#AgainsttheAETA entails talks, workshops, film viewings, protests, and online actions to educate the public about federal laws that specifically target animal advocates whose work attempts to stop a person or company from profiting from the use of nonhuman animals (which could include nearly all types of non-reformist activism, from protests to liberatory actions).
In effect, AETA labels activists as terrorists, a chilling reality that every activist of every cause should care about because this is a civil liberties and rights issue. The AETA has been covered by almost every major paper in the US and is one of the most unconstitutional laws since COINTELPRO, a program established in the 1950s by the FBI that targeted the civil rights, anti-war, and Native American movements.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE AETA
To understand more about the targeting of activists and the AETA, read *Terrorists or Freedom Fighters?* (2004), *Igniting a Revolution* (2006), *Muzzling a Movement* (2010), *Green is the New Red* (2011), *The Terrorization of Dissent* (2014), and *Total Liberation: The Power and Promise of Animal Rights and the Radical Earth Movement* (2014).
EXAMPLES OF OTHER TYPES OF EVENTS
The events can be small with two people or large with hundreds. You can do a potluck with a talk about the AETA, a meet-up at a cafe, hold a banner with two people in front of a federal building for an hour and take pictures, hold individual signs that say #AgainstTheAETA or #QuestionAETA. Show a film or organize a panel lecture. Some other ideas include banner drops off bridges, protests in front of a court houses and capitol or federal buildings, or a workshop/teachin-in on why dissent and liberation are not terrorism.
Take a picture of I am against the AETA PDF personal sign.
The first national protests against the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) since it was signed into law by President George W. Bush on November 27, 2006, was by the ICAS. While 99% of animal advocacy groups focus on protecting animals, there needs to be groups to protecting the advocates.
The following is the events we have hosted #AgainsttheAETA: