March Book Club Meeting

The Santa Barbara chapter of Deep Green Resistance is starting a book club to explore how to mount an effective struggle against the destruction of the planet. Currently, we are reading the book Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet.

Our first meeting is on March 12th at 12:30PM at the Santa Barbara Eastside Library. The discussion will cover Chapter 1: The Problem.

The entire book is available online here: https://deepgreenresistance.org/en/support-us/deep-green-resistance-store/products/deep-green-resistance-ebook-detail. If you can afford to buy the book, we would greatly appreciate your support. We will also have physical copies for sale ($20 each) at all book club meetings.

Contact us at santabarbara@deepgreenresistance.org if you have any questions.

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The Women’s March took place on January 21st, the day after Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration, in Washington, D.C.  Upwards of 500,000 participated in the march, over twice the anticipated 200,000 and three times the estimated 160,000 in attendance at the inauguration.

View of the National Mall, taken by the National Park Service EarthCam at noon ET, an hour before the march was scheduled to begin.

Sister marches also occurred throughout the U.S. and across all seven continents; a total of 673 marches were organized.  Political scientists have estimated that somewhere between 3.3 million and 4.6 million people marched in the U.S., making it the largest protest in the country’s history.  The highest turnout was in downtown Los Angeles, where over 750,000 people filled the streets.

This view does not capture the entire crowd in downtown Los Angeles, where traffic was completely shut down for blocks around Pershing Square for the march.

The organizers said that they did not plan the event as a protest, but instead as a response to “rhetoric of the past election cycle.”  They do not even describe their non-confrontational demonstration as anti-Trump.  The official website states that the march “will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights.”  Their language is very timid and insubstantial, with no mention of patriarchy, female liberation, or the fact that men are the oppressors of women.  Let alone naming the misogynist who was just inaugurated as head of “our new government”!
Fortunately, women did not listen to the “not an anti-Trump protest” message.  We showed up in D.C., chanting, “Donald Trump has got to go” and, “not my president.”  One sign at the Los Angeles march read “EXPECT RESISTANCE YOU FUCKING NAZI,” clearly addressing Trump and his racist hate speech.

A sign at the DC march reads “abuser in chief” with a red circle and line through the text.  Donald Trump raped Ivana, his ex-wife, and has been accused of sexual assault by several other women.

In a country where “vagina” is a bad word, where women are not allowed to make choices about our own bodies, where a rapist who has made disgusting comments about women has been elected to the highest political office, women are fighting back.  In D.C., women loudly exclaimed “my body my choice,” and “a woman’s place is in the struggle.”  Protest signs read “keep your rosaries off my ovaries,” “pussy grabs back,” and “we need to talk about the elephant in the womb.”  We refuse to shut up about our anatomy, despite how uncomfortable it makes men, as long as those same men continue to oppress us by restricting our reproductive freedom and objectifying our female bodies.

A sign at the LA march reads “we were all born from womyn.”

A group of radical feminists (perhaps inspired by Meghan Murphy’s article) marched in DC with a huge banner reading “WOMEN RISE UP! AGAINST TRUMP AGAINST RAPE AGAINST THE SEXIST STATE.”  They also had signs reading “ANGRY, HAIRY FEMINISTS UNITE!” and “SISTERHOOD IS POWERFUL.”  Women will not quietly ask for our dignity, our rights, and our humanity, we will demand them.  Because we know that the Trump administration and all the other misogynists of the world will not listen to our appeals.  They will only listen to political force.  Sisters across the globe, join the resistance to fight for your liberation!

A sign from the DC march reads “POWER CONCEDES NOTHING WITHOUT A DEMAND,” a quote from Frederick Douglass.  Keep this in mind over the next four years.

Rally against offshore fracking in the Santa Barbara Channel

Hosted by the Center for Biological Diversity:

“Join us at a rally to urge the Obama administration to deny an application for offshore #fracking.

Perhaps emboldened by the election of Trump, an oil company just applied for a permit to frack off the California coast — it’s the first application since the feds lifted a moratorium on the controversial process earlier this year. If the feds grant the permit, oil companies would soon begin fracking in the wildlife-rich Santa Barbara Channel — home to sea otters and endangered blue whales — putting our coasts and beaches at risk. We need to send a clear message to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management — the agency in charge of the permitting process — that Californians oppose this toxic technique, and that it has no place in our ocean. Join us at a rally to tell Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to deny this permit to frack our oceans.

What: Rally against offshore fracking in the Santa Barbara Channel
When: Thursday, December 15th at 11:00 am – 1:00pm
Where: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management office, 760 Paseo Camarillo, Camarillo, CA

Oil companies have permission to annually dump up to 9 billion gallons of wastewater, including fracking chemicals, into federal waters off the California coast. That’s why the Center for Biological Diversity won a moratorium to halt fracking off California’s coast earlier this year. But federal officials lifted the moratorium in May even after acknowledging the risks fracking poses to the environment.

With Trump’s presidency looming, and his promise of unfettered drilling with it, now is the time to stand up and send a clear message to the agency that offshore fracking is inherently dangerous; it makes people sick and poisons our ocean, and it has to stop now. Join us on Thursday in Camarillo.”

 

See this Facebook event for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/665997146893480/.

Check out this link to sign up for carpooling to the event in Camarillo: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSerXA585FewX3_ugmUVb93X8tHqmhOqk-cOeXHwD7350nrOKw/viewform.

Trump’s election has sabotaged any prospect of reigning in the global warming crisis

by Max Wilbert / Deep Green Resistance

On Tuesday night, the American people decided to elect Donald J. Trump, a billionaire business mogul and reality TV star who has been accused of raping or otherwise sexually assaulting twenty-three women, who has called for banning immigration to the United States, and who has built a campaign on virulent racism.

He received more than 60 million votes.

There is a lot to process. Those conversations, about the growing tide of white supremacy, about Trump’s pending sexual assault cases, about the fact that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, about the left’s failure to engage with the white community on issues of race, and about the gerrymandering and voter disenfranchisement that characterizes the American system, are already taking place.

I want to focus here on one specific issue: global warming. As I’m writing this, I’m sitting in the sun outside my home. It’s November, and temperatures are more than 20 degrees above the typical average here. This year, 2016, is predicted to be the hottest year on record, beating out last year, which beat out the previous year, which beat out the previous year, each of the last five setting a new mark.

Records are being smashed aside like bowling pins. We are in the midst of a global catastrophe, and it is even worse than previously thought. On the day after the election, news broke that the climate is more sensitive to global warming than most calculations had suspected.

The study in question predicted nearly double the warming that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had previously expected. The new data predicts between 9 and 14 °F warming by 2100, enough to potentially lead to the extinction of the human species and flip the Earth into a completely new regime more similar to Venus than Earth. Michael Mann, one of the most well-known climate scientists in the world, says these findings and the changing political situation may mean “game over for the climate.”

Into this mess strides Donald Trump, who has said that if elected, he would “immediately approve” the Keystone XL pipeline, roll back environmental regulations, further subsidize the fossil fuel industry, and back out of the Paris climate agreement. Coal and oil stocks, as well as shares of equipment companies and railroads, jumped in price after news of his victory hit.

Right now, thousands of native people and allies are gathering on the cold plains of North Dakota in an attempt to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Under President Obama, such popular movements had a chance—a small chance, but a chance—of success. Under Trump, there won’t be so much leniency, and the road to victory will be much harder.

History is clear; social movements have generally flourished under slightly more progressive administrations, and waned under right wing leadership. What does this mean for our strategy?

I would like to have a peaceful transition to a sane and sustainable world, but it seems increasingly impossible. The American people have shown themselves to be a reactionary force, clinging to their privilege as if it can shield them against the arrows that originate in American foreign policy. Immigrants come here because their lands have been destroyed for American capitalism, and groups like ISIS have emerged from a slurry of war, oil, racism, and fundamentalism.

Perhaps, then, we need a different type of change. When it comes to protecting the planet, stopping pipelines needs to be one of our first priorities. And like other Earth-destroying machinery, pipelines are very vulnerable. They stretch on for miles with no guards, no fences, and no protection.

Recently, a number of activists, including some who I know, were able to approach and shut down all five pipelines that carry tar sands oil into the United States in a coordinated act of non-violent civil disobedience. Their action was brave, but its long-term efficacy depends on whether courts will agree with them that their action was necessary and create a precedent to normalize actions of this type. With another Antonin Scalia on the way to the Supreme Court, a positive outcome is in doubt.

Coordinated action of another type could be more effective in protecting the planet. In plain language, I speak of sabotage. Individuals or networks of people conducting coordinated, small-scale sabotage over a widespread area could cripple the fossil fuel system with a minimum of expense, technical expertise, personnel, and risk. It is simple to disappear into the night, and with proper security culture the possibility of capture is remote. We’ve seen how vulnerable this network is; anyone could do this.

It isn’t idle speculation that such attacks would have a substantial impact. Its actually been done before, most notably in Nigeria, where indigenous people in the Niger River Delta have risen against polluting oil companies many times over the past several decades. Most recently, attacks on oil pipelines earlier this year shut down some 40 percent of Nigeria’s oil processing. Months later, the oil industry still hasn’t recovered.

To many people, this plan will sound insane. Modern life is dependent upon oil in so many ways. But when oil is killing the planet and those in power will not respond to rational argumentation or peaceful protest, and when sixty million people are willing to vote a climate-denying sexual abuser into office, what options are we left with? It is time for serious escalation.

Max Wilbert is a writer, activist, and organizer with the group Deep Green Resistance. He lives on occupied Kalapuya Territory in Oregon.

Reposted from Deep Green Resistance News Service.

On Sunday, November 6th, the Santa Barbara chapter of Deep Green Resistance hosted the first stop of the Women’s Resistance Tour in Los Angeles, CA.  There were approximately 25 attendees, traveling all the way from Sacramento in the north to San Diego in the south.

 

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The focus of the Women’s Resistance Tour stop in LA was to give attendees the tools to engage in effective radical feminist activism to end patriarchy.

 

There were two presentations in the morning:

1. “Radical Feminist Resistance” discussed the distinction between liberals and radicals, described the categories of patriarchal control & examples of ways to respond, outlined the difference between alternative and oppositional cultures, and presented some examples of effective resistance movements.

2. “Misogyny and Ecocide” discussed the link between our woman-hating culture and the devaluation of the natural world, including the fact that the advent of agriculture & civilization contributed to both the formation of patriarchy & militaries as well as marking the beginning of widespread ecocide & the severing of humankind’s connection to nature.

 

The afternoon consisted of different workshops for the female and male attendees.  The women’s group started off with a kickass presentation from Warrior Sisters, an organization that provides free self-defense classes to women in order to combat the high rates of violence against women in our culture.

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Warrior Sisters gave a presentation about their organization. You can learn more here: http://warrior-sisters.org/.

 

The two representatives from Warrior Sisters demonstrated some helpful techniques in setting boundaries and, when necessary, physically stopping perpetrators.

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Two Warrior Sisters trainers showed us how to break free of a wrist grab.

 

Next, the women heard from a Board member of the Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF), a radical feminist organization dedicated to the total liberation of women.  WoLF is currently in the process of suing the United States federal government over the recent joint DOJ/DOE guidance that redefines “sex” to mean “gender identity” under Title IX.  This sets a dangerous precedent for the rights of women & girls in the United States, as Title IX is the only piece of federal legislation which protects females as a historically oppressed class.  Redefining Title IX to erase biological sex, the basis of the oppression of women & girls under patriarchy, will eliminate a multitude of protections for women & girls, such as: certain scholarships in STEM fields, separate locker rooms and showers for females in public schools, anti-discrimination laws in the workplace, and much more.

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WoLF is suing the U.S. federal government to protect the rights of women and girls.  You can donate to the legal fundraiser here: https://womensliberationfront.nationbuilder.com/.

 

The women’s group concluded with a discussion of how to strategize when organizing radical feminist actions, inspired by this video by Zoe Blunt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vS4dJ2WWLE.  The end of the workshop consisted of a discussion on a topic that the women attendees chose: ending sexual exploitation of women & girls (i.e., pornography and prostitution).  I was so inspired by the group’s passion about this topic and look forward to working with them on this issue in the future.

 

The men’s group participated in two discussion-oriented presentations entitled “Male Violence: A Men’s Problem” and “How to Be a Better Pro-Feminist Ally,” led by two male members of DGR, Kyle and Dillon.  “Our discussions went very well.  It was nice to sit down and talk in a group of similarly-minded men about how to improve our activism, especially when we shared and critiqued each others’ stories of what to do and what not to do in relation to bystander intervention,” said Kyle.

Men are not feminists, but they can ally themselves with feminists to help fight patriarchy.  You can read DGR’s Feminist Solidarity Guidelines here: http://deepgreenresistance.org/en/what-we-do/deep-green-resistance-feminist-solidarity-guidelines/.

 

It was great seeing all the attendees talking to each other and getting excited about the activities throughout the day.  I really felt like we were coming together as a radical feminist community, and this was an essential part of creating a resistance movement against patriarchy here in southern California.

 

If you are interested in seeing the presentations from this event, or want to be involved with organizing events like this in the future, please email us at santabarbara@deepgreenresistance.org.

Radical Feminist Activism

DGR is hosting a radical feminist event on Sunday, November 6th in Los Angeles. Anyone is welcome to come: women and men of any background, as long as you are genuinely interested in radical feminism and remain respectful when involved in discussion. Come if you are interested in learning more about radical feminism, getting involved in feminist activism, and/or connecting with radical feminists and male allies in the region!

If you are interested in attending or getting more information about the event, visit this page: radical-feminist-activism.eventbrite.com. Feel free to email santabarbara@deepgreenresistance.org, call us at (805) 364-2394, or message the DGR Santa Barbara Facebook page if you have any questions.

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October Meeting: How about a Hike?

October 16th, at 10:30AM:

Come learn about who we are and what you can do to get involved with Deep Green Resistance! Anyone is welcome to attend, it doesn’t matter if you aren’t a member or haven’t even heard of DGR.

Meet at the trailhead for Douglas Preserve (coordinates: 34.403149, -119.736934). We will give a short presentation and leave some time for Q&A at the trailhead. Then, anyone who is interested can join us on a short hike through the preserve.

Contact sbcharliem@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/208004169619471/

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September Meeting: Picnic in the Park

Come learn about who we are and what you can do to get involved with Deep Green Resistance! Anyone is welcome to attend, it doesn’t matter if you aren’t a member or haven’t even heard of DGR.

There will be a short presentation, with the rest of the meeting dedicated to Q&A.

You can find us in the park by looking for a sign that says Deep Green Resistance!

We will provide some snacks; feel free to bring some food to share.

Contact sbcharliem@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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Water is Life Solidarity Rally #NoDAPL

See Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/173554736404822/

“Join Santa Barbara Standing Rock Coalition this Saturday, Sept 10th, for our “Water is Life” rally at De la Guerra Plaza in solidarity with the Dakota Access Pipeline protest. Opening ceremony with Chumash Elders at NOON. Speakers include Chumash leaders, environmental leaders, music by Native American flutist, Emiliano Campobello, and more!

BRING FRIENDS and SIGNS!

We’re also accepting supplies which are greatly need by our brothers and sisters on the front lines, especially as weather is turning very cold. See list of items requested at bottom of this event description

#NoDAPL #WaterIsLife

Listen and learn more about Emiliano’s music here:
http://www.sacredwindsmusic.com/

More info:

The Camp of the Sacred Stones and Red Warrior Camp, currently defending against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, are calling on allies across the world to take action from September 3rd to 17th on the pipeline companies and financial institutions working to build the pipeline.

Please make all monetary donations to the Chumash Nation through https://wishtoyo.networkforgood.com/

Re supplies:

warm camping gear and clothes are much needed. flashlights and batteries. Cooking supplies, tents, shade tents, shelving for the kitchens(there are 4 kitchens) , hay for the horses, toys and books for the youth, shoes/boots and warm socks. Also very warm jackets. Snow season is not far off.

Plase check back for updated list!

Learn more about Emiliano Campobello’s music here:

http://www.sacredwindsmusic.com/

Read more background here:
http://sacredstonecamp.org/blog/2016/8/23/tribal-gathering-faces-aggressive-state-repression-and-media-manipulationJ”

 

This event is not hosted by or affiliated with DGR.