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Pro intersectional veganism and what it means to grassroots

presentation for VegFest Bristol 2016

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Pro intersectional veganism and what it means to grassroots

  1. 1. Pro-Intersectional Veganism and What it Means to Grassroots Vegan Activists Roger Yates VegFest Bristol 2016
  2. 2. teaching feminism Liberal/Radical/Marxist/Black black-poverty-female not PLUS but TIMES
  3. 3. the logic of domination entanglements of oppression and liberation alliance politics we are each other
  4. 4. intersectionality ONE BE CONSISTENT QUESTION ALL HIERARCHIES, NOT ONLY THOSE IT IS COMPARATIVELY SAFE OR CONVENIENT FOR YOU TO QUESTION
  5. 5. intersectionality ONE BE CONSISTENT IF YOU CLAIM TO STAND FOR NON- VIOLENCE, MAKE YOUR EVERY CHOICE AS NON-VIOLENT AS POSSIBLE
  6. 6. intersectionality ONE BE CONSISTENT DON’T FIGHT FOR SOMEONE’S LIBERATION IN A WAY THAT HURTS SOMEONE ELSE. WITHOUT TOTAL LIBERATION, THERE CAN BE NO LIBERATION
  7. 7. intersectionality TWO BE A RESPECTFUL ALLY DON’T ALWAYS SPEAK FOR OTHER PEOPLE – CREATE A SPACE WHERE THEY CAN SPEAK FOR THESELVES AND BE HEARD
  8. 8. intersectionality TWO BE A RESPECTFUL ALLY DON’T ALWAYS KNOW BEST. LEARN TO LISTEN. HAVE EMPATHY FOR THE STRUGGLES OF YOUR COMRADES
  9. 9. intersectionality THREE SHOW SOLIDARITY …WITH EVERYONE WHO IS OPPRESSED. SHOW SOLIDARITY IN YOR DAILY CHOICES. LET NO VIOLENT ACTION OR WORD GO UNCHALLENGED. AS MARCUSE SAID: “SOLIDARITY IS THE DRIVING POWER OF LIBERATION”
  10. 10. intersectionality FOUR THINK CRITICALLY ABOUT YOUR PRIVILEGE ARE YOU WHITE? MALE? HETEROSEXUAL? FINANCIALLY SECURE? HUMAN? IF SO, THINK ABOUT THE PRIVILEGES YOU ENJOY IN A HIERARCHICAL SOCIETY AS A RESULT OF THESE ARBITARY CHARACTERISTICS
  11. 11. intersectionality FOUR THINK CRITICALLY ABOT YOUR PRIVILEGE THINK ABOUT THE VIOLENCE AND EXPLOITATION YOU DO NOT HAVE TO EXPERIENCE OR BE CONSTANTLY AFRAID OF DUE TO YOUR PRIVILEGES
  12. 12. intersectionality FIVE BE AWARE OF ALL FORMS OF VIOLENCE WE ALL HELP TO CREATE THE OPPRESSIVE SYSTEM IN WHICH WE EXIST. CONSUMPTION OF CONSUMER GOODS (ANIMAL PRODUCTS, CASH CROPS, PRODUCTS OF SWEATSHOPS AND CHILD LABOUR) IS VIOLENCE
  13. 13. intersectionality FIVE BE AWARE OF ALL FORMS OF VIOLENCE SEXIST JOKES ARE VIOLENCE. ABLEIST AND RACIST ATTITUDES ARE VIOLENCE. BE AWARE OF THE VIOLENCE IN THE LANGAGE YOU USE, THE PRODUCTS YOU BUY, YOUR ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT OTHERS, YOUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEM
  14. 14. intersectionality SIX RECOGNISE THAT JUSTICE IS LIMITLESS JUSTICE DOES NOT END (OR EVEN REALLY BEGIN) WITH PUTTING MONEY IN A COLLECTION BOX, SIGNING A PETITION, OR ATTENDING ONE PROTEST
  15. 15. intersectionality SIX RECOGNISE THAT JUSTICE IS LIMITLESS JUSTICE BEGINS IN YOUR HOME AS WELL AS IN THE STREETS. IN YOUR TOWN AS WELL AS FAR- AWAY WAR ZONES. THE EXPANSIVE VISION OF PEACE THAT IS VEGANISM IS LIMITLESS… …IT BEGINS WITH YOU

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