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The Richmond Anarchist Black Cross will be taking a field trip to Chapel Hill, North Carolina on Saturday September 17th!

We are primarily going to talk to people involved with the Internationalist Prison Books project, so we can learn from them as we think about starting a Books To Prisoners program as part of Richmond’s Anarchist Black Cross. We will also be checking out Internationalist Books in Chapel Hill. This will be a great chance to network regionally between groups fighting the prison industrial complex and doing work to support political prisoners.

If you came out to the Mysterious Rabbit Puppet Army show at the Wingnut and enjoyed it and want to get involved in work around prison issues this could be a great way to learn more and meet Richmonders as well as North Carolinians interested in the same things.

More about these organizations here:

http://prisonbooks.info/

and here:

http://www.internationalistbooks.org/

Depending on what else Chapel Hill has going on that weekend and the schedules of Richmonder’s who want to come we might go down for Friday night and stay through Saturday day, or maybe go down Saturday morning and come back Sunday morning. If people are interested in going please get in touch so we can figure out a schedule that works for the most people possible! (more…)

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Here is some coverage from our friend Kontra:

http://kontradictions.wordpress.com/2011/07/13/weekly-sedition-mysterious-rabbit-puppet-army-ryan-harvey/

Here’s a review from RVANews:

The Mysterious Rabbit Puppet Army Invades RVA
by Hayley DeRocheJuly 13, 2011

The Mysterious Rabbit Puppet Army is not, alas, a shadowy army of bunnies with strings holding them down. Instead, the MRPA is a puppeteer performance collective based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina that is a part of the Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective. The shows tell stories that are social justice parables. I went over to the Wingnut House (home of some of Richmond’s anarchists) to see one of their shows.

First up: Hansel and Gretel

This old story is given a new look with the puppets (Gretel is a raccoon, Hansel a fox, their mother a purple unicorn, and so on and so forth). Times are tough in this economy for the little puppet family, and cutting corners is necessary, but when their evil green-faced monster father suggests cutting the kids out of the budget their mother is distraught. But times are hard, and if the kids have to be abandoned, then so be it. (“How would you kids like to go see a movie….Pirates of the Caribbean…..4…..in Raleigh.” brings chuckles at the Pirates reference, groans at the 4 reference because really, we needed 4?, and more chuckles at the intonation of Raleigh.) So, little Hansel and Gretel are dropped off, but Hansel, being wily like the fox he is, tags streets as they go so they can find their way home again much to the delight of their magical mom. But this time, when they get left at the Durham theater, they are truly abandoned. Nobody offers them help until Mr. Turbine–who ends up locking up poor Gretel in a cage.

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Just a reminder that the next monthly Anarchist Black Cross Meeting will be at 7pm on Tuesday May 10th at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective.

If you are interested in working with a non-hierarchical organization to do prisoner support as well as advocate for prison abolition please come out to find out more.

Some possible agenda items include the new Anarchist Bail Fund, buttons, new literature, the Denver ABC’s conference in August, the Richmond City Jail and more.

You can email rvaabc@gmail.com or call 804 303 5449 for more information

The Wingnut is located at 2005 Barton Avenue. It is a sober, all ages space.

Walter Bond is a political prisoner that we have been meaning to write about for a while now. When we read his statement to the Court upon his sentencing we were awed, inspired, and proud. We failed to re-post that statement in a timely fashion. However, because he is now being held in solitary confinement, it seems a good opportunity to revisit his statement and introduce or update people on Walter Bond and his case.

Walter Bond is an animal liberationist and an anti-capitalist. Basically, Walter Bond set fire to a sheepskin factory in Colorado in the name of the Animal Liberation Front. His brother then snitched on him. He was later sentenced to 5 years in prison. He is now being kept in solitary confinement because of the classification of the Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front as domestic terrorist groups- despite their policies of not harming humans or other animals physically.

If anyone is interested in writing Walter letters with the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross please come out on Tuesday April 12th at 7pm at the Wingnut. Walter’s birthday is April 16th.

For more frequent updates or details, please visit his official support website:
http://www.supportwalter.org

Walter Bond still has Federal and other charges pending, some of which he has plead not guilty to. The charges over his head make his final statement in court even more amazing. Here is his statement from Court, which was given on February 11th, 2011:

“I’m here today because I burnt down the Sheepskin Factory in Glendale, CO, a business that sells pelts, furs and other dead animal skins. I know many people think I should feel remorse… for what I’ve done. I guess this is the customary time where I’m suppose to grovel and beg for mercy. I assure you, if that’s how I felt, I would. But I am not sorry for anything I have done. Nor am I frightened by this court’s authority because any system of law that values the rights of the oppressor over the down trodden is an unjust system. And though this court has real and actual power, I question its morality. I doubt the court is interested in the precautions that I took to not harm any person or by-stander and even less concerned with the miserable lives that sheep, cows and mink had to endure, unto death, so that a Colorado business could profit from their confinement, enslavement, and murder.
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The Pie and Blind Date Auction for the Anarchist Black Cross was a hilarious success last night.People got pied, people fought over pies in bidding wars, people danced silly to the fuck the police soundtrack. It appeared that a good time was had all around.

There was berry pie, french silk pie, punpkin pie, mud pies, shepherd's pie, german chocolate pie, and on and on and on. A good mix of vegan and non-vegan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We raised 404.25 for the Anarchist Black Cross. Thanks a bunch to everyone who baked pies, everyone who bought pies, Sprout for hosting, the folks who came from out of town for the event, and all involved for making it such a good time. If you missed out this time, you can always donate to the Anarchist Black Cross at any time, and definitely come to next year’s April Fools Day Pie and Blind Date Auction (yea, we’re going annual with this).

Hope everyone enjoys eating those pies and going on cute dates!

It is with heavy hearts that we pass on word of another death at the Richmond City Jail. We have previously posted about the 2 deaths there over the summer. No word yet on the cause of this 3rd death, or the identity of the individual. We will definitely do our best to update with more information as it becomes available. The brutality of the prisons and jails in Virginia is a terrible reality. The solution to the inhumane conditions at the Richmond City Jail is NOT the construction of a new, bigger facility. We need better ways of dealing with our problems, and some serious re-evaluation of what our problems are. There needs to be better facilities that are not allowed to get overcrowded, and which provide counseling, education, medical and other services. Everyone deservesaccess to the services necessary for healthy lives.

The Richmond Anarchist Black Cross is an autonomous Collective committed to prison abolition and prisoner support. As anarchists we are oppossed to all systems of oppression and repression and have concluded that prisons serve no positive function in society. We actively seek to abolish the institutionalized slavery of the Prison Industrial Complex. We are dedicated to working in solidarity with prisoners and drawing connections between a multitude of struggles.

Here is the article we found online today:

Richmond Jail inmate dies

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By Staff Reports | Times-Dispatch
Published: September 17, 2010
Another Richmond Jail inmate, the third since mid-June, has died.

Sheriff C.T. Woody Jr. said an inmate collapsed Friday at 1:30 p.m. and was later pronounced dead at VCU Medical Center. No foul play is suspected; an autopsy is scheduled next week. (more…)

Come on out to the Wingnut on Tuesday October 12th at 7pm to learn how to write letters to people incarcerated in prison or jail. We will be focusing on people incarcerated for their roles in the civil rights and black liberation movements. This will include members of the Black Panther Party and MOVE organization, among others.

We will provide addresses, paper, envelopes, and stamps. We will also provide information on how to write prisoners, guidelines, advice,etc.
This will also be a good opportunity to have general discussions about organizing around prisoners and prisons, and issues in Virginia that have recently come to light.

Feel free to bring snacks and friends to share!

The Richmond Anarchist Black Cross wants to make people aware of a group that provides support for vegan prisoners. Part of theri suport involves working to get these prisoners access to vegan food. Another aspect is writing the prisoners letters. They have current addresses of people in prison on their website. We really encourage you to write letters to prisoners. If veganism is something you can relate to, maybe you can try one of these people.

Find out more on how to write letters to prisoners at our Letter Writing Workshop on August 17th.

http://www.supportvips.org (more…)

As part of May in Memory of people killed by cops and the state, the Wingnut and the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross is showing films each Monday about the police state, state oppression, COINTELPRO, and the Prison System.

So come on out to watch this film and talk about it too, if you want. Bring snacks if you have some, the WIngnut is a sober space.

The Angola 3: Black Panthers and the Last Slave Plantation is an interesting documentary that brings up issues about both the persecution of the Black Panthers as well as the Prison Industrial Complex, race, and more.

This DVD tells the gripping story of Robert King Wilkerson, Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox, men who have endured solitary confinement longer than any known living prisoner in the United States. Politicized through contact with the Black Panther Party while inside Louisiana’s prisons, they formed one of the only prison Panther chapters in history and worked to organize other prisoners into a movement for the right to live like human beings. This feature length documentary explores their extraordinary struggle for justice while incarcerated in Angola, a former slave plantation where institutionalized rape and murder made it known as one of the most brutal and racist prisons in the US. The analysis of the Angola 3’s political work, and the criminal cases used to isolate and silence them, occurs within the context of the widespread COINTELPRO being carried out in the 1960s and 70s by the FBI and state law enforcement against militant voices for change.

Spaghetti for the AETA 4!!!

Eat Spaghetti and Offer Solidarity- Legal Support Fundraiser!

Type:
Network:
Global
Date:
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Time:
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location:
The Wingnut

Description

Come the The Wingnut on Saturday February 20th a 6pm to eat some awesome vegan spaghetti dinner and donate money to the legal defense fund for the AETA 4, who were arrested last year at this time. Please bring some money to donate to the AETA 4 legal defense fund, and then enjoy a delicious dinner with friends and new friends. Maybe musical entertainment too? (contact me musicians!)

Who are the AETA 4?- On February 19-20, 2009, Joseph Buddenberg, Maryam Khajavi, Nathan Pope, and Adriana Stumpo, were arrested by the FBI and charged with violating the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. They are now facing a maximum of ten years in prison for their alleged crimes, which include attending demonstrations and other First-Amendment protected activity. They will need your support as they face a long trial process to prove their innocence. (more…)