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Posted: February 1st, 2016 By BWM

On January 15-17, people from all across the country swarmed New York, headquarters and home turf of Skanska USA. Hundreds of people took it to the streets, their flagship offices in the Empire State Building, the CEO’s front yard in Huntington, NY, and to the top executives of their largest U.S. investor–Vanguard Group. Coordinated by No New Animal Lab and New York City Animal Defense League, this mobilization was only possible because of grassroots organizing and cross-country networking. We know we are getting to them like we never have before. We are having an impact. We can storm Skanska, we can swarm their most important US figures, we can threaten their finances, and we can and will stop this lab.

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Posted: January 20th, 2016 By BWM

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Posted: October 6th, 2015 By BWM

 

No New Animal Lab #MarchonUW on Friday, 10/2. Hundreds of activists flooded UW campus and the streets of Seattle in an effort to bring attention to the campaign to stop the Animal Research & Care Facility, a large underground lab proposed for the purpose of housing and experimenting on thousands of animals–dogs, cats, mice, rats, monkeys, Guinea pigs, rabbits, pigs, and more. No New Animal Lab is a pressure campaign designed to stop it. The #marchonuw is one aspect. #WeWillStopThisLab

Posted: September 1st, 2015 By BWM

 

Nearly thirty years ago, Jenny Brown, had her leg amputated after cancer rapidly consumed her ankle. Homebound as an adolescent, Brown’s relationship with her feline companion and steadfast friend, Boogie, enabled her recovery from the amputation and years of chemotherapy. Boogie helped inspire Brown’s affinity for animals and her creation of Woodstock Farm Sanctuary (WFS), a haven for farm animals who are victims of cruelty and neglect —including animals who, like Jenny, are also amputees.

Posted: August 2nd, 2015 By BWM
Former political prisoner and SHAC 7 defendent Jake Conroy is currently doing a speaking tour titled “From Activist to Terrorist” in cities across Europe.  Jake has been a dedicated animal liberation activist since the mid 1990’s and even did time in federal prison for his involvement in the SHAC USA campaign, geared towards closing down the animal vivisection laboratory Huntingdon Life Sciences.  I asked Jake some questions about the speaking tour and why it was so important to him, and what he thought others should get out of this tour. Check out the interview, Jake Conroy and click here for the Facebook event page for the tour.

 

1) Jake can you tell us about your european speaking tour?

I am headed out on a 12 city speaking tour across Europe talking about my experiences over the last 18 years with activism, government repression, and being incarcerated in a federal prison as a political prisoner.  The presentation focuses primarily on the history of the campaign to close the notorious animal testing laboratory, Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), the organization spearheading the campaign in the US, Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty USA (SHAC USA), the subsequent trial against the SHAC 7, and the government repression we faced both as activists and as inmates.

2) What made you want to name it “from activist to terrorist?”

The United States has a history of branding left-leaning and progressive communities as “domestic terrorists” in order to build a case against them and demonize them in the press and the public.  The animal rights community is no exception.  During the time of the campaign against HLS, SHAC USA, along with the Animal and Earth Liberation Fronts were deemed by the FBI to be the biggest threat to national security.  This was not because we were violent, but because we were putting major dents in the animal experimentation and financial industries; in capitalism.  Corporations and governments were scared of us not because we were violent, but because we were an unapologetic, nonhierarchical, grassroots organization that was part of a movement that showed we didn’t need government, we didn’t need corporations, we didn’t need large fluffy organizations to make change; we could do it ourselves. Due to our successes, the government worked very hard to shift our image and the conversation away from activism and towards terrorism in an attempt to neutralize us.

3) Did you pick the tour cities based on anything? I see that you don’t have any dates booked in the UK and a couple other countries, why not?

From Activist to TerroristWe brought this presentation to 5 countries last September throughout Europe and I wanted to make sure I didn’t repeat any cities this time around.  I’m hoping to bring the story to as many places as possible.  Some locations however are an impossibility for me.  The United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia do not take kindly to folks like myself who have criminal convictions.  As someone who has 6 federal felonies on his record, as well as other convictions stemming from past actions, I am unfortunately not allowed into the Commonwealth.

4) What are your goals with this tour?

I think there is a lot to be learned from the campaign to close HLS, and the way SHAC USA was organized.  How autonomous, grassroots groups, mixed with independent underground actions, and a nonhierarchical, horizontal structure of organizing could be so wildly successful against some of the world’s largest corporations.

I also find importance in sharing with people about the potential consequences of such campaigning, the different ways the government and private corporations fight back, and what it’s like to be on the receiving end of it, from the start to the finish. It’s important to demystify and end the romanticism of being a political prisoner, and to stress the importance of supporting those on the inside.

Finally, I want all of us to have those big and tough conversations about the possibility that perhaps our activist communities aren’t doing it right.  We need to rethink how we campaign, the tactics we use, and burst our protective bubbles we put up around ourselves and to step down from the pedestals we place ourselves on.  With smart strategies, solid tactics, and a dose of humility, I think we could be so much more, rather than continuing to follow the same failed blueprints we cling to.  I want to spark conversation, debate, and a resurgence of smart grassroots movements.
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