On the Brick’s inactivity, and plans for the future

•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.

In solidarity,

The Flying Brick Library

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•November 21, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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URGENT: Support the Freedom Struggle in Kobane!

•October 7, 2014 • 1 Comment

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from Denver Anarchist Black Cross:

For more than a year, thousands of volunteer fighters have been defending the autonomous revolution of Rojava (located in former Northern Syria) from the Islamic State (ISIS). Since this past July the North Syrian city of Kobanê, in the central canton of the Autonoumous territory of Rojava, has been under siege by ISIS. ISIS fighters, armed with modern U.S. manufactured tanks, artillery, and small arms have been held at bay by volunteer fighters affiliated with the militias of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) armed with dated small arms and improvised weapons.

Tens of thousands of residents of Kobanê, mostly ethnic Kurds, have been forced to flea to neighboring Turkey, made refugees in a country that has historically persecuted and oppressed them.

Hundreds of Kurdish volunteers have crossed the border from Turkey to help aid in the defense of Kobanê. Turkish soldiers and police have attacked those volunteers and observers, including international media, with teargas and batons, in attempts to seal off the border and prevent aid from reaching those struggling to hold the city against ISIS.

In response, anarchists from the Turkish anarchist organization, Revolutionary Anarchist Activity (Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet, DAF) have joined the efforts to keep the border open, as well as support those struggling in Kobane and those made refugees from the fighting. DAF members are taking part in guarding the border against ISIS movements in and out.

Funds are urgently needed to support their work, especially to aid in the efforts to provide material aid for those who have been displaced by the conflict and forced to flee to Turkey.

We, as international allies of Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet, call on all who see affinity with those struggling and suffering in and around Kobane to help assist in these efforts. No amount is too small or too large. All funds raised will be sent directly to the DAF to be used as needed in their efforts.

In solidarity,
Denver Anarchist Black Cross (Denver ABC)
Denver Community Defense Committee (DCDC)

To sign on to this call, please email johnbrown@riseup.net

– See more at: http://www.youcaring.com/other/support-the-freedom-struggle-in-koban-/244580#sthash.8iWE4Aa3.dpuf

Library Appointments!

•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:

theflyingbrick@riseup.net

Contact via phone:

Ellen: 912-541-4234

Nathan: 804-577-7656

 

Keep Struggling, See you in the Streets!

Mentally ill North Carolina inmate held in solitary confinement dies of thirst

•September 26, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Originally posted on Prison Books Collective:

michael_kerr_webMedical Examiner’s Office said Anthony Michael Kerr died of severe dehydration in March of this year

From The Guardian

A North Carolina inmate with mental illness who had been held in solitary confinement died of thirst, according to an autopsy report released Thursday.

Anthony Michael Kerr, 53, was found unresponsive in the back of a van on 12 March after being driven roughly three hours from Alexander Correctional Institution in Taylorsville to a mental hospital at Central Prison in Raleigh.

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety subsequently fired a captain and four nurses at Alexander. A nurse and a staff psychologist resigned.

At the time, Public Safety Secretary Frank L Perry pledged an “an aggressive, yet thorough internal investigation” into Kerr’s death. However, nearly nine months later the agency has not made public any results of that probe.

In the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office report, pathologist Dr Lauren…

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A Call for Support from Anarchist Prisoner Michael Kimble

•September 26, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Originally posted on Prison Books Collective:

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On the 27th of August 2014, I was in a physical altercation with another prisoner and now I’m in segregation for possibly a year.

Anyhow, I need y’all’s support while I’m in segregation. I need y’all to make sure I’m not idle (bored) by sending me radical newspapers, newsletters, magazines, letters, and stamps.

The thing about segregation is that it’s designed to cause pain and hurt, but it can also be turned into a school and place to build resistance. Everyone wants something to read to occupy the mind and not be bored, so it’s a great opportunity to pass literature around knowing it’s going to be read. In general population, prisoners are caught up in their own thing, whether it’s sports, drugs, gangbanging, TV, etc. and have little or no time or inclination to read anything that challenges the norm.

THE WAR CONTINUES!
FUCK THE STATE!

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The Richmond Powerstructure is Fracturing

•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:

apvonlineblog.wordpress.com

 

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.

 
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