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Student Government Supports Student Protests of Ringling’s Animal Abuses by Jason Von Kundra

Student Government Supports Student Protests of Ringling’s Animal Abuses

BREAKING: A few hours ago student government passed “a resolution in support of the student protest to the Ringling Brothers Circus performance at George Mason University.” The resolution cites multiple cases of animal abuses by Ringling. In 2010 alone the Ringling Brothers had numerous citations from the USDA for failures to comply with the Animal Welfare Act, including failure to maintain adequate veterinary care in two separate elephant cases and failure to control an elephant while in public.

Animal Rights Collective members spoke in front of the Student Senate of George Mason University explaining the issue and student opposition to Ringling on behalf of the collective. After a long discussion, the mostly supportive senators passed the resolution.

This is a major victory of the Mason students that have been standing up against animal abuse over the years. A petition was presented to student government with 1,667 student signatures calling for a ban on animal circuses at George Mason. You may add your name to the petition here. We plan to deliver the petition to the GMU administration in the upcoming weeks. We are currently gathering more support and raising awareness about the issue as the ‘Cruelest Show on Earth’ continues at the Patriot Center. Full protest schedule is here.

Senator Jordan and our other allies in student government are true champions in getting the resolution passed and supporting our efforts. They have stood up for what is just and right. “Animal abuse is not entertainment,” Jordan explained to the student senate before the resolution went to a vote. The resolution passed by a majority.

The student petition and the Animal Rights Collective is calling for a ban on animal circuses at George Mason. Considering that many countries are working to end the use of animals as entertainment, banning an animal circuses on campus is possible. Bolivia was the first nation to ban animal circuses, with China being second, and three councils in Australia have banned exotic animal use. The UK is currently considering a ban as well with the release of undercover footage of an Asian elephant being chained 24 hours a day and repeatedly beaten by a staff member. The parliaments of both Brazil and Peru are also considering similar bans. We can bring a ban to Mason and as Jordan advocates, “support animal-free circuses that celebrate human achievement” rather than animal domination.

You can read Resolution 23, the resolution in support of students protesting Ringling, below or check the student government website where the resolution will soon be uploaded.


A Resolution in support of the student protest to the Ringling Brothers Circus performance at George Mason University

R. 23


31st Student Senate

2nd Session

R. 23

A Resolution in support of the student protest to the Ringling Brothers Circus performance at George Mason University



April 14, 2011


Submitted by Chairman Jordan (Diversity)


A Resolution in support of student protests to the Ringling Brothers Circus performance at George mason University

Be it resolved that the Student Senate of George Mason University-

Whereas, there are numerous documented cases of animals dying due to lack of veterinary care

Whereas, many animals have died due to poor containment facilities,

Whereas, there are numerous documented cases of unsanitary feeding conditions,

Whereas, of the circus’s 62 elephants, 57 have been taken from their natural habitat,

Whereas, the type of elephant used in the Ringling Brother circus performances are endangered and are subject of numerous cases of mistreatment,

Whereas, the protesters do not wish George Mason University to profit from animal abuse

Therefore be it Resolved, That the Student Senate of George Mason University supports the efforts of student protesters of the Ringling Brothers Circus at the George Mason University Patriot Center

OTCA Benefit for Animal & Earth Liberation Prisoners! by christine

Open the Cages! Benefit Conference

Open the Cages Alliance (OTCA) a nonprofit organization operating in DC and Baltimore works to expose and end animal cruelty through targeted campaigns and outreach. They will be hosting their second annual Open the Cages Conference on Saturday, August 14th. Last year the event raised over $1,000 for members of the AETA6 and the documentary Skin Trade, and is sure to be even more successful this year. Come out and show your support for those risking their lives and the animals they fight for!

Mark your calendar for an evening of music, speakers, vegan food and fun! There will be a silent auction and a raffle, and this event will benefit activists imprisoned for fighting for animals and our planet.



  • Masakari, politically charged crust punk with both anti-war and animal rights themes, hailing from Cleveland, OH.
  • Peregrine, Peregrine is an anarcho-primitivist/savagist death metal band based out of southwestern PA. Fueled by a love of wildness and solidarity with the lives of those directly confronted by the cannibalistic cycles of necessary growth of civilization. The purpose has been simple; spreading the directed hatred of civilization as a critique rather than a collection of misanthropic notions and undermining the domesticating process that is constantly reinforced in our lives.
  • “Aware and Outraged” Ron Kipling Williams, a socially conscious spoken word artist, political activist, educator, and freelance journalist. Williams continuously features in numerous social justice and human rights fundraisers and awareness concerts, and serves as a grassroots organizer on issues such as education, labor, youth, political, and civic engagement. In 1995, he received an African American Unsung Hero Award by Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke for his work as an artist and activist.

When: Saturday August 14, 4:00-10:00pm
Where: St. Stephens Church, 1525 Newton Street NW (corner of 16th and Newton), Washington DC
Admission: $10
Contact: For more information please contact

Volunteers are needed for this event, so please email if you can help out!

RIP Brian Picone by christine
October 29, 2009, 2:54 pm
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Brian Picone, a George Mason University activist and recent alumnus, died Monday night of cardiac arrest. He was 22. I worked with him in Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and the Feminist Ninjas, and I always looked forward to his performances at the annual Mason Drag Show as Brianna Spice. He was also a member of GMU’s Pride Alliance and organized around immigration issues. Describing his experiences as a gay man at GMU helped to reaffirm how much intolerance there still is on our campus and it pained me to hear about the hate he had to frequently endure. Despite this he was always exuberant and captivating. He will always remind me to speak up when I witness others being oppressed. Using words like “gay” as a derogatory adjective, or referencing someone as a “faggot” or “homo” is completely unacceptable. It is up to each of us to speak up.

I will definitely miss his impassioned spirit, brilliance, and radiance.

❤ christine 


Service: Friday, October 30 at 2pm – Unitarian Universalist Church 

2709 Hunter Mill Rd. Oakton, VA 22124-1614 | Phone: (703) 281-4230

A note from Brian’s family: 

“EVERYONE and I mean EVERYONE is invited, and please come out in Drag, glitter, glam, metal, flags, anything that is expressive of you, because that’s what Brian wanted: for you to be you. In other words, NO formal attire required. We’ll join together, remember, and celebrate the beautiful soul that will always be Brian Picone aka Brianna Spice. Please no flowers, Brian would want the money to go to social justice – La Clinica Del Pueblo ( or Tenants & Workers United (”