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In this show, we feature an interview with grassroots liberation activist Darren Chang on strategies and tools in the animal rights and anti-oppression movements, including the Canada Goose Pressure Campaign.
Guest co-host Meghan tells us about her experience in the protests against RibFest events, and co-host Alison shares how this parallels her experience at the Meat the Victims action she participated in last April 2019 at the Excelsior Hog Farm in Abbotsford, where Kelowna Ribfest procures some of the meat it serves at its festival. Alison’s live 7-part video experience is on our Facebook as a playlist, and we have several posts on Meat the Victims here and here.
Guest co-host Leah shares with us the latest updates on RCMP action against the Wet’suwet’en pipeline protest. More information including ways to support them is available from the Unist’ot’en Camp through this website.
We also have a lovely puppy called Maggie on the show with us who will be up for adoption through West Coast Pet Project.
Animal Activist and Researcher Darren Chang on Strategy and Effectiveness in the Animal Rights Movement, plus the Canada Goose Pressure Campaign
Former Animal Voices guest co-host Darren Chang speaks with us on the intersectionality of oppression of human and non-human animals. He currently holds a Masters in Political Philosophy and Critical Animal Studies, and has researched under the supervision of philosopher Will Kymlicka, co-author of Zoopolis: A Political Theory of Animal Rights.
Darren has been an interview guest on Animal Voices in a previous show in which he talks about his essay entitled Organize and Resist with Farmed Animals: Prefiguring Anti-Speciesist/Anti-Anthropocentric Cities on the politics of farmed animal sanctuaries. He is also a key organizer for the Canada Goose Pressure Campaign taking place mainly in Toronto, Canada.
Darren tells us about the importance of strategy, such as having carefully crafted plans that helps us identify the short-term and long-term plans and goals we want to accomplish, which also gives us a sense of direction. Strategy allows us to use our time, energy, and resources effectively.
Darren recommends watching the film Pride which captures the spirit of intersectionality against oppression. The group for activists he had mentioned called Climate Justice Toronto can be connected with on Facebook. Listen in on this show for more on Darren’s thoughts and theories on effective activism action.
Guest co-host Meghan attended the Strategic Campaign Workshop last year! Here is her livestream footage of her experience there:
Further resources for learning:
- Strategic Campaign Workshop 2019 presentation slides
- Organizing for Power: Resources for Organizers & Trainers
- Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution
- Center for Story-Based Strategy (CSS)
- Building a Movement to End the New Jim Crow – free PDF book
- The Cranky Vegan playlists Are We Winning? – season 1 and season 2
Show produced by Alison Cole, with web content written by Asami Hitohara, and guest co-hosted by Leah Thompson and Meghan Beattie.