FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Are animal rights activists really the "number one domestic terrorist threat"?
A convicted animal rights "terrorist" and an award-winning journalist discuss what this "War on Terrorism" means for activists and the general public.
October 4, 2007 / Clinton Street Theater / Portland, OR
Contact: Chad Miller / firstname.lastname@example.org / 503-233-3910
Portland, OR—Are animal rights activists the "number one domestic terrorist threat"? According to the FBI, they are, even though their actions have never harmed a human being. A convicted animal rights "terrorist" and an independent journalist will discuss what this "War on Terrorism" means for activists, and all of our civil liberties, at a public forum October 4th, 2007.
The panel will feature Peter Young and Will Potter. Young was one of the first people convicted of "animal enterprise terrorism" for releasing thousands of mink from fur farms in the Midwest. Young was arrested in 2005 after 7 years of being wanted by the FBI: his co-defendant and friend, Justin Samuel, had cooperated with the government and implicated him in the fur farm raids. He served two years in federal prison.
Will Potter is an award-winning independent journalist based in Washington, DC, who focuses on how lawmakers and corporations have labeled animal rights and environmental activists as "eco-terrorists". Potter has written for publications including The Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News and Legal Affairs, and has testified before the U.S. Congress about his reporting. He is the creator of GreenIsTheNewRed.com, where he blogs about the "Green Scare" and history repeating itself.
WHAT: "Animal Rights Terrorists?," a panel discussion about animal rights activism and First Amendment rights
WHO: Peter Young and Will Potter
WHEN: Thursday, October 4th at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202
COST: There will be a suggested donation of $5 with all proceeds going to the Activist Legal Fund. The event is open to the public.
EVENT SPONSORS: Food Fight! Grocery, Herbivore Magazine, Scapegoat Tattoo, SweetPea Baking, Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness
For more information:
Activist Legal Fund: www.activistlegalfund.org
Will Potter: www.greenisthenewred.com
Peter Young: www. supportpeter.com