Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Will Potter and Jake Conroy speak at the University of Oregon

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.

How 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:

Will 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

Jake 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:

This presentation was delivered at the University of Oregon on October 17th, 2012. It was organized by The Survival Center.