As a self-proclaimed activist working with people in Detroit on various justice issues: environmental, social, economic, educational, food, and more… I’m very drawn to Will Potter’s book. Things are reaching a point where journalistic opportunities and researching topics deeply are coming up and fitting things together does create some interesting perspectives and how to share them.
Watch the video introduction for the book “Green Is The New Red”
When Chicago Tribune reporter Will Potter went to pass out animal rights leaflets, he had no idea the FBI would single him out and pressure him to become an anti-activism informant, threatening his future if he refused. Here, we talk to the TED Fellow and author of Green is the New Red about this experience, which sent him into a whole new area of research. The crux of what he found: environmental and animal-rights activists are now considered the United States’ number-one domestic terrorism threat, and they are being prosecuted as criminals.
Do you think of yourself as an activist?
I don’t consider myself an activist, but there’s certainly an advocacy component when I’m talking about civil rights issues. My background’s in newspaper and magazine reporting. For a long time I tried to pursue the traditional newsroom path, and I was on it for quite a while. Then, when I…
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