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Mid-February Report

By Ben Cutbank, Coordinator of Deep Green Resistance Wisconsin

Here in the middle of February 2012, after about half of a year since forming, the Wisconsin chapter of the Deep Green Resistance (DGR) international movement is thriving. What follows is a report on recent developments from within:

We have a solid core group and have developed membership criteria and a joining process to recruit new members. Members already part of the group have found niches and roles to help focus their gifts and efforts. The group now has a Treasurer, Recruitment officer, Blog Administrator, Coordinator, and Co-Coordinator.

DGR Wisconsin has hosted about 5 events so far, two of which have been an “Introduction to DGR,” using an outline speech that a member of our group put together. The role of speaking at these events has been rotated between members.

Members of DGR Wisconsin have also participated in various protests, events, and meetings representing the group.

Thus far, our members mostly live in two distinct cities within the state, but we are hoping to recruit members from all around Wisconsin and we try to vary the city in which our meetings and events take place.

There is much activity in our group’s near future, especially in the later part of March. Around that time we are hosting: two events for the Occupy the Machine U.S. Speaking Tour, a fundraiser event in Madison with live music and a raffle, and an international Deep Green Resistance member’s conference.

Note: This is a first of what will be continuous reports about the status of our action group.

Bad River Chippewa Against Proposed Mining Legislation In Wisconsin


BY  JAN 8, 2012

The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa are working, along with several NGOs, to stop a controversial mining bill that would gut existing environmental protections and effectively silence the public in order to streamline mining projects in the state of Wisconsin.

Wisconsin State Assembly Bill 426 looks like it could’ve come straight from former Peruvian President Alan Garcia’s waste basket, for all the good it would do. The 183-page billwants to:

  • Allow for the destruction of high quality wetlands
  • Allow mining waste to be deposited in floodplains and on the shores of lakes and rivers
  • Remove the right of citizens’ to sue for illegal environmental damage by a mine
  • Prohibit the DNR from monitoring mine waste sites or facilities, stopping work at a mine if there are permit violations or pollution, or making mine companies pay fines for those violations.
  • Force the DNR to make a decision on a mining permit within 360 days, otherwise it is automatically approved.
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DGR Wisconsin presents: Music Show: Big Dudee Roo & Thistle

Friday, August 5th, 2011. 7pm.

Candlelight Collective community space. 258 N. Main St. (Lower). West Bend, WI.

Deep Green Resistance Wisconsin presents: A show with Big Dudee Roo and Thistle. Please join us for a night of music and conversation focused on resisting civilization.

This show is $3 suggested donation. All proceeds will go to the bands playing, the collective hosting the event, and to DGR Wisconsin.

Big Dudee Roo is a folk-rock band from Michigan. Their music encompasses themes such as resisting the dominant culture’s ideologies and structures, deeper connection with other humans and the natural world, feminism, social justice, and the many emotions that arise when confronting these issues. The genuine energy and emotion that the band puts into their live performances engage audiences in a distinctively intimate way.

Thistle is a folk singer, gardener and bicycle enthusiast living in Madison, Wisconsin. The Earth First! Journal has said of her, “Thistle’s voice is provocative and powerful. With raspy realism, her lyrics paint a picture of life on the road (via bicycle), rage about the killing of the earth and a commitment to fight back”. The Beehive Design Collective calls Thistle’s music, “Movement music, the kind that moves your heart to hidden feelings and new hopes.”

Deep Green Resistance Wisconsin, is a brand new, Wisconsin chapter of the Deep Green Resistance (DGR) movement. The goal of DGR is to deprive the rich of their ability to steal from the poor and the powerful of their ability to destroy the planet. This will require defending and rebuilding just and sustainable human communities nestled inside repaired and restored landbases. This is a vast undertaking but it needs to be said: it can be done. Industrial civilization can be stopped.

And We’re Recruiting

DGR Wisconsin is a brand new chapter of the Deep Green Resistance movement. This chapter is very much still in its formative stages. We are optimistic that DGR will attract many allies in the state and our chapter will grow and become more effective and diverse over time.

Until then, DGR Wisconsin is recruiting. We need your help and here’s how:

  1. If you are from Wisconsin and you align yourself with the DGR movement, please get in touch. This Wisconsin chapter hopes to encompass all allies in the state and bring us together to do this work.
  2. Funding. We are an entirely grassroots (and obviously new) organization, and thus we really appreciate monetary donations to help us host events, distribute information, and more.
  3. Attend or help us organize events. Here are some ideas we have for events that could happen around the state:
  • END:CIV screenings
  • Deep Green Resistance book discussions
  • lectures/info meetings
  • a weekend-long DGR conference
  • landbase defense and restoration
  • indigenous solidarity work
  • wide variety of aboveground activism

Please contact the coordinators of DGR Wisconsin if you are interested in getting involved in any of these ways!