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Monroe Park Renovation Plan

 

Here is what we currently know about the status of the Monroe Park Renovation Plans.

Most of this information has come from a discussion with 5th district City Councilman Parker Agelasto, the January 2008 Monroe Park Master Plan all 129 pages, our experience in 2010/2011 with campaigning to keep Monroe Park open, and the 2014/2015 adopted fiscal plan for the City of Richmond.

The current City budget approves 435,000 to go towards the renovation (page 313 of fiscal plan 2014/2015). The City money is to go towards the more nuts and bolts aspects of lighting, sewer, drainage, and pavers.

There is not currently a date set for the beginning of this stage of the renovation, and has been no communication as of yet as to how much of the park will be shut down at a time.

Remember, our biggest demand in 2010/2011 being that the entirety of Monroe Park never be closed at once.

Now that the City has approved the budget, the Monroe Park Advisory Council- the folks who originally developed this plan, can push to get donations to cover the rest of the aspects of their 6.2 million plan.

Additionally – and this is crucial- the idea is for Monroe Park to be placed under the guidance of a directing board who will privately control the park. Who is on this board, how they are elected or appointed, how they qualify, how representative they are of the people who use the park, how their decisions can be challenged by citizens, etc. are all just some of the aspects that will need to be thoughtfully and carefully addressed in a Memorandum of Understanding between the board and the City.

The process of developing the MOU needs to be transparent and well publicized.

Some aspects of the Monroe Park Renovation Plan are troubling and outdated. There are extensive articles written on www.monroecampaign.wordpress.com and www.monroeparkoccupation.wordpress.com which dissect the faults in the plan.

Some parts of the plan- like accommodating food carts are already outdated due to the swift creation of a food cart culture and bureaucracy in the City generally. The whole Amphitheater section of the plan just seems redundant, with Brown’s island nearby already acting as a thriving outdoor venue.

The pages in the Monroe Park Master Plan detailing the budget and private security also reveal some of the issues that we are likely to run up against. Page 61 of the Master Plan reveals the intention of a privately financed and privately managed park. They also want to incorporate private security. Things they want the private security to prevent include “loud cursing…rummaging through garbage cans, spitting… feeding pigeons and playing loud music” (page 107). The security would cost over 200,00 in the first year and increase yearly.

The plan revealed on these pages for the ongoing management of Monroe Park shows that the authors of this plan desire to have Monroe Park act more as an events venue and less as a casual park. They have budget outlines for an events manager, a park manager, an administrative assistant, and an office for the new management entity. The programming and administrative departments alone all costs over 200,000 in the first year and increases yearly.

200,000 a year could do SO much more good in this City than to manage events at Monroe Park – especially when we have many other outdoor and indoor event venues available. For example, Food Not Bombs serves a free vegan meal every Sunday in Monroe Park on an annual budget of less than 2,000 – 100 other groups operating on the same model could be funded to distribute food weekly on 200,000. 200,000 would cover 133,333 bus rides for houseless or low income people in Richmond. These are just a few of the many awesome things that could be done with 200,000 aside from general administration of a park.

These are just SOME of the issues with the Monroe Park Renovation Plan/ Master Plan. There are many many others. If anyone would like to talk in person, interview, or look over some documents together please get in touch. If you hear anything about the plan, start dates, MOU, meetings around this issue etc. please get in touch as well. Www.wingnutrva.org wingnut_collective@yahoo.com 804 303 5449 2005 Barton Avenue RVA 23222

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Thank you to all participants this year! We Wingnuts had a blast and are looking forward once more to next Mayday! For those who dont know Mayday is dedicated to the proletariat working class and to remind the people that the system needs us, we need not the system. 

Dont forget to keep updated on our upcoming events and every Sunday we love welcoming new volunteers for FoodNotBombs!Mayday SDC12948

Just cataloguing some books on this rainy day. Here are our newest titles.

Thanks to everyone who has donated books to our library! We are always looking for donations specifically around issues of race, class, gender, indigenous struggles, feminism, queer issues, southern issues, anarchism, environmental etc.

My Mother Wears Combat Boots: A Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us by Jessica Mills

Colonize This!: Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism (Live Girls) by Daisy Hernandez

Ms. Films DIY Guide to Film and Video

Beebo Brinker by Ann Bannon

Odd Girl Out by Ann Bannon

Gender Inequality: Feminist Theories and Politics by Judith Lorber

Mindful Occupation: Rising Up Without Burning Out by Occupy Mental Health Project

The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope by Amy Goodman

Someone Killed His Boyfriend: A Summer of Sex, Sun and Murder in Provincetown by David Stukas

From Wedded Wife to Lesbian Life: Stories of Transformation by Deborah Abbott

Joining the Tribe; by Linnea A. Due

Growing Up Gay in the South: Race, Gender, and Journeys of the Spirit (Haworth G… by James T. Sears

Now the Volcano: Anthology of Latin American Gay Literature by Winston Leyland

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich

The Prostitute and Her Clients by PH.D. Lewis Diana

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

When the Dancing Stops (Brett Higgins Mysteries) by Therese Szymanski

Black Bloc, White Riot: Antiglobalization and the Genealogy of Dissent by A. K. Thompson (2010).

So You Want to Be a Lesbian? by Liz Tracey

Free Pizza for Life by Chris Clavin

Techniques of Safecracking (52054) by Wayne B. Yeager

The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 by Antony Beevor

More Joy Than Rage: Crossing Generations with the New Feminism by Caryl Rivers

Dumping In Dixie: Race, Class, And Environmental Quality, Third Edition by Robert D. Bullard

Long Road to Freedom: The Advocate History of the Gay and Lesbian Movement by Mark Thompson

The Richmond Zine Fest organizers are again organizing a pre zine fest potluck and reading event the night before the zine fest. Last year’s potluck and reading was such a good time we wanted to do it again.

So Friday October 7th from 7pm to 10pm come join the organizers of the Richmond Zine Fest and both out of town and local zinesters to socialize and share food.

Last year we had a really great time with the zine readings that folks did during the potluck. So if you are interested please bring some of your material to share. This will be a casual event, but if you want to let us know that you plan on reading, please email us at richmondzinefest@yahoo.com

This event is FREE just like the zine fest, but please bring a dish or non-alcoholic drink to share! If you are able to label your dish for allergens (peanuts, dairy, meat, soy) even better! (more…)

In the Fall of 2010 we started an Orchard in Hanover County. Our long term plan is to have a variety of fruit trees, nut trees, fruit vines, and fruit bushes as well as bees to pollinate the plants. This will allow us to have a potential source of future income as well as a way to bring fresh fruit into our neighborhood in Richmond.

This Spring we are planting more trees and bushes in the Wingnut Orchard. We are adding blueberry bushes, huckleberries, apple trees, grape vines, kiwi vines, fig trees, mulberry trees, persimmon and more! If you would like to help with the Orchard please get in touch. Starting next week we will be getting plants, planting wildflowers, hopefully getting some bees etc. Let us know if you want to tag along and we can learn together. Or if you have some awesome skills or knowledge you would want to share that would be great too!

Why an Orchard?

Some folks might wonder why we are planting an orchard. We are an urban collective. We really like being in an urban environment- it keeps us visible, involved, accessible, etc. We don’t want to escape society, we want to play part in changing it. But we also recognize that the lack of space within an urban environment limits our ability to produce many things and engage in many projects that might help us create a more self-sustaining collective. (more…)

The event organizing guide is meant to be a sort of outline or checklist to help folks not forget important parts of organinzing events or meetings or what-have-you. If you have suggestions or additions to this guide please let us know at wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

This is in no way complete or meant to be set in stone, it just reflects some aspects of organizing that we think could use a more clear process so we don’t overlook the things we know better than to overlook. Meetings frequently run long and we tend to get excited about ideas and end up hammering out the details outside of the largr meetings. A guide of sorts might help folks understand more clearly what parts of an event could/should be organized together ahead of time. Hopefully as everyone develops their communication and organizing skills we can have more positive community radical and anarchist events that aren’t super stressful to organize or attend.

There will be a specific outline of processes to consider when dealing with detention or arrest of people in Richmond which will go on this website in the near future.

Initial Planning

What is the event?

When will it be? (Time, date) (taking into account weather and darkness)

Where will it be? (public, private, permit, no permit, venue, rules)

Who do you want to attend? (participants, audience)

Goals of the event: (Its good for organizers to assert what they want out of the event, that way folks can be on the same page as much as possibe. Ie- fundraising, awareness, empowerment etc.)

Promotion of Event (more…)

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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