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We have added more books to the Wingunt Radical Lending Library and to our online, search-able, library database.

You can search our books online, at http://www.librarything.com – our name is thewingnutrva – on the website you can search our books, under “Your Library”, or our Zine collection under “Approaching Apocalypse Zine Library”. Zines are not available to be checked out, but you are welcome to come browse and read.

Thanks so much to everyone who has donated books! We are always accepting donations of books. If you can’t make it by during Open Hours or and event to donate, feel free to leave a box or bag of books on our front porch with a note!

If you are interested in getting involved with the library, checking out books, etc. please feel free to stop by during Open Hours on Wednesdays and Fridays from 4-9pm, or email wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

Here are some of our new titles:

The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell

The Lost Gospel: The Book of Q and Christian Origins by Burton L. Mack

The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan

In Defense of Women by H. L. Mencken (more…)

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The Wingnut Radical Lending Library is a constantly growing collection of anarchist, radical, queer, DIY, environmental, vegan, popular upsrising and more books. Every month we receive new titles from PM Press and AK Press. We also accept donations and purchase books on our own.

You can come by the Wingnut during our weekly  Open Hours- from 4 to 9pm on Wednesday and Fridays (subject to change however, dependent on other events in Richmond, you can call ahead to check 804 303 5449). We are also looking for people who can volunteer to facilitate Open Hours. We have 944  books available for browsing, reading, and checking out. We also have our ever expanding and newly organized Wingnut Zine Library (over 540 titles so far), which you are welcome to read during Open Hours, but which cannot be checked out.

If you are looking for books or zines on a particular subject you can search ahead of time online at http://www.librarything.com/thewingnutrva

Here are just some of our recently added titles:

No More Prisons: Urban Life, Homeschooling, Hip-Hop Leadership, the Cool Rich Ki… by William Upski Wimsatt

Anarchism & Environmental Survival by Graham Purchase

Banksy Locations & Tours Volume 2: A Collection of Graffiti Locations and Photog… by Martin Bull (more…)

The 2011 Richmond Zine Fest is going to be held on October 8th from 11amto 6pm at the Gay Community Center of Richmond.

Sign up for tabling this event is now live, at www.richmondzinefest.org

It really helps the organizers of the zine fest if people register and pay early. We have to raise 1500 dollars to rent the space, and it certainly takes the stress off if we know sooner how much to expect from the tablers.

If you are from out of town and will be looking for a place to stay, the Wingnut might be able to host you. You can take a look at our guest and house policies above if this is something that might interest you. Then please send an email our way at wingnut_collective@yahoo.com We would love to know how many people need a place to stay, and possibly plan some events for fun over the weekend if folks are interested.

Hope to see you this year at the 2011 Richmond Zine Fest! Tell your friends!

 

8 new books today in the Library!

The Creation of Patriarchy by Gerda Lerner

The Monster Stick and Other Appalachian Tall Tales by Paul and Bil Lepp

Tales of the Badia Bedouin folk tales from Lebanon by Rami Zurayk

The Living Dead by John Joseph Adams

Bayou City Secrets by Deborah Powell

Classics in Lesbian Studies by Esther D. Rothblum

Midlife Queer by Martin Duberman

and

Instead of Prisons by the Prison Research Education Action Project

Come by and check these books out! Browse our whole collection online at http://www.librarything.com/home/thewingnutrva

Here at the Wingnut, our privacy fence is less for privacy, and more for keeping Grits and Flapjack in the yard. With that in mind, we decided to add a purpose to the blank slate fence we had. We have now made the fence available as a graffiti practice wall of sorts. Anyone is welcome to come practice some art on the fence. When it gets covered up, we suggest that folks just keep on painting, covering it up as they please.

If anyone wants to do workshops for local kids, to teach them techniques from spray painting to stencilling, please let us know! Also, if anyone has any paints or spray paints or brushes etc. they could donate that would also rock! You would be surprised at how fast an 8 year old can go through a can of spray paint.

Graffiti is a means of artistic and political expression for individuals in a world where almost all public expression comes from corporations and governments. We believe that the very act of creating a public statement or art piece can be empowering, and that empowerment in itself is important and valuable.
We are also into the concept of graffiti and street art in general as an anti-gentrification tool. The presence of graffiti in an area can act as a deterrent to an influx of wealthier individuals who can be part of the gentrification process.
We are conscious of the fact that some of our neighbors care about the property value of their house. But we also have many neighbors who struggle with their yearly property tax bills, and many many more who rent their apartments and houses, and therefore will benefit if their rent stays the same or cheaper. Unfortunately, the absurd functioning of the capitalist real estate market is such that increasing property values ends up forcing out many low income people in a community. And in Richmond we do not have fixed rent, so gentrification is a really serious problem for many people.
Fighting gentrification is certainly a complex and not fully understood process. And we are not dismissive of the gentrifying potential of the white skin of many who live at the Wingnut. We hope that being committed members of our community, along with strategies such as our mural and our graffiti fence, might be parts of an overall strategy of resistance to gentrification in Southern Barton Heights. Its something we are pretty much constantly thinking about, experimenting with, and working on.

Here are some pictures of what the fence looks like now- keeping in mind that it is ever changing:

Apparently there are some VCU Basketball fans in the neighborhood : )


If anything, its colorful

Nothing brings down property values like graffiti...


P.S. anyone want to help us build a better gate?


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The event organizing guide is meant to be a sort of outline or checklist to help folks not forget important parts of organinzing events or meetings or what-have-you. If you have suggestions or additions to this guide please let us know at wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

This is in no way complete or meant to be set in stone, it just reflects some aspects of organizing that we think could use a more clear process so we don’t overlook the things we know better than to overlook. Meetings frequently run long and we tend to get excited about ideas and end up hammering out the details outside of the largr meetings. A guide of sorts might help folks understand more clearly what parts of an event could/should be organized together ahead of time. Hopefully as everyone develops their communication and organizing skills we can have more positive community radical and anarchist events that aren’t super stressful to organize or attend.

There will be a specific outline of processes to consider when dealing with detention or arrest of people in Richmond which will go on this website in the near future.

Initial Planning

What is the event?

When will it be? (Time, date) (taking into account weather and darkness)

Where will it be? (public, private, permit, no permit, venue, rules)

Who do you want to attend? (participants, audience)

Goals of the event: (Its good for organizers to assert what they want out of the event, that way folks can be on the same page as much as possibe. Ie- fundraising, awareness, empowerment etc.)

Promotion of Event (more…)

Here are some pictures from today’s Food Not Bombs preparation at the Wingnut. We serve every Sunday, weather be damned.

If you want to get involved with Food Not Bombs you can come by the Wingnut on Sundays from 12:30-3:45 to help prepare the food. We then leave and go to Monroe Park for a free community vegetarian meal. Afterwards, we always need help back at the Wingnut doing the dishes and clean up from the meal preparation. You can email Richmond Food Not Bombs at rvafoodnotbombs@gmail.com  to find out more or join the mailing list to stay up to date.

All of our food is donated from Richmond area grocery stores. If you have a vehicle and a reliable schedule you might be able to help with our weekly food pickups from grocery stores. Being dependable is really important- the meal relies on these food donations. It is a vital way people can  help support Food Not Bombs even if they are busy on Sunday afternoons.

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