Dear Fellow Fracktivists,

As we see an end in sight for the dark (yet disturbingly warm) winter, we at the Shadbush Environmental Justice Collective and Pittsburgh Independent Media Center are gearing up for a new issue of the Shalefields Grassroots Reporter. We have distributed nearly 40,000 copies of the first edition, which documented the fracking process and its devastating effects on communities throughout the region. You can download a pdf here: We can also send out more hard copies if you are out – email us at

Heading into this next edition we have a few goals:

  • Document stories of the fight against fracking! We want to get the word out about the work people are doing organizing against shale gas development in their communities.
  • To inspire and learn from each other by including new voices in the writing and editing of the paper.
  • Document ongoing impacts of fracking and new trends in the industry since our last issue.
  • Help build our movement by sharing stories of the inspiring organizing going on throughout the region

We are soliciting your ideas for this paper. In 100 words or less, send us a summary of the story you’d like to contribute no later than February 18th.

How have you been organizing against fracking and shale gas infrastructure in your area? Do you know an amazing activist/community member/organizer you would like to interview? What victories have you witnessed? How has the occupy movement shaped or inspired your work?

Think about all types of resistance–from public rallies and hearings to civil disobedience to other types of work that often goes un-noticed like research, alliance building, and education. We are also interested in documenting new developments around things like pipelines, air pollution, accidents, DEP negligence, etc. And of course we need comics, art work, and protest photos!

Based on the pitches we receive, we will start to develop the layout and general organization of the paper and decide how much space to dedicate to each piece. We will contact you within a few weeks following the deadline about writing your piece. If we receive similar proposals from two or more authors, we might also contact you about collaborating on a bigger piece.

Please submit your pitches or questions to
If you do better talking with people call Jean Marie at 412-608-5678.

Want to be part of the editorial committee?
If you live in Southwestern PA and want to be a part of the editorial committee to craft and edit the paper send us an email! This would be a 3-4 month commitment of a couple hours a week.

In Solidarity,
Shadbush Collective & Pittsburgh Independent Media Center

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