Equal Justice Alliance: AETA – Where Do We Go from Here?

Monday, November 27th, 2006

The following letter has been circulating on animal rights/welfare listservs, and is also available on the Equal Justice Alliance’s website.

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AETA – Where Do We Go from Here?

Source: Equal Justice Alliance

Dear fellow animal activist,

As you are well aware by now, the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA, S. 3880) passed the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent in September. It passed the U.S. House of Representatives on November 13th because we were outmaneuvered by the Republican leadership of the House Judiciary Committee. And now the bill has been signed into law by President Bush. We appreciate your massive outpouring of e-mails and phone calls to Congress. We learned valuable lessons from our lobbying experience. For us, this is a new beginning.

What We Are Doing

We have resolved that Equal Justice Alliance must continue its mission along three tracks:

* To protect equal justice and freedom of speech for animal and other social justice advocates by working to repeal AETA and to prevent future repressive legislation;

* To provide an alternative Congressional watchdog function;

* To promote an atmosphere of respect for animal advocacy within Congress and Justice Department.

We plan to pursue three ways of neutralizing AETA:

* By convincing federal district attorneys not to prosecute under AETA because the law is too broad and vague to make it through the courts;

* By convincing federal courts to dismiss a test case because the law is too broad and vague;

* By convincing Congress that the law is unworkable, unconstitutional, and should be repealed.

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Final push against AETA

Monday, November 13th, 2006

Calling all activists – just a reminder that the House is expected to hold a vote on the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) today! If you haven’t already, please take a moment to contact your Representative and urge him or her to vote against this blatantly unconstitutional legislation. (If you have, call/email/fax her a second, third, or fourth time!)

Over 160 animal welfare/rights and other progressive organizations oppose AETA, including the ACLU. If AETA becomes law, there’s no doubt that it will be challenged in the courts, wasting valuable taxpayer money. Explain this to your Rep. If you voted for her last Tuesday, tell her why: did she receive the endorsement of Humane USA, the Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF), the League of Humane Voters, the Sierra Club, and/or the League of Conservation Voters – all animal rights/welfare and environmental groups that could be labeled “terrorists” under AETA? If you voted for your Rep. because she’s been an ally of activists groups in the past, AETA would undermine her (and your) progressive politics. Tell her so! On the flip side, if your Rep. overwhelmingly sides with Big Business (and their corporate abuses), then remind her that Americans voted last week – and we voted for change! Citizens are sick and tired of politics as usual, and those politicians with little regard for average Americans are on their way out. Remind your Rep. that she’d better get with the times, or prepare to be voted out next election cycle!

Past action alerts concerning AETA are available here. Many, such as those from No AETA.com, the PCRM, Kinship Circle, and NAVS, contain sample letters to get you started. Please personalize these (with some of the points raised above, as well as your own thoughts) to double your impact. Talking points also abound, should you wish to phone your Rep. (Try to do both if possible.) Finally, please pass this along to your friends, family, and fellow activists. AETA may single out “animal terrorism,” but it affects activists everywhere.

The Equal Justice Alliance is lobbying against AETA today from 10 AM to 2 PM EST. Details are available here: http://www.noaeta.org/lobby.htm:

Meet at the Longworth House Office Building at Independence Ave and C Street, SE (orange map icon ).

Meet in the cafeteria between 10am and 2pm for lobbying materials and instructions. Please dress conservatively. Capitol South Metro (blue and orange lines) is closest metro. Click here for metro map.

Call FARM/Equal Justice Alliance at 800-632-8688 for details, or call Dawn Moncrief onsite at 202-468-4834.

Please consider joining them if you’re in the area – and stay tuned to http://www.noaeta.org for breaking news.

Inspirational artwork after the jump.

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IDA & No AETA: Action Alert — House Vote on AETA this Monday

Sunday, November 12th, 2006

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at] idausa.org
Date: Nov 11, 2006 10:02 PM
Subject: Action Alert — House Vote on AETA this Monday!

Please forward immediately & widely — (online version)

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BREAKING NEWS
Action Alert — House Vote on AETA this Monday!

This is your ONLY chance to defeat the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (HR 4239, S3880)!

In a late night move on Friday, AETA was added to the House Suspension Calendar for THIS Monday! This underhanded fast-track maneuver, like the one in the Senate, means that AETA will not have any debate… only an up/down vote.

Contact your Representative this weekend and Monday morning!

Identify your House Rep: name, fax, e-mail, and phone number at http://www.house.gov.
Then, use our sample letter and/or the talking points below to…

Be a triple hitter for the animals:

1. Call direct or use the switchboard 202-225-3121

2. Fax

3. E-mail

Remember, all contact info is at http://www.house.gov.

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