Worshipping Power: A Discussion with the Author

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Thursday, February 15th

Walker Church

3104 16th Ave S

6:30 PM

Worshiping Power: An Anarchist Vision of Early State Formation
Released by AK Press
Written by Peter Gelderloos, author of How Nonviolence Protects the State and Anarchy Works

This book attempts to answer the question of where states came from and why, looking at the causes of state formation and tracing different pathways of state development. How did the State co-evolve with different models of the family, religion, warfare, commerce, and economic production?

The arguments presented counter the typical explanations that are dominant in society at large as well as in anticapitalist movements, revealing state formation as a constant process with certain patterns but without any single motor or dialectic. It is also a completely reversible process, as many societies have destroyed their states once it became clear how oppressive they were.

The talk would give a few examples to illustrate the breadth of possible pathways of state formation, as well as the importance of patriarchy to the process, and then focus on the emergence of democracy and the modern State, as the most relevant concern for people today who go up against state power in their struggle for a better world.


Radical Movie Series: 2018

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 Alternating Thursdays

Boneshaker Books

2002 23rd Ave S

6:00 PM

February 8th: Dead Man

On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a Native American man named Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world.

February 22nd: The Battle of Algiers

In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government.

March 8th: The Little Rascals

Members of a misogynist group of working class boys must toss away their toxic masculinity and defeat a rich adversary in order to build a new clubhouse.

March 22nd: A Taxi Driver

The experience of a taxi driver who accidentally got involved in the Gwangju Uprising of May 1980 while driving a foreign journalist around during the weeks-long insurrection in South Korea.

Can’t Freeze Us Out

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On New Year’s Eve an assorted crew of rebels braved the sub-zero temperatures in Minneapolis and met in a park downtown to participate in the decade-old tradition of showing people behind bars some love. A small crowd accompanied by percussion instruments and a sound system made their way to the youth jail. After a brisk walk, we arrived at the jail blasting music for everyone locked up inside. Very soon the first heads started popping up in the narrow windows. We greeted those inside with chants of “Burn all the jails, burn all the prisons, just make sure the cops are in ’em!” and “free the kids!” After the short dance party, we moved on before police arrived. We headed back to the park and dispersed into the night. Even though it was a small gathering, we showed love and solidarity to those who can’t celebrate the New Year with their friends and loved ones, letting them know they are not alone.

Radical Movie Series – January

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Alternating Thursdays

Boneshaker Books

2002 23rd Ave S

6:00 PM

January 11th: La Haine

Twenty four hours in the lives of three young men in the French banlieues the day after a violent anti-police riot.

January 25th: Children Of Men

In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.

New Year’s Eve Noise Demo

From No More Jails

Prisons are fucking awful. Everything about them is designed to suffocate any semblance of life, of hope, of rebellion in order to shield and protect the catastrophe that is the world as we know it. Though the isolation they impose is not impenetrable.

Every New Year’s Eve around the world friends gather opposite the prison walls to send love to those inside, reminding them that they are not forgotten. Each year we designate this night to the living memory of those held captive.

Come to Elliot Park on December 31st, 2017 at 6pm!

Bring a friend, bring noisemaker, and bundle up!

One Last Discussion on Now

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Wednesday, January 3rd

Boneshaker Books

2002 23rd Ave S

6:00 PM

One last discussion on the Invisible Committee’s Now.

“From our singular experience, our encounters, our successes, our failures, we draw a clearly partisan perception of the world, which conversation among friends refines.”

Free zine copies of the book will be available as well as paperback copies.

Cops Protect Rape Row

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Dear Pigs, We know you liked the glitter and all, but we want our banner back!

Cops protect Rape Row.

Cops are rapists too.

Solidarity with Anna

The banner drop near UMN Rape Row (aka “Frat Row”) drew almost immediate pig attention this weekend. And for all the attention it drew, we can be sure someone was raped there this weekend, as they are every weekend. The toxic frat culture encourages disrespect and sexual violation, and the Greek Life codes prohibit sororities from hosting parties, which creates a power imbalance by giving frats control of social situations. Police protect frat houses with “under the table” agreements with the Greek community, such as not shutting down frat parties even though they are well aware of the countless underage drinkers that attend. This allows a perfect haven for rapists to hunt.

Anna Chambers isn’t the first and unfortunately won’t be the last victim-survivor of police rape. The police state churns out sexual violation—every body cavity search is rape, prisoners are assaulted every day and at risk for sexual abuse by guards. We also know that sex workers are regularly abused by police. Just back in September a Minneapolis pig was arrested for assaulting his son’s girlfriend, and we can be sure that many more assaults go unreported.

We believe Anna Chambers & we’ll continue fighting for the end of police and frats.

Solidarity With The Olympia Commune

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As news of the raid on the Olympia commune reached us, we decided to share a gesture of solidarity carried out in so-called Minneapolis.

We adorned the walls of our city with posters echoing the words of the brave communards on the west coast.

Long live the commune

Minneapolis Police Substation Vandalized

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I love finding these little acts of rebellion that disrupt our views as this empire crumbles. With the Super Bowl around the corner, the city plans to turn the streets into a “clean zone” and a massive police state security zone. Let’s use what we can to continue to disrupt the view with tags, banners, flyers, stickers, paint, and all forms of unauthorized art to remind them we live here!

Radical Movie Series

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Alternating Thursdays

Boneshaker Books

2002 23rd Ave S

6:00 PM

November 30th: THX-1138

In the twenty-fifth century, a time when people have designations instead of names, two rebel against their rigidly controlled society.

December 14th: Born In Flames

Set in an alternative U.S. where a socialist government holds power, a group of women use direct action to fight against their oppressors.

December 28th: Network

A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor’s ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit.

Super Bowl Blues

From Nightfall

On February 4th, 2018 the Super Bowl is coming to Minneapolis and the city is already busy preparing for this big event. For almost a year the city has been advertising how important this event will be not just for the Twin Cities but for the entire state of Minnesota. There is talk about new jobs being created, money from visitors and businesses supporting the Super Bowl flowing into communities all across the state and last but not least the new Stadium that was built especially for this occasion but that will be there for a long time to host all kinds of large events. The advertising makes it seem that the Super Bowl is truly like winning the lottery for this state, and everybody living here will see how much it benefits them.

That is not at all true. The organizers of the Super Bowl don’t care at all about supporting the local population and making the city a better place for those who live here. The city government and the developers behind the Super Bowl are only interested in making money, and to do that that they have shown themselves willing to spend a lot of money first. That’s why there is a new stadium to make Minnesota is worthy of hosting the Super Bowl. That’s why there are endless new condos being built all across the Twin Cities with security gates, fancy rooftop swimming pools and rent so high most city residents can’t even dream about living in one of them. In order to build these condos older houses that have affordable rent prices and cater to low income folks are destroyed, making it plain that poor people are not welcome in a city preparing to host the biggest sport event in the United States. These people have to go to make room for those who are welcome. Urban professionals, mostly white, who have the necessary wealth to afford the fancy condos, the hip restaurants and tickets for the new fancy stadium. Gentrification is nothing new, but the Super Bowl accelerates the process and makes large parts of the city unlivable for anybody who is not a white wealthy professional. What’s more, gentrification doesn’t stop at new condo buildings and fancy restaurants that are unaffordable.

The cops are also preparing for the Super Bowl. In recent months the police presence, especially in Downtown Minneapolis, has increased. Cops specifically target people of color and houseless people and harass and arrest them in order to get these people out of downtown in time for the big game. To help them with this mission, the cops will be receiving $3.1 million from the Super Bowl Host Committee, a conglomerate of NFL representatives, developers, and politicians, that will go towards paying for overtime for MPD officers and those brought in from around the state to assist, a command center, trainings, and fancy new toys of repression, the latter of which will remain in the hands of MPD and continue to negatively impact those oppressed by then far beyond the end of the game. Some of this money will also be going towards purchasing police liability insurance, so that the police will be protected from consequences should they find themselves compelled to venture outside of the bounds of the law to ensure an orderly urban playground for those attending the big game.

In these ways the Super Bowl mirrors the last national mega-event to take place in the Twin Cities, the Republican National Convention in St. Paul in 2008. In preparation for the RNC every officer in St. Paul was equipped with a taser, which they kept after the event was over. Furthermore, as part of the agreement to host the event the city demanded that the RNC purchase $10 million of police insurance for its officers, which emboldened them to attack protesters repeatedly over the course of the event and make hundreds of arrests of questionable legality.

These tactics always come with big events, especially sports events. In 2016 the Super Bowl was hosted in San Francisco. This was not just any Super Bowl, it was the 50th Super Bowl, and the event was to be even bigger and more spectacular than any before. In the months and weeks leading up to the game the city of San Francisco and the cops started a strategic campaign to clean up the streets and push homeless and low income folks out of the city. In an area like the Bay Area that is already heavily gentrified, with rent prices so astronomical that most people can barely afford to rent a closet, the homeless population is very big and poverty is omnipresent. By pushing out poor people the city of San Francisco was trying to hide its massive poverty and homeless problem and instead make the city look clean to not scare away white wealthy sports fans coming for the super bowl. But anti-gentrification activists and anarchists in the Bay Area made sure the city didn’t get away with hiding the problems gentrification created, starting a campaign against the Super Bowl. People made call outs for marches against gentrification, Super Bowl statues that were set up around the city advertising the 50th anniversary of the game were vandalized or destroyed and most importantly people organized to show up when homeless camps were facing eviction or raids.

In 2014 Brazil hosted the soccer World Cup. It was supposed to be a big event that drew thousands of people from all across the world to celebrate soccer and Brazilian culture. To make all these tourists feel welcome and maybe convince a few to come back in the future for vacations the country invested a lot of money to build new soccer stadiums, highways, expanded public transit in a lot of cities and got a lot of foreign investors to build new housing, hotels and other entertainment locations to make all these wealthy tourists feel more at home. The problem with all these investments was that in order to fund all the new projects the government had to use over $4 billion that was taken away from schools, hospitals, etc. Many thousands of people were forced to leave their homes without being offered an alternative to make room for all the costly new buildings for the World Cup, most of which wouldn’t have any further use once the World Cup was over. As early as 2007 groups and committees with the help of many anarchists began organizing resistance against the World Cup and the gentrification that comes with it. The movement exploded in 2013, a year prior to the World Cup, in protests against proposed transportation fair hikes, where hundreds of thousand of people took to the streets all across Brazil. Riots continued in the weeks leading up to the games, along with protests led by indigenous activists resisting colonization.

Another example of radical resistance against big sports events were the protests against the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in 2010. Leading up to the event indigenous activists and anarchists joined forces to fight the gentrification and the further take-over by capitalism of the stolen lands of Canada. Several riots against the gentrification caused by the Olympics wreaked havoc through downtown.

We need to see the Super Bowl for what it is: an event that caters to the upper white class that city leaders are hoping to attract to the city in larger and larger numbers at the expense of everyone else. It accelerates the process of making the city uninhabitable for the rest of us. We hope that we can glean insight into these past examples to agitate social tensions as we fight against this process. 

Prisoner Letter Writing Night

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Third Thursdays

Walker Church

3104 16th Ave S

6:00 PM

Prisoner letter writing night is back! The third Thursday of every month at Walker Community Church from 6-8pm.

In hosting this event we will provide, monthly, a prisoner to write to who is generally referred to as a political prisoner, particularly/often around the time of their birthday in order to send them well wishes and cards—or if they’re undergoing tough times, etc.

This month we’ll be writing to those who were locked up as a result of the Ferguson protests in 2014.

Feel free to write in advance if you’d like, just know that sometimes the addresses are subject to change and it’s always good to check the address in advance.

However, we’re also hoping that this letter writing night will encourage folks to come prepared to engage in sustained relationships with folks locked up. We’re open to providing names of folks to write in the event that someone doesn’t have a pen pal but wants one.

Bring yr own envelopes and stamps if ya have em, if not, we’ll provide. Additionally, we have a p.o. box if you feel uncomfortable giving your home address as the return.

until all are free,

Shamhain Anti-Gentrification Riots 2017

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Hi y’all! Hope you all had an extra spooky/scary/witchy/wild Samhain/Halloween last night. Occupied south Minneapolis sure did! For all 500 or so people who were there last night this will be kinda dull and mild retelling of what went down last night.

It all began as the sun set around 5:18 pm. 500-1000 people gathered in south Minneapolis to celebrate the end of a season and the coming of a new darker one. As people gathered in Powderhorn Park, cops immediately attacked the super spooky crowd, but because of everyone feeling super empowered in their Halloween costumes the crowd repelled the attack and lit up a couple cop cars in short order. Families and friends were seen dancing around the burning cop car hand in hand laughing and gigglling.

Following that celebration the crowd now numbering at least 10,000-50,000 decided spontaneously and without leadership to go after all of the naughty gentrifying businesses in that neighborhood. Paint was hurled using simple garden pump spray tanks filled with house paint, water and paint thinner, which can be easily procured from local hardware stores free of cost. In total 4 yuppie coffee shop windows and several bus stop adverts for real estate brokers were filled with beautiful Halloween paint.

A comrade in the crowd wearing a super cute Demogorgon Stranger Things costume was quoted as saying “everyone should attack gentrifying businesses in occupied south Minneapolis it’s fun easy and good for the community.” 😍