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According to the City of Richmond’s Property Search and Tax Assessment data, the assessed value of the land that Dwight Jones’ house sits on has dropped 64,000 in the past year.

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We all know that the market fluctuates, and that the functioning of the real estate market under capitalism is largely speculative and prejudicial. But what is very interesting here, is that the Mayor’s neighbors did not receive the same sorts of lowered assessments. The amount taxed on 64,000 at the current rate would be approx. $768 dollars annually. While not a ton of money, we all know that every little bit counts, especially when our schools, parks, and public transit are hurting like they are.

Raymond Boone of the Richmond Free Press, who allowed Occupy protesters to camp on his lawn in 2011, lives next door to the Mayor. Here are his assessments:Boone

MayorBoonAsses

Boone’s property is about half an acre larger than the Mayor’s, which does not seem to explain the giant discrepancy in land values and assessments.

Another of the Mayor’s neighbors, with a much smaller parcel, did receive a lower land assessment, but it does not seem in proportion to what the Mayor received.

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To recap our friend ran the numbers on square foot value:
Mayor’s land: $0.27/sq ft
Boone’s land (2 parcels): $0.86/sqft and $0.69/sqft
The smaller parcel referred to with its new LOWERED value: $1.41/sqft

Ok, so apparently larger parcels get lower value per sqft?…

http://map.richmondgov.com/parcel/

If you zoom out from the mayor’s land, the two larger nearby pieces of land as you look slightly south are $0.42/sqft and $0.40/sqft (for a 1.5million sqft $600k piece of land).

The mayor must be living over a toxic dump.

We can not speak as to whether or not Dwight Jones had or has any knowledge about this assessment discrepancy, but it seems potentially problematic, and certainly deserves an explanation if not an inquiry. It would be a shame if the Mayor himself were not paying appropriate taxes into the City of Richmond.

Civil Rights Attorney, Tom Roberts, who has previously represented members of the Wingnut Anarchist Collective, and also spoke to ABC to confirm the complete legality of our posting publicly available information online like the Mayor’s address, was shocked to see the drop in the assessment of the Mayor’s property, and suggested that an inquiry be made into the matter.

If you would like to explore this issue more, please check out the City’s property finder application. It is a very helpful tool for many applications. http://eservices.ci.richmond.va.us/applications/propertysearch/default.aspx

We’ve added some new titles this week to our radical lending library!

Vamps & Tramps: New Essays by Camille Paglia

Fatal Reunion by Claire McNab

An Easy Burden: The Civil Rights Movement and the Transformation of America (wit… by Andrew Young

Out from Under: Sober Dykes and Our Friends by Jean E. Swallow

The Housing Monster by prole.info

Anarchist Pedagogies: Collective Actions, Theories, and Critical Reflections on … by Robert H. Haworth

We, the Children of Cats (Found in Translation) by Tomoyuki Hoshino

Report from Planet Midnight (Outspoken Authors) by Nalo Hopkinson

Signal: 02: A Journal of International Political Graphics by Alec Dunn

Against Architecture (Green Arcade) by Franco La Cecla

Black Power U.S.A. by Lerone Bennett, Jr.

Presumed Guilty: The Tragedy of the Rodney King Affair by Stacey Koon (This book is written by a pig, trying to justify the brutality to Rodney King by the LAPD, we got this mostly to see how ridiculous it is)

23 Shades of Black (A Filomena Buscarsela Mystery) by Ken Wishnia

Lure and Loathing: Essays on Race, Identity, and the Ambivalence of Assimilation… by Gerald Early

Richmond Copwatcher and member of the Wingnut Anarchist Collective, Mo Karn, was detained, arrested, and ticketed in May while Copwatching for standing on the sidewalk of Barton Avenue.

You can read more about the original incident here: http://wingnutrva.org/2012/05/17/first-richmond-copwatch-ticket-for-standing-on-the-sidewalk/

The arraignment was on May 31st, and a court date was set for July 31st.

Please come out to support Mo and Richmond Copwatch, and to stand up to bully cops, on July 31st at 11am in Judge Cheeks’ court room at 920 Hull St in the Manchester Court Building.

You can’t bring cell phones, weapons, food, etc., but you CAN bring a sketchpad and pencil to draw and record the court proceedings. We ask that you do so.

We spent Thursday night and a good chunk of the day Friday entering all of the books from our Radical Lending Library onto the Librarything, adding tags to pre-existing entries, and re-organizing the shelves. The result (aside from our crossed eyes and papercuts) is a library collection that is much easier to search by subject online and better arranged on the shelves.

We had over 200 books that were in our collection but not yet recorded as in our collection. Now all of those titles are available in our online database.

To search our collection, go to: http://www.librarything.com/home/thewingnutrva  We have 2 collections currently- one is the Approaching Apocalypse Zine Library which currently has just 203 catalogued titles.  Our book collection, titled Your Library, now has 764 titles.

Some of our categories in our library include: guns, gardens, DIY (Do It Yourself), Myths, Religion, Guerilla Warfare, Government Oppression, Anti-Civilization, Ecology, Civil Rights, Black Liberation, Radical Activism, Hawai’i, Australia, Indigenous, Richmond, Richmond Authors, Queer Theory, Queer History, Queer Biography, Queer Fiction, Feminism, Medicine and Alternative Medicine, Animal Rights, Food Politics, Cookbooks, Art, Music, Bikes, Military Handbooks, Field Guides, Zine Compilations, Graphic Novels, Travelling, Globalization, Anarchism, Radical Fiction, Prisons, Anarchist Practice, Mexico, Central America, South America, Celts, Consumer Culture, U.S. Cultural Studies, Home Renovation and More!

Please, feel free to go onto librarything.com and search the collections here at the Wingunt (thewingnutrva is our screenname on that website) If you seem somehting you like, come by during Open Hours (Wednesday and Friday from 4-9pm)and check it out (you can check a book out for 2 weeks). If you can’t make open hours just send us an email or give us a call and we can arrange a different time for your visit. (804) 303 5449 wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

If you would like to donate us books, we are specifically interested in adding to our Anarchism, Radical Fiction, Radical Activism, Black Liberation, Civil Rights, Prisons, Government Oppression, Queer Theory, Queer History, and DIY sections. But if your donation is to a different category that would be lovely as well!

The Anarchist Black Cross will be presenting a screening of the new film  Justice On Trail: The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal on Friday November 5th at 7pm. If the weather is nice we will be projecting the movie outside, so bring a blanket to snuggle under. If the weather is not so nice we will show the movie inside near our new woodstove! After the movie there will be the opportunity for discussion as well as resources for anyone interested in writing Mumia a letter. The regular monthly Richmond Anarchist Black Cross meeting will be happening on November 9th at 7pm.

The Wingnut is located at 2005 Barton Avenue, and can be contacted at 804 303 5449. All Wingnut events are sober and all ages.

This is a new movie that is coming out just in time for the very important November 9th court date of Mumia.Much thanks to the Defenders for making this movie available for screening. Anyone who can’t make this event should see if they can make the November 1st screening at the Flying Brick.

Oral argument scheduled, United States Court of Appeals

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has just granted oral argument in Mumia’s case. (Abu-Jamal v. Beard, No. 01-9014.) The arguments will be before a three-judge panel on November 9, 2010, 2:00 pm. This will be in the Ceremonial Courtroom, U.S. Courthouse, 6th & Market Streets, Philadelphia. (more…)

This is a video from the East Atlanta Copwatch group, whichs hows a good example of how Copwatch participants should respond when confronted by police during a Copwatch. It is also fairly amusing.  Particularly of note is the way the Copwatch members firmly refuse to engage in any sort of conversation/handshake/interaction with the Cop. They also refuse to give him their IDs or engage in a discussion about their ids until he tells them if they are being detained.

Copwatchers observed officers conducting a roadblock near Memorial and Howell St. Despite serious questions as to their constitutionality, the Atlanta Police Department has strongly promoted roadblocks as a law enforcement strategy. APD leadership claims roadblocks are not intended to catch criminal activity or profile people as suspects, just to make officers visible in the neighborhood and show a friendly face to the public.

In this video, Officer McKnight’s behavior gives conflicting signals about APD’s actual objectives in establishing roadblocks.

http://www.CopwatchOEA.org