On May 2, 2012 we have an opportunity to use all the publicity surrounding my trial for the benefit of the animals.
The enemy has given us a gift! It’s our duty to exploit it.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012: 12 – 2 pm
Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
2 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226
by Camille Marino
I have been deeply troubled that all of the energy being focused on my court case threatens to divert attention from the animals if we do not use it effectively. I am humbled by the dedication and loyalty of my immediate team and overwhelmed by the outpouring of love from our extended community. But I want everyone to understand that the most meaningful way in which anyone can support me is to liberate animals wherever we can, take on their tormentors personally, initiate aggressive and targeted local grassroots campaigns, and adopt an attitude of defiance in the face of the enemy. This is about the animals, not me. Let’s use my trial to shift the attention back to them where it belongs…
Great effort has gone into redirecting the publicity surrounding my case into raising awareness for the animals. A vivisection campaign has been launched against Wayne State University and an open records request has been filed to obtain the vet records of a given “researcher” who experiments on dogs. On May 2 this initiative will move to the streets outside the Detroit courthouse.
The vivisector whom we all know at WSU was granted a Personal Protection Order (PPO) by the Michigan Courts in October of last year to compel me to remove his information from NIO. I am charged with 3 counts of criminal contempt for allegedly failing to comply. My trial will begin at 1:30 pm on May 2. I have not entered a plea on the charges because we hold that the underlying PPO is invalid on the grounds that:
- Michigan has no jurisdiction over me; and,
- the material in question is constitutionally-protected speech.
So, while we have filed an appeal to challenge a previous ruling on jurisdiction, on May 2 we will argue First Amendment issues and that there was no “true threat.” Therefore, the PPO is invalid.
I was surprised by the media attention this case got when I appeared in the Detroit court after my extradition. And we suspect there will be even more coverage when we go back to court next month. The nameless vivisector at Wayne State has done an extraordinary job of facilitating a smear campaign against me and, simultaneously, raising my public profile tremendously. So now it’s up to all of us to exploit his efforts to advance our agenda.
Activists have been focused on implementing a strategic long-term campaign against WSU. On May 2, NIO Michigan intends to seize control of all the media attention the “researcher” in question has generated for us and redirect the publicity squarely back at him and the animals that die at his hands. Please go the the event page and hit the street in Detroit with us!
NIO Florida and NIO Michigan urge activists everywhere to take on your local university. We will support your efforts.
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