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Well ok maybe it is not actually spring yet, but it felt like it today!

Here are some photos from the fun we had today around the Wingnut!

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For the month of February the weekly Richmond Food Not Bombs cooking will be held at the Wingnut  (2005 Barton Avenue RVA 23222 or call or text 804 300 0023)  every Sunday from 12:30 – 3:45. We leave at 3:45 to be Monroe Park to serve at 4.

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Come cook, clean, organize, learn, network, drink coffee, hangout, and strategize on how to beet the system.

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At Monroe Park at 4 there is:
Free, vegan meal.
Followed by a grocery distribution.
Literature table as well, weather permitting. (If you or your organization has fliers and pamphlets to distribute please be in touch or bring them by!)

Please come!!! New folks totally welcome.
Folks of all levels of cooking skills invited, as well as all ages.

Help also wanted afterwards to help cleanup the Food Not Bombs gear and the space.

The Wingnut has dogs, is a sober space and is not wheelchair accessible. Directions and more information on the space, including consent policy, can be found at www.wingnutrva.org

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“The What Cheer? Brigade is a 19-piece brass band from Providence, RI, USA. Our sound is an aggressive mix of Bollywood, The Balkans, New Orleans, Samba and Hip-Hop, played with the intensity of metal. Requiring no amplification, we prove that great parties need no electricity. Our live shows defy boundaries, appealing equally to punks and farmers, old and young.”

and they will be playing the Wingnut Anarchist Collective during a potluck cookout on Saturday July 13th at 6pm!!!

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Sober, all ages, bring a dish to share- vegan preferred (label for allergies if you can)

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please bring money to donate to the travelling band if you can!!!

This Spring the Wingnut Anarchist Collective got 2 bee hives (well built them), and got approximately 20,000 bees to go with them! We are super stoked about supporting these hard workers in a world less and less friendly to bees.

Thanks to the Ashland Beekeepers Association which is where one Wingnut took a beekeeping class, and thanks to 2 of our friends who are with the East Richmond Beekeepers association and helped out once we had the bees.

Here are 2 important/relevant links regarding bees that might interest you.

http://www.realfarmacy.com/illinois-illegally-seizes-bees-resistant-to-monsantos-roundup-kills-remaining-queens/

http://anarchyapiaries.org/

If you want to come say hi to our bees, just let us know. They are pretty chill.

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Preview for the movie we are screening on Friday night at 7pm

Also with music by Beloved Binge from Durham, NC!

Bring cash for donations if you can

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All ages, sober

The City of Richmond has just passed new regulations/ordinances making it officially permissable to have up to 4 hens on a residential property. IF you get a permit, which costs 60 dollars every year.

For comparison, a yearly license for a dog is 10 dollars every year. So it costs 15 dollars per chicken (if you get the maximum of 4, more per chicken if you get fewer: $20 each for 3, $30 each for 2, and $60 each for 1). How does that even make sense?

Not to mention that it would seem that the idea of having chickens is about food access and local food and social justice. But if you have to pay an arbitrary 60 dollar permit fee to the City just to have only 4 hens, it is going to be hard for folks to even break even on having hens once food and coop costs are calculated in. For instance, an average cost for a dozen eggs according to the bureau of labor statistics,  is $1.93. So a $1.93 divided by 12 is roughly 16 cents per egg. $60 dollars (the permit cost) divided by 16 cents is 375. For the cost of a yearly chicken permit one could store buy 375 eggs, basically an egg a day. So you’d have to have an output of 375 eggs from your 4 hens each year to make chickens cost efficient in Richmond given the current permit and regulations. Then factor in the cost of time/materials for a coop, and the feed, and you’ve really got something unaffordable.

This seems like the new chicken rules are just some greenwashing yuppie victory than one which will largely help folks who need access to affordable, local, fresh food.

Many people who wanted to have chickens before these regulations were passed, simply did have chickens. Now it is likely or at least possible that there will be more enforcement against people without a permit. The current state of the chicken regulations in Richmond is great for hobbyists and folks for whom having your own chickens is suddenly trendy. Basically, for anyone whom can afford to take a loss on the fun of having chicken pets.

This seems to complicate matters for folks trying to get affordable, local food- especially folks living in food deserts etc. The fee is too high, and the folks who might most benefit from being allowed to have chickens are having that benefit taken away through the permit fees.

The new regulations require a minimum of 3 square feet per hen. For animal cruelty prevention reasons, this makes sense. Maybe the City of Richmond should also require that any and all eggs or products containing eggs that are sold in the City of Richmond are laid by hens who have at least 3 square feet of space in their coops.

You can read the regulations for yourself below.

Here are links to info from Richmond Animal Control on the issue.

Part 1: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5n_lAukWsxMYlE2ZGhCWVVmbkU/edit

Part 2: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5n_lAukWsxMTGgydDlsb0FKaTg/edit

(We know that there are plenty of nice, well meaning people in Richmond who are genuinely excited about now being able to have chickens as pets and/or for the benefit of eggs. To you we say, don’t settle for this. Don’t settle for a 15 dollar a hen fee. If you can afford it, doesn’t mean you should have to. Don’t let the passing of this regulation be the end of your participation in the fight for food access, food justice, and local food in Richmond)

There will still be a Consent Brunch at the Wingnut on April 27th at 1pm, just with different facilitators. The discussion is open to perpetrators, survivors, and anyone who wants to come get educated on consent. It will obviously not be a safe space, in that the discussion could get heavy or triggering. We will try to facilitate in such a way as to minimize the triggering aspect.

We do not believe that the only ways to deal with rapists or perpetrators is to excommunicate or annihilate. We believe that people who have made mistakes deserve opportunities to be accountable for their mistakes, get educated around relevant issues, and change the way they think and the way they behave.
We hope that in addition to the Overcoming Violence Workshop we hosted with the Mindful Liberation Project in March, this Consent Brunch will be a continued step towards building a culture of consent and accountability that gives folks opportunities to learn the things that they need to in order to be a part of our community.

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April 27th – Consent Brunch
Location: The Wingnut Collective
Time: 1pm

Join us at the Wingnut Collective for our first consent brunch and workshop.  There has been a recent turn of events within our community that have led us to the decision that we need to have a setting where people can come and be educated on the consent and sex positivity in the modern day.  The workshop will be a hands-on discussion based learning environment with many resources provided for both perpetrators and survivors of violence in order to work to combat sexual and domestic violence in our community.  We will be discussing topics of domestic violence, sexual violence, sexual harassment and rape culture so please bring an open mind and we will try our best to ensure this zone is as safe as possible.

this will be a potluck, bring a dish to share if you can, vegan preferred.

Facebook event: https://m.facebook.com/events/438853502857379/