About The Wingnut

The Wingnut is an anarchist collective house in Southern Barton Heights in Richmond, Virginia.

The Wingnut hosts all sorts of sober, all ages events, such as acoustic musical performances, craft nights, food not bombs, movie screenings, workshops, group meetings, copwatch, anarchist black cross etc.

The Wingnut Statement of Purpose which was distributed to hundreds of houses in Southern Barton Heights.


The house you may have noticed at 2005 Barton Avenue is called The Wingnut, and is a project of the Wingnut Anarchist Collective. We hope to maintain a positive relationship with our community and the individuals within it. Therefore we feel that it is important for us to be upfront and honest about who we are and what we believe.

As anarchists, we do our best to live by the principles of mutual aid, anti-authoritarianism, and direct action.

Mutual aid for us encompasses a wide variety of things. We believe in sharing our resources – material, physical, mental and emotional. We share our food, labor, knowledge and support freely with those who would do the same for us. We strive to create safe spaces for children, elders, disabled people, those with emotional or psychological trauma, those in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse, and people of all races, religions, national origins, genders and sexual orientations.

We seek to support our community in ways that make everyone feel safer, stronger, and more empowered.

For us, anti-authoritarianism often overlaps with mutual aid. We oppose the state and its agents, including politicians, the police, the military industrial complex, corporations and greedy developers in whatever forms they may take, as well as other forms of control and oppression including capitalism, patriarchy, racism, homophobia and all bigotry and oppressive behavior.

If mutual aid and anti-authoritarianism are the “why?” behind our actions, direct action is the “how?” We live our values by actively working to create the world we want to live in NOW.

Rather than relying on the benevolence of insurance companies and the expertise of doctors, we learn to maintain and repair our bodies and those of our friends ourselves. Rather than lobby the city for a place to have a community center, we open our home to our neighbors. Rather than watch people go hungry and say to ourselves “someone should do something about that,” we gather extra food wherever it is to be found and redistribute it to those who need it. Rather than rely on the police to protect us or settle our disputes, we try to open dialogs with those with whom we have conflicts, and arm and defend ourselves and our neighbors.

These are just a few examples of ways direct action can be applied. By taking our lives into our own hands, all of us as individuals and as communities can live happier, healthier, freer lives.

So if you’re interested in what we’re doing and would like to help out, have any questions about what we are doing and why, or if you’re in need of assistance with anything, stop in or give us a call. Our home phone number is 804 303 5449.

We’re anarchists, and we’re here to help.

“We are going to inherit the earth. There is not the slightest doubt about that. The bourgeoisie my blast and burn its own world before it finally leaves the stage of history. We are not afraid of ruins. We who ploughed the prairies and built the cities can build again, only better this time. We carry a new world, here in our hearts. That world is growing this minute.”
-Buenaventura Durruti
Spanish Anarchist and Revolutionary Against the Fascist Franco Regime

“Whoever lays his hands on me to govern me is a usurper and a tyrant: I declare him my enemy!”
Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
French anarchist theorist

“You have to understand that people have to pay the price for peace. If you dare to struggle, you dare to win. If you dare not struggle, you don’t deserve to win. Let me say: ‘Peace to you, if you’re willing to fight for it.’”
Fred Hampton
Deputy Chairman of Illinois Black Panther Party
assassinated by the police while asleep in his bed

  1. The Red Son says:

    The Wingnut is a super fun place to be, even when it is VERY cold. Go diesel salvage! Who need drugs and booze when you have diesel fumes?

    • shadowsmercy says:

      Just wanted to say “Great Job!!!” to everyone here……awesome support & works. This is quickly becoming my home away from home. =)
      Also…..got my full support/backing on the Red Onion effort…as a former “ward of the state”, i understand first-hand the effects of what they’re going through there.

  2. Andre Ricard says:

    Hey folks, sorry to just leave this as a comment, but i can’t find an email for ya anywhere. In any case, my name’s Andre and i play in a three piece acoustic ruckus group (mallory) based out of New England, and we’re going on a few tours this summer, and were hoping to play in Richmond. Let us know if you think you can host us! we’ve played a fair amount with Fairy Boy, Mogli, Story and Cud Eastbound, which is how we know about yr space. Also, i live part-time at Hampshire College, and i think one of you went to school there?

    Cheers and Love,

  3. Andre Ricard says:

    we also hear you have a flippin’ fantastic FNB that we would love to witness.

  4. unkown says:

    yall is so wack the police is suposed to help you what if someone break in your house and damage of steal your stuff then what! what if they get away with it yall going want to do call the police this is most likey to happen so peace!!!!!!!!!

    • anarchymo says:

      You clearly understand about the police what the police want you to understand. But that does not make it true. I’m not worried about people breaking into our house. If someone needs something, they should just ask

  5. Jolly Roger says:

    Nice blog! I will add you to my blogroll. I’m new here on WordPress and just wanted to say ‘Hi’ to all my fellow Anarchists!

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