Posts Tagged ‘critical mass’

keepmonroeparkopen

There is a scheduled Land Use meeting at City Hall on Tuesday February 18th at 3pm, where the proposal for the privatization of Monroe Park will be presented by Alice Massey.

Please come out with friends, signs, and voices to be heard. It is imperative for the freedom of citizens of Richmond, the houseless, low income, radical social movements, and spontaneous events that we STOP the City from leasing Monroe Park to any private party, and STOP there from ever being a permit process or fee for holding events in our public commons.

For more information please check out the following article and links:

Op Ed: Monroe Park Needs Renovations NOT Privatization

Monroe Campaign

Monroe Park Occupation

 

 

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Here are a bunch of rad events either at the Wingnut, organized by the Wingnut, or supported by the Wingnut that we highly encourage you to come out to!

Hope you can make it!

Tuesday- Haiku Battle at Balliceaux, 9pm

Rojonekku Hand-to-Hand Haiku Tournament makes its debut at Balliceaux in RVA, under the fluctuating concept of Exercising/Exorcising Demons. Bring 20-some haiku to compete in the event, or just bring yourself to lounge and enjoy the chaotic spectacle of what takes place. Feel more than free to come dressed as any personal or public demon you may wish, so as to better your haiku display, or just better your evening. Juggalo, train kid, delinquent, academic, street prophet, Buddha reincarnate, wine-friendly event. For more information, scope the link –https://docs.google.com/document/d/14tOVhCuRz5uI009i7C5-FVfd7XVgfwsVw6-PfvPZOz8/edit?usp=sharing or contact Raven Doctorlounge Mack who is always ready and willing to answer all questions, even ones he has no clue about how to understand. Especially those, in fact.

https://www.facebook.com/events/578298978893334/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Wednesday – Poncili Puppets at LoveBomb!, 7pm

On October 23rd, come out to Richmond’s new art/puppet/performance space LoveBomb to see Poncili Puppets. Poncili have performed multiple times at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective. Now we are helping them to have a show at the new venue!

Please bring money to buy merch or donate to the puppeteers!

LoveBomb is at 6 West 21st Street – lovebombrva.com

Doors at 7! Show at 8! https://www.facebook.com/events/1425647264322258/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Thursday – Food Not Bombs cooks for REPHRAME FORUM – 2pm at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective 2005 Barton Avenue

rePHRAME, Residents of Public Housing in Richmond Against Mass Evictions, is holding their community forum on Thursday, October 24th. Food Not Bombs will be cooking cornbread and chili to cater the meeting. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/612929815411904/?previousaction=join&source=1

REPHRAME Forum- 5:30 at

  • Greater Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, 913 N. 1st. Street, Richmond VA 23220
  • TEACHING Transparency, Protecting CommunityRePHRAME to Hold 6th Annual Community Forum on October 24, 2013

    On Thursday, October 24, 2013, at 5:30 PM, RePHRAME will sponsor its 6th Annual Community Forum highlighting the concerns of public housing residents in Richmond. The event will be held at Greater Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, 913 N. 1st Street, Richmond, VA 23220 in the Fellowship Hall. Dinner will be provided and children are welcome.

    The march toward eliminating poverty has had several omissions directly impacting quality of life for the residents that already live within the Richmond city limits. Transportation, Housing and Trauma associated with NOT knowing living quarters will be topics at this year’s forum. Impending redevelopment and potential challenges to the city’s long standing history of NOT implementing Section 3 requirements of federal dollars used in marginalized community development will also be addressed at this year’s forum. Last year’s Unpacking the 2010 Census data provided supporting research to empower residents as to how to include their voice at the table of engagement with results will also be available for public awareness.

https://www.facebook.com/events/536294766449832/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Friday – Halloween Bike Parade, 5pm in Monroe Park

Come one come all on Friday October 25th to a Halloween Bike Parade!

Critical Mass/ bike parades are typically on the last Friday of every month.

5pm meet up in Monroe Park near the fountain. The ride will leave at 6pm!

Costumes encouraged as long as they aren’t the racist/sexist variety or other oppressive costumes.

Bring music, signs, kids, etc. To celebrate bikes and Halloween!
The ride will be a group ride and we will try to stick together- its no race!

We are traffic!
We can be fabulous traffic in costumes!
Kids encouraged~!

https://www.facebook.com/events/724039707611488/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Come one come all on Friday October 25th to a Halloween Bike Parade!

Critical Mass/ bike parades are typically on the last Friday of every month.

5pm meet up in Monroe Park near the fountain.  The ride will leave at 6pm!

Costumes encouraged as long as they aren’t the racist/sexist variety or other oppressive costumes.

Bring music, signs,  kids, etc. To celebrate bikes and Halloween!
The ride will be a group ride and we will try to stick together- its no race!

SO MANY events at the Wingnut/in RVA
Shows- June 14th Canadol and Captain Captain
June 23rd – Ramshackle Glory, Ramshackle Glory, the Devil’s Coachwhip, Queer Rocket, and Mess’ Sideshow at the Wingnut
June 30th Food Not Bombs Cookout at 2pm in Monroe Park for a world independent of war
July 3rd JKB3 punk/ukelele night
July 13th What Cheer? Brigade 19 piece brass band
July 14th – UBS: Hands Off Appalachia Teach in
July 16th- LoveHoldLetGo – folk punk from canada and shadow puppet theater- local acts/open/shared mic
August 9th- Dinosawh, Queer Rocket
August 10th- ACAB a play by Insurgent THeater

what are we forgetting besides regularly scheduled Food Not Bombs, Mobile Food Pantry, Really Really Free Market, Critical Mass?

anyone have the time/energy to help us get paper fliers out for these events?

get in touch!!! more details for all events available in posts on this website, or email for more info!!!

Rag & Bones Bicycle Cooperative seeks female mechanics, or women who wish to become mechanics.

A message from the Rag & Bones Bike Co-op:

“Wishing we had another day of open hours? We are actively seeking female mechanics (trained or willing to learn) to help run a ladies’/queer night on Sundays or Thursdays. If interested please come by the shop during our regular hours, or call or message us!”

You an find Rag n Bones on Facebook here:

https://www.facebook.com/RagBonesBicycleCoOp/info

or during current Open Hours Tuesdays 5-9 and Saturdays 1-5 at 3110 West Leigh Street.

Don’t forget about Critical Mass Bike Rides on the Last Saturday of every month meeting at 5pm in Monroe Park and leaving at 6 for a group ride!

the flier from Critical Mass in May 2013

the flier from Critical Mass in May 2013

 

Critical mass is critically awesome. Cars take up all the roads most of the time. Roads take up way too much of the earth. Bike parades are the best because friends and exercise and sunshine and creating a presence to disrupt the everyday fossil fuel drudgery. March Against Monsanto was also disruptive. You are damn right. If you don’t think that this world needs to be disrupted A LOT then you might need to open your eyes, check your privilege, and reflect on things. Disrupt things. Cause disturbances. The status quo is almost entirely fucked up. So if you think critical mass is disruptive, and marches are disruptive – then let us tell you 2 things- this shit is better than sitting around watching TV, and you are DAMN RIGHT ITS DISRUPTIVE. We hope more and more people step up and step out and start making disruptive actions to break up this capitalist/racist/patriarchical/whitesupremacist/classist/homophobic/speciesist/environment destroying hot mess yall call civilization.

Some local media coverage:

http://www.styleweekly.com/TheReportersNotebook/archives/2013/05/31/crunch

http://wtvr.com/2013/06/01/holmberg-critical-mass-bike-ride-slows-the-flow-down-to-easy-biking-speed/

Hope to see you out on June 28th at 5pm in Monroe Park!

Bring your bikes and boomboxes yall!

Critical Mass Bicycle Ride
Public
Hosted by Rag & Bones Bicycle Co-op

When
Friday, May 31 at 5:00pm
Where
Monroe Park (VCU)
620 W. Main St.
Richmond, Virginia 23220

Details
A critical mass bicycle ride to promote bicycle awareness on the streets of Richmond. Route will be announced before we ride.

BRING THE Noise and fun!

Monroe Park
Meet at 5pm
Leave at 6pm

Update on the new bike ordinance:
Ord. No. 2012-232 (Patrons: Mr. Conner and Mr. Agelasto) – To amend and reordain ch. 102, art. IX, div. 1 of the City Code by adding therein a new section numbered 102-441 for the purpose of making it unlawful for any person to attach a bicycle, motorcycle or moped to a City-owned tree and to amend and reordain City Code § 102-439, concerning the impoundment of bicycles, for the purpose of authorizing police officers to impound bicycles, mopeds or motorcycles, which, for a period of more than 72 consecutive hours, have been attached to City-owned trees, posts, signs or other property owned by the City.

Here’s the original ordinance:
http://library.municode.com/index.a…
Sec. 102-439. – Impoundment.permanent link to this piece of content

(a)

Any police officer may impound a bicycle which is not properly registered, which is not displaying the license decal as required by this article, which is without a serial number, which is abandoned or which is parked in such a manner as to create a traffic hazard. The owner of a bicycle impounded by the police or the owner’s agent may claim it at the place it is held and, upon proof of ownership, obtain possession thereof without the payment of any fee or charge on account of the impoundment. However, the owner, if a resident of the city, shall first obtain a license decal and register such bicycle before it shall be released. The chief of police shall use due diligence to ascertain the name and address of the owner of an impounded bicycle and notify the owner that it is being held. If a bicycle is not claimed by the owner within 30 days from the date it was impounded, it may be either donated to a charitable organization by the chief of police or sold by the director of procurement services. Every such sale, whenever practicable, shall be made on the basis of competitive bids after the public notice required for the sale of tangible personal property owned by the city, and when there has been competitive bidding such sale shall be made to the highest or best responsible bidder. The director of procurement services shall have authority to reject any or all bids and to order new bidding or, with the approval of the chief administrative officer, make the sale to any person, whether a former bidder or not, without further bidding. The proceeds of such sales shall be paid into the city treasury. The cost of impounding, removal, storage, investigation as to ownership, notice and sale shall be paid out of the proceeds of such sale, and the balance of such funds shall be held for the owner of such bicycle at the time of its impoundment for a period of 60 days. The balance of the proceeds of sale shall thereafter be deposited in the city treasury. If, within three years after the date of sale of such bicycle, the ownership thereof at the time of its impoundment is established to the satisfaction of the chief administrative officer, such owner shall be paid the balance of the proceeds from the sale, without payment of interest or other charge. No claim shall be made nor any suit, action or proceeding be instituted for the recovery of such proceeds after three years from the date of sale.

(b)

Any bicycle found and delivered to the police by a private person which thereafter remains unclaimed for 30 days after the final date of publication as required in this section may be donated to a charitable organization or given to the finder; however, the location and description of the bicycle shall be published, at least once a week for two consecutive weeks, in a newspaper of general circulation within the city. Such notice shall be published in a form to be approved by the chief of police. If the bicycle is given to the finder, the finder of the bicycle shall be responsible for the publication of such notice and any cost associated therewith. Prior to release of the bicycle, the finder shall present verification of compliance with the publication requirements, as set forth in this section. If a license plate or tag is affixed to a found bicycle, the chief of police shall use due diligence to notify the record owner that it is being held.

Basically if you lock a bike to city property for 3 days and something goes missing from the bike that makes it inoperable then police tag the bike and remove it in 7 days. Also If you attach a bike to any city property for more then 10 days the city is allowed to remove your urban eyesore regardless of operability.

Complaints can be filed to:
Parker Agelasto (city council 5th district)
Phone (804) 646-6050
Email parker.agelasto@richmondgov.com

Charles Samuels (city council 2nd district)
Phone 804.646.6532
Fax 804.646.5468
Email charles@samuelsforcouncil.com

Richmond will be celebrating bikes again this month with a Critical Mass Bike Ride on the last Friday of August, the 26th, at 5:30pm.

The ride will meet up in Monroe Park at the fountain in the middle.

The times are subject to change and the route is TBA. Meet up at the fountain with your bike and your love. Leave the attitudes and aggression at home. This is not a race, it is a peaceful ride to show co-existence of humans, bicycles, and motor-vehicles. This will be a reoccurring monthly event so put it on your calenders and be ready to ride!

Bring water, any of your preferred safety gear, boomboxes, signs etc.! to make this bike parade festive!

If you want to know more about Critical Mass in general or it’s history in Richmond specifically we recommend you check out the Wingnut zine on Richmond Bike Laws, which includes info about Critical Mass! You can pick up a copy at the Wingnut or download it here:  http://zinelibrary.info/richmond-bike-laws-zine

You are also welcome to get in touch with the WIngnut if you have other questions. No one is in charge of Critical Mass but many of us have experience with this sort of bike ride and would gladly answer any questions we can.

Today’s Critical Mass was a cop free fun bike ride for around 150 people!

Here is a link to the story and http://www.nbc12.com/story/15023255/g

The news coverage is funny, as the reporters from conservative NBC 12 try to frame the bike ride as controversial. The Critical Mass was pretty tame and worked hard to keep a pace inclusive to all participants. No medical help was needed, although there were medics present. No copwatching was needed, although there were trained Copwatchers present. About 50 Richmond Bike Laws zines were handed out to participants as well.

Plans were formed to continue with Critical Mass rides in Richmond, scheduling them on the last Friday of each month. Look for more about those rides on this website and on http://www.rvaradicalendar.blogspot.com

Members of Richmond Copwatch will be briefing July 4th Critical Mass participants on asserting their rights and interacting with the police  should that become an issue.

Some literature will be available and copwatchers will actively address any questions or concerns. Briefing will take place   at Rite-Aid (Belvidere and Broad) prior to the ride (approx. 11:45-12:00  depending on arrival of riders).

Feel free to bring your own camera to record the fun and maybe the Fuzz!

You can also brush up beforehand  and download a copy of the snazzy new Richmond Bike Laws zine here-

http://zinelibrary.info/richmond-bike-laws-zine