The Bunny Alliance spent this past weekend at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference. Considered one of the most significant environmental law conferences, PIELC attracts thousands of attendees–including lawyers, activists, law students, and others who are concerned about the fate of the planet and its inhabitants–from around the world.
We had a table set up throughout the conference that was busy with people who were interested in learning more about The Bunny Alliance, our campaign against Delta Air Lines, and what they can do to get involved in working towards animal liberation as a cross-movement effort. We were excited to be sharing our table with our friends at Resistance Ecology, an innovative grassroots group that is working to challenge the single-issue framework that dominates much of the animal rights movement and supporting the efforts of groups like The Bunny Alliance that are actively working to build a grassroots movement that unites animal rights activists with other social justice activists to make us all more powerful. We encourage you all to follow the work of Resistance Ecology, attend their conference in Portland at the end of June (The Bunny Alliance will be speaking!), and watch for an upcoming announcement about an exciting joint project between Resistance Ecology and The Bunny Alliance.
In addition to having a table, one of The Bunny Alliance’s organizers, with the support of the National Lawyers Guild’s Animal Rights Activism Committee, put together a panel entitled “Radical Lawyering: Beyond Bringing and Defending Cases” that discussed how to build effective relationships between lawyers and grassroots activists to keep movements and campaigns strong. Lauren Regan of the Civil Liberties Defense Center, which has so far represented over 900 activists and hosted legal trainings (Know Your Rights, Legal Observing, etc.) for thousands of people, talked about her experiences representing activists and offered advice to others in how to do so. Taylor Radig, a former undercover investigator who was recently falsely charged with animal cruelty under an ag-gag like law, told her story of working with a lawyer as she conducted an investigation about what happens to the calves born into the dairy industry. And Tyler Lang, a Bunny Alliance organizer and former political prisoner, discussed his experiences with the legal system as an activist and what activists look for in legal support. The panelists spoke to a full room, and at the conclusion of the panel, some of the audience members told the panelists that they had been inspired to start on a path of doing important legal work for activists.
Taylor’s investigation, which she showed during the panel:
Thank you to all the wonderful activists we met over the weekend for the work you are doing to defend the planet and fight for liberation.