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What is Shut Down Rise Up?

Since July 1st, the Minnesota state government is shutdown. Tens of thousands of public employees are laid off, and cutbacks on services ranging from transportation to health coverage, food stamps to nursing homes, homeless shelters to the court system could have devastating effects on many more.

As anti-authoritarians, we recognize both the immediate need people have for the government to return to its regular operations (for many, this is a matter of survival), and also the fact that the government and corporations work in tandem to exploit our communities and strip them of self-sufficiency.

As invested members of our communities, we’re responding by starting to address the needs and issues arising from the shutdown while also presenting our own analysis of the system that has produced this crisis. We are converging to pool resources, services, and political actions that will address some of the immediate needs created by the shutdown. We intend to occupy a shared physical space for the purposes of this resource-sharing and community building, and also to maintain an internet information hub on actions and alternative services related to the shutdown.

We are an open group and welcome anyone who is interested in exploring radical, anti-authoritarian responses to this government-created crisis and in working together to create alternatives to the capitalist system.

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