#FuckYourFlips

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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

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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!

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!

Trans, Non-Binary and Womxn Activists Continue to Fight Line 3 Pipeline

From It’s Going Down

Early in the morning of June 6th, a group of trans, non-binary, and womxn activists fighting Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline rigged and anchored two large banners across the entrances of the Enbridge office in downtown Park Rapids, Minnesota. The banners read “Pipelines Poison Communities #StopLine3” and “Treaty Land is Tribal Land.”

The group took action in retaliation to a recent letter put out in the Star Tribune by Enbridge CEO Al Monaco, addressing “the people of Minnesota.” The letter stated numerous lies, including that the proposed pipeline route avoids indigenous land. However, the majority of the route crosses 1855 treaty land and has been fiercely opposed by all Minnesota tribes. Hence the banner, “Treaty Land Is Tribal Land.” Resistors flyered cars on the streets in Park Rapids with a debunked version of the letter, included below.

Local communities and activists all across Minnesota will be taking action throughout the month in anticipation of the final decision on project permits by the Public Utilities Commission on June 27th.

Letter Debunked:

1. Enbridge says it avoids wild rice: The Line 3 preferred route would go through 41 wild rice watersheds, threatening 4000 acres of manoomin (wild rice).

2. Enbridge says it respects tribal sovereignty: The prefered route goes through 1855 treaty land — treaty land IS tribal land. All five directly impacted tribal nations are opposed to a new Line 3. Consultation is NOT consent. Man camps built to house pipeline workers will also bring a massive influx in crime, specifically violent crime against indigenous women. From The Atlantic: “In 2012, the tribal police department reported more murders, fatal accidents, sexual assaults, domestic disputes, drug busts, gun threats, and human trafficking cases than in any year before. The surrounding counties offer similar reports. But there is one essential difference between Fort Berthold and the rest of North Dakota: The reservation’s population has more than doubled with an influx of non-Indian oil workers—over whom the tribe has little legal control.”

3. Enbridge says it will keep prices from rising at the pump and end fuel shortages in Minnesota: There are no fuel shortages in Minnesota. Line 3 tar sands will almost entirely go to foreign market. Minnesota’s Department of Commerce did a full market analysis and found no need for a new Line 3 or the existing Line 3 for Minnesota’s energy needs.

4. Enbridge says it is committed to the people of Minnesota: Enbridge sued Minnesota for overpaying taxes, it is looking to collect $55M from Minnesota counties while waving its desired pipeline overhead. Worse, a catastrophic tar sands spill and cleanup liability falls to the state of Minnesota, not the company. While the company reaps its profits, we deal with the destruction of our communities and ecosystem.

5. Enbridge says it will work with landowners to remove sections of the current Line 3: Enbridge has utterly abandoned the current Line 3. Proposed Line 3 is not a replacement–it is an entirely new project. Far from being safe, the corroded pipeline contaminates the groundwater and soil with PCB lubricant, treatment chemicals and consistent spills. Enbridge has publicly stated that there are no plans to completely remove the current Line 3, despite loud dissent from landowners.

6. Enbridge says they have respected due processes: In November 2017, it was exposed that Enbridge had hundreds of illegal pipe on treaty territory.

7. Enbridge says Line 3 brings investment and jobs to Minnesota: bank after bank is divesting from fossil fuels. In the past 6 months, US Bank pulled a $1.3 billion line of credit to Enbridge, and BNP Paribas pulled out $1.24 billion in corporate lending to Enbridge. Instead of giving us the tools to build a more economically and ecologically sustainable future, Enbridge is exploiting us for a dying industry.

Support Sex Workers!

Anonymous submission to Conflict MN

June 2nd was the national day of action against SESTA/FOSTA, an anti-sex worker bill signed into law this year. In Minneapolis, a demonstration in Uptown blocked traffic. In the spirit of a diversity of tactics, the city was decorated with several slogans the night before.

We have no expectations that any politician will change their mind or repeal any law that expands their repressive powers. Regardless, our will to fight back against the state remains unshaken.

Support Sex Workers!

Fuck SESTA/FOSTA!

Worldwide Solidarity for Toor

Olympia Memorial Graffiti – Love and Rage For Fallen Anarchist Comrade

5/23/2018

From Puget Sound Anarchists

Queer, antifascist, Anarchist comrade toor passed away last week in Minnesota. Memorial graffiti was put up for them at the park across water from the port. toor lived their life in joyous rebellion against the state, capital and the US COLONIAL EMPIRE. They did not recognize borders and fought for the liberation of all stolen indigenous land of turtle island. May the spirit of toor inspire us to work with indigenous comrades to liberate all nisqually medicine Creek treety territory.


From Wisconsin, love for toor

5/25/2018

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Graffiti in memory of toor.

Fuck every cop. Smash the patriarchy. Burn the prisons. Forget borders.

RIP toor.

– Some anarchists


Graffiti for Toor

5/28/2018

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It took a few more days for the sad word on Toor to wind its way up through the Cascades and out onto the central west coast.  But when the news came it was clear that this little town of Ocean Falls in Heiltsuk territory needed a memorial to our fallen friend.

Here is the Martin Hotel, an ornate monstrosity from the mid twentieth century, built to host tourists that no longer visit, now host to an alder and swordfern forest creeping back over its walls.

Rest in power dear friend.


Every Dead Cop, For You

5/28/2018

Anonymous submission to Conflict MN

the closer to death we become, the tighter we should hold onto our friends, and preemptively. tell your friends you love them, fight for them while living, take walks, take breaks, live dangerously, love dangerously. with each burned star we only get brighter, collectively it brings us together and creates worlds closer to those which we wish to embody. we are at war, and our casualties mean something to us in ways which don’t only seek revenge but are building blocks for brighter futures, better futures. we learn lessons, we move forward. let us not allow this passing to be in vain, but let us not allow ourselves to learn only from the demise of our friends. let us remember, now, to burn the world down together for the living.

every dead cop, every pipeline stopped, every ICE deportation halted, every house defended, every border ripped open, every heart full,

for toor, and for every fallen comrade,

anon

Remembering Toor

Anonymous submission to Conflict MN

I remember years ago, one of our first adventures together was exploring the drainage tunnels under the city. Afterwards we hung out at one of the entrances, covering the walls with tags.

This is only one of so many beautiful memories we shared. You were so many things to so many people, not only as a dear friend but as a fierce warrior against this hellworld.

Last night, I returned to the tunnel entrance to help paint a memorial for you. While there were new pieces on the wall when I arrived, I knew somewhere under countless layers of paint were the same tags we put up together, way back when.

Our piece wasn’t perfect by any means, but you wouldn’t have wanted it to be.

We will never forget you, and we will continue your struggle against cops, pipelines, nazis, and their world.

RIP Toor

– Your friends

Graffiti for Fallen Comrade Toor

From It’s Going Down

In memory of our comrade Toor who has recently fallen.

They are an anarchist fighter and an eco-warrior who’s work inspires us to organize for the liberation of the planet and all its people! Together with the spirits of anarchists past we will hear their call and step up to battle against the brutal capitalist machine.

Honor the dead

Fight for the Living!

– A fellow queer anarchist.

Yes and No: Late Reflections on the May Day March in Minneapolis

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This year, a few of us decided that even if we didn’t have much of a plan for May Day, that we were none-the-less determined to have a presence at the May Day march on May 1st, which for as long as people can remember of the recent years has been dominated by leftist organizations like the Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FRSO (a soft Maoist sect), their front groups and others who willingly play along with this sad circus.The circus goes like this: arrive and stand around your little sect if you have one, someone gives you a newspaper or a flier for their next event, signs you up for something, round after round of people talk at you, so much so that you can barely keep awake, then you slump along since in reality it can hardly be called a march, sometimes there are chants, they speak in confusion and accentuate our collective awkwardness, more speeches, more chanting, all so orderly, and one feels their aching lack of power, the power that should be collective, is driven by sadness into our individual bodies. And by ideology, weak thought or sheer will we march on, miraculously even showing up again the next time to receive our lashes.

This time we met, masked up and marched behind a banner featuring a flaming cop car with only the word “yes!”, which was a reference to a banner made and marched behind during the Trump inauguration protests that was a black sheet with only the word “no.” painted on. There’s a little conversation going on here between the two. One emphasizes negation and another affirmation. As revolutionaries we must bow to both. We always contain within us the power to say as Bartleby did “I’d rather not” or “not this time mother fuckers!” We must also affirm what is vital, what is worth living for, what is unique and different according to our taste, and importantly the how of our ethical dispositions. The mobile sound system played pop music and anti-police hip hop. Sometimes this interfered with the sound of the speeches, sometimes it cut through the silence, sometimes it set the tone. Though small, these were attempts to add an open and unruly energy to the event, which the organizers work hard to contain and thwart. Even the peace police sensed a potential (if only symbolic), as one young man nervously and sadly stood arms outstretched between a few in bloc and a police car as we flicked the police off and a few minutes later between us and a wall to prevent the wall from being sprayed, while we weren’t even considering it. They think anything is possible, we simply need to give belief materiality.

We won’t lie and say that it felt great to be there as the awkward extreme end of a protest knowing full well that our lives do not justify protest. We know we’re at war. Our enemies know we’re at war. What is achieved by polite and orderly wimperings of indignation, but a call to better manage the catastrophe? The parade itself seemed a fairly weak showing for all present, as clearly others don’t go and expect to feel their own power there either, so they don’t go. We write to ask ourselves and others what would it take to feel like we aren’t weak, to feel that there is a stake in living, in our commitments to each other and the worlds we share? In the past, marches meant “do not fuck with us” or “we will burn down parliament.” A demonstration demonstrated not our ability to listen to boring speeches and be corralled by police and then go home, but our power to make or unmake worlds (or at least the threat and manifestation of a physical desire to do so). A speech instead stoked an ember that grew to flame. And the powerful trembled because they knew we were also powerful.

Aside from grand words, how do we get there?

It starts by building from where we’re at and recognizing what could be done better. It means starting from a small crew and coming with a bigger crew, multiple crews and affinity groups. There were several random people in the crowd that seemed to want this too. They came alone and bloc’ed up by themselves and gravitated toward us. We decided to be present to make it known that we desire this with others, that we invite you to come the next time there’s a call. You don’t have to wear all black or even cover your face. Bring your friends. Practice staying close and building your trust in each other. Simply being together with others who practice this art as a responsive crowd opens the situation up to other possibilities. For the purpose of breaking down the barriers between those who would bloc up and others who weren’t we decided to attempt a “casual bloc.” Admittedly this is something new to us or perhaps we just have too many black clothes, so instead people were mostly a poorly done black bloc rather than a casual bloc. This distinction doesn’t necessarily have be made along the lines of whether black is worn or not. It is determined by the open character of the bloc—essentially what makes it feel like something others can see themselves within. If covering one’s face is not simply an aesthetic practice of a revolutionary subculture but a necessity for confrontational practice then it needs to become a practice shared by all who desire to engage in militant resistance despite identification. Space must also be made for varying levels of risk to coexist within a bloc. It must be acknowledged that those who come just to be in the street, needing to to leave in the event that the situation becomes too risky still allows for others to hold the streets with them that much longer. There as many ways to be unruly as we can imagine and being a bloc is only one experiment among others. Our intention is to open that door.

Against The Smart City

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Starting April 20th, Hennepin County will be test driving a new self-driving, “smart” shuttle bus over the weekend. They chose a portion of the greenway bike path that passes through the heavily gentrified Uptown to demonstrate what is to come for other sections of the city slated for similar lines of development—as a laboratory of future control.

On the night before they unveiled their project to their corporate partners, some antagonists hung a banner right in the shuttle’s path, with the intention of physically blocking the sensors of the shuttle, thwarting the test, if only for a moment. Against The Smart City! it declares.

While touted as progress, there are still those of us who see these projects as only the further deepening of the desert. As our cities become increasingly automated, this process attempts to eclipse not only the possibilities of revolt, but even that of a life of anything but its perpetual (re)production. These automated shuttles will be yet another vehicle for funneling citizens between where the work, shop, and sleep, as mindlessly as the shuttle which carries them.

This action was intended to demonstrate that these projects will face resistance. It was simple to carry out and took very little planning. The smart city is fragile, and opportunities for disruption are everywhere. While their fantasy is to build a terrain where all that can happen is what has already been predicted and planned, we know that fundamentally life cannot be reduced to data and in its flux escapes prediction and control. Don’t wait for others to take action for you. Take it yourselves.

Warmed By La ZAD

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We met under the statue of Emiliano Zapata for this simple gesture on the second day (or third night) of the resistance to the eviction attempt by a small army of pigs against La ZAD (Zone to Defend) in Notre-Dame-des-Landes. It’s still winter in Minnesota and although there’s snow on the ground we’ve been feeling so near to you at La ZAD that we’ve felt warmed. Not only now, but since we learned of your beautiful existence, of this world which we believe is also a part of us too. We send you love and strength now and always.

All power to the communes!

ZAD Forever!

Tout le monde déteste la police!

 – Your Friends