On October 17th, 2012, investigative journalist Will Potter and animal rights activist Jake Conroy delivered a presentation on the alarming condition of state repression against non-violent activists. If you weren't able to make it out to this fascinating presentation, no worries — we filmed it! Check it out.
Thanks to The Survival Center for organizing this event.
From Activist to "Terrorist" — Will Potter and Jake Conroy
The FBI labels animal rights and environmental activists the "number one
domestic terrorism threat," and new laws turn activism into "terrorism"
if it hurts corporate profits. Unlike anti-abortion extremists and hate
groups, though, these protesters have never harmed a human being.
did this happen? Why are undercover investigators and those who use
non-violent civil disobedience being treated so disproportionately? And
what are the real life consequences for the activists who are
investigated, and even sent to prison, as domestic terrorists?
In this presentation you'll hear from:
Potter, an award-winning journalist who, after being told by the FBI
that he was on a domestic terrorist watch list, went on to investigate
and expose these efforts in his book, "Green Is the New Red." He will
discuss how corporations manufactured the idea of "eco-terrorism," and
why all social justice activists are at risk. His reporting and
commentary have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, and the
Vermont Law Review, and he has testified before Congress. "Green Is The
New Red" was awarded a Kirkus Star for "remarkable merit" and named one
of the best books of 2011.
He blogs at http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/
Conroy, a long-time animal rights activist who was sentenced to 4 years
in prison for his involvement in one of the most successful animal
rights campaigns in history — Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty. He will
discuss being the target of a multi-agency terrorism investigation,
learning he was on a high-profile prisoners list, and navigating living a
life branded as a "terrorist" in post-9/11 society.
A video about Jake's case: http://youtu.be/YQW1rYLmKKU
This presentation was delivered at the University of Oregon on October 17th, 2012. It was organized by The Survival Center.