Three Word Check-In: Excited, Grounded, Supported
Affirmation: I am Ready.
Black/Brown Vegan You Should Know: Brenda Sanders, Executive Director of Afro-Vegan Society
Thrive Baltimore: http://thrivebaltimore.org/home/
Afro-Vegan Society: http://www.afrovegansociety.org
PEP Foods: http://www.pepfoodsinc.com/
The Greener Kitchen: https://www.mdveganeats.com/greener-kitchen-menu/
Brenda’s IG is @veganfoodjustice
Background Info: New to Food Justice Activism?
Discussion: How to Support Black/Brown Vegans
1. Attend events held for education on these topics, events where you can support by connecting with people or applying/sharing the resources they provide
2. Hold yourself accountable for learning what you can do, youre on the right track by reading this essay instead of asking Black/Brown vegans what you can do to help. What is important for you to do is take initiative rather than presenting another task to activists who have spent a great amount of effort or energy on this topic. Ask where you can learn more — I’m sure they’d be more than happy to send you a link, refer you to previous work they’ve done or provide books/resources for you to gain more information on existing black/brown vegan activism and narratives. You support us a lot by taking time to engage with work we have already done.
3. Continuously share – be consistent. Allow whoever you are trying to convince to engage with the direct source, act as a bridge rather than a tour guide. Support us by speaking up where necessary, but also allowing us to do the talking for the most part. Actively center the voices of Black/Brown people while assuming the position of a supporter, reinforcer, learner and active participant.
4. Identify your platform and place Black/Brown vegan voices at the center of it when sharing resources or referring people to anything vegan – not just liberation/justice related content. Strive to first share Black and Brown people because more often than not white vegans are already well known even by people who are not vegan.
5. Donate intentionally; donate with time, effort and resources just as much as monetary funds, if not more. As we divest from capitalist frameworks, we could value the redistribution wealth, but also resources and agency to live in accordance with one’s values. Ask to volunteer, offer resources such as databases, administrative skills or event spaces, and use platform to center this voice
6. Apply knowledge just as much as you absorb it, refer your friends to our talks and literature before having a discussion. Don’t put it upon yourself to represent black or brown vegans and then feel guilty for not succeeding. Support us by giving our voice the platform that you have that even makes you want to speak on it in the first place. Normalize Black and Brown vegans in the discussion
Forward Item: Volunteer Opportunities with Black VegFest.
ABOUT G.A.ME & Black VegFest
Black VegFest creates vegan centered events that empowers and outreaches to the Black community. BVF addresses animal welfare, health and environmentalism. Our first annual event was on August 11, 2018. http://www.blackvegfest.org
Grassroots Artists MovEment (G.A.ME) is the non-profit organization where we address black and brown socio-economic issues. G.A.ME is also the home of Black VegFest. Choose to assist G.A.ME with a broad range of political or socio-economic concerns including youth empowerment, health and wellness and artist issues. www.gamenyc.org
1-General Office work: Office Management, Data Entry, Phones, Typing, Scheduling
2-Planning Committee for future events (key organizing roles for serious event planners)
3-Action Committee for animal and human protests (hellraisers wanted, mobilize people for justice)
4-Event Organizing in your City (outside of NYC), bring Black VegFest to your city (must exhibit initiative, cv/resume)
Thank you for being here!