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SHAC 7 Benefit at the Humanist Hall in Oakland, 1/11/06
by dave id
Sunday Jan 15th, 2006 12:28 AM
Jake Conroy of the SHAC7 spoke regarding the upcoming trial and what it means for activists of all stripes in general and the animal liberation movement specifically.
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Turnout at the benefit was strong and a fair amount of funds were raised to support the SHAC7's legal defense.

The benefit was sponsored by East Bay Animal Advocates & Compassionate Cooks.

Jake Conroy detailed his and the other's arrests across the country. He spoke of how the Federal government is essentially trying to stiffle free speech in the SHAC7 case by targeting activists for maintaining a website, using trumped-up charges through the relatively new Federal Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. He spoke of the Feds attempting to use this case, and other recent arrests and Grand Juries targeting activists nationwide, to set an example and intimidate not only animal activists but activists of all stripes who choose to vocally protest, take direct action, or even express support for such activities on websites. He seemed relatively confident that the SHAC7 can beat the charges, but he noted that even if they do not win their own freedom, that there are tens of activists for each one of the SHAC7 committed to direct action, disrupting the businesses of animal exploiters, and that the struggle for animal liberation will continue.

A screening of Roots of Compassion's new film, "Animal Liberation - History in the Making" followed the speech by Jake Conroy. The movie documents various attrocities committed for profit against animals and multiple direct action responses over the last two decades.

The film was a compilation of several shorter pieces. Some of the video itself was a little rough but it was entirely compelling. It features many of the actions and tactics of the campaign to Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty. It shows the story of Britches, a deliberately-blinded-with-sutures primate whose release was one of the Animal Liberation Front's (ALF) first actions in the early 1980s. There was a piece on Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's actions against driftnetters and whalers in the open seas. It touched on the connection between ALF and it's older sibling the ELF which fights for environmental protection. Fox hunt sabateurs in Surrey, Britain and the laws specifically passed in attempts to thwart the sabateurs were covered. German and Spanish liberation actions. ALF freeing countless beagles from a Huntingdon Life Sciences lab. Footage was shown of the ALF raid on the University of Iowa in November 2004 (http://www.indybay.org/news/2004/11/1706033.php, http://www.indybay.org/news/2005/06/1746698.php, http://www.indybay.org/news/2005/07/1754059.php, and http://www.indybay.org/news/2005/09/1765336.php). In all, the film includes coverage of the liberation of primates, whales, dolpins, minks, sables, beagles, rabbits, rats, guinea pigs, and other commonly exploited animals.

East Bay Animal Advocates:
http://eastbayanimaladvocates.org/

Compassionate Cooks:
http://compassionatecooks.com

Roots of Compassion:
http://rootsofcompassion.org/

Fellowship of Humanity:
http://humanisthall.net


Recent SHAC7 trial feature on Indybay:
http://www.indybay.org/archives/archive_by_id.php?id=4008&category_id=58

One Struggle, One Fight: SHAC 7 and the Future of Dissent:
http://www.indybay.org/news/2005/06/1745487.php


Support the SHAC7!! The rights of all activists are at stake if the government wins.
§Christine of East Bay Animal Advocates
by dave id Sunday Jan 15th, 2006 12:28 AM
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§Strong turnout of 50 or so supporters.
by dave id Sunday Jan 15th, 2006 12:28 AM
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§Humanist Hall in Oakland
by dave id Sunday Jan 15th, 2006 12:28 AM
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During an intermission, I had the opportunity to speak with a member of the Fellowship of Humanity, the Humanist Church that runs the Humanist Hall in Oakland and is generous enough to allow other groups to use their great space. While I have attended other events there in the past, I never knew much if anything about them. I learned that the Fellowship and their Hall have a long and storied history. While this member who has been with the group since the late 1950s only shared a handful of tales, it was enough to get a feel for their long-term progressive roots. For instance, several of the founding members travelled to Russia at some point and met Lenin. The Hall hosted events for the Black Panthers in the 60s, as well as thousands of other events since their founding. In the 1940s, they had a case that went all the way to the US Supreme Court where the group fought for, and won, the right to be recognized with the same privileges as other churches even though they are agnostic.

Special thanks to the Fellowship of Humanity for their support of the SHAC7 and the many activists currently working to defend them.
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