Green Is the New Red: The Crackdown on Environmental Activists
May 11, 2011
One morning back in 2002, Will Potter, a young newspaper reporter on the
metro desk at the Chicago Tribune, heard three heavy knocks on his apartment
door. When he opened it, two FBI agents flashed their badges. They told
Potter he could either come outside and talk with them, or they would visit
him at work.
Downstairs in the alley, the agents brought up a
demonstration that Potter and his girlfriend, Kamber Sherrod, had
participated in a month earlier. They had joined in an animal rights
leafleting campaign in the high-class suburb of Lake Forest, dropping flyers
on the doorsteps of houses around the home of an executive in an insurance
company that covered an animal testing laboratory. Both were arrested, along
with numerous others, and charged by the local police with misdemeanor
disorderly conduct. The charges weren't serious, but the agents warned
Potter of other possible consequences if he didn't cooperate with them.