Posts Tagged ‘capitalism’

Join the Wingnut Anarchist Collective for a winter potluck and gift exchange.
Everyone should bring a dish or non alcoholic beverahe to share, and 1 gift for the exchange. The gift can be new or used or ephemeral, like telling someone a story, playing them a song, or teaching them a skill. But please dont buy the gift new- regift or thrift or dumpster etc. Screw capitalism, lets not give those jerks anymore of our money for this event. We can share friendship and love without money honey.
This is from our friend who had the idea for this event originally :
” as to the trade day idea,here goes!

Most folks have never know the “joys of swapping stuff”,having been brought up in a cash/debit/credit structure society in the U.S. .A lot of the world ,however,still does a great deal of basic day to day economic function on barter.What I would propose is that the [Friday] after christmas the Wingnut host a sort of trade gathering for folks that want to try something different . Doesn’t matter what you have to trade,just no cash/bitcoins/etc. ,make it something that you can bring and show that there is more to trading than just doing a set of numbers. Skills,stories,materials to make things,books,tools,ideas,geegaws and gimcracks!Trading has a LOOONNNGGG history of being the way that ideas got passed around since our ancestors first started walking out of southern Africa,and it sure would be neat to see how some of you younguns do in the “call and response” test that is at the core of it all.So, will you take up a skillset that can keep you from starving and aid in your travels no matter where you are and what language the locals speak?Could be fun,and always is an adventure!”

All ages and sober event!!!
Friday December 26 from 7pm – midnight

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Tuesday, August 7th is National Night Out.

Barton Heights, and our newly re-forming neighborhood association will be celebrating in Yancey Street Park (At intersection of North Avenue and Poe Street). We will start at 6:30 and go til dark!

There will be food to grill (vegan, vegetarian, halal options) and anyone who wants to can bring a dish to share!

There will be local organizations tabling, entertainment in the form of a DJ and/or movie, a Know Your Rights training, and a Really Really Free Market (free clothes, books, cds, etc. anyone is welcome to bring items to give away).

More details coming as we work them out. Please save the date and plan on attending! email wingnut_collective@yahoo.com if you have questions/concerns/want to help!

And also- don’t forget that the next Barton Heights Neighborhood Association meeting will be on Tuesday, Sept. 11th at 6pm. Tell your neighbors, and let’s get the community out to talk about how to make Barton Heights a better place for us all!

A Really Really Free Market (RRFM) is a community gathering where participants bring, and give away absolutely free, andy usuable items, skills, ideas, talents, friendship, excitement, discussion, games and many other things that we as a community can come together and share. A RRFM is a 100% free and non-commercial event, creating a gift economy as an alternative to the normal way of buying and selling.

If this sounds like something you’d like to be involved with, we’d love to have your help.

– If you have any ideas for things you’d like to see at the Really Really Free Market, get in touch with us.

– Contribute something to the free market, spare stuff that you have around your house or work, some kind of entertainment, or a skill that you’d like to share with your community.

-Tell your friends about this thing, the more people who show up the better it’s gonna be.

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

On Wednesday, August 4th, the Conspiracy Tour made a stop in Washington DC.  They aren’t stopping in Richmond, so the only opportunities for folks from around here to see them without traveling TOO Far were last night in DC, or tomorrow night in Carrboro.  I’d say it’s worth the drive, especially if you’re involved in any way with anarchist/anti-authoritarian projects and are unfamiliar with the scope of state repression that has been coming down on our heads in the last ten years or so.

The presentation began with a brief puppet skit about what conspiracy charges actually are.  Basically, someone can be charged with conspiracy to commit a crime if there is planning to commit a crime, and any action is taken in furtherance of that plan, EVEN if the crime is NEVER COMMITTED.  Normally for a conspiracy to exist, more than one person has to be involved, although there are some cases (such as Scott DeMuth’s) where the state will simply INVENT co-conspirators as “unknown persons” in order to charge an individual with conspiracy.
After the initial puppet skit, there was a brief history of state repression in America, discussing such topics as the FBI’s COINTELPRO program and the recent “Operation Backfire” and including information about how these programs gather their information.
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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

Yesterday, the Animal Rights community received some potentially positive news. The charges against the AETA 4 were dismissed. The 4 can still be re-indicted, so this is likely only a temporary reprieve. Those not familiar with the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act should take the time to read up on this bogus law. The case of the AETA 4 is the first time this law is being used to prosecute anyone, and so this case will likely set a precedent. The outcome of this case is extremely important, as what the 4 are being accused of are things like fliering and chalking, which are supposed to be protected speech.

This case is happening across the country, but it has the potential to affect activists in Richmond and activists everywhere. Not being able to catch people working underground has pushed the government and corporations to try to prosecute folks doing above ground work. This law and the rampant use of the word terrorist as a label are part of a movement to protect capitalist interests at any cost.

Will Potter writes the blog Green is the New Red http://www.greenisthenewred.com and that site is a really good source for up to date news on the persecution of animal and environmental activists by the government and corporations.

Here is his post on the Dismissal of the AETA 4. (more…)

This is the Wingnut Statement of Purpose which we made as a handout and distributed to hundreds of houses in Southern Barton Heights:

Hello!

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. (more…)

Saturday, July 31st from 12noon until 5pm at the corner of Main and Laurel in Monroe Park.

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.