Archive for December, 2013

Year end update from SONG!

 
Southerners On New Ground
Building Connecting and Amplifying LGBTQ Organizing for Liberation
20 YEARS: NOW MORE THAN EVER
COME TOGETHER. DEFEAT FEAR. UNLEASH POWER. 

Strong, sexy, and committed SONG member leaders and staff in Atlanta last week for a regional campaign training. 

Greetings SONG Kin and Supporters,

This year has been marked by SONG’s hard work to come together, defeat fear, and unleash power. The heart of the history of the Queer Liberation struggle has been about the will to take our lives back in order to live them on our terms. We often say, “We are looking for the people who are looking for us.” That has never been truer than this year. People all over the South have come forth out of wood-paneled gay bars, schools, churches, mosques, town halls, immigrant rights organizations, and Black led freedom traditions to build with us. We are finding our people, inspiring them to come out of hiding, seeing how much is possible beyond the horizon of our fear, and building a base that understands that our true power is collective power. We are strengthening our muscle to confront the systems that brutalize us because they must come down and because it makes us stronger. Here is some of how we have done this in 2013:

Building teams of SONG member leaders in four sites across the South in Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, to forge the deep alliances and leadership we need to confront power and take back control of our own lives
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If you need extra scrap produce to add to your compost pile.

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or scrap veggies to feed to your chickens (trust us, they love em, and it will save you money on chicken feed)

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please come by the Wingnut Anarchist Collective at 2005 Barton Avenue to get some!

We do Wingnut Food Not Bombs Produce Distribution every Wednesday and Friday morning, putting the food out by 8am. By the evening the food has been gone through, with the good stuff mostly taken.

If you want compost scrap or produce for chickens, it will be out front of the house, in cardboard boxes along the retaining wall. You will be getting free scrap to use in your gardening and chicken loving endeavors, and you will be helping us and our neighbors to get rid of the trash.

We don’t want to see all the compost and cardboard end up in the trash, but it is way beyond our capacity to re-use or re-cycle. So help yourself, and help a program that gets healthy food into a local food desert to low income and elderly folks.

The best times to come by would be Wednesday evenings, Thursdays all day, Friday evenings, and Saturdays all day. Please take as much as you can use, and help us keep the distribution area neat and clean!

Thursday Dec. 19th 6-8 pm at Main Street Station at 15th and Main Councilwoman Ellen Robertson and Cynthia Newbille will be meeting with residents to discuss Mayor Jones’ economic development plan.

  • 12.12.13 – Council President Charles R. Samuels will hold a District meeting at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 2401  W. Leigh Street, Richmond VA 23220
  • 12.19.13 – Councilwoman Reva M. Trammell, 8th District, held a ballpark-focused meeting in mid-November, but she said the topic will come up again at her next district meeting on Dec. 19
  • 01.07.14 – Councilwomen Michelle R. Mosby, 9th District, and Kathy C. Graziano, 4th District, are planning to hold a joint meeting on Jan. 7 at Lucille Brown Middle School.
  • 01.09.14 – Councilman Parker C. Agelasto, 5th District, has scheduled a ballpark meeting for Jan. 9 at George Wythe High School.

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Want to know what anarchism is all about? Wondering what it is that the Wingnut does, and why?

This new zine from Strangers in a Tangled Wilderness Press is an excellent introduction to anarchism.

Click on this link to read it, and download and print to share.

http://www.tangledwilderness.org/life-without-law/

Make sure you donate to Strangers in a Tangled Wilderness Press if you enjoy it!

A teaser:

Life Without Law

An Introduction to Anarchist Politics

An anarchist is someone who rejects the domination of one person or class of people over another. Anarchism is a very broad umbrella term for a group of political philosophies that are based on the idea that we can live as anarchists. We anarchists want a world without nations, governments, capitalism, racism, sexism, homophobia… without any of the numerous, intersecting systems of domination the world bears the weight of today.

There is no single perfect expression of anarchism, because anarchism is a network of ideas instead of a single dogmatic philosophy. And we quite prefer it that way.

 

Starting in December the Wingnut Anarchist Collective will be doing a produce distribution on Wednesday and Friday at 8am each week.

This is a first come, first serve deal, and not going to be facilitated,  cause we have to run off to work many mornings. Please just take what you need. Some weeks we will be holding back produce as well, in order to do solidarity catering for events such as the Transgender Day of Remembrance or Virginia People’s Assembly, or just the usual Sunday Food Not Bombs (depending on what will keep).

We have started doing this for our neighbors, but frankly have so much produce that it doesn’t all get taken!

If you come take produce please consider helping out by either cleaning the distribution area and taking some empty boxes and trash with you, or making a cash donation to help cover fuel and vehicle maintenance.

WE REALLY NEED HELP GETTING ALL OF THE BOXES AND TRASH TAKEN AWAY.

If you have a vehicle and would be interested in helping us bring produce from several other locations here for distribution please be in touch!

It is getting cold outside, and we have had a lot of our friends and neighbors ask us if we had any clothes to give away right now. We periodically get donations and distribute them in our neighborhood. But right now we don’t have any- help us fix that problem!!!

We have a lot of low-income, in recovery, on fixed income, young and elderly neighbors who could use a boost this time of year! Any nice clothing/blankets/pillows/books can bring cheer!

If you or your company has anything nice that we could distribute to low income families this December we would be happy to facilitate that. For instance, hygeine kits, flowers, baked goods, books, movies, etc. When its so cold out many low income folks don’t have much to do in the way of entertainment.

Please bring your gently used and clean clothing, shoes, blankets, socks, and coats to the Wingnut Anarchist Collective at 2005 Barton Avenue.

We will be accepting donations for the entire month of December!

Please drop them off anytime, if no one is home you can leave them on our front porch under the roof so as to be protected by the weather.

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Food Not Bombs Finance Meeting.

The agenda is pretty loose at the moment, but will include:
– Brief report on what money we have, from Kat
– Brief report on planned fundraisers coming up, from the planners
– Brief explanation of Richmond FNB’s legal and financial situation at the moment, and what that means in terms of taxes
– Discussion on what to do about that, if anything. I have prepared some options.

If we accomplish that, we should hammer out some rules regarding money; what the accountholder’s responsibility’s are and what kind of discretion they should get, if we need additional cardholders, reporting and recording standards, etc. I have some recording suggestions to show you if we have time.

We’ll be wrapped up in time to cook, because it’s seriously doubtful that we can talk finance details for more than 90 minutes and have that be a productive use of our time.

https://www.facebook.com/events/610360802333638/  The Facebook event for the meeting

10:00 am – 11:30 am

Room 240e, Cabell Library, 900 Park Avenue, Richmond VA

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Pricey? Yes.

But supports 2 great local causes in one fell swoop.

Non-sweatshop clothing by local graphic designers wit the baddest ass FNB design I’ve seen in a hot minute.

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Please spread the word!

New Normal Apparel has done a really nice job of reaching out to connect with community groups and they are brand new!

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Richmond’s participation in the national fast food workers strike on Dec. 5. Please forward this out to your contacts.

Rally to support fast food workers fight for $15! Thursday, December 5 at 11am Gather at Hull St Library – 1400 Hull St, Richmond, VA 23224

Across the country, low wage and fast food workers have been coming together and taking action calling for higher wages, better working conditions, and the right to form a union. From McDonald’s to Walmart, workers and the community are standing up and saying “NO!” to poverty wages from companies raking in billions each year. On August 29, fast food workers in more than 60 U.S. cities walked off the job and were joined by the community calling for “$15 and a union now!” This growing movement has sparked a national conversation about the widening disparity in wealth between in this country. These companies are feeling the heat, several referendums to raise the minimum wage recently passed – including a $15 minimum in SEATAC – so now is the time to keep the pressure on! The movement for justice continues to grow and spread across the country. Join us to stand with fast food workers once again on a national day of action for living wages and good jobs on Thursday, December 5.