A message from the Deep Green Resistance:
Three incidents occurred at the “Law and Disorder Conference” in Portland May 11 and 12 concerning DGR and transgender/queer activists. A lot of lies have been told about these incidents. We need to tell the facts of what physically happened.
Two women were tabling, handing out DGR literature and selling books. A group of five transgender/queer activists came up to the table. One of the male queer activists began shouting at the women, using aggressive language. This man made threatening gestures toward the women. He grabbed and defaced table materials. When one of the women went to protect the materials, he marked her arm and hand as well.
This conference states it has a policy of safe spaces, but “safe spaces” evidently doesn’t apply to women, because although most people in the room had no choice but to hear the shouting, no one, including the organizers, intervened to stop this man and his aggressive behavior.
A half an hour later, a male DGR member tried to engage in respectful conversation with these queer activists. They began chanting at him and insulting him, culminating in them throwing trash and food at his head.
Deep Green Resistance is an environmentalist organization which strives to deconstruct the institutions that exploit or enable the exploitation of the earth, its resources, animals, and people to create sustainable, nondestructive societies.
You might be familiar with one of its founders, Lierre Keith. I first heard about her from an awesome article at GenderTrender which covered her ban as a keynote speaker at an Earth Day conference because of her views on gender (a topic that was not going to be discussed in her presentation).
Members of DGR have been targeted by trans activists again, only this time, they were subjected to vandalism and violence.
Trans activist violence doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Feminists who speak critically about trans theory are speaking critically of men and of principles that are deeply engrained into the sexist order of society, meaning that backlash is inevitable and driven by the oppressing class. Men have invaded women’s spaces and women’s politics under the superficially progressive guise of transsexuality. They shout loud enough to become the dominant voice, and have gained the position to alienate and exile as transphobic and bigoted anyone who questions them.
They have also obtained the power to act out with violence and and aggression.
The blog for the Law and Disorder Conference has just three posts on the page: One of them is about the importance of their “safer space policy.”
Law and Disorder recognizes that issues of privilege and oppression exist in society both socially and institutionally. Through education, skill-sharing and advocacy, we work to create a safe and accessible space that values and builds common understanding and solidarity. We strive to make the conference welcoming, engaging and supportive to everyone by asking conference organizers and participants to be conscious of their words and actions. All forms of aggression based on one’s age, gender, sexual identity, religion, race/ ethnicity, or ability will not be tolerated.
In accordance with this safer space policy, if anyone in attendance feels that the group space is unsafe or oppressive, we encourage them to address the situation mindfully. If the situation needs further assistance, the conference’s security volunteers will assist in an attempt at mediation, which includes accountability and deliberation. If the oppressive behavior persists, the person/s will be asked to leave the space.
As DGR outlines in their post, the conference organizers did nothing. They did nothing when a group of five males approached two women who were sitting at a booth and began shouting at them, using aggressive language and threatening gestures. They did nothing when the group of men vandalized their organization’s materials and marked one of the women’s bodies. They did nothing when the group of men threw garbage at a male DGR member’s head. They did nothing the next day, when even more people screamed and cursed at them.
The conference was not safe for environmental activists who refused to submit to transgender law.