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For Immediate Release from Justice RVA

Activists Block Dominion Headquarters and Demand “Stop Selling Our Futures”

At 7:00 a.m. a group of over 50 activists blocked vehicle access to Dominion Resources’ Tredegar Campus in Richmond, Virginia to protest the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Traffic quickly formed on Tredegar Street as activists stretched large banners across the road and paraded large puppets around the scene. Two activists remain suspended from a pedestrian bridge with a banner reading “Stop Selling Our Futures” while a larger crowd occupy the access way to the campus below.

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline would transport natural gas from West Virginia, where there is a boom in hydraulic fracturing, 550 miles, through Virginia, and into North Carolina. “This proposal would be a dangerous investment in fossil fuel infrastructure at a time when the scientific consensus is clear that we must invest in renewables, such as wind and solar, to avoid further warming of our planet. ” said Whitney Whiting from Newport News, Virginia.

This action follows several months of grassroots resistance in the region against Dominion. On February 3, an activist scaled a crane at a construction site for Dominion’s proposed Cove Point LNG export facilities in Lusby, Maryland. On February 9, activists with the group Beyond Extreme Energy staged a disruption at a Dominion analyst meeting in New York City’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel, also with the message “Stop Selling Our Futures”.

Shantae Taylor from Norfolk, Virginia said, “As a person of color, I am out here because I am disturbed by the climate crisis in the Commonwealth. The Tidewater region is second only to Louisiana for its vulnerability to sea level rise. Now we’re facing the additional threat of offshore oil and gas drilling. I don’t want another Hurricane Katrina or BP oil spill to happen here. It’s time to push back against Dominion’s corrupt political influence and demand an end to fossil fuels.”

“I’ve been born and raised in Virginia, where we have pride in our land”, said Phil Cunningham, from Prince Edward County. “Now Dominion wants to come steal people’s property and sell our futures to the highest bidder. We are here to send the message to Dominion that people matter more than profits. This is our Keystone XL, and we will stop it. ”

Here is a link to the facebook page where you can find more pictures and videos from the event: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Richmond-Peoples-Climate-March/345371075613238

And the Free Nelson page: https://www.facebook.com/freenelson2

Or search on twitter for #noacp

Wingnut member Mo Karnage has a blog post on the announced public forum between Police and Protesters in Richmond.

Check it out:
http://mokarnage.com/2015/01/30/public-forum-set-between-richmond-police-and-protesters-really/

Join Richmonders on Monday Jan. 19 @ 4pm in Monroe Park for a Liberation March in Honor of Dr. King.
No justice, no peace!
Facebook event here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1572215976325498/

Come out today at 3:30 to the John Marshall Court building at 400 N. 9th downtown for a vigil and protest.
All of the events for the week are posted on facebook here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/763669123671001/

It is super important for everyone to get involved and educate themselves and take continuous action – around #blacklivesmatter and all the other (connected) issues we are pushing in Richmond right now.

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.

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More info to come about events next week!

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Upcoming Events at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective!!!

All Wingnut Events are All ages and sober!

For out of town performers and speakers please bring money for donations and merch if you can!

2005 Barton Avenue Richmond, Va 23222 – wingnut_collective@yahoo.com
More always being planned- check the website for updates! http://www.wingnutrva.org

Monday July 7 @ 6 – Wingnut Meeting (Bimonthly meetings on the 1st and 3rd Mondays at 6 are open to the public who want to get involved or have ideas etc. followed by a private residents meeting @ 7)

Saturday July 12 @ 12pm- Mobile Food Pantry neighborhood grocery distribution at North ave and W. Graham st.

Saturday July 12 @ 7pm – They Flew me to Canada, and Boy My Arms are Tired – Dane Rossman speaks about his experience being extradited to Canada for actions during the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto – fundraiser for other G20 extraditees bring $$ to donate

Monday July 14 @ 6 – Richmond City Council Meeting at City hall – 9th and broad st. come see what the bastards are up to, speak out, make a ruckus, whatever you please! Get some!

Monday July 21 @ 6- Wingnut Meeting

Every Sunday in August @ 12:30 – Food Not Bombs Cooking! August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st come help prepare a vegan meal at 12:30, we leave around 3:30 to get to Monroe Park by 4pm to share the food and then return to do cleanup! All levels of cooking experience welcome! Food is a right not a privilege!

Monday August 4 @ 6 – Wingnut Meeting

Monday August 18 @ 6 – Wingnut Meeting

Monday September 1st @ 6 – Wingnut Meeting

Monday September 1st @ 8- Bizarro Books Tour – Bizarre fiction readings and performances! $$ to buy books!

 

The Wingnut Anarchist Collective
We Gladly Feast on Those Who Oppress Us

What we are into: autonomy, sustainability, solidarity, mutual aid, liberation, equality, community, Do-it-yourself and do-it-together, direct action, consent, diversity of tactics

What we are not into: the state, police, jails, bosses, capitalism, hierarchy, consumerism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, racism, classism, etc.

What we do about it: food not bombs, copwatch, prisoner support, food not lawns, bike repair, radical lending library, public computer, radical zine collection, game nights, potlucks, movie nights, music/poetry/puppet performances, grocery and produce distribution, sobriety support, host and facilitate workshops, attending local city council and other meetings to speak out against bad plans and for good ones (recent examples include the privatization of Monroe park, shockoe stadium, and public $$$ going to Venture Richmond), organize and attend protests on a variety of political issues, critical mass bike rides, host speakers, trash cleanups, support fast food workers and others fighting for a living wage, free store clothing cabinets, little free library, free anarchist and radical literature distribution and more!

Anarchism is the revolutionary idea that no one is more qualified than you are to decide what your life will be!!!

Check out anarchist zines and books online at: http://www.theanarchistlibrary.org or http://www.sproutdistro.com or http://www.tangledwilderness.org

Interested? Get involved! Check the other side for a list of our upcoming events and meetings!
“Anarchists know that a long period of education must precede any great fundamental change in society, hence they do not believe in vote begging, nor political campaigns, but rather in the development of self-thinking individuals.
We look away from government for relief, because we know that force (legalized) invades the personal liberty of man, seizes upon the natural elements and intervenes between man and natural laws; from this exercise of force through governments flows nearly all the misery, poverty, crime and confusion existing in society.” – Lucy Parsons – anarchist, labor organizer 1853-1942

“There is one common struggle against those who have appropriated the earth, the money, and the machines.” – Voltairine de Cleyre – anarchist, feminist 1866-1912

Join the Wingnut Anarchist Collective on July 12 at 7pm for this All ages, Sober event. Come support anarchists in the movement who are being harassed by government for their anti-border and related work. This will be a verbal presentation with power point visuals.
2005 Barton Avenue

Free event but PLEASE bring some money to give to Dane to support others who have been arrested and extradited and have lots of related expenses! Solidarity!

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They Flew Me to Canada, and Boy Are My Arms Tired!

Dane Rossman speaks about his experience being extradited to Canada for actions during the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto. Dane is an anarchist living on occupied Tohono O’odham land in Tucson, Arizona. He’s been involved for several years in anti-colonial, No Borders, and prison/police abolition movements, and will try to situate his experience of incarceration and extradition within that history, with an emphasis on ongoing struggles in Arizona.

Dane hopes to use this opportunity to raise funds for the other G20 extraditees still being held by the Canadian state, so bring cash if you can.

For more info on those cases and struggles in Arizona, see the following:

guelphabc.noblogs.org
supportjoel.com
tucsonabc.wordpress.com
indigenousaction.org
nomoredeathsvolunteers.org
pronetaction.org

From our friends organizing around Fast Food Workers!
So next Thursday, April 3rd,  the Fast Food Workers will be having wage theft actions across the country. Our action will be at the Wendy’s at 4805 W Broad, at 5pm. But first we will meet at 4pm at the Weinstein Community Center on 5403 Monument Ave; to eat, make signs, practice some chants, and plan our action. Ideally, everyone will meet at the community center so we can all leave as a big group, but people can meet us at the Wendy’s right before 5 and wait for us to arrive. The entire thing should be over around 5:45.

This will be the biggest action we do till the next strike, so a huge turnout would do a lot to galvanize the workers and give us a lot of momentum to build up on. So please bring your members, friends, coworkers and family.

www.facebook.com/RaiseUpfor15

keepmonroeparkopenA group of Richmond Elite are trying to privatize Monroe Park, restrict events there, and charge a $35 dollar fee for permitted events.

More info in the article linked below.

http://www.quailbellmagazine.com/3/post/2014/01/op-edmonroe-park-needs-renovations-not-privatization.html