Archive for August, 2013

From the Defenders:

  Defenders Updates & Announcements    –  Aug. 29, 2013

It looks like the Obama administration is having some problems lining up its allies to attack Syria. But all signs still point to a cruise missile strike, maybe over the Labor Day weekend when people here are distracted. So we’ve decided to go ahead with a protest now, before the bombs fall.
The I3ainbridge Collective and the Defenders are asking people to gather at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, in front of the Richmond Federal Courthouse, 701 E. Broad St. in downtown Richmond. We’ll have signs that say “U.S. hands off Syria! We need jobs, not war!” And please bring your own signs as well. At 5:30 we’ll start walking west on Broad toward Belvidere, then back to the courthouse for a 6 pm speak-out – an open mic for anyone who’s against the attack and wants to share their thoughts.
IF THERE IS AN ACTUAL ATTACK, we will also go ahead with the previous plan to meet the day of the attack at 5 pm, again at the courthouse, which is a main symbol of federal power in the city. Please share this event and invite your friends.
On Facebook, see “U.S. hands off Syria! We need Jobs, not War!”
This call was initiated by the I3ainbridge Collective and the Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality and has been endorsed by the Richmond Peace Education Center, Wayside Center for Popular Education and the Wingnut Anarchist Collective.
Note: We all condemn chemical or any other kinds of attacks on civilians, no matter who does it. But, without a shred of evidence, the Obama administration is accusing the Syrian government of being responsible for the chemical attack that reportedly took place in a suburb of the capital, Damascus. Meanwhile, the Syrian opposition, which is dominated by groups affiliated with al-Qaeda, is losing its war against the government and is desperate for the U.S. to intervene. So who would benefit from using chemical weapons, at the very time that U.N. inspectors are in the country looking into previous claims of chemical attacks? And why is the U.S. so desperate to attack BEFORE those inspectors release their findings? It sure looks like the decision to intervene came first, followed by finding an excuse. Just like in Iraq.
By the way – Aug. 30 is the 213th anniversary of Gabriel’s Rebellion, right here in Richmond. It’s a very fitting day to take to the streets.

Join the Defenders at this march and rally, called by the Richmond Branch NAACP, Urban League of Greater Richmond, A. Philip Randolph Institute and Living the Dream, Inc.
9 am – Assemble at Festival Park, behind the Coliseum
10 am – March begins
11 am – noon – Rally at the Bell Tower at Capital Square
For more information: or email

The (Late) Summer edition of The Virginia Defender will be out Thursday, Sept. 5. We could use some help in bringing the paper to stores, barber shops, beauty parlors and more. If you have an hour or two to spare, please call 804-644-5834 or email

4 pm, Thurs., Sept. 5 – “SLAVE TRAIL” COMMISSION MEETING – Maybe
Richmond City Council’s “Slave Trail” Commission is charged with protecting Richmond’s slavery-related sites. Yet it hasn’t spoken out against putting a baseball stadium in in Shockoe Bottom, once the site of the second-largest slave-trading district in the country. It’s also supposed to hold monthly public meetings, but it hasn’t met since June. Its next scheduled meeting is at 4 pm Thursday, Sept. 5, East District Initiative, 700 N. 25th St. in Church Hill. We want to be there to ask the Commission members to take a stand against the stadium. Be prepared for the meeting to be postponed or canceled.

Richmond activist Jordan Romeo reports that she was “briefly detained on the night of July 3rd while Cop Watching on my way home from work. I was charged with ‘Obstructing Free Passage’ while recording on the sidewalk.” Jordan is scheduled to go to trial at 9:45 am on Monday, Sept. 9, at Manchester Courthouse. It is NOT ILLEGAL to watch, photograph or video police officers, so long as it is done from a distance and does not interfere with their “duties.” Some cops don’t believe this is true. We need to convince them otherwise – or we’ll lose the right to monitor their actions. Jordan is asking for public support and WE WANT TO PACK THE COURTROOM. The cops need to know that we will stand with those who are trying to defend victims of police harassment and abuse. Please do your best to be there and show your solidarity with this brave young woman. On Facebook, see: Court Support – Jordan’s Hearing

The Sandston-based neo-Confederate group Virginia Flaggers has announce plans to unveil a 10′ x 15′ Confederate flag (battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia – the one preferred by the KKK and other white supremacists) on a 50′ pole overlooking I-95 just south of Richmond. Stay tuned.

The campaign to stop Mayor Jones and a small group of rich developers from desecrating historic Shockoe Bottom with a baseball stadium is gathering some serious momentum. More than 1,300 people have now signed the anti-stadium petition. Street petitioning is taking place across Richmond. The African Ancestral Chamber has designed a stunning poster. The Defenders have produced a two-page leaflet “Questions & Answers about putting a baseball stadium in Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom.” Collective X has held two successful outreach efforts to fans at the Diamond. The campaign website is being constantly updated and meetings are taking place with various local organizations asking them to take a stand. YOU CAN HELP! We need people to collect signatures and distribute literature. To volunteer for these and other tasks, contact Background information and frequent updates can be found at

If not, please ask them to sign the Online Petition and also to consider releasing a formal statement. Either way, please let us know so we can publicize their stand on the website.

A coalition of civil rights groups is sponsoring a 15-city tour of Virginia to raise awareness on and provide direct services for justice issues that affect people with criminal records. Launched off on Aug. 6, the Mobile Justice Tour is focusing on three key issues: civil rights restoration for those with felony convictions, removing questions about an applicant’s criminal background from initial employment forms, and programs for successful prisoner re-entry. Host organizations include Resource Information Help for the Disadvantaged (RIHD); Bridging the Gap in Virginia; Good Seed, Good Ground; Virginia Organizing; and the Advancement Project. Upcoming tour stops listed below. For more information: Lillie B. Kennedy, Moderator. Phone: 804.426.4426; Email:; Host Website:
Sat., Sept. 7 – Lawrenceville – 11 am – 1 pm, Brunswick County Library, 133 West Hicks St., Lawrenceville, VA 23868
Tues., Sept. 10 – Petersburg – 4-7 pm, William R. McKinney Branch Library, 137 S. Sycamore St., Petersburg, VA 23803
Thurs., Sept. 12 – Staunton – Noon-2 pm, Valley Mission, 1513 West Beverly St., Staunton, VA 24401
Thurs., Sept. 12 – Waynesboro – 6-8 pm, Roseenward Community Center, 413 Port Republic, Waynesboro, VA 22980
Tues., Sept. 17 – Richmond – 6:30-9 pm, Wesley Memorial UMC, 1720 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23223
Tues., Sept. 24 – Lynchburg – 3-5 pm, Main MLK, 2315 Memorial Ave., Lynchburg, VA 24501

And don’t forget to tune in to DefendersLIVE! with your host Ana Edwards every Monday from noon to 12:30 pm on Richmond’s WRIR community radio station – 97.3 FM and online at

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Local radio show Weekly Sedition, by Kontra covered a recent event at the Wingnut where Insurgent Theater screened the movie the Lucasville Uprising.

lucasville revisited by weekly sedition

Today at 5:00pm until December 26 at 8:00pm

  • Richmond Federal Courthouse – 701 E. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23219
  • In the event of any U.S. attack on Syria, there will be a protest at 5 p.m. in front of the Richmond Federal Courthouse, 701 E. Broad St. in downtown Richmond. There will be signs, but please also bring your own. At 6 p.m. there will be an open mic for anyone who’s against the attack and wants to share their thoughts. Please share this event and invite your friends.Without a shred of evidence, the Obama administration says it believes the Syrian government is responsible for the chemical attack that reportedly took place in a suburb of the capital, Damascus. It is now preparing a military attack.

    Meanwhile, the Syrian opposition, which is dominated by groups affiliated with al-Qaeda, is losing its war against the government and is desperate for the U.S. to intervene.

    This call has been endorsed by the I3ainbridge Collective, the Wingnut Anarchist Collective and the Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality. Let us know if your group also wants to be listed.

  • Some things we have seem to be on their way out, so if you have a spare working one we would love it if you could donate it to us!
    Specifically we are looking for:

    A refridgerator
    An electric 4 prong plug stove/oven
    Heating oil

    We can come pick it up within a reasonable distance.

    The Wingnut will be hosting another children’s storytime on September 12th from 6-7pm.
    Big kids encouraged to attend as well as the young at heart. We have some new books to read and you are encouraged to bring your favorites to read aloud!
    Sober, all ages

    The above link is for a doodle poll to decide the time and date of the 3rd Food Not Bombs meeting where a decision will be made regarding the rotation schedule for hosting cook spaces.
    Please fill out the poll and try to make the meeting if you are interested.
    The rotational model has been proposed in order to make it so folks uncomfortable at the Wingnut can still participate in Food Not Bombs and also so folks at the Wingnut can have some Sundays off to relax or work on other projects.

    Tuesdays at 7pm. Meetings last about an hour.

    Coffee, tea and (sometimes) donuts provided, a positive and productive support group for folks trying to get sober and stay sober.

    The Wingnut is a sober space so definitely be sober for the meetings!

    If you have any resources/ideas/zines etc on sobriety please get in touch!

    non-religious, non-judgemental, an alternative to aa/na

    peer support

    planning for social events and harm reduction activism as well

    #rva #sober #wingnut #anarchist

    Come to the Wingnut Anarchist Collective on Saturday August 31st at 7pm to hear folk punk by Catfish and Spoken word by Brando Chemtrails.

    You don’t wanna miss nationally renowned Brando and their kickass radical spoken word performance.

    Please bring some money to buy zines or cds from Brando.
    Otherwise, free, all ages, sober, consent policy.

    This movie is being shown at the Wingnut Friday at 7.

    This description that emphasizes the Islamophobia of the prison officials, courts, and media. If you’re able to send it to local mosques or any connections you have in the Islamic community, i’d appreciate it.

    The Shadow of Lucasville

    Follow-up to the award winning documentary film, The Great Incarcerator, part 1: Dark Little Secret

    Directed by D Jones – 60 minutes

    The Shadow of Lucasville revisits the 1993 uprising at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, one of the longest in U.S. history, while exploring the fight for human rights and media exposure through inmate uprisings in response to mass incarceration and dehumanization supported by the prison industrial complex. The film will be followed by conversation with death-sentenced survivors of the uprising, who will be calling in from the Ohio State Penitentiary, Ohio’s supermax prison.

    This film may be of particular interest to the Islamic Community, because the uprising was sparked by racial tensions and the warden’s refusal to respect the tenants of the Muslim prisoners’ faith. Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan was targeted for prosecution and painted as the villainous “leader” of the uprising in court and by the media.

    Promo image: