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Why Is May Day Important to You?

14 Dec

Planning for the 2nd annual Richmond May Day Parade is already underway. If you missed the meeting last night, no worries, try and make the next meeting on January 10th at 7pm (after Food Not Bombs) in Studio 3 at Plant Zero on Southside. Or ask Kenneth Yates for more details etc.

I wanted to start thinking about why May Day is important to me, because I have a bad memory and forget details easily. I’m doing some research to remind myself. I would much rather celebrate holidays like May Day than ones like Christmas.

May Day is important to me because it is one of the few radical holidays we have. Continue reading

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!
Mo

January Really Really Free Market

5 Jan

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January Really Really Free Market

www. myspace. com/rvafreemarket

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Event InfoHost:
RVA Free Market
Type:
Other – Festival
Network:
Global
Time and PlaceDate:
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Time:
12:00pm – 5:00pm
Location:
Monroe Park
Street:
Corner of Laurel and Main Streets
City/Town:
Richmond, VA

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Richmond Food Not Bombs Spoke Cards- $2

30 Oct

Love Richmond Food Not Bombs? Ride a bike? Oh, hey, now there are sweet Food Not Bombs spoke cards. How freaking convenient. And they are lime green (duh).

2 dollars please! (one to cover the cost of copying and laminating, one for Food Not Bombs!).

If you want one of these hot, trendy bike accessories contact Mo.

And if you don’t come to Food Not Bombs, well we would love it if you did, and either way spoke cards would be a cool way to help us advertise!

Sundays at 12 we start cooking.
Sundays at 4 we are in Monroe Park serving food- you can come help serve or eat.
Sundays at 5 we are cleaning up.
If you work somewhere that has extra food see if you can snag it for Food Not Bombs.
If you have a band you could do a benefit show for us.
If you go lots of places you could flier for us.
If you want to help gimme a call at 804 300 0023 or email foodnotbombsrichmond@gmail

.com

Anarchists Organize Free Market

27 Oct

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For Immediate Release October 22, 2008

Contact: Mo Karn Ramey Connelly
1-804-300-0023 1-804-519-8724
xveganarchistrvax@gmail.com connellyrn@vcu.edu

Anarchists Organize Free Market


With the recent crisis affecting the world financial sector, many people are starting to have doubts about the future of capitalism as we know it. On the last Saturday of every month, a group of Richmond Anarchists present their own plan for the economy. They call this plan the Really Really Free Market.
Unlike the current economy, goods and services at the Really Really Free Market are not bought or sold, but instead given away. “Corporations try to convince us every day that we need to buy something else in order to make ourselves more complete, but all this does is add more and more unwanted junk to the landfills and our homes.” says organizer Ramey Connelly.

Many people would think that something like this couldn’t be kept up. The organizers have found though, that most people, who come for something, bring something of their own to the market. According to organizer Mo Karn, the Free Market works because “Sharing is more fulfilling than owning.”

Like the other Free Market, the Really Really Free Market is not limited to goods you can carry home. Participants are also encouraged to share their other gifts. At past free markets, participants have come to share their musical talents, read poetry, and conduct impromptu workshops. “The Really Really Free Markets aren’t just about getting rid of junk or getting new things. It’s about building a community and creating relationships and expanding our ways of thinking.” Connelly explains “We encourage everyone from every segment of the Richmond community to come and enjoy the Really Really Free Market.”

Anyone who would like to take part in the November Really Really Free Market should come to Monroe Park, at the corner of Main and Laurel Streets on November 27th from 12pm until 6pm. You can also visit http://www.myspace.com/rvafreemarket to learn more.

Richmond Food Not Bombs

27 Oct

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Richmond, Virginia Food Not Bombs

Started mainly as a political statement, Food Not Bombs, was born in 1980. The movement’s founding members served free food to the homeless outside of a stockholders’ meeting of the First National Bank in Boston. A bank which “red-lined” many poverty-stricken districts in the city while it simultaneously funded much of New England’s weapons industry. The group’s message was simple: “Less money should be spent on destructive military equipment while much of our nation’s population lives in poverty”. This first Food Not Bombs action made a strong political statement, while at the same time providing a simple and practical service to those in need. Now, 28 years later, groups all over the world operate with the same simple humanitarian cause using the name Food Not Bombs.

Food Not Bombs has been a Richmond organization since 1994. For over 14 years the Richmond group has served a weekly meal, only missing 2 servings in its history. The group was founded by activists, and while the membership has changed, there are still connections between the original members and todays activists. Not only that, but the spirit of the group remains the same.

What Does Food Not Bombs Do?

Like any major city in our country, Richmond has a growing number of citizens without homes or the means to acquire healthy food. Food Not Bombs Richmond serves a free, hot, vegan meal in Monroe Park, near the intersection of Main and Belvidere Streets. Close to 200 people eat dinner with us every Sunday, including families. Rice, vegetable stir fry, salad, fruit, bread, and drinks are typically prepared. After the meal, free groceries are made available. We also distribute baked goods and produce to other community organizations. Demonstrations and community events such as Really Really Free Markets are other opportunities for Food Not Bombs to provide a meal while increasing our visibility and developing solidarity with local activists.

Food Not Bombs is an entirely not- for- profit group of individuals. Most of our pool of resources is provided by the kind donations of several Richmond businesses. Each week these generous donors set aside products which are still viable and edible but are for some reason unsellable and would otherwise be thrown away (i.e. produce which is not ‘pretty’ enough to sell, items which have just passed their ‘sell by’ date, etc.) Any additional supplies that we require are purchased with money raised from benefit concerts or from members’ own pockets. We are not affiliated with nor financially supported by any organization, religious, political, or otherwise, and we rely entirely upon donations and volunteers to survive.

Why Is The Food Vegan?

Food Not Bombs serves vegan food for numerous reasons. Because we deal with donated food, it is much easier and safer to avoid meat and dairy products which spoil quickly and easily. Socioeconomically, a vegetarian or vegan menu reinforces our cause of reducing waste. It takes 16 pounds of grain to produce a single pound of meat; making meat an extremely economically costly and environmentally wasteful food. Many of those who eat with us each week are themselves vegetarian or vegan. Were we to serve meat and dairy, we would be excluding these community members from our table, so we choose to make the meal as accessible as possible. A majority of the members of Richmond Food Not Bombs are themselves vegetarian or vegan and prefer not to serve meat and dairy for their own reasons, whether they be ethical or health related. All of these choices, alone or in combination with each other, underlie our choice of serving a vegan meal.

Food Not Bombs is always looking for new resources and new volunteers. We love meeting new individuals to help us collect food, cook, serve, and clean up! We spend about 6 or 7 hours every Sunday in order to provide a single meal. But no one has to come for the whole time- if you can spare a few hours on Sundays, to help with any aspect, but especially clean up, we would love your help. Give us a call or just stop by Monroe Park at 4:00 on a Sunday and introduce yourself. We are also always looking for new sources of donated food and food serving supplies. We are in constant need of produce, canned foods, spices, drinks and drink mixes, paper cups, paper plates, plastic silverware and condiments. If you are involved with a business which would be interested in becoming a Food Not Bombs donor, please contact us. Without the generous donations of Richmond Businesses we would not be able to function. Food Not Bombs is run by everyday people who want to make a difference. Every person’s efforts are important to us, no matter how small. If you would like to make a difference by helping turn waste into a valuable food source please contact us. Thanks!

Food is a right, not a privilege!!!

Contact information:

Food Not Bombs

P.O. Box 5688

Richmond, Va 23220

(804) 300 0023

www.myspace.com/richmondfnb

The name Food Not Bombs states our most fundamental principle: society needs to promote life, not death. Our society condones and even promotes violence and domination. This affects us in our everyday lives through the constant threat of violent crime, domestic violence, police repression and the threat of total annihilation from nuclear war. Such constant exposure to violence, including the threat thereof, leads many people to hopelessness and low self esteem. Authority and power is derived from the threat and use of violence. Globally, we continue to spend more time and resources developing, using, and threatening to use weapons of massive human and planetary destruction than on nurturing and celebrating life.

Poverty is violence. One expression of the violence of poverty is hunger. Millions of Americans, almost half children, go hungry every day and childhood malnutrition contributes heavily to infant mortality rates, which are higher in parts of the U.S. than in most other nations of the world. By spending money on bombs instead of food, our government perpetuates and exacerbates the violence of poverty by failing to provide food for everyone in need. Food Not Bombs has chosen to take a stand against violence. We are committed to nonviolent social change by giving out free vegetarian food thus celebrating and nurturing life.

Food Not Bombs is an organization devoted to developing positive personal, political, and economic alternatives. Often, revolutionaries are depicted as working for the overthrow of the government by any means necessary. Food Not Bombs groups, in general, do not have the time or resources to attack, tear down, or overthrow the existing death culture. By not spending our time trying to overthrow the existing power structure does not mean never struggle with it. By simply exerting our basic rights to free speech and association, we are challenging the power elite and they will try to stop us. However, we focus on what needs to be done. We want to create new alternatives. We want to create life affirming structures from the ground up. We want to replace the death culture with a culture of “Plumbers Not Bombs”, “Daycare Not Bombs”, and “Healthcare Not Bombs”.

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 [www.reallyreallyfree.org]) 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.
http://www.myspace.com/rvafreemarket
email: connellyrn@vcu.edu

approachingapocalypse@riseup.net

call: 804 300 0023 (Mo Karn)