"This is a conflict over politics, and organizational structure. Its been catalyzed by the insistent non recognition of queer, gender queer, and trans men and trans women by DGR who make up part of the movements in question, and are also a part of oppressed groups more broadly that we find ourselves standing with. It also reflects even more fundamental questions of internal organization, autonomy, the behavior leadership “cult,” and a commitment to anarchist principles and analysis.
It’s short sighted if you want to destroy civilization but dont see questions of organization or analysis towards something as central to civ as the State as relevant. DGR’s vertical organization, its leadership structure, and its adoption of being part of the Left, set it on a collision course with the majority of those who advocate positions around deep ecology and biocentrism, as well as the larger anarchist milieu these people tend to be drawn from. The politics matter, they reflect real differences in approach and tactics and strategy. Anarchism, for all its issues in North America, is globally a growing and increasingly powerful and influential force in revolutioanry and insurrectionary moments, especialy in countries facing austerity. DGR is withering like a bad joke. The difference has to play out." - Sweet Tea
In the ongoing firestorm of controversy surrounding Deep Green Resistance (DGR) and transphobia, a hateful series of emails sent by DGR frontman, Derrick Jensen, has been leaked exposing Jensen’s own deep-seeded animosity towards anarchists and trans people.
Apparently Jensen received several emails asking him for clarification about transphobia after the publication of the Earth First! Journal Collective’s initial statement about DGR and transphobia. Reacting to the inquiries, Jensen wrote, “I liked what I said to Julia or whatever his name was who wanted to join DGR: You are not a woman. You are a man who believes he is a woman.” It is hard to distill transphobia to a more concentrated attempt to completely deny trans identity. But wait, there’s more.
About one of Jensen’s would-be interlocutors, Jensen had this to say: “One of them was an anarchist, so he’ll be a prick no matter what happens.” Jensen would not be satisfied by this simple attack on anarchists. He would go on to write, “The anarchists are liars. It’s what anarchists do.” As far as lies go, this is a terribly misleading and fundamentally dishonest statement, considering the deeply thoughtful and critical accountability processes and collective decision-making that form anarchist praxis. Does Jensen not understand anarchism, or is he simply creating a smoke screen?
This question is answered quickly enough in Jensen’s recap of the Law and Disorder conference: “Men attacked women in an attempt to silence them… And that’s how anarchism works. And then anarchists claim that the real victims of the assault were the perpetrators. This is completely standard operating procedure in anarchism.” So here we find Jensen again denying trans people’s identity, and insisting that anarchism is a politics of victimization. Even held up to the most broad of analysis, this statement is utterly false—consider, for instance, the workings of Rising Tide, Anarchist Black Cross, Food Not Bombs, Homes Not Jails, No Borders Camps, much of the core organizing and origins of the Occupy movement, and other righteous stuff brought about through anarchist strategies and tactics.
One important maneuver comes in another email, while Jensen is still on the ropes, striking out against his own friends. Founder of Rewilding Portland, Peter Bauer (urbanscout), posted the EF! statement on his facebook wall, and in response, Jensen wrote Bauer. The upshot, according to Jensen, was simple: “If he doesn’t retract it, I’ll block him, which is really all I can do, and of course I’ll never speak to him again. Fuckers.” Baur kept the statement up, and was subsequently banned from the Derrick Jensen Forum.
But then, Jensen jumped into action in a way we always thought DGR would go down. He and his top officials took power over the entire national group, dispensing with the general philosophy that he, Keith, and McBay were only authors providing a foundation for autonomous non-hierarchal organizing.
“We—the board—are taking over, because so far the way this has been handled is a classic example of how battles are lost. We have had every advantage against a completely incompetent opponent, and we are still somehow managing to lose. When I engage in a conflict, I aim to win it. And as of this moment DGR is fighting to win this conflict.” Fucking epic, right?
First of all, I don’t think most people see this as a war or whatever. It’s a really tragic, emotionally taxing problem that the movement has been dealing with for years. Why is Jensen breaking it down like this? Like he’s at war with trans people and anarchist organizers? I know we have some different opinions, but it’s hard not to wonder: Is Derrick Jensen really our enemy?
Recall first that Jensen in the book, Deep Green Resistance, claims that anti-civ organizing is inherently non-hierarchical. Funny, then, that he should take power in such a dramatic fashion to commandeer authority over the entire organization. During this power grab, Jensen forced the Portland DGR chapter to retract their initial statement, which he felt was “done incredibly poorly” and “should have been run by us. We would have fixed this.” So much for autonomy! So much for the group that was involved and that witnessed the event actually having a voice and speaking for themselves. Derrick Jensen has the story that the public should see, and as for the witnesses and people involved—they are victim blaming (even if they are, themselves, the “victims,” according to Jensen’s insensitive and disconnected stance).
The sad part, aside from the total betrayal of DGR’s own strategies and tactics through the forced “state of exception” brought down by the Jensen administration, is that this entire “conflict” that Jensen pledges to “win” is about securing his privilege to transgress the rights of trans people. And why is Jensen going to war? Because some trans folks drew on some books (and accidentally on someone’s hand)? No. This is about Derrick Jensen and DGR’s leadership not being able to listen. They deny accountability, and push all the blame on anarchists and trans people.
Portland DGR has officially split over the transphobic stance of DGR’s leadership, with key organizers forming a group called Resistance Portland. We call on all DGR chapters to join them in calling out the leadership, denouncing transphobia, and forming a Resistance Network throughout the United States. The DGR leadership has already betrayed you through their transphobia, and through their recent consolidation of power. Together, we can bring down capitalism and patriarchy.
This most recent development will probably only strengthen our resolve, reminding all of us to always organize with our hearts, to never follow those who proclaim themselves to be our leaders, and to never forget that solidarity is all we have. And to love each other with all our might. The heart is a muscle as big as a fist, and with it, we will smash the state!
Last night we burned down a yuppie development on 1st ave near Victoria. We are tired of seeing our lives and memories being torn down one development at a time. We wish and will create fear for developers in East Vancouver. The class war is heating up. We have no intention on stopping. If we, if you, allow this continue you will be pushed out of East Vancouver due to rising rent and gentrification. If you are the cause of gentrification you should never feel safe
For a world where no one is homeless, hassled by police, the state or capitalists
Since 2010, leaders have been meeting behind closed doors to form the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) to expand trade and give more power to the corporations. These nations are Australia, Brunei, Chile, Canada, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States and Vietnam. These agreements not only undermine workers the first world but it will inevitably create even worse conditions for workers in third world countries. The state will always serve the capitalists. The police will always protect the capitalists. The TPP hopes to strengthen the grip capitalism and the state has on our lives. This is intolerable for us and must be stopped.
The TPP Welcoming Committee is announcing our support for the resistance against the worldwide anti-trans pacific partnership convergence. We are also calling on all workers, students, anarchists, anti-capitalists, youth, aboriginals, Idle No More, Rising Tide and other groups to converge upon Vancouver (Occupied Coast Salish Territory), in July to not only voice their disgust for the agreement but we wish encourage them to take direct action whether it be in the form of sits ins, strikes, walkouts, occupations or lock downs. We also encourage people across so called Canada and throughout the Pacific Northwest to converge to shut these meetings down.
We are announcing and organizing a breakaway march from the official one that will take place. We are tired of seeing governments make deals with corporations and intern undermining the people and destroying native land that doesn’t even belong to us. We would like to call on people to take direct action during this march by any means they see fit. We see this as a perfect time to shut these fuckers down. More info will be released in the form of communiqués as the meeting date comes closer. Use this as a time to tell people about the Trans Pacific Partnership and organize your own affinity group.
No Trade Agreements on Stolen Native Land
-TPP Welcoming Committee
Multiple people are still in jail and facing serious felonies following the May Day Anti-Capitalist March. This Thursday, May 16th at 8:30 am in room East 1201 two of those people will be in court again for arraignment hearings. One is being charged with 2nd degree assault and is being held on $60,000 bail. The other is being charged with 3rd degree assault and is being held on $20,000 bail.
Two more people will be in court with arraignment hearings on Monday, May 20th at 8:30 am in courtroom East 1201. Both have been released from jail but are still facing felonies. One is being charged with assaulting an officer and the other is being charged with felony riot.
At their last court date no one was able to get in because the media packed the courtroom before supporters could. This hearing is happening in a larger courtroom, so it should not be a problem this time, but if you are able to, please try to show up early.
Be aware that the Seattle Pigs say that they are working "feverishly" to identify further May Day suspects. You will be expected to show a state-issued ID card and will not be allowed to bring weapons (pocket-knives even) or any other kind of sketchy material into the courthouse. If there is any reason you suspect that there may be pictures of you committing a crime on May Day and you did not properly conceal your identity, it may be worth considering not coming to the courthouse. Solidarity can be given in many different ways.
Thursday May 16th @ 8:30 am
King County Superior Court.
Court Room East 1201
516 3rd Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
Monday, May 20th @8:30 am
King County Superior Court.
Court Room East 1201
516 3rd Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
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This is the .pdf for the text "Why We Wear Masks?" that was posted earlier this week. To be spread wildly!
I would first like to quote a comrade currently in clandestinity, because I feel they have stated my thoughts the best “...anarchists carry prison in their genetics”.
Some of our comrades have decided that their best choice in these moments is to appear in front of the Grand Jury. I will not condemn their choices, nor will I say it is incorrect. It is a decision they have made for themselves because of their future and the desire to be amongst their loved ones sooner rather than later.
The decision to go into clandestinity is not for everyone I have recognized that. Some who have gone into exile or on the run may decide to be open about their choices and decision for being in such a position. Others may decide to live completely removed from comrades socially. Changing their name, dress and daily habits. This is painful and requires an unlimited amount of strength. Because a person ceases to be and becomes an apparition of their former self. Whatever decisions our comrades make solidarity is the only option.
How does repression manifest itself in our current situation? Obviously this is a hard question to answer since it is still unclear what will happen overall with the Grand Jury in Seattle. How long it will carry on or who exactly they may subpoena next. The state seems to have little interest in giving up information about who is of interest to them. We typically hear of specific individuals that the state is trying to find based on verbal testimonies that the FBI has a list of names, photos or copies of drivers license.
For me it is to unclear to say what the most recent visits are about, I do not want to speculate, nor do I want to theorize their overall strategy, because we have no idea what could happen next.
I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for about a little over 5 years now and have seen incredibly inspiring moments in the Puget Sound Region. From the Port Militarization Resistance in Olympia during 2007, Anti-Detention Center Demonstrations in Tacoma during 2008-2009, a month of antagonism against the police in Seattle of 2011, Occupy Seattle and May Day of 2012. All of these minor struggles have taken on different forms, be it social demonstrations to self-organized attacks against institutions of the state. As a whole these moments have shown that this region is less interested in slowing down and giving up.
Fear is a real human emotion, it is something that should not be ignored – we have all been given the gift of fear in school, at work and on the streets. A gift that is ever lasting and we learn from time and again.
We have to be honest with ourselves that fear is a constant threat by the state and its repressive measures, but if they push us into inactivity and isolation because of fear, than their strategy is working to their advantage. We have to become insubordinate and our own indomitably should shine in these moments.
The choice that some of my own comrades have made to either go on the run or into exile has affected me very deeply, I have had intense moments of sadness and moments of complete bliss. I know it may have been one of the hardest decisions they have had to make in their life and it may be some time before we come into contact again, but however hard their decision was to make I know freedom is always a wiser choice to make than submission to our enemies.
Its important for me to always remember that feeling the rain falling on your face, the smell of the oceans crashing waves, the taste of food and the touch of a loved one without the imposition of a prison guards demands, the closure of a cell and the disciplinary measures of the warden.
In the beginning I was afraid to communicate openly whether this was via phone or email. I was afraid of my relationship, a relationship of affinity that had been formed over many years. A fear which distracted me from the human need of affection and love because of the states interest in tightening the noose around the neck of social relationships. When in fact the state is afraid of the uncontrollability of our desires for destruction and how it can/has spread. I have given up on such silly thoughts and have made the choice to communicate precisely as any one else would do, with strength, complicity and total solidarity.
Anarchy, is not only breathed into a specific moment in time, but a way that someone carries themselves where ever they go. Comrades with the wind on your back and the sun in your eyes, run harder and faster. Place yourselves one step ahead of our enemies and know that freedom is always on the horizon of our dreams. I will always be here for you, whether I don a mask or write to you.
Lastly I would like to propose a week of international solidarity for all the Grand Jury resisters in the Pacific Northwest, whether imprisoned or on the run. Between the days of August 11th to the 17th. Each action does not have to take a specifically clandestine form, but can be a counter-informational day, a public banner drop or info-night where money is raised for our comrades resisting the Grand Jury.
Freedom First and Always!
Solidarity with the Grand Jury Resisters!
Against the State and Capital!
Long Live Anarchy!
- an anonymous comrade currently in the Pacific Northwest
The following is in regards to The Evergreen State College Student Services Support Staff Union's recent statement that 76% of their members are willing to strike if the administration refuses continues to stall in bargaining. For more background information about this current labor struggle at The Evergreen State College, go to the following URL and watch the video: http://vimeo.com/64994286
Currently, the workers represented by the Student Support Services Staff Union are the only workers without a contract. They face the violence of unemployment at all times (with no explanation or due process) and are among the lowest paid of all Washington state employees. For the past 16 months they have been negotiating for “basic workers’ rights” and higher pay.
Now they are threatening to strike.
While we have little to no concern for bigger cages and longer chains and despite our disillusionment with their attempts to climb the social hierarchy of capitalism, we are drawn to their threat of action. As anti-authoritarians and anti-capitalists, we see an affinity in our common struggle to undermine the authority and constraints of wage slavery in favor of total self-management and autonomy. Direct action gets the goods. Thus, in the event of a strike, we are offering our solidarity as students and student-workers to do everything we can to aid in the halt of operations at The Evergreen State College.
NO ONE GOES TO WORK, NO ONE GOES TO SCHOOL, NOTHING WORKS.
A STRIKE IS A BLOW.
-The OLY SDS