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Including Animals

Including Animals is a podcast about ethical veganism in a fucked up world. Featuring interviews with radical activists, thinkers, writers and others who include non-human animals in their anti-oppression framework, our conversations refuse to leave animals behind in of our collective work towards radical liberation and justice. Including Animals demands that listeners recognize that the exploitation and domination of non-human animals must be brought to an end, while understanding how white-dominant vegan culture too often ignores the root causes of industrial animal exploitation and suffering -- capitalism and white supremacy. The duel challenges of fighting for animals in left spaces while rejecting a singular focus of animal liberation requires an analysis of the relationship between these systems and the commonalities of victims of capitalist exploitation.

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Political Prisoner Support

This episode focuses on the importance of having solidarity with people in prison, and how that correlates to having solidarity with non-human animals (and vice versa). I had to cut out a lot because I didn't like the way I sounded, but there will be many more episodes in the future around prisoner support work. (recorded June 2019) Here are links to some orgs./people mentioned:  NYC Anarchist Black Cross Jalil Muntaquim Chelsea Manning Eric King Subscribe to and rate on Apple Podcasts; send feedback, questions, or ideas to includinganimals@gmail.com.

27mins

25 Jul 2019

Rank #1

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Community Solidarity

This episode also touches upon mutual aid and food justice with the Long Island based organization Community Solidarity, in addition to showing solidarity with migrants and the missing 43 students in Mexico taken from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College (known as the 2014 Iguala mass kidnapping). (recorded May 2019) Here are links to some issues discussed: Community Solidarity Missing 43 Students Update on licenses for the undocumented - victory! Earthlings Good Samaritan Food Donation Act Subscribe to and rate on Apple Podcasts; send feedback, questions, or ideas to includinganimals@gmail.com.

35mins

24 Jul 2019

Rank #2

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Project Fang!

This episode features an interview with Andrew from NYC Anarchist Black Cross, specifically focusing on their Project Fang initiative. Project Fang is a much-needed attempt to fill a gap in the ongoing support work for earth and animal liberation prisoners in the United States. From the NYC Anarchist Black Cross site, "As people with loved ones, friends, and comrades in prison, we know how necessary and reinvigorating visits can be. They help us stay connected with one another and with the struggles we all care about. They help us overcome the separation of walls and wire. Unfortunately, visits are cost prohibitive for many of our friends, families, and comrades.This project aims to help with the financial strain imposed on the families and loved ones of prisoners by providing cash allowances for travel expenses to and from prisons." We also discuss NYC ABC's bi-weekly political prisoner letter writing dinners that include a vegan meal in a very deliberate way, the potential for further repression against environmental activists as instances of direct action for the earth increase, some of the folks that Project Fang supports, veganism in the anarchist community and how an anarchist analysis of non-human animals has changed over time. Donate to Project Fang here! : https://fundrazr.com/project_fang or send a check or money order payable to NYC ABC to: project FANG c/o NYC ABC Post Office Box 110034 Brooklyn, New York 11211 Learn more about the NYC Anarchist Black Cross Learn more about Marius Mason Subscribe to and rate this podcast on Apple Podcasts (though also available on Spotify, Google Play and Podcast Addict); send feedback, questions, or ideas to includinganimals@gmail.com.

34mins

21 Nov 2019

Rank #3

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Food Empowerment Project

This episode features an interview with lauren Ornelas, founder and executive director of the Food Empowerment Project. We discuss what FEP is all about, colonization in regard to food, gentrification and the importance of vegan restaurants being part of the community, helping communities with a lack of access to healthy foods, farm worker-led boycotts, the problem with organizations like PETA having the spotlight, and more. Here are links to some of the specifics mentioned: Reclaiming Our Grassroots Colonization, Food, and the Practice of Eating Vegan Mexican Food Vegan Filipino Food Blindspotting Subscribe to and rate this podcast on Apple Podcasts (though also available on Spotify, Google Play and Podcast Addict); send feedback, questions, or ideas to includinganimals@gmail.com.

28mins

29 Sep 2019

Rank #4

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Margaret Killjoy

This episode features an interview with Margaret Killjoy, an anarchist  science fiction author, trans woman, musician, and overall amazing artist. In this interview I ask Margaret about what it was like being an anarchist traveler on the road both in the US and internationally, the meaning of community, what brought her to veganism and why it stuck, why anarchists aren't as staunchly vocal about veganism as other convictions they stand for, balancing being a non-preachy vegan against hearing anti-vegan sentiment, and as always favorite meals. You can check out all of Margaret's incredible work (including links to all of her published books and a vast array of non-fiction musings), hear her music, subscribe to her newsletter and get linked to her Patreon and social media on her blog at birdsbeforethestorm.net To check out the rad items in her Etsy store visit: etsy.com/shop/birdsbeforethestorm Subscribe to and rate this podcast on Apple Podcasts (though also available on Spotify, Google Play and Podcast Addict); send feedback, questions, or ideas to includinganimals@gmail.com.

40mins

23 Sep 2019

Rank #5