Tag Archives: RVA

Www.mokarnage.com is where to find current posts!

24 Dec

Hey Yall

I should have thought to do this a while ago, but better late than never I suppose. I no long blog at this website. I have a different one I blog on regularly, http://www.mokarnage.com so you can go there to find political essays, personal essays, poetry, art, and more! For political events in the Richmond area http://www.wingnutrva.org is still the place to go! Thank you so much for reading!

Mo Karnage

Public Transportation is a Must, But Not a Solution to Racism

6 Sep

Reading All Aboard? by Ben Campbell brought up conflicting emotions for me.

I felt excited about a public transportation system that might be effective, affordable, and improve the lives of so many low income people in Richmond. I was also excited by Campbell’s accurate, historical look at the loss of good public transit in Richmond, and how he identified racism and bigotry as the reasons why we ended up with the terrible transit we currently eke by with,

So, to get a few things straight before I go into a slight critique-

1- I am for a larger, better thought out, more affordable, multi-jurisdictional public transit system for the Metro Richmond Area.

2- I am against racism, segregation, and policies, institutions and practices that reinforce racism.

The part of Campbell’s article that I think deserves challenging and a more in depth discussion, is the seeming underlying assumption that developing a better public transit system would be anti-racist, and a step towards changing Richmond’s long, dirty legacy of racism. Racism is complex. Racism is not a flag we can change out front of City Hall and move on. Racism is an issue that all Richmonders will have to do a lot of work around for us to take steps forward as a city.
The loss of public transit in Richmond was a symptom of the underlying disease of racism.

Treating the symptom is not enough to solve our problems.
There are some really great things about a better, less segregationist public transit system- the possibility for people to interact more outside of their race, better opportunities for jobs and recreational activities for low income people of color, and more.

But without a more holistic approach to the issue of racism in our city and society, we won’t be “solving” racism. One complicating factor I can think of is simply that a change in our City’s ranking, without a change in real estate practices, might just exacerbate issues of gentrification. As Richmond grows in popularity, low income people, many of whom are People of Color, are forced out of their homes and neighborhoods in response in increasing real estate values. Gentrification represents a systematic problem, out of any individual’s hands to stop. But until this process, poverty, and racism are actively being addressed, I don’t want to see Richmond’s ranking go up.

An improved public transit system would be a marked difference in City policy and programming. Many of the urban renewal projects over the years have been pretty clearly directed towards improving the desireability of Richmond to people who might visit or might one day move here. Consider the tourist aspects of many of the recent projects and events. First Fridays which attracts many people from surrounding counties, and has difficulty when low income youth of color from surrounding neighborhoods in the city start attending in mass. The Canal Walk, where I’ve only ever gone with my grandma (love you grandma). The Convention Center. The upcoming 2015 cycling event. Richmond’s urban planning efforts have been fairly pitiful, and seem to reflect the racism and classism of the City government.

Richmond does need to focus more on keeping current residents, helping current residents, and developing ways to make our daily lives better. Jobs, housing, access to healthy food, and transportation are some really great places to start.

Some questions Richmonders should be asking themselves in the mean time are:

What are we doing to make Richmond a better place for the people who are currently living here?
How can we make sure we take care of the current residents before visitors or potential new residents?
What do low income people want and need?
What do people of color want and need?
How can we listen to low income people and people of color more?

If Richmond really does want to shed our racist reputation we’ve got some work to do. Let’s get a better public transit system, but make sure we don’t lose sight of the whole disease of racism while we ride around on some buses.

Wingnut Food Distribution Program!

11 Aug

This Saturday is the second monthly event coordinated between the Wingnut Anarchist Collective and the Virginia Food Bank. The Wingnuts have been handing out food vouchers throughout the neighborhood over the past month.

So Saturday the 14th at 12noon the Wingnuts will begin setting up the food with the food bank at the parking lot at the corner of Graham and North Avenue in Southern Barton Heights. Then at 1 the distribution will begin. Folks with vouchers will get priority, just because that is the only method we have to keep it organized. The Food Bank only brings but so much food a month, but will hopefully continue to bring more each month.

This month the Wingnuts will also be tabling with fliers about the numerous events and programs they are involved with, as well as know your rights literature. Continue reading

Thanks to all Anti-Racists

10 Aug

To preface this, I am white- just to let you know if you don’t know me.

And where I was born and raised (Hanover and Richmond Virginia) the issue of racism is not dealt with particularly well. When I went to college in Massachusetts I found myself very out of my element. I did not want to be a racist, but back in Virginia had never encountered anyone challenging me on issues of race, privilege, appropriation, prejudice etc.

I had a hard time learning to deal with being called out on my behavior. I had a hard time coming to understand the difference between racism and prejudice. I was very difficult and I’m sure seriously upset and traumatized and angered people who were fighting racism and privilege. I’m sorry for any tears, sleepless nights etc. that my insensitivity contributed to.  I’m sorry it takes me being in your shoes to be able to even begin to understand the shit you have to deal with.

Now that I am going through the ordeal that is trying to explain to people what racism and prejudice are and are not etc., I have a serious appreciation for how much upset and strife I no doubt caused everyone who called me out in the past. I wish there was a better way to let everyone know how sorry I am for being so ignorant/resistant/defensive.

I am trying to not be so ignorant/resistant/defensive. I think working on privilege and race are life long tasks, so I am sure I am going to be making more mistakes.  I want to try not to, but I also want to try to be open to criticism and to avoid getting defensive. Please do call me out, preferably in a non-attack manner.  Genuine attempts to call me out will be met with a ready listener.

Richmond Punk and DIY

28 Jun

When I was a young punk in Richmond I went to a ton of shows at the Nancy Raygun on Grace Street. The shows were cheap enough that I would just pay the 5 bucks and see what the band was, even if I had never heard of them. Then it later seemed like venues were charging more. And now even the venues that charge more, like Alley Katz are shutting down.

I’m really glad that we are having sober, all ages shows at the Wingnut. Yea, the music has to be acoustic since it is a DIY space. But I think it is worth it- better DIY acoustic than clear channel amplified. House shows are hard to have- but I strongly believe that by keeping them acoustic and sober we can prevent almost all of the problems and run-ins with the law that they often have.

I am really happy to be trying to promote local and travelling bands with positive messages and attitudes. Allies in the struggle against oppression, and really talented people who are excited to come entertain richmonders.

Hopefully, our space and shows there can avoid a lot of the macho bullshit that occurs frequently in the punk scene- where going to a show is more about showing how tough you are than enjoying music with people you enjoy.

I am excited at the concept of building SOLIDARITY, not a SCENE!!!!!

RVA Food Not Bombs Stickers!

15 Sep

I just ordered Food Not Bombs Stickers, so hopefully they will come in the next two weeks and we can hand them out, get some donations for them, and help promote Richmond Food Not Bombs this way. The stickers will look like this:

foodnotbombssticker2

If anyone wants one, well they should come to Food Not Bombs once we have them OR you can get one from us at the Tim Barry Show in Richmond on October 15th:

TIm Barry Revival Tour! FOOD NOT BOMBS

Food Not Bombs Tabling at the show!

Host:
The Canal Club
Type:
Network:
Global
Price:
$?
Date:
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Time:
7:00pm – 11:55pm
Location:
Canal Club
City/Town:
South Richmond, VA
Phone:
8043000023
Email:

Description

Food Not Bombs will be tabling at the Revival Tour Tim Barry Show at the Canal Club.

Huge thanks to Tim Barry for letting us table at his show.
Please come out to support Tim and Richmond Food Not Bombs.
We will have a table and hopefully pamphlets, fliers, buttons, stickers, shirts, and maybe patches.
Donations definitely accepted!

http://www.timbarryrva.com

August Really Really Free Market

28 Jul

sharing

August Really Really Free Market

Sharing is Caring, Trying is Daring??

Host:
RICHMOND
Type:
Network:
Global
Date:
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Time:
12:00pm – 6:00pm
Location:
Monroe Park
Street:
Main and Laurel
City/Town: