Reminder: Sacred Water, Sacred Forests Action Camp – May 25th-28th

342You are invited to join us for the seventh annual Sacred Water, Sacred Forests Action Camp, May 25th – 28th, 2018 – A Gathering for Celebration, Community, Movement Building, Ecology, and Land Defense!

Based in Spring Valley, Nevada (between the towns of Ely and Baker), the Action Camp is a gathering of organizers, ecologists, indigenous people, water grab opponents, forest defenders, concerned individuals, and Great Basin residents.

Over Memorial Day Weekend, we will convene at Cleve Creek Campground, 12 miles north of Highway 6-50 on road 893, at the base of the Schell Creek Mountains.

We will spend the weekend exploring areas threatened by the Las Vegas Water Grab as well as forest slopes and basins being destroyed under the disproven ideology of “Pinyon-Juniper forest invasion.” We will workshop, create art, engage in direct action, share skills, tell stories, sit around the campfire, sing, and enjoy the deep dark night sky.

If you are in love with the desert, we invite you to attend!

The Great Basin is a beautiful and remote place, full of rugged limestone mountains, broad valleys, a startling array of wildlife, and some of the remotest locations in the west. It is sacred to many indigenous people like the Goshute, Shoshone, Paiute, and Washoe nations, who have lived and died here for countless generations.

The Water Tour will take place in Eastern Nevada, beginning near Great Basin National Park and continuing through Spring, Snake, Cave, Lake, and Delamar Valleys. Though we’ll be near the full-service towns of Ely and Baker, we will spend time on remote dirt roads.

To learn more about the trip or to RSVP, contact the organizers at swcoalition@deepgreenresistance.org or 206-395-6251.

Sponsor groups:

Deep Green Resistance Southwest Coalition – https://deepgreenresistancesouthwest.org/
Stop the SNWA Water Grab – https://www.facebook.com/StopSNWA/
Pinyon-Juniper Alliance – http://www.pinyonjuniperforests.org/

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Buffalo and Monsoons

by Max Wilbert / Deep Green Resistance

Two days ago, three of last wild bison were shot and killed illegally in a no-shooting zone in a campground barely 100 yards from the boundary of Yellowstone National Park.

The next morning, I skied out of the woods with a patrol from Buffalo Field Campaign and found the buffalos’ butchered carcasses; ribcages, stomachs, patches of hide, and a few leftover chunks of flesh parting the slowly flowing water of the Madison River.

I’m not opposed to hunting. In fact, I’m a hunter myself and am looking forward to elk season. The problem is that the Central Herd of the Yellowstone buffalo number less than 700. Their numbers have plummeted in recent years. Park biologists say that the population decline is “unexplained,” but it seems pretty well explained to me: hazing, harassment, human manipulation, and overhunting are driving wild buffalo in Yellowstone to the brink.

I just learned a few minutes ago that the other major threat (besides unsustainable overhunting) to wild buffalo in the greater Yellowstone area is nearly ready to begin operation. Yellowstone National Park is opening their buffalo trap on the north side of the park in the Gardiner Basin. At this facility, your tax dollars and your public lands are put to work to trap and ship to slaughter hundreds of wild buffalo each year in an effort to maintain populations at an artificially low “minimum sustainable number.” All this is being done on behalf of Montana’s infamous livestock industry.

The total buffalo population is less than 4700, and the U.S. government and legally permitted overhunting is killing hundreds per year.

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Here at Buffalo Field Campaign, everything revolves around the buffalo. Patrols leave every morning and afternoon to keep tabs on herds and hunting activity. Another group monitors the trap and firing-line style hunting at Gardiner. We gather each evening to discuss the day’s activity and share information on where the buffalo are, how many are located in which areas, which direction they are moving, what patrols to do the next day, and so on.

On bad days, we share information on how many were killed.

We bear witness to these atrocities and organize to stop them under a buffalo skull mounted on the wall and a shrine of artwork, poems, quilts, and other items dedicated to or inspired by the buffalo. As I write this, I can look up and see artwork from kids. “I heart buffalo – Tatanka roam free!” “Don’t kill the buffalo!” “I love buffalos.”

The headquarters of Buffalo Field Campaign is located in a 100-year-old cabin that was originally built for railroad workers. The irony that a building originally constructed by one of the prime instruments of western colonization is now being used to house a resistance movement isn’t lost on us.

But the walls are thick and the old stonework throws heat from the big wood stove nicely. This is a good place now. A 20-year spirit of resistance emanates from the patina on the lodgepole pine walls and the hearts of the people moving through the space. It’s practical, too. We’re close to the areas where hunting and hazing pressure is highest, and having a place to warm up, eat a delicious meal (fresh 20-inch trout and wild rice last night), and sleep soundly is important after a day out skiing in 5-degree temperatures.

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Sitting around camp this afternoon after returning from patrol with a few friends, we talked about how the dominant culture is killing everything. Prairie Dogs are being poisoned en masse in Colorado (and elsewhere). Pinyon-Juniper forests are being bulldozed into oblivion. The oceans, the watery womb of all life on this planet, are dying.

Places like Buffalo Field Campaign provide a starting point for building effective resistance. Long-term, grassroots projects based on non-compromising defense and material support are essential. And organizations allow for enough resources to be gathered in one place to be more effective.

In an article titled, “Once, the Monsoon,” my friend Suprabha Seshan writes about her work in plant conservation in the Western Ghat mountains in India. She writes of the breathtaking beauty of her home, “where a small team of dedicated ecosystem gardeners, skilled in various aspects of horticulture, plant conservation and Western Ghat ecology, grow native plants of this mountain ecosystem, or biome, through techniques honed over four decades of experimentation and practice.

“The trails are full of jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus) and smashed, partly-eaten remains of its relative, the ainili (Artocarpus hirsutus), which sports smaller orange fruits with a spiny skin enclosing lobes of sweet flesh and large seeds. Wild jamuns and mangoes, rose apples, guavas and sweet limes, and dozens of forest tree species are also fruiting. Bonnet macaques, Nilgiri langurs, Malabar grey hornbills and giant squirrels are gorging in the canopy. Someone reported seeing a troop of lion-tailed macaques with babies. It is feasting time for everybody in this valley: wild boar, humans and cattle included. Elephants come by at night, attracted from afar by the smell of overripe jackfruit—to them, a delicacy.”

Her team cultivates more than 2,000 species of highly endangered plants, “mostly from areas that have already been deforested.” She describes their work as a search-and-rescue mission, writing that “we refer to these plants as refugees, similar to human refugees suffering the depredations of war, displacement, climate change and general toxification of the environment.”

The monsoon that brings life-giving rain to the Western Ghat mountains is failing because of global warming. Rains are coming late or not at all. All the beings that are dependent on the monsoon, including humans, are at risk of total collapse because industrial civilization is destroying the Earth’s climate. The heroic work being done at the Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary could be undone by the collapse of the biosphere as a whole. Suprabha concludes her article by saying that we need to be asking where our loyalty lies: with “the machines or the monsoon?”

Here with the buffalo, the same questions are occurring to me. The heroic work of defending the buffalo is absolutely essential, and unless the death march of this culture is stopped, the buffalo are headed for the same extinction that faces us, too.

I want a world in which wild buffalo roam 60 million strong and in which the monsoon brings rivers of rain to the Western Ghat mountains. This will require working with organizations like the Buffalo Field Campaign and the Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary, and it will also require dismantling the larger systems that are killing the planet.

Without both approaches—fighting for the local, and dismantling the global—we, and the buffalo, and the monsoon, are doomed.

 

Originally published at the DGR News Service:

Buffalo and Monsoons

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Deep Green Resistance Training at Yellowstone National Park in June 2018

Activists, save these dates:

Deep Green Resistance will conduct advanced training in direct action, revolutionary strategy, tactics, and organizing June 22 – 24. This workshop is aimed at providing practical skills and networking to activists, organizers, and revolutionaries interested in saving the planet.

Environmental and social justice activists realize we are losing. Our tactics are failing and things are getting worse. This training will focus on escalation and creative, advanced tactics to increase our effectiveness.

Topics include the use and deployment of soft and hard blockades; hit and run tactics; police interactions; legal repercussions of resistance work; operational security; terrain advantages; strategy; escalation, and more.

The training will be conducted by experienced Deep Green Resistance activists / organizers as well as noted guest speakers (to be announced).

Sessions will be held next to Yellowstone National Park, providing a perfect setting to immerse ourselves in the natural world and activism.

Space is Limited and priority will be given to front-line activists, marginalized communities, and women. And save money with Early Bird Tickets – available for a limited time.

Click this link to apply now: https://deepgreenresistance.org/en/resistance-training-2018

Fitness enthusiasts know that resistance training leads to greater strength. Enhance the effectiveness of your resistance with us this June.

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Protests Over LNG Terminal in Tacoma Escalate

PRESS RELEASE: In the pre-dawn hours of the fourth day of an indigenous-led occupation of the State Capitol grounds in Olympia, WA, one Native American woman was taken out of a “tarpee” (a contemporary teepee) and arrested by state patrol troopers, while 3 other occupants were allowed to leave.

Indigenous leaders erected four of the tarpees on the State Capitol lawn early on Monday morning in anticipation of the opening of the State Legislature that same day. Their intention was to occupy the grounds to demand that treaties signed between the US government and the local Coast Salish Tribes be respected, and that the health of the Salish Sea be restored and protected. They demanded that the State deny any remaining permits to the LNG facility being illegally built by Puget Sound Energy at the Port of Tacoma on Puyallup Treaty lands; that WA State ban Atlantic salmon net pens, which are endangering local salmon populations already at high risk; and that the State do all it can to oppose the expansion of the TransMountain pipeline across the US/Canadian border, which would profoundly endanger the Salish Sea as well as the health and subsistence of First Nations in the Salish Sea.

The tarpee occupiers had been given warnings by local law enforcement at the Capitol that they had to leave their unpermitted structures or face arrest by 5pm on Monday. A small group of treaty tribe members, including Nisqually tribal representative Hanford McCloud, met with representatives of the governor in the early afternoon where Hanford McCloud presented a copy of the Medicine Creek Treaty of 1854.

Right after 5 pm, the Governor’s chief of staff came down to talk with the occupiers and subsequently announced that they would be allowed to stay the night in the tarpee and that the issue would be revisited the following day.

As news spread of the tarpee occupation, more native and non-native allies gathered outside the tarpee to show support and to drum, sing, and pray.

Photo credit: Angie Spencer

On both Tuesday and Wednesday late afternoons, Capitol law enforcement representatives once again warned that they were in violation of Capitol grounds rules and had to leave. The mostly female occupiers decided to remain in prayer until they were woken up this morning by about 2 dozen State Patrol officers (some of whom were in SWAT team gear) and asked to leave. Janene Hampton, from the Colville Okanagan Tribe, decided to remain in the tarpee and was arrested. She was released from the Thurston County jail later this morning, charged with second degree criminal trespass. Janene said upon her release: “We are here for you and our future generations”.

Paul Cheoketen Wagner, a Saanich Nation member and founder of the Protectors of the Salish Sea, said: “Governor Inslee needs to take bold action for his own children and grandchildren today. Not in the future, but now. Use executive orders to stop PSE’s LNG, an illegal foreign corporation acting against the Puyallup people and everyone’s children in a collapsing climate. And pass laws now that halt all fossil fuel infrastructure expansion, current and future.”

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Help fund DGR’s grassroots resistance in 2018!

Deep Green Resistance is a grassroots, radical organization founded in 2011 that is dedicated to liberation of the living planet from the empire of the dominant culture.

We are committed feminists, anti-racists, and community organizers. Our group is dedicated to hard work, no compromises, and revolutionary ideals. We work to inspire and nurture our movements to be more effective and radical when confronting industrial civilization, capitalism, patriarchy, and white supremacy. Our theory and practice is to strike at the root of the problems we see.

We need funding to make this work possible. We do not receive a dime of corporate or foundation money. We’re 100% grassroots, and most of our activists are working people barely scraping a living in the exploitative global economy.

We’re aiming to raise $3,000 before the end of the year to support a wide variety of projects that Deep Green Resistance members are currently working on.

DONATE HERE

These projects include:

  • A first-of-it’s kind lawsuit attempting to gain personhood rights for the Colorado River
  • Similar rights-for-nature campaigning in the Great Lakes region
  • Radical feminist organizing based in DGR Women’s Caucus around coalition building, working to fund a part-time organizer, self-defense projects, and multimedia
  • Highly effective translations, media work, and book publishing in France
  • Other translation work — the DGR website is now partially or fully available in TWENTY ONE languages)
  • Community organizing and local events in central California
  • Indigenous solidarity work in multiple locations
  • Support for political prisoners and POW (Prisoners of War) via an internal committee
  • Initial outreach and organizing new DGR chapters in Ukraine, Germany, and Mexico
  • Prairie Dog defense campaigns up and down the Front Range of Colorado
  • Fracking and other coal, oil, and gas resistance work around the world
  • Forest defense work in Australia and across the Inter-Mountain West in the US, including coalition building
  • Ongoing chapter organizing in several locations
  • Restoration projects in several locations globally and support work for both European and American buffalo
  • Public presentations, skill shares, and training on strategy, direct action, radical analysis, communications encryption, and other critical topics
  • Media projects including the one-of-a-kind Underground Action Calendar and Resistance Profiles
  • Last but not least: we are the only global, grassroots organization that is actively calling for an end to industrial civilization and providing a strategy for how to get there

This is just a partial list. Many of our incredible members are so busy fighting like hell and organizing in their communities that it’s hard to keep up with them. They have no time to fundraise, so this is your chance to support them.

Please donate here or sign up for a monthly contribution! Another major way you can help is sharing this fundraiser with your friends, especially via personal requests to people you think might like to support.

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Car Culture Kills Salmon (Hybrids and Electric Cars Too)

From The Washington Post:

A recent study traced a major coho salmon die-off to contaminants from roads and automobiles — brake dust, oil, fuel, chemical fluids — that hitch a ride on storm water and flow into watersheds. The contaminants are so deadly, they kill the salmon within 24 hours.

“Our findings are . . . that contaminants in stormwater runoff from the regional transportation grid likely caused these mortality events. Further, it will be difficult, if not impossible, to reverse historical coho declines without addressing the toxic pollution dimension of freshwater habitats,” said the study, published Wednesday in the journal Ecological Applications.

This is more evidence that car culture itself is destroying the planet. Electric and hybrid cars do not substanitively address these issues. Car culture must end if Coho Salmon are going to survive. To be clear: CARS ARE NOT SUSTAINABLE. Period. We work for a future where there are no automobiles-electric or otherwise-operating within the Salish Sea watershed. Some call this “unrealistic,” but if you truly want to save salmon it is the only realistic position to take.

Industrial urbanism is not compatible with salmon recovery.

From the paper:

Adult coho salmon are exceptionally sensitive to the harmful effects of toxic urban runoff. Field surveys spanning more than a decade have shown very high rates of mortality in urban streams from the central Puget Sound Basin (Scholz et al. 2011). Affected adult males and gravid females become disoriented and show surface swimming, gaping, a loss of equilibrium, and finally death on a timescale of a few hours. Extensive forensic research has ruled out stream temperature, dissolved oxygen, spawner condition, tissue pathology, pathogens or disease, and other factors commonly associated with fish kills in freshwater habitats (Scholz et al. 2011), which suggests that toxicants found in stormwater run- off are the most likely culprit. Consistent with this, direct exposures to untreated urban stormwater reproduce the mortality syndrome in adult coho, and this toxicity is prevented by pre-treatment with bioinfiltration to remove chemical contaminants (Spromberg et al. 2016). Loss rates to die-offs are typically high, e.g., 60–90% of an entire fall run within a given urban stream. Initial modeling has shown that wild Puget Sound coho, pre- sently a species of concern under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, cannot maintain population abundances at such high mortality rates (Spromberg and Scholz 2011)…

hundreds or even thousands of distinct chemical contaminants in urban stormwater runoff have never been toxicologically characterized.

Read the study: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4111834-Feist-Et-Al-Pre-Print-2017.html

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Help Activists Fight to Protect the Land We Love!

Deep Green Resistance is an organization dedicated to fighting for a living planet. We recognize that our collective tactics to halt the destruction of the planet are failing, while the climate crisis continues to escalate, every year, every week, every day.

This fall, we’ve organized a series of skills and tactical trainings for DGR activists and allies alike, with the goal of building confident and competent activist teams and networks in our communities in the Pacific NW. These trainings are geared toward preparing close-knit teams of environmental activists in carrying out safe, successful, and materially impactful actions. These trainings include operational security, soft and hard blockades, media support during an action, and more. (Check out the video for an example of a DGR coal train blockade last year!)

We need your help to make these intensive trainings a reality! Do you support this work to protect the land we love? Not sure if you can personally risk participating in environmental activism? Consider supporting the cause through a personal donation in any amount that is feasible for you!

Donate here

Organizing and carrying out these training sessions incur a number of costs–food, lodging, transportation, supplies/materials, and time–and all of these require financial support. We are asking for your help to empower dedicated, frontline activists in more effective and more impactful strategies and actions to halt climate change and the destruction of the planet.

Thank you for considering this request! We couldn’t do this work without you, and we plan to keep doing it for as long as it’s needed.

Donate now!

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First-in-the-Nation Lawsuit Seeks Recognition of Rights for the Colorado River

“Contemporary public concern for protecting nature’s ecological equilibrium should lead to the conferral of standing upon environmental objects to sue for their own preservation.” Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, Sierra Club v. Morton (1972)

Denver, Colorado–In a first-in-the-nation lawsuit filed in federal court, the Colorado River is asking for judicial recognition of itself as a “person,” with rights of its own to exist and flourish. The lawsuit, filed against the Governor of Colorado, seeks a recognition that the State of Colorado can be held liable for violating those rights held by the River.

The Plaintiff in the lawsuit is the Colorado River itself, with the organization Deep Green Resistance – a national organization committed to protecting the planet through direct action – filing as a “next friend” on behalf of the River. The River and the organization are represented in the lawsuit by Jason Flores Williams, a noted civil rights lawyer and lead attorney in a recent class-action case filed on behalf of Denver’s homeless population.

While this is the first action brought in the United States which seeks such recognition for an ecosystem, such actions and laws are becoming more common in other countries. In 2008, the country of Ecuador adopted the world’s first national constitution which recognized rights for ecosystems and nature; over three dozen U.S. municipalities, including the City of Pittsburgh, have adopted similar laws; and courts in India and Colombia have recently recognized that rivers, glaciers, and other ecosystems may be treated as “persons” under those legal systems.

Serving as an advisor to the lawsuit is the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), a nonprofit public interest law firm which has previously assisted U.S. municipalities and the Ecuadorian government to codify legally enforceable rights for ecosystems and nature into law.

Attorney Flores-Williams explained that “current environmental law is simply incapable of stopping the widescale environmental destruction that we’re experiencing. We’re bringing this lawsuit to even the odds – corporations today claim rights and powers that routinely overwhelm the efforts of people to protect the environment. Our judicial system recognizes corporations as “persons,” so why shouldn’t it recognize the natural systems upon which we all depend as having rights as well? I believe that future generations will look back at this lawsuit as the first wave of a series of efforts to free nature and our communities from a system of law which currently guarantees their destruction.”

Deanna Meyer, a member of Deep Green Resistance and one of the “next friends” in the lawsuit, affirmed Flores-Williams’ sentiments, declaring that “without the recognition that the Colorado River possesses certain rights of its own, it will always be subject to widescale exploitation without any real consequences. I’m proud to stand with the other “next friends” in this lawsuit to enforce and defend the rights of the Colorado, and we’re calling on groups across the country to do the same to protect the last remaining wild places in this country and beyond.”

The lawsuit seeks recognition by the Court that the Colorado River Ecosystem possesses the rights to exist, flourish, regenerate, and restoration, and to recognize that the State of Colorado may be held liable for violating those rights in a future action. The complaint will be filed in the US District Court of Colorado on Tuesday.

 

Media inquiries:

Law Office of Jason Flores-Williams

303-514-4524

 

Thomas Linzey, Executive Director, CELDF

717-977-6823

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Statement on Guy McPherson

We learned recently that Guy McPherson, with whom DGR has collaborated in the past, has been accused by multiple women of sexually predatory behavior. We have seen screenshots of comments where he calls women vile names (e.g., he calls one woman a “cum-gargling whore”). These accusations have been corroborated from several sources.

At the time we collaborated with Guy McPherson, we had no idea that he was treating women so poorly. Deep Green Resistance has an absolute zero-tolerance policy for abuse and will stand against any predators being allowed access to the movement or anyone who could be harmed. Our hearts go out to his victims.

More here: http://www.wrongkindofgreen.org/2017/08/26/statement/

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Material Support for Grassroots Long-Term Eco-Feminist Organizing

deep green resistance radical feminismThe Women’s Caucus of Deep Green Resistance is fundraising to provide a stipend to a point person who will head up feminist organizing within and on-behalf of DGR.

The women of Deep Green Resistance are hard at work fighting pipelines, protecting forests, defending prairie dogs and buffalo, creating alternative media, supporting camps like Standing Rock, participating in direct action and street protest, resisting pornography and prostitution, challenging regressive gender fads, founding and running grassroots organizations, and bottom-lining the continued work of DGR.

— How to Support —

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FUNDRAISER

These funds would allow one woman to organize, support, and bring together these women to create a stronger and more effective resistance. If you believe in the goals of feminism, and would like to provide support to a grassroots organizer working for radical feminism, please donate and share! Sharing is very helpful, especially if you are able to post regularly or share on your social media, website, mailing list, etc.

We’d like men to be the primary donors to this fundraiser. This is one way that males inside and outside of our organization can stand in solidarity with the women of DGR and the project of feminism.

— Solidarity —

The men in DGR recognize that women often take on the bulk of the support work both within DGR, and in their home lives where they are often the main caregivers of children, men, and the elderly. Women are not paid for this tremendously difficult and necessary work. Women are also paid less for their work within patriarchy while constantly struggling against multiple forms of misogyny.

The women of DGR face all of these challenges as they work to organize as a group, and they deserve our support. In order to show our support for women as they organize separately, we are pledging to collect the funds deemed necessary by the Women’s Caucus to pay a Chairwoman to coordinate their work for one year.

— About the Women’s Caucus —

This is the official description of the Women’s Caucus:

“We are the women in Deep Green Resistance. As women, we all have had different experiences and have different perspectives. We also have common issues and common goals we can agree on that are central to dismantling civilization. Patriarchy is part of the backbone of civilization and the structure of women’s oppression. We in the women’s caucus assert that there is no place for machismo in Deep Green Resistance. If we truly desire to do away with patriarchy, men can no longer partake in displays of masculinity that feed and sustain male supremacy.

We have come together to voice our concerns and expectations. We expect to be asked for our voice on policies within DGR, especially as they pertain to women’s space and DGR’s stance on feminism.”

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FUNDRAISER

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