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Cuddle Puddles and Hot Pants #4

9 Nov

If you want an issue of Cuddle Puddles and Hot Pants # 4, please send 3 dollars to
Mo Karnage
PO Box 6025
Richmond, VA 23222

It is a super long issue, about Richmond activism, about my life, about silly stuff. Includes book and movie reviews, funny pictures etc. Definitely worth checking out!

I also still have back issues #1 and #3. Issue 3 is 2 bucks and Issue 1 is 1 buck.
Thanks for your support!

January Really Really Free Market

5 Jan


January Really Really Free Market

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Event InfoHost:
RVA Free Market
Other – Festival
Time and PlaceDate:
Saturday, January 31, 2009
12:00pm – 5:00pm
Monroe Park
Corner of Laurel and Main Streets
Richmond, VA

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Contact InfoPhone:
come share and help build a community

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Richmond October Really Really Free Market

6 Oct

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Richmond, Virginia Monthly Really Really Free Market

The October Really Really Free Market will be on Saturday October 25th from noon until 6.

The Really Really Free Market happens the last Saturday of every month in Monroe Park, at the corner of Main and Laurel.

The Really Really Free Market started in Richmond in April, with events April, June, July, August, and September. Originally held in Holly Street Park in Oregon Hill, the event now occurs monthly in Monroe Park so as to be more visible and more accessible. Some months Richmond Food Not Bombs has come with free food. There have been workshops led by community members and musical performances as well. Community members have brought games to play with each other at the market. Vegan cookies have also been known to make an appearance.

We are bombarded with messages every day that the sheer amount of things that we own is equal to the amount of success that we have had in our lives, instead of placing value on the people that we meet and the experiences that we have.

The RVA Really Really free markets (based on Really Really Free Markets []) provide people with a chance to share the excess that they possess, to prevent the landfills from filling with stuff that will never decompose and is nowhere near the end of its usefulness, and to offer the community a chance to come together for a day of free fun in the sun! (or rain!)

So the last Saturday of every month, bring your music, your skills, your stuff, your food, and your friends and family, and help us prove that there is enough stuff in the world for everybody!

Meeting Community Needs with Community Surplus.

A really really free market is an alternative to the capitalist version of a ‘free market’ where in fact, nothing is free. The really really free market is a place where people can come bring things they no longer need or use and give them away. The really really free market is a place where people can come get the things they need for free, without having to participate in the corporate, killer market. Really really free market builds community instead of destroying it.

Any stores, restaurants, or organizations are welcome to bring their surplus items or food to share with the community.

The Really Really Free Market is not about bartering, selling, or discounting. All items are 110% free. No one has to bring something to get something. Everyone can take what they would like regardless of their contribution.

People can come to share things besides the physical. Anyone interested in sharing their skills or knowledge through a workshop should let us know or just show up and teach others. Anyone interested in performing, music or reading poetry or whatever, should contact us or just show up.

So dig through your closets, take the extra from your work, ask your parents and friends and neighbors to come to bring stuff and come to get stuff. Bring clothes, furniture, food, tapes, cds, office supplies, kitchen stuff, knick knacks, paddy whacks, etc.

The best way to make the event awesome is to advertise, so make your own fliers, tell people, mark your calenders.

Anything left at the end of the day will be taken to Diversity Thrift.

The November Really Really Free Market will be on Saturday Novemeber 29th.

The December Really Really Free Market will be on Saturday December 27th.

If anyone is interested in volunteering, helping to advertise, or finding out more information you can do so through the internet, email, or phone.

call: 804 300 0023 (Mo Karn)

Bank of America Demo

19 Nov

On Friday (the 16th) I went to a Demo against Bank of America organized by one of my friends and some people from VCU. We were protesting the way that BOA claims to be working for the environment and against global warming, and yet put their money in the hands of many energy and coal companies which are building new coal plants as well as participating in mountain top removal. Essentially, they are ruining the environment, participating in the destruction of the appalachain mountains and the communities in those areas- and putting all of those people at risk. Companies like Massey Energy are well known for their violations of the not very effective environmental laws in place in this country. We had some really good fliers, 2 big banners, and about 15 of us. We stood outside the downtown bank and handed out the fliers and talked to people. It was a totally legal action, and we did not have any trouble from the police. I think it was effective, just in that we got the idea on more people’s minds. I closed my BOA account because of their policies (something I’ve been meaning to do for some time). richmondfall2007-038.jpg

Here is more information about Bank of America and their policies: Continue reading

Readin up on Civil Rights

22 Oct

I just finished a book called Civilities and Civil Rights: Greensboro, North Carolina, and the Black Struggle for Freedom by William H. CHafe. I’m trying to bolster my civil rights knowledge just as a foundation for my life in general and my senior thesis specifically. It was interesting to read because the first sit-ins occurred in Greensboro. Continue reading

Labor Pool Free Food Program

11 Oct

In my research on radical activism in RIchmond and in talking to my Food Not Bombs friends before I learned that on a couple different occasions activists have done a Labor Pool Free Food Program where they bring as much food as they can scrounge to Temp agencies in the morning at least once a week. They bring fruit, pastries, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  I think this is a really great plan. Temp agencies in Richmond at least make a toooon of money off of the temp worker. (A solution might be a non-profit temp agency). So temp workers get screwed. Feeding them is a good idea. I would like to help revamp this program when I am in Richmond full time. All it would require would be a small collective of people. Any takers?

Cuddle Puddles and Hot Pants

9 Oct

Cuddle Puddles and Hot Pants is the name of my zine, the first issue of which is coming out next week (once the copies are made). To purchase a copy, please got to my current website or email It should only cost 2 bucks I think, will know once the printer gets back to me. It has everything from music reviews, silly drawings by me, pictures of friends, cuddle puddles, hot pants, why I’m straight edge, history, stories, vegan recipe, medical advice, my trip to London, etc. A schmorgashboard of amazingness.  It is 32 half pages of good readin. An excerpt to tease you: Continue reading