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Lee Hall, Legal Director
Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center will give
the Keynote Address at The Foundations of a Movement 2005: North American
Animal Rights Conference
WASHINGTON -- Now more than ever, political and cultural
stress prompts us to ask: What is the relationship between animal advocacy
and the non-violent movement to eradicate prejudice?
How does frustration with the slow pace of change create
reactionary views in the midst of a movement that seeks kindness?
The Southern Poverty Law Center knows something about
peaceful change - and about the line between the revolutionary and the
reactionary. Its Intelligence Report is the nation's pre-eminent
periodical monitoring the radical right in the U.S.
Lately, the Intelligence Report has pinpointed issues of
concern to all North American environmentalists and animal activists.
The Report recently ran a critique of what it called the
international eco-radical movement, writing: "Radical environmental and
animal-rights groups have always drawn the line at targeting humans. Not
At the same time, the Intelligence Report has included a
series on the U.S. immigration controversy in environmental groups.
Southern Poverty Law's exposés regarding the Sierra Club's controversial
elections culminated in direct involvement in the election process to
persuade Club members to stop the "greening of hate."
Mark Potok, the Intelligence Report's editor, has recently
spoken on National Public Radio, CNN Live, Newsnight and Anderson Cooper
Mark Potok will address these controversial issues of our
time at Friends of Animals' forthcoming conference, Foundations of a
Movement (9-10 July in Manhattan), including in a Keynote Presentation on
Saturday 9 July. To register, please see
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