Update (Feb. 12, 2014): On July 13, 2012, Judge Lynisse Bryant-Weekes declared me a “danger to society,” revoked my $25,000 bond, and threw me back in jail on a half million dollar bond. It was my third arrest and incarceration. I began writing “Danger to Society” on that day. It is now finished and will be released by the North American Animal Liberation Press Office in time for AR2014 in July.
by Camille Marino
July 23, 2012
Wayne County Jail
I scored three orange juices for breakfast this morning – it was sooooo good – and a flat corn muffin I think. I did a few sets of knee bends, but that’s it. I’m unusually tired and don’t feel like exercising.
I’m not sure how to discuss what’s on my mind this morning.
Some of us are fighting in the streets, with corresponding focused and targeted online campaigns; we’re suing the enemy in state and federal courtrooms; our underground is out there liberating victims and shutting abusers down; and many of us are sitting in jail cells for our efforts. I firmly believe that those of us in these categories are on the forefront of Animal Liberation.
On the other hand, I’m finding it increasingly difficult to defend those who bang the gong on Facebook from the safety of their living rooms. Out of loyalty, I defend some of my colleagues to other of my colleagues, but, inside, I am embarrassed by the public bickering and chest-pounding. It makes us look weak and impotent.
As I’ve stated previously, when I entered this movement, I looked to veteran activists to ground myself. What I saw were sanctimonious vegans and militant keyboard warriors continually clashing online – day in and day out. I could not understand what we were accomplishing but I became one of them nonetheless for the better part of a year, maybe more. I wasted so much time. Fortunately, I learn fast.
But having been there myself, I watch all the frivolous and pointless nonsense that goes on online and I imagine the enemy is quite pleased. I may be in jail. But our “movement” is imprisoned in cyberspace.
So what about the animals????
While we’re fighting with each other, indignantly blocking people who offend us, and perpetuating endless drama, the animals are enslaved in the real world dying horrific deaths. We need a Facebook Liberation Front.
Liberating animals is not an online activity where we drink our morning coffee as we type about it.
Activism is not a Tupperware party where we eat vegan food and pat each other on the back.
Animal Liberation will begin to happen when we turn our computers off and learn to act in real life.
I wonder what would have happened in the antebellum south and how history would look if Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass and John Brown spent all their time criticizing and blocking each other on Facebook.
I wonder what Black Liberation would look like if Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. simply spoke about struggle instead of modeling integrity and leading the way. We must have the courage of our convictions or we have nothing. And we should relish any price we have to pay.
I wonder what Animal Liberation would look like if we were all actually fighting in the street instead of just talking about it amongst ourselves.
Fortunately, some of us stopped talking and are learning to let our actions speak for us.
It’s 9 am and the cell door just opened.
Time to walk some laps around the dayroom.
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