Posts Tagged ‘richmond radicals’

On August 13th the Central Virginia Food Bank showed up in Southern Barton Heights with enough food to provide for 200 households in our community. The event worked out, even though we all got a shower when it decided to pour rain right in the middle of the day! Here’s how it went:

Of the 200 vouchers handed out, 147 were handed in for food. In all, those with vouchers represented 280 adults, 277 children, and 95 seniors; accounting for 652 people total.

Having seen that there were some organizational issues to be worked out with how the Pantry has worked in the past, this month, we did things a little differently.  We have noticed over the last few months a trend in folks from Southern Barton Heights not receiving vouchers, while others from well outside of the neighborhood were receiving one, or even more. This is not to say that we don’t want other people to have food, on the contrary if it were up to us, we would live in a world where everyone had enough to keep themselves and those around them fed.  Sadly, we are only able to guarantee food for 200 families, which is by no means a small amount, but unfortunately doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of the issue of hunger in our communities. So, with that in mind, we have revamped the process by which we are handing out vouchers, in an effort to better serve our immediate community. If you have, in previous months, received a voucher for the event, yet you did not this month, please keep in mind that if you are outside of our range of delivery you will either need to contact us at 804-303-5449, or come to the mobile food pantry event the second Saturday of every month and sign up to have a voucher delivered to you.

We will be handing out semi-permanent voucher cards to people in the Southern Barton Heights area over the coming weeks as a solution to the voucher concerns.

2 new sources of commentary on Richmond’s First Friday’s Art Walk – one article from a member of Richmond Copwatch, and the audio from local journalist Kontra’s radio show on WRIR!

Please take the time to listen to this audio clip and pass it on. It is a great analysis of the First Friday’s situation and touches on lots of larger issues for Richmond in general. Kontra’s radio show:

http://kromatic.org/audio/FirstFriday.mp3

Article:

http://anarchymo.wordpress.com/2011/08/10/why-i-want-to-protect-first-fridays/

Just a reminder that the Richmond Zine Fest is coming up on October 8th from 11am to 6pm at the GCCR

Sign up online now to reserve a table!

If you are coming to Richmond from out of town you can get in touch with the Wingnut about a place to stay – wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

There is also an online form to sign up to facilitate a workshop. We would love to see a variety of local and visiting organizations, artists, zinesters and more offer workshops throughout the day. Sign up now so you don’t miss out!

On Friday September 2nd at 7pm, Insurgent Theater will be presenting their play “In the Belly” at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective.

The Richmond Anarchist Black Cross will be tabling with information about prison abolition and prisoner support.

There is no cover charge but please bring donations for Insurgent Theater!

Wingnut events are sober. Our events are usually All Ages, but due to nudity and graphic nature of this performance we ask that all kids be accompanied by an adult or talk to us ahead of time. The nature of the subject matter of this performance means that some folks may find the nudity, violence, or other aspects triggering. We will provide a safe place for people who become uncomfortable to hang out in if they decide to leave the performance.

The Wingnut is located at 2005 Barton Avenue in Southern Barton Heights. We can be contacted at 804 303 5449 or wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

Insurgent Theatre strives to connect performing arts with radical struggles, to make theatre that is relevant, engaging, challenging and useful for those who confront the US police state and global capitalist empire. We’ve been making original theatre since 2003 and frequently touring the country since August, 2008. Insurgent was founded in Milwaukee, WI, but is now located in Columbus, OH.

In the belly is where things digest, where they are broken down so their value can be extracted. This is where things are made to rot. If our society is a beast, it’s belly is the prison system. This new work from Insurgent Theatre seeks to manifest imprisonment on stage, overlays it with critical analysis of the system, and follows up with in-depth discussion about abolishing prison in America.

Created in workshop by Weslie Coleman, Kate Pleuss, and Ben Turk, with assistance from Harmony Bench and Rebecca Riley.

Touring the US in 2011. Raising funds for RedBird Prison Abolition. Supporting prisoners in Ohio.

This show contains nudity, violence and other sad realities of the US prison system. (more…)

Mark Holmberg briefly mentions Richmond Copwatch in his report on last night’s First Fridays Art Walk in downtown Richmond. Richmond Copwatch has a longer report and our own footage from the event that we will hopefully be posting online tomorrow.

Mark Holmberg on First Friday.

http://wtvr.vid.trb.com/player/PaperVideoTest.swf

Sassyfrass Circus #3 by Jenna B.

I Will Not Crawl excerpts from Robert F. Williams on Black struggle and armed se… by North Carolina Piece Corps

Creating a Movement with Teeth: A Documentary History of the George Jackson Brig… by Daniel Burton-Rose

I Mix What I Like!: A Mixtape Manifesto by Jared A. Ball

Aboriginal Myths: Tales Of The Dreamtime by Alexander Wyclif Reed

Zapatista Spring: Anatomy of a Rebel Water Project & the Lessons of Internationa… by Ramor Ryan

Animal Ingredients A to Z: Third Edition by EG Smith Collective

Richmond Copwatch by Wingnut Anarchist Collective

What to Expect When You’re Expecting…to Be Arrested by Wingnut Anarchist Collective

Richmond Bike Laws by Wingnut Anarchist Collective

More of the new titles after the break (more…)

We keep adding books to the Wingnut Radical Lending Library- a resource for Southern Barton Heights and the rest of Richmond. We are excited about lots of different books, and some of our recent additions include queer books and books by people of color. Our library is searchable on  librarything.com/thewingnutrva or you can come over during Open Hours on Wednesdays and Fridays from 4pm to 9pm to browse, read, and check out books!

We also accept donations of books or money for books at any time!

Rock My Soul : Black People and Self-Esteem by bell hooks

Six of One by Rita Mae Brown

J.Baldwin’s(The Fire Next Time [Paperback])(1992) by J.Baldwin

Bingo by Rita Mae Brown

Marshall Law: The Life & Times of a Baltimore Black Panther by Marshall “Eddie” Conway

The Right to Be Lazy: Essays by Paul Lafargue by Paul Lafargue

Possible Side Effects by Augusten Burroughs

Black Mask & Up Against the Wall Motherfucker: The Incomplete Works of Ron Hahne… by Ron Hahne

Richmond Receipts (Regional Cookbook Series) by Jan Carlton

Dykescapes by Tina Portillo

Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century Am… by Lillian Faderman

The Ways of White Folks: Stories by Langston Hughes

The neighborhood kids have come up with a couple activities that they are organizing during Wingnut Open Hours. If anyone enjoys hanging out with kids and engaging in fun activities with them, please come to Open Hours to hang out! We could definitely use some help during Open Hours, because 5-10-more kids are a lot to entertain and keep busy (even if they are doing a lot of the entertaining).

During Wednesday Open Hours (4-9) Larry and De’Shari will be hosting their very own Magic Show. Come prepared to be entertained and blown away by their skills.

During Friday Open Hours (4-9) Deshawn is hosting a Book Club, where kids talk about the part of whatever book they have been reading that week.

Generally, the kids are also really excited about Craft night on Wednesdays, Movie nights when we can borrow a projector, and playing some of the board games we have here at the Wingnut. (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