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Storytelling as a Form of Resistance: Coco Riot on Mythology, Spanish Nationality and Extinction

Storytelling as a Form of Resistance: Coco Riot on Mythology, Spanish Nationality and Extinction

Coco Riot, a queer Spanish artist believes art is not a tool for social change but social change itself. “I feel that my art practice deals with a lot of powerful, mythical creatures oppressed by society in a labyrinth of rules and punishments,” says Coco. Symbolic imagery is something Coco is drawn to in order … Continue reading

You can’t humanewash genocide. Riaz Sayani-Mulji on Israel’s Use of Vegan Propaganda to Normalize Apartheid, Genocide, and Ethnic Cleansing

You can’t humanewash genocide. Riaz Sayani-Mulji on Israel’s Use of Vegan Propaganda to Normalize Apartheid, Genocide, and Ethnic Cleansing

Israel’s claims to be leading the vegan revolution with vegan tourism, sympathetic politicians, misanthropic intellectuals, and accommodations for soldiers in the Israel Defence Forces. What does veganism have to do with what is going on in Palestine? Although there is seemingly a growing movement for animals in Israel, it is important to recognize that this … Continue reading

Mapping the Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon Through Colonization: An Interview with Ecologist Stuart Pimm

Mapping the Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon Through Colonization: An Interview with Ecologist Stuart Pimm

The passenger pigeon once numbered in the billions in North America. However, due to habitat loss resulting from european settlement, deforestation, and overhunting; the passenger pigeon population in North America fragmented and never recovered. Stuart Pimm discusses the importance of understanding the passenger pigeon’s ecological history in the context of the broader history of european … Continue reading

Counter Narratives: scott crow on Anarchism, Pragmatic Ethics, and Going Beyond Vegan Consumerism

Counter Narratives: scott crow on Anarchism, Pragmatic Ethics, and Going Beyond Vegan Consumerism

Building on ideas of larger struggles, crow discusses the philosophy of anarchism and the practical applications it has – how can anarchism create a framework for asking questions and challenge ourselves to envision different futures in which we don’t have all of the solutions. Crow draws on his experience with Common Ground Collective, which was … Continue reading

What Does The Prairie Dog Say? Con Slobodchikoff, Author of <em>Chasing Doctor Dolittle</em>, on Animal Language

What Does The Prairie Dog Say? Con Slobodchikoff, Author of Chasing Doctor Dolittle, on Animal Language

For a long time, people thought a prairie dog chirp just meant “Danger!” Then Con Slobodchikoff recorded the chirps, slowed them down and analyzed them. Turns out they mean more like “The tall man in the red shirt is coming this way again and this time there’s a dog with him!” In this interview, Slobodchikoff explores prairie dog language, dog and cat communication, whale song, lizard body language, and much more. Continue reading

Finding Points of Unity: Darius Mirshahi Gets Us Ready for the Peoples’ Social Forum

Finding Points of Unity: Darius Mirshahi Gets Us Ready for the Peoples’ Social Forum

The Peoples’ Social Forum is a huge gathering of activists happening in Ottawa in August. Co-organizer Darius Mirshahi will tell us all about how to participate and what to expect. You may recognize Mirshahi as hip-hop artist Testament — he’ll also chat with us about how he got into hip-hop and why he feels it is the most potent form of music for conveying political messages. Continue reading

For People Who Love Animals And Numbers: An Interview With “Counting Animals” Blogger Harish Sethu

For People Who Love Animals And Numbers: An Interview With “Counting Animals” Blogger Harish Sethu

How many animals do you save each year by going vegetarian? Does factory farming make meat cheaper? Who’s more animal-friendly, Democrats or Republicans? These are just a few of the questions Harish Sethu tackles on his blog, Counting Animals. Using the best data available, Sethu works to give animal advocates accurate, defensible numbers they can use in their arguments. Continue reading