social justice


Jerrold Meyer, like Melinda Novak, works at UMass Amherst and experiments on Rhesus Monkeys. Please take the time to send him an email asking him to stop these tests. We wrote up a sample email below that you can use, or write your own polite email.

Feel free to repost this call for emails

Jerrold Meyer’s  email is: jmeyer@psych.umass.edu
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Justin Goodman Nov. 10, 2007 Vivisection

These notes are for entertainment purposes only and the author does not necessarily endorse everything within and none of it is meant to be used illegally.

Uconn- Oct 2005 campaign started 8/20/06 lab closed (more…)

Peter Young Nov. 9, 2007 – these notes are for entertainment purposes only and the author does not necessarily endorse anything herein.

Investigating Animal Abuse

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Jerry Vlasak Nov. 10th Food For Thought Books

These notes are for entertainment purposes only. No illegal or untoward action or thought is encouraged by the author. Some of the content is from JErry Vlasak, some from myself, some from audience members etc. No accountabilty…

Quote from Charles Mayo on vivisection:

 

“I abhor vivisection. It should at least be curbed. Better, it should be abolished. I know of no achievement through vivisection, no scientific discovery, that could not have been obtained without such barbarism and cruelty. The whole thing is evil.”

Morally wrong AND unuseful (more…)

Hampshire Animal Liberation Advocacy, a student group I work with, organized and hosted the Smash the State, Crush the Cage 2007 conference on animal liberation and vivisection. I did not post about this before the conference happened because I was under so much stress about it that I did not have the mental capacity. What happened was our school (Hampshire college) became irate that we were planning this conference, and convinced that there was going to be violence or terrorism or something ridiculous like that. The entire science department met with us, and called our keynote speaker Jerry Vlasak a terrorist, accused him of ridiculous things, and said inviting him to campus was like inviting the grand wizard of the KKK to campus. Which was an entirely inappropriate and racist remark. The heads of 2 departments at school were the main people lobbying against us. They tried, repeatedly, to find ways to force us to cancel. In the end we won, but not after tremendous stress. We had the ACLU write the school. We had students sit in the president’s office. It was worth it though, because we made friends, had awesome workshops, and good times. It also has made a lot of people on campus question how free our speech is, and how autonomous student groups are.

I’m posting about it now because I am also going to post my notes from some of the workshops and want to give a frame of reference for them. Also I want to include some  of the things we wrote about it so I will not forget. (more…)

There is a new book from AK Press by Bob Torres, Making A Killing: THe Political Economy of Animal Rights which seems like it is gonna be relevant to looking at the issue from a speciesism standpoint, and also in a broader sphere of ‘leftist’ politics. Says “contains key insights into the broad nature of domination, power, and hierarchy” also “explores intersections between human and animal oppressions in relation to the exploitative dynamics of capitalism” It comes out in Novemeber, I hope I have the time to read it.

Because Hampshire hosts the ‘From Abortion Rights to Social Justice’ conference I went to a couple of the workshops this weekend. ONe of the ones I went to was called Environmental Activism which ‘addresses the environmental justice issues, including how poor communities of color are disproportionately impacted by pollution and toxic wastes, and how people are organizing to fight back to create cleaner and healthier environments.’

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