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Join the Richmond IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) for a protest on Thanksgiving evening!

Thursday, November 22, 2012
8:00pm until 1:00am
Walmart 7901 Brook Rd, Richmond, VA<

RSVP here: [ http://www.corporateactionnetwork.org/events/black-friday-at-walmart-supercenter-2295 ]

We will be leafletting outside the Walmart on Brook and Parham Rd. letting consumers and workers know that there are walkouts and active organizing campaigns happening all over the Unites States.

Why 8:00pm on Thanksgiving Day? Because, Walmart has announced that Black Friday sales will begin two hours earlier than years before, cutting deeper into an already short or non existent holiday for workers. A t

ime traditionally held for family and friends, stolen by capitalist and their pursuit of profits over human and social needs.

Stand with Walmart workers in their fight for their rights. For decades, Walmart Stores, Inc have dragged down wages, forcing their workers to work irregular schedules, and intimidated and took retribution on any workers who fought back. It’s time for the retribution to end, so come to this local Walmart to show your solidarity and tell Walmart that they need to pay their fair share.

On Facebook here:
http://www.facebook.com/events/290448721074188/?fref=ts

On July 18th there was a meeting of a group of people interested in re-forming a Barton Heights Neighborhood Association. The Wingnut Anarchist Collective was concerned by both the small amount of outreach ahead of the meeting, and also the types of decisions on the agenda for the first meeting. We made fliers and notified as many neighbors as we could, but it was not an ideal situation in terms of being able to get word out. Luckily, enough folks did come out who agreed that we needed a much more representative of our neighborhood body to be able to make foundational decision.

We filmed the meeting to make it available to folks who could not make it last night.

The next event will be a National Night Out Event on August 7th at Yancey Street Park– more info to come on that next week after our planning meeting.

The next official meeting of the neighborhood association will be Tuesday September 11th at 6:30 pm, location TBA, but we are looking for one closer to Barton Heights.

July 18, 2012 Barton Heights Neighborhood Association Meeting from WingnutAnarchistCollective on Vimeo.

We passed out fliers on how Consensus decision making works, and Rusty’s Rules of Order as used by the IWW (Thanks to the Richmond IWW branch for those copies http://www.richmondiww.org). Here are links to those for folks interested in learning about multiple options before we decide on how we as a neighborhood association will be making decisions.

http://zinelibrary.info/quick-guide-consensus-0

http://gainesvilleiww.org/resources/blog1.php/rusty-s-rules-of-order

We think it is significant/interesting to note, that despite the resistance to using anything other than majority rules voting for decision making at the meeting, that the group actually used consensus to make it’s decisions!

 

We have 20 copies of the Terror Incognita text now available at the Wingnut for people who are planning on participating in the Terror Incognita reading and discussion group. Please come by sometime to pick up your copy if you want to read it before the class starts. If you are able to share one copy between friends or roommates that would be helpful too.

We are doing out best to get a .pdf of the text available online this week as well.

The Terror Incognita Reading and Disussion Group starts on Wednesday July 18th at 8pm. The other class dates are Wed. July 25th at 8pm,  Wed. August 1st at 8pm, and Wed. August 15th at 8pm. (We are skipping that 2nd Wednesday in August so as to not conflict with the monthly IWW meeting, so it’s a great time to join the Richmond Industrial Workers of the World! http://www.richmondiww.org)

The topics in this reading include: current anarchist theory, queer theory, terrorism, consent, gender, identity, and more!

IWW Food & Retail Workers United

On behalf of Fellow Worker Moriah “Mo” Karn, the Richmond General Membership Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World and IU640 (Restaurant, Hotel, & Building Service Workers Industrial Union) are initiating a campaign to demand that $183.18 in unpaid wages be paid in full to fellow worker Karn.

Fellow worker Karn worked as a bartender and waitstaff for 3rd St. Diner located at 218 E. Main St. in Richmond, Virginia. Fellow worker Karn has yet to receive any compensation for their labor after working a total of 86 hours at a wage of $2.13 an hour, between November 3rd and November 22nd, 2011.

Although in the state of Virginia, it is a violation of law to withhold a final paycheck from an employee after removal (see §40.1-29 Va State Code); the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry was of little help.  When fellow worker Karn filed a complaint with the Virginia Department of Labor, they were told that because there was no written proof of their hours worked, ie. a time sheet, schedule, etc., and because the employer failed to process her W2 form, there was nothing the Department of Labor could do for her.

In lieu of this news we, on Friday April 6, 2012 a letter was issued to owner, Mr. William “Billy” Polyaris requesting that fellow worker Karn be paid in full by 4:00pm Friday April 12, 2012, or further action would follow.  We received no response.

Whereas the inability of the state to procure justice for workers who are victims of wage theft, and whereas Mr. Polyaris appears to have no issue with exploiting workers, we call upon supporters to participate in a phone blast, putting pressure on management, demanding retribution for Karn and her fellow workers.

Please call the following numbers: 

Mr. William “Billy” Polyaris    (804)218 2204

3rd St. Diner (24 hours)    (804) 788-4750

Sample Script:  (first ask to speak with the manger) Hello, my name is _________ and I’m calling with support of Mo Karn in demanding that they be paid in full, $183.18 in stolen wages.  The working people will not tolerate wage theft by any employer, large or small.  Furthermore we demand that you provide tipped employees’ with a minimum wage of $7.25 and hour,  free shift meals, and that accountability in the form of time sheets be issued to all employee’s at the end of every pay period.

Mr. Polyaris is also co/owner of several “Gentleman’s Clubs” open between 11am & 2am on any given day, except Sunday 7pm – 2am: 

Daddy Rabbits  (804)232.0413
Candy Bar (804)232.5176
Old Dominion Club (804)643.0636
Club Rouge (804)643.2687
End Zone Gentleman’s Club (804)458.2232

You can also leave a message for them on their Facebook pages for various businesses owned by Billy. Here are some links, just copy and paste into your browser.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/3rd-Street-Diner/113101008728204

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Daddy-Rabbits/204370952938761

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Daddy-Rabbit-End-Zone/142731682406157

http://www.facebook.com/pages/ODC-at-The-Old-Dominion-Club/122638344428302

Have you worked for Mr. Polyaris and have a work story you would like to share? Please consider submitting your testimonial here: [ http://tinyurl.com/85ezo5g ]

Some Facts About Tipped-Employees’ 

The Federal Minimum Wage was last raised in 2009 from $6.55 an hour to $7.25 an hour in July, 2009. Some states (not Virginia) have raised the minimum wage,  however there hasn’t been any legislation to raise the Federal Minimum Wage for tipped employee’s since 1991.

Originally, the federal tipped worker minimum wage was 60% of the full minimum wage.  However, it was frozen at just $2.13 per hour in 1991.  Because it has not been increased at all in the decades since then, it has plummeted in value to less than 30% of the minimum wage.(1)

Many states provide stronger protections for tipped workers by requiring that tipped workers be paid above the federal rate.  Illinois guarantees tipped workers 60% of the minimum wage.  In New York and Connecticut it’s approximately 70%.  And Alaska, California, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington guarantee tipped workers the full minimum wage – a best practice that has successfully reduced poverty among tipped workers in those states.(2) Why can’t Virginia become one of those states?

According to the National Restaurant Association, 1 in 10 working Americans nationally work in restaurants which collectively register sales exceeding $600 billion.  Virginia restaurants employ over 342,200 people, and were projected to register $12.8 billion in sales.  Restaurant jobs represent 9% of employment in Virginia.

Richmond Industrial Workers of the World | http://www.richmondiww.org | 804-496-1568

Demand Dignity & Respect!

Demand A Competitive Living Wage and Substantial & Consistent Pay Raises For Workers at Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market!

One of our fellow worker’s, Kenneth Yates was wrongfully terminated from Richmond, Virginia’s Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market after 5 ½ years of committed service on Tuesday February 15th.

“When you go to work you ordinarily leave your constitutional rights as a citizen in the glove compartment of your car…” -Staughton Lynd & Daniel Gross

Kenneth was well aware of this and as a committed member of the community in which he lives and works, did not allow that to come between him and the injustices he found in the workplace. In December, after being courted by management to become a part of their team, then respectfully refusing the offer, he was threatened with a statement that he should reconsider and either “move up, or move out”.

Fast-forward to January 30th & 31st, 2011. Kenneth, in a concerted effort with his fellow workers, challenged a new and unwarranted decision by management to force workers in their department who regularly work early morning shifts to close one shift a week and take a mandatory following day off, and for those who close to do the same. The schedules were not changed. However, we feel that after refusing to submit to the schedule changes that would bring undue stress on our minds and bodies, Kenneth was singled out as a problem, a wrench in the machine, the organizer. (more…)

Emergency Action!  Protest To Show Solidarity With Striking Georgia State Inmates!

Friday December 17, 2010
11:30am – 1:00pm

Richmond, Virginia Courthouse
701 E. Broad St.

Bring signs and banners supporting the striking prisoners and promoting their demands! Join the Industrial Workers of the World, Anarchist Black Cross, and others who feel strongly about human rights, prison abolition, and worker’s rights.

Support The Largest Prison Strike in U.S. History!

Please take a moment and call the following prison systems and declare your support for the striking inmates!

Georgia Department of Corrections (478) 992-5246

Macon State Prison (978) 472-3900
Hays State Prison (706) 857-0400
Telfair State Prison (229) 868-7721
Baldwin State Prison (478) 445-5218
Valdosta State Prison (229) 333-7900
Smith State Prison (912) 654-5000

For more information on the ‘December 9 Strike’ please contact the following designated representatives:

Elaine Brown, 404-542-1211, sistaelaine@gmail.com;
Valerie Porter, 229-931-5348, lashan123@att.net;
Faye Sanders, 478-550-7046, reshelias@yahoo.com

Today the Commonwealth Times, VCU’s student ‘news’paper included another article about the Monroe Park Renovations.

The article incorrectly calls the IWW the International Workers of the World- they clearly mean the Industrial Workers of the World, a local branch of the international radical union.

The inclusion of interviews is definitely a positive aspect, but the amount of misinformation also in the article is frustrating. The article seems to give VCU more credit in the renovation planning than is due, while mostly overlooking the role of the Monroe Park Advisory Council. The plans also, do not as this article states, include the plan to fence and gate off the park post-renovation.

In fact, the main concern of Food Not Bombs and the Wingnut Anarchist Collective for the immediate future is the part of the plan to fence off the entire park for the whole length of renovations, 18 months or more. BOth organizations are demanding that a section of the park be left open and accessible to the public at all times during the renovations- at least 25% of the almost 8 acre park.

Monroe Park Renovations Stir Emotions

Please read this article and sign the petition about the parking of cars on Richmond’s African Burial Ground by VCU. This is a dramatic example of institutionalized white privilege and racism. Imagine the public outcry if VCU built a parking lot on Hollywood Cemetery. Parking on sacred ground is not acceptable, and it has only gone on for so long due to historical and current white supremacy and racism which infect most institutions and capitalist ventures. The Wingnut Anarchist Collective stands in solidarity with everyone fighting to end this disrespectful and oppressive treatment of a historical and spiritual site.

End VCU/MCV Parking on Richmond’s African Burial Ground

by: Kenneth Yates x370724

A place called Shockoe Bottom in Richmond, Virginia was once the center of the African slave trade in North America. However if you were to visit this area you would never know it. Beneath the night clubs, condominiums, office buildings, and streets lies a history grossly repressed by capitalist appetites for commercial development.

One hidden piece of history in particular lies beneath a parking lot publicly owned and utilized by the Virginia Commonwealth University & Medical College of Virginia staff and students.



Photo by: Kenneth Yates

 In 1992 local historian and author Elizabeth Cann Kambourian, while researching for a book about a local slave rebellion leader named Gabriel, discovered something. Around 1800, inspired by the Haitian Revolution which was in full swing at the time, Gabriel plotted one of the most organized slave revolts in United States history. The plan was for hundreds of enslaved Africans, free Blacks and a few whites to to enter the city of Richmond, take the governor hostage and demand the abolition of slavery in Virginia. The revolt, however, was crushed after an intense 100 year storm flooded the area, making it impossible for Gabriel and his army to enter the city.

With information given by one of Gabriel’s collaborators, the then Richmond Governor James Monroe formed a militia to hunt down Gabriel and his co-conspirators. Gabriel was eventually captured, tried and, on Oct. 10, 1800, executed at the town gallows, located in what was then called the Burial Ground for Negroes. At least 25 of his comrades met the same fate, either at the same site or in surrounding areas.

The burial ground was retired sometime around 1810, after hundreds, perhaps thousands of enslaved Africans had been buried there. The exact number is unknown. Before long the burial ground itself fell into obscurity, eventually buried beneath 10-20 feet of filler as the land took on many other uses over the years.

Kambourian discovered an old Richmond City map placing the African Burial Ground just north of 15th & Broad Street. That area is now partially covered by Interstate 95, with the remaining portion of the Burial Ground buried beneath a parking lot utilized by both VCU & MCV staff and students. The exact boundaries are yet to be determined.

The Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality have been fighting to reclaim this sacred ground from its present desecration. (more…)

Visit the new RVA Radicalendar site: http://rvaradicalendar.blogspot.com/ !

The RVA Radicalendar attempts to provide a resource for activists, socially conscious community members, and like-minded organizations to be informed about actions, events, and gatherings within our community, and to help build communication and connections between those groups in the spirit of mutual aid.

In addition to having up-to-date event information, ideally we would also like it to provide a resource to connect those who want to help in our community with groups actively seeking extra hands.

The RVA Radicalendar does not promote racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, or otherwise oppressive events or organizations. We hope that it will prove to be a valuable resource toward all of us working in solidarity!