No New Animal Lab Week of Action as part of WWAAIL

About the campaign:

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No New Animal Lab is a campaign to stop the University of Washington from building the Animal Research and Care Facility (ARCF), which would expand the number of animals held captive, abused, and killed at UW by thousands. The primary target is Skanska, an international construction firm and the general contractor of the project.

The contract between Skanska and the University of Washington provides a unique opportunity. Skanska is one of the largest construction companies in the world. Their revenue in 2013 was over $20 billion, and some of their contracts provide billions in revenue alone. The ARCF contract offers just over $90 million for construction — spare change to a corporation as large as Skanska.

Skanska is no stranger to controversy. They have faced major community opposition, corruption scandals, government fines and sanctions, racial harassment lawsuits, and contractual disputes with business partners. Skanska favors compromise over confrontation, and is willing to lose millions in order to maintain its desired public image. They have terminated contracts, in the middle of construction, over lesser disputes than the opposition to this lab.

Within the animal research industry, a corporation like Skanska presents a vulnerability. They are essential to the construction of this lab, yet they are weakly invested, avoid controversy and public pressure, and have offices all over the US and Europe. They are a pressure point that the No New Animal Lab campaign exploits.

 

The Week of Action:

WWAIL in New Haven, CT: No New Animal Lab Solidarity Action
When: Friday, April 17
Where: Skanska in New Haven
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WWAIL in Portland, OR: Week of Events
When: April 18 – 26
Where: Full schedule on the Facebook Event Page
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WWAIL in Oakland, CA: Protest Skanska USA
When: Wednesday, April 22, 8:30am
Where: Skanska office at 1950 Harrison Street, Oakland
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WWAIL in Los Angeles, CA: Storm Skanska Round 2
When: Wednesday, April 22, 11:00am – 12:30pm
Where: Skanska office at 12100 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles
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WWAIL in Seattle, WA: Pack the Courtroom, Hearing in the lawsuit against the UW Regents
When: Friday, April 24, 9:00am
Where: King County Superior Court at 516 3rd Ave., Seattle
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WWAIL in Seattle, WA: March on the University of Washington
When: Saturday, April 25, 2:00pm
Where: Meet at Red Square on the UW Seattle campus
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WWAIL in Seattle, WA: Day of Home Demos
When: Sunday, April 26, noon
Where: Meet at 1450 NE Boat Street, Seattle (on UW campus)
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