•August 21, 2015 • Leave a Comment
The Flying Brick Library has certainly seen more active days. There has been a lot going on in the lives of our house and our community, and awhile all of us have been staying very active, the Library itself has has fallen into neglect. As anyone paying attention to this blog or our Facebook page can tell, the library has been basically closed for 2 years. We still occasionally host an event or meeting, lend chairs and our projector out, and we still open the library for people when they request an appointment, but humble little house spaces like us have largely seen a decline across the country, and we are not exempt to that trend.
Moving forward, we hope you will continue to check our Facebook page for updates on whats been happening that is interesting to radical folks in Richmond, VA and the surrounding area. A lot has been happening regarding our fellow residents of Central VA. Plans to further gentrify Shockoe Bottom with a minor league baseball stadium have officially been defeated (for now), and there are community meetings taking place to work on a counter proposal to preserve the area in a way that honors the people who brutalized, bought, and sold in that area, and to those who resisted. The fight against Neo-Confederates has intensified across the South, with vandalism, marches, the #noflagginchallenge hashtag, and various other forms of resistance. The battle against the police doesn’t seem to be calming down either, with multiple small uprisings and disruptive protests across the country just since the anniversary of Mike Brown’s murder in Ferguson, MO last year.
As for the library, there are some big plans in the works for the next year. We can’t say much now, but we will definitely be posting updates when we can! We are super excited!
As always, we send love and rage to all those friends and future friends in struggle.
The Flying Brick Library
•September 26, 2014 • Leave a Comment
We here at the Flying Brick are sad to have to inform you all that we will be closing official open hours. Our volunteer capacity is way down, and with everything else that has been happening, conflicts around the world escalating and drawing us all onto new things, as well as less of a demand for books, we can’t keep our doors open on a regular basis.
THIS DOESN’T MEAN WE ARE CLOSING ALTOGETHER
As long as the Flying Brick Library exists as a house this resource will be available for anyone who needs it. That is why we heavily encourage you all to get in touch with us if you want to come by and check books out, or have an event that needs a space, or a group that wants a comfy meeting space! It is our belief that personal contacts and relationships have always meant more anyway. Please check the updated contact info to the right for how to get in touch and make an appointment with us!
Contact by email:
Contact via phone:
Keep Struggling, See you in the Streets!
•May 10, 2014 • Leave a Comment
So, there has been a ton of buzz in the media and across the city this week regarding developments around the Shockoe Stadium plan and the crumbling public schools. There have been ever changing reports coming from city council, the mayors office, developers, and others. Its all a little confusing, but what we have taken away from things is that the chaos internally regarding the corporate developers and the city is a sign that things on their side are beginning to fall apart. WE ARE WINNING. Another group of developers announced an alternative plan for a stadium on Boulevard instead of in Shockoe, and combined with the actions of public school students organizing against horrible conditions in the school system*, the powers that be have been thrown into a frenzy.
Friends at the Alliance For Progressive Values have done a really good synopsis of the developments over the past week, and so instead of trying to duplicate work thats already been done, we suggest you check it out here, on their blog:
Love and Rage!
*please visit the Facebook page, Presence RPS, to submit photos of poor conditions in the schools. This is an ongoing effort by some of the students to bring awareness to the conditions of the schools. Please include the name of the school where the picture was taken. You are welcome to submit anonymously.