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

No Neutrality in a Rape Culture: Open Letter to Progressives

The idea for this letter was conceived collaboratively by rape survivors. It is intended to call attention to some of the ways in which progressives in our communities persistently protect rapists, hold victims accountable, and demand carceral solutions to sexual assault that return power to the partiarchal state. Our hope is that this letter could be: a resource for other rape victims/survivors and/or literally shown … Continue reading No Neutrality in a Rape Culture: Open Letter to Progressives

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

Don’t Just Follow Along: Some Critical Notes on Tactics and Discourse

We are all here to get our voices heard. This may be true for some, but we question whether this applies generally to a crowd in a protest scenario. Did the various native tribes and individuals at Standing Rock set up camp to “get their voices heard,” or were they gathered to directly defend that which sustains them and allows them to live? Similarly, we … Continue reading Don’t Just Follow Along: Some Critical Notes on Tactics and Discourse

the belli research institute: how is it to be done

This is the inaugural post for the foundling Belli Research Institute, the beginning of what we hope will be a prolific and troubling project. Belli, which is Latin for in the war and of the war, reflects to us critical thots the epoch of civil war, that global condition subsuming and defining the whole of existence – what some call the Anthropocene. With this platform … Continue reading the belli research institute: how is it to be done