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Activists Protest to Defend Threatened La Jolla Seals, Saturday 5/7/2011

CONSERVATION ACTIVISTS TO HOLD MAJOR RALLY SATURDAY IN DEFENSE OF THREATENED LA JOLA SEALS

La Jolla, CA – As many as a hundred conservationists and animal rights activists are expected to stage a protest march at 10am this Saturday, May 7th demanding adaquate protections for a seal colony in La Jolla’s Casa Cove.  Their march through downtown La Jolla will begin at the corner of Girard Ave. & Prospect St. in La Jolla (map) and end with a rally above the beach at Casa Cove.

 

Casa Cove, also known as “baby beach” by locals has served as a rookery for harbor seals since the construction of an artificial sea wall by the Scripps family in the 1930s.  ”Despite federally mandated protections for these seals, periods of shared use of the beaches at Casa Cove have led to situations where seals were harassed or chased away by people.” says Dorota Valli of the Animal Protection and Rescue League (APRL) of San Diego’s SealWatch.  ”Due to development and human intrusions on the coast the nearest established rookeries for harbor seals are roughly 100 miles to the north and south of Casa Cove thus limiting the harbor seal’s ability to breed, nurse, and raise their young.” says Carly Slawson a volunteer with APRL’s SealWatch.

 

“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,” say’s Captain Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and star of the hit TV series Whale Wars (Discovery)

 

The activists are an umbrella group of organizations including the Animal Protection and Rescue League of San Diego, Seal Watch San Diego, La Jolla Friends of the Seals, and Orange County People for Animals, who collectively are fighting to establish further protection and an eventual sanctuary for the La Jolla seals.  The activists have implemented a two-tiered approach of non-violent direct action protests like the one they have planed for Saturday as well as a plan of civil action in the La Jolla courts.  The activists have recently petitioned the courts for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) in hopes the rope barring access to Casa Cove will not be lifted and that the Baby Beach rookery will not be opened to beach goers.  The case is being revisited in La Jolla court on May 17th, 2011.  For details about this weekends march as well as additional information on the La Jolla seals visit http://SaveSanDiegoSeals.com

 

To arrange an interview with the activists or to obtain high-resolution images of the rookery at Casa Cove please contact Tim Rusmisel at 949.973.7325 or email press@sparrowmedia.net

 

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Subversive Activism Workshop at NYU

Andy Stepanian, cofounder of the Sparrow Media Project & defendant in the landmark SHAC7 trial will dissect contemporary activist movements, highlighting which tactics are working, when they work best, and how a diversity of tactics often yield the largest benefit. Andy will reflect on his past involvement with non-violent direct action movements, his role in the campaign to close down Huntingdon Life Sciences, as well as his current with Sparrow work as a grassroots activism PR consultant.

Join us on Tuesday, April 26 at NYU’s Kimmel Center, Room 803 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM

You can RSVP this event on facebook HERE*

Cipher’s ‘Joyous Collapse’ is Making the Political, Personal

This week Sparrow’s Andy Stepanian highlighted the political punk band Cipher in an article he wrote for The Huffington Post. The article garnered a bit of attention for Cipher, which was the point …Cipher has always put sincerity, ethics, and substance before the fluff of the music industry, if only every band had the hearts that these guys have.  You can read the full article by clicking here.

 

Seminal New York hardcore punk band Cipher have always braided politics with their art, delivering a powerful message along side an equally brutal sound. Cipher has never shied away from the political aspects of their music, and in their most recent album, The Joyous Collapse, Cipher shifts their focus away from challenging the more obvious external institutions of oppression to some of the less obvious aspects of personal revolution. Each song on The Joyous Collapse is aimed at breaking down ones self and seeing where we as individuals directly and indirectly support oppression. Directly attacking ones own daily interactions with militarism, sexism, homophobia, and consumer culture, The Joyous Collapse forces us to ask ourselves, “where & how do I support suffering?”

 

The Sparrow Project thanks Cipher frontman, Maurice “Moe” Mitchell for inviting us into his life and sharing Cipher’s story with us. Please share this video with your friends & please show support for Cipher’s amazing efforts by downloading a song or the album off itunes today.

 

Cipher’s The Joyous Collapse is available at Itunes, and Amazon. Please support Cipher by buying the album today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can connect with Cipher on…
Facebook – facebook.com/​cipheronline
Twitter – twitter.com/​cipher_online
Merch via Big Cartel – cipher.bigcartel.com

 

Envy on the Coast & Cipher Say No to LNG

Ryan Hunter of Envy on the Coast, Danny Bobbis of Cipher & members of the Surfrider Foundation Speak Out Against the Proposed Liquid Natural Gas Island 13 Miles South Of Long Beach

Ryan Hunter of Envy on the Coast Speaks out against the proposed construction, the effects on marine habitats, the toll of fossil fuels on human life & foreign policy & why you should contact Govenor Paterson and tell him to put an end to the proposed LNG island.

Envy on the Coast speaks out out against the proposed LNG island 13 miles south of Long Beach, NY. from Sparrow Media on Vimeo.SIGN THE PETITION! SCROLL DOWN FOR LINKS & RESOURCES ON HOW TO GET INVOLVED.

This plan is bad for the environment, ocean life, and beach goers. It poses a threat to security in the Northeast, and it broadens our dependence on foreign sources of fossil fuels which can only lead to political tensions & potential future conflicts. Together we say NO TO LNG OFF OUR SHORES. There are a few easy ways to take action against this proposed plan to build an artificial island 13 miles south of Long Beach.

1.) SIGN THE PETITION ONLINE AT CARE2 http://www.thepetitionsite.com/petition/689151878 OR AT http://www.cleanoceanaction.org

2.) STAY UP TO DATE ON THE FIGHT TO STOP THE LNG ISLAND BY SIGNING UP ON FACEBOOK CAUSES http://apps.facebook.com/causes/193079

3.) WRITE TO GOVERNOR PATERSON BY MAIL OR EMAIL

Governor David A. Paterson

State Capitol

Albany, NY 12224

http://161.11.121.121/govemail (governor’s email form)

4.) NJ RESIDENTS WRITE TO GOVERNOR CORZINE

Governor Jon Corzine

Office of the Governor

PO Box 001

Trenton, NJ 08625

http://www.state.nj.us/governor/about/contact

5.) VOICE YOUR CONCERNS IN D.C.

Yvette M. Fields, Director

Office of Deepwater Ports and Offshore Activities

1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, W21-309 (MAR-530)

Washington, DC 20590

To view the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/home.html#docketDetail?R=USCG-2007-28535. Please wait as the page loads slowly even though it appears to be done loading.

To submit comments, go to http://www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/home.html#submitComment?R=0900006480946987 and follow the instructions.

6.) SHARE THIS VIDEO WITH OTHERS & TELL OTHERS ABOUT WHAT ENVY ON THE COAST, SPARROW MEDIA, CIPHER, SURFRIDER, & CLEAN OCEAN ACTION ARE TRYING TO DO. PLEASE SHARE THESE LINKS WITH OTHERS

http://www.SparrowMedia.net

http://www.cleanoceanaction.org

http://www.surfrider.org