From Activist to Terrorist: Will Potter & Jake Conroy
Thursday, October 18, 2012
6:00pm until 9:00pm
SMSU Rm 296 1825 SW Broadway St. Portland, OR
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 he was on a domestic terrorist 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.
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 (SHAC USA). 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.
Jake Conroy has been involved in a wide range of activism since 1995. After graduating from art school in 1996, Jake's passion for positive change led him to volunteer with and organize various campaigns on local, regional, national and international levels. Dubbed the SHAC7, he and his codefendants were tried as domestic terrorists for running a web page, supporting controversial ideologies, and sharing ideas. Jake was sentenced to 48 months, which he served in two prisons in southern California.