Reportback from the NNAL Tour:
From Phoenix, the No New Animal Lab Tour headed east, with the first Texas stop being San Antonio. People have held several protests at Skanska San Antonio office, and the tour protest brought new energy to the local community and got people excited to step it up with more future protests. Local activists gathered for the biggest San Antonio protest of the campaign, chanted with bullhorns, and even led a group up to Skanska's second-floor office for a disruption.
The disruption echoed through the building, as a group of people chanted and yelled with bullhorns outside the glass wall of Skanska's locked office, where inside an image of Texas with the Skanska logo over it hangs. People from other offices gathered to watch and take photos. No one could ignore the bold call on Skanska to drop their contract to build the lab, or continue to deal with activists. As they exited the building, bullhorn sirens blared...but that wasn't the end.
The group of people went from the office to the gated neighborhood of Brian Freeman, a Skanska Executive Vice President. They gathered at the gate, chanting with bullhorns, holding signs, and passing flyers to neighbors as they arrived home from work -- and learned that they live by someone who's involved in the torture of animals, and who's bringing some very loud attention to their neighborhood.
The day after the San Antonio protests, the tour headed to Austin for a presentation coordinated by Action for Animals Austin about the campaign at Treasure City Thrift. People in Austin were excited to learn about supporting protests in San Antonio and creating more regional networks, as well as to create their own events in Austin. The night ended with storytelling about the SHAC campaign, which Action for Animals Austin participated in and that has had an influence on the NNAL campaign. As this tour helps to create a new pathway for the grassroots animal liberation movement, it does so with a connection to the footprints of the past.