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The Richmond Police Department, like most police departments, routinely breaks the law, behaves in racist ways, and engages in acts of brutality against the public.

In the past week we have seen or heard of 3 incidents of police brutality. Anyone with video footage of police brutality is highly encouraged to email us a copy or a link at

Anyone who wants tips on how to copwatch or on your rights when dealing with the police is also encouraged to get in touch. The Wingnut Anarchist Collective started Richmond Copwatch about 3 years ago. We no longer have a formal Copwatch organization (though if you are interested let us know), but we still have the capacity to host workshops, come to you and your organization with a workshop, and of course to observe and record the police in Richmond and every where we go.

Here is a link to a story about an incident that occurred in Gilpin Court, a nearby neighborhood:

We have also heard that a man in Southern Barton Heights was beaten up by the police this week, and some of us were a witness to a man getting tazed at Harrison and Grace St. on Saturday night.

If you have video or pictures of the police tazing, beating, harassing, stop and frisking, etc. please send it to us! The more people who watch and record the police on a regular basis the less bullshit they can get away with. These are our neighborhoods, let’s take them back from the biggest most violent gang in Richmond- the Police Department.


Get involved!

Food Not Bombs is catering the 5th annual RePHRAME Forum “Eliminating Poverty, Protecting Community”

  • Good Shepherd Baptist Church 1127 N. 28th Street, Richmond, VA 23223
  • A Discussion on “Unpacking the 2010 Census” & the Upcoming Mayor’s Anti-Poverty Commission’s Report

More info on the event here:

We will be cooking a spaghetti dinner for about 100 people. Folks who want to help us cater this event should meet at the Wingnut, 2005 Barton Avenue, at 2pm on Thursday Nov. 1st.

If anyone has garlic, onions, noodles, bread, oil, tomatoes, sauce, etc. to donate please let us know. You can call 804 300 0023 or drop the supplies off at the Wingnut.

What’s RePHRAME you say?

RePHRAME, Residents of Public Housing in Richmond Against Mass Evictions, is an alliance of public housing residents, advocates, and allies committed to housing justice for all in Richmond.

The RePHRAME Concerns & Demands:

1. There should be 1-for-1 replacement of any public housing units lost through public housing redevelopment. In other words, there should be no net lossof public housing units. In addition, location of newly created public housing units, and other aspects of the redevelopment process, should increase the employment, education, and other opportunities of public housing residents.

2. Current residents should have the right to return to newly developed public housing without any additional screening or requalification process. In the past, additional credit checks and other screenings (above and beyond those to which public housing residents are routinely subjected) have been used to effectively prevent previous residents from coming back to the newly developed housing. We believe redevelopment should not be used to get rid of residents who have done nothing to warrant eviction.

3. Public housing residents should have a meaningful voice in decisions regarding their housing and communities. Currently only 1 out of 7 RRHA commissioners is a public housing resident. RePHRAME proposes adding 2 additional seats to the RRHA Board of Commissioners which would be filled with RRHA residents.

4. RRHA currently requires that residents mail their rent payment to a SunTrust bank address in Baltimore, MD. Residents must often pay late fees through no fault of their own due to delays in the mail system or processing delays in Baltimore. In February, hundreds of residents paid late fees when a blizzard caused the mail system to shut down. According to RePHRAME’s research of dozens of housing authorities in Virginia and nationally, RRHA alone requires residents to mail rent out of state. RePHRAME surveyed hundreds of public housing residents in Richmond, and the overwhelming consensus is for a local rent payment option, at either the RRHA rent office in their neighborhood or at a local bank.

Some of the Wingnut went to the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA) meeting on March 21st, to support members of the groups Residents of Public Housing in Richmond Against Mass Eviction (RePHRAME).

RePHRAME asked for support at the meeting because RRHA had recently sent public housing residents in scattered sight homes (the more effective and humane sort of public housing as opposed to creating pockets of extreme poverty) had just received letters telling them that RRHA was trying to get approval from Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to sell off the homes as they were too costly to maintain. If they were able to do this, residents would have 90 days to move. RePHRAME supports residents of public housing when they are threatened with displacement.

Many supporters came to the meeting to show that RePHRAME members are not an isolated bunch. In fact, there were so many people there that board room was completely full and some folks had to stay on the outside of the building.  The RRHA office at 901 Chamberlayne was using a metal detector on all visitors, which is a new policy. We tried to ask about the policy, and when it was implemented, and got a general run around about how many gun shots there had been in that area.

We took video of part of the meeting. It was Mo’s first time filming a meeting, so its clipped into a few separate parts, and is a little rough. They weren’t sure about proper manners when it comes to filming a meeting.

The speakers bring up many good points as to why they need to be allowed to stay in the homes where they’ve been paying rent for decades (you’d think they deserve to own them outright after so many years of paying rent). The basic message from all of the people who spoke is that RRHA needs to respect the residents of public housing more, needs to communicate with the residents better, and that RRHA has a long legacy of racism and problematic policies that it will have to really move away from in order to gain the trust of any residents.

Here are the videos:


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