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We Made the Change by Talking About It: Movement Narratives of Antiviolence Activism in the Radical Environmental Organization Cascadia Forest Defenders

We Made the Change by Talking About It: Movement Narratives of Antiviolence Activism in the... We Made the Change by Talking About It Movement Narratives of Antiviolence Activism in the Radical Environmental Organization Cascadia Forest Defenders Kiera James Anderson Left - leaning activist movements in the United States have a long history of confronting oppressive behaviors of the State— and non- State opponents— alongside attempts to deal with intramovement power struggles. Th ese ten- sions reveal patterns of oppressive and aggressive behavior that reinforced gendered and racial hierarchies, which many groups made concerted eff orts to dismantle. Th is article provides an analysis of how narratives and counter- narratives were deployed to reinforce and resist patterns of abusive and vio- lent behavior within Cascadia Forest Defenders (CFD), a grassroots environ- mental organization based in Eugene, Oregon. CFD was founded in 1995 by a group of mostly white activists in their twenties and thirties— University of Oregon students, activists from the grassroots environmental network Earth First!, and a few Eugene locals. Th eir fi rst major victory came in 1996, with the halting of logging in an area known as Warner Creek in the Willamette National Forest. Th e Willamette National Forest— like Eugene and surround- ing towns— exists on land stolen from the Kalapuya http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies University of Nebraska Press

We Made the Change by Talking About It: Movement Narratives of Antiviolence Activism in the Radical Environmental Organization Cascadia Forest Defenders

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University of Nebraska Press
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1536-0334

Abstract

We Made the Change by Talking About It Movement Narratives of Antiviolence Activism in the Radical Environmental Organization Cascadia Forest Defenders Kiera James Anderson Left - leaning activist movements in the United States have a long history of confronting oppressive behaviors of the State— and non- State opponents— alongside attempts to deal with intramovement power struggles. Th ese ten- sions reveal patterns of oppressive and aggressive behavior that reinforced gendered and racial hierarchies, which many groups made concerted eff orts to dismantle. Th is article provides an analysis of how narratives and counter- narratives were deployed to reinforce and resist patterns of abusive and vio- lent behavior within Cascadia Forest Defenders (CFD), a grassroots environ- mental organization based in Eugene, Oregon. CFD was founded in 1995 by a group of mostly white activists in their twenties and thirties— University of Oregon students, activists from the grassroots environmental network Earth First!, and a few Eugene locals. Th eir fi rst major victory came in 1996, with the halting of logging in an area known as Warner Creek in the Willamette National Forest. Th e Willamette National Forest— like Eugene and surround- ing towns— exists on land stolen from the Kalapuya

Journal

Frontiers: A Journal of Women StudiesUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Jun 30, 2018

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