Archive for April, 2012

From the Flying Brick Library website:

Jeremy’s Address:

Jeremy Hawthorne
Tier G1 #134359
Richmond City Jail
Richmond, VA 23223

He can receive letters and unlimited photographs, but there are lots of other restrictions on other types of items. Jeremy could also really use money for his commissary fund, so he can pay for stamps and write people back. Please consider donating, and contact us at theflyingbrick@riseup.net or call Pablo directly at 804-248-2496.

Thanks for all the support y’all, and please keep checking back here for updates on Jeremy, as well as the Ashley Williams case that has recently been getting publicity. A coalition has just been formed of community leaders that include current councilman Marty Jewell, former councilman Saad Al-Amin, VA State NAACP, and the Defenders for Freedom, Justice, and Equality.

Jeremy Hawthorne is a former member of the Wingnut Anarchist Collective

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Our friend Mark Aloysious curated a film program for this year’s James River Film Fest. His presentation, the Occupied Moment will be TONIGHT at 8pm at Gallery 5. It is by donation, so bring 3 dollars if you can, but still come out if you can not.

jamesriverfilm.org

PLEASSSSSEEEE come out if you can!!

For many 2011 will be remembered as a year of rebellion, revolution and repression. It is in times like these that the role of filmmakers is of the utmost importance, not to be bullhorns for any side, but rather to immerse themselves in the moment, to occupy space and time and navigate the multitude of realities and truths the world presents. This program features four filmmakers or collectives who did not have the luxury of looking back on a moment but rather created and distributed work as quickly as possible, often while their respective protest movements were still in the streets. Program includes Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, Series Two, five short impressions of Occupy Wall Street, shot by 2010 JRFF guest Jem Cohen in New York during the Fall of 2011; Krisis, the Prism Film Collective’s documentary about the economic crisis in Greece; Occupy America, Richmond filmmaker Mark Strandquist’s look at the Occupy Movement’s challenge in articulating their messages to everyday Americans; and Field Statements: Pritemps Arabe in Cairo, featuring the works of 13 Egyptian photography and video artists documenting their first hand experiences of the Egyptian revolution. Filmmaker/curator Mark Strandquist will introduce the program and lead a post-screening Q&A. Suggested Donation: $3

IWW Food & Retail Workers United

On behalf of Fellow Worker Moriah “Mo” Karn, the Richmond General Membership Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World and IU640 (Restaurant, Hotel, & Building Service Workers Industrial Union) are initiating a campaign to demand that $183.18 in unpaid wages be paid in full to fellow worker Karn.

Fellow worker Karn worked as a bartender and waitstaff for 3rd St. Diner located at 218 E. Main St. in Richmond, Virginia. Fellow worker Karn has yet to receive any compensation for their labor after working a total of 86 hours at a wage of $2.13 an hour, between November 3rd and November 22nd, 2011.

Although in the state of Virginia, it is a violation of law to withhold a final paycheck from an employee after removal (see §40.1-29 Va State Code); the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry was of little help.  When fellow worker Karn filed a complaint with the Virginia Department of Labor, they were told that because there was no written proof of their hours worked, ie. a time sheet, schedule, etc., and because the employer failed to process her W2 form, there was nothing the Department of Labor could do for her.

In lieu of this news we, on Friday April 6, 2012 a letter was issued to owner, Mr. William “Billy” Polyaris requesting that fellow worker Karn be paid in full by 4:00pm Friday April 12, 2012, or further action would follow.  We received no response.

Whereas the inability of the state to procure justice for workers who are victims of wage theft, and whereas Mr. Polyaris appears to have no issue with exploiting workers, we call upon supporters to participate in a phone blast, putting pressure on management, demanding retribution for Karn and her fellow workers.

Please call the following numbers: 

Mr. William “Billy” Polyaris    (804)218 2204

3rd St. Diner (24 hours)    (804) 788-4750

Sample Script:  (first ask to speak with the manger) Hello, my name is _________ and I’m calling with support of Mo Karn in demanding that they be paid in full, $183.18 in stolen wages.  The working people will not tolerate wage theft by any employer, large or small.  Furthermore we demand that you provide tipped employees’ with a minimum wage of $7.25 and hour,  free shift meals, and that accountability in the form of time sheets be issued to all employee’s at the end of every pay period.

Mr. Polyaris is also co/owner of several “Gentleman’s Clubs” open between 11am & 2am on any given day, except Sunday 7pm – 2am: 

Daddy Rabbits  (804)232.0413
Candy Bar (804)232.5176
Old Dominion Club (804)643.0636
Club Rouge (804)643.2687
End Zone Gentleman’s Club (804)458.2232

You can also leave a message for them on their Facebook pages for various businesses owned by Billy. Here are some links, just copy and paste into your browser.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/3rd-Street-Diner/113101008728204

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Daddy-Rabbits/204370952938761

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Daddy-Rabbit-End-Zone/142731682406157

http://www.facebook.com/pages/ODC-at-The-Old-Dominion-Club/122638344428302

Have you worked for Mr. Polyaris and have a work story you would like to share? Please consider submitting your testimonial here: [ http://tinyurl.com/85ezo5g ]

Some Facts About Tipped-Employees’ 

The Federal Minimum Wage was last raised in 2009 from $6.55 an hour to $7.25 an hour in July, 2009. Some states (not Virginia) have raised the minimum wage,  however there hasn’t been any legislation to raise the Federal Minimum Wage for tipped employee’s since 1991.

Originally, the federal tipped worker minimum wage was 60% of the full minimum wage.  However, it was frozen at just $2.13 per hour in 1991.  Because it has not been increased at all in the decades since then, it has plummeted in value to less than 30% of the minimum wage.(1)

Many states provide stronger protections for tipped workers by requiring that tipped workers be paid above the federal rate.  Illinois guarantees tipped workers 60% of the minimum wage.  In New York and Connecticut it’s approximately 70%.  And Alaska, California, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington guarantee tipped workers the full minimum wage – a best practice that has successfully reduced poverty among tipped workers in those states.(2) Why can’t Virginia become one of those states?

According to the National Restaurant Association, 1 in 10 working Americans nationally work in restaurants which collectively register sales exceeding $600 billion.  Virginia restaurants employ over 342,200 people, and were projected to register $12.8 billion in sales.  Restaurant jobs represent 9% of employment in Virginia.

Richmond Industrial Workers of the World | http://www.richmondiww.org | 804-496-1568

Richmond’s Annual May Day Parade will be taking place on Tuesday May 1st, 2012 from Monroe Park.

There will be a rally at 5pm and then a march/parade at 6pm.

More information to come! Keep your eyes and ears open for a ton of rad events scheduled around that whole weekend in Richmond! here are the activities confirmed so far:

Wednesday 4/25

1300 Bainbridge – the 13ainbridge Collective
Direct Action Training
Wednesday 4/25Potluck Supper 5:30 – 6:30
Training 6:30 – 9:00Struggles for justice have intensified this year as our communities face an all-out assault on our rights. Growing ranks of activists getting organized to fight back find increased repression targeting protest and free speech. If ever a moment called us to bold action it is now.

Direct action can be a powerful tool to focus our collective power. In this highly interactive workshop we’ll explore the basics of how to plan organize and implement a safe, effective direct action. topics covered will include de-escalating behaviors in tense situations, quick decision-making, roles and responsibilities and more.

This training is offered in support of our movements for justice in this region by Occupy RVA and the Wayside Center for Popular Education.

Trainer: Jeff Winder

Friday 4/27
– 4pm-7pm, 1600 Colorado Avenue
RePHRAME Teach-in Cookout
Open to contribution/suggestion for content.

In the lead up to May Day this year, join RePHRAME, public housing residents, Randolph Residents, and allies for a Neighborhood Cookout and Teach-in!

RRHA wants to sell off many scattered-site properties, including already occupied units. Come eat food, socialize, and hear the issues that are facing public housing residents in Richmond. Tell RRHA that working people deserve access to decent housing! Join us for fellowship and solidarity!

§  Wingnut Anarchist Collective, 2005 Barton Avenue,  7pm-11pm
Ø  Performances by Jake Mayday, Snail Party, My Son the Doctor
·         Contact if you want to add to lineup
Ø  Screen printing May Day Sabot Cat Patches
Ø  Possible Labor Song Workshop?
Ø  Launch Pad for IWW action

More events below!!!

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Check out the 13ainbridge Collective at 1300 Bainbridge for a pre-May Day training and potluck!

Direct Action Training
Wednesday 4/25

Potluck Supper 5:30 – 6:30
Training 6:30 – 9:00

Struggles for justice have intensified this year as our communities face an all-out assault on our rights. Growing ranks of activists getting organized to fight back find increased repression targeting protest and free speech. If ever a moment called us to bold action it is now.

Direct action can be a powerful tool to focus our collective power. In this highly interactive workshop we’ll explore the basics of how to plan organize and implement a safe, effective direct action. topics covered will include de-escalating behaviors in tense situations, quick decision-making, roles and responsibilities and more.

This training is offered in support of our movements for justice in this region by Occupy RVA and the Wayside Center for Popular Education.

Trainer: Jeff Winder

Join Southern Barton Heights Copwatch on Friday May 4th at 7pm to participate in a Copwatch Patrol of the First Fridays Artwalk on Broad Street.

Meet at 422 West Broad, in front of the Made RVA General Store.

Bring cameras- video or still, cell phones, flashlights or headlamps, water and snacks if you have them. Please dress for the weather and with shoes you are comfortable walking around in for a couple of hours.

If you are able to, we recommend that you get in touch with Copwatch ahead of time for a Know Your Rights training and a brief How to Copwatch training. We will coordinate groups for that evening, and also arrange for a group debriefing at the end of the night.

August of 2011 was the first month we did an official patrol of the First Fridays event (after over a year of doing Copwatch in Richmond), and one Copwatcher had a tazer put in their face by a Richmond Cop. In September, a smaller patrol went out and was assaulted and harassed by the Richmond police, culminating in one member of Copwatch being arrested at the end of the night on bogus charges. We refuse to be intimidated by the illegal actions of the Richmond Police Department. The aggressive, illegal, and unprofessional behavior of the Richmond Police Department as a whole, simply goes to show the necessity of Copwatch, and the regular observing and recording of a police force as long as one exists. Beyond that the continued violent and oppressive behavior of many members of the Richmond Police Department goes to show the systemic nature of problems with police- problems that will be solved not through reform, but through abolition. As long as the police congregate on Broad Street to oppress and antagonize largely youth of color in order to maintain the gentrifying aspects of the First Fridays Artwalk, Copwatch will be there.

In May we will be doing patrols of this event, cameras in hand. If you are interested in joining us for the patrol, please get in touch, so we know how many cameras and other equipment to bring out with us. We will start patrols around 7:30pm, and keep going until everyone is tired. We will try to make ourselves visible for folks who might just want to have conversations through out the night.

This will be a chance for folks who have never experienced Copwatch to talk with experienced copwatchers and get some training as to how to safely observe and record the police.

You can get in touch at sbhcopwatch@gmail.com or 804 303 5449 or come to the Copwatch meeting on the 4th Tuesday of each month  at 7pm at 2005 Barton Avenue

Our friends in the Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective have come out with the April Political Prisoner Birthday Poster! Check it out, read a little bit about various prisoners and their cases, and send people birthday letters!

Either download the pdf here, or go to their website below!

free all political prisoners

http://prisonbooks.info/2012/04/03/political-prisoner-birthday-poster-for-april-is-now-available/

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

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: http://www.tangledwilderness.org/2012/04/strangers-in-a-tangled-wilderness-reborn/

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]yahoo.com for more info

www.wingnutrva.org

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Join Food Not Bombs for a Celebratory May Day Potluck in the Park!

Sunday April 29th at 4pm

In Monroe park, at the corner of Main and Belvidere

Food Not Bombs will be serving a free vegan community meal, like we have done every Sunday at 4pm for the past 18 years. We are inviting the community to come and bring vegan dishes and beverages to share, and turn this day into a potluck event to celebrate worker’s rights.

May Day (May 1st) is International Worker’s Day. There will be many events in Richmond over the weekend leading up to Tuesday May 1st. There will be information on those events available at the potluck.

Possible additional activities in Monroe Park after the potluck TBA!

Rain or shine, the food tastes fine!

For more information, please email rvafoodnotbombs@gmail.com, call 804 303 5449, or go online at www.richmondfoodnotbombs.wordpress.com