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Intersectional Vegan Summit (Saturday)

Intersectional Vegan Summit (Saturday)

A collection of excellent speakers talking about intersectionality and veganism

 

SATURDAY

12.00 - 12.45 - Marine Janine - Confronting Capitalism: The New Politics of Animal Liberation

1.00 - 1.45 - Laura Schleifer - The Animals have the Answers: How Animal Societies Can Inspire a Liberatory New Human Society

2.00 - 2.45 - Eshe Zuri - How whiteness became the norm in the vegan community and why this is harmful

3.00 - 3.45 - Panel Discussion - Radical Veganism - Approaching An Animal Revolution

4.00 - 4.45 - Ruby Hamad - So you want to dismantle animal oppression, but you don't want to dismantle capitalism. LOL. (by Skype)

5.00 - 5.45 - Christopher-Sebastian McJetters - Colonized: What George Orwell can teach us about speciesism 

 

Christopher-Sebastian McJetters - Colonized: What George Orwell can teach us about speciesism 

An interactive discussion meant to help people understand the present and historical connections between speciesism and racism and why animal liberation should be an important goal of black liberation. 

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Laura Schleifer - The Animals have the Answers: How Animal Societies Can Inspire a Liberatory New Human Society

As neoliberal policy slowly crashes and right-wing nationalism and neo-fascism rise in its wake, what can we learn from animals about how to more forward? This talk explores what animal societies have to teach us about direct democracy, dismantling hierarchy, mutual aid, peaceful conflict resolution, and creating a fluorishing ecology between us and the natural world.

Laura Schleifer is a vegan writer, theater artist and educator whose work has spanned the globe from the Middle East to China. In addition to teaching literature, cinema, history, creative writing and psychology, her original feature screenplay, The Feral Child, was a Sundance Screenwriters Lab finalist. She most recently taught courses on Israel and Palestine and on Utopianism at Wesleyan University's Green Street Arts Center. She is currently a fiction editor with The New Engagement Literature and Arts Journal (TNE), a contributing essayist with The Leftist Review, and is working on her first book, Liberating Veganism, which deals with animal rights psychology and philosophy, for Vegan Publishers. She also speaks about a variety of subjects relating to the intersections between human, animal, and earth liberation.

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Ruby Hamad - So you want to dismantle animal oppression, but you don't want to dismantle capitalism. LOL. (by Skype)

If we think we can remove animals from the hierarchy of oppression without dismantling the hierarchy altogether, we are embarking on a fool's errand. This talk explains why!

Ruby Hamad is an Arab-Australian media commentator and university tutor. Her writing focuses on drawing the links between all forms of oppression with the recognition that colonialism and its offspring capitalism lies at the heart of them all, especially that of animals.

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Marine Janine - Confronting Capitalism: The New Politics of Animal Liberation

Crisis always brings opportunity- and right now, capitalism is facing a crisis unlike anything experienced in recent memory. We are exiting an era of consumerist neoliberal veganism, and now facing the threat of a new world order: neo- fascism and White nationalism. Vegansim has a dangerous history of being tied to extreme right-wing movements. However, this new era also presents an opportunity to radically rethink animal liberation, and politicize our movement to reject all structures of patriarchal and colonial domination.

Marine, better known in the vegan community as "a privileged vegan," hosts a popular YouTube channel dedicated to educating herself and teaching others about pro-intersectional veganism. On her show, she discusses how oppressions are connected by overarching systems of domination, and encourages activists to build bridges with other social justice movements. Marine currently lives in Paris, where she is from, after finishing a Fulbright Research Scholarship in Argentina, where she studied the medical care accessible to transgender patients and became a published author. She graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University with a B.A. in Political Science and Gender Studies.

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Panel Discussion - Radical Veganism - Approaching An Animal Revolution

Join our three live speakers Marine Janine, Eshe Zuri, and Laura Schleifer in an open discussion led by Christopher Sebastian to discuss the issues facing animal liberation throughout western society today.

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Eshe Zuri - How whiteness became the norm in the vegan community and why this is harmful

A discussion around the current surge and acceptance of alt-right vegan groups, a brief look into the history of veganism in the non-Western world and how these cultures are treated in the movement today. What intersectionality means and how it's important in our current unstable political climate to build safe spaces for (especially marginalised) vegans and veganism to move forward.

Eshe Kiama Zuri is a political activist, social campaigner and the owner of Yemoja Foods, a fully vegan British-Caribbean catering business. Renowned for their advocacy of direct action over appeals to authority they have been involved with campaigns as diverse as UKUncut and Occupy, more recently being described by the Daily Mail as "mocking" following their action to shut down Nottingham, as part of the Black Lives Matter movement.

A dedicated antiracist and antifascist, they have been ironically voted as social justice warrior of the year by a well known right wing group.

Their main focus is on intersectionality and critiquing activism in its current state, especially around racism and the inclusion of Queer Black and People Of Colour in antifa, animal rights, human rights and sociopolitical movements.

Their latest project is to challenge the pernicious influence of the emergant "alt right" on the vegan community and seek a return to the core values of justice for humans and animals alike.

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