Italy : International Animal Liberation Gathering Rome, 26th-28th July 2019

Schedule / Programma
[ENG] Here’s the schedule of the gathering:
13.00 Lunch
14.30 – 16.30 Introduction to the gathering
The aim of this gathering, our shared basis, technical issues about the space and its functioning (kitchen, toilets, showers, camping place, workshop spaces etc.), self-organizing of shifts, modes of discussion, other proposals.
17.00 – 18.30 History of the anti-vivisection movement
The presentation is aimed to put into context the struggle against vivisecion, a fight that finds its roots back into the 19th century and that developed in more recent times with a serie of campaigns that in England first, and then in many other countries, have been able to become a concrete threat to the very existence of one of the more profitable sectors of animal exploitation.
After over 10 years of fights this specific struggle has been marginalized, partly because of repression that prevented many activists to keep on working on the campaigns they were busy with, partly because of a progressive lack of interest from the animal liberation movement, that started to focus more on practices that were easier to present to the public such as vegan outreach and raising awareness on intensive factory farming. The aim of the presentation is to offer a moment of critical debate on the real possibilities of a relaunch of an effective praxis of struggle against the torture of animals inside laboratories.

17.00 – 18.30 Bodies, sexuality and nature
19.00 Dinner
21.00 – 23.00 How to inscribe the antispeciesist struggle in a revolutionary trajectory and assure its effectiveness?
“In a time when police and judicial repression grows harsher and harsher against antispeciesist activists, it seems important for us, now more than ever, to defend the practice of direct action, to organize ourselves to face repression, to create alliances with other liberation struggles and to support the creation of territories of resistance for the autonomy of the oppressed people. Since 2016, our collective “269 Libération Animal” tries, through a more offensive activism, directly targeting the economic and institutional power, to answer these questions: how to ensure that, in practice, our struggles outline a real, concrete, overcoming of specism? How to think and materialize antispeciesism as a global political project of challenge of the specist dominion, but also of other dominions?”
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23.00 Music & chill-out

8.30 Breakfast
9.30 – 12.00 International discussion about the situation of the animal rights movement in the different countries and our efforts to relaunch radical animal liberation struggles
We would like this space of discussion to be a possibility to exchange analyses about the current situation of the animal rights movement in the different countries we come from, and about our efforts, in this context, to relaunch radical animal liberation struggles. We invite individuals and groups who want to partecipate to the gathering to prepare a speech (max. 10-15 mins. each) where to explain the context and conditions in which you’re intervening, the general trend (reformist, libertarian, liberal, reactionary…) of the animal rights movement in your country and, most important, what kind of initiative and projectuality was organized to relaunch an anarchist/libertarian animal liberation struggle – campaigns, events, analysis, strategies… So as to have a basis to encourage the collective reflection and debate about what is working or not to give more strenght to our struggles.
12.30 Lunch
14.00 – 15.30 Introduction to hunt sabotage
An intro to hunt sabotage and strategies to stop hunters from their bloodthirsty fun.
16.00 – 17.30 Repression against animal liberation activists
Info and updates about the recent wave of arrests and trials against antispeciesist activists in France and Switzerland and how to support them
16.00 – 17.30 How to pick locks
“Have you ever forgotten your keys and realised that if you knew how to pick a lock you could use your pick sett to let yourself in? Look no further. Learn how a lock works and how to exploit it. For sporting purposes only. Of course.”
18.00 – 19.30 Security culture for the conscious activist
With the growth in vegan activism in the recent years, a considerably higher number of underground actions has been noticed, not only within the underground scene, but also by ‘law enforcement’. We will attempt to discuss tactics, good praxis and advice for anyone (yes, even overground activists!) to avoid being targeted by the filth, to not make things easily accessible to information gatherers and to not fall for state paranoia.
18.00 – 19.30 Animal Liberation and Climate Justice: mass actions against animal industry
Gaining momentum for mass actions against animal industry: bringing together the animal liberation movement and the climate justice movement. Report from Germany, where Animal Climate Action organizes an action conference to start a radical, anticapitalist alliance for mass mobilizations to hit animal industry directly and sensitively.
20.00 Dinner
22.00 Music & chill-out
8.30 Breakfast
9.30 Demo against a place of animal exploitation
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Conclusions & cleaning-up
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