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Uncertain future: Water crisis in Coal Country

WV resident listens to Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) speak at restaurant

West Virginians search for safe water and reassurance, six weeks after Elk River chemical spill. It’s been more than than two months since Freedom Industries spilled 10,000 gallons of toxic 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM) and an unknown amount of a polyglycol ethers, known as PPH into the Elk River, a tributary of the Kanawha River, in […]


The Enbridge 3: Tar Sands pipeline protesters released after sentencing

Enbridge 3 Tar Sands pipeline protesters sentenced to probation and 34 days time-served.

The Enbridge 3, Lisa Leggio, Vicci Hamlin and Barbara Carter, were all released with 13 months probation and 34 days time-served from an Ingham county jail on March 5 after their conviction Jan. 31 of misdemeanor trespassing, as well as felony resisting and obstructing police – related to their nonviolent protest action last July in Stockbridge, […]


The human cost of Detroit’s petroleum Koch piles

Petcoke piles along the Detroit river. Byproduct of tar sands oil refinement at the Marathon refinery in Detroit Michigan

Made in Detroit, owned by the Koch Brothers and burned in Michigan. Much has been written recently about the mysterious black piles that appeared in one day in November 2012 on the banks of the Detroit River, not far from the Motor City’s downtown district, right next to the Ambassador Bridge – the busiest international […]


Hundreds Protest Outside Gov. Rick Snyder’s Economic Summit in Detroit

A union supporter (no name available)  yells in the crowd of about 200 supporters of 'We Are Michigan', a coalition of faith, labor and community based groups at a protest outside the Michigan Economic Summit being held at Cobo Center Monday, March 18, 2013. Meanwhile inside, Governor Snyder addressed crowds at the opening day of the summit. The group of about 200 demonstrated today in opposition to the recent appointment of an Emergency Financial Manager for Detroit and Michigan's new Right to Work law, due to take effect March 28, 2013.

About 200 supporters from We Are Michigan, a coalition of faith, labor and community based groups protested outside Cobo Center in Detroit today where the Michigan Economic Summit took place. Meanwhile, inside Michigan Governor Snyder addressed an audience who paid $150 each to hear him speak during the summit. We Are Michigan demonstrated in opposition to […]


Corporate giant Century Aluminum holds West Virginia retirees hostage in exchange for cheap power.

Century Aluminum Retirees Renew Protests After Company Refuses to Honor Year-Old Agreement

This story has come full circle. In February 2012, I covered the heartbreaking struggle of Century Aluminum retirees in Ravenswood, West Virginia as they fought for the return of healthcare benefits – paid for through decades of wage deductions while with the company. A month later that year, they struck a deal with Century and […]


35,000 March on White House, Demand Obama Block Keystone XL Pipeline

Forward on Climate Rally Against Keystone XL pipeline in Washington DC

Billed as the largest climate rally in history by 350.org and the Sierra Club who both sponsored the event, tens of thousands marched on the White House in Washington DC to demand that president Obama not approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. Michael Brune, the director of the Sierra Club told the crowd, “Obama holds in his hand […]


First Nations ‘Idle No More’ gather in Detroit

First Nations ladies sing the water song on the banks of the Detroit River at Hart Plaza in Detroit, Michigan January 20, 2013, "To bring awareness of the need of community and environmental healing." The group assembled in honor and support of Chief Theresa Spence, Attawapiskat, who is in her 40th day of a hunger strike in Ottawa, vowing not to eat solid food until Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Gov. Gen. David Johnston of Canada agree to a treaty meeting with leaders of First Nations across the country. STILLSCENES/James Fassinger  (UNITED STATES)

Supporters of Idle No More held a round dance and prayers at Hart Plaza on the banks of the Detroit river January 20, 2013, “To bring awareness of the need of community and environmental healing”. The group assembled in honor and support of Chief Theresa Spence, Attawapiskat, who is in her 40th day of a […]


Horsepower, Burning Rubber and a Cast of Characters Hit the Motor City

The 16th Annual Woodward Dream Cruise

On August 18th, 2012 more than a million people and tens of thousands of classic cars are expected to descend on Woodward Avenue in Detroit to take part in the 17th annual Woodward Dream Cruise. Here are a selection of images from last year’s Dream Cruise. The Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit, Michigan is the […]


Detroit Public Schools: Pershing High

Detroit Pershing High School

These images originally accompanied a story I shot back in March 2011 for The Daily titled: Fighting Back: A tough Detroit principal battles poverty and gangs to turn around America’s worst school. “A lot of the students confide in me,” says Thornton. “Because I look so young to them, they see me as a person closer […]


FACES AGAINST 4214

FACES AGAINST 4214

Click on photo to view gallery On April 15th and 16th protestors rallied in Michigan’s capitol against HB 4214 – the Emergency Financial Manager Bill. People from all over the region came together on those two days in Lansing: welders, teachers, electricians, students, legislators, actors, writers, retirees, and many who have lost their jobs to […]


Protest against emergency financial manager legislation in Lansing, Mi.

Protest against emergency financial manager legislation in Lansing, Mi.

In a protest led by the Michigan AFL-CIO, over 1,000 union workers, teachers and other supporters rallied outside the Capitol Building in Lansing to speak out against new the budget plan put forth by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder that would cut state funds to cites and education as well as, proposed legislation that would give […]


US Uncut: Protest against Bank of America

US Uncut: Protesting Bank of America - Novi, MI

Photos from the protest. US Uncut, an organization that is taking action against what they view as unnecessary and unfair cuts to public services across the US, today, launched a nationwide protest targeting Bank of America branches to protest against what they claim is BOA’s tax-cheating. Click on the photo to view the gallery


Protecting Detroit’s Water: Rally at the Capitol

Rally at Michigan's State Capital against the privatization of Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.

Speaking out against the proposed privatization of Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, protestors gathered on the steps of Michigan’s State Capital Building Wednesday February 23rd in Lansing. Click on photo to view all the images from the protest.


Photos of the New Chevrolet Volt

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General Motors shows off its all-new Chevrolet Volt to journalists at its OnStar media event held at the GM technology Center in Warren, MI. Take a look at this revolutionary new automobile close-up.


Exhibition Opening Reception – Creative Arts Center

BTV & IPC Opening at Creative Arts Center

Creative Arts Center – Pontiac, MI –  Sept. 25th. As the exhibition comes to a close, I would like to say thanks to all of you who came out to support the combined exhibition of Beyond the Velvet (Revolution): post-communist Europe in photographs and The Imagine Photo Club: The Way We See It. The work from […]


Beyond the Velvet (revolution): post-communist Europe in photographs

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It began in 1992 when I arrived in Prague to work as staff photographer at Czechoslovakia’s first English-Language newspaper Prognosis, well after the country’s Velvet Revolution that brought down communism in 1989. At that time, I never thought I’d be spending nearly half of my life in the Czech Republic, living, working and later getting […]


International Falconry Competition

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Archive photo posting OPOCNO, Czech Republic – It was October 1994 and the annual International Falconry Competition was again taking place in this historic small town. I was fortunate to be able photograph this beautiful and ancient form of hunting for the English-language newspaper Prognosis. Along with the paper’s reporter and translator, I walked kilometers […]


BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

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I drove down to Saint Bernard, Louisiana from Detroit the third week of the spill. BP was just getting their Vessels of Opportunity program organized to employ local fisherman to assist in the cleanup. Captains and deckhands were lining up at BP claim centers to file for lost wages, as their fishing areas were closed […]