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NATIONAL JERICHO MOVEMENT


WELCOMING JERICHO MOVEMENT TO FREE POLITICAL PRISONERS
AND END MASS INCARCERATIONS
TO RICHMOND, VA.
GREETING OTHER LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS WORKING TO
END MASS INCARCERATIONS, THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX, PRISON
CONDITIONS AND SERVICES, AND RE-ENTRY
Saturday, October 27, 2012
3-5 PM
Fan Free Clinic Auditorium
1010 North Thompson Street
RVA 23230
THE REALITY OF POLITICAL PRISONERS!
EXTENT OF MASS INCARCERATIONS!
SCOPE OF RACIAL INJUSTICE!
RE-ENTRY INITIATIVES AND RESOURCES
VIEWING OF “COINTELPRO 101” (THE FBI’s HISTORICAL
COUNTER INTELLIGENCE PROGRAM THEN AND NOW)
Open to the Public!!
Light refreshments!!
Contact: Jihad Abdulmumit
National Jericho, POB 2164, Chesterfield, Va. 23832
richmondjericho@gmail.com * 804-304-8595
http://www.thejerichomovement.com

The Wingnut Anarchist Collective will be hosting the Richmond Eats Richmond weekly potluck on Tuesday July 17th from 7pm til 11pm.

The theme is “Burrito Punx vs. Pizza Punx”

It’s time to have a duel over the age old question of burritos vs. pizza. Choose a side, and come show us what you’ve got!

For you Burrito Punx out there- Please bring some tortillas and a prepared ingredient that goes inside the burritos (ie- rice, beans, meats, false meats, tomatoes, lettuce, salsa, cheese, sourcream, vegan cheese etc.)

For you Pizza Punx- Bring a pizza or whatever it is that you do…

collaborate, experiment, show off!

BYOB – anyone who acts out of line will be composted.

The Wingnut Anarchist Collective is located at 2005 Barton Avenue in Southern Barton Heights on Richmond’s Northside. Call 804 303 5449 or email wingnut_collective@yahoo.com for more info!

Wingnut House Policies

No drugs, No people intoxicated by drugs.

Our political events are all sober events- so no drinking or being intoxicated by alcohol or drugs. Any event that is a non-sober event will be stated as such. If you are unclear, you can ask- please ask BEFORE you come over. Examples of political events which ARE STILL SOBER include but are not limited to: Food Not Bombs, Anarchist Black Cross Meetings and Events, Copwatch Meetings and Events, Open Hours, Workshops, etc.

Smoking – if you smoke cigarettes you can do so on the property as long as it is outside. Please make sure you pick up your cigarette butts, and be aware of whether or not the people around you are comfortable with the second hand smoke.

No oppressive language or actions including but not limited to homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, ableism, ageism or classism. We support calling out of these actions. If you hear someone say something and you are not comfortable addressing it please let a Wingnut know. (more…)

The Wingnut Anarchist Collective and the Central Virginia Foodbank teamed up again this past Saturday for the Southern Barton Heights Mobile Food Pantry. We’ve been doing this monthly event for over a year now, bringing groceries to Southern Barton Heights for the benefit of our community. Members of the Wingnut facilitate the program, but folks from the neighborhood participate in the actual distribution. We’ve been working on how the program functions as well.

We had 200 people signed up for vouchers. The total number of members of households in Southern Barton Heights who benefit from this grocery distribution are below.

Total: 549 people of which 278 were Adults, 226 were children, and 45 were seniors

The next Mobile Food Pantry will be in January on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 1pm. This event happens at North Avenue and West Graham in the raised parking lot next to the Goal Post restaurant. We can always use help setting up starting at 12. We have a list of addresses of folks who have vouchers, and also a waiting list for folks in the area we will get vouchers to if/when we can.

Here is a letter we handed out at this past event:

Dear Neighbors,

A little over a year ago the Wingnut decided to partner up with the food bank to make the mobile food pantry happen in Southern Barton Heights. It’s gone on for over a year now, and while it’s been good in some ways, it’s also had problems.

One of the big problems for us is that we’re anarchist activists, and we don’t really have any experience running a program like this and we’ve made a bunch of mistakes. People who were supposed to get vouchers didn’t, people who shouldn’t have gotten vouchers have them. There’s been a good deal of miscommunication about how this is supposed to work and so on. This stuff is our fault, and we;re sorry that any of y’all haven’t gotten what you expected or deserved out of it.

How the Food Pantry Works:

The food bank sends a truck out to our neighborhood, and they know that they have enough space in the truck to provide 200 servings of food.

These vouchers are promises to you that if you show up anytime before we start handing stuff out to the folks that are in the non-voucher line you’ll get food. If you don’t have a voucher, you can still get food if there is stuff left after the first 200 meals (there usually is). We’re not going to do paper vouchers at all anymore, but we’re just going to rely on what’s on the list. If you are not on the voucher list, we’re restarting the waiting list as of today.

Changes we’re making:

1. People who are in Southern Barton Heights are the only ones who are going to get vouchers from here on out.

2. If you can’t make it to the food pantry 2 times in a row, you get dropped from the voucher list, but you’ll be able to get back in the waiting list if you want.

3. The waiting list is getting restarted today (December 10th 2011), if you were on any previous waiting list you need to sign up again.

4. From now on, it’s going to be one trip through the line per voucher. If you have 2 cvouchers because you sre picking up for a firend or whatever, you’re going to need to go through the line twice. This is kind of a pain, but we’ve had a lot of problems with this in the past.

Stuff that we’d like to see:

1. More community control over how the food pantry runs

2. All of the vouchers going to folks that live in the immediate area

3. Better communication from the folks running it to everyone else

Please come talk to us if you have any ideas for how to make this thing run berrer, or if you want to get involved with running it!

Love,

The Wingnuts

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…)

An update from the Monroe Park Occupation back in March, where several individuals were charged with violating a City Code regarding being in parks after dark. Three members of the Wingnut Anarchist Collective are appealing their verdicts of guilty, and are challenging that piece of City Code based on it being unconstitutional. Arguments in this appeal were finally presented on Thursday, November 3rd, after multiple continuances over the months. Occupiers have court again on Monday, November 21st at 9am at the John Marshall Court Building in room 302 for the disposition. Supporters are welcome to attend.

For background information on the Monroe Park Occupation of March, 2011 you can go to: http://www.monroeparkoccupation.wordpress.com

Here is an account from one of the folks involved:

The morning started out rather frantic. I woke up and rolled out of bed, my mind churning with thoughts, my stomach twisting in anticipation. The day I had been anticipating ever since I last squared off with my archnemesis, the loathsome Christopher Toepp. Words can not express my utter contempt for this vile pond scum who has infected our gracious city with his insidious presence. No, wait, I shouldn’t say that, pond scum is too good to be associated with the likes of him. The Commonwealth’s Attorney who has made it his personal crusade to champion fascism, to goose step all over freedom, to piss on the fires of liberation wherever he finds them smoldering in the hearts of the down-trodden and oppressed. Whether he’s ripping the Constitution to pieces or trying to pin ludicrous charges on innocent activists with no evidence this man has no problem manipulating a corrupt and broken judicial system in an attempt to destroy everything that is right and good in this world.

I only had a few hours to prepare for this battle and I knew if I was to have any hope of survival my wits would have to be razor-sharp and I had to have my thoughts in order. The odds were stacked against us. None of our group has any legal experience, we knew that they had the advantage of fighting us in their home terrain. Court procedures and legal terms are the province of their lands, a land which seems foreign and strange to us. A land where an archaic language based on dead tongues and centuries of antiquated  jurisprudence reign supreme. There is no respect for the kind of organic interpersonal communication and connection that we thrive and grow on, here rhetoric and carefully structured arguments are the only thing that matter. I stocked up on energy drinks and brought my highlighter to bear as I reread the court cases I have read over and over again over the past few months. Trying to sift through the lengthy opinions of so-called Justices who dedicate their lives to passing final judgement on people who they don’t even know, it is not an easy task trying to translate and comprehend their tangled webs of legal jargon. I had managed to find a few cases that provided us a solid shield against the venomous fangs of that detestable man, Christopher Toepp. The case of Shuttlesworth v. the City of Birmingham, a shimmering gem of hope buried deep in a quagmire of court decisions that have chipped away at our liberties over the years. In the case the court for once defended the Constitution and stated quite clearly that city ordinances do not have the authority to rob us of our natural liberties. They stated quite clearly that city governments do not have the authority to write vague laws to restrict our ability to speak freely and that the power to limit speech can not be vested in a single authority with no guidelines or chance for appeal. It even goes a step further and states quite clearly that when people are faced with such unconstitutional and illegitimate laws that they may disregard them entirely and express themselves freely, for no governing authority has the right to strip us of our thoughts and beliefs.

To understand this monumental court case you must understand the time and place which it arose from. It was in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama, a state which had become infested to its core with virulent racism. Terrorists rode through the dark of night wearing white hoods and carrying burning crosses, savage cops viciously beat down anyone who so much as questioned the racist regime that rigidly created rifts and divides throughout society. (more…)

Our friend Liz Sussan is going to be facilitating Yoga in Monroe Park on a weekly basis. Anyone is welcome to participate.

Bring your own mat if you have one. Liz will have two spare mats to share. Please bring a towel. If you don’t have a mat, you can bring two towels, and use them to pad the ground.This is donation-only, so drop a few bucks down if you can, and if not, no problem, just come and practice!

Let’s meet at the corner of Laurel and Franklin. Liz will start by teaching Vinyasa basics like Sun Salutations, and lead us in a nice, flowing practice.

We will shoot for Wednesdays at 10 am. When it gets too hot for 10 am, we will show up earlier. This event is weather permitting.

Whether its practicing yoga in Monroe Park or going to eat at Food Not Bombs, using Monroe Park on a regular basis is something that can help keep the space visible and help prevent the sort of renovation plan that Charles Samuels and the Monroe Park Advisory Council would like to see.  Continued use of the space and discussion of the renovation issue are ways to keep working against their plans to gentrify the park, even when the status of the project is unclear. Monroe Park is a gorgeous area that is perfect for hanging out it, practicing yoga, etc. so let’s use it!

The Mysterious Rabbit Puppet Army is coming to the Wingnut on Wednesday July 6th at 7pm!

No cover cost, but bring some money to donate to the Puppet Army if you can!

They will be performing a compelling shadow puppet show of a history of the Prison Industrial Complex from slavery to where it is today. There will also be some other road show elements and presentations as well as a few anti-capitalist fairy tales using rod puppets. All of our shows are non sub-culturally specific and child friendly.

Their tour is to promote awareness about Prison Industrial Complex, it’s effects, and talk about some of the things they’re doing against it and  to talk to other people about what they’re doing and ideas they had.

They are members of the Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective (prisonbooks.info) You can see their big hit here http://www.crimethinc.com/blog/2009/04/25/security-culture-the-puppet-show/

The Wingnut is located at 2005 Barton Avenue. It is a sober, all ages space. Call (804) 303 5449 or email wingnut_collective@yahoo.com for more information.

The Richmond Anarchist Black Cross will also have literature at this event about the prison industrial complex and how people can get involved locally to support prisoners and work to abolish prisons.

The 2011 Richmond Zine Fest will be on October 8th at the Gay Community Center of Richmond! We just confirmed the date and location.

Sign up for tabling and for workshops will all be starting in the next couple of weeks.

The Wingnut tables at the Zine Fest, and will have a couple new publications for this October event.If you are a friend of the Wingnut (or want to become one) feel free to get in touch about the Zine Fest. We should also be able to host some out of town folks to spend the night, as long as you are down with our  Guest Policy (http://wingnutrva.org/wingnut-guest-policy/).

It is a really great time, with lots of neat people locally and from around the country.There is still plenty of time to create your own zine to sell or trade or give away at the Richmond Zine Fest.

The Richmond Zine Fest could definitely use your support and participation this year, as the cost of renting the space has increased. We are doing our best to keep the table costs the same, but that means we have to make up the difference through fundraisers. The next fundraiser will be this Thursday, May 12th at Sprout (1 North Morris Street) at 10pm and will be a Zine Reading with 10 different zinesters sharing from their works!

http://www.richmondzinefest.org for updates about events, fundraisers, tablers, and workshops!

Sweet Flier by Oura

We have gotten a bunch of awesome new books in the past 2 weeks for the Wingnut Radical Lending Library. Some we picked up at the Monroe Park Occupation, some at Charlottesville Anarchist Bookfair, and some we got through being friends of PM Press.We are missing some of the books from Charlottesville- at Food Not Bombs in Monroe Park last Sunday someone picked up the wrong Milk Crate. If you know where those 7 books are please let us know, we were really excited to share them.

Come by during Open Hours to browse and check out books. Wednesdays and Fridays from 4-9pm. If you are interested in helping facilitate Open Hours or participating in any of the projects that come out of the Wingnut Anarchist Collective please get in touch!

Our entire collection is available for search online at http://www.librarything.com/thewingnutrva

 

The Paul Goodman Reader by Paul Goodman

Capital and Its Discontents: Conversations with Radical Thinkers in a Time of Tu… by Sasha Lilley

Lucasville: The Untold Story of a Prison Uprising by Staughton Lynd

Ensenando rebeldia: Historias de la lucha popular oaxaquena (Spanish Edition) by Diana Denham

Moments of Excess: Movements, Protest and Everyday Life by The Free Association

TVA Baby (Spectacular Fiction) by Terry Bisson

Soccer vs. the State: Tackling Football and Radical Politics by Gabriel Kuhn

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