Green Is the New Red

Green Is the New Red
An Insider's Account of a Social Movement Under Siege




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"Will Potter reveals a surprising fact about his book in a TED Talk excerpt"

At about 3:40 min into this short video excerpt, Potter explains that via the Freedom of Information Act he's discovered what the U.S. Bureau of Counterterrorism thinks about his book.

-Will Potter, TED Jun 12, 2014

"Will Potter comes to light in TED"

Will Potter, author of Green is the New Red, discusses the problem of treating environmentalists like terrorists.

-Karen Eng, TED Blog Jan 31, 2014

Will Potter on KALW's radio show Your Call

Will Potter, author of Green Is the New Red, makes a guest appearance on KALW Local Public Radio to discuss environmentalists today.

-Ali Budner, KALW Local Public Radio May 2, 2012

"Is this man a terrorist?"

Will Potter, author of Green Is the New Red, is mentioned in Salon's article concerning the ways in which the government links ideologically motivated crimes and people of nonviolent civil disobedience to terrorism.

-Matthew Harwood, Salon Apr 20, 2012

Will Potter on Writer's Voice radio show

Will Potter, author of Green Is the New Red, appears on Writer's Voice radio show to discuss how the government is waging war against the environmental movement.

-Francesca Rheannon, Writer's Voice Apr 1, 2012

"When Extreme Animal Rights Activists Attack"

Pacific Standard's article concerning animal rights activists and protestors being labeled as "terrorists" by U.S. laws mentions journalist and author Will Potter and his thoughts on the matter.

-Sue Russell, Pacific Standard Mar 16, 2012

The FBI and Federal Prosecutors Say My Journalism Is "Extremist"

"This pattern of conduct by the FBI and federal prosecutors is nothing less than an attack on the First Amendment, and an attack on journalism. It is an attempt to foster distrust between author and source, and it is an attempt to shake the confidence that one can report freely and without retribution, both of which are essential to any meaningful expression of journalism in a democracy."

-Will Potter, Common Dreams Jan 19, 2012

"As eco-terrorism wanes, governments still target activist groups seen as threat"

"There's been very little change under the Obama administration," said Will Potter, author of the book Green is the New Red: An Insider's Account of a Social Movement Under Siege. After factoring in several state initiatives on top of federal enforcement, Potter said, "The political climate as a whole has gotten a lot worse.”

-Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post Mar 10, 2012

Current Affairs: Best Nonfiction of 2011

Will Potter's book, Green is the New Red, makes the Kirkus Review's list of Best Nonfiction of 2011!

-Kirkus Reviews

The Rumpus Interview With Will Potter

"The backlash against the animal rights and environmental movements was ramping up long before the occurrence of high-profile arsons. And now, these attacks have expanded to even non-violent civil disobedience. I think politicians and corporations would be waging these campaigns regardless of the tactics used."

-Caroline Paul, The Rumpus Oct 24, 2011

Green is the New Red: An Insider's Account of A Social Movement Under Siege

"Explaining the rise of the so-called 'Green Scare,' journalist Will Potter writes in his book Green is the New Red, that it was the result of 'slowly merging the rhetoric of industry groups with that of politicians and law enforcement.' "

-Sonali Kolhatkar, Uprising Radio Jul 21, 2011

"If a Tree Falls": New Documentary on Daniel McGowan, Earth Liberation Front and Green Scare

"A new documentary, 'If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front,' tells the story of environmental activist Daniel McGowan. Four years ago this month, McGowan was sentenced to a seven-year term for his role in two acts of politically motivated arson in 2001 to protest extensive logging in the Pacific Northwest. View an excerpt from the film and listen to discussion with the film's director, Marshall Curry, Andrew Stepanian, an animal rights activist who was imprisoned at the same CMU as McGowan, and Will Potter, a freelance reporter who writes about how the so-called 'war on terror' affects civil liberties."

-Amy Goodman, Democracy Now Jun 21, 2011

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Will Potter, Green Is the New Red: An Insider's Account of a Social Movement under Siege

"Will Potter's Green Is The New Red brings us front line reporting from a sustained war against our basic freedoms. The campaign targets our most fundamental rights – including the freedoms activists relied upon just over a generation ago in their successful struggle for civil rights. The campaign against our elemental rights draws on nearly unlimited public resources, and uses these resources to attack democracy. The campaign follows strategies designed by some of the most destructive and effective servants of corporatist power. The foot soldiers in this campaign go to work with guns on their belts. The campaign's chief beneficiaries go home from work with salaries that buy penthouses in Manhattan and vacation homes in Vail and the Hamptons. The people who pay for this campaign are you, and I, and every American taxpayer. The campaign is called the Green Scare."

-Kirk Murphy, FDL Book Salon Jun 11, 2011

When breaking the law is justified

" 'People from across the political spectrum love to praise civil disobedience — as long as we're talking about past social movements,' argues U.S. journalist Will Potter, author of Green is the New Red: An Insider’s Account of a Social Movement under Siege. 'For instance, on the very same day that members of Congress were breaking ground for a new memorial honouring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his activism, a bill was passed labelling civil disobedience as "terrorism" if it is done by animal rights and environmental activists.' "

-Antonia Zerbisias, Toronto Star Jun 10, 2011

Green is the New Red: an interview with author and blogger, Will Potter

Will Potter addresses how the Green Scare impacts activism today.

-Bursts O'Goodness, Asheville FM May 29, 2011

Is Green the New Red?

"Let's not look down our noses at a new generation of activists whose causes vary from our own and who are doing things a little differently from what our generation did. Instead, let’s emphasize our points of convergence. We need as much solidarity as we can get in taking on the corporate juggernaut."

-Robert Meeropol, Dissident Voice May 28, 2011

Making Journalism Illegal

"In The Jungle Upton Sinclair went undercover and exposed the horrors of the meat packing industry in turn of the century America. Countless journalists have since employed the same tactics. Now, two states – Iowa and Minnesota – are considering legislation that would effectively criminalize such reporting. Will Potter, author of Green is the New Red, talks about the proposed legislation."

-Bob Garfield, On The Media May 27, 2011

Why Does the Govt. Treat Peaceful Enviro Activists More Harshly Than Extremists Who Aim to Kill?

"In his new book, Green Is The New Red: An Insider's Account of a Social Movement Under Siege, which is based on years of research and his popular blog of the same name, journalist and activist Will Potter delves into stories like [Tim] DeChristopher's and the widespread, disproportionate crackdown on so-called eco-terrorism since 9/11."

-Brittany Shoot, AlterNet May 13, 2011

Green Is the New Red: The Crackdown on Environmental Activists

"For Will Potter, the FBI's visit marked the beginning of what would become a career as an independent journalist, tracking the government's prosecutions—and persecutions—of environmental and animal rights activists, which one FBI deputy director, at the height of the war on terror in 2004, identified as 'our highest domestic terrorism investigation priority.' Because of this campaign's similarities to the anti-communist witch hunts of the 1940s and 1950s, Potter dubbed his blog on the subject, launched five years ago, 'Green Is the New Red.' "

-James Ridgeway, Mother Jones May 11, 2011

The Long Con

Will Potter extends considerable insight into the FBI terrorism investigations that have affected individuals of various backgrounds. Targeted because of their lifestyles, these individuals undergo extensive questioning and pressure to discuss activities considered subversive.

-Brendan Kiley, The Stranger May 4, 2011

Animals, Cruelty and Videotape

Along with other research on animal cruelty, Will Potter examines the influence lawmakers have that can prevent activists from exposing violations against animal welfare. Potter's coverage of recently introduced bills in state legislatures exposes the extent to which "eco-terrorism" has been in the forefront of national security concerns.

-Mark Bittman, The New York Times Apr 27, 2011

What Is Big Ag Trying to Hide?

 "Undercover investigations by the Humane Society, Mercy for Animals and other groups have exposed systemic animal cruelty at factory farms... Rather than put an end to these practices, though, corporations and agriculture industry groups have hit back with another plan: criminalize anyone who exposes their wrongdoing."

-Will Potter, Huffington Post Apr 22, 2011

Press Action Awards 2010

"In 2010, Will Potter, editor of the GreenIsTheNewRed website, further cemented his position as the nation's leading authority on the government's crackdown on environmental and animal rights activists. In recent years, police agencies and the courts have targeted these activists, primarily because the activists have found success in drawing attention to the atrocities committed against animals and the never-ending destruction of the environment. "

-Press Action, Press Action Dec 4, 2010