Communities that Protect and Resist
Welcome to Communities that Protect and Resist!
We’re a support group, clearinghouse, resource bank, and facilitator for activists who want to build strong communities and leverage them to pursue a sustainable and just existence and resist the dominant culture.
Communities that Protect and Resist (CPR) is a coalition of and for communities (virtual and land-based) working together to actively and directly resist the forces destroying the planet, including:
- Patriarchy and misogyny
- Capitalism and consumerism
- Environmental destruction
What does CPR strive for?
A planet without nation-states, empires, or political boundaries; instead, a planet populated by self-directed, resilient, and self-governing communities, thriving in mutually regenerative relationships with their landbase.
- These communities, as diverse as the people and lands that give rise to them, take neither from other communities nor from their members unless freely given.
- They recognize and guarantee the rights of all creatures and aspects of the living world (including air, rocks, bodies of water, and soil) to exist, thrive, evolve and flourish.
A planet where inhabitants are Bonded (by healthy interrelationships among other community members), not Bound (by constraints, restrictions, or controls imposed by others in service to the dominant culture).
A planet where the chatter that wakes you in the morning is the conversation of insects, birds, and neighbors; where jobs are meaningless, and work is meaningful; where the sights, smells and feelings enrich and sustain, rather than distract, stress and toxify.
Our communities are able to resist, protect and persist, to maintain their integrity and autonomy, because they cultivate:
Knowledge, skills, values and cultural practices that allow them to thrive among their constituent members, in concert with their land, and to resist efforts from within and without that threaten their justice, sustainability and distinctive character and relationships with the land and each other.
Clarity and commitment to their identity and purpose. Conviction regarding their ability to self-sustain and oppose threats to their existence, way of living, and land.
Systems, roles, rites and rituals that maintain their:
~ Culture and relationships with the past and future generations
~ Values emphasizing deep relationships to each other and the land
~ Hard-won assets (skills, trust, values, nurturance, etc.) needed for resistance and prosperity.
1. CPR as Resistance Collectives
2. CPR as Survival Platforms
3. CPR as Viable Alternatives
4. CPR as Resistance Support
5. CPR as Sustenance
6. CPR as Natural Order
Communities provide a fundamental unit of opposition, based on shared interests and identity, and/or a common landbase. For too long, the dominant culture has atomized our collectives and families, and blunted joint resistance efforts by invoking and cultivating the guileful and divisive ideology of neoliberalism. We advocate for a return to class consciousness, collective struggle, and the wielding of power available only to united groups committed to each other and to their respective communities and classes.
Communities also may be a primary mechanism of survival during Collapse and in the times beyond. One of the myths of neoliberalism is the strong, independent actor who survives on her own wits and strength. Rarely, though, does one survive without the help and support of others, despite what Ayn Rand might tell you. As critical resources disappear, as the corporate-governmental axis of power continues to threaten freedoms and protections, and as global climate change continues to exacerbate resource wars and social chaos, only those embedded in strong communities will survive. Redoubts and bomb shelters will at best provide only temporary safety, and in fact are likely to be high-priority target for desperate bands of survivors.
Communities serve as multiple forms of viable alternative cultures and societies to help populate the planet after collapse with just and sustainable collectives. Industrial civilization is just one form of society, and it’s killing all life on this planet. As that dominant culture dies off, new ones will replace it, that reflect the needs of their members (human and otherwise) and their respective landbases. It is not our job to describe the particular characteristics of any of these new and revived communities; rather, we exist to facilitate their ascent.
Communities provide a liberating base of support to free front-line activists and resistance warriors for resistance work. Resistance movements are notoriously difficult to instigate, and even more difficult to maintain, in great measure because many if not most of the activists so engaged feel the need to disengage in the face of financial hardship, family responsibilities, or both. In strong communities, these needs are met by the collective, and frontline activists can pursue the warrior role when and as necessary.
Communities serve as a support groups for activists and warriors experiencing burnout. Activism, particularly radically oriented activism, is stressful, isolating, and fraught with danger. Even the most steadfast resisters can become drained, despondent, and distrustful of comrades. Communities that resist recognize these risks and the danger signs their warriors might exhibit, and are quick to provide the social support (and rest) resisters need to reenter the front lines and continue the struggle for the survival and independence of their community.
Communities are the natural order of things. Industrial civilization, by way of its toxic manifestation the dominant culture, doesn’t only destroy the physical world; it destroys the spirit and soul of all who are subjected to its poison. What indigenous cultures and wise elders know, too, is that communities enrich and heal the body, and spirit. We know the disastrous effects of the dominant culture manifested in stress, poor health, mental illness, and addiction among other ailments. And let us not forget that these infirmities effect all the inhabitants of a community – all the animals and plants, fungi and microbes, air, soil, rocks and water are compromised, stressed and weakened. Communities, in contrast, offer the camaraderie, unconditional support, intimacy, emotional outlets, sense of identity, nurturance, and structure needed to survive, grow and thrive