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Today the Commonwealth Times, VCU’s student ‘news’paper included another article about the Monroe Park Renovations.

The article incorrectly calls the IWW the International Workers of the World- they clearly mean the Industrial Workers of the World, a local branch of the international radical union.

The inclusion of interviews is definitely a positive aspect, but the amount of misinformation also in the article is frustrating. The article seems to give VCU more credit in the renovation planning than is due, while mostly overlooking the role of the Monroe Park Advisory Council. The plans also, do not as this article states, include the plan to fence and gate off the park post-renovation.

In fact, the main concern of Food Not Bombs and the Wingnut Anarchist Collective for the immediate future is the part of the plan to fence off the entire park for the whole length of renovations, 18 months or more. BOth organizations are demanding that a section of the park be left open and accessible to the public at all times during the renovations- at least 25% of the almost 8 acre park.

Monroe Park Renovations Stir Emotions

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The VCU student paper the Commonwealth Times included a terrible article in the opinion section this week. Not only was there an offensive graphic depicting a cartoonish Wingnut, yupie, and presumably homeless person, but also the entire article was riddled with mistakes.

You can check out the text here:

http://www.commonwealthtimes.org/?p=12580

The picture is on the print copy, or on the front page of the CT website- in the scrolling picture bar.

We tried to comment on the article, to correct its many mistakes, but the comment has not appeared on the site.  The article conflates the Wingnut Anarchist Collective with Food Not Bombs multiple times, as well as completely fails to mention that Food Not Bombs exists. It also states as fact many things which are not fact. No one at the Wingnut was consulted or interviewed at all for this article. The CT might want to consider checking facts in articles, as well as refraining from terrible graphics.