Deep Green Resistance Campaigns
In order for the planet to survive, we must act in its defense. This is why Deep Green Resistance is organizing actions to confront the power structures—patriarchy, capitalism, and civilization—largely responsible for the plunder of land and people.
As an aboveground organization, our direct action is strictly limited to nonviolent civil disobedience. We maintain a firewall between our members and any groups or individuals who may be engaged in underground action. For an explanation of why this is necessary, see our Security page.
We are in Phase I of our operations as an aboveground organization, which means we are focused on networking, mobilization, and recruitment. Before our aims can grow and take on larger targets, we need a solid foundation—an organization and community that can be resilient and adaptive. From there, we move to Phase II.
DGR Action Priorities
We stand with traditional indigenous people who seek to preserve and expand traditional lifeways. We recognize that many of us are living on stolen land.
The Women’s Caucus leads the fight against male violence, domination, and entitlement. Men within DGR work to dismantle masculinity, improve personal behavior, and systematically fight against patriarchy.
The People of Color’s Caucus leads the fight against white supremacy, institutionalized racism, and racialized violence. White people within DGR work to support these efforts, fight internalized racism, and dismantle the systems of white supremacy.
Read White Ally Guidelines.
We believe in the strategic necessity of education geared toward a goal of transforming material conditions. The DGR book, for instance, is an attempt at education, but it's ultimately a call for direct confrontations with power. We promote strategic resistance through outreach, community education, public speaking, video, and whatever other methods may be effective.
Agriculture is the process that undergirds civilization. That is the destruction that must be repaired. Acre by acre, the living communities of forests, grasslands, and wetlands must be allowed to come home. We must love them enough to miss them and miss them enough to restore them. The best hope for our planet lies in their restoration. Perennial plants build soil, and carbon is their building block. That repair should be the main goal of the environmental movement. As such, DGR members and chapters work to restore land whenever and wherever such efforts are possible.
Download Landbase Action Plan template.
We engage in aboveground campaigns using whatever nonviolent tactics will be most effective in any given situation (ranging from community organizing and nonviolent direct action to legislative change and collective withdrawal of support). It is our understanding, given the timeline we face and the numbers we have, that aboveground work will not be enough to dismantle civilization, capitalism, white supremacy, patriarchy, and other oppressive systems of power.
Promoting Underground Resistance
Because of this, we focus all of our work here: on the need for a militant underground to physically dismantle the infrastructure of these systems and stop perpetrators from continuing their crimes. We work to build a culture that normalizes and promotes militant resistance.
This timeline is no longer updated. Please visit the Deep Green Resistance News Service for news of DGR and chapter activity.
DGR members from across Canada and the US bring donations of cash and materials to the Unis'tot'en Camp. They help shovel snow, split wood, cook, clean, improve the root cellar, construct a compost toilet, fix vehicles, walk the trapline, and more.
DGR adopts new bylaws with a new organizational structure
DGR Slovenia and friends dub a German anti-fracking film into Slovenian.
DGR Lower Columbia organizes Washougal River habitat restoration.
Multiple members present at PIELC 2014, including Lierre Keith as a keynote speaker.
DGR Austalia member tours the Philippines with the Mobile Anarchist School. She speaks at universities, infoshops, a farmer's forum and many other locations about the need for a serious resistance movement.
Members of DGR UK present at and participate in Resisting Together.
DGR Autralia puts on "Turn the System Inside Out" workshop.
DGR New York remains active with monthly meetings and a monthly prisoner support group. This month, the chapter also hosts Guy McPherson speaking on "Climate Chaos."
DGR members from Chicago and elsewhere organize Earth Day fundraiser for the Bad River Tribe opposition to the largest open pit mine in the world.
Multiple members participate in the spring Unis'tot'en Camp.
DGR EUMENA particpates in International Permaculture Day with Food Freedom: An Integral Perspective.
DGR members and other radical feminists hold RadFems Respond
DGR Southwest Coalition holds a regional gathering, doing riparian restoration work and screening Sweet Crude as part of their activity.
Members help organize and participate in a Sacred Water Tour of eastern Nevada and western Utah, as part of resistance to water theft.
DGR UK member presents Diversity of Tactics workshop at Campaign Against Climate Change conference.
UK member gives DGR presentation with Q&A as part of Bristol Big Green Week.
Members from across North America participate in the summer Unis'tot'en Camp, helping to build infrastructure for their long-term pipeline blockade.
Members gather from around the world to participate in the third annual DGR conference, held this year in New York.
UK members run a stall and present at the Green Gathering. Adam Herriott is interviewed on camera.
DGR New York teams with author and activist Chris Hedges to present "Creating Strategies for Revolution", also featuring members of Autonomous Indigenous Movement, People’s Survival Program, OWS Zapatista, and One Struggle.
DGR Lower Columbia tours four cities to present "Business as Usual: the False Solutions of Green Tech".
UK hosts full-day workshop on environmental activism.
Many DGR members attend, volunteer for, and table at Earth At Risk.
DGR Seattle and multiple midwest chapters hold education & fundraiser events in solidarity with the Unis'tot'en Camp.
Members present at and participate in the Montreal Massacre Memorial 2014.
DGR members organize community education events against water theft in coordination with indigenous allies in the Great Basin.
Blockades and actions in White Clay continue.
Members present to PIELC on Deep Green Resistance.
Second annual DGR gathering takes place in Crescent City, CA. Members record footage for Conversations on an Underground Resistance.
DGR Great Basin organizes two-day training called Communities of Resistance.
DGR Great Plains members participate in marches and actions against the Klu Klux Klan in Memphis, Tennessee.
Two DGR members are arrested for their work against Natural Gas Fracking and genocide against indigenous communities. Fundraising efforts to support these people commence.
Members again travel to the Unis'tot'en camp to support the land-based anti-extraction resistance of the Wet'suwet'en people.
Members participate in the Left Forum in New York City, speak on radio shows in Florida and Oregon, and participate in anti-logging efforts in Slovenia.
New chapters continue to organize around the world. The organization, which is composed of more than 30 chapters, is now active in at least 10 countries.
DGR members and allies travel to northern California to respond to a call by the Winnemem Wintu tribe to protect a traditional coming-of-age ceremony for young women from disruptive, disrespectful, and potentially dangerous interruptions.
Members help organize women's radio programming in Colorado.
DGR Great Basin continues to participate in organizing and in actions against tar sands and oil shale extraction in Utah.
Multiple DGR chapters assist the Unis'tot'en Camp in fundraising efforts.
DGR members vocally support resistance at public meetings against coal export ports on the west coast of the U.S.
Members organize women's-only self defense classes for vulnerable communities of women in Eugene (Warrior Sisters) and in New York.
DGR Salish Sea organizes with members of IWASI (Indigenous Women Against the Sex Industry) against pornography and the sex trade.
DGR Slovenia organizes film screenings.
DGR New York begins hosting intensive cadre training events.
Members develop a set of White Ally Guidelines.
DGR EUMENA, encompassing Europe, Middle East, and North Africa, forms and holds their first regional meeting.
DGR members participate in an anti-racism March for Justice in South Dakota, US.
Members take part in a march and blockade to shut down White Clay, Nebraska, US, forcing concessions from the liquor stores engaged in illegal and immoral chemical genocide against the Lakota people of the Pine Ridge reservation.
Members present A Culture of Resistance East Coast Roadshow across the southeastern United States to promote the movement and the need for a militant underground.
Members develop a set of Indigenous Solidarity Guidelines.
DGR members and allies organize a speaking tour up the Pacific Northwest coast of the United States and Canada to raise support for the Unis’tot’en Action Camp near Moricetown, Canada, before attending the camp.
Five DGR members are arrested in White Clay, Nebraska for blockading genocidal liquor stores.
New DGR chapters emerging around the world.
Members develop a set of Feminist Solidarity Guidelines
Dillon Thomson presents Environmentalism in the 21st Century.
Lierre Keith and Cameron Murphy present The Failure and Future of Environmentalism at PIELC.
The book Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save The Planet, by Lierre Keith, Aric McBay, and Derrick Jensen, is released by Seven Stories Press.
The organization based on the book and the workshop begins to organize, and rapidly expands to over a dozen chapters worldwide.
Dillon Thompson of DGR travels the west coast of the United States to promote the need for a militant underground movement.
DGR News Service established to promote aboveground and underground resistance and direct action.
The authors of the Deep Green Resistance book speak to Occupy Oakland, and along with other friends and allies including Arundhati Roy, Thomas Linzey, Stephanie McMillan, and Waziyatawin, participate in the conference Earth At Risk: Building a Resistance Movement to Save the Planet.
- April 2007
First Deep Green Resistance (DGR) workshop is held in Massachusetts. Nine additional workshops are held over the next five years.