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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! 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

Radical Lending Library- (more…)

At last weekend’s monthly Southern Barton Heights Mobile Food Pantry, we put out a big piece of paper with the question: Do you have ideas for our neighborhood? Things You’d like to see? Tell Us!

We also put out a marker so folks could start brainstorming their ideas while waiting for the food distribution to begin.

Here are the responses we got:

No Cops

Afterschool Tutoring (Richard will help with this) (more…)

As a collective working towards a free, community based anarchist society, we are constantly seeking to expand our projects and WE NEED YOUR HELP.  Fostering resistance to capitalism and the state can not, and should not, be the effort of a vanguard or elite “in” group.  Creating the better world we are seeking will require us ALL to be brave, fierce, and organized in the face of the behemoth we are facing, and to use our talents and abilities in ways that allow those around us to reclaim the power and liberty that have been stolen from us from the day we were born.

That said, we are seeking solidarity from everyone with a social conscience, who believe that the way our society is currently structured is unjust, inhumane, and unsustainable.  This solidarity can be demonstrated in many ways, from organizing your own community and fostering a culture of resistance with the people on your block, in your neighborhood, and in your city, to providing direct assistance and support to already existing projects.

Here at the Wingnut, we would LOVE to see a decentralized, visible, and effective network of anarchist social centers and projects spring up in neighborhoods all over the city, and if you’re serious, committed, and have a great deal of energy to burn, we HIGHLY encourage you to organize where you are.    If you’re at a point right now where throwing your entire life into your neighborhood isn’t currently a possibility (it’s ok – most people aren’t), here’s a list of some skills and resources that would be INVALUABLE to the things that the Wingnut is currently doing or is planning on doing, and a list of some of our current and proposed future projects.

Current Projects That The Wingnut Anarchist Collective is Involved In (more…)