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Charlottesville Rally Goers Refuse to Cede to Confines of Policing Apparatus Forced Upon Them

Charlottesville Rally Goers Refuse to Cede to Confines of Policing Apparatus Forced Upon Them

Charlottesville, VA — This evening UVA students and Charlottesville community members who intended to reclaim the North Plaza of the Rotunda and demand justice for those who have suffered at the hands of white supremacy arrived to a policing apparatus they did not agree to.  In response to this situation UVA Students United as issued the following statement:

“Last Year They Came With Torches, This Year They Come with Badges

“We will not be holding the rally within the confines of policing apparatus forced upon us by the University Administration. It is a betrayal of our ideals and our community.

“What you see around you is not what we asked for. We asked the university for the following demands:

  • Payment or Waiving of Medical Fees for ALL survivors of August 11th and 12th

  • Denouncement of White Supremacy in the form of issuing Lifelong No Trespass orders to identified White Supremacists present on August 11th

  • Transparency for the undisclosed profits raised by the Concert for Charlottesville

“Here is how the University retaliated:

  • To ‘require’ that we choose a select group of community members to join with us at the rally

  • They suggested we physically mark attendees with wristbands and prohibiting attendance to people without student IDs

  • They put up barricades surrounding the space, and police around and within the perimeter, armed with riot gear

  • They designated a space for white supremacist counter-protestors, protecting their violence

  • The University is housing nearly one thousand State Police in dorms that students pay for

  • They gave us an ultimatum–to accept their “security plan” or not hold the rally at all.

  • Last year, armed white supremacists surrounded and attacked students. The police watched from across the street until the torch-bearing mob left. As anti-racist protestors recovered from the attack, the Police barricaded those still inside of the Plaza and issued a dispersal order with the threat of arrest.

“You may think that the cops are here to protect us, but we disagree. We know instead that:

  • Cops have a history of violence against anti-racist protestors, as we experienced last year at the KKK rally and saw in the past 10 days in Portland and Berkley.
  • The institution of policing was created from the system of slave patrols. Today the function of the police continues to be to over patrol Black communities, target people of color and protect wealth.
  • Police are routinely exempt from punishment regardless of biased, excessive force and violence. Furthermore, the Courts, in the service of police control, intentionally punish anti-racist activists.
  • Increased police presence only results in increased police violence.

“The City and the University’s desire to control images and protect their brands has created a dangerous police state. They’re not here to protect us, they’re here to control us. We will not comply.”

Photo credit: Ned Oliver, The Virginia Mercury

Charlottesville Anti-Racist Activists on the Fight Against White Supremacy One Year After Deadly Attacks
Zyahna Bryant, activist who initiated the petition to remove the Robert E. Lee statue and rename Lee Park | Photo: Nay Nichelle

Charlottesville Anti-Racist Activists on the Fight Against White Supremacy One Year After Deadly Attacks

One year after the white supremacist attacks on Charlottesville, Virginia, anti-racist students, clergy, and community members will come together in a wide range of events for healing, repair, and to continue to confront all forms of white supremacy. Below, we share comments from individual anti-racist activists in Charlottesville. Please contact us if you would like to speak with any of these individuals directly.

Zyahna Bryant
“A very long and deep history of white supremacy lurks beneath the perfectly painted illusion of Charlottesville. It’s alive in American policies, active in its courts, and taught in our classrooms. White supremacy and racism didn’t just arrive in Charlottesville on August 12th, 2017, it has always been here, and it has always been bigger than just a statue. Moving forward, we must stop erasing the names of women of color who built this movement from the ground up. Say the names of Sage Smith, Faye Tinsley, every victim of August 12th, and every other person who has been a victim of racial terror in this city.” — Zyahna Bryant, activist who initiated the petition to remove the Robert E. Lee statue and rename Lee Park

Brenda Brown-Grooms
“In America, the need to fight against white supremacy is everywhere apparent and everywhere necessary. White supremacy has infected every aspect of our mental, emotional, and physical lives. It is white supremacy which renders the faith practices of many as abominations, skewing their moral decisions. It is white supremacy which leads to the practice of weaponizing policing and pushing people of color into mass incarceration and the school-to-prison pipeline. We must face the lies inherent in white supremacy, and we must build our faith, our morality, and our country on something much stronger.” — Reverend Brenda Brown-Grooms, Pastor at New Beginnings Christian Community and organizer with Congregate Charlottesville

Rosia Parker
“I’m here embracing my blackness as A Black Queen resisting, persisting, and preserving life. I’m fighting for justice for my ancestors before me, and leaving a legacy for future generations after me.” — Rosia Parker, organizer with Black Lives Matter Charlottesville and member of the Civilian Review Board of the Charlottesville Police Department

Katrina Turner
“I’m fighting white supremacy because of the centuries of injustice against black and brown people. I’m fighting white supremacy in hopes that by the time my grandsons grow up, they won’t have to continue my fight. I’m fighting white supremacy because my ancestors did the same for me — without their fight I may have never been born. I go to meetings to organize. I go to court in support of people who have been wronged by the system. I’m fighting white supremacy so we as black and brown citizens can be treated with dignity and respect.” — Katrina Turner, organizer with Black Lives Matter Charlottesville, member of the Civilian Review Board of the Charlottesville Police Department and the People’s Coalition

Tanesha Hudson
“As we continue the fight against white supremacy in Charlottesville, my message to the world is that Black and Brown people live just like everybody else. We go to work, take care of our families, and we have our legacies that can’t be broken. I’m making a documentary to teach the world that Black people prosper even though slavery, Jim Crow & mass incarceration were designed to destroy us. Black People understand our history matters along with our lives.” — Tanesha Hudson, Executive Producer of forthcoming documentary A Legacy Unbroken: The Story of Black Charlottesville

Leslie Scott-Jones
“Long before the Summer of Hate I had been posing the question through art, specifically theater, ‘What happened to the Civil Rights Movement?’ Where did the momentum go? Who picked up the fight after MLK’s assassination? Is it one person or is it a group? When Black Lives Matter organized in Charlottesville, I got my answer, the same answer we have always gotten. I am still resisting through art, I have simply been more educated and focused. This is a marathon I run for the betterment of Black people.”— Leslie Scott-Jones, organizer with Black Lives Matter Charlottesville and the Charlottesville Players Guild

Esi Yarney
“I’m fighting white supremacy in Charlottesville because I’m tired of living in racially disparate communities. My parents, emigrants from Ghana, West Africa, taught me to fight white supremacy by pursuing education and serving my community. I was born and raised here, got a UVA undergraduate degree and a Master of Social Work from VCU. I’ve worked in the governor’s office, for the state, in University settings, in homeless services, and in low-income black neighborhoods. White America, you should learn how white privilege keeps you from seeing that white supremacy and racism are killing America as a whole, ask yourself why there are only 0-2 black people in any room you’re in, and then realize that these problems persist because of your lack of care and effort.” — B. Esi Yarney, organizer with Black Lives Matter Charlottesville

Cherry Henley
“As I look back on my life as an ex-offender, I am appalled that l was punished so severely for such a small act. Working in the criminal justice field, I see racism at its core. Our black men have been used in the criminal system as in slavery; used for profit while breaking their spirits and destroying the family structure. Black people are repeatedly targeted by stop-and-frisk and arrests in Charlottesville, most on petty crimes. Ex-offenders are blocked from access to housing or well-paying jobs. Our Black community is criminalized while white supremacists attack us with few legal consequences.” — Cherry Henley, Director of Lending Hands Ex-Offender Resource Network

Tim Porter
“As a father in this community, I’m concerned for the safety of this city’s minority members. Charlottesville has a problem with racial injustice, and to fight racial injustice we have to face white supremacy. We have to wake up and realize exactly what’s going on in our community, if we are ever going to change the narrative on race here in Charlottesville.” — Tim Porter, organizer with Black Lives Matter Charlottesville

Don Gathers
“I’m fighting against White Supremacy because I’m fearful of the world that my three sons have to live in. Vicious racism permeates our society, there are vicious people who will stop at nothing to push forward their agenda of hate, so we who think and live differently must be equally determined in our efforts. I’m pushing back through spiritual love and peace, with the word and the powerfully determined spirit God has placed in me, making others aware that this battle is so very vital to the ending of oppression and the continued survival of us all.” — Don Gathers, organizer with Black Lives Matter Charlottesville and a Deacon at First Baptist Church

Dr. Lisa Woolfork
“All forms of white supremacy must be resisted: in our courts, police, city council, city planning, all aspects of life. White supremacy is a danger to the health of our community. Even as institutions such the courts and police find themselves co-opted by white supremacy, so too are civic virtues such as “civility” and “politeness” routinely deployed to conceal hatred, bigotry, and fascism. In Charlottesville, we are mobilizing to resist white supremacy by refusing the lie of civility and choosing justice instead.”— Dr. Lisa Woolfork, organizer with Black Lives Matter Charlottesville

Dr. Andrea Douglas
“Charlottesville —and the nation— need to understand how the violent white supremacist rallies of last summer fit into a long legacy of racial terror. On the cusp of the anniversary of the white supremacist attacks last August, the 100 delegates on the Charlottesville Civil Rights Pilgrimage have returned ready to sow this truth throughout our community. People cannot arrive at empathy or understanding if they do not share the same undeniable truths about what has happened right here, in the present and in the past.” — Dr. Andrea Douglas, Executive Director of the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, and co-organizer of the Charlottesville Civil Rights Pilgrimage

Dr. Jalane Schmidt
“Charlottesville’s history shows us that violent white mobs must be confronted: from the 1898 racial terror lynching of John Henry James, to the 1920s Klan support of the Confederate statues, to the white supremacist attacks last summer. We can’t ignore them, or they grow, they metastasize. Together, we can confront both this legacy of racial terror and the fascism brewing today.” — Dr. Jalane Schmidt, organizer with Black Lives Matter Charlottesville, and co-organizer of the Charlottesville Civil Rights Pilgrimage

Harold Foley
“I have seen injustice in all our social systems, and I want people to organize and strategize to make our communities better. We have power together, and we can fight white supremacy and achieve concrete wins for racial justice.” — Harold Foley, Community Organizer at the Legal Aid Justice Center

Andrea Negrete
“The Charlottesville jail is helping ICE detain and deport our community members. The city and county voluntarily collaborate with ICE because of the long legacy of white supremacy in Charlottesville where those in positions of power use local institutions as a tool for social control and to enact violence against black and brown community members. I’m resisting white supremacy in Charlottesville because I want to live in a world with no borders and no prisons.” — Andrea Negrete, organizer with UVA Graduate Student Coalition for Liberation and DREAMers on Grounds

Ibby Han
“On August 11th last year, I watched hundreds of torch-wielding Nazis invade the very same Lawn that I had walked down for graduation, just a few months prior. The white supremacists engulfed the few of us who had shown up to say no to fascism. The University of Virginia administration’s inaction that night emboldened white supremacists to be even more violent the next day, on August 12. No number of “healing vigils” or “unity concerts” can ever rectify what happened that night on UVA’s campus. We need real action from the administration: they must ban ALL identified white supremacists from the torch rally, they must pay for ALL the medical bills of survivors of the attack, and they must strongly condemn and vow to combat white supremacy in all its forms.” — Ibby Han, Director of Virginia Student Power Network

Grace Aheron
“Together, we can make white supremacists unwelcome in our communities and take away their ability to meet their fascist goals. Our counter-protestors last year stopped our city from providing a platform for white supremacist fascists, which made the attempt to Unite the Right a huge failure. We built momentum and other communities fought back too, ruining fascist attempts to take public space. Charlottesville fights back, and we call on you to fight with Charlottesville.” — Grace Aheron, organizer with Showing Up for Racial Justice Charlottesville

Brandon Collins
“Now is the time to address everyday white supremacy in Charlottesville — not just the racists in the streets but our whole negative racial history, from White colonizers enslaving Africans, to Thomas Jefferson, to when urban renewal demolished Black neighborhoods like Vinegar Hill. In our work, we seek to transform public housing into something that can be a vehicle for changing that negative racial history. We want Black people to have power, we want people to build wealth, and to ultimately control their own futures. As Charlottesville confronts white supremacy, we must transform and invest in more and better public housing.” — Brandon Collins, organizer with the Charlottesville Public Housing Association of Residents

Lara Harrison
“We should all be outraged by the ways our local public schools continue to prioritize white comfort over actual Black and Brown lives. It is not uncommon to see students and even staff wearing clothing with violent confederate imagery and slogans like “The South will rise again.” Schools knowingly allow white-supremacist ideas to be cultivated in their halls and classrooms, and this complicity creates young white supremacist terrorists like James Fields and Dylan Roof. I organize for school policies and practices that keep students of color safe. We demand that the Albemarle County Public Schools acknowledge and address its culture of racism. We fight to protect our children and our future.” — Lara Harrison, organizer with Hate-Free Schools Coalition of Albemarle County

Rabbi Tom Gutherz
“I am fighting white supremacy by trying to uncover the whole truth about our country’s history. I want our public spaces to honor the people who fight back against oppression. I want to create conversations to educate wide audiences about the continuing legacy of white supremacy and the full dimensions of racial injustice in Charlottesville, so we will take responsibility and act boldly to repair it.” — Rabbi Tom Gutherz, Congregation Beth Israel

Rabbi Rachel Schmelkin
“Deadly racism and anti-Semitism are connected at the core of white supremacist ideology. When the Ku Klux Klan came to Charlottesville in July 2017, they carried signs saying “Jew Edomites behind racial tension in Charlottesville,” “Communism = Judaism”, and “Jews are Satan’s children.” When the alt-right marched in August 2017, they brought Nazi flags, chanted “Jews will not replace us,” and threatened the synagogue. White supremacists fear progress, target people of color, and place Jews at the center of a “globalist” conspiracy. Therefore, we cannot fight racism without fighting anti-Semitism, and we cannot fight anti-Semitism without fighting racism. It is crucial that we form alliances even when it is hard, confront bigotry within our own community, and stand up to hate whenever it rears its ugly head. — Rabbi Rachel Schmelkin, Congregation Beth Israel

Rev. Brittany Caine-Conley
“Even after the white supremacist terror of last summer, many of Charlottesville’s leaders still call for civility and decorum at the cost of justice and transformation. Many wealthy white residents of Charlottesville are more concerned with its reputation than with the humanity of the most marginalized community members. They welcome quiet white supremacists and reject loudly passionate anti-racists. But we know that white supremacy culture thrives on the pretense of polite civil society, and civility has never transformed oppression and it never will. We resist white supremacy with our voices and our bodies and our resources because real, actual, radical change only occurs when we are willing to risk our comfort, risk our respectability, and risk even our livelihoods. I call on all people grounded in traditions of faith to commit to the messy, uncomfortable, disruptive work of confronting white supremacy, in all of its forms.” — Reverend Brittany Caine-Conley, lead organizer of Congregate Charlottesville

Ben Doherty
“White supremacy is lethal to Black and Brown people every day. White people need to take on the risk of showing up to confront and disrupt the system of white supremacy whenever we can. Charlottesville has a white comfort problem: we prefer our comfort and the pretense of civility over actually taking care of each other. If we care about racial justice, we need to shake up the system and disrupt the status quo.” — Ben Doherty, organizer with Showing Up for Racial Justice Charlottesville

Courtney Commander
“When white supremacists descended on Charlottesville last August 11th and 12th, we came together to fight for racial and social justice. The white supremacist violence that day cemented a legacy that casts a dark shadow on our community. As we come up on the first anniversary, I’m partnering with activists and small businesses who will help me shift this legacy of hatred by promoting social justice through positive actions. Let’s all vibrate Heyer and do something positive to support the fight for racial justice in Charlottesville.” — Courtney Commander, survivor of the August 12 car attack and friend of Heather Heyer

Susan Bro
“The hate and human rights violations of slavery have continued throughout history, without reparations to Black communities. Now, we see the prison pipeline, over-policing, lack of affordable housing, and lack of opportunities for people of color. Fixing this will require committed effort from White people working with People of Color to address these issues on every front. Everyone has a moral and ethical obligation to participate.” — Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer and co-Founder of the Heather Heyer Foundation

VeganCorner Is Building A Grassroots Nexus Between Vegans & Local Businesses

VeganCorner Is Building A Grassroots Nexus Between Vegans & Local Businesses

[LONG BEACH, CA] Two animal rights activists-turned-entrepreneures, Nathan & Adriana Pope, have announced a fundraising campaign on IndieGoGo.com to help finance the hard-launch of their one-of-a-kind website VeganCorner.com. VeganCorner serves as the vegan’s answer to the popular reviews website Yelp* and also acts as a social platform where vegans can support each other’s choices with user-submitted recommendations of new eco-concious and cruelty-free products. VeganCorner users can also submit vegan-relevant event listings, share news about their favorite non-profit, or share recipes and other helpful resources with vegans and vegan-curious visitors alike.

Moreover, with an extensive database of over 12,000 profiles for restaurants, cafes, and shops that offer vegan products, VeganCorner provides businesses with an opportunity to engage in direct outreach with a previously hard to pin down, and yet exceptionally loyal niche market of dedicated vegans. Marketing through VeganCorner is multi-directional as users of the VeganCorner website and soon to be released mobile app will be driven towards businesses offering vegan options, while window clings at participating businesses will drive traffic to the VeganCorner website. Nathan and Adriana each hope that this direct marketing process will not only help to make vegan and eco-concious items more accessible, but will also incentivize businesses to provide even more vegan options.

Whether you’re trying to locate the nearest raw cafe, a tattoo shop with fish-free inks, a salon that carries Eco-friendly hair products, or want to find a nearby animal sanctuary, it’s all in one spot. VeganCorner soft-launched in December as a limited field test and is now moving into the next stages of development.

Co-founder, Adriana Pope states, “VeganCorner was created as a way to make being vegan easier. We found that despite huge jumps in available technology there still wasn’t anything that was created specifically for vegans. Some sites incorporated vegan-friendly options into their results but lacked practicality. You still had to weed through mostly irrelevant results that didn’t cater specifically to our needs. Over the past couple of months we have listened intently to the feedback and suggestions of our users and have created a road map of the next steps that are needed to bring this site to where it needs to be.”

Founders Nate and Adriana, have spent the last two years building VeganCorner.com as a free resource for vegans all across the world looking for cruelty-free options. They’ve taken it as far as they can on their own and now they need your help to take VeganCorner to the next level.

Why do they need money?
Nate and Adriana have been supporting the website with their day jobs, but it’s clear that the website needs the supplemental help of an additional programmer to provide users an effortless experience as they browse listings and contribute to the VeganCorner community. Their funding goal is $10,000 which will go towards three specific areas:
• Hiring a programmer with a background in User Experience (UI/UX), who will be able to polish the website so it looks and feels great in both functionality and usability.
• Producing & distributing window clings so that you can easily locate restaurants and shops with vegan options by looking for their colorful sticker that says “Discover Vegan Options.”
• Creating a FREE smart-phone app which will help you locate all the nearest vegan options in your hometown or afar.

How can you help?
Go to IndieGoGo.com and donate some money, anything helps. There are different pledge levels to meet your budget with rewards such as t-shirts, tote-bags, secret potluck invitations, and even ad sponsorship opportunities to name a few. If this is a project that piques your interest, please understand that it will not be possible to carry out without your financial support or word-of-mouth. Also, please share this campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler, and your blog if you have one, and tell your friends about it.

“VeganCorner is an amazing new structure for connecting ethical businesses with those who care about living a lifestyle that makes the world a better place for animals… it’s a great way to directly get us in touch & grow the vegan market to show the world how wonderful and easy it is to be compassionate and cruelty free,” says Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, owner of Vaute Couture, the first vegan fashion label for winter dress coats warm enough for below freezing weather.

Vegancorner.com, is a resource for vegans searching for a cruelty-free place to dine, shop or hang out at. For additional information on Vegan Corner or to request an interview with Nathan & Adriana Pope email Andy Stepanian at andy@sparrowmedia.net or contact pr@vegancorner.com

Activist Repression & Secretive Prisons Make International Headlines

Activist Repression & Secretive Prisons Make International Headlines

In the past few weeks the prosecution and incarceration of activists, direct-actionists and philanthropists as terrorists has seen a resurgence in media attention. It’s never too little or too late…

Last week The Wall Street Journal took a critical look at the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) citing that the law was both irresponsible and redundant in the way it prosecutes activists as terrorists for combined legal and illegal actions, noting that the illegal actions prosecuted under the act (liberating animals, destroying property, etc) are already crimes under state and federal law. You can read a non-subscription version of the article HERE.

The Paris-based Arte Television and CAPA Presse TV aired the segment ‘Qui sont les éco-terroristes?‘ (who are the ecoterrorists?) as part of their Global Magazine series, broadcasted across France, Germany, and Switzerland. The segment highlighted the case against the SHAC7 and Operation Backfire defendant Daniel McGowan and featured interviews with Green is the New Red author Will Potter, Jenny Synan, Andy Stepanian of the Sparrow Media Project and Alexi Agathocleous of the Center for Constitutional Rights. The segment took a critical view of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, FBI scaremongering, and highlighted animal industries influence on designer legislation like the AETA. The segment also drew attention to Stepanian’s and McGowan’s incarceration within Federal Communication Management Units (CMUs) and showed McGowan’s “Notice of Transfer” as well as an elaborate computer generated model of the Federal Penitentiary in Marion, IL where the CMU is located. You can view the segment below.

The stories surrounding CMU programs in Marion Illinois, and Terre Haute Indiana were revisited by NPR’s Justice Department correspondents who noted that the transfer of 5 high-profile inmates to the unit further called into question the constitutionality of the CMU and it’s overwhelming Muslim population.

Will Potter also revisited the issue of CMUs in a look at the now defunct Lexington High Security Unit. Highlighted in Potter’s book Green is the New Red the Lexington High Security Unit was a federal political prison program strikingly similar to the that of the CMU and the lesser known ADMAX Unit at The Federal Medical Center at Carswell, TX. Potter writes —

“The government has reason to be secretive about this program [Communications Management Units], because similar experiments have not been well received by civil rights and human rights organizations. The Bureau of Prisons has a history of operating pilot programs outside the confines of the Constitution.

For example, the High Security Unit in the federal women’s prison in Lexington, Kentucky, was created in the 1980s to house political prisoners belonging to an organization that, according to the Bureau of Prisons, “attempts to disrupt or overthrow the government of the U.S.” The Lexington HSU existed below ground, in total isolation from the outside world and with radically restricted prisoner communications and visitations. The women were subjected to constant fluorescent lighting, almost daily strip searches, and sensory deprivation. The purpose of these conditions, according to a report by Dr. Richard Korn for the ACLU, was to “reduce prisoners to a state of submission essential for ideological conversion.” The Lexington HSU was closed in 1988 after an outcry by Amnesty International, the ACLU and religious groups.”


The Southern Illinoisian, a daily paper published out Carbondale, IL featured two articles and a cover shot highlighting the CMU program. Although the photographs provided by the officials at the Marion, Penitentiary were misleading (the CMU does not have a gymnasium or any similar open spaces for recreation) the papers editors went to great lengths to challenge the legality of the unit and to question who is actually housed within the controversial program. Within the paper’s cover article lawyers with the Center for Constitutional Rights blasted the unit for its lack of due process and grossly disproportionate population of Muslim detainees. A second, more personal article featured interviews with Noor Elashi, Jenny Synan, and Andy Stepanian about their experiences with the CMU. Noor’s father, Ghassan Elashi’s, only crime is providing charitable aide to hospitals in the Israeli-Occupied Palestinian territories. You can read The Southern’s articles HERE and HERE.

La Jolla Seals Grab National Headlines, Granted Temporary Protection

La Jolla Seals Grab National Headlines, Granted Temporary Protection

On May 7th the Sparrow Project was proud to support the efforts of activists in La Jolla, California rallying for added protections and a sanctuary for a colony of Harbor Seals that call La Jolla’s Casa Cove their home.  We were excited to see that our press release generated some great coverage, shedding much-needed light on the plight of the La Jolla Seals.  Following coverage in the La Jolla Light & San Diego Tribune, Dorota Valli of San Diego Seal Watch was invited on CNN’s Headline News to discuss the seals.  In the wake of the buzz on May 13th a judge issued a temporary restraining order protecting the seal colony from shared use of the beach until a future court date in June. Listed below is a roundup of the flurry of coverage dedicated to the La Jolla Seals.

  1. The La Jolla Light — rally re-cap
  2. The Huffington Post
  3. Fuse Music Television — Mark Hoppus column
  4. San Diego Union Tribune — AP Wire Story
  5. San Francisco Examiner
  6. The La Jolla Light — Pro-Seal Opinion Piece
  7. The Discerning Brute
  8. NBC 15 Television
  9. Sacramento Bee
  10. Lighthouse News
  11. AP Daylife Newdesk
  12. CNN Headline News with Jane Valez Mitchell

“Must we humans be so selfish that we would deny the seals a small spot on the coast they can call their own. Those who want the seals removed so children can have the beach have certainly not asked the children what they want. Most children would prefer to see seals living happy on a beach than to see them removed. The people who are victimizing these seals are both anti-nature and anti-children. They have their own agenda of greed and prejudice,” — Captain Paul Watson, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society