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, whose other members include Noam Chomsky, Medea Benjamin, and Michael Albert.
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 Antiwar.com, Asia Times, Counterpunch, Insider, The Jakarta Post, Mondoweiss, Salon, teleSUR, Truthout, Venezuela Analysis, Yahoo News, The American Conservative, and Z Network. His work has been published in mainstream and independent media outlets on every inhabited continent.
His work has also been published by the United Nations, World Economic Forum, and members of both houses of U.S. Congress including Sens. Bernie Sanders, Jeff Merkley, and Elizabeth Warren, and Reps. Barbara Lee and Ro Khanna.
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 the communications coordinator of San Francisco Berniecrats, an Our Revolution affiliate.
Brett, who is Black and Mexican, grew up adopted in a Jewish home 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.
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. He has lived in California since 1999.