Archive for July, 2018

Sam Castro

Sam Castro.

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This episode features a talk from activist Sam Castro on challenging sexism within progressive movements and creating system change. This talk was recorded at the 2018 Students of Sustainability conference in Melbourne. Sam is an activist with Friends of the Earth and WACA, and has been on our podcast all the way back on episode 65, discussing direct action.

Some of the points that came up in Sam’s workshop that we have covered on previous episodes are call in versus call out culture and Men of Colour being more likely to be called out for sexism. We also covered the #MeToo movement on episode 191.

If you’d like to join in discussions on this topic and others, we encourage you to join us at the upcoming forum ‘Community as Activism: Building Community within the Animal Liberation Movement and Beyond’ by the Institute for Critical Animal Studies (ICAS) Oceania. This free event will feature sessions on transformative justice and #MeToo, as well as intersectionality in practice and building community. It will be held on Saturday 4 August, 1-5pm at Library at the Dock (107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands) – in Melbourne.

This episode also features a little bit of Adam Cardilini’s talk on the environmental impact of animal agriculture. This is from the workshop ‘Achieving Environmental Liberation Through Animal Liberation’ which Adam ran with Nick, also at the Students of Sustainability conference. You can listen to both of our talks from this workshop here and view Adam’s PowerPoint here and below. We also covered the environmental impact of animal agriculture on episode 171.

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Diet CigMaid of the Mist’, Sam Castro ‘How do we get from Me Too in Hollywood to smashing patriarchy in our movement and creating system change?’, Adam CardiliniAchieving Environmental Liberation Through Animal Liberation’, First Aid KitYou Are the Problem Here’.


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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 (64mins, 49MB).

We’re joined by Mark Allen who discusses his holistic approach to activism that he has developed through being active in a range of social movements for many years.

According to his zine on holistic activism, this approach provides ‘some ideas about how we can reduce conflict among activists, create campaigns that are long lasting, reach out and connect with people who have different values to that of our own and work towards a meaningful shift in paradigm.’

You can contact Mark at and join the Facebook group ‘Holistic Activism and Behaviour Change’ to learn more and contribute to discussions on the topic.

Cognitive Dissonance

Mark will be running a workshop on holistic activism at the Students of Sustainability conference in Melbourne on Saturday the 7th of July at midday. The conference runs from the 6th – 12th of July and will also feature the workshop ‘Achieving environmental liberation through animal liberation’ that Nick will be co-running with Adam Cardilini on Sunday the 8th of July, from 3.30-5pm.

Other updates/events covered on the show are: Trivia for the Animals, a winter update from the Bird and Exotic Animal Clinic and the EAGxAustralia 2018 effective altruism conference in Melbourne (we covered the idea of effective altruism on episodes 142 and 143).

This episode is replayed from Freedom of Species, an animal advocacy show on 3CR community radio, which Nick now regularly hosts. This show is broadcast live on 855AM in Melbourne 1-2pm every Sunday and if you’re outside of Melbourne you can listen in live 1-2 Melbourne time/AEST on – the show is also on iTunes. You can listen to all of the episodes that Nick has been on here.

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The TutsLet Go of the Past’, Shock OctopusFantasia’, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin ‘Grey Cell Green’, Frank TurnerCommon Ground’.