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Eco-Sabotage is Planetary Self-Defense

Editor’s Note: This essay first appeared on the Deep Green Resistance Blog.  We think this analysis is relevant to all regions.

Max Wilbert and other members of Deep Green Resistance Seattle participated in a May “ShellNO” protest against Shell’s arctic drilling rig. Their display of signs reading “Sabotage the Machine” and “Eco-Sabotage is Planetary Self-Defense” attracted a lot of attention. Elliot Stoller conducted a short video interview in which Wilbert explains his concern about ineffective tactics and strategies in the face of dramatic threats to biodiversity, climate, and social justice.

Wilbert discusses DGR’s radical evaluation of systems of power and what might actually work to alter their destructive course: targeting critical communication, electrical, and oil infrastructures, and addresses some common questions about what that means for the safety of activists who undertake such work, and what sort of life humans can live without the comforts and elegancies of industrial civilization.

Please share this radical analysis, and help put sabotage on the table as a viable tactic in our struggle for life and justice!

Sabotage the Machine

Grassroutes Caravan Calls for Bicyclists, Welcomes DGR

Flyer for kick-off event. View facebook event here.

Grassroutes Caravan is a mobile bicycle village of resilience that is heading to Chicago to protest NATO this May. GRC organizer and member of DGR Wisconsin, Thistle Pettersen, says there is still room in the village for more riders and a DGR crew would be welcomed with open arms!

A recent article on explains more about Grassroutes Caravan and this year’s ride:

Each year, the Grassroots Caravan sponsors a cycling trip to different points in the Midwest. This year’s event is entitled Cycles of Revolution: ¡Brake the Banks!. Forty people participated in the group’s annual trip in 2008 to the Republican National Convention in Minnesota. This year’s trip is limited to 50 participants.

According to their website, this trip is to “promote and demonstrate peaceful forms of cooperative, collaborative democracy in the face of the endless wartime rhetoric of NATO.” Using bicycles as the vehicle to travel to Chicago is in tune with the NATO summit, because the wars NATO engages in are frequently fought “to secure oil and gas resources,” of which the bicycle uses none.

The Cycle of Revolution will stop in three communities along the route to participate in community events. As has been tradition in the previous three trips the group sponsored, particpants engage in community service in exchange for places to stay during the journey. Currently, approximately 20 people have signed up for the event, which leaves Madison on May 13. A kick-off fundraiser is scheduled for May 5 in Madison. The group has been holding fundraisers since January.

To get involved in Grassroutes Caravan, you can apply to ride or get in touch with the organizers.

DGR Wisconsin to attend Milwaukee Planning Meeting to Protest NATO/G8 Summit

Members of Deep Green Resistance Wisconsin will be representing our group at the upcoming Organizer Planning Meeting to Protest NATO/G8 Summit. The meeting is taking place on Saturday, February 18th, 2012, in Milwaukee, WI.

Here’s a short description from the organizers of the meeting:

Antiwar, student, and labor [and radical environmental!] organizers from around the city of Milwaukee will be meeting on Saturday, Feb. 18, 1 pm, at The Center Street Library (2727 W. Fond du Lac Ave.) for a planning meeting to found a Milwaukee Coalition to protest the NATO/G8 Summit in Chicago this May.

from Wisconsin Bail Out the People Movement

Learn more about the NATO/G8 Summit at

DGR Wisconsin Member Interviewed for Aligned Project

DGR Wisconin member Thistle Pettersen, holding "No Blood for Oil" sign

View the accompanying article and video at the Chicago Tribune website

Deep Green Resistance Wisconsin member Thistle Petterson was interviewed in the Chicago Tribune about her organizing involvement in the group Grassroutes Caravan, which plans to bring a group of at least 50 bike riders to Chicago during the G-8 and NATO summits to protest for a living planet and an end to imperialism. Their bike ride is called Cycles of Revolution: Brake the Banks.

DGR Wisconsin supports Grassroutes Caravan and their goals of human-scale, direct democracy. We are proud and excited for our member and supporters involved in this project.

DGR Wisconsin participates in anti-mining protest


Citizens from around the state are planning to protest the proposed Assembly iron mining bill Wednesday and Thursday, according to the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice.

A “Bury the Bill” rally will take place on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the State Capitol on the State Street steps.

Then, Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., a “People’s Tribunal” will take place in the north hearing room of the Capitol building’s second floor.

The Wednesday rally will feature speakers including Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Director Mike McCabe, Laura Gauger of the Wisconsin Resources Protection Council, Ben Manski of Wisconsin Wave, and attorney Glenn Reynolds. Photos and maps of the area around the proposed open-pit iron mine in Ashland and Iron Counties will be available for public viewing, and a short performance will demonstrate the impacts the bill could have on the Northwoods.

At the Thursday tribunal, anyone who wants to speak publicly will be invited to speak about the proposed legislation and mining in general.

The Wednesday protest and Thursday Tribunal are hosted by Madison for the Penokees. Participating organizations include the Penokee Hills Education Project, Mining Impact Coalition of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice,, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Sierra Club, Wisconsin Resources Protection Council, Midwest Environmental Advocates, Madison Infoshop, Family Farm Defenders, Take Back the Land-Madison, Groundwork White Anti-Racist Collective, Deep Green Resistance–Wisconsin, Lake Superior Greens, Madison-area Urban Ministry, and People Empowered to Protect the Land of Rosendale.