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The Wingnut is a sober space.

It has been since its inception, and we know that this makes our space different than many other radical spaces in Richmond and the world. We want to take the time, now that we have it, to explain the reasoning behind our decision to create and maintain a sober space.

We want to clear up any misunderstandings about why we keep the space sober and offer up our reasons for conversation if folks are interested.

Inclusivity. Our culture is dominated with substances. There are many opportunities for people to socialize in settings that involve drugs and alcohol. Restaurants, clubs, shows, bars, and even most events at private homes frequently involve drugs and alcohol. These environments exclude many demographics of people- people in recovery, underage people, people at higher risk for arrest, and people who are triggered by inebriated people. Creating a sober space is making a space that is safe for more people than are usually considered in our society. As anarchists we think it is important to be inclusive of groups that are often completely ignored and oppressed. Children need places to go that are safe and sober. People in recovery need places where they won’t be tempted by substances they are trying to stay away from. And people who are triggered by inebriated people need spaces they can go and not have to deal with that trigger. These are just some examples.

Our sobriety policy is one of inclusivity, not exclusivity. We do not think it is asking very much for folks who are not sober to just be sober when they come to the Wingnut. Only 1/3 of the people in the Wingnut Anarchist Collective consider themselves sober. Everyone however agrees on the benefits of having a sober space. Folks who are not sober and are part of the Wingnut Anarchist Collective simply go somewhere else when they want to drink and then come home after they have sobered up. We understand that people often use intoxication as a means with which to cope with a variety of issues, such as depression and social anxiety. We also understand that there are many people with chemical addictions to substances which make it hard for them to not be intoxicated.  We are not trying to condemn any of these people, intentionally exclude them, or make them feel judged for their use or dependence on a substance. (more…)

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tired of AA? wondering about the role intoxication plays in your life? curious about why some people go straightedge? want to talk about how to be sober without judging? want to talk about how you think sobriety is or isn’t important to radical social movements? want to talk about sobriety without god?
Let’s Talk!!!

You are invited to come to the Wingnut for an OPEN, and SAFE as possible, discussion on issues surrounding sobriety. Bring questions, bring comments, bring respect, bring your ears for listening.
The direction of the conversation depends on the attendees.

This is something that might develop into a more regular sort of event/discussion/support group etc.- depending on where interests lie.

7pm, the Wingnut is a sober space, bring snacks to share if you want!