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MAY FUR EXCHANGE SCHEDULE

Sunday May 20th:
FUR FARM TOUR
2:00
Meet at 65th and Ravenna Park and Ride (6601 8th Ave)
*A charter bus will provide transportation

Monday: May 21st:
DEMONSTRATION
To carpool, meet at 7:30 am at the Safeway on 15th and John in the northwest corner of parking lot (1410 e John)
(You can also meet at the American Legend Warehouse at 8:15)

Tuesday, May 22nd
DEMONSTRATION
To carpool meet at 2:00 pm at the Safeway on 15th and John in the northwest corner of parking lot (1410 e John)
(you can also meet at the American Legend Warehouse at 2:45)

American Legend Warehouse:
200 Southwest 34th Street
Renton, WA

If you have any questions, please email seattleadl (at) riseup (dot) net

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Email / Call In Action Alerts! – STOP THE SEATTLE FUR EXCHANGE!

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Cross Post Widely xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Hello Anti-Fur Activists. Today starts the Weekend of Action to STOP THE
SEATTLE FUR EXCHANGE! Please take the time to call and email the main
henchmen and henchwomen of American Legend Cooperative (aka. Seattle Fur
Exchange) and let them know how you feel about the horrors of the fur
industry.

We hope to see you in Seattle this weekend. Please check out
stopthefurexchange.wordpress.com for more details on the schedule of
events.

American Legend General Contacts:

Phone Numbers:
1(800)551-3906
1(425)251-3200
1(425)251-3100

Fax:
1(425)251-3222
1(425)656-0244

Executives and Important Contact Emails:

CEO and President of American Legend: Joseph “Joe” Morelli- (503) 579-8057

jmorelli@americanlegend.com
morelliam@excite.com

Site support emails:

info@alcbusiness.com
info@blackglama.com
info@americanlegend.com
support@americanlegend.com

Vice President: Kurt Essman- kessman@americanlegend.com

Vice President-Sales: Dale Theisen- dtheisen@americanlegend.com

Director of Finance and Admin: David Larsen- dlarsen@americanlegend.com

Assistant to Vice President: Debbie Kerr- dkerr@americanlegend.com

General Manager: Carol Frank- cfrank@americanlegend.com

Director-Finance: Anne Daffern- adaffern@gmail.com

Director-Auctions: Reid Dixon- rdixon@americanlegend.com

Director- IT: Scott Wolfe- swolfe@americanlegend.com

Emails In Block form:

support@americanlegend.com, jmorelli@americanlegend.com, kessman@americanlegend.com,
dtheisen@americanlegend.com, dlarsen@americanlegend.com,dkerr@americanlegend.com,
cfrank@americanlegend.com, adaffern@gmail.com,
swolfe@americanlegend.com,info@alcbusiness.com,
info@blackglama.com,
info@americanlegend.com

Facebook pages:
https://www.facebook.com/blackglama1968
https://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Legend-Cooperative/117426464946539

(you don’t need to “like” to comment 😉

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/#!/blackglama_girl

LinkedIn:
Joe Morelli (ceo) http://www.linkedin.com/pub/joe-morelli/5/576/b02
Scott wolfe http://www.linkedin.com/pub/scott-wolfe/10/472/98b
Renee Wang http://www.linkedin.com/pub/renee-wang/2/b26/876

The fur exchange uses the same law firm as a registered agent for both their non-profit coop and their for-profit corp. 

Agent Name: DL SERVICES INC
Address: 
ATTN SHERI BERNDT SMITH
701 5TH AVE STE 6100
SEATTLE WA 98104

Email: berndt.smith.sheri@dorsey.com 
Phone: (206) 903-2373

Contact Sheri and kindly talk with her about the issues. Ask her if she really wants to be part of an industry that traps, gasses, and anally electrocutes animals for “fashion” by serving as it’s registered agent. 

Be polite! It’s possible you could change her mind. She has plenty of great clients; she does not need AMERICAN LEGEND and may not even fully understand what they do.

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Donations needed

If you can spare a few bucks, we could really use it to offset the cost of the Convergence.  You can donate online here.

And thanks in advance!

 

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CONVERGENCE 2012

SCHEDULE:
Thursday, March 22nd
Skin Trade Screening
Seattle University
901 12th Ave
Wyckoff Auditorium (Engineering Building)
7:00 PM

Friday, March 23rd
Candlelight Vigil
Meet at the Starbucks on Olive and Denny at 6:30
(please note: this silent vigil will be at the residence of someone who
contributes to the horror of the fur industry)

Saturday, March 24th
Demonstration at the Seattle Fur Exchange
Meet at 3rd and Mercer (outside of VegFest at Seattle Center Exhibition
Hall) at 1:30.
A charter bus will provide transportation.
The bus will leave at 2:00 sharp and should return by 4:30.

If you are coming from out of town, please email us at
seattleadl@riseup.net and let us know if you need help arranging
transportation or housing.

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Support the Spanish 12 & Stop the Spanish Fur Trade!!!!

Persecution of animal activists in Spain (English version) from tvanimalista on Vimeo.

The spanish12 from tvanimalista on Vimeo.

Taken from Green is the New Red

Twelve animal rights and environmental activists have been arrested in Spain and are being labeled “eco-terrorists.” Little information is available about this developing story right now, but some of the activists have worked with Igualdad Animal on open rescues, walking into factory farms where animals were being abused, documenting the animal welfare violations, and then rescuing some of the animals.

Some news outlets are reporting that the activists are alleged to have ties to the Animal Liberation Front. However, Javier Moreno, a spokesperson for the above-ground group Igualdad Animal (and one of those arrested), says his group has been targeted because the government hasn’t been able to actually catch the people committing ALF crimes. He called the attack on Igualdad Animal and Equanimal open-rescue activists “an attempt to criminalize animal rights movement” and said the eco-terrorism rhetoric is part of a continued campaign against all aspects of the animal rights movement.

“As they have no one to charge for the release of Minks, they have arrested several members Equanimal and Animal Equality in an attempt to criminalize the animal rights movement, as happens in other European countries,” he said. “The lobbies of animal exploitation and the powerful multinationals want to stop the animal movement and the repression is now coming to Spain.”

The sweeping arrests, accusing people of both above-ground and underground tactics, seem quite similar to the recent attacks on Austrian animal rights activists as “terrorists.” However, it is far too early to know.

Here is a video documenting an example of the tactic that is being called “eco-terrorism” by industry groups, both in the United States and internationally.

UPDATE: No prisoner support page yet, but you can donate to their legal support here (in English)

UPDATE 2: Official statement from Animal Equality. The Spanish government is saying the arrests are related to the recent release of mink from fur farms. Above-ground activists respond:

These two organisations, which define their activism as being non-violent, dedicate their efforts to raising public awareness of animal rights, by informing society of the consequences of the consumption of animal products and the promotion of alternatives. On the other hand, even though the organisations were not involved in the mink liberations, neither condemns these types of actions, to the extent that they defend the interests of all animals regardless of species, as none of the minks exploited by the fur industry deserves to live and die on a Spanish fur farm….

The animal exploitation lobbies and powerful multinationals wish to put the brakes on the animal rights movement in Spain, and now we are seeing the arrival of repression.

UPDATE 3: International day of protest and solidarity called for FRIDAY, JUNE 24th, 2011. Here’s a list of Spanish embassies.

Update 4: Protests planned for San Francisco, Toronto, New York City, Washington DC and more. Post a link in the comments and I’ll add them. Also, a quick thing you can do is update your social media profile photos with the banner above.

UPDATE 5: Protest in Munich, Germany, Friday 6/24 from 9 am – 1 pm in front of the Spanish embassy (Oberföhriger Str. 45).

UPDATE 6: Protest in Brussels, Belgium, Friday, 6/24 at 2 pm in front of the Spanish embassy (Wetenschapsstraat 19).

UPDATE 7: Animal Equality lawyers report:

“…the treatment of those detained is currently adequate, although they are not being given a vegan diet. Some of the activists have declared themselves on hunger strike until they receive vegan food…They are calm, but strong and determined, and many people are currently working on this situation. Many thanks for all the support that has been received so far.

“You can make your support for the detained activists reach further by calling the police stations in Santiago de Compostela and A Coruña where they are currently being held and inquiring about the health of the activists..

The following is a suggested text to read:

“Hello. I am calling because I am concerned about the health of the activists who were arrested yesterday and who are currently being held in the police station. I would like to request that they be given a vegan diet.. I wish to express my concern for the health of those detained, and in particular, Sharon Nunez Gough, who has certain health problems.”

Telephone numbers:

– Comandancia de la Guardia Civil A Coruña, 0034 981 16 78 00, where the following activists are being held:

Sara, Olaia, Eneko, José Ramon, Eladio, Rafael, Jennifer y Borja

– Comandancia de la Guardia Civil Santiago de Compostela, 0034 981 581 611, where the following activists are being held:

Jose, Sharon y David.

UPDATE 8: Leaflets and posters are available for download for the solidarity events.

UPDATE 9: Protest in Vienna, Austria, Friday, 6/24 at 11 am in front of the Spanish embassy (Argentinierstraße 34, A-1040 Wien)

Protest in Berlin, Germany, Friday, 6/24, at noon in front of the Spanish embassy (Lichtensteinallee 1)

UPDATE 10: Protest in Zagreb, Croatia

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New Video From Stop the Seattle Fur Exchange 2011

Hello.  Here’s a a video a Seattle activist made of some of the events at the Stop the Seattle Fur Exchange Weekend of Action 2011.

Until All Are Free…

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Jail Support Rally for Our 3 Activists Arrested at Stop The Seattle Fur Exchange!

Jail  Support needed for Alex Payan, Kyle Oels & Kyle Terry.

They will be in jail all weekend and will need vegan food.  Please call and  politely request they receive adequate vegan meals.

Renton City Jail
1055 S Grady way
425-430-7600 prompt #8

We are posting bail for all three, so if you can donate anything to help get these folks back into the streets for the rest of the weekend, it’d be so appreciated!


                                                

UPDATE:  Alex Payan, Kyle Oels & Kyle Terry have all been released from jail.  Thank you to everyone who called the jail and helped with financial support.  Donations are still appreciated for help with court related costs and can be sent to:

DONATE HERE


Report Back from the Jail Support Rally:

After a lively demo and lockdown blockade of the Seattle Fur Exchange (American Legend Cooperative), activists reconvened at the City of Renton Jail to show solidarity for the brave activists that had just been arrested.  The police quickly overreacted and brought out the riot crew to protect the entrance to the building, but the demo continued on.  Activists stuck around, people from around the country called the jail, and by about 4pm, the activists were released.  Thank you to everyone who helped contribute to the bail fund.

Keep checking this site to learn about updated for Kyle. Kyle and Alex’s important court support dates.

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Final Report Back from the Stop The Seattle Fur Exchange! Weekend of Action

Report Back from the Stop The Seattle Fur Exchange! Good Bye Demo

Renton, WA – About 50 activists from across the West Coast converged for a final action at the Seattle Fur Exchange (American Legend Cooperative) to say good bye to the murderers that attended the auction throughout the weekend. Upon arrival, the activists were met by about 20 Renton police armed with tear gas and batons who were protecting the entry way to the exchange. Aware of their rights, the protesters started the demo and confronted every vehicle coming and leaving from the premise making the attendees visibly uncomfortable.

After about 20 minutes of loud chanting, representatives from American Legend came out to witness what had unfolded on their doorstep.   Hiding behind the cops they contracted to protect their auction warehouse filled with millions of dead animals, the reps could be seen smirking and acting completely indifferent to the claims being made by the activists outside.

Seeing these reactions, the activists decided that they wanted to confront the employees of American Legend for a one-on-one talk. They approached a police officer and requested to speak with a representative. Surprisingly, one of the Renton officers agreed to arrange a conversation with an activist from Animal Defense League if American Legend would be willing to engage. But in typical fashion, American Legend refused to offer a representative with whom to have dialogue. They instead directed the activists to speak with, Teresa Platt, Executive Director Fur Commission USA, the fur industry’s propaganda mouthpiece. Teresa Platt will be contacted.

This action concluded a successful Stop the Seattle Fur Exchange! Weekend of Action and was a reminder to all those that profit off the murder of innocent mink and wild animals that the Animal Rights Movement is very serious about its demands for Animal Liberation and will not go away until those demands are met. There is absolutely no excuse for killing innocent animals for vanity.  The fur industry MUST be abolished.e

Thank you to all the activists who traveled from other states and countries to participate in this important Weekend of Action. Keep updated by regularly visiting StoptheFurExchange.wordpress.com and keep up the fight.

Until All Are Free.

Stop the Seattle Fur Exchange!

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Empty Cages and Shotguns: The Animal Defense League Hosts a Tour of Fur Farms

Today about 40 activists convened on two different fur farms right outside Seattle, focusing on Brainard and Roesler Bros, two mink raising fur farms.

Arriving at Brainard, it was apparent the farm was very large, with roughly 20 sheds. Upon further investigation, the activists were shocked and delighted to find that every shed was abandoned and all the cages were empty!  Photographers and videographers walked through the lines of vacant cages while some others walked up to the front door of the main house to confirm that the farm had, indeed, been shut down.  Other activists left a protest sign at the door when no one answered, and then started down the path to the main road where and ran into a resident and worker of the property. He told the activists, “there are no more animals on the farm, and there wouldn’t be any more.”  He also mentioned that he is currently an employed groundskeeper on the farm “taking care of the yard.”

Things heated up at the second farm when the mob was confronted by a very aggressive property owner (likely of the farm). Full cages could be seen from the driveway. Many words were exchanged about trespassing, ethics, and morals.  It was apparent that he didn’t see anything wrong with what he was participating in. Meanwhile, a few activists snuck past him and took photos of the cages. At this point, he pushed an activist. He then called a woman who seemed to be his wife, who emerged with a rifle. Violence seems to be a ready tool for this family.

Police showed up and neighbors came out to see what the commotion was about.  They detained the police liaison, and explained that assault and brandishing a shotgun were perfectly legal, yet trespassing on unmarked private property was illegal and threatened arrest.

The goal of these fur farm visits was to introduce activists to the point of production of fur farming. It was also to send the message that it doesn’t matter if you’re a fur store, a fur trader, or a fur farmer, it needs to stop! “We will never back down until they stop the killing

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Email / Call In Action Alerts! – STOP THE SEATTLE FUR EXCHANGE!

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Cross Post Widely xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Hello Anti-Fur Activists.  Today starts the Weekend of Action to STOP THE
SEATTLE FUR EXCHANGE!  Please take the time to call and email the main
henchmen and henchwomen of American Legend Cooperative (aka. Seattle Fur
Exchange) and let them know how you feel about the horrors of the fur
industry.

We hope to see you in Seattle this weekend.  Please check out
stopthefurexchange.wordpress.com for more details on the schedule of
events.



American Legend General Contacts:

Phone Numbers:
1(800)551-3906
1(425)251-3200
1(425)251-3100

Fax:
1(425)251-3222
1(425)656-0244

Executives and Important Contact Emails:

*THIS ONE IS IMPORTANT!!!*–>*SUPPORT*:  support@americanlegend.com

CEO and President of American Legend: Joseph “Joe” Morelli- (503)816-6132 
jmorelli@americanlegend.com

Trustee: William Kenney-  wmkenney@americanlegend.com

Vice President: Kurt Essman-  kessman@americanlegend.com

Vice President-Sales: Dale Theisen-  dtheisen@americanlegend.com

Director of Finance and Admin: David Larsen- dlarsen@americanlegend.com

Graphic Designer: Sandra Wallace-  swallace@americanlegend.com

Assistant to Vice President: Debbie Kerr-  dkerr@americanlegend.com

General Manager: Carol Frank-  cfrank@americanlegend.com

Director-Finance: Anne Daffern-  adaffern@gmail.com

Director-Auctions: Reid Dixon-  rdixon@americanlegend.com

Director- IT: Scott Wolfe-  swolfe@americanlegend.com

Sandra Wallace, Graphic Designer, has these websites:

faithmariedesign.com, artfortytwo.org, sandrafmw.blogspot.com


Emails In Block form:

support@americanlegend.com, jmorelli@americanlegend.com,
wmkenney@americanlegend.com, kessman@americanlegend.com,
dtheisen@americanlegend.com, dlarsen@americanlegend.com,
swallace@americanlegend.com, dkerr@americanlegend.com,
cfrank@americanlegend.com, adaffern@gmail.com, rdixon@americanlegend.com,
swolfe@americanlegend.com


Important Facebook Accounts:

Joe Morelli, CEO-  http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1091117418

Carol Stone Frank-  http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1005334784

Sandra Wallace-  http://www.facebook.com/s.Faithmarie