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Protest against the destructive Roe 8 highway development in Perth. Image from @ConservationWA on Twitter.

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On this episode we cover a wide range of topics. We discuss protests against the destructive Roe 8 highway development in Perth. We also use this example to have a broader discussion on militant activism, direct action and a diversity of tactics. For more on this topic, check out Josh Harper’s talk ‘Reinventing Direct Action: Alternatives to Theatrical Militancy’.

We also discuss Edward Snowden; the documentary Citizen Four; the movie Snowden; Obama’s failings on surveillance, whistleblowers and other issues; and the Signal app and PureVPN for secure communication. For more on the issue of privacy and surveillance, check out John Twelve Hawks’s website and book Spark.

Other stuff covered throughout the episode is: the GetUp petition encouraging the government to ‘abandon the crude automated system that is cruelly and incorrectly accusing people of false Centrelink debts’, the article ‘New Expenses Algorithm Just Assumes All Government Ministers Are Misusing Entitlements’, Trump and Russia, taking your money out of the filthy banks, involuntary mindfulness, and Katie misunderstanding punk and hardcore lyrics.

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Clips:

ChumbawambaFine Society’, Shaggy ‘It Wasn’t Me’, True BloodAmy True on AkalaThe Fall’, Anti-FlagGot the Numbers’.

You can listen to a short (10 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of our discussion on Roe 8 and direct action, here and below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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Cartoon by Alan Moir, from smh.com.au

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On this episode, Nick is joined by his brother Liam Pendergrast, one of the many victims of Centrelink’s new compliance system. This new computer system used by Australia’s welfare/social security system is issuing 20,000 debt notices a week, which is not only affecting vulnerable people, but many of these notices are incorrect in their claim that people under-reported their income while on Centrelink.

If you’ve received a false debt letter from Centrelink, you’re not alone – visit notmydebt.com.au and share your story. Also check out #NotMyDebt on Twitter for more stories and information on the issue.

In some Trump-related news, we discuss Jason Brownlee’s article ‘Trump gives no reason to believe U.S. nation-building will end on Jan. 20’ (a topic we discussed with Jason on episode 146) and Amnesty’s International’s petition calling for Obama to take his last chance to leave a lasting human rights legacy. Check out Ward Churchill’s spoken word CD ‘In A Pig’s Eye: Reflections on the Police State, Repression and Native America’ for more on Native American activist Leonard Peltier’s case, which is referred to in Amnesty’s petition.

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Clips:

ThejuicemediaCentrelink Fail – Honest Government Advert’, Freeman Dre & The Kitchen PartyIt’s Good To Have Faith In The Lord’, Choking VictimMoney’ – featuring Michael Parenti, Leonard Cohen ‘The Future’.

You can listen to a short (9 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of Liam’s Centrelink story, here and below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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Adam Cardilini giving his talk ‘Diversity in Animal Activism’, which is featured on this episode. Photo by Jyoti Dambiec.

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This episode features Adam Cardilini’s talk ‘Diversity in animal activism: Preparing for impact opportunities for the next 10 years’. This talk was recorded at the 2016 ICAS Oceania conference – see the show notes for episode 152 for links to the audio of all of the talks from this conference. You can view the PowerPoint presentation for Adam’s talk here and it is also embedded below.

Nick and Adam also discuss effective animal activism and question whether the evidence actually suggests animal advocates should avoid promoting veganism. In this discussion we cover Faunalytics recommendations for activism based on their study on former vegetarians and vegans. We point to other research suggesting that people who became vegetarian for ethical reasons and specifically for animal rights reasons were more likely to stay vegetarian than those who made the decision based on other reasons, such as concern for their health. We also mention the study ‘A Pound of Flesh’ and give a “public health announcement” regarding the importance of B12 for vegans.

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Clips:

Chumbawamba ‘Be With You’ – from the album ‘A Singsong and a Scrap’, Adam Cardilini’s talk ‘Diversity in animal activism: Preparing for impact opportunities for the next 10 years’, Citizen FishFlesh and Blood’.

You can listen to a short (8 minute) version of this episode, which features Nick and Adam’s discussion on effective activism and veganism, here: Is Vegan Activism Actually Ineffective? You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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Melbourne band Camp Cope. Photo by Matt Warrell, from abc.net.au

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On this episode, which marks 5 years of the podcast and the launch of our crowdfunding campaign, the main theme is political music. We discuss Camp Cope and their feminist message in their lyrics and beyond.

We also discuss Akala, hip hop and Shakespeare.

Other stuff covered throughout the episode is: homophobic actors, Katie’s reviews on Happy Cow, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Star Wars Rogue One and further discussion on why reverse “sexism” is BS.

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Clips:

AkalaComedy, Tragedy, History’, Extras ‘Season 2, Episode 5’, NOFXThe Cause’, Camp CopeJet Fuel Can’t Melt Steel Beams’.

You can listen to a short (7 minute) version of this episode, which features us discussing our Crowd Funding campaign, here: Support us to put out 50 Episodes in 2017. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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This episode features Adam Cardilini asking Nick questions about anarchism. These questions come out of the anarchism and animal liberation panel discussion from ICAS 2016, which we played on episodes 152 and 153. We also discuss direct democracy, consensus decision making and the Occupy movement.

For more information on anarchism, check out: Nick’s talk veganarchism (which we played on episode 134), Which Side podcast with Vegan Warrior Princesses, Anarchist FAQ, David Graeber’s book Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology and pamphlet ‘Are You An Anarchist? The Answer May Surprise You!’, the documentary The Take and the TV show Mr Robot.

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Clips:

Leftover CrackCorrupt Vision’, meerkatmediaConsensus (Direct Democracy @ Occupy Wall Street)’, PropagandhiThe State Lottery’.

You can listen to a short (7 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of Nick and Adam’s discussion on anarchism, here: Questioning Anarchism. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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Lara Drew (left), Jess Ison (centre) and Nick Pendergrast (right). Photo thanks to Leigh-Chantelle: http://www.leigh-chantelle.com/

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This episode features part two and three of a panel discussion on anarchism and animal liberation, featuring Jess Ison, Lara Drew and Nick. You can hear part one of this talk on episode 152 – this episode also has links to all of the talks from the 2016 Institute for Critical Animal Studies conference, where this panel was recorded.

During the panel, Nick discusses the book Free Women Of Spain: Anarchism And The Struggle For The Emancipation Of Women and his article with Dr Theresa Petray on Indigenous and animal activism – you can listen to a talk on this here: Experimental Utopias and Social Change – Examples from Australian Non-Hegemonic Activism.

The episode also includes a little bit of Dinesh Wadiwel’s talk from the Queer Animalities panel discussion, also featuring Jess Ison and Javed De Costa.

At the end of the episode there is a brief discussion on the importance of prioritising women’s voices, which can lead to accusations of reverse “sexism”.

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Clips:

Frenzal RhombGuns Don’t Kill Ducklings (Ducklings Kill Ducklings)’; Part 2 of Panel discussion on anarchism and animal liberation, featuring Jess Ison, Lara Drew and Nick: Why does Anarchism and Animal Liberation need to be considered?; Dinesh Wadiwel’s talk from the Queer Animalities panel discussion; Part 3 of Panel discussion on anarchism and animal liberation, featuring Jess Ison, Lara Drew and Nick: What does Animal Liberation and Anarchism look like in practice?; Daryl Hall & John OatesManeater’.

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Photo thanks to Leigh-Chantelle: http://www.leigh-chantelle.com/

You can listen to a short (10 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of the anarchism and animal liberation panel, here: Anarchism and Animal Liberation in Practice. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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You can listen to this episode above and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes. You can also listen to this episode on StitcherCyber Ears or download it on Archive.org (50mins, 38MB).

Nick is joined by Adam Cardilini to give a recap of the 2016 Institute for Critical Animal Studies (Oceania) conference. We play some of the panel discussion on anarchism and animal liberation from the conference, featuring Jess Ison, Lara Drew and Nick. You can listen to all of the talks from this conference here and each talk is also listed individually below (at the bottom of the show notes for this episode).

Also covered on the episode is: the activism we did as part of the conference, Living Green Festival, The Beet Retreat, Dr Sy Woon and Sentient: The Veterinary Institute for Animal Ethics, and the book Anarchism and Animal Liberation: Essays on Complementary Elements of Total Liberation which Lara mentioned during the panel (it has a chapter she co-wrote).

You can view photos from the conference by Jyoti Dambiec and photos and tweets from @veganarchyy – contact us at progressivepodcast@gmail.com if you have photos you’d like us to link to. In order to be notified about future conferences, like/follow ICAS Oceania on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe for email updates from ICAS Oceania. You can also listen to a recap of last year’s ICAS Oceania conference, as well as see links to all of the talks from this conference, on episode 108 of our podcast.

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Clips:

Camp CopeWest Side Story’; Jess Ison, Nick Pendergrast and Lara Drew ‘Anarchism and Animal Liberation‘; Gilmore Girls ‘A Year in the Life’ – episode 2; PropagandhiA People’s History of the World’.

You can listen to a short (10 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of Nick and Adam’s conference recap: Reap of ICAS Oceania 2016, Featuring Adam Cardilini. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

Talks from the conference (alphabetised by the speaker’s first name):

Adam Cardilini: Diversity in animal activism: Preparing for impact opportunities for the next 10 years.

Adam Cardilini, Emma Hurst and Kirstin Leiminger: Animal Activism Q And A.

Alex Vince: Challenging The Pest Epithet.

Bede Carmody: Sustainable activism: How to avoid becoming burnt out as an activist.

Carol Drew: Mind over Matter.

Cassie Giudice: Transgender Awareness And The Law.

Colin Salter: Normativity, Intersectionality & States Of Exception.

Eliza Littleton: The Inhumane Economy: How capitalism hinders real transformation in the lives of animals.

Eliza Waters: “Live The Good Life”: Discourses of development and modernisation and the export of Australian meat to Asia and the Middle East.

Emma Hurst: Why would somebody continue to eat animals once they become aware of the cruelty?

Emma Wannell: The ideology of efficiency and the human-nature relationship: Exploring the implications of the pursuit of efficiency in the animal agriculture industry.

Jackson Walkden-Brown: Power, Knowledge and Welfare in Australian Intensive Farm Animal Production.

Jess Ison: Skeleton And Cow: The Body Constructed As Diseased.

Jess Ison, Nick Pendergrast and Lara Drew: Anarchism and Animal Liberation.

Kirsten Leiminger: Bridging the gap: From theory to practice in abolitionism.

Leigh-Chantelle: Ethics Beyond the Plate – video, audio.

Mike Rosalky: Animals and Law—An Overview.

Nick Pendergrast: Cowspiracies about Meat Eating Environmentalists: A Critical Examination of the Environmental Vegan Movement – PowerPoint, audio.

Nicole Godwin: Animals and Art.

Richard Iveson: In the Belly of the Beast. On the Force-Feeding of Servitude in Plato’s Republic.

Shan Crosbie: Animals and art: understanding the exploitation of animals through art history.

Stuart White: Eating the earth: Food, diet and sustainability.

Sy Woon: Speciesism – and Inherent Barriers to Ethical Changes and Animal Advocacy – in the Veterinary Industry.

Tamasin Ramsay: Brahma Kumaris And Veganism.

Teja Brooks: In The Prison House Of Reason: From Pain Management To Total Liberation.

If any of the speakers would like any changes to the way you or your talk is described, or would like any edits to the audio of your talk, or would like to send us your powerpoint so we can link to it, please contact us.