We oppose destructive extraction projects. But how can Minneapolis anarchists and radical environmentalists engage critically and powerfully to stop these disasters? We’re inviting you to join us in learning more about frac sand mining, pipelines, and the proposed open pit sulfide mine on national forest land near Lake Superior.
Presenters will briefly explain how each of these projects work, who’s pushing them, and who’s fighting them. What are the larger environmental groups doing? Finally, we’ll highlight resistance by the Unist’ot’en clan, whose lands encompass a wide swath of Northern British Columbia.
After the presentations, we’ll skip the Q&A and have snacks, coffee, and time to talk with one another about possible next steps.
Join us for a conversation with Aragorn! of the Little Black Cart, publisher of anarchist books, as LBC passes through Minneapolis on their fall tour. The topic of discussion will be conflict and how anarchists deal with it.
In the 1990s the internecine conflict between (North American) anarchists was not red vs green or insurrectionary vs platformist, but those who believed that anarchists should develop infrastructure vs those who believed that anarchists should build a (national) organization. The debates raged but more than that people practiced this difference, something one could do day-to-day.
This conflict isn’t the main one today. By and large, anarchist practices that are day-to-day are dismissed by other anarchists for being charity (FNB for example), or sub-cultural (infoshops or show spaces). The valorized project is an occasional one, whether an insurrection or a bookfair: happening no more often than once a year in a specific location. The rest of the time is for waiting or writing or traveling to somewhere else.
In some ways this is entirely understandable. Paying rent on a space can easily become an onerous focus rather than a small byproduct of inspiration. Feeding people, giving away literature, and devoting energy to strangers is inspiring only to a specific kind of person and that kind of person isn’t exactly the revolutionary subject. (Quite the opposite in fact, since the kind of person who derives satisfaction from the work is usually not the subject of the work itself.) This criticism (of the anarchist project as a separation from anarchy itself) can be crippling and usually entails the most enthusiastic people leaving projects (and often leaving town) leaving the people who continue with the long term project work feeling like the host at a party when the cool kids depart.
Perhaps another approach is that of the role of the anarchist (in projects and in a broader social context). On the one hand the anarchist is an ephemeral character, anonymous and without a home in this world. On the other the anarchist is your neighbor and the human face of a possible world, one where personal responsibility and direct action aren’t opposites. Up till now these two faces of the anarchist have faced in different directions and one part of our question is how to reconcile them. Can the neighborhood anarchists embrace conflict? Can the exalted anarchist consider the germinations under foot?
We will talk about our experiments in conflict infrastructure and, if we are successful, re-transmit an old idea. For anarchism (by the name) to survive the new cold wind of this world, we have to build something to warm our bones. For the stories of anarchy (dramatic and small) to be told, there has to a circle of friends, comrades, lovers, and frenemies. Conflict is the left hand of anarchy but something like home is the right. Let us sit together and warm our hands on these topics.
Join us Sunday evening, September 29th, starting at 4pm (the location is secret! ask around!). Come enjoy our menu of seasonal vegetable soup, stuffed acorn squash, cornbread, cabbage salad and several dessert options!
We’ll be serving restaurant-style from 4-8pm. All options will be vegan and many will be gluten-free.
Requested donation of $8-20 sliding scale, no one turned away. All proceeds will benefit the Minnehaha Free Space.
We look forward to sharing this and future meals with you!
POSTPONED—LOCATION CHANGE!!! Due to unforeseen circumstances, MARS Attacks will NOT be happening at Bedlam Theater on Saturday, September 14th.
It will be happening at the VFW in Uptown from 9pm to 1am on Saturday, September 21st.
The return of the MARS Attacks Dance Party! It has been almost 11 months since the last one! All proceeds go to benefit the Minnehaha Free Space and Save the Kids.
Save the Kids is a fully volunteer grass-roots organization rooted in hip-hop and transformative justice, advocates for alternatives for alternatives to, and the end of, the incarceration of all youth.
The Minnehaha Free Space is a social and political activity hub offering meeting space, a radical library/infoshop, event space, regular workshops and skillshares, and more.
Music: *There will be a mix of DJ’s and Emcee’s. Artists and Set Times TBA