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Animal Rights Activist Sentenced to 30 Months in Jail for Having Bolt Cutters in his Car

Other seemingly sketchy (but perfectly legal) items in his car: wire cutters, sweatpants, sweatshirts, gloves, ski masks, spray paint, concrete stain, laptop computers, bear spray, head lamps, latex gloves, walkie talkies, rags and bleach.
Will Potter
4.3.14
News

Hell Will Freeze Over Before Chevron Pays for Pollution

When 30,000 Ecuadorian villagers sued Chevron for devastating the Amazon with 18 billion gallons of toxic wastewater, the US-based oil giant’s reply was simple: "We will fight the lawsuit until hell freezes over,” said a representative. “And then fight...
Will Potter
3.7.14
Stuff

Interview with a Fugitive: Captain Paul Watson

For 15 months, the internationally-known environmentalist and star of the Animal Planet reality show Whale Wars has been on the run. But after encrypted emails, phone calls from unknown numbers, and last minute travel plans changed, I eventually...
Will Potter
1.16.14
News

Two Environmentalists Were Charged with 'Terrorism Hoax' for Too Much Glitter on Their Banner

Two environmentalists in Oklahoma may be the first protesters prosecuted for a "terrorism hoax" after they unfurled a Hunger Games-inspired banner covered in glitter.
Will Potter
12.18.13
News

Prisoner Sent to Solitary for Having "Copious Amounts of Anarchist Publications"

Illinois inmate Mark "Migs" Neiweem got put in a tiny cell with a white supremacist, all because he wrote stuff like, "Love + Peace + Equality = Anarchism."
Will Potter
10.18.13
News

Gerald Koch Hasn't Been Accused of a Crime, but the Feds Put Him in Jail Anyway

Gerald Koch was sent to jail two weeks ago for refusing to tell a grand jury all about his anarchist friends and their political beliefs. Grand juries are secretive by nature. Prosecutors won't acknowledge if a grand jury exists, let alone what is...
Will Potter
6.4.13
News

New Laws Would Make Environmental Protest “Terrorism”

There's a vibrant environmental protest movement reviving "direct action" techniques like tree-sitting. In Oregon, in the summer of 2011, one blockade took 50 cops, a backhoe, and a 125-foot-crane to remove treesitters. A few days later, activists...
Will Potter
5.14.13
News

Beat Your Meat: Factory Farmers Want to Choke Their Chickens in Private

In California, cows too sick to walk are being killed and fed to schoolchildren. In Wyoming, video footage has discovered workers at a Tyson supplier kicking live piglets and pummeling mother pigs. These abuses went undiscovered by the USDA. We only...
Will Potter
3.14.13