because they are too afraid of seeing whiteness disappear: eclipse poem

astronomical events such as the solar eclipse we watched today have been considered omens. even those of us laughing at people with their heads in boxes; even those of us that decided we wanted to just feel it; even we used a little pinhole projector and ate strawberries in the parking lot to seek a glimpse of a shadow, a bright darkness, and speculated what … Continue reading because they are too afraid of seeing whiteness disappear: eclipse poem

“You can’t set her free”: Pharmaceutical Advertisements and the Always Shifting Perceptions of Madness

Looking at the ways in which the psychiatric profession advertised for its drugs and treatments can tell us a lot about shifting perceptions of mental health. We’ll keep the explanations short here, but if you want a more thorough critique of psychiatry, read our article Schizo-Genesis // Mad Apocalypse: the Story of the Psycho here. Women, Hysteria, and Housework This first group of ads shows … Continue reading “You can’t set her free”: Pharmaceutical Advertisements and the Always Shifting Perceptions of Madness

Songs of the Edelweiss Pirates and other German Youth Gangs

Young people had very few options in Nazi controlled Germany. Before Hitler took power, many young people in Germany were members of a “Bund,” a “band” or a “club”. These groups met to hike, write music, work on projects, and go camping together. By the end of 1933, all alternative youth organizations ceased to exist and, on March 25th, 1939, membership in the Nazi-controlled Hitlerjugend … Continue reading Songs of the Edelweiss Pirates and other German Youth Gangs

Norms // Law: Fictions and Theaters of Power—Bellum Primer Zero

“Only a fiction can make us believe a law is to be respected.” -Michel Foucault a. on gods and activists: the myth of authority At a demonstration in Minneapolis on November 10th following the election of Donald Trump, demonstrators moved onto I-94, blocking all lanes of traffic, making use of a tactic that has gained popularity in the Twin Cities since late 2015. A small … Continue reading Norms // Law: Fictions and Theaters of Power—Bellum Primer Zero

Belliful—BRI summer updates

Dear Friends and Strangers, Welcome to the Belliful—an assuredly not-absurd neologism meaning simply “full of of the war“—our new ongoing segment for updates, lewd pictures, and all the little things we think are worth telling all you lovely strangers about (with some experimentation in puns). Expect one every once in a while or maybe only occasionally, depending on how we’re feeling. the belli is pregnant … Continue reading Belliful—BRI summer updates

Why MPD Pulls Guns on Highschoolers and Sends Tactical Vehicles to Dance Parties

*Note: The article was hastily written a while back but the narrative and ideas presented still feel as pertinent as ever.* On January 19th, we tried to host a public dance party in Uptown in south Minneapolis. We asked people to meet up in a grassy spot by the Walker Library and were planning on dancing around with strangers to some hip-hop on our tiny … Continue reading Why MPD Pulls Guns on Highschoolers and Sends Tactical Vehicles to Dance Parties

belli PROPOSES OPPOSITIONAL COMMUNE TO MN ARTISTS

Recently we learned about the possibility to make a submission to a local art hub for their Rethinking Public Spaces Throughout Minnesota grant. It would provide selected “artists” $5,000-$10,000 to carry out projects that would “encourage community engagement” by “redefining public space” or “utilizing neglected spaces”. With twenty-four hours until the opportunity closed, we decided we might as well put in our call for an ‘oppositional commune’: something that might press … Continue reading belli PROPOSES OPPOSITIONAL COMMUNE TO MN ARTISTS

LOCAL PRAISE FOR PMs

Our recent piece, A Field Guide to Protests: The Protest Marshal, took most of its inspiration from experiences we shared apart and together – at precincts, in the streets and on highways in the Twin Cities – but we also learned much about the protest marshal from local reporting on the hidden mechanics that make demonstrations stay so regular. The following three linked articles (their nature revealed … Continue reading LOCAL PRAISE FOR PMs