Archive for September, 2013

Hello Friends and Comrades,

1) We have two versions of the political prisoner birthday poster for
October. Here is one version as well as an extra spooky negative image
one> for Halloween. As always, please post this poster publicly and/or use
it to start a card writing night of your own.
http://prisonbookscollective.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/ppb-october.pdf
http://prisonbookscollective.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/ppb-october1.pdf

Some News And Updates:
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Members of the Wingnut Anarchist Collective will be attending and competing in the hand to hand haiku battle at Balliceaux on October 22 @9. The theme is exorcising demons. If you want to roll with us get in touch to fogure out wgen we should meet at the Wingnut to head out. Bring haiku!

Hand-to-hand haiku is an actual thing that has existed in various forms as an offshoot of poetry slams for over a decade, but I am bringing it to the here and now wherever my chaos tornado spins because it is a thing I wish was happening all the time on every street corner around barrel and pallet fires so that I could take part. So I guess I will emcee the affair and create its existence locally. 
WHAT HAND-TO-HAND HAIKU ENTAILSA hand-to-hand haiku battle works as a single-elimination tournament, meaning eight people start out in one-on-one matches, where one
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Here is an update on the issue of the Water utility charges in the City of Richmond. The current charges hurt low income and elderly folks while subsidizing corporations and businesses water usage. Its bad for our low income residents and bad for the environment. From Scott Burger:

Hey everybody,

I hope you all had a great summer.

We will be ramping up the Richmond, VA water rate reform campaign again this October.

For one thing today (Sept. 30) is the day that the City utility should be presenting some options to City Council. Also, the new format for utility bills should be rolling out. You may have seen that DPU is also working on their efforts with a “Citizens’ Academy”.

Here is the “311” on that:

“The city of Richmond Department of Public Utilities introduces a four- session course to give participants a working knowledge of their public utilities provider. Each course consists of a classroom portion and ends with a tour of the utility functions discussed. Participants are encouraged to register for all four courses. Class size is limited to 20 students. Each class is scheduled on a Tuesday afternoon from 4–6 p.m. in October at various locations throughout the utility.

“Our goal is to create a better understanding of how the utility manages the important resources entrusted to us and provide our customers with an educational, interesting and engaging experience,” said Utilities Director Bob Steidel.

· SESSION 1: Oct. 1, 2013 – DPU Operations Center Atrium
400 Jefferson Davis Highway, Richmond, VA 23224
· SESSION 2: Oct. 8, 2013 – Wastewater Treatment Plant
1400 Brander Street, Richmond, VA 23224
· SESSION 3: Oct. 15, 2013 – Water Treatment Plant
3920 Douglasdale Road, Richmond, VA 23221
· SESSION 4: Oct. 22, 2013 – DPU Operations Center Atrium
400 Jefferson Davis Highway, Richmond, VA 23224
All sessions take place from 4-6 p.m.

For questions or to register, call or email DPU Public Relations and
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From our inbox:
Hello Wingnut RVA,

Call to Action! March Against Mass Incarceration

Join us for an info session Oct 6th, more info below. 

Our generations are facing only the latest developments of imperialism, slavery, and the criminalization of our lives. Friends, family, and loved ones are constantly threatened and in fear of the expansive web of the Prison-Industrial Complex. We refuse to be targeted and criminalized for existing. We refuse to be warehoused in cages and locked out of education and employment. We demand Freedom, we demand Justice, and we demand an end to Mass Incarceration.
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Come one come all on Friday October 25th to a Halloween Bike Parade!

Critical Mass/ bike parades are typically on the last Friday of every month.

5pm meet up in Monroe Park near the fountain.  The ride will leave at 6pm!

Costumes encouraged as long as they aren’t the racist/sexist variety or other oppressive costumes.

Bring music, signs,  kids, etc. To celebrate bikes and Halloween!
The ride will be a group ride and we will try to stick together- its no race!

Radical Sobriety Meetings will now be held once monthly on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7pm. Meetings usually last 1 hour.

The next 3 meetings will be:

October 10
November 14
December 12

We will also be scheduling a sober bowling trip with estimated cost of 7-10 $ per person for early November so you can start saving your duckets!

And the Wingnut is hosting a sober potluck on Monday October 14th @ 6-9!

Coffee, tea and (sometimes)donuts and other snacks provided, a positive and productive support group for folks trying to get sober and stay sober. You are encouraged to bring snacks to share if you want!

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.

Facebook EventFree Jermaine Doss

Monday, October 7th, at 1pm, at the Virginia Capitol (corner of Bank and 10th Street, South side of Capital Square), there will be a press conference asking Governor McDonnell to investigate the case of Jermaine Doss.

Doss was convicted of murder-for-hire in 2000. but had always maintained that he was set up by a crooked cop who threatened to pin him with a charge if he didn’t hand over money. The officer, Detective Glenn Ford, subsequently went to prison for running a similar extortion racket. What’s more, the key witness against Doss- the man who actually committed the murder and confessed- signed an affidavit saying that Doss had not been involved in any way. and that he had lied after a prosecutor told him he’d receive the death penalty if he did not.  

Jermaine Doss is clearly innocent, and his parents have been working tirelessly to get him out of prison since his conviction. They need support. 

RSVP through the title link, and remember to sign the petition (linked in the event) urging McDonnell to examine the case. 

We hadn’t heard when the 4th Fnb meeting was going to be, and apparently we weren’t the only ones as only 3 people showed up.
We just now found out when the re-do meeting will be, it is pretty short notice so please go if you can.

Room 220c on the second floor of the VCU library at 8pm tuesday October 1st. I’m Facilitating this one by my lonesome so if you need anything message me on FB or text me at 804-712-1525. (The person facilutating is Cameron Coleman).

Richmond Zine Fest is fast approaching!!!

Friday October 4th there is a zine related event at Studio 2 3 that the Richmond Zine Fest Organizers will be attending!! 1617 W. Main Street it is an exhibition of summer themed zines!

Saturday October 5th is zine fest. You can still sign up to table online at http://www.richmondzinefest.org – Its at the GCCR from 11-6pm details on the website!

Also the RZF Safer Spaces policy is now on the website too!

After the Zine Fest we will be having hangouts at Lamplighter from 6-8pm!

Hope you can make it!!!!

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/180673835453514/181506722036892/

Members of the Wingnut Anarchist Collective will be organizing to attend this March in November. If you would like to make banners/signs and plan to march with us, please get in touch!! Mark yer dang calendars!!!!

Dear Virginians,
Our youth are facing only the latest developments of imperialism, slavery, and the criminalization of our lives. Friends, family, and loved ones are constantly threatened and in fear of the growing web of the Prison-Industrial Complex. We refuse to be imprisoned for who we are, where we live or what we do not have. We refuse to be housed in cages, and locked out of education and employment opportunities and denied human dignity. We demand freedom, we demand justice, and we demand an end to mass incarceration. It’s time to take action.
CALL TO ACTION: Collective X, a multi-issue direct action collective, is helping to organize this march but we need YOUR help. We need your help spreading the word, getting people involved and making it as fun and creative as possible. Reach out to your friends, families and communities however you feel is best. Come to the march as yourself or in a group marching side by side. Focus on whatever issues are close to your heart.

Examples of issues we are eager to confront are, but are not limited to…

– systemic racism

– the war on drugs

– solitary confinement

– school to prison pipeline

– mandatory minimums

– the PIC

– poverty

– prison abolishment

– inhumane treatment of prisoners

– the cost of imprisonment

– the death penalty

– local jails

– police abuse

– court misconduct

– the abolishment of parole in Va

It would be a great opportunity to meet others that care about these same issues, educate one another and take action together. This is an all encompassing event. Please feel free to bring creative signs and wear colorful costumes. Bring instruments or items from home to make noise with so we can make sure to be heard loud and clear! Most importantly wear comfortable shoes and remember to bring water to stay hydrated!
This is a family friendly event and children are encouraged to come.
The rally, featuring several informed speakers from endorsing groups, will begin at 2pm followed by an fun and energized march promptly at 3pm.

Starting point is TBA

For more detailed information and updates, please check
http://mamirva.wordpress.com\
(coming soon)
Thank You
Collective X