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Posted: February 29th, 2012 By BWM

Although this is a press release for a single action, it is important to note that countless other actions took place all across the U.S today in a coordinated effort to shut down the corporations affiliated with ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council).


Wednesday February 29th


Lindsay, Hart, Neil & Weigler LLP

Wells Fargo Center

Suite 3400

1300 SW Fifth Avenue

Portland, Oregon


Courtney Eastman, Portland Animal Defense League- (209) 559-0577, pdx_adl@riseup.net

Animal Rights Activists Occupy Office of ALEC Chair

Portland, OR – On Wednesday, February 29th, Animal Defense League and has occupied the offices of Lindsay, Hart, Neil & Weigler and Paul S. Cosgrove, the state corporate co-chair for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ADL has taken this action as part of the international day of action to shut down corporations and ALEC affiliates on February 29th.

As the Oregon state corporate co-chair of ALEC, Paul S. Cosgrove of lobbying firm Lindsay, Hart, Neil & Weigler LLP is responsible for the myriad of legislation that institutionalizes animal exploitation and ecological devastation. ALEC represents the interests of some of the most notorious corporations synonymous with animal abuse and environmental degradation- AstraZeneca, Bayer, BP, Cargill, DuPont, Exxon Mobil, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Johnson & Johnson, Koch Industries, Monsanto, Novartis, Peabody Energy, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, and Sanofi-Aventis.

ALEC has written legislation forcing communities to accept the abusive practices of factory farming industries, including the Ag-Gag bills of Florida and Iowa, which criminalize the filming of cruel practices on factory farms. ALEC has written legislation that would allow the seizure of public lands such as wilderness areas and National Parks for resource extraction. ALEC has passed legislation, specifically the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA), that labels and convicts activists that oppose these corporations and their activities as “terrorists,” silencing dissent and enabling corporate control and destruction.

“Paul S. Cosgrove, Oregon state corporate co-chair of ALEC, facilitates the systematic abuse of animals trapped on factory farms, caged in laboratories and surviving in the wild,” says Courtney Eastman of Animal Defense League. “Because the ALEC corporations Mr. Cosgrove represents stand in the way of ecological balance and freedom for all species, we demand he and his law firm, Lindsay, Hart, Neil & Weigler LLP, cut their ties with ALEC immediately.”

Three activists from the Animal Defense League covertly entered the Wells Fargo Center and made their way up to the 34th floor of the building, to the offices and Paul S. Cosgrove and Lindsay, Hart, Neil and Weigler. There, the activists chained themselves to together and physically began occupying the office in an act of nonviolent direct action.

For more information, please visit: http://pdxanimaldefenseleague.org/

Posted: February 28th, 2012 By BWM

Better late than never. Are you getting involved tomorrow? Check out the shut down the corporations site for details about whats happening in your area.

Posted: February 24th, 2012 By BWM

Animal rights activist David Agranoff has agreed to cooperate with government as part of a plea agreement related to Earth Liberation Front crimes in Bloomington, Indiana, more than 10 years ago.

The prosecution is related to an April 30, 2000 arson in Bloomington, Indiana, that destroyed 14 pieces of logging and construction equipment.

According to an Associated Press report at the time: “Gas tanks were filled with sand, which was also packed into oil crankcases, police said. Fuel and hydraulic lines were cut, and a tractor-trailer filled with wood chips was set on fire. On the trailer had been emblazoned the words, ‘Go develop in Hell.’ The letters ‘ELF’ had been spray-painted on several pieces of equipment…”

In March, 2011, Agranoff waived his right to indictment (which means agreeing that the government has reason to bring the charges against him). [Source: waiver of indictment]

In August, 2011, his attorneys filed a motion to push back his sentencing hearing, because: “The Defendant has not yet completed the cooperation he intends to provide to the government in consideration of a motion pursuant to U.S.S.G. § 5K1.1.” This is the section of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines related to “Substantial Assistance to Authorities.” [Source: motion to continue] Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 22nd, 2012 By BWM

We would like to introduce the first BWM pin & sticker pack! We hope you like it!

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Posted: February 6th, 2012 By BWM

Occupy Oakland has faced heavy police repression since its inception.  From the first police raid on October 25th, when the camp was violently destroyed and people were brutally tear gassed and shot with rubber bullets, to the recent targeted snatchings and arrests of the last couple weeks, and finally to the attack on Occupy Oakland in its attempt to move into a vacant building which manifested itself in tear gas, rubber bullets, assault grenades and the mass arrest of up to 400 people last night, Oakland’s Police Department and City Government have made it clear that they will continue to target and repress those in Occupy Oakland in the attempt to squash the movement that challenges their exploitation, and oppression of the people of Oakland and the 99%. Often those arrested have had their charges dropped after spending several days in jail due to lack of evidence.  The newest tactic being used by the state is stay away orders, given to those arrested, making it illegal for those arrested to be in the vicinity of Oscar Grant Plaza, essentially making it illegal to participate in future Occupy Oakland events. Many of these people have been around since the beginning of occupy and are key organizers for different committees and actions.

While many members of Occupy have come to support those arrested at arraignments, picked people up from jail when they were released, called local officials or marched in solidarity with those who have been repressed, Occupy Oakland has yet to have a chance to present our side of the facts in court. Feb 6th will be Occupy Oakland’s day for that.  On this day, it will be the first time that lawyers working with Occupy will be able to argue against the repressive tactics used by the OPD and present evidence of unlawful activities and arrests.

We the Anti-Repression Committee of Occupy Oakland are proposing a Day of Action in solidarity with those that have been arrested and targeted by the local government and OPD. We will begin the day with Coffee Not Cops at the Wiley Manuel Courthouse starting at 9:00 AM, then at noon we will be organizing a rally at OGP with speakers that will address local and state police repression and the prison industrial complex. At 1:00 PM, we will march to the courthouse to stand in solidarity with those in court at 2:00 PM. Occupy Oakland endorses this action.

Additionally, in light of the massive amounts of arrests on Move-in Day, there will be a day of arraignments that come out of those arrests. We want to have a Day of Action Against Police Repression on the day of those arraignments as well. This day will be planned with a similar schedule as the Day of Action on February 6th.

We want all of Occupy Oakland to stand in solidarity with those who have been arrested and who have faced any form of police repression. Stand with us on February 6th!

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