A number of us feminists, Black feminists, all around awesome people, — including Seattle Black Feminists, Living Ro-Om Culture, She’s With Me Seattle, and friends, have decided to hold an off the hook meetup/get together/event/gig type-of-thing to watch the second Sistah Vegan Online Conference — the full two days of it!! This year’s theme is The Vegan Praxis of Black Lives Matter: Challenging Neoliberal Whiteness While Building Anti-Racist Solidarity Among Vegans of Color and Allies (Before, After, & Beyond Ferguson)!
The founder of Sistah Vegan, Dr. A. Breeze Harper — a critical decolonial Black feminist, concentrated her research on how whiteness operates within veganism. Of course as you can imagine she’s integrated these crucial frameworks into her analyses over the past number of years she has worked on this project — offering critiques on folks who tout how awesome veganism is when Brown folks are dying, getting sick and exposed to pesticides picking, collecting their veggies, discussing the significance of vegan restaurants constructed in (what were) predominantly Black neighborhoods that have become gentrified — and then some — (Imagine Ezell’s Famous Chicken ((in an increasingly gentrified neighborhood such as the Central District where our event is being held)) turning into a vegan eatery with a majority of white bodies patronizing the place. How fitting a scenario).
It is not necessary to be vegan to come and hang out — it’s perfectly OK to harbor a ham sandwich somewhere! This is an opportunity to increase your knowledge and understanding on the subjects at hand, and see how others experience things — gain a greater understanding on race, racism, anti-racism and more in foodways.
Things are going down in the CD on Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25 from 10 am-5 pm each day. This web conference is interactive and will have various speakers and workshops that will address the following questions:
– How do veganism and #blacklivesmatter intersect?
– What does a vegan praxis of “black lives matter” look like?
– What does veganism that ignores “black lives matter” look like, and what are the unintended consequences?
– Why do race and whiteness matter, and how do they operate within veganism and beyond?
– What does allyship look like within the #blacklivesmatter movement amongst non-black vegans and black non-vegans?
We have a projector, so no need to worry about huddling around and straining your eyes on a small computer screen — we hook folks up like that. We’ll also have vegan food, great vibes and good people. This event is open to all — including your kids. And because we paid for the large group rate registration fee to stream this conference, we ask those who plan on attending to pay what you can between $5 and $10/day to attend. Since this is all happening at someone’s home, contact me directly for the address.
In the video below, the Sistah Vegan, Dr. A. Breeze Harper sings ‘No More Auction Block’
Here is the schedule for each day. You can show up for the ones that interest you, or stay from 10-5 each day and watch them all — just come through:
10:20 am.”Dispelling the Myth of ‘Cruelty-Free’ Commodities Within the Context of Black Lives Matter and a Racist Food System: A Dialogue Between Lauren Ornelas (Director, Food Empowerment Project) and Dr. A. Breeze Harper
11:00 am. “Cooking Up Black Lives Matter: A Critical Race Dialogue with vegan Chef Bryant Terry” | Panelists: Chef Bryant Terry and Dr. A. Breeze Harper
11:30 am. “Locating Intersections and the Decolonization of Veganism through Black Womanist Theology” | Candace Laughinghouse, PhD Candidate (Regent University)
12:00 pm. Break
12:30 pm. “‘The Pig is a Filthy Animal’: Challenging Speciesist ‘Race-Conscious’ Black Liberation Rhetoric (Before, After, and Beyond Ferguson) | A. Breeze Harper (moderator) and Kevin Tillman (Founder, Vegan Hip Hop Movement).
1:00 pm. “From Critiquing Thug Kitchen to Revealing Vermont’s Speciesist White Agricultural Narrative: pattrice jones tells us about her Vegan Praxis of Black Lives Matter as a White Ally” | Speakers: A. Breeze Harper (moderator) and pattrice jones (co-founder, VINE Sanctuary)
1:45 pm. “Dear White People, Black Lives Matter: An Introductory Workshop For White Vegans on Being an Ally”| Speakers: Dr. Paul Gorski (George Mason University) and Dallas Rising
2:30 pm. “ALL Black Lives Matter: Exposing and Dismantling Transphobia and Heteronormativity in Mainstream Black ‘Conscious’ Plant-Based Dietary Movement” | Speakers: Toi Scott (Afrogenderqueer.com) and Victoria Crump.
3:20-4:00 pm. Funding Pro-Vegan Anti-Racist Projects: Challenges and Strategies in a ‘Post-Racial’ Era” | Panelists: Alissa Hauser (Executive Director, The Pollination Project) and Dr. A. Breeze Harper
10:00 am. [TBD]
10:30 am “Black Lives [Don’t] Matter: Michael Vick and the Demonization of Blackness Among White Vegans and Animal Rights Activists”| Speaker: Harlan Eugene Weaver, PhD (Davidson College)
11:30 am. “Pro-Vegan Self-Care for Racial Justice Activists: Building a Long-Term Community of Support”| Speaker: Jessica Rowshandel, LMSW
12:00 pm. Break
12:20 pm. Announcement of the Anti-Racist Changemakers of 2015 Award Winners and Raffle Prizes
1:30 pm. “[TITLE TO BE DETERMINED]” | Speaker: Christopher Sebastian McJetters (Vegan Publishers)
2:30 pm. “Abolitionist Veganism and Anti-Oppression Within the Context of Black Lives Matter” | Speaker: Sarah K. Woodcock (Founder, The Abolitionist Vegan Society)
3:00 pm. “Not Business as Usual: The Praxis of Black Lives Matter in Vegan Entrepreneurship | Speaker: Hnin W. Hnin (ROC United and Eatable.com)
3:50-4:45 pm. “The Origins of the Criminalization of Blackness in the Context of a ‘Race Neutral’ Analysis and how it Helped Shape Policing Policies” | Speaker: Liz Ross (Founder, Coalition of Vegan Activists of Color)