Brett Wilkins

Author & Journalist

About Brett

Brett Wilkins is a San Francisco-based writer and activist whose work focuses on issues of war and peace and human rights. He is a staff writer at Common Dreams and a member of the international socialist writers’ group Collective 20. Before joining Common Dreams, he was a longtime freelance journalist and essayist whose articles appeared in a wide variety of print and online publications including Counterpunch, Truthout,,, Asia Times, The Jakarta Post, Alternet, teleSUR, Yahoo News, Mondoweiss, EcoWatch, and Venezuela Analysis.

Brett is also the lead contributor to the blog of Ethics In Tech, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit of which he is a board member. When not writing, he’s in the streets fighting for peace and for racial, economic, and climate justice. He is currently communications coordinator of San Francisco Berniecrats, the local Our Revolution affiliate.

Brett grew up in rural southern New Jersey, where David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan rallied in his subdivision when he was just 5 years old—an indelible experience that shaped his worldview from an early age. He has lived in Florida, Los Angeles, Australia, Brazil, and Italy.

When not writing, railing against the interminable injustices of humanity, or helping to elect socialist and progressive candidates, Brett enjoys traveling—44 countries and counting—running, reading, and growing his library of antiquarian books, especially ones about the struggle for racial justice and the history of US imperialism.

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