Category Archives: Animal Rights/Animal Liberation

Artwork highlights a People’s History in Grand Rapids – Print #19: 21st Century Animal Rights Movement

Last semester, art students in Brett Colley’s GVSU class on printmaking, invited me to come talk about the Grand Rapids People’s History Project. The intent of the class was to have students investigate their own part of a People’s History … Continue reading

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Artwork highlights a People’s History in Grand Rapids – Print #11 – Animal Rights Movement in West Michigan

Last semester, art students in Brett Colley’s GVSU class on printmaking, invited me to come talk about the Grand Rapids People’s History Project. The intent of the class was to have students investigate their own part of a People’s History … Continue reading

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It’s not important that we win every battle. What’s important is that we fight. Interview with Cole Dorsey on the History of Animal Rights Organizing in West Michigan

We recently interviewed Cole Dorsey, who was an active member of West Michigan for Animals in the 1990s in Grand Rapids.  How old were you when you joined West MI for Animals? What motivated you or inspired you to get … Continue reading

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Anti-Fur campaigns were part of West Michigan for Animals Direct Action efforts in the 1990s

In the past week we have posted stories about the anti-vivisection work of West Michigan for Animals (WMFA) and their campaign to fight animal abuse at area rodeos in the 1980s and 90s.   WMFA was also deeply committed to … Continue reading

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West Michigan for Animals and Anti-Vivisection organizing in the early 90s

A few days ago we posted a story on the birth of the group, West Michigan for Animals (WMFA). Beginning in 1992, WMFA began organizing around Animal Rights/Animal Liberation, with some of the earliest campaigns around challenging various rodeos that … Continue reading

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The Birth of West Michigan for Animals and their Anti-Rodeo Campaign

Last winter, we posted an introductory article about one of the earliest known Animal Rights/Animal Liberation groups in the Grand Rapids area, known as West Michigan for animals. In that initial posting we made the point that the current efforts … Continue reading

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Fighting for the Rights of Animals has a long history in Grand Rapids

This is the first posting in a series of articles and interviews that deals with the organizing around animal rights and animal liberation in West Michigan. There has been some new attention given to Animal Rights in Grand Rapids, with … Continue reading

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