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Month: January 2011

Action Alert: Email Blast Needed to Demand Answers from UF

UF Public Relations Director, Janine Sikes - cell: (352) 214-6807

Email campaigns can be very effective if large numbers of activists participate.

Hundreds of millions of our taxpayer dollars fill the coffers each year at the University of Florida yet, on December 17, 2010, contrary to Florida Statutes, they refused to disclose public information. In addition, UF has an established pattern of applying for and receiving federal grants to conduct torturous experiments on animals while SIMULTANEOUSLY denying any involvement in such research.

By sending the email that follows, you can help us hold the murderous and deceitful accountable.Thank you to our comrades. -NIO Florida read more

NIO Welcomes Gators Clubs Leaders

Gators Clubs from all over the country began gathering early this morning at Emerson Hall where each representative received literature to take back with them. Informational packets may be viewed HERE.

Members of NIO Florida will be greeting them throughout the day leading up to a grand finale demo planned for this evening’s festivities.

Some activists welcomed the visitors on public streets while others are in attendance inside the events.

UF: The Ethics of Deception, Lies, and, quite posssibly, Criminal Activity

You can't hide from the light of day anymore.

Subject:
University of Florida: The Ethics of Deception, Lies, and, quite possibly, Criminal Activity
From:
“Camille Marino” <camille@negotiationisover.com> (Add as Preferred Sender)
Date: Tue, Jan 18, 2011 12:16 am To: “Janine Sikes” <jysikes@ufl.edu> Cc: “Bernie Machen” <president@ufl.edu>, “Chris Machen” <cmachen@ufl.edu>, “Board of Governors of the State University System ” <Chancellor@flbog.edu>, “Lisa Grossman” <lgrossman621@gmail.com>, info@wuft.org, radio@wuft.org, tv20news@wcjb.com, editor@insitegainesville.com, joe.adams@jacksonville.com, steve.cotter@jacksonville.com, roger.bull@jacksonville.com, tracy.jones@jacksonville.com, AMarques@MiamiHerald.com, PAndrews@MiamiHerald.com, JWooldridge@MiamiHerald.com, sabrahams@orlandosentinel.com, aacevedo@orlandosentinel.com, insight@orlandosentinel.com, bgabordi@tallahassee.com, hschwarz@tallahassee.com, ncfmrbob@earthlink.net, scoop@huffingtonpost.com, pc@pchouseproductions.com, chip@pchouseproductions.com, brose@entercom.com, crash@windfm.com, efuggetta@alligator.org, jimmy@civicmediacenter.org, outreach@wedu.org, editor@alachuatoday.com, news@sctnews.com, newsdesk@gainesvillegazette.info, record620@aol.com, osteenj@gvillesun.com, editor@alligator.org, tsenter@mygtn.tv, news@foxwofl.com, tjhart@entercom.com, fmnews@wuft.org, mleeps@wuft.org, rdupont@NorthFloridaHerald.com, torres@fcir.org, mschneider@ap.org, newsdesk@cfnews13.com, editor@orlandosentinel.com, wesh2news@gmail.com, news@wftv.com, desk@wkmg.com, eric.barton@browardpalmbeach.com, info@inweekly.net, executive.editor@heraldtribune.com, bfarrington@ap.org, local@sptimes.com, cmarshalsea@4freepress.com, matthew.fry@thevillagesmedia.com, bskoloff@ap.org Bcc:

Janine Sikes
Director of Public Affairs University Relations
University of Florida
101 Tigert Hall
Office: 352-846-3903/06
Cell: 352-214-6807
email: jysikes@UFL.EDU

Dear Ms. Sikes:

On October 22, 2010, in accordance with open records statutes in this state (Fla. Stat. Secs. 119.01 to 119.15) that regulate specific activites at the University of Florida, I requested public records concerning 33 primates held captive in 2009. Despite many assurances last month from you, Ms. Sikes, that your colleagues were diligently working to compile the documentation, on December 18, 2010, I was handed an envelope in the university police station containing a refund check and an unsigned letter notifying me that UF had chosen not to comply with the open records laws that are specifically designed to protect public interests. Rather, the anonymous statement on UF letterhead stated that your university opted to invoke a “veterinary-patient” privilege (“Section 474.2165, Fla. Stat”) that was written to afford citizens and their veterinarians rights of privacy. Given the gravity of my concerns surrounding dubious ethics and the abuse (if not fraud) of public funds at UF — questions for which the public anxiously awaits a response — I am unsurprised by the legal contortions being employed to evade public scrutiny. I am inferring that the university intends to argue that the “veterinarian-patient” technicality absolves it of its legal responsibilities. However, you may not simply dispatch and dismiss the public to whom you are accountable. The 5-page package I received, including a refund check and a letter documenting the University of Florida’s refusal to comply with Florida state disclosure laws, may be viewed HERE. read more

Urgent Query to UF Regarding Ethics and Public Funding

Subject:
PI: Dr. Ding – Project Number: R01MH079388-04: $259,528 (FY 2010)
From:
“Camille Marino” <camille@negotiationisover.com> (Add as Preferred Sender)
Date: Sat, Jan 15, 2011 4:55 pm To: “Janine Sikes” <jysikes@ufl.edu> Cc: “Lisa Grossman” <lgrossman621@gmail.com>, mzding@ufl.edu, Nathan.Crabbe@gvillesun.com

Janine Sikes
Director of Public Affairs University Relations
University of Florida
101 Tigert Hall
Office: 352-846-3903/06
Cell: 352-214-6807
email: jysikes@UFL.EDU

Dear Ms. Sikes:

I am copying Dr. Ding in this communication and welcome his input on this very serious issue that directly concerns him.

I am also copying Gainesville Sun Reporter Nathan Crabbe since we have each spoken to him separately about the nature of Dr. Ding’s research.

Given that you just denied to furnish public records per my request in accordance with this state’s open records law, Fla. Stat. Secs. 119.01 to 119.15, it seems prudent that our communications going forward be subject to a degree of public scrutiny. read more

Mingzhou Ding: Is he complicit in animal torture or tax fraud?

Subject:

PI: Dr. Ding – Project Number: R01MH079388-04: $259,528 (FY 2010)
=&0=&
“Camille Marino” <camille@negotiationisover.com> (Add as Preferred Sender)
=&1=& Sat, Jan 15, 2011 4:55 pm =&2=& “Janine Sikes” <jysikes@ufl.edu> =&3=& “Lisa Grossman” <lgrossman621@gmail.com>, mzding@ufl.edu, Nathan.Crabbe@gvillesun.com

Janine Sikes
Director of Public Affairs University Relations
University of Florida
101 Tigert Hall
Office: 352-846-3903/06
Cell: 352-214-6807
email: jysikes@UFL.EDU

Dear Ms. Sikes:

I am copying Dr. Ding in this communication and welcome his input on this very serious issue that directly concerns him.

I am also copying Gainesville Sun Reporter Nathan Crabbe since we have each spoken to him separately about the nature of Dr. Ding’s research.

Given that you just denied to furnish me with public records per my request in accordance with this state’s open records law, Fla. Stat. Secs. 119.01 to 119.15, it seems prudent that our communications going forward be subject to a degree of public scrutiny. read more

The Spirit of Der Fuhrer & Dr. Mengele are Alive & Well at UF

There are hundreds of thousands of federal dollars being funneled into UF for primate-related research, much of which will be discussed in the future. Looking only at the irrefutable public information that demonstrates invasive and horrific experimentation on primates currently underway, one is left to wonder exactly what else is going on behind the walls of this guarded institution. Certainly, transparency has been eliminated from the equation with expedience but the exquisite torture that their victims are forced to endure cannot be concealed entirely. read more

UF Denies Public Information Request

=&0=& In accordance with Florida state “sunshine laws,” on October 22, I submitted a public information request to the University of Florida concerning 33 nonhuman primates imprisoned in their labs. They responded with a breakdown of the records and costs involved and payment was promptly remitted. Nearly two months after this exercise began, on December 17, I received a telephone call advising me that the documents were ready. The following afternoon I picked up an envelope from campus police containing a refund check and the University’s refusal to release the public records. I am unprepared to elaborate on this issue at the moment. However, the five-page package that I received may be viewed HERE.
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