Community Presentation: “Know Your Activist Rights: Part 2″ 1/31/09

If a cop asks to see your I.D. at a protest, are you legally obligated to show it?
Do protesters have the right to display images that other people might find offensive?

A local lawyer with NARN outlined what an animal rights activist needs to know in this day and age. She explained Fourth Amendment (search and seizure), Fifth Amendment (self-incrimination) and Sixth Amendment (right to counsel) rights.

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Community Building: Vegan Holiday Party 12/20/08

NARN and AFA invited all vegans and animal rights activists out for a night of food, frivolity and an assortment of refreshing beverages.

Harriet, Rachel and Mitchell share a laugh.

Despite the incredible amount of snow coming down that night, lots of Nitin and Rachelpeople made it out. It was a cool place, with endless dark rooms to explore in the basement. A couple folks went sledding on some folding chairs. Others were hilarious as usual. There was a cool sound system playing kickin’ jams, with various stage lights around the ex-dance studio.

All the food, music, laughter and vegan cupcakes made it worth the trip back home through the snowdrifts.

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Opposing Cruelty: UW Primate Lab Protest 12/17/08

RachelBrave souls withstood the wind and cold to stand up for tortured animals in front of UW’s Regional Primate Research Center at 3010 Western Ave, across from the Olympic Sculpture Park downtown. Chrystie

UW’s Primate Research Center plays a major part in the torture and killing of primates every year. UW researchers have been confirmed in committing widespread violations of animal protection regulations. Michael and Johnny Joseph.

These violations involve studies in which experimenters cut off the tops of monkeys’ skulls, insert electrodes into their brains, and implant wire coils in their eyes. The monkeys are then restrained in experimentation chairs, with their heads bolted in place so that they can’t move while Chrystie, Nitin and Bryanexperimenters track their eye movements.

They are kept hungry or thirsty much of the time so that they’ll comply during tests to get a sip of water or a bite of food.

University Of Washington Primate Center--blue building located at 3010 Western Ave, Seattle

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NARN needs volunteers!

NARN is made up entirely of volunteers. Can you help us with any of the following?
 
♣ Leaflet at schools or sports events by handing out Why Vegan?  or Compassionate Choices pamphlets to educate people about factory farming. 
♦ Attend NARN protests against animal cruelty.
♥ Fold leaflets: put our Vegetarian Restaurant Guides together with pamphlets about factory farming. We need lots of these to pass out at events, and it’s easy to do!
♦ Send out donation request letters to businesses listed in NARN’s Animal Services Guide.
♣ Help us fundraise.
♥ Mail out New Member Intro packets. Materials will be provided to you, and stamps reimbursed.
♦ Create & post fliers reporting UW animal testing misconduct.
Just let us know which of these you’re interested in. We’d love to have you volunteer with us!
-David, Volunteer Coordinator

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Community Presentation: “Seeing Through the Fence” Film 12/4/08

After attending Seeing Through the Fence” we all agreed it was a wonderful thought-provoking film, geared toward vegans and meat-eaters alike. It’s a documentary about food, veganism & activism put together by NARN’s very own Eleni Vlachos (also the drummer for Beloved Binge), and is a culmination of years of work, interviews with hundreds of people and lots of thoughtful editing. NARN’s own Rachel starred!

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Vegan Outreach: Holiday Parade Leafleting 11/27/08

On the morning after Thanksgiving all the children fell in love with Pig and Chicken. Passing out stickers to little kids and Compassionate Choices pamphlets to their parents, each animal costume-wearer had a human escort who made sure they didn’t crash into anything.

Shivani & Sarah as Chicken & Pig.

From within the Pig costume Sarah kept giggling and saying, “I love this. This is fun!” as children would light up and run into her arms to be hugged, while photographed by their parents. Most everyone we met were polite, with nary an “I like meat!” but instead “I don’t eat pork!” and “Wonderful–We’re vegetarian!” as the Pig passed by. Pig and Chicken were like celebraties, and the wearers were not only excellent at it but good sports as well. It was a real success in vegan outreach, and we’ll do it again next year!

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Opposing Cruelty: Fur Shop Protests

At Fieck Furs the night of Wed 11/12/08.Fieck Furs at 1607 California St in Everett, WA makes a business of selling the skins of tortured animals. Every time we show up with our signs, Terry Fieck CLOSES HIS STORE FOR THE ENTIRE DAY. Take a look at Mr Fieck’s rather peculiar vision of “fashion.” Be sure to let Terry Fieck know how you feel about fur by giving him a call at (425) 252-8845 or writing him an email: terry.fieck@verizon.net

In front of Fieck Furs on Nov 1, 2008

It is hard to fathom that anyone is still wearing fur. It is so plain to see that killing animals for their fur is completely barbaric. The only purpose is vanity.”
—Joaquin Phoenix

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Opposing Cruelty: UW Infant Primate Lab Protests

Bryan and a new monkey friend.

Our protests on 10/18, 11/8 & 11/15/08 seemed more like parties, with such great folks who came out to show people what the University of Washington is doing to baby monkeys in the name of curiosity.

Kelli invites others to show compassion.We realized that with the Husky football homegames there’d be tons of people walking and driving right by UW’s Infant Primate Research Facility at the Magnuson Health Sciences Center.

Shivani & JessicaWith some of us coming all the way from Canada, Olympia, Lake Stevens, Renton and across the Montlake bridge, we gathered at the corner of NE Pacific St & Montlake Blvd. Holding signs depicting UW’s abuse of primates, we were the voices for sentient beings imprisoned in experimenters’ cages. As Jessica put it, “Our protest rocked!”

Afterward we all went out for delicious vegan food at Hillside Quickies, talking while we ate and laughing Shivani rocks the intersection!about Saturday Night Live, ’67 Mustangs, being a vegetarian in the Army in Iraq, and various nonsense and serious subjects alike. Who knew protesting animal cruelty could be this much fun? As one of us said of the day,It was awesome meeting all of you guys and I had a blast for my first animal rights protest!”

UW is the most federally-funded animal research facility in the country, receiving over $270 million last year from NIH. The university holds captive over 16,000 animals, including 3,000 primates.

At the Primate Center, UW researchers cut holes into macaque monkeys’ skulls. Recording cylinders are attached so that electrodes may be fed directly into the brain. The monkeys are then confined to restraint chairs and forced to perform behavioral experiments. Juice or water is often used as a reward in these experiments. To make the experiments more effective the primates are deprived of fluids except when they are performing the experiments.

Bryan & Annie

These experiments have been going on for decades with no conclusive results. In addition, these projects are very similar to one another, potentially duplicating experimental procedures.

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