July 4th Report Back from I.A.A.A. and Duluth MN Twin Ports Anonymous

From Indigenous Anarchist Anti-Colonial Action

In the wake of the Trump rally and general opposition to the new rise of colonial fascism…

Yesterday on July 4th, the kkkolony of Superior Wisconsin and Duluth Minnesota/Occupied Ojibwe and Dakota territory wished to celebrate the genocide of indigenous nations openly with a parade, concert and public display of debauchery, inebriation and systematic racism while perpetuating the erasure of indigenous nations local to the territory, while the imprisonment and deportation of our indigenous allies north and south of their imaginary borders continues, in conjunction with an open display of ignorance that they are on Stolen Land.

The opposition to this day was kicked off with the insertion of an anti-colonial bloc in the “Remember Why it’s the Fourth of July,” parade, consisting of a banner that read, “Make Colonizers Afraid Again, No I.C.E. on Stolen Land,” upside down amerikkkan flags, and verbal discourse that reiterated that there would be, “No celebration while there’s deportation!”

Midday an impromptu anti-colonial occupation of the Minnesota Power Plaza ensued, complete with a hot meal to be shared with community members, in the spirit of creating a public autonomous anti-colonial themed space on this wretched day in history.

Immediately following the occupation our crew grew as we mobbed up to the capitalist and kkkolonial festivities in the form of carnival rides and music. A banner was dropped from the parking garage overlooking it all reading, “NO BORDERS, NO PIPELINES, NO MAN CAMPS, NO I.C.E., YOU’RE ON STOLEN LAND”. The local crowd cheered as police and private security scrambled to dismantle the rhetoric hanging before the eyes of their consumer populous.

As evening descended, the crew dispersed in various directions to play, “capture the flag,” and de-clothe the city of their symbol of patriotism, colonialism, racism and patriarchy, the “amerikkkan flag,” that will never and has never represented the indigenous territories on Turtle Island; several flags were captured and destroyed or saved for strategic demolition.

As indigenous and non-indigenous anarchists alike we support yesterdays actions of a POC individual who chose to literally Rise and Resist this fascist regime by climbing the statue of liberty; furthermore, we do not support the initial public denunciation of this individual and their actions by their supposed “comrades” in the “Rise and Resist” organization. Dissent should be kept internal to the struggle, as our collective enemies feed the flames of conflict in our various crews that should be struggling alongside each other, not against each other.

All colonies are burning; set the fire in your local community today, as the only way to cure the new-rise-to-fascism problem in “Trump’s America,” is to burn his concepts to the ground and continue to create the communities in which we want to see and live. All Fires Are Sacred.

In solidarity with all comrades struggling against a white supremacist fascist regime!

All Colonies Are Burning – All Fires Are Sacred

Beyond Psychiatry and Self Care: Approaching New Pathways In Mental Health

Anonymous submission to Conflict MN

Thursday, July 19th

Boneshaker Books

2002 23rd Ave S

6:00 PM

Many of us are familiar with some ideas, images, or theories of madness, “mental illness”, and perhaps also psychiatry, but feel a lingering skepticism and doubt about what they mean.

Sasha Durakov (of the Belli Research Institute) will be doing a reading, a discussion, and debuting an annotated bibliography of free texts on madness, mental health, psychiatry, and mental illness. He will attempt to challenge common beliefs about mental health; present the problem of
madness in an open, nuanced way informed by the voices and stories of people with lived experience; and to introduce the audience to alternative ways of responding to and approaching madness and to provide the materials and direction to help foster new discussions and practices in mental health (and hopefully some reading groups!).

Anti-Colonial Anti-State Graffiti in Minneapolis on 4th of July

Anonymous submission to Conflict MN

This Anti-colonial and Anti-State graffiti was spotted in Minneapolis, Minnesota on the Fourth of July! The defaced statue is Colonel John H. Stevens who was the first Colonial Settler to occupy the Dakota land now called Minneapolis. This colonizer also fought to expand slavery into Mexico on the US side of the Mexican-American War. The graffiti reads “colonizer” as he represents the historic genocide and Patriotic nationalism that continues today. These oppressive statues, monuments, and sites such as Fort Snelling must be dismantled. Fort Snelling is a historical and continued site of genocide, colonialism, and imperialism as it occupies the sacred Bdote where Dakota were created. During the Dakota war of 1862 warriors resisted the colonial occupation of white settlers and the US Army massacred 38+2 Dakota Leaders in Mankato and captured over 300 Dakota Women, Children, and Elders forcing them to march around 142 Miles to be held in “interment” at Fort Snelling. Many Dakota people were died of starvation, cold weather, disease, and murder at this concentration camp. Fort Snelling also enslaved anywhere from 15-30+ Africans at a time. We join the call to dismantle Fort Snelling as it continues as a base of Imperialism, Colonialism, and Hyper-Nationalism especially considering it has expanded the occupation to host Minnesota Headquarters of ICE. People of this land are coming together to Abolish ICE, the State, capitalism, fascism, and colonialism. We will continue to dismantle these institutions as well as their monuments that desecrate the land and someday once and for all bring about a world free of these oppressions.

Water Protector Suspends Himself from 25-Foot Structure at PUC to Demonstrate Resistance to Line 3 Pipeline

From Earth First! Newswire

A water protector ascended a 25-foot steel tripod structure erected in the street in front of the Public Utility Commission (PUC) office to demonstrate ongoing resistance against Enbridge’s proposed Line 3 tar sands pipeline. Today marks one of the final public hearings held by the PUC on its decision to grant a certificate of need to the controversial pipeline.

All five of the directly affected Objibwe Tribal Nations in Minnesota oppose the dangerous project because of the threat it poses to their fresh water, culturally significant wild rice lakes, and tribal sovereignty. Line 3 will accelerate climate change by bringing carbon-intensive tar sands bitumen from Alberta to refineries in the Midwest. Climate change disproportionately impacts Indigenous and frontline communities across the world. This deadly infrastructure project is another example of the genocidal legacy of colonialism faced by Native peoples and the ecological destruction caused by corporate greed. Water protectors, climate justice advocates, landowners, and faith leaders stand united alongside Native communities against this dangerous pipeline.

At around 7AM CST water protectors blockaded traffic by erecting 25-foot steel poles in a tripod structure on 7th Pl. in front of the PUC offices in downtown Saint Paul, MN. Ben, a 30-year-old Minneapolis resident, ascended the structure and unfurled a banner that reads, “Expect Resistance,” a clear message to Enbridge and the PUC that fierce opposition to this pipeline will continue to grow at every stage.

“If the PUC doesn’t stop Line 3, then we will,” said Ben, suspended from the 25-foot structure in the street in front the PUC. “Today’s action isn’t about me but is a demonstration of the growing resistance to Line 3. ” Ben continued, “We’re taking action in solidarity with Native people, who continue to fight for their existence on occupied land and with people all over the world who resist the desecration of nature by extractive industries.”

Banner Drop Against Line 3 Pipeline

From It’s Going Down

A group of indigenous comrades and allies against racist resource colonialism are building and gaining momentum against Enbridge and all their affiliates & investors.

Message to Enbridge and the Public Utilities Commission from Duluth Minnesota/Superior WI; NO MORE MAN CAMPS THAT COME WITH PIPELINE INFRASTRUCTURE; THEY MURDER & STEAL WOMXN; NO LINE 3! EXPECT RESISTANCE!

No Cops In Pride

Anonymous submission to Conflict MN

Stonewall was a riot. The chant echoed off the buildings lining Hennepin Ave in downtown Minneapolis as we marched. The sidewalks were filled with thousands of onlookers, expecting to see the annual Pride parade, but instead they saw us. We were maybe one hundred, maybe a little more. One banner leading the way proclaimed “No Cops In Pride.” It was a very loose assortment of activist organizations, radical queers, and even some anarchists. At a snail’s pace, we made our way down the length of the Parade route.

The intention of the demonstration was to disrupt the Pride parade. And by that measurement, it was successful. The parade started around an hour late, and progressed slowly behind us, keeping it’s distance. Given how Pride has been so detached from it’s rebellious roots by way of corporate sponsorship, our desire to interrupt it is clearly a rightful inclination. However, despite our apparent success in doing so, we can go beyond this and take practical steps to materialize our stated desires.

Most striking about the demonstration was the ease with which rhetoric that would be deemed too militant—as if there was such a thing—was taken up by participants. While still many chanted to “prosecute the police”, there were several signs sporting the acronym for “fuck the police” as well. Anarchist and anti-fascist imagery and slogans were easy to spot. Just as many decried capitalism wholesale and called for total police abolition as those who sported pins for electoral campaigns.

Now, this isn’t to complain that the messaging wasn’t “radical enough” or that there wasn’t ideological purity. Really, the rhetoric present reflected a diverse range of perspectives who could find common ground in the rejection of this world—a world where the police who kill with impunity expect our unconditional welcoming into celebrations of resistance. While in the recent past, those who didn’t believe that this was an issue of “bad apple” police officers would likely feel isolated amongst crowds demanding body cameras or a similar reform, the message here was different.

The message was different, and yet the actions the same. While the demonstration did actually disrupt the parade, calling it direct action would be fairly generous. The march was centered around using the visibility of the parade to boost awareness for the cause. If we really believe that in police abolition, for example, we can’t simply continue to stand in the streets, demanding it happen. How can we say that “stonewall was a riot,” and yet deny ourselves this same capacity for revolt?

However, this is also not a call for an abstract militancy. This is about posing a question: to all of us who reject this world, how can we bring about a better world ourselves? Starting from what we have—our skills, resources, and most importantly, our friends—we can build a reality where “no cops in pride” isn’t a demand, it’s a warning. But first, we’ll have to toss off the activist rituals we’ve become accustomed to.

Info Night And Letter Writing For The Vaughn 17

Anonymous submission to Conflict MN

                   

Tuesday, July 3rd

Boneshaker Books

2002 23rd Ave S

7:00 PM

On February 1, 2017, inmates at the James T Vaughn Correctional Center in Delaware took control of their unit and held staff hostage in an uprising that lasted eighteen hours. They explained their actions as motivated by their conditions of confinement as well as the election of Donald Trump as President. One prison guard, Steven Floyd, was killed by inmates during the uprising. Sixteen prisoners are now facing first degree murder charges and two others are facing other charges related to the riot.

Letter writing materials and support literature will be provided.

#FuckYourFlips

Anonymous submission to Conflict MN

Inspired by the LA Tenants Union’s viral campaign, more than a handful of “Cash for Houses” advertising signs were torn down in South Minneapolis today. Gentrification might not be as glaring here as it is on the coasts, but it is happening nonetheless—and it will be resisted all the same.

Freedom For Anarchist Prisoners

Anonymous submission to Conflict MN

This year in Minneapolis, June 11th was marked by dozens of posters that were put up under the cover of night.

In solidarity with Marius Mason and all prison rebels!

Salute to Fernando Bárcenas and Debbie Africa!

Call For An Anti-Line 3 Legal Collective

From TC Radical Calendar

Monday, June 25th

Walker Church

3104 16th Ave S

6:30 PM

If Line 3 is not stopped in the halls of government, we can expect a protracted campaign of resistance in the fields, forests and cities of Minnesota and beyond. With the goal of building movements that are capable of taking on giant infrastructure projects such as Line 3, we must prepare for the use of criminal charges by the state in their attempts to dismantle and neutralize resistance. To that end we invite you to join us in the creation of a legal support collective for the Line 3 resistance campaign.

The goals for such a collective would include:

– Helping coordinate legal trainings for people working against Line 3

– Tracking arrests and providing support to defendants as they navigate the legal system

– Recruiting high quality lawyers that are familiar with cases of this nature and connecting them with defendants

– Coordinating legal defense strategies amongst defendants to the extent that they want to

– Fundraising for bail, lawyers and other expenses that come with the state’s use of the law to stifle resistance

This call is for anyone who is interested in supporting anti-Line 3 criminal defendants.

No experience with the legal system is necessary.

 

Conflict Support Panel: Engaging With Conflict in Resistance

From TC Radical Calendar

                   

Saturday, June 23rd

Redeemer Lutheran Church ELCA

1800 Glenwood Ave

1:00 PM

Conflict is a very real part of our movements. It is a beautiful and complicated thing when people from different backgrounds, with varying relationships, life circumstances, and experiences of oppression and privilege come together to resist a pipeline. This event explores how we can interact with the dynamics of conflict and trauma while relating to each other in this work. The panel consists of people with a diversity of training and experience around conflict. We hope that participants will also bring their own experiences to this discussion. We seek to build capacity with others working on Line 3 resistance and increase our abilities to support individuals and groups experiencing conflict, because supporting conflict is crucial to the health and longevity of our movements.

Meet the panelists:

Dyno is a conflict mediator from New York with a special interest in transforming environmental movements’ relationships with conflict.

Molly Glasgow is a body worker who trains organizers in how to engage with trauma and build resilience.

Nicole Ektnitphong is a facilitator, trainer, and community organizer rooted in building out liberation and dignity within ourselves and our communities. Nicole‘s approach brings together participant–centered education, body–based wisdom, and her experience as an organizer.

Organized by the Line 3 Resistance Project, contact us at conflictsupport [at] protonmail.com

Banner Drop Against Line 3

From Earth First! Newswire

Good morning comrades of Duluth, MN and comrades everywhere!

A sneaky Stop Line 3 banner mysteriously made its way up to a billboard on the right side of the highway going south on the 35 just as you’re getting into Superior, WI, minutes away from Enbridge’s refinery that lies between Lake Superior and the Nemadji River.

Earlier today Enbridge was spotted with 15+ workers and over 10 pieces of specialized machinery bending and laying pipe and getting ready to bore right through the so-called border of Minnesota and Wisconsin. They are ready for their MN construction permits, they are literally inching their way into Minnesota.

Show up for the StopLine3 call to action and act out until the final decision for construction permits in MN is decided on June 27th. Tank Enbridge, smash Line 3 and take down fossil fuel infrastructure!