Anonymous submission to Conflict MN

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

Anonymous submission to Conflict MN

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!

Call For An Anti-Line 3 Legal Collective

From TC Radical Calendar

Monday, June 25th

Walker Church

3104 16th Ave S

6:30 PM

If Line 3 is not stopped in the halls of government, we can expect a protracted campaign of resistance in the fields, forests and cities of Minnesota and beyond. With the goal of building movements that are capable of taking on giant infrastructure projects such as Line 3, we must prepare for the use of criminal charges by the state in their attempts to dismantle and neutralize resistance. To that end we invite you to join us in the creation of a legal support collective for the Line 3 resistance campaign.

The goals for such a collective would include:

– Helping coordinate legal trainings for people working against Line 3

– Tracking arrests and providing support to defendants as they navigate the legal system

– Recruiting high quality lawyers that are familiar with cases of this nature and connecting them with defendants

– Coordinating legal defense strategies amongst defendants to the extent that they want to

– Fundraising for bail, lawyers and other expenses that come with the state’s use of the law to stifle resistance

This call is for anyone who is interested in supporting anti-Line 3 criminal defendants.

No experience with the legal system is necessary.


Conflict Support Panel: Engaging With Conflict in Resistance

From TC Radical Calendar


Saturday, June 23rd

Redeemer Lutheran Church ELCA

1800 Glenwood Ave

1:00 PM

Conflict is a very real part of our movements. It is a beautiful and complicated thing when people from different backgrounds, with varying relationships, life circumstances, and experiences of oppression and privilege come together to resist a pipeline. This event explores how we can interact with the dynamics of conflict and trauma while relating to each other in this work. The panel consists of people with a diversity of training and experience around conflict. We hope that participants will also bring their own experiences to this discussion. We seek to build capacity with others working on Line 3 resistance and increase our abilities to support individuals and groups experiencing conflict, because supporting conflict is crucial to the health and longevity of our movements.

Meet the panelists:

Dyno is a conflict mediator from New York with a special interest in transforming environmental movements’ relationships with conflict.

Molly Glasgow is a body worker who trains organizers in how to engage with trauma and build resilience.

Nicole Ektnitphong is a facilitator, trainer, and community organizer rooted in building out liberation and dignity within ourselves and our communities. Nicole‘s approach brings together participant–centered education, body–based wisdom, and her experience as an organizer.

Organized by the Line 3 Resistance Project, contact us at conflictsupport [at] protonmail.com

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!


Worldwide Solidarity for Toor

Olympia Memorial Graffiti – Love and Rage For Fallen Anarchist Comrade


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


Anonymous submission to Conflict MN

Graffiti in memory of toor.

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

RIP toor.

– Some anarchists

Graffiti for Toor


Anonymous submission to Conflict MN

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


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,


Against The Smart City!

From Nightfall

In April Hennepin County ran the latest demonstration of the EasyMile EZ10, which is not an overpriced treadmill as the name suggests but rather a self-driving shuttle, on the greenway in Uptown. This followed a run of demonstrations along Nicollet Mall that took place during the lead-up to the Super Bowl earlier this year. However, before the test run/photo op could begin a banner was affixed to a bridge directly over the test site reading “Against The Smart City!”

This action resonates strongly with us, so we’re using it as a starting point to elaborate this rallying cry, against the smart city. In the words of the anonymous communique, originally submitted to Conflict MN:

“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 they work, shop, and sleep, as mindlessly as the shuttle which carries them.”

The ones who dropped the banner identify these automated shuttles as a new piece in a mosaic of projects designed to smooth the flow of people and capital within the metropolis. In other words, the city is designed to make sure that the only possible forms that life can take are that of producing or reproducing the capitalist, white supremacist, patriarchal reality. Although there are not yet plans to permanently deploy the shuttles locally, these tests give us a glimpse of the future form cities will take if no one intervenes.

Most often, these projects are criticized for their role as harbingers of gentrification. And there is no doubt that these shuttles were never meant for the poor. However, we feel the need to expand our critiques. We aren’t opposed to these projects only because they cause displacement, but because they create a way of life we refuse to live.

The smart city is not only the way in which bodies are transported throughout the metropolis. As the name implies, the premise of the smart city can be boiled down to the logic of the smart phone applied at the municipal level. In their 2014 book To Our Friends, the Invisible Committee sketch out a broader picture:

“Behind the futuristic promise of a world of fully linked people and objects, when cars, fridges, watches, vacuums, and dildos are directly connected to each other and to the Internet, there is what is already here: the fact that the most polyvalent of sensors is already in operation: myself. “I” share my geolocation, my mood, my opinions, my account of what I saw today that was awesome or awesomely banal. I ran, so I immediately shared my route, my time, my performance numbers and their self-evaluation. I always post photos of my vacations, my evenings, my riots, my colleagues, of what I’m going to eat and who I’m going to fuck. I appear not to do much and yet I produce a steady stream of data. Whether I work or not, my everyday life, as a stock of information, can always be mined. I am constantly improving the algorithm.”

The automated shuttle was, of course, not the only thing tested during the Super Bowl. Local law enforcement began using FieldWatch, an app that allows police officers to stream video directly from their phones to the command center, at the time staffed by nearly one hundred people. Along with newly installed surveillance cameras, this gave law enforcement a real time view of virtually the entire downtown terrain. While the Super Bowl festivities have left, the police continue to take advantage of their new tools, and have even requested the installation of another thousand cameras.

Looking at these shuttles and cameras alongside the proliferation of new light fixtures such as on Lake Street underneath Hiawatha (as we wrote about in Issue 9), we start to see what the pieces in the mosaic form. Not only a city devoted to the total surveillance of public space, but also the shaping of that space to eliminate the possibility of any disturbances. In other words, “a terrain where all that can happen is what has already been predicted and planned” to quote from this latest communique. Or, as the Invisible Committee wrote:

“The stated ambition of cybernetics is to manage the unforeseeable, and to govern the ungovernable instead of trying to destroy it. The question of cybernetic government is not only, as in the era of political economy, to anticipate in order to plan the action to take, but also to act directly upon the virtual, to structure the possibilities. […] In this vision, the metropolis doesn’t become smart through the decision-making and action of a central government, but appears, as a ‘spontaneous order,’ when its inhabitants ‘find new ways of producing, connecting, and giving meaning to their own data.’”

This “spontaneous order” occurs because the potential for disorder has been foreclosed on by the very structure of the city. Not only do these surveillance projects allow the police to track those they designate potential criminals, they psychologically impact our behaviors and encounters—this is the real panopticon effect. While disorder can never be completely eliminated, the smart city is designed for its maximum attenuation. And to put our cards on the table, we greatly prefer disorder over the world as it exists.

How could we not? It’s clear to everyone that there is something deeply wrong with the state of affairs today. We are told that there are proper, legal channels through which reform will happen—but these channels are only yet another way to structure our possibilities.

The Against The Smart City communique offers a few words of encouragement, with which we’ll close:

“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.”

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

Anonymous submission to Conflict MN

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.

The Gentleman Bank Robber

From TC Radical Calendar

Wednesday, June 6th

Bryant Lake Bowl & Theater

810 W Lake St

6:00 PM

A film screening of The Gentleman Bank Robber, a film by Julie Perini, and a panel discussion to follow (panelists TBA).

The Gentleman Bank Robber is a portrait of revolutionary rita bo brown, a white working class butch from rural Oregon who became known as “The Gentleman Bank Robber” for combining her butch style of dress with a polite way of demanding funds from bank tellers. The film moves between everyday moments with bo in and around her current home in Oakland, California, and historical retelling of the events of bo’s extraordinary life through interviews with bo and her collaborators, archival materials, and rare social movement ephemera. The Gentleman Bank Robber weaves together personal and political perspectives on 20th century social movement histories, including queer liberation in the 1960s; militant, underground activity with the George Jackson Brigade in the 1970s, a revolutionary prison abolitionist group; political prisoner support work in the 1980s, and prison activist work into the present day. bo brown is a model for how to lead a life of committed activism while maintaining a sense of humor and humanity.

Doors at 6pm. Film at 7 sharp.

Sliding scale admission 3-12 dollars, costs split between the venue and bo brown’s health care.