It has been an exhausting, but rewarding 3 weeks as we have protested the use of animals by the circus. They consider the animals property. They are broken as babies, kept in cages and chains, perform, then go back to their prisons. We have had many great conversations with humans on the street, especially Baltimore. We desperately need you at the Patriot Center. We can do DC and Baltimore with fewer activists, but Virginia is different in many ways. Our vigils are really important at Fairfax, and we need as many activists as we can get. If you can only do one protest, please do the first one or last one listed below. Please join me for Vegan outreach for the animals who are used as entertainment. I will provide signs, leaflets and candles (for vigils). It is really important to protest circuses that use animals who are not human because, in addition to the obvious, when protesters are there the slaves do not get beaten as much. See end for protest description.
All of these are subject to change if the weather is severe. Please email me if you want to confirm [masked] Virginia Schedule:
Meet at Patriot Center, Fairfax VA (GMU campus), at the Will-Call area on Po River Ln, close to the intersection with Roanoke River Ln (where we always are for protests)
Wednesday, April 9 (opening night in FFX): Vigil at 9:00 pm
Friday, April 11: Vigil at 9:30p
Saturday, April 12: 5:30p – 8:00p (vigil for the end of one show and leaflet for the beginning of the next)
Sunday, April 13: 3:00p – 5:30p (vigil for the end of one show and leaflet for the beginning of the next)
Thursday, April 17: 9:00p Vigil
Friday, April 18: 9:30p Vigil
Saturday, April 19: 5:30p – 8:00p (vigil for the end of one show and leaflet for the beginning of the next)
Sunday, April 20 (Final show for them in our area): 3:00p – 5:30p (vigil for the end of one show and leaflet for the beginning of the next)
At Vigils we will remain silent, holding signs and candles after dark (at some vigils we might do peaceful speakouts). We will look each human in the eye, holding them accountable for what they just did to the animals, but saying nothing that will make them defensive or make us look less than fully committed to the animals. We will offer leaflets and only speak if we feel it will help animals (if someone asks a question or looks confused). Vigils are really powerful if done correctly. Usually our most important element is the video we run, but I am not confident we will have it this year. The more protesters we have for vigils the better. Please come to the vigils. We are using the Peace Advocacy Network leaflet about animals used as entertainment. It is an excellent brochure.
At protests we will do speakouts on the bullhorn, offer leaflets and hold signs. We will not react to insults or any attempts to take attention from the animals. These are extremely peaceful protests. Please alert the organizer if there is any dangerous or confrontational activity at the protest.
Please let me, Lisa, know if you can make it out to be there for the animals or if you have any questions. Please email [masked] (that is " no one is property " spelled together).