Posts Tagged ‘Monroe Park’

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!!

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Tonight at the Richmond City Council Meeting, the first of 2015, things got off to a fabulous start through organization from members of Black Action Now and Justice RVA.
They coordinated a #BlackLivesMatter action at the meeting which had participants from the Wingnut Anarchist Collective, the Nest Collective, Flying Brick Library, Collective X, Defenders of Freedom Justice and Equality, the Sierra Club, Food Not Bombs, Bainbridge Collective, and many more groups we are likely forgetting to name here, apologies yall.
During the public comments section, multiple folks got up to speak including Rebecca Keel, London Perry, Kendyl Crawford, and Vanessa Coleman (sorry if spelling errors please get in touch if you want changes here yall). They presented a list of grievances and then demands on City Council. We posted a picture of those in a previous blog entry. They promise that if the demands are not met by City Council, we will protest, boycott and disrupt the 2015 UCI Road World Championship Bike Races when they come to Richmond in September.
Whoever came up with that ultimatum for the demands was exactly the fire we need in Richmond to push our movements for justice forward.
Here is the text from Justice RVA:

Grievances
Richmond City Council and Mayor Jones are failing Black residents by:
1) Underfunding schools
2) Failing to address conditions in the jail and continued policies of mass incarceration
3) Maintaining and overworked understaffed social services department
4) Reducing access to public transportation
5) Working to bury black history under a private sports venue with stadium in Shockoe
6) Failing to invest in renewable energy
7) Mayor Jones’ lack of support for his very own food policy task force
8) Failing Richmond’s homeless community through the Monroe Park Conservancy Deal
9) Failing to improve the public housing access and conditions therein
10) Failing to support a living wage of $15 an hour
11) Enforcing harsh codes in the mobile home parks that mainly affect POC and immigrant families living in the Jefferson Davis Highway corridor

List of Demands
1) Engage in respect for Black life in this upcoming year as they vote and pass resolutions, approve budgets, and appropriate tax payer funds
2) Provide full funding for Richmond Public Schools
3) Require that the Monroe Park Conservancy Deal is written such that homeless residents are respected
4) Expand funding for the Department of Social Services
5) Adhere to the recommendations of the Food Policy Task Force
6) Allow for greater representation of citizens without the administrations involvement in the Monroe Park conservancy Deal
7) Require that anyone condemned from their mobile home through the code enforcement be offered relocation assistance
8) Stop CARE VAN increases
9) Protect Shockoe Bottom as a historic park
10) Have council boards.commissions appear in public before being appointed
11) dedicated funding source for GRTC with reciprocal funding for the counties
12) implement a more accessible citizens watch board for the Richmond City Police and Richmond City Jail
13) Support for rehabilitation and restorative justice and ending mass incarceration
14) Opposition of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and support and investment in renewable energy

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This list is pretty intersectional and awesome. Thanks so much to the folks in the Black Caucus at the Virginia People’s Assembly and others who put this together. Now it is up to all of us to hold the government to it. It’s going to be a fun time.

After the Consent agenda there was a period of text blasting at 6:45 to the City Council members on twitter. Then a little before 7, everyone started singing Amazing Grace, then chanting ‘there aint no power like the power of the people cause the power of the people don’t stop’. There were signs and banners and a few other chants then we left the room. We returned later to shout ‘ we told you we’d be back’.

If you haven’t been participating, tune in, catch up, and come out and join us. There are several more events for the #blacklivesmatter campaign this week which we have previously posted about on our website. Aside from that, come to City Council meetings, come to events at collectives around the City, and keep talking to your friends, family, and neighbor. It’s our city, and we are making it a better place.

21 years of Richmond Food Not Bombs, every Sunday at 4 in Monroe Park!!

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Richmond Food Not Bombs has a new rotational schedule for the cooksites. For October we will be cooking at 3100 1st Avenue in Highland Park, for November we will be at 1105 Highland View Avenue in Highland Park, and for December we will be at 2005 Barton Avenue in Barton heights. All are near eachother on Richmond’s Northside.
We cook at each site for month at a time on Sundays from 12:30 – 3:30 then we load into vehicles and take the food to Monroe Park to serve at 4 at the corner of Main and Belvidere.

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.

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. 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!!

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.

Check out Mo’s essay on why to protest on Easter Sunday!

http://mokarnage.com/2014/04/20/sunday-sermon-the-appropriateness-of-an-easter-protest/

And some signs we are bringing –

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The address of the Mayor of Richmond’s top secret bat cave was revealed by the Wingnut Anarchist Collective in a scathing online post, encouraging writing of letters, legal protests and explicitly discouraging illegal actions.

Richmond Police have responded to the imminent threat of letters and demonstrations by increasing their rounds near the Mayor’s house tonight. Apparently the 400,000 dollars spent annually to protect the Mayor is not enough to combat the potential guilt or discomfort he might feel if being called out for his actions to privatize Monroe Park and put at further risk some of Richmond’s most vulnerable citizens.

The secret location of the Mayor’s Bat Cave, which the Occupy RVA movement camped out next to in 2011, was deviously discovered by the Wingnuts on the City of Richmond’s own website. As it turns out, public officials are public, and indeed that info is public knowledge. http://eservices.ci.richmond.va.us/applic…/propertysearch/

Members of the Wingnut Anarchist Collective are meanwhile enjoying cookies in bed and mixing beats on the rainy evening. Most likely in a highly threatening manner… like chewing with their mouths open. The arrival of news crews  to talk about this imminent threat disrupted the malicious naps of their adorable dogs.

If we didn’t know better it would seem as though the Richmond Police Department was wasting time and money to try and manufacture a threat that does not exist, and distract the public from information regarding the bad neoliberal practices that the Mayor and City Council are pushing forward.

http://mokarnage.com/2014/04/14/from-redskins-to-monroe-we-shall-not-be-moved/


NBC12.com – Richmond, VA News

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Sweet flier made by a good friend.
Make your own and distribute to get word out.
No selling our parks without resistance.

Text reads :
ALICE MASSIE:
Buying Monroe Park;
HOMELESS MUST GO!
(more…)

Here are updates from Mo:

3/25 @ 8am

sent to the City Clerk-
Hey there!
Thank you for accepting my bid yesterday.
I’ve also emailed councilman Baliles, but I have a few concerns
First- April 9th at 4 does not work for me. I take care of a 7 year old at that time, and he has soccer practice on Wednesdays. I don’t think it is a bad idea to bring kids to city meetings, but I can’t make him skip soccer to go.
Second- Why is this an emergency Land Use meeting? This isn’t a super urgent matter, so I respectfully request that my bid be discussed at a regularly scheduled Land Use committee meeting, and especially one that I can actually attend.
Third- I’m not sure that it is legal for me to be denied equal treatment with Alice Massie’s bid. She was allowed to do a power point presentation at Land Use, and Public Comment on her presentation and bid was allowed. I am respectfully demanding the same opportunities. I am looking into taking legal action if my bid is not treated in the same manner as hers.

Thank you so much
and feel free to forward this to whomever can make these changes as quickly as possible
Mo Karnage

3/26 @ 8am

Can we please push for the *insert racist name here* training camp building to be used as a homeless shelter – seeing as how it has locker rooms and a big unrented office and the City paid for it…. #rvacouncil #homeless #washingtonnfl #monroepark

3/26 @ 5pm

Just sent this to all Council members, city clerk, city attorney, and land use clerk. Wonder how they will respond…Also I am getting sassy in my old age. Nope, wait, always been sassy. If anyone feels like sending this text with pronouns changed or a variation of this text to the same people it can’t hurt. Thanks!

Hello all.

I have been trying to make a formal request to be allowed to present to the Land Use Committee on my bid for Monroe Park to equal the time allowed to Alice Massie. (more…)

This recent article on Rebranding and the art of subvertising on Quail Bell Magazine includes mention of several Wingnut efforts to rebrand around the baseball stadium and Monroe Park issue.

http://www.quailbellmagazine.com/3/post/2014/03/rebranding-the-art-of-subvertising.html