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Tuesday, August 7th is National Night Out.

Barton Heights, and our newly re-forming neighborhood association will be celebrating in Yancey Street Park (At intersection of North Avenue and Poe Street). We will start at 6:30 and go til dark!

There will be food to grill (vegan, vegetarian, halal options) and anyone who wants to can bring a dish to share!

There will be local organizations tabling, entertainment in the form of a DJ and/or movie, a Know Your Rights training, and a Really Really Free Market (free clothes, books, cds, etc. anyone is welcome to bring items to give away).

More details coming as we work them out. Please save the date and plan on attending! email wingnut_collective@yahoo.com if you have questions/concerns/want to help!

And also- don’t forget that the next Barton Heights Neighborhood Association meeting will be on Tuesday, Sept. 11th at 6pm. Tell your neighbors, and let’s get the community out to talk about how to make Barton Heights a better place for us all!

Know Your Rights Training

This workshop will help participants learn the basics of asserting their rights when dealing with the police. We highly recommend this workshop for EVERYONE. But especially anyone who engages in… any level of political protest or demonstrations.This workshop consists of skits that are performed by Copwatch members and then edited by participants from the audience. We encourage participation, questions, and dialogue around the topics covered in the skit. We are not lawyers, but we are able to provide useful information about a lot of legal questions.

For more information about this workshop or SBH Copwatch or if you are interested in having us come to your organization with a workshop  you can call 804 303 5449 or email sbhcopwatch@gmail.com

SBH Copwatch is a non-hierarchical organization dedicated to ending police abuse. We believe that monitoring and recording police interactions with community members is a vital first step towards ensuring accountability and protecting ourselves and our communities. We are committed to anti-authoritarian principles and seek to transform the nature of the police and explore alternative methods of community conflict resolution.

Join Southern Barton Heights Copwatch on Friday May 4th at 7pm to participate in a Copwatch Patrol of the First Fridays Artwalk on Broad Street.

Meet at 422 West Broad, in front of the Made RVA General Store.

Bring cameras- video or still, cell phones, flashlights or headlamps, water and snacks if you have them. Please dress for the weather and with shoes you are comfortable walking around in for a couple of hours.

If you are able to, we recommend that you get in touch with Copwatch ahead of time for a Know Your Rights training and a brief How to Copwatch training. We will coordinate groups for that evening, and also arrange for a group debriefing at the end of the night.

August of 2011 was the first month we did an official patrol of the First Fridays event (after over a year of doing Copwatch in Richmond), and one Copwatcher had a tazer put in their face by a Richmond Cop. In September, a smaller patrol went out and was assaulted and harassed by the Richmond police, culminating in one member of Copwatch being arrested at the end of the night on bogus charges. We refuse to be intimidated by the illegal actions of the Richmond Police Department. The aggressive, illegal, and unprofessional behavior of the Richmond Police Department as a whole, simply goes to show the necessity of Copwatch, and the regular observing and recording of a police force as long as one exists. Beyond that the continued violent and oppressive behavior of many members of the Richmond Police Department goes to show the systemic nature of problems with police- problems that will be solved not through reform, but through abolition. As long as the police congregate on Broad Street to oppress and antagonize largely youth of color in order to maintain the gentrifying aspects of the First Fridays Artwalk, Copwatch will be there.

In May we will be doing patrols of this event, cameras in hand. If you are interested in joining us for the patrol, please get in touch, so we know how many cameras and other equipment to bring out with us. We will start patrols around 7:30pm, and keep going until everyone is tired. We will try to make ourselves visible for folks who might just want to have conversations through out the night.

This will be a chance for folks who have never experienced Copwatch to talk with experienced copwatchers and get some training as to how to safely observe and record the police.

You can get in touch at sbhcopwatch@gmail.com or 804 303 5449 or come to the Copwatch meeting on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7pm at 2005 Barton Avenue

Dear Neighbor,

We are the Wingnut Anarchist Collective, and we wanted to get in touch about a program we are hoping to bring to Southern Barton Heights starting this Spring. The event we want to organize is called a Really Really Free Market. We have been involved in a Really Really Free Market that happens on a monthly basis in Monroe park for 3 years now. We have decided to focus more of our efforts on Southern Barton Heights, and want to try a Really Really Free Market here.

A Really Really Free Market (RRFM) is a community gathering where participants bring, and give away absolutely free, andy usuable items, skills, ideas, talents, friendship, excitement, discussion, games and many other things that we as a community can come together and share. A RRFM is a 100% free and non-commercial event, creating a gift economy as an alternative to the normal way of buying and selling.

Our plan is to have the first Southern Barton Heights Really Really Free Market on Saturday April 21st from 12 noon until 3pm in Yancey Street Park at the corner of Poe St. and North Ave. Earth Day is the following day, which makes it an extra approporiate day to encourage re-using and re-cycling of belongings instead of throwing away and buying new.

If this sounds like something you’d like to be involved with, we’d love to have your help.

– If you have any ideas for things you’d like to see at the Really Really Free Market, get in touch with us.

– Contribute something to the free market, spare stuff that you have around your house or work, some kind of entertainment, or a skill that you’d like to share with your community.

-Tell your friends about this thing, the more people who show up the better it’s gonna be.

Love,

The Wingnut

2005 Barton Avenue

(804) 303 5449

wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

http://www.wingnutrva.org

We are starting a community meal/movie showing/hang out session that will happen on Monday nights, once a month.At 7pm we will start a movie, which will be decidedly a-political. We are making this an adult only event, as we want to reach out to older folks in our neighborhood, and not have to worry about choosing kid-friendly movies.

On January 2nd, come watch Die Hard (1988) with us. This movie is rated R. Plot synopsis: “New York cop John McClane gives terrorists a dose of their own medicine as they hold hostages in an LA office building. ”  131 minutes.

We will cook up a big pot of rice and a big pot of red beans New Orleans style. Feel free to bring a dish to share if you are compelled to do so, but otherwise just come to hang out. We will also have popcorn/chips.

The Wingnut is located at 2005 Barton Avenue, and can be called at 804 303 5449, or emailed at wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

Trigger Warnings for Die Hard: (more…)

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.