Animal rescue help: Do you live in Berkeley, El Cerrito, or Albany CA?
There is a hen living in a Bike Shoppe window. she was given 12 eggs to hatch. 10 babies have died and the shoppe keeper says it’s because she is a new adoptive mother who never had babies before. I need help with trying to get the hen and the 2 babies (who I hope are still alive) out.
I have hardly any experience with this and need local help from animal compassion /vegan folk in the area. It’s Bikes on Solano 1554 Solano Ave, Albany, CA. If you could contact them and inquire about the health of the hen and the babies and ask why the other 10 are dead, I’d appreciate it. 510-524-1094. The more calls the better.
I just spoke to a bird sanctuary expert who says that there is almost no way that that hen would have smothered the babies and that they most likely died from hunger despite “good intentions”.
I’d like to do this without using cruel words or whatnot towards the shoppe keeper. Just keep focus on the health of the chickens and not demonizing the shoppe keeper. Most of us were not always vegans or AR folk and were ignorant too of non human animals suffering and agency.
In the second video, in December of 2014, LaJuana speaks about why she chooses to travel across the USA to do anti-racism, domestic violence awareness, and Black Womyn’s Lives Matter teach-ins throughout the USA. It was recorded a year ago, and since then, LaJuana successfully completed the caravan travel.
And lastly, here is a trailer to the documentary about the Free Marissa Caravan that LaJuana participated in.
Click on the GoFundMe below to help donate to LaJuana’s campaign to help her save her home so she can continue to do the work that needs to get done. Please invest in systemic change by investing in the change-makers. Click on the GoFundMe Link Below to make the investment.
As a person who is not blind, I am guilty of having used the term colorblind as a way to define those [mostly white] people who claim that they do not have biases towards human beings because of that persona’s race/skin color.
I stopped using the word colorblind about 5 years ago.
I spend most of my time engaged with vegan and other ethical consumption communities who argue that ethical consumption is a ‘colorblind’ endeavor (i.e., “race doesn’t matter”). Despite trying to explain that we don’t live in a ‘post-racial’ world, what often gets missed is the ableism behind using ‘colorblind’ to freely to discuss racial issues. Here is an excerpt from the book Blinded by Sight by Osagie K. Obasogie that I highly suggest as reading materials for those of us who have colluded with ableist framing of the ethical consumption world and behind.
“In effect, colorblindness as a metaphor turns blind people into racial mascots in much the same way that some sports teams demean Native American by misappropriating their imagery and social experience. A distorted, misunderstood, and objectified understanding of group abilities and social dynamics is celebrated as a rally cry at the very same time that it dehumanizes the group by denying full acknowledgment of their complex lives. Colorblindness has turned blind people against their will into a series of cartoonish representations of racial utopia that fundamentally warps their human experiences.” (page 129)
When white people use the word ‘colorblind’ to explain their take on race and racism, it almost always upsets vegans of color who are sight-abled. They become upset because it dismisses their lived realities of systemic racism they collectively experience in the USA. Not surprisingly, as beneficiaries of a site-ableist society, those of us who have gotten upset over this, rarely if ever get upset over the ableism implied.
So, if you weren’t aware of this before, will you now stop using the phrase “colorblind” ?
What other ableist phrases and ideas have you (beyond site-ability) used?
Here is a great resource to learn more about Ableism.
Facebook, thank you for allowing Ben Carson to advertise on Facebook. He is an Islamaphobe and plants seeds of hate which give people the idea that violence against anyone who is Muslim is ‘acceptable’. Don’t you understand that violent actions are planted by seeds of hate? How do we know he won’t make the next domestic terrorist in the USA who decides to kill or hurt Muslims because of what he has said and keeps on saying?
I thought hate speech and hate groups were not allowed on Facebook, no? I guess hate is subjective!!! (sigh). Just wondering if Facebook can try harder to not support those who plant seeds of hate and create terrorists through racism, Islamaphobia, etc. There is plenty of social science evidence out there that shows that supporting hate creates an inequitable society filled with those who accept violence as the norm to those they have been mis-taught to believe ‘don’t belong’ or deserve no ‘human rights’… or even deserve to be seen as not human.
Thanks so much for taking his money (because at the end, it’s all about profit) and upholding his ‘free [hate] speech’. (Sarcasm and frustration)
Straight from the babes’ mouths, here is what they think about their new washcloths. They are tough critiques because they always think every washcloth I’ve ever given them is too rough– especially on their faces and particularly on the baby’s light eczema problem.
We also try to tackle the baby’s eczema with these remedies and it’s been working very well, along with adding a few drops of lavendar and tea tree oil in the bath water!
Nettles is great for eczema. We make it many ways, but the baby’s favorite is in soup. I make her nettles, barley, lentils soup. It’s quick and simple:
The below was originally published in August of 2015, but I will re-share.
A few months ago, I let my fans know that for a future Sistah Vegan endeavor, I will be collaborating with artists and designers to make a new line of Sistah Vegan “approved” jewelry called “Fashionable Resistance”. This line will showcase the activists and scholars who have been influential for my scholarship and activism. Back in the Fall of 2014, I had written that I would love to showcase folk such as pattrice jones, Angela Davis, Bryant Terry, DJ Cavem, Lauren Ornelas (Food Empowerment Project), Octavia Butler (vegan by the way) and Queen Afua (with proper permission from them of course).
The kick-off event has now arrived for the Sistah Vegan Project’s Fashionable Resistance. Chef Bryant Terry is the first person to be part of our new line and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Charisma Eclectic helped with the design and making the earrings. Author of groundbreaking vegan cookbooks such as Vegan Soul Kitchen, The Inspired Vegan, and Afro-Vegan, Terry’s work has been a significant influence on the Sistah Vegan Project’s ‘race-conscious’ approach to analyzing vegan praxis in the USA.
I attended his 2009 book release party at San Francisco’s Museum of the African Diaspora. He gave a thought-provoking speech in which he spoke about his journey to producing his first solo book project. While giving the talk, the projector was stuck on showing the image of a watermelon on the wall. Terry began talking about how ‘perfect’ it was that the projector was stuck on showing the watermelon. He shared with us that he had never had a taste of watermelon until he was a teenager. Why? Because of the negative stereotypes of Black people eating watermelons, his parents wanted to protect him from the pain of living in a racist and anti-Black USA society as a Black male. Food objects such as watermelon that should be pleasurable, became a taboo to consume because of its laden socio-historical connotation with Blacks as ‘buffoons’ within the white racist imagination/narrative. Terry’s story helped to strengthen the Sistah Vegan Project’s ongoing work: analyzing and showing that how individuals experience ‘cruelty-free’ vegan food objects (such as watermelons) is deeply impacted by the on-going cruelty of systemic racism.
6 years later, Terry’s work continues to engage both vegan culinary arts and critical race consciousness around the needs of communities of color, such as fighting environmental racism and acknowledging that we live in a militarized police state in which racial profiling and anti-Black ideologies rule supreme.
Bryant Terry earrings are available for order, on demand, for $25.00 (including mailing within USA) by sending an online PayPal payment to the address breezeharper at gmail dot com. (Unfortunately, WordPress won’t allow me to put a custom-made Paypal earrings button on the site. Sorry, but I hope that in the near future I will have an Etsy shoppe (or similar) up for the Fashionable Resistance line.)