This year the Animal Rights National Conference will be held right here in Los Angeles. (It was in Alexandria, VA last year.) The conference runs July 16 - 20, 2009 and will be held at the Westin LAX Hotel: 5400 West Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045.
Here is what you can expect:
- 100 sessions, including keynote plenaries, workshops, raps/discussions & reports
- 90 speakers representing 60 animal protection groups in seven countries
- 90 free exhibits with compassionate shopping & social justice organizations
- Sessions on personal skills development, activism, organizing & outreach
- Eyewitness report on the Sea Shepherd whale wars and CA Prop 2 campaign
- Presentations & networking with leaders of other social justice movements
- Celebrity, Activist, and Campaign Awards at Saturday Banquet
- 80 videos including premieres
- Networking Receptions
- Delicious vegan cuisine
The conference itself is not cheap, $160 for the full session, or $65 for one day. They do offer low income discounts. But if you don't qualify for one of those, there is still a reason to drop by if you can. From the Animal Rights National Conference website:
Visitors are encouraged to drop by Friday, Saturday and Sunday (9am-6pm) to enjoy our 90+ free exhibits, including compassionate shopping, delicious snacks & desserts, and amazing social justice organizations. One free session is also included, so bring your friends, stay for a meal, and make a day out of it!
If you are in the area and can swing by, this is defiitely a worthwhile event. Don't forget to pass this info along to any of your friends or family who may be interested in the topic.