By Will Potter, independent journalist and author of Green is the New Red
When: Thursday, September 13 @ 7:00 pm,
followed immediately by a facilitated public discussion
Where: Fine Arts 015
The animal rights and environmental movements, like every other social movement throughout history, have both legal and illegal elements. There are people who leaflet, write letters, and lobby. There are people who protest and engage in non-violent civil disobedience. And there are people, like some members of the Animal Liberation Front and Earth Liberation Front, who go out at night with black masks and break windows, burn SUVs, and release animals from fur farms.
Animal rights and environmental advocates have not flown planes into buildings, taken hostages, or sent Anthrax through the mail. They have never even injured anyone. Yet the FBI ranks these activists as the top domestic terrorism threat and the Department of Homeland Security lists them on its roster of national security threats, while ignoring right-wing extremists who have murdered doctors, and admittedly created weapons of mass destruction.
How did this happen? And what are the real life consequences for the activists who are investigated, and even sent to prison, as domestic terrorists? Why are undercover investigators of environmental abuses and those who use non-violent civil disobedience being treated so disproportionately in the legal system?
Will Potter is an award-winning American independent journalist who has written extensively on how the War on Terror has affected civil liberties. Potter’s recent book Green is the New Red encompasses the striking parallels between the branding of environmental and animal rights activists at “terrorists” and the persecution of leftists during McCarthy’s Red Scare era. He claims that such a branding is being used as a fear tactic to discredit and imprison peaceful activists in defense of corporate profit and the suppression of social activism. He has written extensively about the “Green Scare” in the Chicago Tribune, Vermont Law Review, The Huffington Post, and testified before the US Congress about the issue in 2006.
-From the IU website.