Contributor

Andy Stepanian

Co-founder, The Sparrow Project

Andy Stepanian is a social justice activist, artist, and political rabble-rouser. Andy is the co-founder of <a href="http://sparrowmedia.net" target="_hplink">The Sparrow Project</a>, a grassroots PR outfit that aims to braid popular culture, the arts, and revolutionary activism. In 2002 <em>The Financial Times</em> characterized Andy and his fellow activists as "succeeding where Karl Marx, the Baader-Meinhof gang and the Red Brigades failed.” Their actions drew the attention of Wall Street and the FBI resulting in a politically charged landmark free speech case called the <a href="http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/tag/shac-7/" target="_hplink">SHAC 7 trial</a> where Andy and 5 others were charged and convicted as terrorists for their activism. Sentenced to 3 years in federal prison Andy spent his last 6.5 months in a secretive federal prison program that NPR would later name '<a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/03/03/134168714/guantanamo-north-inside-u-s-secretive-prisons" target="_hplink">Guantanamo North</a>'. Andy's activism as part of the SHAC7 is the subject of a feature-length <a href="http://vimeo.com/10027333" target="_hplink">documentary</a> due out in 2012 from Finngate Pictures. Since his release from prison Andy works for a publisher, consults for social justice groups, and speaks on his experiences at universities.