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Posted: August 24th, 2014 By BWM

Guerrilla Struggle in Defense of the Earth by Leslie James Pickering

Resistance Ecology Conference 2014
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Posted: August 21st, 2014 By BWM

Hip Hop & Food Justice by Kevin Tillman & Keith Tucker

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Posted: August 20th, 2014 By BWM

Civil Disobedience by Lauren Regan

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Posted: August 19th, 2014 By BWM

We did this interview with Progress For Science back in April, 2014. At that time, Progress For Science were gearing up for another World Wide Week For Animals In Labs, and as always they had a unique approach to their activism around the ongoing animal testing at UCLA. Progress for science is known internationally for their impressive and dynamic campaign tactics, utilizing everything from street performance to funeral marches to oceanside vigils, this group has a very big toolkit and they use every piece.

Since April, Progress For Science has been called to defend their right to use public space for their protests. During a recent Progress For Science silent demonstration and outreach in the neighbourhood of a UCLA employee who experiments on monkeys, three activists were singled out and restraining orders were sought against them. The charges were later dropped after the judge indicated the charges were unfounded. As a means of defending and upholding the rights of activists’ free speech rights, one of the three filed an Anti-SLAPP case, which would allow for the recovery of their legal fees if the legal system is used to stifle First Amendment Speech. Progress For Science is now engaged in an appeal to protect activists’ right to protest. If you would like to help with the cost of this Anti-SLAPP suit you can help with their Go Fund Me campaign here.

What is coming up for Progress For Science? An 11-day action campaign for monkey’s at UCLA is launching on August 21! This is an event that can be joined and supported from anywhere so please consider getting involved with Progress For Science and their 11-days of action. You can RSVP to the event here.

Without further delay, below is our still timely article with a member of Progress For Science (P4S) about some of their work, what it means to them, an why they do what they do.

BWM: To start things off, could you please outline for us what it is that Progress For Science does in your community, and what your main focus and objectives have been in a general way for individuals who may not yet be familiar with your group? 

P4S: Progress for Science (P4S) takes action on behalf of animals in laboratories, with an emphasis on the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). P4S is working to end animal experiments at UCLA, while trying to expand and connect with Progress For Science at a Home Demo in Californiathe global anti-vivisection movement. Our immediate goal is to end experiments on monkeys at UCLA as we see it as the low-hanging fruit. The US government is phasing out the use of Chimpanzees in research, Harvard University closed their primate research center, several commercial airlines have banned their transportation of monkeys to vivisection labs, and the European Union has banned cosmetic testing on nonhuman animals; it is clear that positive shifts in the scientific paradigm are happening right now. What is UCLA waiting for? While they wait, we’ll be keeping the pressure up.

We utilize a range of tactics to weaken the structures that support vivisection from multiple angles. Whether an activist’s preferred form of activism is holding vigil and sharing a song, leading chants at a demo, outreaching to the public, or “monkeying around” the city collecting as many petition signatures as possible, we’ve got something up their alley. We also understand how busy life can get and that lots of supporters aren’t located in the LA area, so when people aren’t able to physically attend our events, they can still participate in our social media, phone and email actions.

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Posted: August 18th, 2014 By BWM

Grabbing Back: Bioregionalism Against White Supremacy by Alexander Reid Ross, Elona Trogub, scott crow, Ahjamu Umi

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Portland, Or.


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