Posts Tagged ‘memorial day’

Huge thanks to everyone who came out to our 2nd annual Memorial Day Party. There was a ton of food, swarms of kids, and 5 different musical acts. The party went on all day in the heat, and towards the end included an Anti-Police Brutality March around Southern Barton Heights.

Wingnuts and holy!holy!holy!

holy!holy!holy! from Oregon rolled into Richmond 13 deep and helped us with the Really Really Free Market, Food not Bombs, Copwatch, and the cookout! They played 2 shows- an acoustic set on Saturday and electric on Monday. Everyone at the Wingnut was really excited to get to hang out with awesome anarchists. They will be missed but we really hope they will come back to spend some more time at the Wingnut.

A lot of people helped us throughout the day, bringing food, washing dishes, entertaining the kids with water guns and balloons, and entertaining everyone with music. We feel really loved and supported by our friends and neighbors (aka family). Definitely looking forward to this annual tradition next year.

As part of the annual Wingnut Memorial Day Party In Memory of People Murdered by the State, we are starting an annual anti- police brutality march.


Bring banners, signs, drums, puppets, noise makers, musical instruments, etc. Especially anyone who wants to bring signs in memory of a particular person or persons who have been the victim of police brutality.

Folks with cameras, video cameras, etc. who want to help with Copwatch should get in touch ahead of time.

The march will leave the Wingnut around 7pm and go through Southern Barton Heights. The idea is to return to the Wingnut before dark.

Like all Wingnut events, this is all ages and sober.

And no worries, the march is not the end of the Memorial Day party, just a part of it.

The Wingnut will be hosting its second annual cookout In Memory of People Murdered by the State on Monday May 30th, 2011. Come on over from 12 til everyone goes to sleep.

Flipping the Patriotic Memorial Day on its head, using the day as a platform to discuss the reality of police and state oppression, this annual memorial brings together the community in Southern Barton Heights as well as the broader community of people concerned with state oppression.

This is a potluck event- bring a dish, non-alcoholic beverage, or something to throw on a grill to share.

We will be unveiling a new series of murals in celebration of Anarchist history.

Entertainment will be provided by many different musicians, if you want to play an ACOUSTIC set please let us know.
Please contact the Wingnut if you are interested in performing this day. wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

If anyone is interested in speaking or presenting on a particular instance of state or police oppression please let us know.

Other entertainment to include Know Your Rights Skits brought to you by Richmond Copwatch and more!

This event, like all Wingnut events is a sober, all ages event.

We painted this mural on the front of the Wingnut in time for Memorial Day and our cookout. Now we are finally getting around to posting a picture of it that our friend Andrew Phinney took. About 10 of us, Wingnuts and friends, worked on the mural together. Some ideas came from people in the neighborhood and some came from us. We have gotten a lot of positive responses from everyone in the neighborhood with the exception of yuppies. Many people appreciate the anti-cop message and we have heard many stories of local folks or their loved ones being harassed, abused, and even killed by the police. This is an issue that really resonates with people in our area. On the other hand, many yuppies are upset that we ‘ruined’ our nice house. Thats ok. We are actually kind of stoked that our mural speaks to so many people while also perhaps serving as a deterrent to gentrifiers.

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.

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.

So come on out to watch this film and talk about it too, if you want. Bring snacks if you have some, the WIngnut is a sober space.

The Angola 3: Black Panthers and the Last Slave Plantation is an interesting documentary that brings up issues about both the persecution of the Black Panthers as well as the Prison Industrial Complex, race, and more.

This DVD tells the gripping story of Robert King Wilkerson, Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox, men who have endured solitary confinement longer than any known living prisoner in the United States. Politicized through contact with the Black Panther Party while inside Louisiana’s prisons, they formed one of the only prison Panther chapters in history and worked to organize other prisoners into a movement for the right to live like human beings. This feature length documentary explores their extraordinary struggle for justice while incarcerated in Angola, a former slave plantation where institutionalized rape and murder made it known as one of the most brutal and racist prisons in the US. The analysis of the Angola 3’s political work, and the criminal cases used to isolate and silence them, occurs within the context of the widespread COINTELPRO being carried out in the 1960s and 70s by the FBI and state law enforcement against militant voices for change.

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…)

As you may have heard, the Wingnut is having a cookout/potluck party on Memorial Day. But we do not want to celebrate a typical memorial day.

What we want to do with this event is make it a Memorial Party for people who have been murdered by the State. We will try to come up with a list of names of folks who have been killed in the US by the FBI, Police, etc. We can use your help compiling this list.

Two possible options: That we will paint a mural with a list of those names during the open house, or that we will just unveil the mural at the party. Let us know what you think would be appropriate/make sense etc.

Here is one example of a person murdered by the State: (more…)

Wingnut Open House and Cookout

Memoralizing Radical History

Network:
Global
Start Time:
Monday, May 31, 2010 at 12:00pm
End Time:
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 12:00am
Location:
The Wingnut

Description

Celebrate Memorial Day with the WIngnuts!
We will be having an all day hangout party and cookout at the Wingnut!

Can’t afford to go anywhere for memorial day? Not sure why you should celebrate the things the government wants you to memorialize? Try this event for something close to home and more interesting!

Please bring a vegan dish to share with everyone else.
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