Please join us for a statement on the Calgary Stampede from Michael Alvarez-Toye of the Calgary Animal Rights Coalition (read full text here), followed by a conversation with Sheila Hamanaka and Patrick Kwan about racism in the animal rights movement. While many believe that they are not racist and that racism doesn’t touch our cause, such a perspective avoids responsibility for the prejudice and discrimination within the movement. Further, often issues of race and racism are not seen as relevant to the welfare and liberation of animals. Yet, as various scholars and activists have demonstrated, human and non-human oppression are intimately intertwined.
Hamanaka is an anti-racist educator who has studied with the People’s Institute. She is also a member of the Justice and Unity Campaign of WBAI and a celebrated children’s author and illustrator. Kwan is the founder and Executive Director of the Student Animal Rights Alliance. Additionally, he has campaigned as a human rights and environmental activist through his past work with Amnesty International.
For more info, see the recent Satya article, Racism and the Animal Rights Movement, by Sheila Hamanaka with Tracy Basile.
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