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(en) US, BURN (Building Urban Resistance Networks) Twin Cities 2006

Date Fri, 21 Apr 2006 19:59:14 +0300

The first BURN conference was held in 2002. Four years later, radical
anti-authoritarian movements in the United States have largely retreated
from public view, becoming absorbed in their own projects and scenes.
While we don't see this as a necessarily bad thing, we do think that the
Twin Cities radical and anarcho scenes could benefit from sharing the tools
of resistance that we've been experimenting with these last few years.
We don't see the conference as an opportunity to recruit new people,
or to build one giant organization, or even our last chance to get to
like one another. It's a chance to realize our common situations and
goals. It's a chance to explore the many facets of our informal
"culture of resistance"- music, ideals, lifestyles and interactions,
literature, activism, and history that, themselves, embody a rough
sketch in our vision of a new world.

It also seems like, at a time when there is perhaps the largest
crackdown on natural rights in U.S. history; when activists are being
entrapped in government conspiracies, and a brutal and unpopular war
is being waged justified by fear, that there is not only a space, but
a need for radical voices with visions of hope, resistance, and
community to break the monopoly of the old ineffective political
institutions. This is why we'd propose a radical reclamation of our
public space, culture, and community in the week preceding Mayday.

The BURN conference consists of a number of decentralized events in
the week before Mayday held all over the city but united by this
common purpose. The events are autonomously organized by local groups
and facilitated by BURN. We chose this way of organizing to reflect
our belief that community can best be created by self-organized action
that empowers and unites. We hope that BURN will reflect the spirit
and vibrance of the communities that we know and love. Happy Mayday!

BURN Locations

The Belfry Center for Social and Cultural Activities

3753 Bloomington ave S Minneapolis



Jackpine Collective

Jackpine is a child friendly and alchohol free space. If you want to
help plan kid activities please email them.

2815 Lake St Minneapolis


BURN 2006 Complete Schedule of Events

Friday, April 21st

* BURN Kick-off Party w/ music by the Knotwells and Chokecherry,
followed by dance party!


Belfry Center

Sunday, April 23rd

* Grassroots Globalization: Beyond Borders with a Venezuelan Filmmaker


Belfry Center

Monday, April 24th

* Screenprinting and Potluck


Belfry Center

* Activist Burnout Discussion Circle


Belfry Center

* Consensus Decision Making



Tuesday, April 25th

* Red Tent Workshop: DIY Menstrual Care


Belfry Center

* Puppetmaking Workshop


Belfry Center

Wednesday, April 26th

* Los Changos Workshop (focus on problems in Mexico)


Avalon High School (1745 University Avenue West, 2nd Floor, St. Paul)

* Postal Art


Belfry Center

* Anti-Racist Coalition Building



* Panel Discussion on Minnehaha Freestate


Belfry Center

Thursday, April 27th

* Craft Circle



* YAWR (Youth Agaist War and Racism) Discussion


Belfry Center

* Moms in Activism



* Stenciling Workshop


Arise Bookstore (2441 Lyndale Avenue, Minneapolis)

Friday, April 28th

* Student Walkout Against the War


Northrop Plaza at the University of MN

* Starve the Beast Closing Event (Art by Barry Newman and James
DeNoyer, Zines, showing of "Life and Debt, and Popcorn)


Art of This Gallery (3222 Bloomington Avenue, Minneapolis)

Saturday, April 29th

* Zine/Book Fair w/All Day Book Exchange


Belfry Center

* Screenprinting


Belfry Center

* Games in the Park


Powderhorn Park

* Zinester Panel


Belfry Center

* Discussion


Belfry Center

* Special Mayday Celebration


Ask BURN staff for details

Sunday, April 30th

* SUPER FUN DAY (Carnival, Clothing and Everything!Swap, Music, Food
by Sisters Camelot, and More!)


Powderhorn Park

* Bake-off!

4pm Judging

6pm Winner announced

Powderhorn Park

* BURN Closing Discussion
Powderhorn Park

*Closing Party at Belfry 8pm

Monday, May 1st
* General Strike for Immigrant and Worker Rights! Call in sick!
Walk-out! Sleep in!


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