128 results for author: Collectively Free


The Police Are Not Our Friends

The “pig roast” was seen by many social justice groups as an offensive mockery of the violent corruption of law enforcement agencies across the country, and, in itself, an act of violence. Pigs are not the perpetrators of violence, they are the victims.  CF is promoting the idea that the same system treating nonhuman animals as expendable is the SAME system saying "Make America Great Again,” pushing for the deportation of immigrants, shooting people of color, controlling women's bodies, killing LGBTQ people, and treating disabled folks as lesser than. Police violence operates in a system that wants us to treat these issues separately. ...

Disrupt Organized Religion

The church is a place for communities to come together and it's during this moment that people need to be reminded of their true values such as thou shalt not kill. And on Easter we gather with our family and friends to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus while holding on to the violent tradition of feasting on the bodies of animals. HOW TO ORGANIZE? Do you have the passion and desire to fight for animals and beyond? Once you join our team you will have access to various materials and one-on-one assistance on how to start organizing where you live! Drop us a line and we will get back to you as soon as possible. WHY TARGET THE CATHOLIC ...

Chick-Fil-A

 Companies like Chick-Fil-A promote the idea that some lives matter more than others. And that is the root of all that is wrong with our world. The lives of the chickens that they profit from matter just as much as the lives of any of us. Whether you're gay, trans, bi, chicken, queer, cow or fish, you have the right to exist for your own purpose. NY, is considered the birthplace of US LGBTQI+ rights and it is a strong voice for animals. It deserves better than allowing a homophobic, transphobic and speciesist company to make money from violence. HOW TO ORGANIZE? Do you have the passion and desire to fight for animals and beyond? Once you ...

May Day

What does speciesism have to do with colonialism, capitalism and white supremacy? Plenty. Pigs, cows and chickens didn't exist in the Americas prior to colonizers. Europeans displaced, used and killed native humans and nonhumans, and on the stolen land they started to breed - and kill - “domesticated” animals as well as continue to exploit and kill other, non-white, humans. Animal agriculture helped advance European settler colonialism, and its later industrialization helped advance capitalist economy. This is why on May Day  we marched alongside multiple groups and activists in NYC against capitalism and colonialism. Thank you, activists ...

Human + Animal Liberation

CF made its way to J20 to disrupt Trump's administration and beyond. Our message is simple: that all species have the right to freedom, all species have the right to migrate, all species have the right to water. We need to realize that the same system treating nonhuman animals as expendable is the same system saying, “Make America Great Again.” It’s the same ideology deporting immigrants, shooting people of color, controlling women’s bodies, killing LGBTQ’s, and treating disabled folks as lesser than. Our society already teaches us to commodify the bodies of animals and minority humans, but now with Trump, it will only be intensified. As ...

Pride

CF has consistently showed up and supported the LGBTQI+ community and will always continue to do so. During Pride, we marched for two marginalized and oppressed groups: the LGBTQ+ community and nonhuman animals. We live in a system that treats certain groups and individuals as "lesser than". It teaches us to treat nonhuman animals as lesser than us, to treat their bodies like commodities and products and to refuse to see them as individuals with their own needs and desires. It also allows for us to see one another as lesser too, for reasons such as who we love or what gender we are or aren't. This system wants anyone who struggles, who is "lesser" to ...

Renouncing vegan birthright

By Julia Tanenbaum The new Vegan Birthright program sponsored by Jewish Veg and Mayanot Birthright exemplifies how Zionists so often exploit the struggle for animal rights in the service of colonialism. Since 1999 Birthright Israel has handed 500,000 young Jews worldwide a free trip to Israel at the hidden cost of the dispossession of millions of Palestinians. As both Vegans and Jews we have a moral duty to renounce this program that supports Israel’s ongoing colonization of Palestine and apartheid policies. Over 5 million Palestinian refugees are to this day excluded from their own land while any Jew born and raised in the U.S is encouraged ...

The Intersections of Species Politics, Colonialism, Food Justice, and Gender in Okja

By Tori Lion, CF Toronto Organizer ​(Please note that this article contains spoilers.) ​Recently, after completing an intensive course, I finally had the opportunity to watch Bong Joon-ho’s new film, Okja, which has been receiving a lot of attention in the vegan and nonhuman animal rights activist communities. Aside from applauding it for being a beautiful film that will hopefully inspire many viewers to consider the subjectivity of nonhuman animals reduced to commodities within the agricultural industrial complex, I would like to focus on the interesting opportunities that it presents to elucidate the intersections between species ...

Elsie Shrigley: the Woman Behind the Word Veganism

By Sarah W. Fox, CF Vancouver organizer Where Are the Women in the Animal Rights Movement? "Patriarchy is a social system in which males hold primary power and predominate in roles of political leadership, moral authority, social privilege and control of property." [1] Sadly throughout history and the history of veganism there are many examples of how patriarchal the vegan and animal rights community is--and how it always has been--excluding of, or hardly mentioning, women who have made huge contributions to both veganism and the animal rights communities. Who Really Founded the Vegan Society? Many vegans believe that The Vegan Society was ...

3 Reasons Why You Should Become a Pro-Intersectional* Activist

By Lilia Trenkova, CF Co-Founder *Intersectionality theory was created by Kimberlé Crenshaw and other black feminists in the 1960s and 70s as a form of resistance to the predominantly white (read: racist) feminist movement and the predominantly male (read: sexist) civil rights movement at the time. It introduced the idea that 1. People who experience multiple - layered - forms of oppression (e.g. racism and sexism) face more struggle than people who experience less forms (say who only experience sexism) because 2. These oppressions feed into and support one another with the help of both institutions and social prejudices. So the term “pro-inte...