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Food Not Bombs needs some money!

If you are able to donate money or host a fundraiser for us this spring, please let us know. Even sharing this event would be super helpful!

We can always use volunteers to help chop, cook, clean, wash dishes, organize, post fliers around town etc.

We can also always use donations of paper plates, paper cups, plastic forks and spoons, rice, oil, olive oil, vinegars, sugar, flour, pasta, spices, oats, etc. These can be dropped off at any of the cooksites or the Wingnut (2005 Barton Avenue).

If you would like to help us with a fundraiser we could certainly use that help as well. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation there is a way to do that too. You can send a check to the Virginia Organizing Project (snail mail ONLY NOT ONLINE) and specify Richmond Food Not Bombs in the memo. To donate by mail, please send your check, made out to Virginia Organizing, to: 703 Concord Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Please get in touch at 804 300 0023 or mokarnage@gmail.com for more information.

Food is a Right, Not a Privilege!!!!
Food Not Bombs has been serving a free, vegan meal every Sunday in Richmond’s Monroe Park for almost 21 years now. We go out regardless of the weather or holidays and have only missed 2 Sundays in all these years. Everything is done on a volunteer and donation basis. We can really use the help and allies as we face many potential issues due to the recent privatization of Monroe Park (a thirty year lease for a dollar a year to the Monroe Park Conservancy), which threatens the ability of poor and houseless people to be in Monroe Park and our ability to serve free food with a potential year long park shut down, private security, and $35 permit application fee. We do not know when any of this might happen because the MPC is a non transparent private entity, but we do plan to resist and we need your help! For more info on the renovation plans please get in touch!!

If you missed the amazing presentation at the Wingnut last night you can listen to this audio version. Thanks again to GPaul and Paxus as well as all the folks from Acorn and Twin Oaks who brought food and knowledge to share.

https://m.soundcloud.com/point-a-gpaul/income-sharing-across-the-pond

And a cheat sheet on different egalitarian communes:

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5nVwwOVpVHYbnF1Q0NCT2NMSFE/edit?pli=1

We are having our next meeting on the subject on February 16 at 6:30 pm and it will be a potluck.

We are currently looking for people interested in joining/forming an egalitarian community in Richmond using the Wingnut house as a starting point, but with the hope of expanding to include multiple residences and properties.

At the February meeting we will be talking about what an egalitarian community with the Wingnut in Richmond might look like.

This is part of an ongoing series of educational, explorational, and conversational events we are hosting throughout 2015 in our attempts to form this organization and begin living an egalitarian lifestyle. Please come out to talk, network, share ideas, ask questions, and collaborate.

If you are curious, skeptical, interested or passionate about building a better world and community please come to this presentation on Tuesday January 27th at the Wingnut. We are doing a year long exploration/study of egalitarian communities so that we can transform this building into the home of one. Definitely looking for people to join ranks with us on this project but also looking for people who are doing similar projects elsewhere and want to network.

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If you are curious, skeptical, interested or passionate about building a better world and community please come to this presentation on Tuesday January 27th at the Wingnut. We are doing a year long exploration/study of egalitarian communities so that we can transform this building into the home of one. Definitely looking for people to join ranks with us on this project but also looking for people who are doing similar projects elsewhere and want to network.

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Join the Wingnut Anarchist Collective on Tuesday January 27th for a vegan dinner and presentation on egalitarian, income sharing, secular and democratic communes. We are hosting this event as part of our 2015 process of forming an egalitarian commune which will take over ownership of the Wingnut house. Anyone interested in this idea, whether joining the Wingnut efforts or starting their own, is urged to come out to this event to learn about these communities from some experienced organizers.

GPaul, of Acorn Community and the Point A Project, has just spent most of his summer wandering Europe in search of egalitarian, income-sharing, secular, and democratic communes.  A rare breed in the US, he found them littered about Europe.  Come hear tales of radical trust based economics, what happens when the national culture takes on your commune’s mission, and what exactly an anarchist cyberpunk transnational commune looks like.  A wide variety of stories with comparisons to the American egalitarian communes and attempted distillations of important wisdoms and inspirations.

Like all Wingnut events this will be sober and all ages. We are providing supper due to the lengthy nature of the multimedia presentation.

Starting in 2015, the Wingnut Anarchist Collective will be hosting Open Hours for use of the radical library, zine library, board games, musical instruments, computer etc. On Wednesday nights from 6pm – 9pm.

Additionally, the Wingnut will be hosting vegan communal dinners at the same time, with food ready to eat at 6:30/7pm.
The idea behind the suppers and new Open Hours is to build community, and share the burden of cooking.
We are asking that everyone who comes to these suppers bring a $3 dollar donation towards the food costs. If you can not afford cash, bartering with food stuffs, chore doing etc. Will be welcome.
We ask that everyone who comes to eat pitches in to wash the dishes.

We also need folks to RSVP the day before so we know how much food to make. 804 300 0023 is a number you can text, or email wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

If there are guest chefs who would like to bottomline a meal please let us know, that would be great!!!

The first dates will be:
Wed. Jan. 7
Wed. Jan. 14
Wed. Jan. 21
Wed. Jan. 28

Dont forget to RSVP!!!!!!

This is a list of upcoming events from the VOP- But we have added Wingnut events and events we know about in bold!

RICHMOND AREA VIRGINIA ORGANIZING UPDATE, August 29, 2014

THE AMAZING RAISE: Virginia Organizing will be participating in the Amazing Raise on September 17 and 18. This is an online fundraising effort and anyone can donate by visiting  http://www.theamazingraise.org/. Folks can easily contribute online at anytime starting at 6:00 a.m. on September 17 until 6:00 p.m. on September 18. However, the Richmond Chapter will be working to win the “Second Chance Early Bird” prize of $1500! To win this, Virginia Organizing needs to be one of the first ten groups to receive 25 separate gifts of $50 or more starting at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 18If you can, please donate right at 8:00 a.m. on September 18. We need to make sure we have people signed up to give during this time, so please contact me directly if you are able to help us try to win this prize. If our Chapter helps with this prize and Virginia Organizing wins it, some of the prize money will count toward our 2014 Chapter fundraising goals! Also, if anyone is available to run a 5k to benefit Virginia Organizing, the Amazing Raise is hosting a race on Tuesday, September 16 at the Boulders in Chesterfield. Visit www.amazingraise5k.org to register (and be sure to run in your Virginia Organizing t-shirt, contact me if you don’t have one).

CALENDAR/ANNOUNCEMENTS:
August 30, anniversary of Gabriel’s rebellion
August 31, 12:30-5pm Richmond Food Not Bombs

August 31, 4:00 p.m., public forum on police brutality, Monroe Park

September 1, Labor Day

September 1, 6:00 p.m. (every 1st and 3rd Monday) Moral Monday, Bell Tower on Capital Square

September 1st, 8:00pm Bizarro Books Reading at the Wingnut

September 4, Fast Food Workers Strike in Richmond
September 5, 6:00pm Wingnut Friends and Family Potluck

September 5-7, Virginia Organizing annual Grassroots Gathering, Blackstone, Virginia

September 7, 2:00 p.m., ASWAN (an organization of Homeless people) meeting, Legal Aid Justice Center

September 7 (and every Sunday) 12:30 p.m. Food Not Bombs meal in Monroe Park

September 8, 6:00, action at Richmond City Council

September 8, 7:00 Virginia Organizing Transit Action Team meeting at Northside Grill

September 10, 7:00pm Karaoke at Lakeside Tavern with the Wingnut

September 11, 7:00pm Craft Night at the Wingnut

September 13, Richmond Peace Festival, 11:00 am at St Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 600 Grove Avenue

September 16, 6:00 p.m. Amazing Raise 5k at the Boulders

September 17, noon, Central Virginia Rainbow Partnership Meeting, 1407 Sherwood Avenue

September 17, 6:30 p.m., Joe Calabrese to speak on the benefits of rapid transit, at the Science Museum

September 17-18, the Amazing Raise

September 18, Virginia General Assembly Special Session on Medicaid expansion begins

September 20, Broad Street Mile fundraiser for Richmond Justice Initiative

September 21, UCI cycling World Championship in Spain begins (2015 in Richmond)

September 23, 6:00-8:00pm Shooting Practice with the Wingnut at CSA

September 25, RePHRAME (public housing residents organization) meeting

September 27, Pridefest on Brown’s Island
September 27-28, Richmond Youth Peace Project workshop

October 1, 7:00 p.m., Ellen Dunham-Jones on reducing sprawl at VCU Commons

October 3rd, 7:00pm Slam Up Performance at the Wingnut

October 4th, 11:00am – 5:00pm Richmond Zine Fest at the GCCR

October 7, 7:00 p.m., presentation on Bus Rapid Transit plan, at Spring Run Presbyterian Church near Woodlake

October 9, 7:00pm, Craft Night at the Wingnut!

October 14, last day to register to vote and last day to apply for an ID for the November election

October 16, 7:00 p.m. Richmond Chapter meeting

October 25, 1:00 p.m. 7th Annual River City Saunter Route 5 Corridor bus tour, Partnership for Smarter Growth

October 31, HALLOWEEN – Halloween Parade

Every Sunday in November from 12:30- 5pm, Food Not Bombs at the Wingnut

November 1 & 2, Richmond Gunshow with Anarcho Rednecks Against Oppression

November 4, Election Day

November 8, Richmond Peace Education Center Dinner and Auction

November 12, The Commonwealth Institute is holding a statewide policy conference in Richmond

November 27th, Friendsgiving Potluck at the Wingnut!

January, 2015, Virginia General Assembly starts

September 2015, UCI cycling World Championship in Richmond

November 2015, Election for Virginia General Assembly

Join Virginia Organizing for a discussion with

Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam

Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam will be speaking at the Virginia Organizing Grassroots Gathering on Saturday, September 6 at 9 a.m. The Grassroots Gathering will take place at the Blackstone Conference and Retreat Center, located at 707 4th Street, Blackstone, VA 23824.

The Gathering is a weekend event with workshops, speakers, and fun time! Virginia Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar Stoney will also attend to discuss restoration of rights in Virginia. Please see grassrootsgathering.eventbrite.com for more details.

You are invited to come for the entire weekend event or just parts. Please register in advance and arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning! We look forward to seeing you there!

MEDICAID EXPANSION: The struggle for full health care reform in Virginia will continue next month when the General Assembly begins a special session on Medicaid expansion on September 18. Medicaid expansion is a piece of the Affordable Care Act that could provide coverage to up to 400,000 uninsured Virginians (with the federal government picking up a minimum of 90% of the cost). Governor McAuliffe would like to expand Medicaid but is faced with a legislature that refuses to take action. We will be doing at least one action in mid-September to push leaders of the opposition to expansion to come up with some ideas about what we should do.

TRANSIT ORGANIZING: Organizing bus riders continues to be a major priority for the local chapter. We have contacted over 200 bus riders about our organizing efforts and we are finding lots of interest and support. Once or twice a month we gather to talk to bus riders at the Transfer Station downtown at 9th and Marshall. If you would like to join us please contact Bob Becker at bob@virginia-organizing.org. This Fall we will have an intern joining us for outreach.

BUS RAPID TRANSIT: The regional plan for a Bus Rapid Transit system continues to move forward. The city is currently waiting on approval of a major federal grant to begin construction of the first phase of the system. Bus Rapid Transit has been called “a train on wheels” as it involves large buses moving on special lanes on streets to fixed bus stops. Lots of information about Bus Rapid Transit, including a link to the first phase of the Richmond Plan, can be found at:

RVA Rapid Transit, Partnership for Smarter Growth, and GRTC are presenting:

Rapid Transit For Richmond’s Future

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:30 pm.

Science Museum of Virginia, Thalhimer Theater

2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220

This event will feature Joe Calabrese, the CEO of the most successful Bus Rapid Transit system in the country. He will be discussing the economic development potential of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) for Metropolitan Richmond.

Click here to RSVP: rapid-transit-rva.eventbrite.com

RUDD’S TRAILER PARK (volunteers needed): The effort to save the community at Rudd’s Trailer Park off Jeff Davis Highway is moving forward. Volunteers are helping folks correct problems with their trailers. If you have construction related skills and would like to help, email bob@virginia-organizing.org. The other challenge with the effort remains the attitude of the city. It still seems to many people that the city is taking a harder line with trailer parks than they are with other rental property.

VOTER REGISTRATION AND VOTING: The new Virginia Voter Photo Identification law took effect on July 1. The law requires everyone to have an approved photo ID to vote. Folks who do not have an approved photo ID can get one at your Registrar’s office. For more information on the new voter photo ID law, click here to download a printable flyer.

LISTENING PROJECT: Virginia Organizing is conducting a Listening Project in the Richmond Area. The Listening Project is made up of several hundred face to face conversations about the Metro Area and its opportunities and challenges. Anyone is able to participate. If you would like to be involved please contact Virginia Organizing’s Richmond organizer, Bob Becker at bob@virginia-organizing.org

KROGER CAMPAIGN: UFCW Local 400 is looking towards contract negotiations for Kroger workers here in Virginia. They are asking community supporters to wear a button and talk to Kroger workers as a show of support. Contact Ken Pinkard at kpinkard@local400.org for details.

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This is Andrew, the new organizer and bike mechanic at the Wingnut. He has volunteered to run the bike shed and help his community through bike repair. 
He is currently re organizing the shed. He will be looking for donations of bikes, bike parts, tubes, tires and TOOLS. Bike pumps and lights and helmets would also be amazing!

Some new bike shed policies he wants to assert include no spray painting, and no bikes not brought in by their owners. His availability will be fluctuating based on his school and work. Please stop by, especially when you see the doors to the shed open!

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For the month of February the weekly Richmond Food Not Bombs cooking will be held at the Wingnut  (2005 Barton Avenue RVA 23222 or call or text 804 300 0023)  every Sunday from 12:30 – 3:45. We leave at 3:45 to be Monroe Park to serve at 4.

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2/9
2/16
2/23

Come cook, clean, organize, learn, network, drink coffee, hangout, and strategize on how to beet the system.

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At Monroe Park at 4 there is:
Free, vegan meal.
Followed by a grocery distribution.
Literature table as well, weather permitting. (If you or your organization has fliers and pamphlets to distribute please be in touch or bring them by!)

Please come!!! New folks totally welcome.
Folks of all levels of cooking skills invited, as well as all ages.

Help also wanted afterwards to help cleanup the Food Not Bombs gear and the space.

The Wingnut has dogs, is a sober space and is not wheelchair accessible. Directions and more information on the space, including consent policy, can be found at www.wingnutrva.org

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If you are in need of books or in need of giving away books, please come check out the Wingnut Little Free Library at 2005 Barton Avenue.

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Little Library in construction above. We made it out of scrap wood kicking around the house. Upcycle! If you want help building one for your neighborhood let us know.

Take a book and bring a different book back later!
No checking out! No need to return!

Just a community resource to facilitate getting books some folks no longer want to folks who want to read them.

If you have more books to give away than will fit in our little library, we have a spot inside the house to store back up.

Come down and check it out and get books! Reading rules and so does sharing!

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We are building a front door and shingling the little free library’s roof soon too. Just got too eager to get it out there to all you lovely people.