Tag Archives: Action Alerts

Road Trip and Prisoner Support

A few of us are heading out to Hartford, CT on Wednesday for an exciting event.  Will Potter of www.GreenIsTheNewRed.com and Justin Goodman, 2007

recipient of PETA’s Nanci Alexander Award for activist of the year, will be speaking at the University of Connecticut School of Law.  We highly suggest you attend if you’re able to make it.  From Green is the New Red:

“Approving Animal Abuse & Punishing Protest”

Will Potter and Justin Goodman will discuss the scope of animal experimentation in the United States, the laws that govern it, and how federal terrorism laws are being created and used against the nonviolent activists who are trying to end it.

Date: March 30, 2011
Time: 5:00 PM
Place: Blumberg Hall, University of Connecticut School of Law
65 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105-2290

Vegan food from China Pan Restaurant will be provided courtesy of the sponsoring student groups.

Please invite your friends on the Facebook event page.

Closely related to this topic, we’ve added some new links to the website that we’d like you to check out including:

Support Daniel McGowan

Support Walter Bond

Support Marie Mason

Support Steve Murphy

These men and women have sacrificed their freedom to stand up to the destruction our government and corporations are inflicting on animals and our planet.  None of them have injured another human, yet they are often given lengthy prison sentences in comparison with other crimes. (Marie Mason is serving 22 years for charges relating to damaging an office connected to GMO research and destroying a piece of logging equipment.)  Marie’s support site makes a great point when they say that supporting her does not mean agreeing with the actions that she took — but it does mean opposing the fear-mongering tactics of the federal government and the outrageous sentences they have imposed.  How far is this repression going to go?  It’s incredibly scary to think about.

Photo credit: BITE BACK Magazine http://www.directaction.info

For a complete list of current prisoners, please visit BITE BACK Magazine.  Take a moment today to write a quite letter of support to one or all of them.  Thank you!

Weekly Action Alert: Write a Letter to the Editor about Circus Cruelty

We still have time to share the truth about circus cruelty with people before they buy tickets to Ringling Bros. at the Times Union Center.  An easy way to reach a lot of people is to send a letter to the editor to your local newspaper. The opinion page is the second most read section of a newspaper, so you will have a very large audience!

Circus Training Methods

In Defense of Animals gives these key points for writing LTE’s on their website (check out their circus facts, too):

Be timely – Capitalize on recent news and events, respond within 24 hours of a story if possible.  Be sure to refer to the article or event you are responding to in the first sentence of the letter.

Keep it short and simple – Under 250 words ideally, even less if you can. Research the paper or magazine you are writing to see if they have a specific word limit. Keep your points clear and stick to one subject. Look at the editorial page of the publication you’re writing to and copy the format they normally print.

Think locally – Demonstrate how this issue effects you locally, and – if possible – mention lawmakers or news makers by name to ensure you get their attention.
Sign your letter. Include your name, address and telephone number. Papers may need to contact you if they are considering printing your letter. Don’t worry—they won’t print your phone or street address.

Follow-up. If the newspaper doesn’t call you, call them!  Speak to the person in charge of letters to the editor (You should know who this is before writing your letter). Ask if they plan on printing your letter, and if not, ask if they have any feedback for you.  Thank them for their time and feedback.

Here are some area newspapers with links to their LTE submission page:

The Post Star
The Times Union: Email letters to tuletters@timesunion.com.
The Saratogian: Email letters to letters@saratogian.com
The Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Schenectady Gazette
Troy Record: Email letters to letters@troyrecord.com

If your letter gets published, be sure to send us the link so we can post it here!

Animal Abusers are Not Welcome in our Area

Ringling Bros. Circus will be returning to Albany this May.

Please continue to leave comments on these Facebook pages:
http://www.facebook.com/TUCenter
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=155432937845138
Email them: info@timesunioncenter-albany.com
Call them: 518.487.2000

Let them know that circuses are no place for animals.

For more information:

http://www.ringlingbeatsanimals.com/
http://www.idausa.org/facts/circusfacts.html
http://www.helpelephants.com/circus_elephants.html

This year we want to focus on educating the public before they even purchase tickets. We’re going to collect literature (contact us for some or download here: http://www.idausa.org/shop-ida/lit6.html).

Join us for a leafletting event (to be scheduled) or go out on your own! Any busy location will work!

Showtimes:
Thursday, May 5: 7:00PM
Friday, May 6: 10:30AM & 7:00PM
Saturday, May 7: 11:00AM, 3:00PM & 7:00PM
Sunday, May 8: 1:00PM & 5:00PM

NOTE: Protests will be held one hour before each showtime above (two hours before Thursday’s showtime), however Saturday is the Northeast Animal Liberation Festival and Bold Native screening at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy. If you were not planning on attending this event, we encourage you to attend the Ringling protests in our absence. Thank you for your understanding and please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Weekly Action Alert: Support Steve Murphy

After taking some time in between posting weekly action alerts, we’ve gotten back on track and will be posting each week.

This week we’d like you to Support Steve Murphy.

Steve has been charged with a 2006 E.L.F. action in Pasadena, CA. and is currently serving time in prison.  The complaint accused Steve of allegedly decommissioning a tractor and placing an incendiary device in a housing development construction site in the name of the Earth Liberation Front.

Steve recently went on hunger strike after being denied basic vegan meals when the prison he’s being held in went on lockdown.

Please take a moment to send a quick letter to Steve and let him know that you’re thinking of him during these tough times.  You can also donate to his commissary fund so he can buy food to supplement his diet.

STEVE MURPHY
39013-177
FCI BEAUMONT MEDIUM
FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
P.O. BOX 26040
BEAUMONT, TX 77720

For more information visit Support Steve Murphy and Support Vegans in the Prison System on the web and on Facebook.