Posts Tagged ‘anti-capitalism’

We had a breakfast potluck this morning for folks participating in the 23 hour fast against solitary confinement.  We had good food and good discussion, thanks so much to everyone who came!

We also got copies of some fliers with info about the Red Onion Prison Hunger Strike and the 23 hour fast. If you would like some of those fliers you can pick them up at the Wingnut!

Join us on Tuesday, June 19th at 5:30 PM at the John Marshall Court Building 400 N. 9th Street for a brief rally and then a march to the Richmond City Jail and back (1701 Fairfield Way). Bring signs, banners, noisemaking things, and water!

Tear Down All The Jails! Fire to the Prisons!

The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights will hold the first-ever Congressional hearing on solitary confinement on Tuesday, June 19 at 10am in Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 226.

We in Richmond are joining the national call by the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (this is not a religious action – just in Solidarity – with a cause) in a fast for 23 hours prior to the hearing – symbolising the 23 hours prisoners spend in solitary confinement cells per day. Join people across the nation in fasting from 1pm on Monday, June 18 until 12 noon on Tuesday, June 19.

In Richmond we will gather at the John Marshall Court House (400 N. 9th St) at 5:30pm with a short rally and march to the Richmond City Jail and back. We will march chain gang style, meaning two by two with home-made prison garb. Bring pots and pans. We encourage those with police or guard-uniforms to wear them. This is not mandatory but recommended.

Here is the link for the national call
http://www.facebook.com/events/406272916089904/

The United States is a world leader in holding prisoners in prolonged solitary confinement. There are 44 state-run super-max prisons and one federal super-max prison — each of which holds inmates exclusively in solitary confinement. At least 80,000 people in the U.S. criminal justice system are held in solitary confinement on any given day. From 1995 to 2000, the growth rate of segregation units significantly surpassed the prison growth rate overall: 40% compared to 28%.

We act in solidarity with the courageous hunger strikers at Red Onion State Prison, one of Virginia’s own super-max prisons, who are organising at great risk to themselves for rights that are already theirs under Virginia State law. Among their demands are fully cooked food with adequate nutritional content, access to grievance forms and a knowledge of why they are being held in solitary confinement and what is required of them to get out.

http://virginiaprisonstrike.blogspot.com/
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We are also collecting a list of names for people who wish to petition the VA Department of Corrections, Govenor McDonnell, and our state legislators.
Please send your information or questions and concerns to

Prisonerliberator@gmail.com

Name:
Organization (not required):
Zip Code:
Will you be participating in the 23hr fast for prisoners in solitary confinement: yes/no

(If you wish to include a statement to the petition add here)

*This is an informal petition! We will not solicit your information. This is specific to this event only.

After this march there is a fundraiser for the Richmond Zine Fest at the Flying Brick Library (506 S. Pine St)- join in to watch Grrly Show and Occupy America and eat cupcakes and popcorn!!

The Richmond Times Dispatch covered the Really Really Free Market, which fell on Christmas day this month. Check out their preview article here:

Free Market Planned For Christmas Day In Richmond

The follow up article they wrote after visiting the Really Really Free Market on Christmas Day is here:

Free Market Draws Dedicated Group In Monroe Park

Full articles after the break

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Local musician and activist Silver Persinger wrote an article after the August Really Really Free Market in Richmond. He came and performed his music with a portable amp. The Really Really Free Market is a monthly event on the last Saturday of every month in Monroe Park from 12-3 at the corner of Main and Laurel which provides an alternative to the capitalist market. Musicians, performers, non-profits, artists, etc. are invited to perform, play, share, teach, inform etc. every month. Everyone else is invited to bring stuff to give away, come get stuff, learn, listen, and engage with your community!

Here is the article, Silver’s blog is listed in our links section:
http://friendsilver.blogspot.com/2010/08/my-first-public-street-performance.html

New, shorter hours for the Really Really Free Market- From Noon until 3- that way it is a more eventful event. At the corner of Main and Laurel in Monroe Park

Come find a fancy outfit at this month’s Really Really Free Market, and put it on so we can have a FANCY TEA PARTY at 2pm. Please bring cookies/snacks/scones and tea if you have some to share!

A really really free market is an alternative to the capitalist version of a ‘free market’ where in fact, nothing is free. The really really free market is a place where people can come bring things they no longer need or use and give them away. It is a place where people can come get the things they need for free, without having to participate in the corporate market. Really really free markets build community instead of destroying it.

The RVA Really Really Free Markets provide people with a chance to share the excess that they possess, to prevent the landfills from filling with stuff that will never decompose and is nowhere near the end of its usefulness, and to offer the community a chance to come together for a day of free fun in the sun!

Feel free to come give a workshop or skillshare, play some music, facilitate a discussion, tell stories, and more! Please encourage others to do the same.

Help spread the word! Tell your friends & family & coworkers & community members. Make flyers, send emails, and start conversations. Build your community through mutual aid & collective knowledge.

Read more: http://bulletins.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=bulletin.read&authorID=179115&messageID=6678528225&hash=MIGuBgkrBgEEAYI3WAOggaAwgZ0GCisGAQQBgjdYAwGggY4wgYsCAwIAAQICZgMCAgDABAhSv5u6eGlkJwQQY%2fvv4L9VM5FF6ATVXVXfpgRgr91FC%2b7AeE6jax4S8O%2b%2fEKimC4FeCK4CRzltzP1tirPA5Qn9udTDQvpzyXwZEHR7vE30qdvhFrfI2g7YCOwAPAjYTTmF5XelAtFqmdvQoXxpSx0K0iRIUEPse8Oc%2f9ei#ixzz0vT3Wg000

This Saturday, May 22, from 8-12 there will be a Really Really Free Market at the Wingnut in Southern Barton Heights. The Wingnut is at 2005 Barton Avenue.

The Really Really Free Market is like a yard sale- but where everything is free. You can bring things to donate if you have things you no longer want. And anyone can come get some stuff for free too!

Items that you might find include: shoes, clothes, blankets, food, books, movies, hats, furniture, appliances, etc. Please come out and see what a Really Really Free Market can be like.

The Wingnuts also help organize the monthly Really Really Free Market that has been happening in Richmond’s Monroe Park for over 2 years now. That event is on the last saturday of every month from 12-5, at the corner of Main and Laurel.

While the things that come through the RRFMs are interesting and can make for great stories, it is important to remember that the Really Really Free Market is about a whole lot more than stuff. Sure, one of the most tangible results every month is the exchange of clothes, books, shoes, CDs, movies, food, appliances and more. But those are not the only important results. The model of the Really Really Free Market is such that the more significant outcomes are not nearly as tangible.

We often say that the Really Really Free Market is about community. And it is. It is a community event. But it is also an anarchist event. The Really Really Free Market model views community as an alternative to the capitalist market. The Really Really Free Market is actively providing alternatives to the capitalist market. Instead of everyone having to struggle and scrounge to get the money necessary to buy things in the capitalist (so-called) free market, the Really Really Free Market gives us a place to share our resources and help each other out.
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