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.”

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

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

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.

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

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

Anonymous submission to Conflict Minnesota

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 Minnesota

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.