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I Used to Break into Laboratories to Free Animals 



This is a letter to Renee, to Alice, to Oscar and to the 281 other beings I removed from abuse. In freeing you I learned things not only about you, but also about myself. I learned that fear of repression for what many consider my criminal acts, although tangible and real, is only as strong as you allow it to be. I learned that giving an individual a new option for a new future—one free of abuse—is not only liberating for those freed, but also for those doing the freeing, and this feeling stays with you, forever…

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“What is scary in this world is oppression and injustice, when people hurt people, animals and nature. What is beautiful in this world is resistance, when people say ‘enough is enough’ and act. Oppression and injustice are everywhere, but so is resistance. Because some people know that if you fight you might lose, but if you don’t fight, you’ve already lost.”

— Debbie Vincent, Blackmail 3 defendant. Debbie was sentenced this morning to 6 years in prison, followed by a 5 year ASBO order for her work with SHAC.

There are three million species of animals living in the tropical rain forests, and one of them, the red fire ant, lives underground, under constant threat of annihilation from flash floods. Nature doesn’t care. If a species wants to survive, it has to prove it deserves to. When the floods come, the fire ants hold on to each other, creating a living raft that can float until the water recedes. Months, if necessary. So how does a species figure something like that out? Instinct? Trial and error? Was there one fire ant who was being swept away by the rushing water… and grabbed on to another ant, only to find that together they could float? What if you were the one who knew what needed to be done… but you had no words? How do you make the others understand? How do you call for help?
Human beings are not the strongest species on the planet. We’re not the fastest, or maybe even the smartest. The one advantage we have is our ability to cooperate… to help each other out. We recognize ourselves in each other, and are programmed for compassion, for heroism, for love. And those things make us stronger, faster… and smarter. It’s why we’ve survived. It’s why we even want to.

There are three million species of animals living in the tropical rain forests, and one of them, the red fire ant, lives underground, under constant threat of annihilation from flash floods. Nature doesn’t care. If a species wants to survive, it has to prove it deserves to. When the floods come, the fire ants hold on to each other, creating a living raft that can float until the water recedes. Months, if necessary. So how does a species figure something like that out? Instinct? Trial and error? Was there one fire ant who was being swept away by the rushing water… and grabbed on to another ant, only to find that together they could float? What if you were the one who knew what needed to be done… but you had no words? How do you make the others understand? How do you call for help?

Human beings are not the strongest species on the planet. We’re not the fastest, or maybe even the smartest. The one advantage we have is our ability to cooperate… to help each other out. We recognize ourselves in each other, and are programmed for compassion, for heroism, for love. And those things make us stronger, faster… and smarter. It’s why we’ve survived. It’s why we even want to.

Prof. Dr. Paraskev Stoyanov MD. (1871-1941)
Famous anarchist of Bulgarian origin. After primary school in Bucharest he adhered to socialist ideas through high school, then to anarchism after reading Kropotkin’s pamphlet “An Appeal To The Young”. Paraskev Stoyanov is known as the forerunner of Romanian anarchism, but also played an influential role on anarchist movements in France, Switzerland, Italy, Bulgaria and Russia. Recognized as the founder of modern surgery in Bulgaria, the Medical University of Varna, tuberculosis sanatorium and marine park are currently named after him. He was also a bicyclist and mountaineer. Friend of Mikhail Gerdjikov, Varban Kilifarski, Nikola Stoynov, Errico Malatesta, Peter Kropotkin, Alexander Atabekian, Élisée Reclus, Luigi Galleani, Louise Michel, Jean Grave, helped Max Nettlau in his research on Bakunin’s biography, translated Malatesta from Italian to Romanian, translated and published Kropotkin in Bulgarian.

Prof. Dr. Paraskev Stoyanov MD. (1871-1941)

Famous anarchist of Bulgarian origin. After primary school in Bucharest he adhered to socialist ideas through high school, then to anarchism after reading Kropotkin’s pamphlet “An Appeal To The Young”. Paraskev Stoyanov is known as the forerunner of Romanian anarchism, but also played an influential role on anarchist movements in France, Switzerland, Italy, Bulgaria and Russia. Recognized as the founder of modern surgery in Bulgaria, the Medical University of Varna, tuberculosis sanatorium and marine park are currently named after him. He was also a bicyclist and mountaineer. Friend of Mikhail Gerdjikov, Varban Kilifarski, Nikola Stoynov, Errico Malatesta, Peter Kropotkin, Alexander Atabekian, Élisée Reclus, Luigi Galleani, Louise Michel, Jean Grave, helped Max Nettlau in his research on Bakunin’s biography, translated Malatesta from Italian to Romanian, translated and published Kropotkin in Bulgarian.

"Amnesia is the colonization of memory. One is forced to forget everything rebellious about one’s life. The colonized mind is less likely to imagine a total revolt against this society if all traces of earlier revolts are suppressed. Everything from simple negative gestures to the hand in the cookie jar to late night crimes make memory precious to the individual; as soon as these breaches are forgotten the present becomes less and less pregnant: the stem of the flower is cut before the flower blooms. One is in despair over the absence of past freedom simply because the residue of past freedoms have been purged from one’s memory.
When asked how one knows that freedom is possible the rebel responds with examples of past freedoms. The rebel remembers the events, movements, and moments of one’s past that mark breaks with the dominant order. One knows that freedom is possible because everybody has experienced freedom: the taste of paradise is in all our mouths. To forget this is fatal. Amnesia can be combated by constantly digging back into our memories, by constantly becoming more and more aware of our mistakes and victories. No, we must not dwell in the past, we must be cruel with our pasts (and those who would keep us there), and yet we must be greedy with our pasts (and wary of those who would paint those pasts with the blackness of misery and impossibilities). Rebels must return to their own past with a bouquet of flowers in one hand and a knife in the other.”
―Against Amnesia by (d)anger

"Amnesia is the colonization of memory. One is forced to forget everything rebellious about one’s life. The colonized mind is less likely to imagine a total revolt against this society if all traces of earlier revolts are suppressed. Everything from simple negative gestures to the hand in the cookie jar to late night crimes make memory precious to the individual; as soon as these breaches are forgotten the present becomes less and less pregnant: the stem of the flower is cut before the flower blooms. One is in despair over the absence of past freedom simply because the residue of past freedoms have been purged from one’s memory.

When asked how one knows that freedom is possible the rebel responds with examples of past freedoms. The rebel remembers the events, movements, and moments of one’s past that mark breaks with the dominant order. One knows that freedom is possible because everybody has experienced freedom: the taste of paradise is in all our mouths. To forget this is fatal. Amnesia can be combated by constantly digging back into our memories, by constantly becoming more and more aware of our mistakes and victories. No, we must not dwell in the past, we must be cruel with our pasts (and those who would keep us there), and yet we must be greedy with our pasts (and wary of those who would paint those pasts with the blackness of misery and impossibilities). Rebels must return to their own past with a bouquet of flowers in one hand and a knife in the other.”

―Against Amnesia by (d)anger

"For me the logical extension of getting off to songs about insurrection, resistance and rebellion has always been – insurrection, resistance and rebellion. Punk rock made me want to never get a job, look like a freak and dedicate my life to fucking with all the assholes who mess up the world we live in. Punk made me want to give up drinking and be a political activist. To me, punk was never a surface where the rebellion was part of the aesthetics but a counter culture where we strive to be young until we die."
―Punk Rock Is The Reason

"For me the logical extension of getting off to songs about insurrection, resistance and rebellion has always been – insurrection, resistance and rebellion. Punk rock made me want to never get a job, look like a freak and dedicate my life to fucking with all the assholes who mess up the world we live in. Punk made me want to give up drinking and be a political activist. To me, punk was never a surface where the rebellion was part of the aesthetics but a counter culture where we strive to be young until we die."

Punk Rock Is The Reason

“We have nothing but our freedom. We have nothing to give you but your own freedom. We have no law but the single principle of mutual aid between individuals. We have no government but the single principle of free association. We have no states, no nations, no presidents, no premiers, no chiefs, no generals, no bosses, no bankers, no landlords, no wages, no charity, no police, no soldiers, no wars. Nor do we have much else. We are sharers, not owners. We are not prosperous. None of us is rich. None of us is powerful. If it is Anarres you want, if it is the future you seek, then I tell you that you must come to it with empty hands. You must come to it alone, and naked, as the child comes into the world, into his future, without any past, without any property, wholly dependent on other people for his life. You cannot take what you have not given, and you must give yourself. You cannot buy the Revolution. You cannot make the Revolution. You can only be the Revolution. It is in your spirit, or it is nowhere.” 
―Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed

“We have nothing but our freedom. We have nothing to give you but your own freedom. We have no law but the single principle of mutual aid between individuals. We have no government but the single principle of free association. We have no states, no nations, no presidents, no premiers, no chiefs, no generals, no bosses, no bankers, no landlords, no wages, no charity, no police, no soldiers, no wars. Nor do we have much else. We are sharers, not owners. We are not prosperous. None of us is rich. None of us is powerful. If it is Anarres you want, if it is the future you seek, then I tell you that you must come to it with empty hands. You must come to it alone, and naked, as the child comes into the world, into his future, without any past, without any property, wholly dependent on other people for his life. You cannot take what you have not given, and you must give yourself. You cannot buy the Revolution. You cannot make the Revolution. You can only be the Revolution. It is in your spirit, or it is nowhere.” 

―Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed