5 things that animal rights can learn from the black panthers

in respect of Black History Month, and the 50th anniversary since the 1966 founding of the Black Panthers Party for Self-Defense, this post is dedicated to commemorating the Black Panthers and what animal defenders can learn from them in 2016.

but before you read what i have to say, i’d ask you to please check out these links:

okay thanks.

so the intention here is to spotlight this radical organization, a famous movement for Black power, that chose to be represented in the name & image of an animal: a panther.

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why animal rights fails at intersectionality

content warning for triggering material, including racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, colonialism, transphobia, speciesism, tokenizing & violence against animals.

animal rights people love that word, intersectionality.
maybe you’ve noticed?

it’s a trending term of recent years within animal rights activism culture, popularized as a way to include animal advocacy among other historical-ongoing social justice struggles, as a way to finally be taken seriously when talking about animal abuse, about veganism, about speciesism.
but it is also a way that animal rights has fucked up, repeatedly.

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embracing our herstory of animal loving madness

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*this is a written transcript of a video presentation available here with Closed Captioning*

hi my name is archie.
and this is Phoebe.
thanks for tuning in to my presentation.

so to briefly summarize what i am going to be talking about today – basically this is a presentation about mental health, mental illness, about identities of madness and how those topics interrelate with animal advocacy, animal defense, animal rights.

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Transformative Justice for Animal Liberation

this is a talk i gave a year&1/2 ago, where i shared some analysis about the failings of criminalizing animal abuse and the ways in which transformative justice is a more accessible means for achieving animal liberation.

yea – i am soft-spoken and very uncomfortable taking up that much space, so don’t mind how nervous i am throughout it.. as well, this talk was for an academic conference (critical animal studies), so i apologize for any jargon or mumbo-jumbo that may make it harder to follow along…

enjoy!

Sâkihitowin Awâsis – From Animal Rights to Anti-Colonial Organizing

Full video with closed captioning available here

Alright, Boozhoo Sâkihitowin Awâsis dishinikawshon, peyakoskan tapasinahikatew mêkwan sakâw michif otipêyimisowak, pi li clan carré. Deshkan Ziibiing niwiiken,
pi mon famee, Ongiara wikiiwuk.

So I just introduced myself in my language, the Michif language, and my Métis name is Sâkihitowin Awâsis, or Awâsis. My English, or GST name, is Cortney. I currently live in Antler River, or London, Ontario. I am from Niagara. I wanted to say thank you to the organizers and everyone listening in from all over the place. It’s an honour to be speaking to you today. michael, I really loved your Line 9 sign in the back, that’s great.

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Ashley Maier – Violence Against Women and Animal Rights

Full video with closed captioning available here

As my presentation opens up I will thank you again for all of the great contributions to this conference and for putting on a conference that allows a space like this to be here. I think it is something that is definitely needed. I’m going to talk about violence against women and animal rights and making what I call the highly unpopular connection. And, of course, I have to give a big trigger warning: this is about violence against women (VAW). I have done my best not to use pictures that portray a lot of VAW but there are some and, of course, that we will be discussing inherently has to do with violence and could be triggering.

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mandy hiscocks – OPEN THE CAGES! Zoos, labs, factory farms & the Prison Industrial Complex

Full video with closed captioning available here

My name’s mandy, and I’m here today to talk about zoos, labs, factory farms and the prison industrial complex. I feel like in the room there’s a lot of folks who are pretty aware of the issues with zoos, factory farms and labs, so I’m going to focus a little bit more on prison, because I’m making an assumption that that’s something that maybe people are less familiar with… do folks feel like that’s a fairly accurate assumption to make?

[Nods from the audience]

Okay. Cool. I was asked to speak because, like Alanna said in the introduction, I spent most of last year in Vanier Centre for Women which is just down the 401 in Milton. It is a women’s jail and it’s also a provincial jail, so just for some context: a provincial jail is one where you would go if you were convicted of something that got you two years less a day, or less, as a sentence.

So basically, not your most violent crimes. It’s also a place where you would be if you’ve been charged with something and you haven’t been convicted yet – you haven’t even gone to trial yet – but you haven’t been able to make bail. Continue reading

lauren Ornelas – Beyond Veganism: Diet & Consumption in a Global World

Full video with closed captioning available here

I apologise as I’m used to a very U.S.-centric audience. So hopefully I’ve adjusted it for y’all being more progressive types here, so thank you for that. It feels like family already. I am going to ask everybody to keep an open mind to the things that I’m talking about because when I’m talking about all this stuff. I’m not asking activists of anything that you’re working on, to give up your passion. If you’re an animal rights activist and you’re working on anti-vivisection work, what I’m talking about here, I’m not saying: “Oh, you shouldn’t be working on that.” What I’m asking for, is for us to try to be a little more consistent and more aware of the choices that we make in our lives and the things that we say as activists, that we need to be aware of how they impact others and other social justice movements that are taking place.

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vegans are not going to solve world hunger.

this is an ongoing series short rants on the commonalities of oppressions. this one is all about some parallels between capitalism (political and economic systems of exploitation of workers, based around property and profit for the few at the expense of the many) and speciesism (political and economic systems of exploitation of non-humans, defining animals as property for the profit of the few at the expense of the many). one such parallel centers around the practice of excusing and/or shaming peoples as “consumers”. specifically, it is about a parallel between them, a commonality in how these two interact.

it’s called “consumer privilege”.

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