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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species-based violence

content warning for triggering material, including violence against women, sexual violence, misogyny, child abuse, racism, ableism, transphobia, patriarchy, & violence against animals.

this article was written based upon my professional and unpaid experience working in the areas of family, poverty & disability law, as well as my independent research and participation in local community organizing.


this is an article attempting to explain the systemic patterns of violence committed against animals.

this is not an article for equating animal abuse to violence against women and/or sexual violence against humyns.
this is not an article for prioritizing animal cruelty above other experiences of abuse and harm between humyns.
this is not an article intended to appropriate the work and legitimacy of campaigns to end gender-based violence for the purposes of discussing violence against animals.

this disclaimer is really important to acknowledge right at the beginning because there are countless examples of historic & ongoing efforts of animal advocacy that completely disrespect, tokenize and perpetuate efforts to end violence against women.
while this should not discourage folks from still trying to unpack the complexities of violence against animals, this should mean these conversations need to be approached in a manner that is actively accounting for its unfortunate reputation of consistently co-opting with oppressive patriarchal ideals. Continue reading


my mind is an ocean.
it is deep, it can be terrifying, but it gives me sustenance.
i spend my days navigating the ceaseless waves of thoughts, ideas, memories and expectations. or in other words, i like to think a lot. because i choose to speak little most days, my mind seems to have adapted well in creating complex internal dialogues – both to my entertainment and misery. i tend to think so much, so often, that many times i find that all i can do is just try to keep myself above the water and wait for the tides to recede.
and during some of these mental floods, my mind is pulled down strange new currents of thought, where i quickly disorient myself with an idea, and become hopelessly lost and confused, but eventually find myself returning back to my mental landmarks that i use to navigate waking life.
sometimes though, as the waters recede, i come to realize that the flood has eroded the old landmarks that i drew meaning and sense from. they look different, and make me feel different. i mean to say that sometimes my thinking-thinking-thinking can lead me to experience interesting mental shifts that seem to forever change how i perceive and relate to myself, to others and to everything else.

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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…


victim blaming – [some] parallels between how people reinforce patriarchy and speciesism

this is an ongoing series of short rants on the commonalities of oppressions. this one here is about patriarchy (social systems of gendered discrimination, violences and oppressions) and speciesism (social systems of speciesist discrimination, violences and oppressions). specifically, it is about a parallel between them, a commonality in how these two interact.

it’s called “victim blaming”.

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