Episode 4: Who Real, Who Fake – How to Donate Effectively, Eliminate the Third Party, Find Books for Vegans of Color and Reject Celebrity Activism

No time to depend upon others to make the change that we want to see or lead the impact that we feel should be made. Dependence on capitalist structures to regulate when and how much we give is unreliable.

Some people/orgs appreciate monetary donations as a way to be compensated for a skill without further distancing community from the resource, while others may not need monetary donations as much as community support in order to outsource organizing tasks, to spread the word and to volunteer. It is always nice to ask or pay attention to the kind of donation that is most requested.

EPISODE 4:

Who Real, Who Fake: How to Donate Effectively, Eliminate the Third Party, Find Books for Vegans of Color and Reject Celebrity Activism


Three Word Check-In: Energized, Reflective, Proud

Affirmation: I am a great leader!


Black/Brown Vegan You Should Know:

Julia Feliz-Brueck, author and illustrator

Julia’s Website

Articles by Julia

Books by Sanctuary Publisher

How to Support Sanctuary Publishers

Patreon

Sanctuary Publishers can be found on IG

@sanctuarypublishers


Background Info: Vegan Bill of Consistent Anti-Oppression


Discussion: How to Donate Effectively, Eliminate the Third Party, Find Books for Vegans of Color and Reject Celebrity Activism

No time to depend upon others to make the change that we want to see or lead the impact that we feel should be made. Dependence on capitalist structures to regulate when and how much we give is unreliable.

Some people/orgs appreciate monetary donations as a way to be compensated for a skill without further distancing community from the resource, while others may not need monetary donations as much as community support in order to outsource organizing tasks, to spread the word and to volunteer. It is always nice to ask or pay attention to the kind of donation that is most requested.

When buying these books that elevate Black/Brown vegans of color, be sure to buy from the publisher so as to directly compensate those who contributed to this resource.


Forward Item

Attempt to go directly to the source.

Be a bridge; not a third party. 

Fuel the People hosted a community resource called Pop-Up Market.

This pop-up market began as a vegan food and product distribution that has now evolved into a refreshing community space for folx to stock up on essentials, food items and clothing  while enjoying the company of others over music and a warm meal.

Feel free to donate resources (clothes or dry food) or time via our volunteer opportunities, that will directly benefit Black/Brown QTPoC people and youth,

photos and event recap on IG: fuelthepeople

Peace!

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Episode 3: We’re Making History, Which Side Are You On?

Convenience isn’t a reason to commit to something.

We are at a time where we need to challenge and question societal norms beyond what the mainstream moral compass. Until we live in a vegan world, it is necessary to make sacrifices.

The real question is posed to us now: if we were alive during times of antebellum slavery would we support it, if given the choice? 

EPISODE THREE:

We’re Making History, Which Side Are You On?


Three Word Check-In: Energized, Reflective, Proud

Affirmation: I am a great leader!


Black/Brown Vegan You Should Know:

Aph Ko, decolonial vegan theorist

Aphro-ism

100 Black Vegans

Black Vegans Rock

Aph Ko Media

Aph’s website is aphko.com

IG: @BlackVegansRock 


Background Info: Slavery, It’s Still a Thing by Christopher Sebastian


Discussion: We’re Making History, Which Side Are You On?

I don’t want you to go vegan because you realize it “isn’t that challenging” I want you to be ready to embrace the challenge so that you can hold others accountable for doing the same. Convenience isn’t a reason to commit to something.

We are at a time where we need to challenge and question societal norms beyond what the mainstream moral compass. Until we live in a vegan world, it is necessary to make sacrifices.

The real question is posed to us now: if we were alive during times of antebellum slavery would we support it, if given the choice? 

Are we willing to embrace the challenge of filling in the gray area?

Where do your values come from? We’ve spoken much about our oppression but we need to evaluate this desire to speak and alleviate our oppression. Is it because we see ourselves of agents of change or simply because we wanted to fit within the definition of whiteness?

When we were presented with a white supremacist viewpoint of the world– through school systems, measurements of success, and status quo- we had been blinded.

In this episode, I talk about how anti-blackness would continue to exist within all of us if we continued to utilize the white gaze. 

It is important to challenge the white gaze so that you create a gap between the white gaze and your outlook on life as an individual, but also begin the internal journey back to Black/Brown collective consciousness, ancestral wisdom and tradition.


Forward Item

Attempt to get to the root of why you care about fighting oppression,

why liberation matters to you,

what liberation looks like to you,

what liberation feels like to you

and how would we thrive as liberated people.

Why do you feel it is important to do this work? Why does this matter?

Beyond the obvious.

Peace!

 

EPISODE TWO: That’s the Motto, Y.G.V.O

Be encouraged to reject vegan narratives, activists or platforms that disregard your lived experiences, promote white supremacy, contradict your values, or commit violence to one or more of your identities.

EPISODE TWO:

That’s the Motto, Y.G.V.O.

(You Only “Go Vegan” Once.)


Three Word Check-In: Tired, Grateful, Serene

Affirmation: I am Resilient


Black/Brown Vegan You Should Know:

Jamila Anahata, The Soulful Veganista

What is Conscious Living?

Conscious Living is Activism

 Afro-Vegan Society 

Recipes

Jamila’s IG is @thesoulfulveganista 


Background Info: Definition of Veganism 


Discussion: That’s the Motto, YGVO

  1. If you want to eat as a vegan does for your own health reasons, then thats wonderful, but do vegan activists a favor by just not using the word “vegan” on your platform and in your interactions.
  2. If you are only plant-based for health, I’d suggest referring to your platform as plant-based or even just healthy. It is true that some vegan diets are optimal for health and fitness, but I feel as though that should all stay over there. Reasons to Go Vegan videos are becoming watered down by the diet culture and fat-phobic rhetoric to the point where I actually don’t blame people making “going vegan” a New Year Resolution. It is up to us to discern our platforms to provide more authentic vegan resources.
  3. It is actually helpful to the narrative that a plant-based lifestyle is healthy without portraying veganism as a completely diet-related effort that sometimes considers compassion. Be transparent about the fact that your plant-based lifestyle 
  4. If you want to use the word vegan, bring your values to your platform. If you’re not in the place to bring the entirety of veganism to your platform, remove veganism from your brand.
  5. Veganuary is a reflection of the fact that mainstream white vegans jump at every small interest in veganism, then throw people away when they don’t end up pursuing the lifestyle holistically or long-term. They do so without realizing the gaps in their activism that lead people to believe this is a single issue campaign and a knee-jerk decision.

Forward Item

Find your “Why” allow it to blossom.

Allow your why to  take up space in different areas.

Seek the reasoning that resonates for you.

Clarify why it resonates, and carry this resonance throughout your interaction with vegan content.

Expose yourself to several arguments.

Be encouraged to reject vegan narratives, activists or platforms that disregard your lived experiences, promote white supremacy, contradict your values, or commit violence to one or more of your identities.

Also, be encouraged to just reject certain arguments within the vegan movement without rejecting veganism as a whole. 

Peace!

 

EPISODE ONE: How to Support Black/Brown Vegan Activists

EPISODE ONE:

How to Support Black/Brown Vegan Activists 


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

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Availabilities include..

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)
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 Thank you for being here!