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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…)

The Wingnut tabled today at the Richmond Zine Fest at the Gay Community Center of Richmond. The event was highly successful. There were many different tablers, including local organizations such as the Flying Brick, RVA Industrial Workers of the World, Food Not Bombs, and James River Earth First.

The Wingnuts also facilitatated two workshops- a security culture workshop and a copwatch workshop. There were also 3 other really well attended workshops at the zine fest this year- zine making for all ages, LIPS (woman’s sexuality zine), and rock camp for girls. It was really nice to see the success of all of the workshops.

We saw people from WRIR as well as RVA Magazine in attendance. The Books on Wheels bus also made an appearance.

There were around 40 different tablers, lamplighter coffee vending food, and a really nice environment complete with a rainbow disco ball. It seemed that a good time was had by many. And there were even enough donations to the Richmond Zine Fest to make a nice start towards the organizing of next year’s RVA zine fest.

Thanks to everyone who came out and supported DIY publishing and zine culture!