Posts Tagged ‘anarchist history’

Anarchist Air will be an approximately 2 minute radio segment on a piece of Anarchist or radical history. It will be similar in format to the Rainbow Minute, which is produced for WRIR out of Richmond, Virginia.

This will be a daily news segment, relating to an interesting or important piece of history for that day or relative time period. If you have ideas for interesting or significant pieces of anarchist news or history you would like to see included please get in touch.

This will debut on January 1st, 2012, on this website and maybe on local and other radio stations or shows.

Ideas can be submitted to xveganarchistrvax [at] gmail.com

We just received a package in the mail with new contributions for the Wingnut Radical Lending Library! You can come check out these new titles tonight from 4-9pm at Open Hours or on Friday from 4-9pm.

From the Labadie Collection at the University of Michigan we received:

In Quest of Heaven: The Story of the Sunrise Co-Operative Farm Community by Joseph J. Cohen

Letter from Tombs Prison, 1917 by Alexander Berkman to Emma Goldman

And Together We’ll Face the World! #2 by Moxie Marlinspike

And Together We’ll Face the World! by Mike Benham

Poor Man’s Heaven The Land of Cokaygne: A 14th Century Utopian Vision by Omasius Gorgut

Huge thanks to the Labadie Collection for sharing their wealth with us!

Our entire collection is available online at http://www.librarything.com under the collection thewingnutrva

There will be a workshop on the history of May Day/International Worker’s Day on Saturday April 30th at 4pm at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective. The workshop will be on the history of May Day as a worker’s holiday. Specifically focusing on some of the more radical/anarchist historical aspects of the holiday- such as the Haymarket affair. This is Richmond’s 3rd year with a May Day Parade and Rally. But not everyone knows what May Day is, or what the significance of the day is. So come get some context for this amazingly organized awesome event! Don’t let radical history be forgotten or overlooked.

Don’t forget to go to the Really Really Free Market earlier that day, from 12 to 3pm at the corner of Main and Laurel in Monroe Park. (www.rvaradicalendar.blogspot.com) After that you can come to this workshop at the Wingnut – plenty of time for both!

There are other May Day related events and workshops going on throughout the weekend- you can find out more at http://www.maydayrva.org

The Wingnut Anarchist Collective is located at 2005 Barton Avenue on the northside of Richmond. It is a sober, all ages space. You can call 804 303 5449 or email wingnut_collective@yahoo.com for more information

The Wingnut Anarchist Collective is working in the Southern Barton Heights neighborhood to help facilitate community autonomy and solidarity. One of the things we have noticed and heard is that the community needs a place to come together. For those not familiar with the area, it is lacking in businesses or public spaces. There is 1 bar, 2 corner stores, and a garage. The area barber shop closed down months ago. Aside from the churches and the mosque in the neighborhood, there are not any public community spaces. There is no place for people to come together indoors to have casual conversations, play games, learn from each other etc. The Wingnuts have been trying to work on purchasing a second building for use as a community center. We have so far not had much luck- encountering people trying to hoard properties in order to get a much larger amount from people actively gentrifying/developing for profit, and banks who cater their sales to developers who purchase dozens of properties at once.
Our solution in the mean time is to start having open hours at the Wingnut. The Open Hours model is one similar to that of many radical spaces, including Oregon Hill’s Flying Brick Library. Our intention with open hours is not to compete with the Flying Brick, but to provide a more local space for our community to come together. We have tabled with fliers advertising the Flying Brick and found that while people in our neighborhood were interested in the idea when we explained it to them, Oregon Hill is too far to expect folks to go just to check out something they are unfamiliar with like a radical library. The history of Oregon Hill as a white neighborhood, with some avidly racist inhabitants, also makes the area less appealing to people from our neck of the woods.
Open Hours are just that- open. You are welcome to come hang out, look at books, work on a project, drink tea, talk, do your homework, write, play a game etc. You don’t have to want to engage in a particular activity to come use the space. Open hours are intended to create a community space. For both the Southern Barton Heights and the radical/anarchist community.
If you want to volunteer at open hours, get involved, donate supplies or books or snacks, just get in touch. We would love your participation! wingnut_collective@yahoo.com or 804 303 5449 or 2005 Barton Avenue

What can you expect to find at Wingnut Open Hours:

Wednesdays from 4pm-10pm
Fridays from 4pm-10pm

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