Hello everyone! Thank you to all of you who attended the Ghosts In Our Machine premiere this weekend; I hope it inspired you to become more active on behalf of animals. This Sunday, we have another opportunity to attend an inspiring and informative event. Award-winning journalist Will Potter will be speaking at Black Coffee Co-Op about how the government attempts to chill animal rights and environmental activism, and how we can work to hold on to our civil liberties and advocate for the animals and the earth. Black Coffee's food is all vegan -- a mixture of sandwiches, wraps, and pastries -- and they of course also have a full menu of coffees and teas.
Will Potter is a brilliant and engaging speaker, and I hope you can all join us for what will be an amazing and eye-opening talk. Additional information about the talk is below, and I'll see you on Sunday!
Tree Sits and Glitter Banners: How new terrorism laws are meant to silence environmental protest
Environmental and animal rights activists have been labeled the "number one domestic terrorism threat" by the FBI, despite the fact they have never harmed a human being. Now, corporations are urging prosecutors to push the limits of terrorism laws with ambitious prosecutions against protesters. And around the country, new legislation has been proposed that labels tactics like civil disobedience as terrorist crimes. Will Potter will discuss the history of this "eco-terrorism" rhetoric, and current threats to civil rights.
Will Potter is an award-winning independent journalist based in Washington, D.C., who focuses on “eco-terrorism,” the animal rights and environmental movements, and civil rights post-9/11. His reporting and commentary have appeared in media outlets including The Washington Post, NPR, and Rolling Stone. He testified before the U.S. Congress about his reporting, as the only witness opposing the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, and he has lectured at more than 100 universities and public forums internationally about his work. His reporting has overturned criminal prosecutions, and it has both been praised in Congressional reports and monitored by the Counter-Terrorism Unit. His book, Green Is The New Red: An Insider’s Account of a Social Movement Under Siege, was awarded a Kirkus Star for “remarkable merit." He is currently a TED Fellow. Visit his website at http://www.greenisthenewred.com/