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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

“The Battle for Whiteclay” Film Screening, fundraiser for upcoming action (6/2)

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Join Deep Green Resistance Wisconsin at the Peace Action Center on Saturday, June 2nd for a film screening of The Battle for Whiteclay and a presentation about an upcoming action in solidarity with Lakota peoples against the ongoing genocide facing Native Americans. The event will start at 5:00 PM at 1001 E. Keefe Ave. in Milwaukee, WI.

The State of Nebraska’s refusal to halt alcohol sales to the dry Pine Ridge Indian Reservation from its border town of Whiteclay gets an in-depth look in this new documentary about a century-old problem. Four off-sale liquor stores in this 14-person hamlet sell over 12,000 cans of beer a day to an Indigenous clientele with virtually no legal place to drink it. Struggling with crippling poverty and epidemic alcohol abuse that afflicts 4 out of 5 families, the Oglala Sioux Tribe has for decades banned the sale and possession of alcohol on their reservation.

On June 9th, 2012, Lakota people of the Pine Ridge Reservation will march for justice against the genocide committed by the opportunistic alcohol dealers in White Clay. A caravan will be leaving from Wisconsin on June 7th to join them, and other members of Deep Green Resistance, in the struggle. To help make this action successful, we are calling for allies willing to come to the action in solidarity, or support the effort materially. If this speaks to you, please attend this event to learn more about the battle for Whiteclay and how you can help in this fight for justice.

Learn more by watching this short news clip via http://battleforwhiteclay.org/:

Revolutionary Music Show with Dustin and the Furniture and more (5/7)

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Join Deep Green Resistance Wisconsin for a revolutionary music show event on Monday, May 7th, 2012, beginning at 7:00pm, at the Candlelight Collective in West Bend, WI, located at 258 N. Main St. (Lower).

The event will include musical acts by: Dustin and the Furniture, Y-Lime, and Bonesaw.

Dustin and the Furniture, based in Tennessee, plays folk music inspired by walks in the woods and relationship with nonhuman plant and animal neighbors. Dustin lyrically embraces resistance to industrial civilization and agriculture, while calling for a serious transformation to a sane and sustainable way of living. Dustin and Furniture is currently traveling around the U.S. on a tour, sowing the seeds of revolution one music show at a time.

Here is a video of Dustin and the Furniture playing, “It’s Up To You”: