“Animal Liberation and Social Justice: What’s the Connection?”
Ecofeminist author and activist Pattrice Jones will analyze the links between animal exploitation and social/environmental injustice. Speciesism is foundational to intra-species forms of oppression, such as racism and homophobia, providing ideological, psychological, and material support to injustice among people as well as to despoliation of the environment (which also hurts people). In explaining these connections, Jones will explain the concept of “intersectionality” as it is understood by feminist and antiracist scholars and activists, as well as the ecofeminist concept of the “logic of domination.” In closing, she will offer tips for building bridges across the animal, enivronmental, and social justice movements.
Pattrice Jones is an eco/anarcha-feminist writer, scholar, and activist who came to animal liberation through social justice work. Her activist history began in Baltimore in the 1970s and includes tenant organizing, anti-racist education, and direct action in a variety of flavors. She cofounded VINE Sanctuary, an LGBTQ-run organization which offers refuge to farmed animals while offering a progressive approach to animal liberation and associated agricultural reform. Her book, Aftershock: Confronting Trauma in a Violent World is a handbook for activists hoping to heal themselves as well as our violent and violated neighborhoods and ecosystems.