I’ve been researching the origins of a tactic known in the animal rights world as “micro-targeting.” Instead of going after an institution or corporation, micro-targeting involves picking a single person responsible for an abuse and applying pressure on them until they quit. The tactic has limitations, but has also been incredibly successful in shutting down individual experiments. In the 80’s it led to massive media coverage from outlets such as Newsweek, 20/20, 60 Minutes, and so on, which helped to spread the reach of the anti-vivisection movement.
Above is an image of a Trans-Species Unlimited protest at Cornell Medical College from 1987 or 1988. TSU went after a researcher named Michiko Okamoto who force fed barbiturates to cats. For four months they protested her offices, and even held rallies at her parking space so she would have to face protesters on her way to, and home from, work. More than ten thousand letters were sent to her, and she was constantly barraged with phone calls. Unable to handle the unrelenting siege of the anti-vivisection movement, she rejected a $530,000 grant and stopped her project, saving hundreds of cats from needless, painful experimentation.
José Esteban Muñoz has died at 46. The queer theorist and NYU professor passed away on Wednesday.The Cuban-born intellectual taught at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts
Professor Barbara Browning, a colleague and friend at NYU, told Hyperallergenic that “José did so many beautiful things, he was so good at seeing beauty. He loved his work and his students more than anyone I’ve ever known…[We] will honor him for the rest of our lives.”
One year ago, the Academic and Community Activism Caucus of the American Studies Association (ASA) asked the Executive Committee (EC) to consider a resolution to honor the call from Palestinian civil society to support the academic boycott of Israel. The EC forwarded the resolution to the National Council. Following the deliberative procedures detailed below, the Council unanimously decided to issue a revised version of the resolution, which we now recommend to members of the ASA. Please follow this link to read the resolution.
The Council voted for an academic boycott of Israeli institutions as an ethical stance, a form of material and symbolic action. It represents a principle of solidarity with scholars and students deprived of their academic freedom and an aspiration to enlarge that freedom for all, including Palestinians.
Focusing on getting quality sleep, specifically through cognitive behavioral therapy, is the talk of the moment in depression treatment.