what an amaaazing day! my head is sore from learning so much.
the audio-video recordings look great too!
we will be editing them to include the captioning, and then they will be uploaded online for everyone to view (again) for free. will post on the event page when they are ready.
thanks again for everyone’s support & participation
we have sent out an email to all the attendees who have registered via RSVP, so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP if you RSVP’d but did not receive this email!
thanks to our sponsors, we will be providing LIVE CAPTIONING during the presentations, so those who need it can follow along with the subtitles.
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okay so the good news: we sold out tickets with over 3 weeks left! ya!
and the bad news: we are still receiving lots of messages from people wishing to attend on the 23rd.
so, if you have rsvp’d and know already that you now *cannot* attend, please email us at email@example.com
or even better, if you know a friend (or friends) with a ticket, maybe consider watching together on a single computer so a space can open for another hopeful attendee
if anyone is planning to have a viewing party on february 23rd, you’re more than welcome to post it on here for anyone nearby to join in!
**please note: to receive access to this conference, you need to select the RSVP option here. donations, while always appreciated, will not register you to attend the conference.
an important article to read, especially when we are creating inclusive yet accountable spaces to discuss dismantling oppressive systems & radical unlearning of the ‘normal’.
*please also read the disclaimer at the end of the article too*
“But, holy shit! We fuck up. All of us. I’ve called out and been called out plenty of times. I have gotten on people ruthlessly for supporting and sustaining oppression and refusing to listen to me. People have gotten on me about speaking to oppressions that aren’t mine, being superficial about inclusion, and throwing in communities I’m not a part of as buzzwords.
But when we shut each other out we make clubs of people who are right and clubs of people who are wrong as if we are not more complex than that, as if we are all-knowing, as if we are perfect. But in reality, we are just really scared. Scared that we will be next to make a mistake. So we resort to pushing people out to distract ourselves from the inevitability that we will cause someone hurt.”
“Animals summoning forth images of things that are “natural, wild, and free” accord with the “masculine” spirit of adventure and conquest idolized by our culture. Animals summoning forth images of things that are “unnatural, tame, and confined” represent a way of life that western culture looks down upon. The contrast can be vividly seen in our literature.
Whereas in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick the hunters of the great white whale conceive of their prey as an awesome godlike being, in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, the little boys view the nursing sow… as an object of disgust. The analogy between women and nonhuman animals overlooks the perhaps more crucial comparison between women and farm animals.”
“Oppressing animals of all kinds — human and non — is often rooted in a similar (or identical) mindset. That is not to say that the experiences of each group is identical (or even similar), but rather, the mentality that lends itself to seeing the world as “us versus them” is the same.
The excuse is the same: I fall higher than so-and-so on the bullshit hierarchy scale.”
donations are always accepted though!
and in interests of ensuring maximum capacity for online attendance, maybe folks could consider hosting some of their friends to watch & listen on a single computer?
the more, the merrier
“So when you start talking about people of color, and you start talking about the mistreatment of animals within the context of how the other has been constructed, within the perception of the white, male, formally educated, class-privileged property owner, you begin to see how othering, distancing, cutting off your capacity to empathize and sympathize is incredibly important when you want to create a world based on imperialism and capitalism, and you want to objectify, you want to colonize, and you want to dominate the “other” as resources, as commodities, so you can continue to benefit in that particular position of power.”
*the article contains some upsetting content*