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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Marlene Blackburn and Paige Collier on Indy Media Live!

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Va Governor Has Not Yet Signed Cruel Farm Animal Bills in to Law
VA SB 1026 and HB 1541 Would Legalize Total Cruelty to Farm Animals. The Gov. has not yet acted. Still Time to Call, email, fax Gov. McDonnell today to Voice your Opinion!
Contact Governor McDonnell ASAP through his website at:
Phone: (804) 786-2211. Fax: (804) 371-6351
Quick Background : Two bills were quietly pushed through the Virginia General Assembly and sent to Gov. Robert McDonnell for his signature. If enacted, the proposed legislation will effectively relieve farm animal owners (farmers and corporations) of all humane care obligations. It will be legal for owners to deprive their animals of food and water right up the point of “emaciation” and “dehydration.” Farm animal owners will be exempt from providing shelter for their animals in bad weather (“an act of God”) and will be legally permitted to hurt and neglect farm animals so long as the abuse is a “customary” farming practice. A Senate amendment that would have allowed for prosecution of a person for “depriving an agricultural animal of necessary food, drink, shelter or emergency veterinary treatment” was REJECTED!
At this writing, SB 1026 and HB 1541 are sitting on Gov. McDonnell’s desk for his signature. HELP STOP THAT SIGNATURE! Urge Gov. to VETO SB 1026 & HB 1541.
Note : On February 6, 2011, Virginia resident Marianne Roberts published a letter in The Daily Progress, “Bill weakens animal cruelty law,” and on February 7 The Daily Progress published an editorial, “Bill starves protections for animals.” These can be read at and
On February 24, 2011, UPC president Karen Davis published a letter in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “New Bills Will Endanger Farm Animals”:


Whistleblower Bradley Manning’s Legal Defense Fundraiser featuring recording artists Emma’s Revolution, DOJ Whistleblower Jesselyn Raddack, Kevin Zeese of Bradley Manning Support Network, and Folk singer Perry King. This event will also feature a Silent Auction with all proceeds going to the Bradley Manning Legal Defense Fund ( In late May 2010, Private First Class Bradley Manning, stationed in Baghdad, was arrested, suspected of providing the “Collateral Murder” video to WikiLeaks. Bradley is a whistleblower. He has been in solitary confinement since June 2010. He has been charged with violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice, including eight criminal offenses and four non-criminal violations of Army regulations.

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Noon Peace Rally at Lafayette Square and March on the White House

Washington, D.C.

DC on Saturday, March 19, 2011 for the Invasion of Iraq Anniversary. This is an annual event that has continued from the beginning of the war. It has been held in different locations and venues around Washington, DC. Veterans for Peace will be staging a peaceful sit-in at the White House to protest our continuing wars.

Speakers for this event:
Ralph Nader, Elliott Adams, Mike Ferner, Chris Hedges,
Caneisha Mills, and Ann Wright, among others.

Theme: Resist the War Machine! On the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, as the occupation and U.S. war-making continue unabated, we call for another massive veteran-led civil resistance at the White House. Join us! Veterans For Peace and ●

Endorsed by (list in formation): ANSWER Coalition, CODEPINK, Courage to Resist, Delaware Valley Veterans for America, March Forward!, Movement for a Democratic Society, National Assembly, Peace Action, Peace Action Montgomery, Peace of the Action, Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Against the War, United for Peace and Justice, United National Antiwar Committee, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, War Crimes Times, War Resisters League, Washington Peace Center, Witness Against Torture, World Can’t Wait

Bring your pets inside when its cold!

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