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Some amazing activists with the group Parents For Life 2012 have exposed some glaring lies by the Richmond Public Schools about A.V. Norrell. Thanks to Parents For Life 2012 for shedding light on the issues, and keeping the pressure on!

From Parents For Life 2012:

Richmond Public School recently put out an FAQ section on their website, in relation to the relocation of the Head Start program to A.V Norrell Elementary. In this FAQ, they lie about the contents of a 2007 FEMA report (available by email, mcnealkc [at] vcu.edu if you want us to email you the file), and about the capacity of John B. Cary Elementary. The complete refutation is attached as a .doc file.

In brief, RPS claimed that the 2007 report declared Norrell safe and the landfill no longer a problem, while in reality, FEMA detected levels of methane gas “approaching the upper explosive limit”, and unequivocally stated that the landfill is still a safety risk at the time of writing. Richmond Public Schools also alleges that no other school could accommodate 250 students, while a news report from May of this year represents John B. Cary elementary (which the FAQ mentions by name) as operating 700 students under capacity.

These discrepancies, calculated as they appear, can’t be accidental. RPS is lying about A.V Norrell Elementary.
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Come to the Wingnut to celebrate birthdays, share vegan food, and hear Home Body, from Massachusetts perform!

This is a Richmond Eats Richmond Potluck too!!

This is a sober event! Bring rootbeer or other delicious non-alcoholic beverages!!

Sept. 18th is Mo Karnage’s birthday, Deejay Anspach’s Birthday, and Haley from Home Body’s birthday is 2 days before.

Mo will bake cake, vegan carrot cake, but you should bring a vegan party dish to share!

In honor of Deejay there will be a vegan chocolate icecream cake!!

WE AREN’T GETTING ANY YOUNGER

Home Body is Eric and Haley, who are two of Mo’s friends from college. They happened to want a show in Richmond on September 18th, and so ta daa! Fun times.

We will pass a hat for the touring band, so bring a few bucks if you can spare them!

http://hellohomebody.tumblr.com/ or
http://www.facebook.com/helloHOMEBODY for more about HOME BODY!

There will also be 3 solo acts from Florida playing-  SLUGWYRM: “corrupted tradition/flatpicking”.Arts and Sciences: Haunting loops within structured note play, and Jacob Goddamnit  – post metal/noise.
The order will likely be the 3 solo acts, and then Hello Homebody. If the weather is nice there will be a fire in the fire pit!!

In case you haven’t heard, 33 people were arrested on Saturday March 3rd during a rally for women’s rights at the Virginia State Capital. The protest was one of a number of recent demonstrations held in Virginia to protest the oppressive proposed legislation which would severely inhibit women’s rights to reproductive freedom.

The people arrested on Saturday were held for hours in buses without access to food, water, or bathrooms. They were then later transferred to the Richmond City Lock Up where they were processed and released, late into the night. A group of supporters stayed outside of lock up the whole time, cheering as people were released and helping keep the spirits high with acts of solidarity.

They have been charged with unlawful assembly and trespass. They are facing up to 2 years for their participation in the demonstration at the capital.

Folks are collecting money to help out the arrestees with all of their legal fees. If you are able, please donate here: https://www.wepay.com/donations/179709?fb_comment_id=fbc_10150723832110505_22452582_10150724878410505#f16ba7792c

Upcoming court dates for the arraignments of the folks arrested on Saturday are: Friday March 9th, Wednesday March 14th, Thursday March 15th, Friday March 16th, and Monday March 19th all at 9:00am at the Manchester Court House at 920 Hull St. Keep in mind that cell phones, weapons, knives, guns, food, drink, etc. are not allowed in court rooms.

Here is a link to a video by amazing Richmond journalist/photojournalist/documentation Kontra of the events. Includes police violence: M3: Richmond Women Take the Capital http://player.vimeo.com/video/37925933?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0

There were many amazing anarchists and feminists who have been organizing and participating in these protests and this movement against the patriarchical system. The movement might not yet be revolutionary, but many of the participants are. Keep struggling, keep fighting!

The pieces of legislation being proposed right now in Virginia are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the problematic, dangerous, and oppressive situation faced by women world wide. Misogyny abounds, and male privilege continues to dominate. The movement for women’s rights must continue after the legislative session, and beyond the political realm. Stopping pieces of law can be seen as a huge victory, and will certainly have a positive impact for tens of thousands of women in Virginia. But we have to push further, and gain more ground, so we aren’t fighting for the same turf every year. We need to consider intersectionality of oppression, the oppression inherent in the capitalist system, the problems of hierarchy, etc.  A better world IS possible. And Virginia has the people power to make it happen!

For a world where these sorts of laws aren’t even imaginable! For a world where women control their own lives, health, and reproductive choices! For a world where no one can make decisions about our bodies or sexuality for us! For a world without politicians, bosses, or cops!

“Being an anarchist feminist means becoming conscious of all struggles for liberation, not letting the struggle for women’s liberation become the struggle for white, middle-class, able-bodied, straight heterosexual women’s equality under capitalism.
While as feminists we are aware of male privilege, we need to be aware of our own. The eternal difficulty with feminism, and all politics/activism, is that it tends to be exclusive. It is more likely to be the educated, the white, the middle-class, the able-bodied, the non-marginalized, the young, the straight, the child-free, the cis-gendered, the settled, that get to participate in these groups.”

— What the fuck is Anarcha-Feminism anyway?!

In light of broad social movements, such as Occupy Richmond and all of the Occupy movements, the St. Paul Principles garner revisiting. These principles were designed with allowing large coalitions of people with a variety of opinions and tactics to come together to organize against common enemies or towards common goals. The general idea being to allow people to work towards these common ideas, without infighting and policing within the movement.

Agreeing to these principles can also help prevent long ideological arguments as part of decision making processes. Following the St. Paul Principles means that tactics do not have to be agreed upon by everyone who is part of a movement for a group of people within the movement to take action. The St. Paul Principles help prevent unnecessary bureaucracy and allow for the most autonomy for participants.

St. Paul Principles

  1. Our solidarity will be based on respect for a diversity of tactics and the plans of other groups.
  2. The actions and tactics used will be organized to maintain a separation of time or space.
  3. Any debates or criticisms will stay internal to the movement, avoiding any public or media denunciations of fellow activists and events.
  4. We oppose any state repression of dissent, including surveillance, infiltration, disruption and violence. we agree not to assist law enforcement actions against activists and others.
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The St. Paul Principles were a set of principles agreed upon by numerous protest groups at the 2008 RNC. The purpose of the sets of principles was to encourage the working together of multiple different organizations confronting the RNC.

Among those who agreed to these principles were the RNC Welcoming Committee, The Coalition to March on the RNC and Stop the War, The Anti-war Committee, SDS-U of MN, Communities United Against Police Brutality, The Welfare Rights Committee, and Unconventional Action – Chicago.

Historical Significance
After the large anti-globalization protest that occurred in Seattle in 1999, the labor union, which organized the march, and the Direct Action Network, which participated in the largely non-violent and civil disobedient protests, were at odds because both though that the other had broken their promise. Following the protest, many thought that it would be doubtful to have both types of groups working together in the future. For the 2008 Republican National Convention, multiple different protest groups, including both large anti-war groups as well as anarchist groups, signed on to these agreements and kept their promise. As a result, it has strengthened the ties and possibilities of working together on projects such as the protests against the RNC in 2008.

<from http://wikibin.org/articles/st.-paul-principles.html>

This past weekend we participated in the 3rd monthly Mobile Food Pantry. This is a project that is the joint effort of the WIngnut Anarchist Collective and the Central Virginia Food Bank. Throughout the month before the event, the Wingnut distributes vouchers for free groceries throughout Southern Barton Heights. One voucher per household. Then on the second Saturday of each month, the Food Bank drives out a huge and awesome truck to the parking lot next to the Goal Post Restaurant at 2400 North Avenue- at the intersection of West Graham and North Avenue. The Wingnuts then work with 2 folks from the Food Bank to set up tables full of food. At 1pm the distribution starts. People who have vouchers are given priority, since they are the people that we guaranteed access to the food. The only qualification for the vouchers is living in the Southern Barton Heights area. People who are disabled, elderly, or otherwise unable to come the day of and pickup the food (it is quite heavy) can contact the Wingnut ahead of time to arrange a delivery. We recommend bringing more than one person per voucher to pick up the food on the day, it is usually more than 1 heavy bag worth of groceries. Re-usable bags are also a really great thing to bring with you- paper ones don’t last long with the weight! (more…)

Even though yesterday was a super long day that started out really poorly, with Jeremy having a gun in his face and getting robbed, we managed to pull off an amazingly nice end to the day.
While we were waiting for the show to start, Kayla Dean got the neighborhood kids excited about capture the flag. She grabbed some flags (red and black, duh). We went to the vacant lot across the street and played a bunch of rounds of capture the flag with about 12 kids. They were silly and we were silly. It was awesome and we are looking forward to more games with the kids.
After we all ran around for a bit, we were on the front porch waiting for bands to tune up, when one kid ran up and told us he was worried the cops were going to harrass us. We were confused and said, no the cops aren’t harrassing us. Then he managed to spit out that he was worried about the cops harrassing us because they were harrassing someone down the street. Copwatch is a lot easier with smart kids around. So we hightailed it down Barton to make sure the cops didn’t rough up someone they were arresting.
Then it was show time! Some of our great friends had come over, but the crowd was small. I believe the general consensus among Wingnuts was, Their Loss! Cause all the bands were freaking AMAZING. Stefan Fink went on first, then Wood Spider, and then The Armadillos. They were all such amazing musicians! We were smiling and singing along late into the night. All the performers were extremely animated and entertaining. They also had some awesome art, zines, and home screened patches for sale.
It was a really good fucking night. The Wingnut is extremely grateful for our supportive neighbors and our supportive new friends from out of town. If you missed it, sorry, but we are here for the long haul, so check us out some other time.

One project we are working on at the Wingnut is making ahead of time banners that we can use at protests and events. Food Not Bombs already has a couple banners that were made for the May Day parade (Solidarity Not Charity and Comida No Bombas). And we just made one the day of for the anti-Israel protest (No Nations No Borders All States are Murderers).

So just throwing it out there as an idea for other collectives, a way to be prepared for protests to come and thus be able to have a visible and relevant presence with less stress before hand.

Topics we might end up making banners for include but are not limited to: anti-war, gentrification, police brutality, indigenous solidarity, jail solidarity, queer, etc.

Richmond protest called to condemn deadly military attack by Israeli forces on international humanitarian aid activists!

Local anti-war activists and members of Richmond’s Arab-American and Muslim communities will gather from 5-6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1, outside Richmond City Hall to condemn yesterday morning’s murderous attack – in international waters – by Israeli military forces against unarmed humanitarian aid workers. The protest, a sidewalk vigil, is being called by the Arab American Association of Virginia and the Defenders for Freedom, Justice and Equality.

The protesters will demand the immediate release of the surviving aid workers, international condemnation of the Israeli government for this criminal act and the immediate lifting of the three-year Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip.

It has been reported that, early on the morning of May 31, 20 unarmed civilians, members of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, were killed and 50 more wounded in an illegal, barbarous and completely unprovoked attack that took place in the Mediterranean Sea some some 75 miles off the coast of the Palestinian Gaza Strip. (more…)

Hey Yall

This is a reminder that we are having another Southern Barton Heights Community Association Meeting a week from today on Tuesday May 18th at 6:30 at the Goal Post Restaurant on North Avenue.

The Goal Post Restaurant and Lounge 2400 North Avenue

Topic: Developing a Strategy for Neighborhood Growth and Improvement

Special Guest: Candice Streett, Executive Director, Virginia Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

Tell your neighbors and lets have a big and productive meeting! Don’t forget to bring your dues if you are not yet a member. Come hear about community plans for the upcoming months!