Posts Tagged ‘effective activism’

Katie giving her talk at the Animal Activists Forum. Pic thanks to activistsforum.com

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This episode features a recap of the Animal Activists Forum, featuring animal activists Brian and Kate. We also play part of Katie’s talk ‘Working Together to Challenge Hierarchies and Discrimination in the Animal Advocacy Movement’ from this forum, focusing on avoiding in-fighting in social movements. You can listen to other talks from this conference here and heaps more talks from the forum will be available on the Animal Activists Forum website here soon. You can also hear a talk from the forum and more discussion about it on our last episode #187.

Some of the talks we specifically mention are:

  • Veganism in Intersectionality and the Science of Social Change by Svetlana Colbert: audio, PowerPoint.
  • Vegan Companion Animal Diets by Veterinarian Professor Andrew Knight. This talk will be available through the Animal Activists Forum website listed above soon but in the meantime, check out: his site on vegan dogs and cats info; an academic article and shorter, opinion article by Andrew on this topic are available here; and we also interviewed Andrew on vegan dogs and cats back on episode 26.
  • Skills to become a more powerful voice for animals by psychologist Clare Mann. This talk will be available through the Animal Activists Forum website listed above soon but in the meantime, check out her sites vegan-voices.com and veganpsychologist.com.

The episode also features a discussion on meditation, mindfulness and psychology, as well as a recap of the Vegan Spring Festival, where vegans took over the meat market.

Katie at the Spring Vegan Festival at the Meat Market. Great event creating our new vegan world in the shell of the old.

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Clips:

AboliciónBorneo’, Scott Pilgrim, Recap of the Animal Activists Forum featuring animal activists Brian and Kate, Katie’s talk ‘Working Together to Challenge Hierarchies and Discrimination in the Animal Advocacy Movement’ (presented with Dr Lara Drew), Lindsay McDougall covering ‘Human(e) Meat (The Flensing Of Sandor Katz)’ by Propagandhi: video of the song from the Vegan Spring Festival, thanks to Approaching Critical.

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On this episode we have some back-up from scholarly sources, as well as from Adam Cardilini, who is a scientist, animal advocate and co-host of Vegansci podcast. He discusses some listener feedback on episode 156, covering topics such as new animal-free alternatives, capitalism, effective animal activism, the methodology of the former vegetarian and vegan study by Faunalytics, veganism and B12, using a Fox News level of objectivity and finding the magical vegan dumpling.

We also have a brief discussion about the Invasion Day rally in Melbourne. You can listen to our audio recordings of all of the talks from that event here.

In the second half of the episode we ask Adam some further questions about his talk ‘Diversity in animal activism: Preparing for impact opportunities for the next 10 years’, which we played on episode 156. These questions are on issues such as lab-grown meat, GMOs, technology and the vegan movement. You can listen to the Q and A after Adam’s talk here.

Katie and Nick finish up the episode with a discussion on mental health medication, animal testing and veganism. For more on this topic, check out Katie’s ICAS talk (which we played on episode 131) and for more on mental health medication generally, listen in to our 92nd episode.

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Clips:

Adam Ruins Everything ‘Adam Ruins Forensic Science’ – short version, full version, Rise AgainstThe First Drop’, Camp CopeStove Lighter’.

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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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Kon Karapanagiotidis promoting http://www.whatwouldyoudo.org.au/

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This episode features a talk by Kon Karapanagiotidis from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre on the importance of advocating for refugees by focusing on values. This talk is from the panel discussion ‘Piercing the Veil of Asylum Seeker Policy & Practice: What Can Academics Do?’ from The Australian Sociological Association conference #TASA2016. You can hear other talks from this conference here, including Nick’s talks ‘Rescuing Dogs in a Mercedes-Benz: Animal Advocacy in China’ (played on episode 174) and ‘Experimental Utopias and Social Change: Examples from Australian Non-Hegemonic Activism’ (with Dr Theresa Petray).

Also covered on the episode is safe(r) spaces (which we covered on episode 131) and the centrality (or otherwise) of queer sex in discussions on queer lives.

Book recommendation:

Debt: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber – audio book.

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Clips:

War on WomenSecond Wave Goodbye’, Kon Karapanagiotidis from the panel discussion ‘Piercing the Veil of Asylum Seeker Policy & Practice: What Can Academics Do?’, Lagwagon from the album ‘Live in a Dive’, Bill Hicks ‘Gifts of Forgiveness’ from Rant in E-Minor, Lowkey ‘Soundtrack to the Struggle’, Lowkey FT. MAI KHALIL ‘Ahmed (Live Version)’ – official video, behind the song.

You can listen to a short (7 minute) version of this episode, which features our book recommendation for Debt: The Economy is a Lie – Book Recommendation, Debt: The First 5,000 Years by David Graber. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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Nick is joined by Sarah Ross from the Refugee Rights Action Network and Kaliyugan Pathmanathan, Project Coordinator of Tamil Eelam Cricket. Cali had to leave Sri Lanka as a refugee to Australia himself and he co-founded this project in order to create a platform for the Tamil diaspora around the world to participate in national and international cricket competitions and also to bridge the gap between newly arrived Tamils in the local community and the pre-existing Tamil community.

We also discuss the importance of the voices of refugees in the movement for refugees, strategies for effective refugee activism and who is to blame for harsh policies towards asylum seekers?

Cali and Sarah also give some critiques of the counter movement against Reclaim Australia. For more critiques, check out Tad Tietze’s article ‘Tackling Reclaim Australia Requires More than a Good Shirt Fronting: So What to Do?’, Sanmita Verma’s article ‘Why Were Most of the Anti-Reclaim Australia Protestors White?’ and our 97th episode.

We finish by playing some of the panel discussion linking human rights, animal rights and environmentalism – featuring Nick, Sarah and Jeff Hansen from Sea Shepherd. We also discuss attitudes towards animals in human rights movements.

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Clips:

Pussy RiotRefugees In’, Kaliyugan Pathmanathan on Tamil Eelam Cricket, Kaber Vasuki ‘Ulagathin Sondhakaran’, Panel discussion linking human rights, animal rights and environmentalism – featuring Nick, Sarah and Jeff Hansen from Sea Shepherd, M.I.A.Borders’.

You can listen to a short (8 minute) version of this episode, which features our discussion on refugee activism in Australia, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

*Quote from the M.I.A. song ‘Borders’, which we finished the episode with.

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Nick is joined by “Mother” aka sociologist Dr Theresa Petray for the entire episode. We discuss some of her research on the opportunities and limitations of using the Internet to bring about social change, as well as some of the ways it can be used more effectively by activists.

For more on these issues, check out Theresa’s articles ‘Self-Writing a Movement and Contesting Indigeneity: Being an Aboriginal Activist on Social Media’ and ‘Protest 2.0: Online Interactions and Aboriginal Activists’, her talk ‘The Revolution will not (just) be Tweeted: Social Media and Social Movements’ and her video ‘Slacktivism…or Saving the World?’. See more of Theresa’s publications here and you can also hear her on our 45th episode, discussing Indigenous self-determination.

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Also covered throughout the episode is: the effectiveness (or lack of) in waving the rainbow flag on Facebook, queer critiques of same-sex marriage, huge government spending on monitoring social media use, the “digital divide” – with only about 40% of the world having internet access, Nick’s article ‘Australian Media Hegemony and the Internet’, the book Ready Player One, Sam Graham-Felsen’s article on the importance of encouraging supporters to ‘up the level of engagement’, and Aicha Marhfour’s article ‘Hashtags Won’t Save Palestine In War Of Words And Clicks’.

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Clips:

Fresh Meat ‘Series 3, Episode 6’ – ‘Occupy’, Chumbawamba ‘Pass it Along’, Omar Offendum with The Narcicyst, Freeway, Ayah and Amir Sulaiman ‘#Jan25 Egypt’.

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