Under the Toadstool is a podcast by three pro-intersectional vegan women, Sarah K. Woodcock, Sonia Chauhan, and Dr. Corey Lee Wrenn.
Click the link below for Adam Weissman of Global Justice for Animals and the Environment. During this interview, Adam talked about the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) as a social justice issue, specifically as it relates to animal issues and animal orgs. The TPP is something vegans need to be aware of.
To all the people saying that we can rise above and focus on love as a response to the recent deaths and continued revelation of the degree of racism in our country: I agree with the sentiment wholeheartedly. I also think that part of loving someone is standing up for them when they have been wronged and acknowledging that an injustice occurred. Also importantly, I strongly believe that there are times in which the most compassionate thing you can do is to hold someone accountable for their actions. I don’t think it’s being negative or stuck in the problem. Holding someone accountable and demanding they do better is compassionate, kind, and loving. Taking the time to talk to others and have uncomfortable conversations about privilege and race is a loving act. It may make people upset in the moment but you are allowing people an opportunity they wouldn’t have had if you kept silent.
KNOWING the violence inherent in “dairy products”…
KNOWING the blood spilled around the world every minute of every hour of every day for “dairy products”…
KNOWING the cries and pleas from “dairy” cows from the slaughterhouse…
KNOWING the suffering and killing from every animal use *not* addressed by “Eating vegetarian”…
KNOWING you could have promoted veganism and advocated for *justice* instead of a *diet*…
KNOWING it is 2016 when we know better…
How *could* you, Mercy For Animals?
I have run TAVS for 3 years, and I know full well our all-volunteer organization could have brought in much needed funds for our “Why veganism?” leaflets or our national vegan bus ad campaign if we promoted “Eating vegetarian” instead of veganism, but guess what–I have never done that, and I will never do that. How *could* I? How could I allow myself to sell animals’ rights for donations? I know many “cool” vegans have convinced themselves and others that compromised/sellout animal advocacy is more “effective.” They have made my (volunteer) job harder while raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars of donations. They have made my (volunteer) job harder while forming partnerships directly with animal exploiters.
For an animal advocacy organization to promote vegetarianism and sell the insidious lie that it is a “step in the right direction” is a violation of animal rights. We owe animals veganism and nothing less.
This is a special episode (and only around six minutes long). On June 1st, Pax Ahimsa Gethen, a queer Black trans vegan who I have a tremendous amount of respect for, published an essay that really resonated with me and several other vegans. As anyone who is familiar with TAVS (The Advocacy of Veganism Society) knows, TAVS is all about going vegan and educating others to do so. Once someone is vegan, we encourage them to educate others about veganism and provide unequivocal resources on veganism for them to do so. But we understand that vegans are people who come from a variety of backgrounds with a variety of challenges — both personal and structural – that can hinder their ability to do advocacy. We approach this reality with resources, encouragement, and support, not shaming and pressuring. Some vegans are made to feel inadequate due to their inability to do advocacy like others do advocacy, and that is totally unacceptable. Pax’s essay really resonated with me so I asked them if they would read it on our podcast. Pax kindly did, and without further ado:
This image is a list called “10 Ways You Can Actively Reject Your White Privilege”. At the top of the list is a photo of a white woman and man, and in the photo background, there are white fists in the air. The list reads:
Take up minimal space during anti-racism dialogues and protests.
Stop contributing to gentrification and calling it “urban development.”
Listen when people call you on your microaggressions.
Never invite people of color to the table for the sake of claiming diversity.
Refrain from using your non-white [sic] friends as your “urban dictionary.”
Stop lifting up non-confrontational people of color as examples of what POC activism should be.
Call your friends, family, and co-workers out on racism—even if a POC isn’t in the room.
Understand that all anti-racism work doesn’t look the same and advocate accordingly.
Realize that all discussions about race aren’t for you. And be okay with it.
Recognize that you’re still racist. No matter what.
*POC = People of color
Source: So you say you’ve got white privilege. Now what? | Marchaé Grair | NewSacred.org