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Pro-Intersectional Veganism and What it Means to Grassroots Vegan Activists

Pro-Intersectional Veganism and What it Means to Grassroots Vegan Activists

| by Roger Yates | Posted in Vlog

I’m very much looking forward to VegFestUK’s Pro-Intersectional Vegan Conference in London, October 23rd 2016. I’ll be attending, not as a teacher, but as a student. My ears will be open much more than my mouth!



At my earlier session at VegFestUK Bristol, entitled “Pro-Intersectional Veganism and What it Means to Grassroots Vegan Activists,” I’ll be describing how we have brought an intersectional stance to the activities of the Vegan Information Project (VIP) in Dublin.

Sunday May 22nd, between 4:00 – 4:30pm, in the Activists Workshops tent



VIP ran an informal course on social movements which began in World Vegan Month 2013, and extended into 2014. This featured VIP and guest speakers. For example, HERE, straight-edge vegan, feminist, and anarchist, Tina Cubberley, talks about their concept of “We Are Each Other,” THIS is a follow up session to that, and THIS is intersectional scholar/activist Dr. Anthony Nocella II talking about ableism in the animal advocacy movement, the Francione countermovement, and the concept of Total Liberation.


The audio clip immediately below, from Vegan International Radio, features me talking about my understanding of intersectionality.


In a more practical sense – and the focus of my Bristol workshop – I will explain how we embrace the notion of intersectionality on the streets of Dublin. For example, we feature literature on (vegan) Food Not Bombs, and feature texts of a feminist nature, such as this poster and leaflet about the Barbie doll.



In terms of claim-making [1], an intersectional approach prompts animal advocates to be positive rather than negative. For example, when asked about what veganism is all about, we never give people a list of things that we are against – or what we “can’t” (in other words, won’t) eat. What we say, instead, is that we are in favour of justice and nonviolence, that the originators of veganism as a social movement regarded themselves to be part of the peace movement, and they saw veganism as integral to the moral evolution of humanity.


This is a very positive way to begin a conversation. After all, how many are opposed to justice? We explain that the vegan movement is trying to get the notion of justice over the species barrier.


If you like the sound of an intersectional approach to grassroots vegan education outreach, or want to challenge the idea, join me at this workshop.

[1]. Sociologists who specialise in social movement studies regard movements as claims-makers in civil society.


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