Love in abundance: Hana Low on the intersections between queer human and non-human animal liberation

Love in abundance: Hana Low on the intersections between queer human and non-human animal liberation

Many of us have heard of the term “trickle-down economics”, but Hana Low wants to introduce us to “trickle-up social justice”. Coined by Dean Spade, this term is the jumping off point of a talk Hana gives about the connections between fighting oppression for LGBTQ communities and non-human animals. Hana alludes to a few common … 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

Dylan Powell on Veganism in Occupied Territories

Dylan Powell on Veganism in Occupied Territories

Dylan Powell talks with AV about veganism in occupied territories. The system of animal agriculture brought to the Americas 500 years ago is hungry for land — for grazing, for feedcrops — and its expansion is tied to land theft, displacement, and environmental destruction. Might activists fighting this system recognize as allies the Onkwehon:we (original people) activists fighting to protect remaining wild spaces against pipelines, fracking, and suburban sprawl? (Photo from ontarioplaques.com) Continue reading

Live to Work: Labour Studies Professor Kendra Coulter Examines Work By Animals and Work With Animals

Live to Work: Labour Studies Professor Kendra Coulter Examines Work By Animals and Work With Animals

Dr. Kendra Coulter is teaching the first-ever Labour Studies course focused on nonhuman animals at a major university. Using examples ranging from therapy dogs to horse racing, from socialized care of street dogs in Greece to low-cost veterinary clinics in Hamilton, Coulter shows us how animal work is enmeshed with capitalism and class, and how we can approach solidarity with working animals and the humans who work with them. Continue reading