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Meeting Notes: Plans for Spring Semester 2010 by christine
December 17, 2009, 10:11 pm
Filed under: ARC Events, Meeting Notes

* ARC will continue to meet weekly, look for the schedule survey to be sent out December 18th. We will focus more on discussing animal rights theory, sporadically reading supporting documents, and educating about the problems with factory farming.

* Major Campaigns: Protesting Ringling Bros. Circus, establishing a Student Choice Policy at GMU so that students can opt out of dissection, increasing vegan and vegetarian food options on campus, and as always, spreading awareness about animal rights issues. See tentative schedule of events for details.

* Increasing vegan options of campus: email me if you have suggestions and I will pass them along to dining services. What do you want to see – vegan ice cream, vegan cheese pizza? Also, you can always stuff the “Suggestion Box” at Southside with demands for vegan options.

* Compassion for Animals would like to host their Pay-Per-View of “Meet Your Meat” at GMU once a month!

* ARC will continue to work with The Communes, hosting potlucks and other community-building events. Details have yet to be worked out, but perhaps we can aim for once monthly events – at a minimum.

* We’ve been approved to stock free Vegetarian Starter Kits (magazine format) in the JC wooden newspaper bins where the City Paper and Express are distributed.

* Outreach: kiosking, leafleting, tabling, film screenings, feed-ins, class raps, petitions, Broadside articles and letters to the editor

* Film screenings, vegan bake sales, and other community-building events


* Ringling Bros. Circus Protest Campaign

Last year the local animal rights community and GMU students protested EVERY Ringling show, we will do that again this coming semester. In order for us to get Ringling kicked off of our campus, we need to show widespread support for these magnificent animals that Ringling brutalizes daily! They are denied all natural instincts and the elephants show the telltale signs of insanity such as head-bobbing and rocking. Ringling has no right to hold these animals against their will, defile their rights to exist without suffering, and force them to perform cruel tricks with the force of a bullhook. They travel 11 months out of the year, in climates that are very different from those they are native to. Their month of rest is no sanctuary either, the animals are still confined to small cages and this is the most intensive time of their training. When there is no one watching, Ringling trainers can do whatever they want to these animals to achieve their means, they often take out their frustration on the animals in cruel and unusual ways. Unfortunately, many Ringling employees are also ex-cons or pedophiles because a job that entails traveling 11 months out of the year is not one that many people wish to pursue.

If you would like to see undercover footage of Ringling training for yourself, visit the “Videos and Documentaries” section of our blog. Also, visit for more information about animal circuses.

Outreach prior to Ringling’s unwelcomed arrival at GMU: protesting and leafleting on Braddock road to educate the general public, setting up displays at local libraries, dropping literature and fliers at grocery stores, libraries, community centers, churches, recreation centers, etc. Kiosking regularly on campus and gathering petition signatures from students and faculty that support our efforts. Hosting a film screening of Ringling training videos and educating students about the circus and alternatives.

PETA has offered to let us host Ella the Elephant on campus two weeks before the protests. She is a statue of a crying elephant dressed in Ringling performance costume. She’ll also be in Dupont Circle DC for all to see beginning next week.

Ringling Show Schedule: (17 shows, protest times TBA) Thurs, March 25th – 7pm; Fri, March 26th – 10:30am, 7:30pm; Sat, March 27th – 11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:30pm; Sun, March 28th – 1pm, 5pm; Wed, March 31st – 7pm; Thurs, April 1st – 7pm; Fri, April 2nd – 1pm, 7:30pm; Sat, April 3rd – 11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:30pm; Sun, April 4th – 1pm, 5pm

* April 14th, 2010: Save the Frogs!

Film screening and Dissection campaign snippet. SUB II Ballroom, 7-9pm (tentative).

* April 10th, 2010: United Poultry Concerns 2010 Animal Rights Conference (date tentative)

I wish I could tell you all the exact line-up, however the speakers are still tentative. Ooo, Im so excited! 😉 However, there will be much discussion about animal rights, highlighting feminist perspectives, sustainability, and even the stories of disenchanted farmers. This conference will discuss the atrocities committed against animals for our lavish demands, using the chicken as a case study since they endure the worst treatment (and the highest abundance) of all the factory farmed animals. Room TBA. 8am to 6pm, students $15.

* April 22nd, 2010: Earth Day, 40th Anniversary

Do-it-yourself (DIY) sustainable skill-share! Email me if you have a skill to share or would like to propose some ideas, we really want to think outside the box on this! What do you consume on a daily basis? What do you partake in on a daily basis? How could you make that yourself in a more sustainable manner? Current suggestions: vegan cooking class, bird feeder making workshop, making reusable totes from old t-shirts.

Vegan feed-in? To encourage students to try vegan foods, which are more environmentally sustainable than omnivorous options. We will have to do the cooking, baking, or purchasing, but VegFund will reimburse us for our expenses!

* April 24th – May 2nd, 2010: Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale (WVBS)

WVBS is a global event were groups select the nonprofit of their choice and sell homemade vegan goods to raise funds for that organization. ARC will have a vegan baking party the day before our event; we will try to reserve the Hanover communal kitchen. Email me if you have nonprofit organization suggestions.

* April 30th, 2010: Save the Frogs! Day

Tabling at GMU with other environmental groups, perhaps other tentative events.

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