Posts Tagged ‘Fred Hampton’

This is the Wingnut Statement of Purpose which we made as a handout and distributed to hundreds of houses in Southern Barton Heights:

Hello!

The house you may have noticed at 2005 Barton Avenue is called The Wingnut, and is a project of the Wingnut Anarchist Collective. We hope to maintain a positive relationship with our community and the individuals within it.  Therefore we feel that it is important for us to be upfront and honest about who we are and what we believe.

As anarchists, we do our best to live by the principles of mutual aid, anti-authoritarianism, and direct action.

Mutual aid for us encompasses a wide variety of things.  We believe in sharing our resources – material, physical, mental and emotional.  We share our food, labor, knowledge and support freely with those who would do the same for us.  We strive to create safe spaces for children, elders, disabled people, those with emotional or psychological trauma, those in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse, and people of all races, religions, national origins, genders and sexual orientations. (more…)

Hello!

The house you may have noticed at 2005 Barton Avenue is called The Wingnut, and is a project of the Wingnut Anarchist Collective. We hope to maintain a positive relationship with our community and the individuals within it.  Therefore we feel that it is important for us to be upfront and honest about who we are and what we believe.

As anarchists, we do our best to live by the principles of mutual aid, anti-authoritarianism, and direct action.

Mutual aid for us encompasses a wide variety of things.  We believe in sharing our resources – material, physical, mental and emotional.  We share our food, labor, knowledge and support freely with those who would do the same for us.  We strive to create safe spaces for children, elders, disabled people, those with emotional or psychological trauma, those in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse, and people of all races, religions, national origins, genders and sexual orientations.

We seek to support our community in ways that make everyone feel safer, stronger, and more empowered. (more…)

Last night we watched the Murder of Fred Hampton at the Wingnut. About 14 people were over to watch the movie. It consists of original films taken of Fred Hampton and the Black Panthers before he was murdered, and then film documenting the murder and aftermath. The film of Fred Hampton was compelling, and it was inspiring to see him speak. His charisma and organizational abilities were obvious.

“You can jail a revolutionary, but you can’t jail a revolution”

The movie really showed how obvious the situation was, in terms of Fred Hampton having just simply been murdered. The film also showed various aspects of the work that the Illinois Black Panther Party was doing at the time. As well as the general persecution they were facing daily at the hands of the pigs- including having their headquarters burned down.

The movie reinforced the brutality of the police and state and the extreme lengths they will go to in order to destroy movements working effectively towards social justice and healthy communities. Somber but important lessons.

If you missed the movie, but want to see it, just contact us. Maybe we will do another screening of it, or you can just come over to watch it sometime.

Also, don’t forget about the other movies being shown this month and the Memorial Day BBQ and hangout memorializing those murdered by the state.

I am a revolutionary.

The Wingnut is a radical collective in Richmond, Virginia, in Southern Barton Heights. The Wingnut is a sober space, so please no drugs or alcohol or intoxication. The Wingnut is an All Ages space, so we try to keep events kid friendly.

All events at the Wingnut are free, but if you have some money to donate to the travelling bands or the Wingnut it is appreciated! Also, always feel free to bring snacks to share!

May 2nd- 12:30- Food Not Bombs
May 3rd- 8pm- Movie Screening: The Murder of Fred Hampton
May 6th- 7pm Show- Gutbucket Bellowers, Coaltown Noir and more (Bluegrass/folk)
May 9th- 12:30- Food Not Bombs
May 10th-8pm- Movie Screening: Up the Ridge
May 11th-7pm- Sobriety Discussion Group
May 12th-7pm- Craft Night- Make Signs for the Massey Coal Protest on May 18th
May 16th- 12:30 Food Not Bombs
May 16th- 7pm -Show Criminal Culture (FL)
May 17th- 8pm Movie Screening- What We Want, What We Need, Black Panthers
May 22nd-7pm Show- David Deese, Very Magic (PA)- pop punk
May 23rd- 12:30 Food Not Bombs
May 25th- 8pm Movie Screening: The Angola 3: Black Panthers
May 26th- 7pm- Craft Night
May 30th- 12:30 Food Not Bombs
May 31st-  12- Memorial Day Cookout and Music in memory of people killed by cops (bring food to grill or share and instruments to play)

2005 Barton Avenue Richmond, Virginia 23222

Contact the Wingnut at 804 303 5449 or xveganarchistrvax@gmail.com

Keep up to date on our events at http://www.thewingnutrva.wordpress.com

Monday, May 3rd at 8pm, come to the Wingnut to watch

The Murder of Fred Hampton

As part of May in Memory of people killed by cops and the state, the Wingnut and the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross is showing films each Monday about the police state, state oppression, COINTELPRO, and the Prison System.

Starting out the month is this 88 minute long film on the murder of Black Panther Fred Hampton.

Bring snacks if you have them, the Wingnut is, as always, a sober space.

THE MURDER OF FRED HAMPTON began as a film portrait of Hampton and the Illinois Black Panther Party, but half way through the shoot, Hampton was murdered by Chicago policeman. In an infamous moment in Chicago history and politics, over a dozen policeman burst into Hampton s apartment while its occupants were sleeping, killing Hampton and fellow Panther Mark Clark and brutalizing the other occupants. Filmmakers Mike Gray and Howard Alk arrived a few hours later to shoot film footage of the crime scene that was later used to contradict news reports and police testimony. Recently restored and reworked by Gray, THE MURDER OF FRED HAMPTON is a chilling slice of American history.

Here is a list of people killed by the state we are compiling in order to turn into a Memorial Mural at the Wingnut this Spring.
We will unveil the mural and have a ceremony and cookout on Memorial Day- May 31, 2010.
Please help us add to the list so we can include more people from a variety of communities.

Anyone who wants to help with the mural should contact us so we can start planning.
Anyone who wants to help gather wood, paint, etc. to make smaller individual memorials should get in touch too.
If anyone has an idea for a statement or prayer or something they would like to read at the ceremony please let us know.

Anyone in contact with the families of any of these individuals should let us know.

Also, we are looking for musicians for the day. So if you have any music that might be particularly appropriate, or just have fun acoustic music you think we might like let us know.

People Killed By The State
List in Progress

Fred Hampton
Oscar Grant (more…)