Archive for September, 2013

Rojonekku Word Fighting Arts presents a Hand-to-Hand Haiku Tournament to benefit the 2013 Richmond Zine Fest.

Bring 20-some or so haiku (or short less than 17-syllable poems if you must) to compete in a weird, organized but sort of crazy format, as hosted/navigated and lead along by Raven Doctorlounge Mack. It’s a low-key, wide open format, so don’t be afraid, I’m not the police. Come and compete, or just come and watch. No admission to enter but yo, it says benefit, so maybe bring some money to kick into the RVA Zinefest coffers. Events like this don’t run themselves.
7:30 pm sign-up and snacks, 8:00 pm kick off.
Winner will get some sort of prize, I am sure. For more information contact Raven Mack at ravenmack at gmail.com or read the google doc that explains ithttps://docs.google.com/document/d/14tOVhCuRz5uI009i7C5-FVfd7XVgfwsVw6-PfvPZOz8/edit?usp=sharing .

Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/567801926600854/

Richmond Zine Fest Website here: http://www.richmondzinefest.org

Food Not Bombs Rotational Hosting Meeting #4

Major items addressed at this meeting will be:

– a review of the responses from potential host spaces and to decide which ones we want to include in the rotation.
– discussing the details of host drives
– laying out a timeline for future meetings/implementation of rotational hosting

to fill out the doodle poll to decide when the meeting will be, please go to:

Venture Richmond is again trying for a project residents don’t want. Here is more from Oregon Hill resident Scott Burger:

Hi,

I want to apologize in advance if I seem particularly agitated or distracted these days.

I am trying to stay cool with this Venture Richmond proposal, but yesterday someone who I thought was my friend suggested that if Oregon Hill residents did not like the Venture Richmond plan, maybe we should just all move to Short Pump, because right now, we live near “RVA’s main event location”. I have to tell you, I am not moving to Short Pump, but if things keep up, I know there will be serious pressure from my wife to move to southern NJ.

As my neighbor Matt stated, As it is, I live in the MIDDLE of Oregon Hill and I can hear concerts at Brown’s Island INSIDE MY HOUSE. Now they want to put an amphitheater closer than that? Really?! The city won’t even give me a permit to put a toilet in my garage, and Venture Richmond gets to ruin the quality of life for an entire neighborhood?

If you can, I would certainly appreciate anything you can do to influence the Planning Commission before Monday. Here’s more about that:

The Planning Commission on Monday will be considering the “location, character and extent” of the use of City of Richmond property as part of the proposed project.  (Venture Richmond has yet to apply to have the property rezoned.)  We can address the fact that this is the wrong “location” for the amphitheater, because it will harm the canal and negatively impact the neighborhood and War Memorial with major parking and noise problems.  It is also important to address the “extent” of the project, since if the project is confined below the canal it would avoid damage to the canal and the parking and noise problems would be reduced.

An amphitheater is not a permitted use in the area above the canal (zoned R-03 — residential office).  We must not allow that area above the canal to be rezoned, because once it is re-zoned Venture Richmond can put an amphitheater there “by right.”  Unless Venture Richmond applies for a “conditional” rezoning (which is unlikely) there will be no restrictions other than the general restictions under the zoning category.

If the venue is confined to the area below the canal it will avoid the need to damage the canal, and the volume and parking problems would be reduced.
Venture Richmond already operates Brown’s Island, and their main stage should logically go on that island where the noise and parking is less problematic.

Secretary of the Planning Commission: Lory.Markham@RichmondGov.com

More background (and a lot of important history):

http://www.oregonhill.net/2013/09/03/60-pages-on-venture-richmonds-amphitheater-proposal/

Hope you all are doing well.

Thank you,

Scott Burger
scottburger@me.com

halloweenparty

Monday October 14th 6-9pm at 2005 Barton Avenue
Bonus to anyone who brings halloween themed food!
Come hang out, eat food, check out the Wingnut if you haven’t, talk about your ideas, network etc.We can talk about consent or copwatch or anarchism or current events. We can talk about Food Not Bombs, our bikes program, movie nights, the radical sobriety support group, and more! We can plan workshops and projects!

We have a lot of friends and get a lot of requests from new folks who want to know what we are all about. We figure a monthly open communal meal is a lowkey way to stay in touch with old friends and make new friends.

Hopefully this will be a monthly, casual affair, alternating between the last Saturday and the second Monday of months.

Potluck so please bring a dish to share. Vegan or not just let folks know.

Non-alcoholic beverages also welcome as the Wingnut is a sober space.
All ages event. More info on Wingnut policies available at www.wingnutrva.org

Saturday September 28th 6-9pm at 2

Come hang out, eat food, check out the Wingnut if you haven’t, talk about your ideas, network etc.We can talk about consent or copwatch or anarchism or current events. We can talk about Food Not Bombs, our bikes program, movie nights, the radical sobriety support group, and more! We can plan workshops and projects!

We have a lot of friends and get a lot of requests from new folks who want to know what we are all about. We figure a monthly open communal meal is a lowkey way to stay in touch with old friends and make new friends.

Hopefully this will be a monthly, casual affair, alternating between the last Saturday and the second Monday of months.

Potluck so please bring a dish to share. Vegan or not just let folks know.

Non-alcoholic beverages also welcome as the Wingnut is a sober space.
All ages event. More info on Wingnut policies available at www.wingnutrva.org

U.S. Hands Off Syria – Because Attacking People in Syria is Unacceptable; Because Genocide is Unacceptable
Members of the Wingnut Anarchist Collective participated and endorsed Friday’s “U.S. Hands Off Syria, We Need Jobs Not War” protest. The event was initiated and organized by our friends at the Bainbridge Collective and the Defenders of Freedom, Justice, and Peace.
We were glad to see a response to the recent aggression from the Obama Administration towards Syria. We were glad to see everyone there who came out to show resistance to the Military Industrial Complex and blood-hungry US Imperialist government.
However, some aspects of this protest were troubling to us and deserve thoughtful, respectful critique. The rhetoric of “We Need Jobs Not War” seems to aim to appeal to the unemployed or underemployed people living in Amerikkka with the hopes to draw them into the anti-war movement. The problem with that rhetoric however, is that it is US-centric and ultimately misleading as to the intentions of the US government to legitimately provide basic needs for people living within Amerikkkan borders. The reasons we shouldn’t go to war with Syria are numerous and ultimately should have more to do with our compassion for and solidarity with the people of Syria than our desires for jobs at home. And really, how can we make demands of a government that exists off the daily exploitation and genocide of peoples within the US and around the world and the destruction of the earth? Why would we believe that the funds used in Amerikkkan wars would ever be used in an alternative, positive way when consistently, across Amerikkka, as schools are shut down in poor, People of Color neighborhoods, cities are spending millions building new jails for the school-to-prison pipeline.
An inherently oppressive government will never grant the right to dignified work to workers of Amerikkka, who they label illegal and criminal, and whose communities are attacked with chemical warfare through environmentally racist plants and landfills. How can we demand jobs from a government where labor unions are consistently busted with the iron fist of Amerikkkan corporations? How can we demand fair jobs from a government that uses prisoner slave labor as a means of production and uses chemical warfare against them when they rebel?
The United States of Amerikkka is not interested in mutual aid where our work is respected and is inherent to our collective survival. Though we cannot make these demands of the US government, we can challenge ourselves to show solidarity with strikers on the picket lines; with truckers shutting down ports; with undocumented workers creating community gardens to feed their families as the food they pick in the fields is hauled thousands of miles away; with prison hunger strikers. We can challenge ourselves to produce what we need in our communities because a government hell bent on imperialism and transnational domination will never meet our needs. And we can never show solidarity with people being killed by the Amerikkkan police and military if we dichotomously denounce and ask for the help of the government.
We want to support the Syrian people in their revolutionary struggle for their own liberation; perhaps one way to do this is by creating mutual-aid in our own communities, and thereby rejecting reliance on the US war machine, attacking poverty drafting into the military. In acknowledging the struggle for liberation in Syria, we recognize US intervention would not be the beginning of but a bloody addition to the conflict in Syria. We acknowledge people living in Syria are the only people who can legitimately create self-determination, and decide what that looks like, for themselves. It is so important to stand against US imperialism; though we also challenge ourselves and others to stand in solidarity with peoples struggling against oppressive states regardless of/before US involvement and to strive for a broader scope of understanding to the complexities of struggle outside a Western lens. We also recognize that we do not currently have communication with folks in Syria or from Syria with the exception of a few anarchist articles on Syria or by people living in Syria. Showing solidarity with the people of Syria means demanding nothing less than absolute autonomy, within all the constructed borders of the world. And that is a demand that no government will ever grant but must be created; it must be built upon the ashes of a government that can exist and has only existed off the blood of the exploited.
We should continue to hold protests and actions against US Imperialism, all genocidal states, and in fierce solidarity with those who struggle for liberation; and our critique is not meant to attack organizers or participants of Friday’s protest. We hope that this will promote more conversation and awareness of the multitude of intersectional issues that come into play every time the US Government decides to use force to interfere in other countries. Our desires and needs will not be fulfilled by Amerikkka’s creation of more exploitative jobs. We don’t think yours will be either. Next time we meet on the streets we hope to hear rallying cries for autonomy and self-determination in the spirit of mutual-aid and collective freedom for the people in Syria as well all those around the world struggling for liberation. We deserve it.
The 3rd Food Not Bombs Rotational Hosting meeting will be on Friday September 6th at 10am – The location hasn’t been announced yet, though it seems likely it will be at the VCU Library like the last 2 were. We will post an update when we hear what the location is.

UPDATE: VCU library room 152 will be the location of the meeting.

The facebook event is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/207834902710393/

or search on facebook for Food Not Bombs Rotational Hosting Meeting #3

 

The purpose of this meeting is to make decisions about the logistics of rotating cooking sites for Richmond Food Not Bombs!

In the third meeting, we will synthesize the ideas put forward in the previous two and begin making decisions regarding the models, spaces, and logistics of rotational hosting.

The results of the Doodle poll made it impossible to include everybody who was interested in attending; in the next meeting those people will be given priority. If you are unable to attend this meeting but have a strong opinion, argument, or idea, please contact any of the event hosts!