FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Protest Against the National Football League (NFL) for Honoring *Michael Vick* as ProBowl Captain.
Who: Organizers, Kate Riviello, Julie Elrod.
FIRST DAY OF PROTEST: January 18, 2020 – 12 noon to 2pm (rain or shine!)
The objective of the protest, along with the over one million signatures on petitions by other groups including Animal Viktory, is to compel the National Football League to rethink honoring Michael Vick as honorary captain, a convicted felon who engaged in dog fighting activities for over six years with exquisite horrible details revealed to the public about their torture and deaths. The campaign is directed to Roger Goodell, CEO of the NFL Board of Directors. Dog lovers across the nation are outraged and have called for a boycott of all sponsors. Animal activists state that he did not serve time for animal cruelty but instead for federal charges of racketeering/conspiracy and that Michael Vick has never expressed sincere remorse. We have requested that everyone nationwide protest wearing red and use the hashtag #ditchvick. (Desmond’s Army from Connecticut with Zilla Monstrella attending NYC.)
New York City: 345 Park Avenue, at 51st Street, NFL Headquarters.
Los Angeles City Hall, CA (Angel Parisi).
Boston City Hall, MA.
Milwaukee, WI- Brando Lee.
Richardson, TX: 411 W. Arapaho Rd 12-2pm (Erin Warren).
More to be announced.
SECOND DAY OF PROTEST: January 26, 2020, 12 noon to 4pm.
If Michael Vick is not removed from the honor of ProBowl Captain, a protest will be hosted One Citrus Bowl Place, Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL at the corner of Church and Nashville Streets on January 26, 2020 from 12 noon to 4. The protest in Orlando will feature two aerial banners from planes overhead that state, “No Michael Vick We Will Never Forget” and another banner stating “Goodell & the NFL Support Dog Torturers.” The aerial banners will fly over the stadium before the event begins. There will also be a mobile billboard.
Kate Riviello, animal rights paralegal for almost two decades, filed the first lawsuit in history equating a dog to a child successfully using the argument that a dog is a “soul” (in Hebrew “nephesh”) according to the Bible as a “living, breathing creature.” She continued, “We do not view animals as property and we do not view people as owners but rather guardians of precious lives.” (Contact info (845) 856-7366, http://someonetookmydog.com, https://kateriviello.wordpress.com )
Julie Elrod is an independent rescuer and animal advocate, owner of the American Academy of Martial Arts in Columbia, Maryland, who stated, “A convicted felon does not deserve to be honored as a Captain of the NFL.” She continued that, “Not only is it a terrible example for children, it dishonors the thousands of dog lives that were lost during the worst reign of dog fighting abuse in history.” (Contact info (410) 707-9871, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Link to NYC event page January 18, 2020: https://www.facebook.com/events/494281174777732/
Link to Orlando event page January 26, 2020: https://www.facebook.com/events/1439635022862328/