World Week for Animals in Labs passed by in a whirlwind of activity. The week was an amazing show of grassroots force, and a watershed moment for the animal liberation movement. It is hard to put into words.
So instead we have opted to tell the story in pictures. Resistance is a beautiful thing to behold, especially when it is taken up by the masses.
WWAIL started in Seattle with the occupation of a giant sequoia on the campus of UW. A banner reading, "Prez Cauce and UW Regents: If you build it, we will come. No New Animal Lab!" was unfurled from the top.
Getting ready to carpool up to Seattle for the #MarchonUW, Portland activists dropped their own massive banner in solidarity, which read, "UW + Skanska have blood on their hands. #NoNewAnimalLab #MarchonUW #StormSkanska."
Skanska protests happened throughout the week. Here, Los Angeles activists gathered at the corporate offices of Skanska USA.
New York City activists protested outside the headquarters of Skanska USA--The Empire State Building in Manhattan.
San Antonio activists also protested Skanska offices before heading up to Seattle to join the #MarchonUW.
Finland joined the international fight against Skanska by storming the country's headquarters in Helsinki. There activists chanted and drummed inside the office and also hung a banner from the building.
Progress for Science in LA spearheaded a light brigade against Skanska USA. They stood on a major freeway overpass with lights reading, "Skanska = Death Labs" in solidarity with those at the #MarchonUW.
Activists in the DC area organized a "Take a selfie for the animals" event to flood social media with pictures of those opposed to the ARCF. Activists held signs with hashtags such as #MarchonUW and #NoNewAnimalLab, along with messages about why they are against the project.
And of course there was the #MarchonUW in Seattle. 500 activists swarmed the streets and campus of University of Washington. This mass action was an amazing thing to see. UW and Skanska can now see what public opposition to this lab really looks like.
The public took the streets of Seattle's University District surrounding the campus of UW. No one could turn away from the message of the campaign, and UW and Skanska could no longer hide in secrecy.
Lauren Gazzola spoke beautifully at the rally before the march set off. In her words, these mass demonstrations are "social spaces" in which the grassroots animal liberation movement can grow.
Even the youngest generations were well represented, with some of the strongest messaging.
Over the weekend activists also visited the residences of UW and Skanska leadership, including Regent Patrick Shanahan, UW President Ana Mari Cauce, Chair Bill Ayer, Vice Provost Paul Jenny, and Skanska Executive VP Chris Toher.
We will be posting a lengthier write up soon about WWAIL, #MarchonUW, and what's next to come. For now, enjoy the visuals of mass resistance to this lab. We will need everyone to keep the momentum going. #IfYouBuilditWeWillCome