Cory Morningstar is an independent investigative journalist, writer and environmental activist, focusing on global ecological collapse and political analysis of the non-profit industrial complex. She resides in Canada. Her recent writings can be found on Wrong Kind of Green, The Art of Annihilation, Political Context, Counterpunch, Canadians for Action on Climate Change and Countercurrents. Her writing has also been published by Bolivia Rising and Cambio, the official newspaper of the Plurinational State of Bolivia.
“My head is full of fire and grief and my tongue runs wild, pierced with shards of glass.” ― Federico García Lorca
Tenacious by nature, Cory Morningstar is a disciplined writer and activist. With artistic and intellectual tendencies, she lives and acts with little regard for conventional rules of behaviour. A minimalist and sensualist, she lives in a tiny lair engulfed flora and trees, espousing the Indigenous decolonial concept of “Buen Vivir”. Her vegetarian diet consists of coffee, mangoes, chocolate and sun. She craves constant mental stimulation as some crave cigarettes. This is not simply a substance she desires, rather it a substance she needs to exist. She draws inspiration and pride from her family lineage. Her great-grandfather was an African-American slave who came to Canada on the underground railway to fall in love with a white woman who would become her great-grandmother. Two of her children are of Algonquin of Pikwàkanagàn decent. Her concentration on the effects of the industrialized capitalist economic system stem from past travel in developing, war torn countries. This included gathering knowledge from the farmers who built the coffee fincas/co-operatives in Mirafloras, Nicaragua; gathering knowledge from the families confined to the sugar bateyes of the Dominican Republic who are trapped in very real 21st century slavery; and gathering knowledge and inspiration observing the prowess of the children who live on the streets Siem Reap in Cambodia. She last visited anti-imperialist Bolivia in April of 2010, where she contributed to the People’s Agreement written in Cochabamba. Morningstar’s activism has been extensive. Prior to working on the People’s Agreement in Cochabamba, 2010, Morningstar, collaborated with Ms. Joan Russow, former Leader of the Canadian Green Party, in writing the document Time to be Bold which was one of the documents referred to in the creation of the People’s Agreement. In November 2010, the International Advisory Board for Klimaforum10 (COP16) graciously extended an invitation for Morningstar to join the board. Her first piece of writing, written after the Copenhagen disaster (2010) EYES WIDE SHUT | TckTckTck exposé from activist insider was named by Oils Sand Truth as “One of the most important articles Climate Campaigners will ever read…“
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+++ Note from the author: I would like to thank Julie Johnston, my editor, for her kindness, intelligence, generosity and ongoing support. I would like to thank Forrest Palmer for his wickedly gifted brilliance, which I continue to learn from – as well as his time and his patience for his honest commentary and critiques on my drafts. Thank you to those courageous enough to share and defend my work: Stephanie McMillan, Roxanne Amico, Maggie Zhou, Rebecca Sommer, Tin Alvaraz, Alexandra Valiente, Lisa Inti, Peter Carter, Gregory Vickrey, Guy McPherson, Keith Farnish, Harold One Feather, Juan Carlos Zambrana, Jose Sagaz, John Stauber, Jeff Weinberger, Tom Childs, Michael Donnelly, Chris Shaw, Javier Castro, Michael Sosebee, Zach Ruiter, Lynton North, Sandy Gauntlett and many, many others … you know who you are. Thank you to Matt Stanford at Political Context, Jeffrey St. Clair at Counterpunch, Federico Fuentes at Bolivia Rising, Cindy Sheehan, the editors at Countercurrents, and Jay Taber with the editors at Intercontinental Cry, for believing in my work. Most of all, thank you to my phenomenal family who somehow tolerate and endure (and love) me … especially my daughter Safire Morningstar, whose intelligence, patience, loyalty and love I take pleasure in each day of my life, and never take for granted.+++