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Barton Heights Community Association

October Meeting

Tuesday October 9th at 6:30 pm

at Triumphant Baptist Church (Lamb Ave. and Poe St.)
Entrance around the back parking lot to the basement

Agenda:

Defining our communities geographic boundary

Environmental, Health, and Utility concerns

Planning a Fall Community Festival

Bring your ideas, concerns, interests, etc.

Residents, organizations, business owners etc. encouraged to attend.

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The Wingnut, as you may know, does a weekly trash cleanup, alternating between Barton and North avenues. The Wingnut has officially adopted these spots, and now we have the street signs to prove it. Corner of Poe and Barton and corner of North and Battery. Woo!

Pictures of the other sign we now have after the jump!

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Vouchers are now available at the Wingnut for the Southern Barton Heights Mobile Food Pantry. This event will be held on Saturday July 10th at 12 noon at the corner of North Avenue and West Graham, in the parking lot next to the Goal Post.

We only have 100 vouchers, so 100 people will be guaranteed food.

If you know of people in the Southern Barton Heights area who could use some extra food please let us know so we can get them vouchers. If you know people who have different mobility levels and might need us to bring them the food on that day please let us know so we can do our best to accomodate people of many different abilities.

You can call the Wingnut at 804 303 5449 or stop by 2005 Barton Avenue for a voucher.

The Wingnut Anarchist Collective has organized with the Food Bank of Virginia to bring the Mobile Food Pantry to Southern Barton Heights. This will be  a monthly event, where the Food Bank brings food for about 100 households. Each person will receive groceries ranging from canned goods to bread to produce to meat to toiletries.

It will be on the second Saturday of each month at 12 noon at the Parking lot next to the Goal Post at 2400 North Avenue. There will be vouchers for 100 people. Any additional people will be served as food is available.

If you know anyone in the Southern Barton Heights Area who needs more food, please get in contact with us so we can get them a voucher. Especially if you are aware of people with limitations on mobility please let us know so we can reserve and deliver food to them.  Call 804 303 5449 or stop by 2005 Barton Avenue.

Volunteers are needed to show up around 11am to help set up the tables and food, and then help organize the distribution. The Southern Barton Heights Community Association is partnering with the Wingnut on this program. They will be assisting in the maintenance of the parking lot, which the Goal Post is graciously allowing us to use.  Hopefully folks from the Southern Barton Heights Community Association will also help with the distribution of food- they are certainly welcome to.

Don’t forget- tomorrow Tuesday the 15th is the Southern Barton Heights Community Association Meeting at 6:30 at the Goal Post Restaurant at 2400 North Avenue!

Hope to see you and lots of our neighbors there!

email any questions to mkarn@sbhca.org

The Wingnuts went to the Southern Barton Heights Community Association meeting last night at the Goal Post on North Avenue. It was really great to meet with all of our neighbors again. We have a really fun and loving community association. We are happy to be a part of it.

Unfortunately one of the longer portions of the meeting involved hearing reports from a cop from the 4th Precinct. Even though there had not been much crime at all in Southern Barton Heights, his presentation was lengthy. I’ve never understood why so many community associations insist on a police report being one of the main sections of their meetings. It seems to simply inspire fear. One of the things that he told everyone about was a person who was wanted by the police. Because apparently the police thought he might have had a gun, and instead of asking him first (he might have had a conceal carry permit for all they knew) they TACKLED him. Imagine how surprised you would be if anyone just tackled you out of the blue. I seriously question if this person realized right away that it was a cop that tackled him. Anyways, he was wrestling with his attacker (who happened to be a cop) and then ended up on top. He hit the cop with the butt of his gun and then ran off, probably because he realized it was a cop. It seemed to me that this situation was an example of police brutality, and not of anything positive for the community.

One of the other main issues people brought up to the cop was prostitution. Apparently there are a lot of folks in Southern Barton Heights who spend a good amount of energy snitching on people that they suspect of being drug dealers and prostitutes. This seems like it is really counter productive, and likely involves a good amount of racism. Who is it that they are suspecting of prostitution and drug dealing, and why. And is calling the cops actually a good solution to this in our community? Probably Not. It seems like we need to have more community dialogue about what it is that people perceive of as the problem with sex workers (it falls into the category of victimless crime) and what would be more effective and positive solutions to the particular things that folks view as the problem with sex workers. Prohibition does not work, and landing more people in jail is not a solution to the problem. It just stops the situation.

Southern Barton Heights has a lot of good energy, and a lot of residents who clearly care about the area and their neighbors. But that does not mean we always know the best solution. If we want to build a more positive and inclusive neighborhood, we will probably need to do more thinking outside of the box. And obviously folks will have to do  lot less snitching.

The next two Southern Barton Heights Community Association Meetings will be June 15th and July 20th at 6:30 pm at the Goal Post Restaurant at 2400 North Avenue. (more…)

Hey Yall

This is a reminder that we are having another Southern Barton Heights Community Association Meeting a week from today on Tuesday May 18th at 6:30 at the Goal Post Restaurant on North Avenue.

The Goal Post Restaurant and Lounge 2400 North Avenue

Topic: Developing a Strategy for Neighborhood Growth and Improvement

Special Guest: Candice Streett, Executive Director, Virginia Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

Tell your neighbors and lets have a big and productive meeting! Don’t forget to bring your dues if you are not yet a member. Come hear about community plans for the upcoming months!