“Building a culture of resistance” is a large undertaking, but necessary to achieving the political activism that the planet needs. A culture of resistance is a dedicated alliance of people and their affiliates that together work for long-term social change. The book, Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet, describes several such cultures, from the American Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s to the British Women’s Social and Political Union of the early 1900s, to the contemporary Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta and the many Arab Spring protesters. Cultures of resistance provide material, spiritual, emotional and psychological support for their members.
The goal of Deep Green Resistance Four Corners is to build such a culture to support activism that defends the land, air, water, and life of the Colorado Plateau. Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting additional examples of cultures of resistance: the indigenous affiliation MASTA (Moskitia Asia Takanka) of Honduras, organized to protect the tropical rainforests of the Tawahka, Miskitu, Garifuna, and Pech peoples; the Burmese women’s human rights movement of the 1990s; and the alliances of First Nations tribes fighting against Alberta, Canada’s tar sands pipelines. We invite suggestions and commentary on alliances like this, that effectively organize resistance to human rights and environmental atrocities. Post a comment or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.