Posts Tagged ‘The Wingnut’

Just so you’re aware, your presence in and around our community, especially outside of our home on a daily basis, has not gone unnoticed. I suppose some sort of thanks should be in order for the increased harassment that has come to our doorstep… it lets us know that Southern Barton Heights Copwatch is bringing in positive results. Besides, the more time that you spend sitting in front of our house, shining lights in our windows, and blasting us with your sirens, is less time that you’re spending doing the same to other members of our community. Whether or not your continued contact with us has to do with us being more proactive in our watching and recording of your officers, or is simply due to our increased visibility in the community, or even if it is because you have absolutely nothing better to be doing than (ineffectively) flexing your authoritative power at people who have done nothing against the law… we’ll go ahead and give you an update.

We will not be intimidated.
We will continue to be vigilant and relentless with our taping of officers in this and other neighborhoods.
We are not going anywhere. (more…)

Many of you who live in Southern Barton Heights may have seen some of the Wingnuts and other folks in the neighborhood out watching the cops on a pretty regular basis.  For those of you who we haven’t yet had the opportunity to talk with about what we’re doing, here’s a little bit of information about copwatch in general and Southern Barton Heights Cop Watch in specific.  If you’d like to get involved, do so!  Or if you have questions about how to get involved or what you can do to help, email us or stop by the Wingnut.

What is copwatch?
Copwatch is a decentralized network of autonomous organizations spread all over the country.  The purpose of a copwatch group is to monitor and document police activity, with the intention of helping to prevent police misconduct and police brutality.

Southern Barton Heights Copwatch is still in its formative stages, but we do our best to be a highly visible, monitoring presence to as much police activity in our area as we can.  We use such tactics as video taping, camera phones, and note taking to document police activity.

Who can do copwatch?
Anyone can do copwatch!  Any time you see the police stopping someone or interacting with members of our community, grab a camera, video camera, pen and paper, and document what you see.  Try to grab a friend or another person to watch the cops with you, it’s safer.

Saturday July 3rd at 7pm!!!

Come to the Wingnut and see the Bearcubes play!

Bearcubes are a group of five who came together in the musically rich town of Oberlin, Ohio. Their debut album “The New Moon in the Morning” features thirteen thoughtful, charming, and hummable original songs, lushly arranged and produced by the band members themselves. These recordings feature over 25 musicians from the Oberlin community, including a string quartet, brass band, marimba, harp, and accordion.

Those who go to see the Bearcubes’ live performance can expect an energetic show, complete with five-part vocal harmonies and frequent oboe duets.

Bearcubes sing sweetly and move audiences with their finger-picked acoustic guitar melodies, uncommon poeticism, and skillful musicianship, but they can also rock, with booming electric bass, foot-stomping banjo, and honky-tonk piano.

This summer Bearcubes will promote their debut album on tour summer, throughout the Midwest and Northeast.

Saul Alpert-Abrams – vocals, guitar, keyboard
Claire Chenette – vocals, guitar, keyboard, oboe
Katherine Dohan – vocals, bass, oboe
David B. Greenberg – vocals, drums
Alex Kramer – vocals, banjo

If anyone is interested in opening please contact the Wingnut in advance!!

(804) 303-5449

Vouchers are now available at the Wingnut for the Southern Barton Heights Mobile Food Pantry. This event will be held on Saturday July 10th at 12 noon at the corner of North Avenue and West Graham, in the parking lot next to the Goal Post.

We only have 100 vouchers, so 100 people will be guaranteed food.

If you know of people in the Southern Barton Heights area who could use some extra food please let us know so we can get them vouchers. If you know people who have different mobility levels and might need us to bring them the food on that day please let us know so we can do our best to accomodate people of many different abilities.

You can call the Wingnut at 804 303 5449 or stop by 2005 Barton Avenue for a voucher.

We painted this mural on the front of the Wingnut in time for Memorial Day and our cookout. Now we are finally getting around to posting a picture of it that our friend Andrew Phinney took. About 10 of us, Wingnuts and friends, worked on the mural together. Some ideas came from people in the neighborhood and some came from us. We have gotten a lot of positive responses from everyone in the neighborhood with the exception of yuppies. Many people appreciate the anti-cop message and we have heard many stories of local folks or their loved ones being harassed, abused, and even killed by the police. This is an issue that really resonates with people in our area. On the other hand, many yuppies are upset that we ‘ruined’ our nice house. Thats ok. We are actually kind of stoked that our mural speaks to so many people while also perhaps serving as a deterrent to gentrifiers.

Craft Night

Wednesday June 30th from 7-9 at the Wingnut

Some of the kids in our neighborhood want to learn to sew! So on the 30th we will have a sewing specific craft night.
Anyone who wants to come help us give the kids the one on one attention this will probably require would be seriously appreciated.
Or if you want to learn to hand sew you should come too!
Or just come work on some sewing project of your own, even if you don’t want to help other folks learn.
Hope to see you there!

The Wingnut Anarchist Collective has organized with the Food Bank of Virginia to bring the Mobile Food Pantry to Southern Barton Heights. This will be  a monthly event, where the Food Bank brings food for about 100 households. Each person will receive groceries ranging from canned goods to bread to produce to meat to toiletries.

It will be on the second Saturday of each month at 12 noon at the Parking lot next to the Goal Post at 2400 North Avenue. There will be vouchers for 100 people. Any additional people will be served as food is available.

If you know anyone in the Southern Barton Heights Area who needs more food, please get in contact with us so we can get them a voucher. Especially if you are aware of people with limitations on mobility please let us know so we can reserve and deliver food to them.  Call 804 303 5449 or stop by 2005 Barton Avenue.

Volunteers are needed to show up around 11am to help set up the tables and food, and then help organize the distribution. The Southern Barton Heights Community Association is partnering with the Wingnut on this program. They will be assisting in the maintenance of the parking lot, which the Goal Post is graciously allowing us to use.  Hopefully folks from the Southern Barton Heights Community Association will also help with the distribution of food- they are certainly welcome to.

As part of May in Memory of people killed by cops and the state, the Wingnut and the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross is showing films each Monday about the police state, state oppression, COINTELPRO, and the Prison System.

So come on out to watch this film and talk about it too, if you want. Bring snacks if you have some, the WIngnut is a sober space.

The Angola 3: Black Panthers and the Last Slave Plantation is an interesting documentary that brings up issues about both the persecution of the Black Panthers as well as the Prison Industrial Complex, race, and more.

This DVD tells the gripping story of Robert King Wilkerson, Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox, men who have endured solitary confinement longer than any known living prisoner in the United States. Politicized through contact with the Black Panther Party while inside Louisiana’s prisons, they formed one of the only prison Panther chapters in history and worked to organize other prisoners into a movement for the right to live like human beings. This feature length documentary explores their extraordinary struggle for justice while incarcerated in Angola, a former slave plantation where institutionalized rape and murder made it known as one of the most brutal and racist prisons in the US. The analysis of the Angola 3’s political work, and the criminal cases used to isolate and silence them, occurs within the context of the widespread COINTELPRO being carried out in the 1960s and 70s by the FBI and state law enforcement against militant voices for change.

As part of May in Memory of people killed by cops and the state, the Wingnut and the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross is showing films each Monday about the police state, state oppression, COINTELPRO, and the Prison System.

May 10th, 8pm

Up the Ridge is about Wallen’s Ridge Prison located in Wise County, Virginia.

So come on out to watch this film and talk about it too, if you want. Bring snacks if you have some, the WIngnut is a sober space.

New Movie: “Up the Ridge: A U.S. Prison Story”


“Up the Ridge: A U.S. Prison Story”

A shocking new documentary of urban prisoners in remote rural prisons

Up the Ridge: A U.S. Prison Story is a one-hour television documentary produced by Appalshop’s Nick Szuberla and Amelia Kirby. In 1999, Szuberla and Kirby were volunteer DJ’s for the Appalachian region’s only hip-hop radio program in Whitesburg, KY when they received hundreds of letters from inmates transferred into nearby Wallens Ridge State Prison, the newest prison built to prop up the region’s sagging coal economy. The letters described human rights violations and racial tension between staff and inmates. Filming began that year and, through the lens of Wallens Ridge, the film offers viewers an in-depth look at the United States prison industry and the social impact of moving hundreds of thousands of inner-city minority offenders to distant rural outposts. Up the Ridge explores competing political agendas that align government policy with human rights violations, and political expediencies that bring communities into racial and cultural conflict with tragic consequences. As the film makes plain, connections exist, in both practice and ideology, between human rights violations in Abu Ghraib and physical and sexual abuse recorded in American prisons.

Check out this article from WRIR Richmond Independent Radio- with pictures on their news blog!