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Happy Fuckin’ New Year

1 Jan

Happy Fuckin’ New Year!

We just celebrated by having the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross’ first annual noise demo in front of the Richmond City Jail. 7 people attended, which was small, but really fucking loud! We didn’t plan very far ahead of time this year- next year should be a much bigger event. It was still a great way to ring in the New Year and I really hope some of the inmates heard us and got stoked that something was happening. Any bands or people interested in organizing for next year’s event or just organizing at all around jail issues should contact the anarchist black cross- rvaabc@gmail.com

Starting off the New Year in the middle of a demo sets a tone for me that I hope will continue. I want to be more politically active this year. And I am specifically very stoked about Copwatch and the Anarchist Black Cross.

Some of my resolutions:

No more sugar in my coffee (wanna avoid the diabetes)

No more high fructose corn syrup (it snuck back into my diet and has got to go)

Make at least 3 zines

Go dumpstering at least once a week

Take Belly Dancing

Save up money

Work out or run 5 times a week

Work really hard to make my relationship work

If I think of any more in the coming days I will probably add them

Cop Corruption in Dancehall Ordinance

21 Dec

For a good laugh I recommend you check out the new Dance Hall Ordinance pushed through Richmond City Council by none other than Charles I’m A Total Fuckwad Samuels.

There are a lot of details to this particular ordinance that strike even the least legal of people as unconstitutional.

Not to mention the way that the ordinance REQUIRES the hiring of police. Geez, wonder who lobbied to get that part in the ordinance- couldn’t have been the Richmond Police Department? COuldn’t have been members of the Public Safety committee who helped push this law through…

Fuck any law that increases funding for police.

Read it for yourself:

– Go to http://eservices.ci.richmond.va.us/applications/clerkstracking/index.asp
– In advanced search choose “Paper Number:” and enter “2010-113” and press “search”.
– Click on the paper number and in the next screen choose “Electronic Paper”. Click the PDF link “Click here to view paper no: 2010-113”. It should then download to your computer.

Regular Noise Demos at Richmond City Jail

14 Dec

Tonight is the monthly meeting of the Anarchist Black Cross. One of the agenda items is scheduling monthly demonstrations outside of the Richmond City Jail. This is something that is really important to me, and that I think is worth doing regardless of how many people actually come out.Richmond City Jail is a terrible place, like pretty much all jails and prisons. On top of that, Richmond’s jail is in terrible condition and very over crowded. Multiple deaths in 2010 due to negligence and abuse attest to the many reasons why Richmond does not need a jail. The people in charge obviously can’t be trusted with human lives anyway.  Prison abolition is the goal, and until then, prisoner support.

I think this would be a visible way of letting the people inside know they are not forgotten. People on the outside will know that it is not just the family of people locked up who are affected. Our entire community is negatively affected by the presence of cops, jails, and prisons.

If you can, come out to the Wingnut tonight for the Anarchist Black Cross meeting- 7pm at 2005 Barton Avenue. Call 804 303 5449 for directions, or email rvaabc@gmail.com

The article from http://www.anarchistnews.org is after the jump. Continue reading

Settling in for the winter

29 Nov

I am always excited for sping and summer when they come, but there is also something relaxing about getting all ready to nest for the winter. There seem to be fewer scheduled activities and more time for drinking coffee and tea and playing scrabble and other board games with friends.

We’ve also been doing some renovations and improvements around the Wingnut- including repainting the bathroom, repainting the kitchen, attaching the base board correctly in the bathroom, hanging a potrack in the kitchen, installing 4 doorknobs in the past month, installing a threshhold in the upstairs bathroom, building panel walls for the front porch and painting some baseboard that only had primer on it.

Upcoming projects might include painting a mural on the porch panels, building benches out of pallet wood, building a coat rack, making concrete countertops for the kitchen, moving the sink onto a concrete counter top in a better location, fixing the backyard fence, building bookshelves for our radical lending library, demo-ing a trailer in the backyard etc.

But right now, I just ate some waffles and I’m going to drink some coffee to wash them down. Then the  post office and library!

Cuddle Puddles and Hot Pants #5= Available for Download

25 Nov

Cuddle Puddles and Hot Pants # 5- An Anarchist Zine from Richmond, VIrignia is now available for download here:

http://zinelibrary.info/cuddle-puddles-and-hot-pants-5-anarchist-zine-richmond-va

Cuddle Puddles and Hot Pants #5 (CPHP5) is a zine by Mo Karnage with other contributors including Kayla Dean (also of the Wingnut Anarchist Collective) and Autumn Springs! Topics include; gentrification, queerness, gay marriage, vegan recipes, accounability, copwatch, the campaign to keep Monroe Park Open, and more about the Wingnut Anarchist Collective.
All pdfs here are parts of the zine. we are behind the times technologically.
xveganarchistrvax@gmail.com
www.anarchymo.wordpress.com
PO Box 6025
Richmond, VA 23222

Richmond Tent City

23 Nov

This is a section in my upcoming book, The South is Still Rising. If it doesn’t totally make sense out of context it is because they are parter of a much larger piece about activism and anarchism in Richmond.

But I figured, given the current situation in Monroe Park, and the campaign to keep it open throughout renovations, it might be good to get the information out, and show people that the park has been occupied before.

Tent City

One of the bigger events organized by the General Strike Collective was a Tent City in Monroe Park in 1998. “It was in the late spring of ‘98 that the collective decided unanimously to propagandize and organize a four day takeover of Monroe Park in the form of a tent city aimed at exposing VCU’s ongoing meddling in the homeless community and rapidly increasing gentrification of the Carver Community just North of the main artery of the campus” (Wells 89). Tactics the group used in organizing involved planning sessions, alliance building, fliering campaigns, and street work.  The entire summer gave the group time to organize and strategize.
The event was scheduled to start Friday August 28 at noon, and continue through until Monday morning, August 31 (DOC T). This event was radical, noteworthy, and combines many of the subjects which activists in Richmond have organized around. It shows the potential scope of radical activism in Richmond, and it also shows some of the potential pitfalls of such activism.
A Tent City is “where any large group of individuals gather in a single location and utilize it as a temporary living quarter in protest of an oppressive entity”(DOC T). Described by General Strike, the Tent City in this instance was “a non-violent, direct action approach to exposing injustice in this society” (General Strike Oct./Nov. 1998). Tent cities have occurred around the world. They are in some ways associated with the homeless in general. Some of them are more political in purpose, where as others are more survival based- people form tent cities because they have no where else to go. The Tent City in Richmond was of the more political variety, and less about providing a place for people to live for any significant amount of time.
General Strike advertised about the Tent City in a couple of ways. Word of mouth was important, and they talked to people in the park during Food Not Bombs on Sundays about the plan. A flier advertising the event was created, titled in “Monroe Park Tent City” (DOC T). It also featured a photo of a man in a business suit with a briefcase walking by the words “Smash Capitalism” spray painted on a wall. The content of the flier, including the image, show the political leanings of the event, and reveal the radicalism behind it. “Why does this concern you? It is quite simple really. It is the age-old theory of not waiting until the problem is upon your door and there is no one left to fight for youཀ V.C.U.’s ongoing development and gentrification has affected thousands of Richmond’s citizens and it is just a matter of time before you are all that is left…” ( DOC T).

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Getting my book printed soon

22 Nov

This morning I finally finished formatting my book to send it to the printers. I don’t know yet how much it is going to cost to get printed. It is called ‘The South is Still Rising: Contemporary Radical and Anarchist Movements in Richmond, Virginia from 1994 to 2004″.

I’m sure I will get a lot of well deserved shit for various aspects of it. I definitely don’t think it tells the whole story, I don’t think anyone could. But it is an attempt at telling part of it and talking about Richmond in a bigger context. When it is finally published I will post on here so folks can buy a copy if they want one.