Former political prisoner and animal rights activist Peter Young is coming to Milwaukee tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 11, to speak at Cream City Collectives, 732 E. Clarke St.
Young was one of the first people ever charged with "animal enterprise terrorism" after he released mink from fur farms in Wisconsin, Iowa and South Dakota in the late '90s. He was wanted by the FBI for seven years before getting captured in San Jose in 2005.
Young spent two years behind bars and was released in February 2007.
The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a vegan potluck, after which Young will speak about his experiences in the animal liberation movement, living underground, and prison life. An 8:30 p.m. screening of the movie "Behind the Mask" -- a documentary about people who risk their lives and freedom to save animals -- closes the event.
There is a suggested donation of $5-$7, with most of the proceeds going to Young and a small amount going to Cream City Collectives. The Riverwest collective's motto is to "provide an accessible community space that will allow for the creation and diffusion of knowledge, ideas and skills, specifically for the growth of radical and progressive social change."
OnMilwaukee.com staff writer Julie Lawrence grew up in Wauwatosa and has lived her whole life in the Milwaukee area.
As any “word nerd” can attest, you never know when inspiration will strike, so from a very early age Julie has rarely been seen sans pen and little notebook. At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee it seemed only natural that she major in journalism. When OnMilwaukee.com offered her an avenue to combine her writing and the city she knows and loves in late 2004, she knew it was meant to be. Around the office, she answers to a plethora of nicknames, including “Lar,” (short for “Larry,” which is short for “Lawrence”) as well as the mysteriously-sourced “Bill Murray.”