Sandra Steingraber is a mother, a poet, a cancer survivor, ecologist and environmental activist living in Ithaca, New York. She was arrested on Earth Day, and spent 15 days in jail, for protesting against hydraulic fracturing (fracking). After many years in laboratories, and speaking at panels, she felt the time had come to use her body in a direct-action protest. She physically blocked the entrance to a drilling company called Inergy as a way of protesting the industrialization of the Finger Lakes in Central New York State.
Sandra Steingraber writes about hydrofracking in her book, Raising Elijah.
Portrait courtesy of artist Robert Shetterly, from his series, Americans Who Tell The Truth.