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Welcome to the EJA Progress Report
We welcome you to what we hope to be a bimonthly report of progress on neutralizing the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act and related legislation designed to repress animal and other social activism. Here are some of our accomplishments for the past year:
Please join and sign your friends by contacting EJA membership.
EJA Executive Director Odette Wilkens is taking our message to three national radio shows this week:
Be sure to catch a broadcast, then contact us to get involved.
House Enacts “Thought Police” Bill
We always feared that the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act was just an appetizer for more repressive legislation from the Bush administration. Our fears were realized last month, when the U.S. House of Representatives voted 404-6 to enact H.R. 1955 - The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007. The bill is now before Sen. Joseph Lieberman’s Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee as S.1959.
The Act would establish a “National Commission on the prevention of violent radicalization and ideologically based violence” and a university-based “Center for Excellence” to "examine and report upon the facts and causes of violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism and ideologically-based violence in the U.S." to develop policy for prevention, disruption and mitigation.
The bill defines "homegrown terrorism" as "planned" or "threatened" use of force to coerce the government or the people in the promotion of "political or social objectives." No force need actually to have been used as long as an individual thought about it – hence the label “Thought Police” bill.
The Commission has sweeping investigative powers and a mandate to propose laws prohibiting whatever the commission labels "homegrown terrorism." The "Center of Excellence," which would function after the commission is disbanded in 18 months, is expected to suppress dissent, rather than conduct intellectual research on the subject.
If you're an attorney: Get your local bar association to issue a statement opposing AETA and/or to sponsor a forum on AETA.
If you're an activist: Express your outrage (politely) to your Representative and two Senators in person or by phone, fax, and/or e-mail.
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Among Our Favorite Links
In this section, we portray individuals behind EJA success
Odette Wilkens is a co-founder of EJA and has served as Executive Director since its founding a year ago. She has made a number of valuable contacts for EJA in the legal community. She is a civil rights attorney specializing in animal activism. Odette became an animal activist after coming to the AR2006 National Conference.
The Equal Justice Alliance is a coalition of animal protection and other social justice organizations formed in November of 2006 to defend freedom of speech and assembly by neutralizing (AETA)Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. Key coalition members include FARM, In Defense of Animals, and League of Humane Voters.
We pursue our mission by alerting the public to the dangers of AETA, by lobbying Congress to reverse the Act, and by persuading a federal court to declare the Act unconstitutional.
AETA represses freedom of speech and assembly of social justice activists and denies equal protection. It brands as terrorism any activities that cross state lines and interfere with the operation of an animal enterprise or any entity that deals with one.
It calls for heavy fines and prison terms for peaceful expressive conduct that may include website posts, vigils, civil disobedience, undercover investigations, and whistle-blowing.
For more details, visit Why Oppose.
Among the 240 Groups Opposing AETA
ACLU ASPCA HSUS
Alley Cat Allies
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