4 results for month: 10/2016


Animal Rights Leading Where?

Just recently Alex Felsinger published an article critiquing the use of disruptions in the animal rights movement. While there are certainly points that we can agree on, there are also points we decided to break down and discuss. To start off, we would like thank Alex for writing this article. We appreciate the time and research that went into it. We agree with a lot of what Alex has said, for instance about the “Berkeley Bubble” and the co-opting of other movements’ stats into ours without context. We have in the past publicly expressed  issues with DxE, but they mostly come down to internal practices (some of which the author ...

Just Language [As In Justice]

by Raffi Ciavatta Quite often I will look at my Facebook memories from 5 years ago and be like, “what the hell did I say??” Sometimes, even posts from 2 years ago surprise me. As activists, we use language as a powerful tool to ignite social change. But sometimes the words we choose can actually end up firing back at us. Here are a few things I learned about language and frameworks that are just. All Lives Matter Context is everything. Saying “All Lives Matter” directly undermines “Black Lives Matter.”Yes, I know. The Animal Rights Movement was using “All Lives Matter” before BLM started. But understand that racists ...

A history of Animal Use by American Police

It is a less understood dimension of animal exploitation which transforms man's best friends into deadly servants of American racism. However it is still animal exploitation. By Timothy Hurwitz The police are 21st century fugitive slave catchers. Just as they were when they first arose two hundred years ago from the dark shadows of America’s racial history. The capitalist system was built off the labor of enslaved Africans. And racism was created as the one of the system’s ideological justifications. And police were created as the system's enforcers. American police have for generations used animals to protect the system of capitali...

How to… Effectively Use Facebook for Activism

by Lili Trenkova Facebook: don’t we all have a love-hate relationship with it? We love how it connects us with others around the world, and yet we hate how much time we often waste because of it. We love the powerful platform it provides us for our messaging and outreach, and yet we hate how easily discussions spiral into arguments and name-calling. How do we use Facebook rather than it use us? Here are some tips. LISTS. Facebook lets us organize our friends and pages we “like” into lists. This is one of Facebook’s MOST useful and yet LEAST underutilized tool. It’s useful because it lets us customize our newsfeeds according to ...