Autonomy Is In Our Hearts with Dylan Eldredge Fitzwater

From Boneshaker Books

Wednesday, May 8th

Boneshaker Books

2002 23rd Ave S

6:00 PM

The lessons offered by the Zapatista movement of Chiapas, Mexico are more pertinent now than ever. As the “pink tide” of left Latin American governments recede and the right resurges throughout the Americas and the world, the Zapatistas offer a different way forward. Instead of seeking state power, they have remained steadfast in their commitment to build an autonomous government system beyond the logic of capital and the nation state, and continuously resist attacks on their communities by all sides of the Mexican political spectrum, including the current “progressive” Lopez Obrador administration.

Autonomy Is in Our Hearts gives a detailed account of this autonomous government system based on hundreds of testimonies from within the Zapatista base communities. It is rooted in Dylan’s own experiences of years of Zapatista solidarity work and as a student of Tsotsil, a Mayan language indigenous to the highlands Zapatista communities of Chiapas.

Dylan Eldredge Fitzwater has encountered the Zapatistas as a human rights observer, as a participant in several international gatherings, and as a student at the Zapatista language school in Oventik. His most recent permanent residence was Portland, OR where he worked at Burgerville, a regional fast-food chain, and organized for the Burgerville Workers Union, an affiliate of the Industrial Workers of the World. He is currently on the road living out of a van and selling Zapatista coffee through MonkeyBear Coop.

Reading Group: Our History Is The Future

From Boneshaker Books

 

Wednesday, May 22nd

Boneshaker Books

2002 23rd Ave S

6:00 PM

Join us on Wednesday, May 22nd from 6-8pm for a discussion of Nick Estes’ Our History is the Future: Standing Rock versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long History of Indigenous Resistance. With the climate crisis upon us, stopping Line 3 (a proposed tar sands pipeline expansion) from crossing Minnesota is critical. Our History is the Future will provide important context about organizing and activism from Standing Rock, and help us think about how to frame Line 3 in the long history of settler-colonialism in the United States. Copies of the book are available at Boneshaker for 20% off the cover price.

Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, author of An Indigenous People’s History of the United States, says:

“In Our History Is the Future historian Nick Estes tells a spellbinding story of the 10 month Indigenous resistance at Standing Rock in 2016, animating the lives and characters of the leaders and organizers, emphasizing the powerful leadership of the women. Alone this would be a brilliant analysis of one of the most significant social movements of this century. But embedded in the story and inseparable from it is the centuries long history of the Oceti Sakowin’ resistance to United States’ genocidal wars and colonial institutions. And woven into these entwined stories of Indigenous resistance is the true history of the United States as a colonialist state and a global history of European colonialism. This book is a jewel—history and analysis that reads like the best poetry—certain to be a classic work as well as a study guide for continued and accelerated resistance.”

See Estes discuss the book on Democracy Now!, and hear him discuss the current fight for indigenous liberation on the podcast Better Off Red.

All are welcome!

May Day Is (Y)Ours: Call for Autonomous and Decentralized Anti-Capitalist Actions on May 1st in the Twin Cities

Anonymous submission to Conflict Minnesota

The first of May is a day for commemorating International Worker’s Day, and before that, the welcoming of Spring. While these traditions live on in near-petrified form, we can bring them a new life. We: you, and I, and all our friends.

This is a call for autonomous and decentralized anti-capitalist actions to take place on May Day around the Twin Cities. This means that anyone seeking a more dignified life—a life beyond cops, work, prisons and borders—take their own initiative to act in whatever way they see fit. Autonomous, so that we don’t need anyone else’s permission to act; decentralized, so that we can be everywhere, centering ourselves instead.

We wish to emphasize both creativity and flexibility in this call. Creativity can push us beyond the stale forms that activism accustoms us to, encouraging us to forge new paths of acting in the world. While centering ourselves means giving us an ease of flexibility by allowing anyone to act on their own time, with their own means.

Do not be daunted. Surely, it’s easier to show up to a protest march organized for you and follow along, but it’s far less fun. There is no greater feeling than acting in a way that is in every way y/our own. We are so used to being guided and governed by the economy, that even our resistance tends to fall along the same lines. This too we must refuse.

As others have said elsewhere “May Day is our day to imagine and bring forth a world of ecstatic sharing and joy in common.” So get going—make plans and together we can make May Day ours!

Memes With Force: Gilets Jaunes Reading Group

Anonymous submission to Conflict Minnesota

Wednesday, April 17th

Boneshaker Books

2002 23rd Ave S

7:00 PM

Since November, a massive uprising of the gilets jaunes, or ‘yellow vests’ has sustained itself across France. Initially sparked by a tax on gasoline, hundreds of thousands of people have rioted in city centers, blocked infrastructure, and occupied roundabouts. Emerging outside the traditional political institutions, the yellow vests have broken the rules of social movements as we know them and point to a new horizon of revolution.

A similar sequence is bound to arrive on this side of the Atlantic—what can we learn from the yellow vests to better act within it? What could it look like to come together across a diverse array of identities? And how have the yellow vests dealt with xenophobia and far right influences?

On Wednesday, April 17th join us at Boneshaker Books for a discussion of “Memes With Force” by Paul Torino and Adrian Wohlleben. The article is available free at metamute.org

Strategies and Stories from the German Climate Justice Movement

Anonymous submission to Conflict Minnesota

Friday, March 29th

University of Minnesota

110 Carlson School of Management

6:00 PM

We’re excited to announce that Ende Gelände will be stopping in Minneapolis, MN on their U.S. tour, taking place this February through April, to share stories from Germany’s wildly successful mass mobilizations.

Come join German activists from Ende Gelände on their US tour as they share stories from organizing successful mass climate justice mobilizations — including their 6,000 person direct action against enormous open-cast lignite coal mines.

Design Workshop: How To Design A Zine

Anonymous submission to Conflict Minnesota

Wednesday, March 13th

Boneshaker Books

2003 23rd Ave S

6:30 PM

Presentation on basic typography principles and layout for zines/pamphlets. This will be focused on the basics of using Adobe InDesign, but will also go over fundamentals that are generally applicable. Attendees are encouraged to bring projects they are working on to share and recieve feedback for improvement.

The Uses Of Disaster Reading Group

Anonymous submission to Conflict Minnesota

Wednesday, March 20th

Moon Palace Books

3032 Minnehaha Ave

7:00 PM

The Uses of Disaster by Out Of The Woods.

Climate change is here. In the midst of the storm, an opportunity arises to break with capitalism and its vicious inequality. Let’s seize it while we can. The alternatives are unthinkable.

The article can be read for free here.

Liaisons Discussion Group

Anonymous submission to Conflict Minnesota

Wednesdays

University of Minnesota

415 Blegen Hall

6:30 PM

Liaisons gathers revolutionary writing from around the world. As an inclination, tangent, and crossroads of links and confrontations, Liaisons assembles analyses and theorizations from the ongoing struggles of affiliated groups who seek a common ground. In this worn out age, where throughout the world the same collapse resounds, Liaisons circulates thoughts, dreams, testimonies and experiences in an attempt to grasp the planetary reverberation of a sensibility our friendships hold in common.

Copies of the journal will be available at Boneshaker Books.

More info: liaisonshq.com

Commune Magazine Launch Party

Anonymous submission to Conflict Minnesota

Saturday, January 19th

Boneshaker Books

2002 23rd Ave S

7:00 PM

The first issue of Commune Magazine is out! Join us for a celebration on January 19th at Boneshaker Books. Commune team members will introduce the project and lead a discussion.

This will be your first chance to get your hands on a print edition of the magazine in Minneapolis.

Commune is a popular magazine for a new era of revolution.