Brett Wilkins is a San Francisco-based freelance writer and activist. He grew up a staunch Reagan Republican in New Jersey and remained a conservative well into young adulthood. Traveling the world, he encountered different people and perspectives that opened his mind to truths very different from those “held self-evident” in the United States. His global re-education was enriched by modern American progressive thinkers including Martin Luther King Jr., Howard Zinn, Angela Davis, Noam Chomsky, Michelle Alexander and Ralph Nader, and by some of the same sites he now writes for.
A lifelong writer, Brett wrote his first book at age 7, started a newspaper with his cousin at age 10 and was hired at his first regional newspaper at age 15. A switch of college majors then detoured him from writing for the better part of two decades. In 2010 he began writing professionally again. His work has appeared at Yahoo News, Business Insider, ABC News and other mainstream outlets, as well as on progressive and peace blogs and sites including Counterpunch, Common Dreams, Antiwar.com and others. He is currently editor-at-large for US news at Digital Journal.
Brett’s writing and journalism focuses on issues of war and peace, human rights and social justice. His activism includes participation in movements including #BlackLivesMatter, Occupy Wall Street, #FightFor15 and others. He is a fierce critic of corporate capitalism, US imperialism and hypocrisy, racism and bigotry, Israeli crimes against Palestine and religious idiocy.
When not railing against the interminable injustices of the world, Brett enjoys traveling, running, reading and, in his one remaining guilty American pleasure, San Francisco Giants baseball.