To Akilah: On Intersectionality in Feminism and Veganism

•April 17, 2015 • Leave a Comment


We need to see more of this!

Originally posted on Striving with Systems:

[This is a guest post by Aph Ko, freelance writer extraordinaire and creator of the web series Black Feminist Blogger. You can check out a recent interview with her here: “Creating Revolution: Interview with Aph Ko.”]


Dear Akilah-

I hesitated to write this open letter because frankly I think open letters can be corny and self-serving. However, after watching your intersectionality pizza video, I sincerely wanted to reach out to you to open up a conversation about a topic that is usually over-looked, or teased within mainstream feminist spaces: non-human animal rights. As a young black vegan feminist, I feel like I might be able to offer a different perspective on intersectionality, taking into account non-human animal bodies. I would urge you to at least consider checking out black vegan feminist literature in hopes that it might offer something new to your articulation of feminism and…

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The Battle for Open Internet Must Continue

•April 7, 2015 • Leave a Comment


The battle marches on…

Originally posted on Towards Emancipation:

If there’s something we could admire about our enemy is that they are very persistent with their goals.

700,000 people have taken action against Comcast’s takeover of Time Warner — help us reach our goal of 1,000,000 before the deadline.

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The Only “Single Issue” is Collective Liberation

•March 24, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Originally posted on Mickey Z. says:

Warning: This just may be my Dylan Goes Electric moment.


I’ve been vegan since 1995 and an animal liberation activist—in one form or another—for just as long. It’s been gratifying to see awareness increase and our ranks grow but even so, the vegan/animal rights (AR) crowd is typically relegated to the fringes of the activist world. This understandably leads to an “us against them” vibe as vegans often seek solace and approval in each other’s company.

As much as anyone, I appreciated this insular sense of shared purpose. So much so that I possibly slowed my own activist evolution by becoming too complacent within the movement. One thing is certain: I definitely missed some ominous warning signs.

Thus, in the name of personal honesty and collective liberation, it’s time to be more true to my holistic vision. It’s time to evolve… 

Single White Male Seeks Followers


The popular white male…

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New Conservation Science is Misguided and Too Much About Us‏

•February 21, 2015 • Leave a Comment


It’s not just about us. Saving the planet and all her inhabitants is important because animals and the earth have value on their own…

Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game:

New Conservation Science is Misguided and Too Much About Us

New Conservation Science is Misguided and Too Much About Us

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 21, 2015 in Animal Emotions
New Conservation Science argues conservation should focus on human self-interests. It is wrong-minded and ignores the magnificence of nature including the fact that animals and diverse ecosystems have intrinsic value and should be valued for who and what they are, not for what they can do for us. There are far too many of us and it shouldn’t be all about us.

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What We Must Do While Waiting For Revolution

•January 26, 2015 • 1 Comment


This needs to be reblogged and shared a million times over…

Originally posted on Armory of the Revolution:

There are not yet enough animal activists and revolutionaries to burn down the slaughterhouses and storm the halls of government.

Not enough of us to take over the corporate offices of the animal slaughter industries and arrest the boards of directors.

Not enough revolutionaries to occupy Wall Street and arrest the criminals who control the US economy.

We aren’t strong enough to bring down the government, the courts, and the thugs who protect them.

One day we may be.
I hope I live to see it.
An end to capitalism.
And end to the fascist state.
An end to those who run Big Agriculture, an end to slaughterhouses, feed lots, packing plants, and factory farms.

Until that day comes we must protect those animals we can. Rescue all we can possibly save. Recruit animal activists wherever possible.

And plan for the Revolution.

I am frequently asked how we do that…

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Defences of bigotry I: Tone and sensitivity

•November 21, 2014 • Leave a Comment


Anger is powerful…

Originally posted on Anger is Justified.:

Trigger warning – discussion of common silencing/denial-of-oppression techniques.

My apologies for the unofficial hiatus; I’m trying to recharge my batteries but sometimes it feels like the charger just isn’t working. EDIT – changed post title to reflect the fact that defences of bigotry seem to be a Thing of mine at the moment.

Anyway. I’m going back to an old hobby-horse of mine – tone policing. Along with the accusation of oversensitivity, which oddly enough are often found coexisting. Not only are both infuriating, wrong and kyriarchy-enforcing on their own, but in tandem they become increasingly illogical.

The reason for this is simple. Tone policing, simply put, is the dismissal of a person’s argument (generally a less-privileged person in social justice discourse) because of their tone, which may be perceived by the bigoted more-privileged person as ‘too personal,’ ‘too emotional’ or ‘too angry.’ Meanwhile, the oversensitivity argument basically amounts to…

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“I Could Never Be Vegan!” So What? (and why that’s the appropriate response)

•October 12, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I hear too many excuses (and yes, most of them are boiled down to just that; excuses) for why people I know “could never be vegan.” “Oh, it’s too hard! You’re so preachy! I loooooove my meat! Animals eat each other all the time! It’s too hard to find non-leather shoes/belts, sweaters without wool, ties without silk, and cosmetics not tested on animals!” ad nauseum. I’ve come to realize that there is only one proper response to such excuses: “So what?” Really, it’s that simple.

Okay, maybe a little explanation is necessary. Gary Yourofsky is correct when he says nonvegans are obligated to see the harm their lifestyles cause. I find it so frustrating when nonvegans call vegan animal lib supporters “preachy” and “self-righteous” because we tell them the truth about animals killed for their food, clothing, entertainment, etc., because its practically saying they’d rather live in placid denial than make changes based on new information. Positive change in the world doesn’t come from placid denial (how much worse of a world would this be if Gandhi, Dr. King, and the women’s rights movements had chosen to accept that as a viable option?).

As for veganism being “too hard” or inconvenient, or that you LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE meat/cheese/fur/leather/CoverGirl/rodeos too much to give them up, here’s a crazy thought, maybe this planet isn’t always about what’s convenient or pleasing to your palate, ego, ad nauseaum. You and I share this planet with other beings. No one lives in a vacuum, every action each one of us takes has an impact. Would it really be a bad thing to try to make a positive or even just not-so-damaging impact on the earth and the beings with which we share it? Even if it takes a bit of extra effort to get plant-based meals (or push for more options in areas that lack them), or find non-leather shoes, fur-, leather-, wool-, and down-free winter coats (which has become easier and more affordable, at least in my experience), or silk-free neckties and evening wear, or find products not tested on animals, think of it this way: if you were being tortured, and were to be killed so someone else could use your body in the way they wanted, wouldn’t you want someone, anyone at all, to take whatever actions they could on your behalf?

Please consider my words, and live vegan!


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