The moment we find ourselves in today hardly requires introduction.
Ecological devastation. Fascist violence. A regime hellbent on preserving law & order.
Millions have risen up in response, but this catastrophe continues. When people don’t know how to change something, they get used to it.
Here, there emerges a distinction between those who denounce, and those who take action. Against a world of colonialism, patriarchy, white supremacy, and endless subjugation, there are those who protest, and those who get organized.
Those who have chosen this latter path are forming bonds and establishing networks between friends, projects, and hubs. Newspapers, websites, study groups, social centers, safehouses, graffiti crews, free clinics, dance parties, gardens, riots.
Building new worlds with which to bring about the end of this one.
Conflict Minnesota was a tool for those building these new worlds.
As a website, Conflict Minnesota strived to be a platform for those who organize and take action against this ongoing catastrophe. The website published information on upcoming public events, whether they were informational events, social gatherings, direct actions, etc. It is through these events that networks grow between different individuals or crews who might never have come into contact with one another.
Conflict also published reports on autonomous action both mass-oriented and individual. No matter how small, any action taken is a signal to other like-minded people—possibly friends one hasn’t met yet—that resistance is possible everywhere. Publicizing acts of resistance allow this signal to resonate further than would otherwise be possible.
Additionally, Conflict published writing on many topics, with the interest of opening a space for public dialogue. This could look like analyzing police maneuvers or one’s own tactics, criticizing new repressive projects, or simply trying to make sense of the world with an eye towards strategy.
Autonomy was a core idea for Conflict Minnesota. While political organization may have its place, Conflict provided a platform for resistance that takes place outside of formal organizations. The goal here is to emphasize that anyone—including and especially you—is just as capable of resistance as anyone else.