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The Richmond Public Housing Authority is trying to sell some properties and displace the residents of them. More below!

Please come out to support residents of public housing in Richmond! RePHRAME is an organization of public housing residents that has been doing advocacy work for years in Richmond to help protect the rights of the residents. RRHA has a long history of abuses and bad behavior towards the communities it is supposed to be working for. Please help spread the word!

On March 21, please attend the RRHA Board of Commissioners meeting (5:30
PM at 901 Chamberlayne Parkway, Richmond) to show support for the affected
 residents, who will speak during the public comment period.

If you can’t make the meeting, please call RRHA and let them know that they should not displace residents, or sell off public housing properties (especially without the input of the residents). Phone: (804) 780-4200

From the Richmond Peace Education Center:

[RPEC co-sponsored call to action]

RPEC friend,

The peace center is part of the RePHRAME coalition, which supports the
needs and rights of Richmond’s public housing residents.

**We have been alerted to a situation and are calling for your help with a
response.**

Dozens of low income people who live in “scattered site single-family
public housing” recently received letters from the Richmond Redevelopment
Housing Authority stating that it plans to seek approval from HUD to sell off
their homes. The letters warn the residents that they could be forced to
move if HUD approves. (Their scattered site homes are  detached homes within
neighborhoods and not large public housing complexes–some are found for
example in Randolph).

RRHA wants to sell off the houses and move the families into the city’s
older existing large public housing complexes. Many of
those who received the letters are upset because they’ve lived in the
houses for decades. They don’t want to be forced to move, and don’t wish
to relocate to Gilpin, Mosby, etc. RRHA itself has argued that poverty should
be deconcentrated—and yet these scattered-site homes threatened
by potential sale are among the most “deconcentrated” that RRHA owns.

Before they can ask  HUD for permission to sell the homes, RRHA must get
their own Board of Commissioners to approve selling off the homes. In a
public meeting on WED. MARCH 21 at 5:30, we expect RRHA’s Board of
Commissioners will consider and vote on a resolution giving RRHA the green
light to seek HUD approval to sell the homes.

Concerned Richmonders can and should call for a stop to further reductions
of affordable housing, and to the planned dislocation of these Richmond families.

**On March 21, please attend the RRHA Board of Commissioners meeting (5:30
PM at 901 Chamberlayne Parkway, Richmond) to show support for the affected
residents, who will speak during the public comment period.**

RePHRAME will select public housing residents to act as spokespeople at
the meeting. RePHRAME thanks community partners for attending to show support, and to show the Board of
Commissioners that the residents facing possible dislocation have broader community support.

Here are some of the new books we’ve added to the Wingnut Radical Lending Library!

Our library has Open Hours on Wednesdays and Fridays from 4-9pm. You can search online at librarything.com/thewingnutrva to see what books we have to offer. Folks are welcome to check out books, but zines must stay in the space.

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Don’t Shoot: One Man, A Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner… by David M. Kennedy

Send My Love and a Molotov Cocktail!: Stories of Crime, Love and Rebellion (Swit… by Gary Phillips

Black Flags and Windmills: Hope, Anarchy, and the Common Ground Collective by scott crow

Gun Thugs, Rednecks, and Radicals: A Documentary History of the West Virginia Mi… by David Alan Corbin

Robin Hood: People’s Outlaw and Forest Hero: A Graphic Guide by Paul Buhle

Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Mischief in the Forest: A Yarn Yarn (Flashpoint Press) by Derrick Jensen

 

An update from the Monroe Park Occupation back in March, where several individuals were charged with violating a City Code regarding being in parks after dark. Three members of the Wingnut Anarchist Collective are appealing their verdicts of guilty, and are challenging that piece of City Code based on it being unconstitutional. Arguments in this appeal were finally presented on Thursday, November 3rd, after multiple continuances over the months. Occupiers have court again on Monday, November 21st at 9am at the John Marshall Court Building in room 302 for the disposition. Supporters are welcome to attend.

For background information on the Monroe Park Occupation of March, 2011 you can go to: http://www.monroeparkoccupation.wordpress.com

Here is an account from one of the folks involved:

The morning started out rather frantic. I woke up and rolled out of bed, my mind churning with thoughts, my stomach twisting in anticipation. The day I had been anticipating ever since I last squared off with my archnemesis, the loathsome Christopher Toepp. Words can not express my utter contempt for this vile pond scum who has infected our gracious city with his insidious presence. No, wait, I shouldn’t say that, pond scum is too good to be associated with the likes of him. The Commonwealth’s Attorney who has made it his personal crusade to champion fascism, to goose step all over freedom, to piss on the fires of liberation wherever he finds them smoldering in the hearts of the down-trodden and oppressed. Whether he’s ripping the Constitution to pieces or trying to pin ludicrous charges on innocent activists with no evidence this man has no problem manipulating a corrupt and broken judicial system in an attempt to destroy everything that is right and good in this world.

I only had a few hours to prepare for this battle and I knew if I was to have any hope of survival my wits would have to be razor-sharp and I had to have my thoughts in order. The odds were stacked against us. None of our group has any legal experience, we knew that they had the advantage of fighting us in their home terrain. Court procedures and legal terms are the province of their lands, a land which seems foreign and strange to us. A land where an archaic language based on dead tongues and centuries of antiquated  jurisprudence reign supreme. There is no respect for the kind of organic interpersonal communication and connection that we thrive and grow on, here rhetoric and carefully structured arguments are the only thing that matter. I stocked up on energy drinks and brought my highlighter to bear as I reread the court cases I have read over and over again over the past few months. Trying to sift through the lengthy opinions of so-called Justices who dedicate their lives to passing final judgement on people who they don’t even know, it is not an easy task trying to translate and comprehend their tangled webs of legal jargon. I had managed to find a few cases that provided us a solid shield against the venomous fangs of that detestable man, Christopher Toepp. The case of Shuttlesworth v. the City of Birmingham, a shimmering gem of hope buried deep in a quagmire of court decisions that have chipped away at our liberties over the years. In the case the court for once defended the Constitution and stated quite clearly that city ordinances do not have the authority to rob us of our natural liberties. They stated quite clearly that city governments do not have the authority to write vague laws to restrict our ability to speak freely and that the power to limit speech can not be vested in a single authority with no guidelines or chance for appeal. It even goes a step further and states quite clearly that when people are faced with such unconstitutional and illegitimate laws that they may disregard them entirely and express themselves freely, for no governing authority has the right to strip us of our thoughts and beliefs.

To understand this monumental court case you must understand the time and place which it arose from. It was in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama, a state which had become infested to its core with virulent racism. Terrorists rode through the dark of night wearing white hoods and carrying burning crosses, savage cops viciously beat down anyone who so much as questioned the racist regime that rigidly created rifts and divides throughout society. (more…)

Just a teaser to get the word out that we are planning another Free School class for the end of November. This class will take a look at anarchist theory written by anarchist women at the beginning of the 20th century. We will be selecting zines with essays from Emma Goldman, Lucy Parsons, Voltairine de Cleyre and possibly others.

We have not yet set a day and time for this class. If you are interested in the subject matter, or have suggestions for essays to read or other anarchist women to find essays from, please get in touch. If we hear from people about what time works for them generally, we will do our best to suit schedules.

Richmond does not have a full fledged Free School, although this is something that folks at the Wingnut and others have been talking about for a while. After the success of our first class, Colonization and Decolonization, this Fall, we thought about wanting to find a way to approach anarchist theory that would be introductory and accessible.

We will be learning together, and folks interested in studying this topic will be deciding, together, how to make the meetings function. The class is free and open to all ages.

The texts will be available online for download, and if folks need help getting a copy we can make more copies at the Wingnut.

Please get in touch if you plan to attend or have questions or concerns.  wingnut_collective@yahoo.com or 804 303 5449

The Wingnut is a sober, all ages space.

We have gotten a bunch of awesome new books in the past 2 weeks for the Wingnut Radical Lending Library. Some we picked up at the Monroe Park Occupation, some at Charlottesville Anarchist Bookfair, and some we got through being friends of PM Press.We are missing some of the books from Charlottesville- at Food Not Bombs in Monroe Park last Sunday someone picked up the wrong Milk Crate. If you know where those 7 books are please let us know, we were really excited to share them.

Come by during Open Hours to browse and check out books. Wednesdays and Fridays from 4-9pm. If you are interested in helping facilitate Open Hours or participating in any of the projects that come out of the Wingnut Anarchist Collective please get in touch!

Our entire collection is available for search online at http://www.librarything.com/thewingnutrva

 

The Paul Goodman Reader by Paul Goodman

Capital and Its Discontents: Conversations with Radical Thinkers in a Time of Tu… by Sasha Lilley

Lucasville: The Untold Story of a Prison Uprising by Staughton Lynd

Ensenando rebeldia: Historias de la lucha popular oaxaquena (Spanish Edition) by Diana Denham

Moments of Excess: Movements, Protest and Everyday Life by The Free Association

TVA Baby (Spectacular Fiction) by Terry Bisson

Soccer vs. the State: Tackling Football and Radical Politics by Gabriel Kuhn

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The Wingnut Anarchist Collective is working in the Southern Barton Heights neighborhood to help facilitate community autonomy and solidarity. One of the things we have noticed and heard is that the community needs a place to come together. For those not familiar with the area, it is lacking in businesses or public spaces. There is 1 bar, 2 corner stores, and a garage. The area barber shop closed down months ago. Aside from the churches and the mosque in the neighborhood, there are not any public community spaces. There is no place for people to come together indoors to have casual conversations, play games, learn from each other etc. The Wingnuts have been trying to work on purchasing a second building for use as a community center. We have so far not had much luck- encountering people trying to hoard properties in order to get a much larger amount from people actively gentrifying/developing for profit, and banks who cater their sales to developers who purchase dozens of properties at once.
Our solution in the mean time is to start having open hours at the Wingnut. The Open Hours model is one similar to that of many radical spaces, including Oregon Hill’s Flying Brick Library. Our intention with open hours is not to compete with the Flying Brick, but to provide a more local space for our community to come together. We have tabled with fliers advertising the Flying Brick and found that while people in our neighborhood were interested in the idea when we explained it to them, Oregon Hill is too far to expect folks to go just to check out something they are unfamiliar with like a radical library. The history of Oregon Hill as a white neighborhood, with some avidly racist inhabitants, also makes the area less appealing to people from our neck of the woods.
Open Hours are just that- open. You are welcome to come hang out, look at books, work on a project, drink tea, talk, do your homework, write, play a game etc. You don’t have to want to engage in a particular activity to come use the space. Open hours are intended to create a community space. For both the Southern Barton Heights and the radical/anarchist community.
If you want to volunteer at open hours, get involved, donate supplies or books or snacks, just get in touch. We would love your participation! wingnut_collective@yahoo.com or 804 303 5449 or 2005 Barton Avenue

What can you expect to find at Wingnut Open Hours:

Wednesdays from 4pm-10pm
Fridays from 4pm-10pm

Radical Lending Library- (more…)

Reporters from local radio station WRIR 97.3 came to the 2010 Richmond Zine Festival and interviewed a variety of zinesters as well as local organizers. It also includes a nice piece on the Flying Brick Library. Everyone who was interviewed did a really nice job talking about a variety of important issues.  Check it out! Support the Richmond Zine Fest, support WRIR, and support the Flying Brick!

The text from the story as well as links to groups mentioned can be found at http://www.wrirnews.blogspot.com