Pro-Intersectional Advocacy: A call for unified justice

“A community needs to be all inclusive, or it is NOT a community. Be mindful of how your words and actions affect the more marginalized members of your community, and work to foster an environment that is safe(r) for them than the norm. Don't get defensive, get reflective.” –Sage, (2018)

VegFest Calgary has a pro-intersectional approach to activism and promotion of vegan values. The term “intersectionality” was first popularized by Kimberle Crenshaw in her article Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence against Women of Color (1989). In brief, Crenshaw argued that black women occupy a unique position of oppression because they experience both the oppressions of woman and they oppression of being black. Over time, the term “intersectionality” has come to mean much more- in a basic sense, it refers to the idea that oppression is not singular, but rather interconnected and related to large power structures (like government, the media, the prison-industrial complex, the animal-industrial complex, etc). Pro-intersectional VEGANISM (again, briefly) means recognizing the links between speciesism and human oppressions- basically, advocating for veganism without being discriminatory to humans.

As our team reflects a wider social community and is comprised of women, people of colour, and neurodiverse individuals, we are steadfast in our commitment to fighting for animal liberation without reproducing the harmful images, ideas, and messages that marginalize human animals.  We aim to help people understand that it is in the interest of nonhuman animals to build bridges with other communities, understand their struggles, be allies, and work collectively towards unified liberation. As McJetters (2018) succinctly explains, “if you don’t understand that oppressions are linked and entangled, then you don’t understand how oppression works.  And if you don’t understand how oppression works, you’re probably poorly equipped to fight it.”

The opening and closing quotes were taken from the Facebook statuses of two individuals that we recommend following:

Tim Sage

Christopher Sebastian McJetters

 

For additional insights over your quick scroll through Facebook, we recommend the following accounts (we expect this list to grow organically):

-A Privileged Vegan

-A Well-Fed World

-Black Vegans Rock (Aph Ko)

-Brenda Sanders

-Carol Adams

-Darren Chang

-Dr. Pamela Fergusson, Registered Dietitian

-Food Empowerment Project (Lauren Ornelas)

-Ginny Kisch Messina

-Laura Schleifer

-Lin Chi Pin

-Mothers Against Dairy

-Pattrice Jones

-Pax Ahimsa Gethen

-Raffy Ciavata (Collectively Free)

-Sistah Vegan Project (Dr. Breeze Harper)

-Zarna Joshi
 

If you’re interested in learning more, here are some resources we recommend:

YOUTUBE VIDEOS (type these into the search function and watch away):

-A. Breeze Harper

- Aph Ko Black Vegans Rock)

-A privileged vegan

-Brenda Sanders

-Christopher Sebastian McJetters

-Lauren Ornelas

-Lisa Kemmerer

-Margaret Robinson (feminist Natives do eat tofu)

-Pattrice Jones

-Pax Ahimsa Gethen

-TAVS/ Sarah K. Woodcock

-Vegfest UK

-Zarna Joshi
 

BOOKS

-Aphro-ism by Aph and Syl Ko (black feminism + veganism)

-Beasts of burden: Animal and disability liberation by Sanaura Taylor (disability + veganism)

-Dangerous Crossings by Claire Jean Kim (racism + speciesism)

-The Oxen at the Intersection by Pattrice Jones (effective activism + intersectional justice)

-The Sexual Politics of Meat by Carol Adams (feminism + veganism)

-Sister Species by Lisa Kemmerer (feminism + veganism)

-Women, Destruction, and the Avant-garde by Kim Socha (feminism + veganism)

-The Sistah Vegan Anthology by A. Breeze Harper (black feminism + veganism)

-Veganism in an Oppressive World by Julia Feliz Bruek (racism + veganism)