About The Banner

The Banner is a weekly newsletter for grass roots activists in New York, the northeastern U.S. and Eastern Seaboard. Currently, we have about 2,100 subscribers, many of whom are readers across the nation. We focus on matters concerning climate justice that bear on the environment and all living beings —with particular attention to the activities and welfare of indigenous people in this regard. Our editorial aim is to demonstrate to activists everywhere that their individual and group actions contribute to and occur within a community of planetary scope, mutually and meaningfully sustaining each other’s efforts, supporting in successes and tribulations alike.

The Banner publishes two classes of material:

  1. Alerts for grass roots action events and news of arrests, trials, campaigns, and matters related to these. Also within this class are articles and Letters to the Editor from activists.
  2. A focus topic for the week, which bears on matters of our major theme of environmental and climate justice. This includes news, judicial, legislative and regulatory matters, and scientific publications and news.

Those who prefer to read The Banner by email may subscribe at our subscription page, We publish both the online and email editions each Tuesday at 7:00AM Eastern Time. We maintain an archive of previous editions dating back four years and counting, when the current editor was seated. The current edition, Archive and sundry services may be accessed at The Banner Online

The Banner is financed by small contributions from its readers in an annual fund drive announced during summer editions.

About the Editor

The editor and publisher is Dwain Wilder. He is past editor of Zen Bow, the quarterly publication of the Rochester Zen Center, and a member of Just Poets, a Rochester poetry society. He has several anthologies, collections and chapbooks of poetry published by Foothills Press.

During the mid-’60s Dwain Wilder worked as a field staff member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s (SCLC). Later he was appointed Coordinator of the Southern Coordinating Committee to End the War in Vietnam (SCC). During that time, among other campaigns, he was an organizer for Staughton Lynd’s Peoples Peace Conference, and Security Marshal for the last Fifth Avenue Peace Parade (NYC). More recently, he is a co-founder of EarthVigil (serving the activist community of the Rochester Zen Center), and has been active in We Are Seneca Lake and Librarian for FrackFreeGenesee (available online through the Frack Free Genesee Library web page and directly at the library’s Zotero site). In the latter capacity, he serves the activist community and interested writers as reference librarian on topics relating to hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’). He has spent a week in jail now and then, here and there.

Dwain holds an undergraduate degree from Yale College in American Studies, where he specialized in the interactions between technology and U.S. culture, and their consequences for national and planetary life and culture. He spent much of his working career in various research labs, continuing the observations stimulated by his Yale Honors Program thesis. He currently earns a living building stringed musical instruments, and dwells with his wife, a typically inscrutable cat, a fine dog, and a large rowdy macaw, in a small quaint cottage beside a large dark forest. You can contact him at editor@thebanner.news.


The Banner has occasional staff members, and a webmaster who prefers anonymity despite (or because of) all the good he does in the world.

Feel free to send news articles, story ideas and your own writing, and your organization’s action alerts.

The Banner is funded by small donations from readers. A fund drive is held in early- to mid-summer, when the begin to dry up! Our annual budget is about $650, for website and email publication costs. The editor gives his word of honor not to abscond to Canada with the cash drawer.

Our cover illustration is a photograph of Canadice Lake, on of the most secluded of the western Finger Lakes, on an autumn afternoon. The photographer is artist and teacher Gloria Betlem.