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Sunday, May 6: Food justice author Dr. Melanie Joy speaking in Bellevue!

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Sent on: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 11:10 PM
Hello everyone! Please see the special event announcement below, and I hope you can attend! - Amanda
Dear Seattle Vegan Meetup Group, Exciting news: Dr. Melanie Joy, author of Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism is speaking this Sunday in Bellevue!

Hosted by the East Shore Unitarian Church, this will be Dr. Joy's only engagement in the Seattle area. $5 suggested donation.

Details and description below. Hope you can make it--and invite others!  Melanie has a wonderful way that is nonjudgmental and compassionate; her presentation is ideal for bringing family or friends, neighbors or coworkers. Thanks, Jennifer Greene [address removed]
7:00 pm Sunday, May 6, 2012
East Shore Unitarian Church
12700 SE 32nd St Bellevue, WA

"Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism."
Presented by author and social psychologist Dr. Melanie Joy

In her captivating slide show, Dr. Joy explains carnism, the invisible belief system that shapes our perception of the meat we eat, so that we love some animals and eat others without knowing why.

Dr. Joy, a longtime activist for social and environmental justice and animal welfare, explains how carnism, like other unjust ideologies, is sustained by complex, hidden social and psychological mechanisms, and it is most harmful when unrecognized.

Using powerful imagery, thought-provoking analyses, and a compelling narrative, Dr. Joy elucidates how, although unjust ideologies (racism, sexism, ableism, carnism, etc.) all are unique, the mentality that enables such interlocking systems is strikingly similar. When unnoticed, these ideologies can cause us to act against our core values, our own interests, and the interests of others.

By illuminating carnism, Dr. Joy helps us become more empowered citizens and more active social witnesses. Audiences appreciate her accessible, engaging and levelheaded approach, regardless of their dietary choices. Parental/guardian discretion is advised for younger attendees.

Melanie Joy, Ph.D. Ed.M. is a Harvard-educated psychologist and professor of psychology and sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Dr. Joy has written articles on psychology, animal protection, and social justice, as well as the acclaimed Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism, and Strategic Action for Animals.

RSVPs welcome (but not required) at "This may be the best presentation I have ever attended in my life."

"Your heart-centeredness and focus on bringing out people’s natural compassion is fantastic."

"Extremely effective and outstanding presentation."


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