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VegOut Explores the Commonality of Oppression! (Fun!)

Heya VegPals!

The Commonality of Oppression sounds like fun, right?  Equate fun with compelling and you got it.  Actually this is the stuff that makes us tick, feel and desire to live compassionate lives.  Intention setting is everything.  If anyone can make this F. U. N. - fun it's Jasmin Singer, Director and Co-Founder of Our Hen House.  Jasmin is a brilliant presenter of intense information.  Matt Rice, MFA's Director of Operations is co-leading this workshop.  Matt presents nationally, as well.  This may not be fun in the traditional sense but it will be very worthwhile.

This is the fourth Changemaker Series that Mercy For Animals and Our Hen House are co-presenting on how each of us can change the world for animals.  I attended the first three which were all excellent.  Jasmin's partner and OHH Co-Founder, Mariann Sullivan, led the last workshop which was on Animal Law.

I am specifically inviting VegOut as I feel this connection needs to be made as unsettling as it may be.  We've got our awesome potlucks and fun outtings but we also have this salient aspect of our lives to contend with.  Yup, the LGBTQIA community and the chickens (I use chickens to represent non-human sentient creatures) have this in common.  By and large and around the world we are still 'other.'  We've got marriage equality in New York State yet in many countries we're criminals by definition.  Globally a chicken has no friends and no 'rights' or protections as it were.  There isn't a safe place on this earth for a chicken save for space at a few sanctuaries.  Of the ten billion land animals killed for human consumption in the United States each year nine billion of those animals are chickens.  From birth to death there isn't experienced a single kind gesture.  Think about the minds that put into motion the manufacturing efficiencies, marketing, mythological nutrition statements, parents' feelings of obligation and our world's recreational dining desire for chicken.  MFA and Our Hen House ask us to "explore the intersections between animal rights and other social justice movements. While the victims of oppression are inherently different, the mindsets of the oppressors are often identical. Understanding this mindset is the key to understanding oppression and how we can best work to end it."

Oppression is oppression.  It's difficult to qualify yet we know it when we see it and when we feel it.  Believe me, as LBGTQIA people living in this biosphere there is much work to be done.  For the animals?  The seeds of compassion have been planted season after season and from time immemorial as anyone can read in vegan and animal rights theory books.  The animals' hell and the human call to action on their behalf is actually gathering momentum.  Ellen DeGeneres is appealing to the mainstream and the ALF (Animal Liberation Front) proceeds with direct action efforts. Concerned people are hitting this plight at as many angles as possible.

In the first workshop Jasmin motivated us by saying that as vegans we have a responsibility.  You'll be very clear as what that responsibility is after attending this new workshop.  My VEGAN t-shirt from Non-Violence United can start the discussion.

Feed the hungry.
Save indigenous people.
Stand up for workers' rights.

Be kind to animals.
Stop factory/animal farms.
Save 100 animals every year.

End deforestation for grazing.

Save an acre of trees per year.

End grazing on public lands.

Tell the government
 to stop killing wildlife for
 corporate ranchers’ profits.

Stop wars for resources.

Help end corporate rule.

Make the world a better place.

Help stop climate change.

Stop the #1 polluter of water.
Support a sustainable planet.

Live your values.

Live with compassion.

Stop the violence.

If you and I as self-identified LGBTQIA people each take a step(s) from where we are to where we need to be next then we can up our game in living our lives more meaningfully and in line with our values.

To RSVP for this event, please email Eddie Garza, MFA's New York Campaign Coordinator, or call[masked]-4066.  Some of you met Eddie (VegOut member!) at our Darwin Animal Doctors benefit at V-Spot earlier this Spring.

Please show your attendance and support for this event by rsvp'ing on VegOut's MeetUp page.  I hope to see you there.


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  • Jim

    Jasmin and Matt know their stuff. They were preaching to the choir yet I still came away with more tools for the toolbox. My thanks to you both.

    September 15, 2011

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