ACTIVIST CULTURE UNDER ATTACK!
CALIFORNIA - 4 Arrests:
On February 19th and 20th, four animal rights activists from California were arrested on charges for their alleged involvement in "terrorist" activity relating to a long running campaign against University of California research facilities. Illuminating yet another dark chapter in what has been termed the "Green Scare," their case represents a sustained FBI mission to criminalize political dissent.
Nathan Pope, Adriana Stumpo, Joseph Buddenberg, and Maryam Khajaviare were indicted for conspiracy to violate the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA), a vague and draconian law passed as part the broader "War on Terror" that singles out social justice activists and restricts freedom of speech and assembly. Protesting, chalking slogans, and producing leaflets are among the "terrorist" activity of which these activists are being accused. Each of their charges hold 5 year penalties.
UTAH - 2 Arrests:
On Thursday March 5th the witch hunt expanded when two Utah activists were also arrested under AETA. William "BJ" Veihl and Alex Jason Hall, are being accused for their alleged participation raid of a South Jordan, UT mink farm in August, and the alleged attempted raid of a second mink farm in October. Details of their case are developing.
SHOW YOUR SOLIDARITY:
Strong community fundraising and support are need to help pay for the enormous legal bills of all of the AETA defendants. Three great benefits are planned for the next week and the AETA defendants need your help. Come out and show your solidarity!
Saturday, March 28th / 6pm / Donations accepted at door / No one turned away for lack of funds
Red and Black Cafe, 400 SE 12th
Speakers: Will Potter (GreenIsTheNewRed.com) and Lauren Regan (Civil Liberties Defense Center)
Bands: Mike XVX, Camping Party, Slow Teeth
Sunday, March 29th / 6:30pm / $5-$15 (do your best)
Liberty Hall, 311 N Ivy
Speakers: Will Potter (GreenIsTheNewRed.com), Peter Young (former Animal Liberation prisoner)
Bands (after the speakers): Death AD, Unrestrained, Parasitic Skies
Thursday, April 2nd
Three Course Vegan Meal at Portobello - Yum!
$25 Flat Rate / Half to go to AETA Defendants
Seating 1 - 6:00pm / Seating 2 - 8:30pm
Info: Please make reservations by calling Portobello Vegan Trattoria.
Also contact with questions or allergy concerns.
See You There!