Return to the Shawnee Forest

The timber sale area was occupied for 79 days – at that time, the longest forest occupation in modern U.S. history. The area slated to be cut was rich in biodiversity, a haven for songbirds and loved by the many locals who went there to watch the birds, camp or enjoy nature. The major daily newspaper in Springfield, IL, the state’s capital, called the occupation “a popular uprising.”

September 28, 2019

No August Photo of the Month Out of Office – on the road – and preparation for: Please join Indigenous Environmental Network, Global Justice Ecology Project and Shawnee Forest Defense! in October for

The Resurgence: 2019 Forest & Climate Movement Convergence where we will join together diverse…

September 5, 2019

Happy Independence Day (Photo of the Month)

The Great Distractor likes it when people pay so much attention to his tweets. Then it's easier for him to shuffle his cards behind their backs to make the rich richer. And the poor poorer. The Great Distractor is one disease of the system of Capitalism. This editorial photograph was shot somewhere in Pennsylvania (U.S).

July 4, 2019

They’re Back: Int’l Tree Biotech Conference is in the U.S. Again (Photo of the Month)

Previous International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) Tree Biotechnology Conferences have been the target of opposition. Major protests were held against the 2013 IUFRO Tree Biotechnology Conference in Asheville, NC as well as the 2017 Tree Biotechnology Conference in Concepcion, Chile. The 2019 Tree Biotechnology Conference was originally planned for Curitiba, Brazil, where there is a powerful grassroots movement against industrial tree plantations and GE trees. After the 2017 protests in Chile, it was moved to Raleigh, NC.

June 23, 2019

Blast from the past: Photo of the Month

"I preferred the look on his face after the Vermont Supreme Court ruled (5-0!) that this arrest was a violation of my First Amendment rights. Turns out, you’re allowed to call a war criminal a war criminal at a public gathering (John Negroponte). Looks like it might be time to exercise some rights again." – Michael Colby on arrest that took place on 6 July 2006. Briefly after Negroponte began his address, Michael Colby, from Worcester, VT stood up saying, “In the name of democracy I object to this man speaking. He has blood...cont'd...

May 23, 2019

Report back: campaigns to stop industrial monoculture tree plantations and genetically engineered trees in Brazil

Photo of the Month - “Plantations of Eucalyptus are not Forests” proclaims the sign at the entrance of the MST (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra – Landless Workers Movement) encampment. The MST here took over portion of a plantation owned by timber company Aracruz Cellulose, removed the non-native trees and erected their camp...(Brazil 2005)

April 17, 2019


Photo of the Month - Global Justice Ecology Project co-founder Orin Langelle was interviewed on WDBX community radio's Greenhouse Rebellion prior to a public presentation of his photo collection Portraits of Struggle at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale on 19 March 2019.

March 23, 2019

Remembering Examples: Three Decades of Resistance in Chiapas, Mexico – REDUX

Photo of the Month - The photographs and words presented in this sketch remember an example. It is a brief sketch and as with anything there is much more to every story. As Leslie Marmon Silko says in her book Ceremony, “…as long as you remember what you have seen, then nothing is gone. As long as you remember, it is part of this story we have together.”

February 26, 2019

Prelude to 2031 A.D. (Photo of the Month)

The most relevant information for this photo in 2019 is that it is the prelude to the '2031 A.D.' Photo Essay soon to be released later this January.

January 16, 2019

Poland UN Climate Conference & Running to Catch a Bus to the Apocalypse (Photo of the Month)

The UN climate negotiations are about the commodification of life. To quote Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network on the UN climate talks, “It’s the World Trade Organization of the sky.” And the sky is the limit. Everything has a price. From trees to water to air; in fact the Earth and all life is for sale. They may as well put bar codes on tigers. But wait, they kind of are. Charismatic fauna [could?] be used to create premiums on schemes to save the forest.

December 13, 2018

Photo of the Month: 25th anniversary of 1st North American Temperate Forest Conference & preview of 2019 Forest Convergence

The conference took place from 11-14 November 1993 in Burlington, VT (Ndakinna - Abenaki territory). Over 400 people attended. Dr. David Suzuki and Anishinabe activist Winona LaDuke gave the keynotes on Friday and Saturday. Eighteen Indigenous representatives of First Nations, including Lil'Wat, Mohawk, Algonquins, Great Whale (Whapmagoostui) Cree, Inuit and Abenaki, shared knowledge with the forest movement.

November 14, 2018

Remembering Che Guevara (Photo of the Month)

Ernesto "Che" Guevara: "The true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality...If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine...I know you are here to kill me. Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man."

October 23, 2018

Carbon Markets Represent the Commodification of Earth (Photo of the Month)

The tortured equations of forest carbon offsets also impact Indigenous and forest dependent communities globally, through forced relocations of entire societies so that governments can take over forests and sell the carbon stored as offsets. Beyond the social injustice of forest carbon offsets is the simple scientific fact that offsets literally mean a net result of standing in place. If today’s living species are to survive, this will not suffice; what is required are drastic reductions in emissions at the source.

August 21, 2018

No September Photo of the Month

Sorry but there is no Photo of the Month for September 2018. There will be one for October 2018.

August 9, 2018

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Already Destroying Forests (Photo of the Month)

This photo was taken close to where a drill would bore beneath the Appalachian Mountain National Scenic Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway through the mountain gap between Three Ridges Wilderness (George Washington National Forest) and Devil’s Knob (at Wintergreen Resort). The mountain consists of greenstone and granite. The bore would be over 4,200 feet long and 46 inches in diameter for a 42” pipeline that would contain fracked natural gas at a pressure of 1440 pounds per square inch.

July 25, 2018

Atlantic Coast Pipeline community struggle (Photo of the Month)

Union Hill Baptist Church’s Pastor Paul M. Wilson. The Pastor is organizing, along with Friends of Buckingham (County, VA), against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and a 55,000 horsepower compressor station planned by Dominion Energy in the Union Hill community. There are freedmen cemeteries and unmarked slave burials on or near the site where Dominion wants to build its compressor station. If completed the pipeline’s purpose (on the books) is to deliver gas to markets in VA and NC with some discussion of expansion into SC.

June 25, 2018

Welcome to the Seneca Nation (Photo of the Month)

When driving from Buffalo, New York toward the Pennsylvania border (or vice versa), Interstate 90 cuts through the sovereign lands of the Seneca Nation of Indians. The Seneca Nation filed a lawsuit (04/11/18) in federal court regarding a deep-rooted conflict with New York State concerning the thruway which runs through the Seneca's Cattaraugus Reservation. NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, the NY Attorney General, along with the Acting Commissioner of the NY State Department of Transportation, the Comptroller of NY State and the NY State Thruway Authority were named as the defendants in the lawsuit.

May 16, 2018

Photo of the Month: Erie falls short as Buffalo holds on to record

Snowfall record stands up as a major victory for Buffalonians, especially if one is a sports fan, and Buffalo is a North American football town that loves their beloved record setting Bills. This year was the first time the Bills had a spot in the National Football League postseason this millennium, a record for the longest time a North American major professional sports team did not reach a playoff of some kind. The Bills however, lost in the first round. Another record held by the Bills is most consecutive appearances in the Super Bowl with four from 1990 to 1993. But they lost all four.

April 23, 2018

Photo of the Week: March is National Women’s History Month

An outraged woman points to where leaders of the twenty richest countries (G20) were meeting in 2009. Women's History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It is celebrated during March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, corresponding with International Women's Day on March 8, and during October in Canada, corresponding with the celebration of Persons Day on October 18.

March 28, 2018

Photo of the Week: International Day of Forests

While the UN and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) "promote" this day, however, they are doing nothing to stop the Earth's forests from being destroyed at a rapidly increasing rate. The FAO does not even have a proper definition of a forest, which allows industrial tree plantations to be considered "forests." Forest Defense: This woman with monkey wrench atop buried car in a blockade of the Fairview timber sale in the Shawnee National Forest. The car blocked the entrance to the Shawnee National Forest during the Earth First! occupation in 1990. The major daily newspaper in Springfield, IL, the state’s capital, called the Earth First! occupation “a popular uprising.”

March 19, 2018

Photo of the Week: 2011 Climate Chaos in Northeast U.S.

While the record devastation around Vermont caused by Hurricane Irene in 2011 was catastrophic to many communities, the spirit of collective teamwork gave a hopeful glimpse of what is possible and the mountains that can be moved when people pull together. As we head into the uncertain future of escalating climate chaos and extreme weather, this spirit may be the one thing that enables communities to come together to find local, small scale, ecologically sustainable solutions to the climate crisis.

March 14, 2018

Photo of the Week: International Women’s Day

Durban, South Africa: On 3 December 2011, thousands of people from around the world hit the streets of Durban, South Africa to protest the UN Climate Conference there. Nicknamed by activists “The Durban Disaster,” at one point it appeared that the talks might actually collapse, but a small cabal of 20-30 countries held exclusive closed-door talks over the final days to create the Durban Platform. This platform was described by carbon analyst Matteo Mazzoni as “an agreement between parties to arrange another agreement.”

March 8, 2018

Photo of the Week: Youth Protest of REDD UN Climate Summit, Cancun, Mexico 2010

This week's photo is dedicated to the memory of Honduran activist and Goldman Environmental Prize winner Berta Cáceres on the two year anniversary of her assassination for successfully fighting devastating hydroelectric dams in the country.

March 1, 2018

Photo of the Week: Women Traditional Healers (2011)

Amador Hernadez, Lacandon Jungle, Chiapas, Mexico: Women prepare their traditional medicines, which they harvest from the jungle. The Mexican government wanted the community to leave the jungle so they could sell the forests for “carbon offsets.” To accomplish this, the government suspended medical support to the village. There are no roads to or from Amador Hernandez and horseback is one of the few ways to travel the fifteen kilometers out of the community. When this photo was taken, the Mexican military was scheduled to arrive in four days to forcibly remove the community.

February 22, 2018

Photo of the Week: Blockade Against World Bank and IMF (2000)

Washington, DC: Blockade during the April 16, 2000 (A16) protests of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, DC. The World Bank and IMF, two of the most powerful financial institutions in the world, created in 1944, are blamed by people in the Global South and elsewhere for destructive programs that have impoverished millions and caused massive environmental destruction. This was the second U.S. mass-action against corporate globalization following the mass-shutdown of the WTO in Seattle in November 1999.

February 14, 2018

Photo of the Week: Kiss My Black Ass (2004)

Ground Zero, New York, NY: Woman stands with placard at Ground Zero as many thousands of activists converged on Manhattan for protests against the 2004 Republican National Convention, the war in Iraq, and the flawed U.S. political system. On this evening, 9/11 families and their supporters gathered at “Ground Zero,” the former World Trade Center site, ringing bells and observing silence. The event, named “Ring Out the GOP” was called to commemorate victims of violence and oppose the politics of revenge.

February 8, 2018

Photo of the Week: WTO Protesters Tear Down Fence (2003)

Cancún, Mexico: Protesters tear down sections of wire barricades at the World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting in Cancún, Mexico. Moments earlier a South Korean farmer, Lee Kyoung Hae, 56 years old and father of two, committed suicide by plunging a knife into his heart while atop of one of the wire barricades. His action represented the plight of many farmers across the world who are unable to make a living due to WTO-promoted trade rules.

January 24, 2018

Photo of the Week: National Governors’ Association conference in Burlington, VT (1995)

Burlington, VT: Hundreds gathered at the National Governor’s Association conference in July of 1995 to protest the scheduled execution of Mumia Abu-Jamal, an award-winning journalist and political prisoner. Militant protests spanned five days. Pennsylvania’s then-Governor, Thomas Ridge, had ordered Jamal to be executed on August 15, 1995. Then-Governor and former presidential candidate, Howard Dean, called the militant protests an embarrassment to the state. Anarchist organizers called this a compliment.

January 19, 2018

Photo of the Week: Mapuche Territory (Chile)

Deep in Mapuche Territory (Chile): Paz, a school teacher, talks about the impacts caused by loss of water on her community. The monopolization of water for industrial plantations of pine and eucalyptus trees has caused a serious lack of water in rural Mapuche communities, and some communities have no water at all.

January 10, 2018

Photo of the Week: Preview Portraits of Struggle exhibit

Shawnee National Forest, IL: Earth First!ers (and Ronald Reagan) blockade the Fairview Timber Sale area in the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois by burying themselves up to their necks in the road. Earth First! occupied the timber sale area for 79 days – at that time the longest occupation in EF! history. The area slated to be cut was rich in biodiversity, a haven for songbirds and loved by the many locals who went there to watch the birds, camp or enjoy nature. The major daily newspaper in Springfield, IL, the state’s capital, called the Earth First! occupation “a popular uprising.”

January 5, 2018