The film Speciesism will be shown at the First Unitarian Church of Portland's Elliott Center. Enter through the 1226 SW Salmon door. Admission is FREE. Discussion and food, generously donated by Loving Hut Portland, will follow the film. Presented by the Unitarian Universalist Animal Ministry (PDX).

Modern farms are struggling to keep a secret. Most of the animals used for food in the United States are raised in giant, bizarre factories, hidden deep in remote areas of the countryside. This documentary takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure, crawling through the bushes that hide these factories, flying in airplanes above their toxic “manure lagoons,” and confronting their owners. The film's title comes from Peter Singer’s book Animal Liberation, in which he argues that no justifications exist for considering humans more important than members of other species. Respected thinkers and political activists are adopting its conclusions. They have termed the assumption of human superiority speciesism.

This film brings viewers face-to-face with the leaders of this developing movement, and, for the first time ever on film, examines the purpose of what they are setting out to do. For more on the movie, click herehttp://speciesismthemovie.com/

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  • Joseph T.

    Regarding the site being wheelchair accessible, I personally held the door open for a woman in a wheelchair who then rolled up the ramp into the event space. However, there didn't seem to be a way for her to access the site without someone being there to hold the door for her.

    April 27

    • Christopher K

      Hmm. Thank you for letting us know. I'll look into that the next time I'm at the building. Hope the event was effectively accessable to everyone interested.

      April 28

    • Joseph T.

      She also made the comment that "the door on the other side was not open" and I inferred from that comment that she usually entered there. Not at all familiar with the building myself.

      April 28

  • Rene' S.

    was bummed that i couldn't make it after all! next time,ps-was this location wheelchair accessible?

    April 26

    • Christopher K

      Hi Rene'. It should have been. You may want to read Joseph's comment. I know there is at least one door with a push-button operated door opener and there are ramps & elevators inside the buidling.

      April 28

    • Rene' S.

      As long as there is a ramp I'm good. I may occasionally have to bring my son who is in a wheelchair

      April 28

  • Keith I.

    The film raises many good questions. I thought those in the audience were very attentive and sincerely interested. The free vegan food was a nice touch, very tasty, thanks to Loving Hut and members of the Animal Ministry group from First Unitarian. I also thought the post film discussion was well led and provocative enough to get good comments and response from many attending. The crowd mix of vegan-non vegan was also good, definitely some curiosity over the topic from those who see themselves as 'mainstream'. Overall this event accomplished the goals set.

    2 · April 26

  • Ole E.

    As one participant was able to point out, it was not all preaching to the choir. There were a fair number of non vegans attending. I was impressed by the guy in the film emphasizing how fast vegan consciousness is spreading -- probably faster than any prior liberation movement.

    1 · April 26

  • VeganSyd

    Sorry I missed the movie, but have seen it before. I hope to support any future plans to show it again!

    April 26

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is such a good movie, wish I didn't already have plans. I don't see how people can enjoy eating meat after seeing this. Tell your friends!

    April 25

  • Keith I.

    The only other time this was shown in Portland was a couple of months ago at the Academy where you had to buy a ticket. This time the UU Animal Ministry (PDX) is paying the fees and supplying the space and food too, as an Earth Day event. Hope you can make it!

    2 · April 15, 2014

  • Scott L.

    Seems like I've been waiting forever to see this movie, I'm so stoked!

    1 · April 14, 2014

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