Earth First! Journal Collective
We would like to offer up the Earth First! Journal editorial collective’s anti-oppression policy below. Its a working and living document which has been hard fought over. It is only a document and despite it, the Earth First! Movement, like our society at large, still suffers under the grip of deeply embedded oppressive thoughts and behaviors. We have this policy, not as a form of righteousness, but as a reminder to ourselves of our own internal issues, of the years of distorted patriarchal, capitalist and racist education many of us have received and learned to embody. It is in the spirit of this document that we made our decision about DGR.
However, we have also received accusations from members of DGR, including those who have now severed themselves from that movement, that they have received death threats and that some of their female organizers have been assaulted. This is not acceptable and does a great deal of harm to our movement. We condemn the trans phobic behavior of DGR and the oppressive actions carried out by those who have physically attacked DGR organizers or threatened their lives.
The Earth First! Journal editorial collective recognizes that the institutional, economic, political, social and cultural dynamics of hierarchy, power and privilege that define mainstream society also permeate the radical environmental movement. These dynamics are expressed in various interlocking systems of oppression (e.g., racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, ageism, ableism, speciesism, etc.), which prevent equal access to resources and safety, disrupt healthy communities and movement building, and severely—sometimes irreparably—harm our allies, our friends, our loved ones and ourselves. Continue reading