Environmental NGO’s – case studies

Offsetting Resistance: The effects of foundation funding from the Great Bear Rainforest to the Athabasca River – Macdonald Stainsby and Dru Oja Jay

A study of hoScreen Shot 2017-01-24 at 3.06.00 PMw environmental NGO’s  collaborate with large American foundations, government and industry to concentrate decision-making power concerning anti-tar sands campaigns.  This is a detailed examination of the role of ForestEthics and other Environmental NGOs in the Great Bear Rainforest deal and in the Northwest Territories Protected Areas Strategy. From there, it reveals the hidden structures behind the emerging “North American Tar Sands Coalition,” which seeks to keeps its decision-making body “invisible to the outside,” while funnelling millions of dollars to its preferred groups — to the potential detriment and sidelining of community organizers across North America.  full report HERE


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The trouble with nonviolence

vietnamBelow is an in-progress compilation of resources that attempt to confronting pacifism’s monopoly of the “moral high ground” with some historical arguments and practical interventions.

How Nonviolence Protects the State – Peter Gelderloos

This book will show that nonviolence, in its current manifestations, is based on falsified histories of struggle. It has implicit and explicit connections to white people’s manipulations of the struggles of people of color. Its methods are wrapped in authoritarian dynamics, and its results are harnessed to meet government objectives over popular objectives. It masks and even encourages patriarchal assumptions and power dynamics. Its strategic options invariably lead to dead ends. And its practitioners delude themselves on a number of key points. full book here

Smash Pacifism. A Critical Analysis of Ghandi and King – Zig Zag

Today, there are many well intentioned people who think they know the history of Gandhi and King. They assume that nonviolence won the struggle for Indian independence, and that Blacks in the US are equal citizens because of the nonviolent protests of the 1950s. Pacifist ideologues promote this version of history because it reinforces their ideology of nonviolence, and therefore their control over social movements, based on the alleged moral, political, and tactical superiority of nonviolence as a form of struggle.… Read more

Hashtag decolonize?

“Indigenous solidarity” is sexy nowadays. Every liberal is ready, it seems, to “decolonize” something or other. And every multi-milliondollar NGO, from Immigrant Rights megagroups to Environmentalist giants, purports to “stand in solidarity with Standing Rock” and you know, “defend Mother Earth”.  That is, so long that does not work against their financial self-interest, nor force any accountability for a long history of promoting policies, forms of social organization and ideological frameworks that are decidedly anti-Indigenous, as well as anti-migrant and anti-Black. The examples are too numerous to list here: Big Greens “invested” $100 million in electoral support for Hillary Clinton and her extractive bedfellows in 2016 alone;  350.org continues to sabotage the indigenous-lead People’s Agreement developed in 2010 in Cochabamba, Bolivia; NGO’s collude in indigenous land and and water grabs under the guise of conservation, as is happening currently with the Oak Flat, sacred to the Apache; and Immigrant Rights is used to legitimize the increased militarization of O’odham lands in the southwest so-called borderlands.
This is not a new story. But there is a new twist.
Big Green and Immigrant Rights NGO’s are speculating on the abomination that is Donald Trump, in a scramble to brand themselves the leaders of a resistance they can shape, control and profit from. 
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