After leaving a long and busy weekend at the Animal Rights 2014 National Conference in Los Angeles, The Fight or Flight Tour returned to the road to head to Phoenix, Arizona. The Bunny Alliance, Resistance Ecology, and Earth First! Journal met with folks from Phoenix Animal Liberation Squad, who were kind enough to help us organize this tour stop. Aside of Heart, an awesome vegan café that provides space for activist events, offered their space for the event.
Phoenix Animal Liberation Squad (PALS) is a grassroots animal liberation group founded in early 2013. Since then they have become quite active in the Phoenix area, organizing community events, film screenings, and regular protests, including protests against a local JBS slaughterhouse, the largest food processing company in the world. Currently, PALS is focusing on gearing up for a campaign against a planned but yet-to-be-built biotechnology lab that is a collaborative effort between Arizona State University and University of Arizona.
The tour stop involved critical and in-depth discussions of strategic campaigning, research, coalition building and solidarity, as well as the ways to get plugged in to the Delta campaign and broader Gateway to Hell campaign. Additionally, folks from Chuk’son Earth First! were also in attendance. They announced the relaunching of the group and also discussed their new local campaign work and indigenous solidarity efforts. The Tucson and Phoenix area has a rich history of radical environmentalism, land defense, and animal liberation work, so it was awesome to see these two groups, PALS and Chuk’son Earth First! connect and lay the foundation for future cross-movement alliances.
Although our time in Phoenix was short, it was definitely enriched by meeting such a great community of folks working on a variety of issues surrounding animal abuse and ecological destruction. Better yet, these communities were interested in working with each other and plugging into the broader network of grassroots animal/earth liberation activists. We look forward to connecting with these groups again in the future and helping them collaborate and strategize for both local and international campaigns.
Phoenix Animal Liberation Squad Upcoming Events Calendar:
Thursday, July 17, 7:00pm- “Third Thursdays” Vegan Potluck with Author and Activist Sailesh Rao @ David’s House in Tempe*
Saturday, July 26, 7:00pm- JBS Slaughterhouse Protest. Meet @ Aside of Heart 6:30pm
Friday, Aug 1, 7:00pm- First Fridays march for Animals. Meet @ Aside of Heart 6:30pm
Saturday, Aug 9, 7:00pm- Chick Fil A Protest @ 1601 E. Camelback Rd.
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