Deep Green Resistance Bylaws
The bylaws lay out the Deep Green Resistance organizational structure. Download the full bylaws (docx), or read this summary:
DGR is formed with the goal of advancing the aboveground strategies laid out in the book Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet, including, but not limited to:
- Building a culture of resistance against industrial civilization;
- Normalizing the idea of underground resistance; and
- Engaging in aboveground political struggles.
DGR members follow our Statement of Principles and Code of Conduct.
The DGR Steering Committee helps the organization set policy and organize strategically for long-term, sustained success. The committee consists of an advisory board with three permanent members, and six members elected each year by the general DGR membership.
The Administrative Committee members are appointed by the Steering Committee to perform the basic functions that keep DGR running. Positions include Chapter Coordinator, Conflict Resolution team, Email Coordinator, Forum Coordinator, Literature Coordinator, Member Action Proposals Coordinator, Membership Coordinator, Secretary, Security Coordinator, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Volunteer Coordinator, Webmaster.
Prospective members must agree to abide by the Statemont of Principles and Code of Conduct, be approved by the Personnel Committee, and commit to paying regular dues and/or submitting periodic Member Action Proposals for planned projects. Once accepted into DGR, members gain access to tools for internal communication, may vote for the elected positions of the Steering Committee, and may request funds for projects.
The basic unit of local DGR organization is the chapter. Most of the day-to-day decisions about DGR’s local activities are made within chapters. Therefore, DGR places great importance on chapter organizing. DGR members benefit from forming or joining DGR chapters by gaining a community of like-minded individuals and a formal vehicle with which to do activism locally.
Chapters should meet locally at least once a month, and consider creating administrative roles, such as coordinator, membership coordinator, contact coordinator, treasurer, and literature coordinator.
DGR holds monthly general conference calls, an annual member conference, and encourages regional and local gatherings and meetings.
DGR provides spaces for marginalized classes to wield collective power and organize privately through caucuses. Caucuses are accessible only to those who belong to the group for which it was created.
The three-member Conflict Resolution Committee facilitates timely, supportive, and positive resolution of conflicts for members of DGR with the goal of maintaining organizational effectiveness despite differences in personality or opinion. This policy provides members an avenue to address and resolve interpersonal conflicts, grievances, and complaints.
The Fundraising Committee gathers donations, which are distributed quarterly by the Treasurer in response to Member Action Proposals. Funding decisions are based on DGR's strategic mission and action priorities.