Lives by Louise Michel
Direct Action: An Ethnography by David Graeber
The Ecotechnic Future: Envisioning a Post-Peak World by John Michael Greer
The Long Descent: A User’s Guide to the End of the Industrial Age by John Michael Greer
Mystery Teachings from the Living Earth: An Introduction to Spiritual Ecology by John Michael Greer
The Druid Magic Handbook: Ritual Magic Rooted in the Living Earth by John Michael Greer
Haymarket: A Novel by Martin Duberman
Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison by Michel Foucault
A People’s History of the United States: 1492 to Present by Howard Zinn
Revolution and Counterrevolution: Change and Persistence in Social Structures by Seymour Martin Lipset
Against Architecture (Green Arcade) by Franco La Cecla
Fire on the Mountain by Terry Bisson
Love and Struggle: My Life in SDS, the Weather Underground, and Beyond by David Gilbert
Portugal: The Impossible Revolution? by Phil Mailer
Haymarket Scrapbook: 125th Anniversary Edition by Franklin Rosemont
Time Without Work by Walli F. Leff
Fight On, My Soul by James E.C. Norris
Guerrilla Warfare by Ernesto “Che” Guevara
Communes in the Counter Culture: Origins, Theories, Styles of Life. by Keith Melville
Against the Megamachine: Essays on Empire and its Enemies by David Watson
The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability by Lierre Keith
The Homebrew Industrial Revolution: A Low-Overhead Manifesto by Kevin A. Carson
Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion by Jeffrey St. Clair
Bike Snob: Systematically & Mercilessly Realigning the World of Cycling by Christopher Koelle
Junky : Definitive Text of Junk
Tasty: Get Great Food on the Table Every Day by Roy Finamore
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way by Susan McCutcheon-Rosegg
Chinese Regional Cooking by Kenneth H.C. Lo
Basics of Pistol Shooting by National Rifle Association
It by Stephen King
How to Grow Vegetables and Fruits by the Organic Method by J. I. Rodale
Cook, Eat, Thrive: Vegan Recipes from Everyday to Exotic (Tofu Hound Press) by Joy Tienzo
Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby
Prayer for Owen Meany by Irving John
Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words by Susan G. Wooldridge
All Fall Down: America’s Tragic Encounter With Iran by Gary Sick
The Sources of Modern Architecture and Design (World of Art) by Nikolaus Pevsner
The Glorious Qur’an by Muhammad M. Pickthall
Tranquility without pills (all about transcendental meditation); the complete how-to guide to the famous TM method of total relaxation by Jhan Robbins
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
Seventh Son (Tales of Alvin Maker, Book 1) by Orson Scott Card
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
In The Neighborhood: The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time by Peter Lovenheim
Roget’s 21st Century Thesaurus: Updated & Expanded 2nd Edition (21st Century Reference) by Barbara Ann Kipfer
A Farewell To Arms by Hemingway Ernest
Readings in Russian History Volume I: from Ancient Times to the Abolition of Serfdom by Sidney Harcave

Join anarchist author Margaret Killjoy for a Choose Your Own Adventure Reading at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective on Monday April 23rd at 7pm. (TONIGHT)

Margaret Killjoy is the author of What Lies Beneath the Clocktower, multiple zines, and other creative enterprises. This event is free, but if you can, bring some money to buy some of this merchandise! More about their projects here:

The reading is interactive and is used as a light-hearted rapid consensus-building training, because the audience has to come to consensus about what path to take through the anti-colonialist steampunk adventure.

The Wingnut is located at 2005 Barton Avenue. This is a sober all ages event. Call 804 303 5449 or email wingnut_collective[at] for more info


Richmond has a Bike Co-Op, which is relatively new and has recently moved too. Not many folks know about it, cause the people organizing it have been really busy raising money and cleaning the space. They have an open house event coming up before May Day, and they also have regular Open Hours.
Check them out and Fix YR Bike! Or buy a cheap bike from the Co-Op and help support the project!

This co-op is a grassroots project dedicated to spreading the knowledge of bicycle maintenance, repair, and safety through an inclusive and casual setting. The space contains workbenches and tools available the public.

The co-op provides refurbished bicycles to those in need. We do so on a sliding-scale donation basis, in consideration of people’s varied means. We do have operating costs, and rely fully on donations to meet those costs.

The co-op is run by volunteers. To volunteer you don’t need to have wrenching experience – we need individuals to coordinate projects, to help keep the space neat and organized, to aid in hosting events, and so on. And if you’d like to learn how to wrench, we can fix that too.

-You’ve got busted Huffys, we’ve got tools


-Mondays 5:30-9 pm (a.k.a. Bike Night!)

-Appointments can be made if you can’t make out on these nights, just call ahead.


1806 Currie St.
Near VUU, in the Chamberlayne Industrial Center; accessible from rear of building.

Give the number below a call if you have any questions!


“A small portrait of the Richmond, Va based Wingnut Anarchist Collective between February and August of 2011” by Ethan Silverstein of Boston, MA.

Roses On My Table from Ethan Silverstein on Vimeo.

Check out this movie our friend put a lot of work into! Keep in mind that not everyone in this film is still a Wingnut resident, or necessarily supportive of all Wingnut projects. Clearly a 20 minute film can’t capture the complexities of our lives. Things aren’t always sunshine and roses. But we hope that everyone in this movie is doing awesome anarchist things and having a great time doing them!