No Permits = No Pipeline!

From No Line 3 Permits

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is in charge of issuing several permits that Enbridge needs to build its new tar sands pipeline, Line 3.

These people are set to destroy our wetlands, accelerate climate change, decimate wild rice and sacred sites, and bring on some good ol’ racism against Minnesota’s native communities.

No permits means no pipeline, harass your local commissioner today!

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Pipeline Resistance Oct 2–4: An Update From Anti-Colonial Land Defense

From Earth First! Newswire

Anti-colonial Land Defense & many other individuals from different groups united as a gathering of Indigenous & non-indigenous Water Protectors to stop Enbridge pipeline Line 3 construction on the Fond Du Lac Ojibwe Reservation; we shut down work all day! 
A ceremony was led & held down by local Indigenous women elders in the center of the road by the worksite, in conjunction with a soft-blockade to keep Enbridge out of the worksite to cease & desist all construction.
 We gathered with action, prayer, signs & banners to protect sacred water, wild rice, air & all of Mother Earth’s creatures for the next seven generations!


We aimed to maintain & create a sacred & safer space whilst stopping Line 3 pipeline construction, & will continue to do so throughout this & other struggles!
 Pipelines, mines, & other large scale racist resource colonial extractive projects & industries also create working environments that aid & abet the ongoing crisis & epidemic of missing & murdered indigenous women, so we will always act to end these types of colonial industrial projects.
 Opposing Line 3 & taking direct action to stop this & other similar projects is paramount to the survival of humyns & all of the creatures on Mother Earth; we are asking you to join our collective resistance wherever you are on Turtle Island in the continuation of direct action to stop Line 3, KXL, Bayou Bridge, Back 40 Mine, MVP, Kindermorgan, etc.!

Anti-colonial Land Defense has an action camp coming up in the NW Lake Superior bioregion Oct.15th–18th that is a two-spirit, trans & womxn friendly action camp that prioritizes POC/indigenous comrades! We are open to collaborating with other vetted individuals & groups; please inquire with us more at:
allcoloniesareburning@riseup.net

Thank you, miigwech, & wopila for your support of direct action to stop Enbridge Line 3 & all of it’s similar & related affiliates, investors, & other racist resource colonial extractive industries!

We also want to take the time to make a radical shout out in solidarity with the brave, bold & effective actions taken by comrades in the Bayou Bridge pipeline struggle who successfully shut down pipeline construction by climbing a 50 ft. crane, & having two others lock down to construction equipment!

Water Protectors & Land Defenders of the Ginew collective who shut down the intersection by Wells Fargo in Minneapolis (Oct. 4th) as we blocked the entrance to construction in Fon Du Lac.

Land defenders and warriors from the Great Plains Resistance in so-called Manitoba also successfully disrupted & shut down Line 3 pipeline work today as well & stood with strong hearts to get in the
way.

Comrades, we are with you & we feel the pain of the struggle all around us as the entire world is aflame, & you keep the fires lit inside each of us in all corners of Turtle Island resisting racist resource colonialism!

In Struggle for a better world against racist resource colonialism where grassroots Indigenous people continue to reclaim & protect their territories,

Anti-colonial Land Defense

Water Protectors Lock Down at Wells Fargo Prior to $1.48B Loan to Enbridge

From Earth First! Newswire

On Thursday Morning, October 4, water protectors erected a tripod and tipi in front of the Wells Fargo building in protest of an upcoming $1.48 billion dollar credit renewal to Canadian-based Enbridge, Inc. Enbridge is behind Line 3, a nearly 1M barrel per day tar sands pipeline it wants to send through Anishinaabe treaty territories, the Mississippi River headwaters, wetlands, and the Great Lakes.

Ongoing divestment efforts have cost financial backers of fossil fuel infrastructure projects billions of dollars in the last two years, coming out of a groundswell of resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline and the human rights abuses that occurred during its construction. Wells Fargo is one of three major financiers of the upcoming credit facility to Enbridge – the others are Chase and Credit Agricole.

One water protector was atop the tripod constructed, saying, “I am here in solidarity with the Anishinaabe peoples and protection the water for future generations. We cannot let these companies put our futures on the line any longer. Expansion of fossil fuels must end. Drinking water is a human right. Wells Fargo, stop funding genocide.”

Know Your Rights and Legal Worker Trainings

Anonymous submission to Conflict Minnesota

Saturday, September 29th

Walker Church

3104 16th Ave S

10:00 AM

Lauren Regan an attorney for the CLDC will be giving two trainings on Sept 29th at walker church. From 10am-1pm she will be leading a workshop on movement legal work for non-lawyers. From 2-5 she will give a know your rights training focusing on direct action and digital security. These are not to be missed! Lauren is a very experienced and knowledgeable attorney. Both trainings are free and open to anyone interested.

 

Red September

Anonymous submission to Conflict Minnesota

At least a few times in the month of September, the so-called “Pioneers” statute was repainted in red. Bright lights nearly also were covered in red during at least one occasion. As long as these racist statutes remain on display here and elsewhere, may they be toppled, repainted, dismantled and destroyed.

Water Ceremony Shuts Down Line 3 Road Upgrades On Mississippi River In Solidarity with #NoBayouBridgePipeline National Day of Action

From It’s Going Down

Early Tuesday morning, September 18th, a group of indigenous water protectors from the Ginew Collective, raised a tipi and blocked a bridge at the headwaters of the Mississippi, halting work at a road expansion site for the recently permitted line 3 pipeline. While the tipi blockade prevented bulldozers and street paving machines from laying down new asphalt over the Mississippi, local Anishinaabe women held a water ceremony on the bank of the river offering medicine, prayers and songs. The action took place near a 3000 year old village and prehistoric hunting sites in Lake LaSalle where Clearwater county road 230 crosses the headwaters of the Mississippi River.

One member of Ginew declared “We’re here today protecting our water, our burial sites and standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters down south who are fighting the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. The Mississippi River begins here in the headwaters, where we are standing right now, and it ends in the Gulf of Mexico, in the bayous, where folks have been fighting against Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) for months, putting their bodies on the line for clean water and safer communities. We’re fighting Enbridge here, a different company that is also invested in ETP. Enbridge wants to cross over 200 water ways and drill under the Mississippi River multiple times to construct Line 3. Enbridge wants to put this new poisonous black snake where the river begins and turn this area into an industrial corridor. They want to poison our seed of hope for clean water and turn us into another alley of cancer.”

Many of the work trucks bore out of state plates and were contracted through the road company Central Specialties Inc. When asked what the construction was for one worker said, “We need to reinforce this bridge for pipeline equipment”. One indigenous woman pointed to the out of state plates and explained that “Extractive industry impacts indigenous peoples first and worst—“man camps” spring up in our communities to build destructive projects like Line 3, and indigenous women face increased risks of violence, harassment, and potentially life-threatening assaults while our communities are jurisdictionally limited in our right to prosecute offenders.”

Another water protector put it simply. “We will make it clear that indigenous territories are not sacrifice zones, and the tar sands machine must stop. Line 3 is Enbridge’s single largest project in the company’s history, and with the cancellation of Energy East and uncertain financial backing of Kinder Morgan and Keystone XL, this has become a fight that could cripple the industry while changing the narrative of indigenous peoples within mainstream society. Standing Rock planted seeds across Turtle Island and the world, we Anishinaabe in what is now known as Minnesota are prepared to fight and to stand side by side with indigenous and non-indigenous peoples alike in our work.”

Ginew (Golden Eagle) is a grassroots, frontlines effort led by indigenous women to protect Anishinaabe territory from the destruction of Enbridge’s Line 3 tar sands project.

Donate to Ginew and Line 3 Frontline Resistance

A Week of Anti-Fascist Actions

Anonymous submission to Conflict Minnesota

The first week of September, Antifa 161 & MASS Appeal answered an international call for a week of anti-fascist actions in the form of banner drops, distributing agit-prop, and other forms of demonstrating solidarity with communites fighting fascism worldwide.

Autonomous actions were taken by various entities. Banner drops happened in Minneapolis, Richfield, & Duluth along with other acts of claiming antifa zones. Several flyers and anti-fascist zines were distributed to free libraries across the Twin Cities. Several crews went on street cleaning missions and removed fascist stickers, and replaced them with anti-fascist ones.

The Twin Cities, Antifa 161, & MASS Appeal will not give space to the fascists (in all forms) that are trying to intimidate, incarcerate, or violate our communities. We have claimed our territory, and we will maintain and defend our zones.

We stand in solidarity with all our comrades that have been taking to the streets to fight the rising tide of fascism.

Sometimes anti-social, but forever Anti-Fascist!

– Antifa 161 & MASS Appeal

Set It Off Cinema: Fall Schedule

From Set It Off Cinema

Alternating Wednesdays

Boneshaker Books

2002 23rd Ave S

6:00 PM

September 19th: Riki-Oh: The Story Of Ricky

Directed by Ngai Choi Lam (1991)

#PrisonStrike #Martial Arts


October 3rd: Funeral Parade Of Roses

Directed by Toshio Matsumoto (1969)

#Queer #Revolutionary Japan


October 17th: The People Under The Stairs

Directed by Wes Craven (1991)

#Anti-Gentrification Horror #Fuck Landlords


November 14th: Annihilation

Directed by Alex Garland (2018)

#Beauty In Undoing #Let The End Come

Prison Strike Info Night & Letter Writing

From #PrisonStrikeMpls

Friday, September 21st

Boneshaker Books

2002 23rd Ave S

6:00 PM

Starting August 21st, prisoners around the country are taking action against prison slavery and their conditions of confinement in a monumental prison strike. Join us to learn about the strike, what has gone down on the inside, and how to support those targeted for repression because of the strike.

This includes writing letters to show prisoners that people on the outside have their backs and allow them to continue to take risks when fighting for freedom.

Noise Report: Fireworks and Rage Light Up the Youth Jail in Minneapolis

Anonymous submission to Conflict Minnesota

A noise demo was called to take place in Minneapolis on the 21st of August at the start of the nationwide prison strike coordinated across at least seventeen different states. We joined hundreds of others, clanking and screaming down the walls of various jails and prisons across the country, building upon a tradition of militant solidarity with those on the inside. Beyond simply holding people captive and forcing them to work, reducing them to a body that labors, the function of prison is also fundamentally to separate, isolate and reduce life to cells of confinement. If we are yet too weak to tear down the walls that separate us we will let the thud and murmur of our noise break down this isolation. We have heard their call and we will amplify it.

A little after eight o’clock, as the sun was going down, people started trickling into Elliot park. A cop car drove across the lawn and parked in the direction of the soccer field, seemingly not paying us any attention. As groups of more and more people arrived, someone got up with a megaphone and told everyone that the plan was to march to the youth jail a small number of blocks away. They talked about why people would want to wear masks and that we were not there to police each other’s behavior. Another few quick speeches gave people context for the strike and connected it to the struggles taking place in Minnesota prisons and jails. Some not already masked up donned masks and people with banners moved to face in the direction of the street. As the brass marching band played we moved into the street and started marching. Flares were lit and anti prison and anti police chants reverberated off the buildings through nearly empty downtown streets.

This march, however, was not for the downtown pedestrian going to and from work or bar. It’s a weird almost foolish feeling of yelling for ourselves in that emptiness. But when we got to the jail and we saw all the faces and fists held up, some banging on the glass it dispelled any feelings of foolishness. What felt like moments after we arrived to the side of the jail a mortar of fireworks shot a burst of color and a loud boom right above the jail. Someone sprayed “fire to the prisons” onto the ground facing the windows of the cells. Roman candles were passed out to the crowd and shot at the jail as we alternated between chants, the band playing and anti police songs on a mobile boom box. The demands that have circulated along with the call for the strike were read through a megaphone, communicating them to those in the jail as well as everyone else there.

Here again we felt the strange lack of interest in us by the police. Only one squad car and a few cops walking around during our time at the jail. They came and they left. Only a passing interaction—disinterest or disengagement. Who knows really. We did not press our luck. We remind ourselves that we are not validated by our repression. However, next time may we also be more prepared to take advantage of such an opportunity.

Even without the police presence the chants on the return from the jail focused almost exclusively on the police. This is no surprise as they are slavers of the modern day plantation that is prison and violent enforcers of the racial order that is the USA. As we marched back the noise we made was for ourselves, to really feel powerful enough to fight—against a world which produces and fills prisons. We ended with everyone safe in the park. A few short statements were made about the strike and relevant upcoming events, materially supporting repressed comrades in prison who participate in the strike as it progresses. Then we went our separate ways.

During this demo, a little less than half of the people participating wore all black and covered their faces. Some merely covered distinguishing marks and their faces. Masks were handed out. Some took them and some didn’t. Previous noise demos here had increasingly tended toward all black everything as well as dwindling numbers corresponding with the isolation of the group. Given this, the militant composition of the crowd has an important strategic value that we must take seriously. When we ask the question of how to ensure that we as a crowd are both unruly and safe, both combative and joinable, it must be answered situation by situation but in such a way that opens us toward others and others toward the crowd. This noise demo itself comes closer to answering this problem posed by the previous three noise demos here, providing multiple layers of activity, involving multiple social groupings and subjectivities. How we give the multiple space to flourish in common is how we give strength to our movements.

The Strike has just started.

Let’s make sure it stays lit af.

Because fuck a prison and its world.

– a group of friends

Statement in support of Cameron Crowley, alleged to be hacktivist “Vigilance”

From Support Cameron


Philando Castile was murdered by police officer Jeronimo Yanez on July 6, 2016. On June 16, 2017, Yanez was acquitted on all charges. Those mourning the loss of Philando Castile, those outraged by the acquittal of Yanez, and those wishing to change or abolish the racist and destructive law enforcement apparatus, stood up, spoke out, and struck back. The most visible examples were the freeway occupations where community members came together to be side by side in their grief and to disrupt business as usual.

Others also rose up – across the state, the country, and the world – fighting where they stood and adding their voices to the outcry. One such voice was that of the hacktivist, “Vigilance.” Vigilance disrupted a different highway, the “information super highway,” by accessing State-run websites. On May 22, 2018, Cameron Crowley was indicted by the US Federal Government, accused of being the hacktivist Vigilance, and charged with Intentional Access to a Protected Computer, Intentional Damage to a Protected Computer, and Aggravated Identity Theft.

While, at this time, we do not if or how Crowley was involved in Vigilance’s actions, we know the following to be true:

  • Vigilance’s bold actions were taken in solidarity with the movement to end police violence. Any time the case is discussed, this struggle should be centered. Damage to a computer or disruption of someone’s day both pale in comparison to the legacy of police murder.
  • In early news reports, computer security expert Mark Lanterman confirmed that if Vigilance had “malicious intent,” the hacks could have been much worse. This suggests that Vigilance was not acting to cause harm, but rather to draw attention to the injustice of Castile’s murder and Yanez’s acquittal.
  • US Code, Section 1030, under which Crowley is charged, is over-broad. The statute equates principled hacktivism with harm-causing ransomeware and cyber-warfare.
  • In our increasingly computerized world, principled hacktivism – including cyber-civil disobedience – is an important tool for change whose use will only grow. The consequences for cyber-civil disobedience should be no more severe than those for traditional civil disobedience, and hacktivists should have the support of broader movements for social justice.

We, the undersigned, stand in solidarity with Vigilance. As such, we also stand in support of Cameron Crowley who, whether involved or not, is the one facing repercussions for actions taken in the struggle to end police violence. We know that power concedes nothing without a fight. We know that we are fighting one fight with many fronts. We know we are all stronger when we stand together.

Cameron Crowley Support Committee

Banner Drop In Support Of Stillwater Prison Rebels

Anonymous submission to Conflict Minnesota

After a year filled with attacks on guards at Stillwater and other Minnesota prisons, Officer Gomm was killed by an inmate at Stillwater. Since then, all Minnesota prisons were placed on lockdown for weeks and subjected to additional harrassment on top of the indignity of being imprisoned in the first place. Several guards have quit and many more are reluctant to come in to work. All the while, the union says they need more money for guards and further repression.

To the guards who quit: congratulations, we hope your former colleagues join you.

The only good prison guard is a dead one.

Til the last prison is ashes under our feet,

– some anarchists

MASS Appeal & Antifa 161 Banner Drop for Heather Heyer

Anonymous submission to Conflict Minnesota

As we unfurled the banner in South Minneapolis today to honor Heather Heyer, we took a minute to remember the many comrades that we’ve lost to the violence that is white supremacy and terror. As people gathered at the park to enjoy a beautiful Sunday, we wanted to share our message that our hearts and bodies are in the struggle for the abolition of the State & the fascists that protect it, and the fascists that are protected by it. We distributed zines and flyers about our anti fascist organizing, and had powerful conversations about our collective efforts to keep our cities fash free. Our talks with Minnesotans at the park today solidifed that they will also join us in our commitment to confront fascists, and stop them in their tracks.

To our comrades in the streets of DC & Cville today confronting the far right and fascists, we want you to know you are not alone. Our fight against capitalism, the State, the cops, and white supremacy is a fight for our freedom from a system that imprisons our desire for total liberation.

We know that a banner drop is a symbolic show of solidarity, and symbolism will not crush the fash scum. That is why Antifa 161 has joined with MASS Appeal to continue our physical presence in the streets, distro of agit prop, and full commitment to stopping the fascist platform.

With Love & Rage,

Antifa 161 MPLS & MASS Appeal

Antifa 161 MPLS is a militant anti-capitalist & anti fascist federation of anarchists in the twin cities, and beyond.

MASS Appeal is a group of Minneapolis Antifa South Siders that are part of the new turf claiming team and street cleaning crew of Antifa 161.

PS: We are unstoppable & insatiable when it comes to making our wildest dreams of mass liberation come true.

Banner Drop For Heather Heyer

Anonymous submission to Conflict Minnesota

With heavy hearts today, on this first anniversary of Heather Heyer’s death (and the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville), we wish to avenge the deaths of all those who have senselessly died at the hands of fascist and state violence. We dropped a banner in hopes of it being a local catalyst—a reminder to ourselves that our dedication to fighting white supremacy and the state (in it’s many forms) cannot falter. It is a fight that our very lives depend on.

RIP Heather Heyer and all of those killed at the hands of nazis, cops, incarceration, and the neoliberal state.