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.

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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… 

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New Conservation Science is Misguided and Too Much About Us‏

•February 21, 2015 • Leave a Comment

lunacoyote87:

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

lunacoyote87:

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

lunacoyote87:

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!

Stop the Comcast takeover.

•October 9, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Don’t let Comcast take over half of America’s Internet. Tell Congress & @FCC to #StoptheTakeover”

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Battle For The Net

•September 9, 2014 • Leave a Comment

If you woke up tomorrow, and your internet looked like this, what would you do? Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.Think about what we would lose: all the weird, alternative, interesting, and enlightening stuff that makes the Internet so much cooler than mainstream Cable TV. What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast and Verizon?On September 10th, just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality. Net neutrality is hard to explain, so our hope is that this action will help SHOW the world what’s really at stake if we lose the open Internet.If you’ve got a website, blog or tumblr, get the code to join the #InternetSlowdown here: https://battleforthenet.com/sept10thEveryone else, here’s a quick list of things you can do to help spread the word about the slowdown: http://tumblr.fightforthefuture.org/post/96020972118/be-a-part-of-the-great-internet-slowdown Get creative! Don’t let us tell you what to do. See you on the net September 10th!

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