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14 March 1999 Issue
Animal Liberation Conference

If you are a high school or college age activist in the animal rights movement
or if you would like to become more active, you should come to the animal
liberation youth conference April 17th and 18th on the campus of
New College in Sarasota, Florida.

This conference will bring together animal rights activists from around the
state of Florida for a weekend of interesting, informative and exciting workshops.
Because literally billions of animals are used each year for food, science,
clothing and entertainment, and because of the intensity of their suffering, the
animal liberation movement demands our attention and our concern. Lets learn
how to raise the issue in our schools and communities and become publicly
active for animals. Come to brainstorm about animal liberation activism, share
your experiences, learn from others, and build regional coalitions.

The conference will involve a series of discussion-oriented workshops which
should include such topics as:

* media activism (zines, microradio, television, pamphleting, ads/psas, etc.)
* creating an animal rights organization at your high school (tips from
other activists on building interest, dealing with the administration, etc.)
* ideas for creative action (how to culture-jam with consumer surrealism,
theater, other forms of public art, etc.)
* campus activism (creating a vegan-friendly cafeteria, campaigning against
dissection and promoting alternatives, and creating other curricular changes)
* the relationship between national and grassroots organizations (a
discussion of national and local activism, national groups and local chapters,
internships with national organizations, etc.)
* the priorities of the animal liberation movement (with such a wide array of
problems to confront, how should we focus our energy?)
* working with other social movements (how to work on projects with other
organizations in your area that will integrate animal liberation with feminist,
anti-racist, environmental and poverty-fighting organizations, among others)
* fundraising/grant writing (create a budget for your projects)
* young activists legal rights (what are you allowed to do when engaged in
public activism?)
* direct action/civil disobedience (tactics, the pros and cons of this form of
activism, etc.)

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Saturday, April 17th
in the College Hall classrooms (upstairs, rooms 224 & 227)

* 12pm-1pm: registration and picnic at the bay (including
discussions with members of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance who
are also holding a conference on Saturday
* 1pm: the priorities of the animal liberation movement
* 2pm: the relationship between grassroots
and national organizations
* 3pm: creating an activist organization at your high school
* 4pm: campus activism
* 5pm: media activism

Sunday, April 18th
in the HCL classrooms (rooms HCL4 & HCL5)

* 12pm: ideas for creative action
* 1pm: young activists legal rights
* 2pm: direct action/civil disobedience
* 3pm: fundraising/grantwriting
* 4pm: working with other social movements
* 5pm: picnic at the bay


You will be responsible for your own food and transportation. The cost of the
conference is $7 or pay what you can afford. We can most likely provide a
place for you to stay overnight, just arrange it in advance by contacting us.

contact: Helen from New College Students for Animal Rights at
(941) 360.5327 or
box 24, 5700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34243-2197 or hmatthew@virtu.sar.usf.edu

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