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why activist support is necessary for animal liberation

August 5, 2010

A recent arrest in Southern California has been added to the list of repressive arrests. It inspired me to write this post.

Please read and consider donating to help this activist, Bryan Monell. (Read his bio on this page to see the sort of dedication we should all aspire to). And most importantly, don’t forget the punchline: WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT STOP YOUR WORK. DO NOT BE SILENCED. THE ACTIVISTS & ANIMALS NEED YOU.
It is imperative that activists support other activists. If we don’t support each other in times of need our movement will die… and if our movement dies the animals have no hope.

Intimidation tactics, false arrests, harsh sentences and the genesis of laws that violate the first amendment are all attempts to silence activists. If our voices are silenced, the goals we have can never be met. We must, as a movement, combat this repression. (See Will Potter’s journalism  to get caught up on repression of the environmental and animal rights movements).We cannot react by silencing ourselves. When our compatriots are harassed or imprisoned we need to be pro-active and support them with all we’ve got.

The repression we face can be scary, but we cannot let fear override the work we need to do. By creating a supportive community in which we all know that, no matter how bad it gets, our community will love us and support us, we can all bravely move forward.

Part of working in solidarity means we leave no one behind, alone or without support. When an activist arrest happens, we need to help by donating/and or raising funds for good legal council, by writing letters to judges on their behalf, by refusing any coercive techniques, such as grand jury testimonies, and by keeping up with our activism. When activists are in jail we need to hold vigil by writing to them, keeping financial support coming their way, and giving them all the support they need when they are released.

Another way to be pro-active is to be prepared. Though you may never do anything illegal there is always a chance you can be arrested or questioned by authorities. Check out The Informed Activist for a 411 on how you can protect yourself and your fellow activists.

Please don’t let down the movement or the animals by giving up and letting tactics of repression win out over doing what is morally correct.



6 Comments leave one →
  1. August 5, 2010 4:05 pm

    “We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

  2. August 6, 2010 7:40 pm

    You simply cannot defend your “ideas” like a rational adult. That is why you lock out my comments.

    • August 7, 2010 10:13 am

      I have only have blocked two of your comments. One that was violent toward fish and one that disrespected an activist on the very blog page that is running his fund raising support. Please read my troll policy on the “about” page to be clear as to when I will block you. Insult the movement in a serious situation like this and I will delete your comment. Make a joke about murdering animals, and I will delete your comment. Keep spamming up my page and I will block you.

  3. August 6, 2010 8:20 pm

    All life is sacred and all have an important role in the sustenance of mother earth and her environment. Let us respect it and contribute in every way we can. When we cannot create life, we have no right to destroy it either. All must support this movement. I am all for it.

  4. Emma Luxembourg permalink
    August 25, 2010 11:54 am

    What about Walter Bond?

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