The National Weekend of Action Against the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) entails talks, workshops, film viewings, protests, etc. to educate the public about federal laws that specifically target animal advocates whose work attempts to stop a person or company from profiting from the use of nonhuman animals (which could include nearly all types of non-reformist activism, from protests to liberatory actions).
In effect, AETA labels activists as terrorists, a chilling reality that every activist of every cause should care about because this is a civil liberties and rights issue. AETA has been covered by almost every major paper in the US and is one of the most unconstitutional laws since COINTELPRO – a program established in the 1950s by the FBI that targeted the civil rights, anti-war, and Native American movements.
To understand more about the targeting of activists and the AETA, read *Terrorists or Freedom Fighters?* (2004), *Igniting a Revolution* (2006), *Muzzling a Movement* (2010), *Green is the New Red* (2011), and *The Terrorization of Dissent* (2014), and *Total Liberation: The Power and Promise of Animal Rights and the Radical Earth Movement* (to be released Sept. 1, 2014).
This event is in collaboration with the launch of “Terrorization of Dissent” (2014), which will develop into a campaign with regular national days of action.
Las Vegas Actions Against the AETA
Daily protests in front of the Federal Building in Downtown Las Vegas
September 5, 6 & 7, 2014
3pm – 5pm each day
You are encouraged to wear all black and a black bandanna or mask if you’ve got it!
Literature and banners will be present, and feel free to bring signs, stencils and posters if you’d like!
Bring instruments (or pots and pans, etc.) Let’s make some noise, people!
Statement On the AETA by Mojave Dolphins
Originally posted at MojaveDolphins.com
Next weekend (Sept. 5, 6, 7) is National Weekend of Action Against the AETA. AETA stands for Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, a federal law that prohibits any person from engaging in certain conduct “for the purpose of damaging or interfering with the operations of an animal enterprise”. This is a law that does not differentiate between constitutional protests and actual criminal acts. It forces you to be silent about animal abuse in fear of being charged with “terrorism”. The people who support this act are the fur industry, the cattle industry, and every other industry that would want to see animal rights activists taken out of the picture.
In support of raising awareness against this law, Sunset Activist Collective in Las Vegas has arranged for a demonstration in front of the Federal Building in Downtown Las Vegas on Sept 5, 6, and 7 from 3pm to 5pm. You are encouraged to wear all black and a black bandanna or mask if you’ve got it! Literature and banners will be present, and feel free to bring signs, stencils and posters if you’d like! Bring instruments (or pots and pans, etc.)
This is a law that could have an effect on us all if we do not know how to play this game correctly. MojaveDolphins encourages you to get involved in your local events this weekend and learn more about what is happening, and could happen to you!
In actuality, the language of the AETA covers many First Amendment activities, such as picketing, boycotts and undercover investigations if they “interfere” with an animal enterprise by causing a loss of profits. So in effect, The AETA silences the peaceful and lawful protest activities of animal and environmental advocates. (Source)
In other words, those “who conscientiously believe that it is their duty to peacefully
protest” through civil disobedience could be labeled terrorists. But only if they intended
to make a difference. (Source)
Informational Handouts, YouTube Videos, and PDFs
PDF Against the Animal Enterprise Act Sign
PDF of #AgainsttheAETA
PDF of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act
14 page summary of the AETA by NLG
8 page summary of the AETA by Will Potter
Youtube of Dara Lovitz on the AETA
Youtube Cover AETA
Center for Constitutional Rights
Equal Justice Alliance
Green is the New Red
Kelly is a lifelong resident of Las Vegas, who’s been very active in local grassroots activism, as well as on a national level during his extensive travels. He’s also the founder/main contributor of Nevada Cop Block, served as editor/contributor at CopBlock.org and designed the Official Cop Block Press Passes.
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