Deep Green Resistance Bylaws

The bylaws lay out the Deep Green Resistance organizational structure. Download the full bylaws (docx), or read this summary:

General

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:

  1. Building a culture of resistance against industrial civilization;
  2. Normalizing the idea of underground resistance; and
  3. Engaging in aboveground political struggles.

DGR members follow our Statement of Principles and Code of Conduct.

Steering Committee

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 four to eight members elected each year by the general DGR membership.

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Administrative Committee

The Administrative Committee members are appointed by the Steering Committee to perform the basic functions that keep DGR running.

Membership

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.

Chapters

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.

Meetings

DGR holds general conference calls, an annual member conference, and encourages regional and local gatherings and meetings.

Caucuses

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.

Conflict Resolution

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.

Finances

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.

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”We need people from all walks of life doing all kinds of things to support this movement and perpetuate the mentality and actions of resistance.”
-Sam Leah

"I don't think it is violence to defend that which you love."
-Saba Malik

“I love recognizing the ways in which wildness, no matter how thoroughly civilized a place may be, is constantly working and toiling. I love thinking about civilization falling away as that wild force eats through it.”
-Dillon Thomson

“I love the land where I live, where thick mists drift between trees and rocks and rain drips from moss and flows down mountainsides.”
-Max Wilbert

"DGR is our last, best hope."
-Dillon Thomson

”Our allegiance lies with the real world, with real human beings and real forests, and we will fight to protect them.”
-Max Wilbert

”If you are terrorized or mesmerized, you are not alive. Rejoin the living, join the resistance.”
-Jennifer Murnan

“Every kind of resource extraction is an act of domination and control and is a statement that says the way of life we have created for ourselves—the shiny, fast moving, plastic way of life—is more important than life itself.“
-Sam Leah

“DGR understands that resistance is not a monoculture and that everyone and every kind of action is needed.“
-Sam Leah

“The most pressing problem facing the world is the iron heel of civilization on the neck of human and non-human communities.”
-Max Wilbert

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