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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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
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.
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?”
We 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?