We are a collective of dedicated lovers of life and the wild who are working to help shape new and healthy social norms based on kindness, integrity, and respect for all of the living world.
Our Core Members:
For over six decades of hard living I have gathered many experiences.
I have loved dance and song and wild nature and plants since childhood. Like so many women enduring patriarchy I have survived emotional abuse and the sex industry. I have provided care for elders in homes and facilities, palliative, hospice, long term as well as dementia care. I am humbled that I was entrusted to provide service as a lighthouse keeper, with other lighthouse keepers. I grow and harvest medicinals with a year of herbology training with the Rocky Mountain School for Botanical Studies behind me. I am a gardener and aspire to be a forest gardener on Jen-Lo Farm, a small, family therapy farm which is the legacy of my mother.
I have encountered permaculture and have continued to engage in it from a radical perspective far beyond my year long formal introduction through the High Altitude Permaculture Institute. I am my mother’s daughter, mother and grandmother, a journey that continues the long line of inheritance, though the motherline, from which humanity flows. I have been a radical activist for 10 years, participating in many aspects of struggle to dismantle systems of oppression, including anti racism work, political prisoner support, radical feminist activism, front line resistance, and providing a platform for radical social and environmental voices to be heard, first through community radio and a program I co created, WomynAir, and most recently with the DGR podcast the Green Flame as a co host. I have always prioritized women’s voices in these broadcasting endeavors.
I am here with CPR because my journey has led me to the profound yet obvious conclusion that human animals belong in community, are made whole by community. The only effective way for us to engage in the struggle to protect and resist is by coming from a place that gives us strength as a species,COMMUNITY. Of particular interest to me is making connections with my ancestors who for the vast majority of our time as part of the Earth Community of life, lived within societal structures that maintained balanced relationships with the natural world. In this quest, I have found that matriarchal societies arose from the very fount of relationship building that is at the core of the creation of our species. Matriarchal societies structurally and physically support mutually beneficial relationships, unlike hierarchical patriarchy, a much later and extremely destructive societal form.
I am here with you, to hear you, to embark with you on a journey to protect and defend and to return to Earth, our only home.
DR. FRED GIBSON
Hi, I’m Dr. Fred Gibson, co-founder of Communities that Protect and Resist. An environmental and social justice activist, I’ve lived in Colorado off and on since 1970. Not only have I witnessed the native beauty and biological diversity of the Front Range, I’m also devastated by its ongoing destruction. Along with my comrades, we will reverse that trend. I’m an organizational psychologist and leadership scholar, coach, and practitioner, and have plied my trade for over 40 years. Now, though, I work for the living, and not for the dominant culture. I offer my experience to build effective leadership and organizational capacity to groups that resist the destruction of the planet.
Perhaps a bit different than many resistance activists, I have extensive experience in the military, business world and academia. The good news is that these lifetimes provide broad perspectives on organizing and leading, from which I draw to round out my analysis and ground my organizing and resistance initiatives. My activities in these arenas include developing leadership capacity among resistance comrades, collaborating on strategy for activist organizations, creating a social norms campaign to change attitudes toward resistance work, and developing an assessment model to allow resistance groups to determine how successful they are.
And oh yeah; I worked with close comrades to build Communities that Protect and Resist. I did so in part because I saw that radical Communities were the “sweet spot” in resistance organizing: small cadres of activists can engage in successful resistance work, but are generally too small to be self-sustaining, while larger organizations often fail to maintain focus and internal integrity. Resistance Communities promise to counter the limitations of these organizational forms, while conforming more closely to the natural state of society.
Although relatively new to activism, I participated in the Castle Rock Prairie Dog campaign in Colorado and have joined resistance and/or support efforts in Oak Flat, Arizona, Standing Rock, North Dakota, and the Great Basin, Nevada among others. In addition to helping grow CPR as an organization, I teach courses to activists and Community leaders, and write the occasional blog post.
When the pandemic wanes, you might find me on the road, working with Communities to organize, protect and resist.
I live on occupied Kalapuya land in what is now called Oregon. I moved here many years ago and immediately fell in love with this land and the life here. I have since devoted my life to protecting it from the dominant culture of greed and exploitation. Love and respect for life is what makes me a radical and a proud member of CPR.
I came from the Southern U.S., immersed in racism, misogyny and capitalism. I have resisted those things my entire life. My first memories are of carrying BandAids to school in first grade (in case someone got hurt) and giving my aunt’s change away to a homeless man (and being scolded for it). Even as a child I recognized the connection between us all. I was lucky to spend my childhood in a suburb next to a great wood and spent most of my time there exploring, talking and listening to the wildlife and the trees with my best friend Kelly, a German Shepherd. I would have happily lived in that wood forever. It’s gone now, trees, streams, and hills razed and replaced with shoddy housing.
I attended Western Texas College on a full academic scholarship and went on to work in hospital Ob-GYN, Women’s Surgery and CCU departments for the next 15 years, giving me a lifelong love and respect for women and for the process of birth and death. It also made me very aware of the lack of true family and community in our lives. There were far too many women giving birth alone with no one to support them and too many elderly without family and cut off from friends. While working on my degree in Psychology I managed a Temporary Placement Office, employing RN’s, LPN’s, phlebotomists, and CNA’s. I then managed and marketed an Assisted Living, and eventually worked as Administrator for a large Retirement Community of townhouses, apartments, and studios. I loved working with elders who were being weighed down by their possessions and fearful of the changes in themselves as they aged. I can’t remember a single person who moved in that wasn’t suffering from isolation and loneliness. But the Retirement Community business got bigger and very competitive – offering less to the residents and charging more to live there. It no longer seemed like a community and felt more like a business. I left to care for my mother but I have never forgotten the faces and stories of the people I left behind. They were, and still are, an inspiration to me.
Retired now myself, I look back and see that becoming a minimalist and getting in touch with the real, natural world is essential to saving it. We can’t be completely connected to life while dependent on this civilization. I see the holes in our current communities and the divisions between people that shouldn’t be there. I, and my colleagues, want to continue learning how to live in a more compassionate, reality-based way and we strive to share that knowledge freely with anyone interested in a healthy, connected, and respectful community of the living. This is my passion, my mission. I know it’s a long road but it’s the only one I think is worth traveling on.