I have been at this activism game for nearly 50 years, and I have never met or worked with any media activists, anywhere, who were nearly as dedicated, tireless, intelligent, talented, fast and effective as they are. They have covered hundreds of crucial local and regional events and conflicts--and quite a few national ones--on very short notice, very effectively, and often without even their expenses being covered. There have been literally dozens of occasions when I have personally called them---maybe two days or three before some breaking event, or before a crucial seminar that needs to be recorded, or some protest that needs support---and one way or another they find a way to be there, either together or separately to get that job done, and well done. Sometimes I have been able to pay them their expenses--and rarely a fee---but often times not. But they will do it anyway because...their sense of priorities is so clear. But it's not only that they show up, they do the job with confidence, efficiency and expertise and without drama!!. And often as not, within 48 hours they have delivered a full length 30 minute or 60 minute clean, tight product and have started getting it distributed. There is no media team like this anywhere. They are guerilla media heros, and I am not kidding about that. They have one major flaw: They consistently drop the ball on getting themselves funded. It seems like the last thing on their agenda, and so they often find themselves scrambling to keep going, and to cover their basic operating expenses. Now, in hard times, I think they are feeling that pressure right now. If there was a Prize for Most Valuable Community Media Resource, they would win it every year. And beyond our community, they have covered events all over the country and the world, whenever someone is able to cover their costs, or even if they have to scrape the barrel somewhere to just get themselves to Europe, or South America or the Philippines....wherever something urgent is happening. We at ifg always try to bring them, when we can, and when they do come to cover, say, a seminar we are doing in London.....they find a way to hang out and dig up stories on other important things in the region, such as Rob Hopkins' work in Devon. They are great and I urge everyone to try and help them keep their great work moving forward
I contacted Eon3 and on very short notice, they videotaped my report back on our trip to Iran and then made a dvd of the talk, made copies available, and put it on their website and made it available for other websites - all free of charge. I have the sense that they know the planet and our civilization are in a fragile place and are happy to be of service in whatever way they can to grass-roots groups working for peaceful and positive change.
EON has videotaped the key energy events in California for the past ten years, sometimes on behalf of WEM, sometimes for other funders, often on their own dime. They did it because they deeply understood that these are some of the most important events of our time. From the Calif. energy crisis (which kicked off the financial crises of our decade), through multiple campaigns for local public control of energy, EON's videos have exposed the phony greenwashing of the investor-owned utilities and vividly demonstrated that our communities can and must take charge of developing clean energy and addressing climate change.
Ecological Options Network has become invaluable to me as a source that can document the importance of certain issues (often times environmental and health related) and bring them to those that can not attend certain meetings, hearings or can not displace themselves from thier county to another. For that, EON has become beyond helpful; they have become a critical part of circulating uncensored and professionally documented information California-wide, nation-wide and world-wide.