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Northeast Animal Liberation Festival UPDATED FLYER & more

flyer for Northeast Animal Liberation Festival

5 days til the Northeast Animal Liberation Festival. If you aren’t aware of the updates to the facebook event page, keep reading! Bold Native screening will follow a panel discussion “Animal Liberation in a Culture of Violence and Exploitation,” featuring tireless activists Peter Young, Jenny Brown and Camille Hankins. Truth bombs will be dropped to say the least…

Vegan potluck dishes are strongly encouraged, but additional BBQ food will be available—only requirement is that contributions are 100% vegan.

Copied from facebook event:

SCHEDULE

6p vegan BBQ potluck

7p “Animal Liberation in a Culture of Violence and Exploitation” discussion panel featuring former Animal Liberation Front activist Peter Young, Jenny Brown of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, and Camille Hankins of Win Animal Rights.

8p screening of BOLD NATIVE

930p Q&A with Peter Young

More about our PANELISTS

Peter Young

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEuBaGc1M-Y

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Daniel_Young

Camille Hankins

http://www.abolitionist-online.com/interview-issue05_war.win.animal.rights-camille.hankins.shtml

Jenny Brown

http://www.chronogram.com/issue/2008/9/View+From+the+Top/Local-Luminary

BOLD NATIVE

Bold Native is a fiction feature film. Charlie Cranehill, an animal liberator wanted by the United States government for domestic terrorism, emerges from the underground to coordinate a nationwide action as his estranged CEO father tries to find him before the FBI does. The film simultaneously follows a young woman who works for an animal welfare organization fighting within the system to establish more humane treatment of farmed animals. From abolitionists to welfarists, Bold Native takes on the issue of modern animal use and exploitation from several angles within the context of a road movie adventure story.

FEATURED TABLES

- Adirondack Animal Rights

- Albany Vegetarian Network

- Collar City Infoshop

- Motive Company

- Out of the Pits

- Warcry Publishing

- Win Animal Rights

- Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

- X’s to O’s Vegan Bakery

***all potluck dishes must be 100% vegan (no meat, fish, dairy, eggs, honey—if you have a question about this don’t be shy!)

$10 suggested donation/ $5 student/low income

It should be mentioned that the timing of this event coincides with the Saturday evening showtime of Ringling Brothers’ Circus. The animals imprisoned by Ringling Brothers need our voices, and our immediate action. Please note each circus showtime & plan demonstrations accordingly, but we hope you will consider skipping the latest Saturday protest & joining us for this unique and important evening.

See you Saturday!

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Sanctuary for Independent Media

Northeast Animal Liberation Festival and Bold Native Screening

 

Photo credit: boldnative.com.

“My name is Charlie Cranehill. You’ll read about me in the news. See pictures of me with the word ‘terrorist’ after my name.”

Mark your calendars and join us May 7 at the Sanctuary for Independent Media for a vegan BBQ potluck and screening of Bold Native, the first full-length feature film about the animal liberation movement. Stay for a panel discussion and Q&A with Jenny Brown of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary and Camille Hankins of Win Animal Rights and No Kill New York.

The event may replace our usual monthly potluck for either April or May, and unlike our usual potlucks, additional food will be provided so a dish is not mandatory, but will get you a discount on your door fee. As usual, dishes must be 100% vegan (no meat, dairy, eggs, honey).

Bold Native is a fiction feature film. Charlie Cranehill, an animal liberator wanted by the United States government for domestic terrorism, emerges from the underground to coordinate a nationwide action as his estranged CEO father tries to find him before the FBI does. The film simultaneously follows a young woman who works for an animal welfare organization fighting within the system to establish more humane treatment of farmed animals. From abolitionists to welfarists, Bold Native takes on the issue of modern animal use and exploitation from several angles within the context of a road movie adventure story.

The filmmakers’ background in documentary informed the creative approach to Bold Native. Self-financed and shot with a four person team in real-world locations, sometimes using real activists, lawyers, and formerly imprisoned animal liberators, the film weaves an intricate tale of one of the most important issues facing America and the world morally and ecologically – the impact and consequences of industrialized animal use. And with a character who faces prosecution and potential lifetime imprisonment under the recently passed Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) for property crimes currently considered terrorism, the film also illuminates the danger of corporate interests influencing the law in a post-9/11 world.

(via boldnative.com)

Read more about Bold Native:
http://supervegan.com/blog/entry.php?id=1566
http://girliegirlarmy.com/blog/20100719/bold-native/

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becoming vegan

Happy new year friends! I am grateful to be a part of Adirondack Animal Rights  and the fight for those who can’t fight for themselves. Working with dedicated and compassionate activists has shaped a large portion of my perspective and inspired me to share my experience of being vegan. More posts forthcoming! Questions & feedback are welcome!

-Sheila

first published 1/1/11 & x-posted to veganicorn.

2011 nears and a nearby citrus & cilantro candle rekindles the very specific memory of my first and last taste of ceviche, my first meal of 2010. Unavailable in the climes of upstate New York raw fish marinated in citrus seemed a novel culinary exploit that suited the confines of my voluntary dietary restrictions.

Before deciding to go vegan I followed what I called “pesceveganism.” Such classification permitted (on the side of a “mostly” plant pased diet) lox bagels with capers and onions with my BFF after an art school all-nighter. I could grab endless plates from the sushi-go-round with my family on Christmas. I nonchalantly snacked on octopus, recalling the time my dad tricked me into trying calamari and me secretly enjoying it… not even fried. I was into fish tacos before they were “relevant.” I could load up on coconut shrimp at an awkward super bowl party, and because that was my final instance of animal consumption I will stop there.

“Pescevegan” seemed the most convenient description for a diet abstaining from animal consumption with the exception of seafood. Vegans might abhor the blasphemous inclusion of “vegan” in my terminology, in that true veganism transcends diet. I now understand veganism to be a lifestyle rooted in compassion that seeks to exclude the use of nonhuman animals for any purpose, and a rejection of speciesism and all forms of oppression. Even strict adherence to a vegan diet solely for health reasons is not livingvegan: diet is only one manifestation of lifestyle. Continuing to eat animals dispite ongoing awareness of nonhuman animal suffering would foster more guilt than I could have imagined. When anyone questioned my convoluted habits I would preface, “it’s not about animal rights” or “it’s not an ethical choice,” thereby ignoring my own inner hypocrisy, while parrying any criticism—at least I wasn’t going around claiming to love animals, right? Of course, I would choose wild caught fish when available, to reduce suffering… not that fish really even suffer, right? That “health-based” choices spared some possible suffering was just a bonus. My underexamined attitudes could have been described as welfarist at best.

While going vegan is the most meaningful decision I have made all year (and perhaps ever), sometimes I forget that it didn’t happen overnight or without hesitance. Seasoned friends who challenge me, and nonhuman friends who give and forgive and ask nothing in return, make vegan living feel natural. However, most vegans do not have a vegan job, vegan potlucks, a vegan living arrangement, and going entire days without speaking to a non-vegan at their fingertips. For some well-intentioned people who lack the nutritional resources and support network that facilitates transition, maintaining this lifestyle might feel sacrificial or compromising. The lurid details of what I have specifically abandoned are not intended to fetishise something for which I feel deprived. Instead, remembering the reasons I continued to eat animals for so long might be necessary to empathise with others in transition. Aren’t we all in transition anyway? Constantly learning, improving, and humbled?

Swedish Fish emerge from red velvet cupcake at X's to O's Vegan Bakery.

Omnivores have heard this & vegans preach it: it’s not meat we crave, it’s the preparation and seasoning. Citrus & cilantro evokes the memory of hugging my best fried at midnight, sheltered from freezing rain, amidst warmth of glitter and people. Between prosperous spoonfuls of black eyed peas and cathartic sips of champagne, relief for closure overshadowed whatever goals had been loosely considered for the coming year—becoming vegan was barely within my purview. New years morn, sundrenched cobblestones bore the most poignant quiet I have ever felt in New York. The amount of learning, unlearning, and earning forgiveness that would take place in the following year, the fact that I would abandon suffering and disordered eating & enjoy diversity of food as never before, the powerful friendships I would form with nonhuman animals—perhaps the peace I felt that morning foreshadowed these changes. The scented candle beside me rekindles not guilt: only light.