Location: Room 5W24
The panel offers a critique of animal exploitation in the food industry. Veteran social justice activists and writers discuss why food activists and consumers should care about the consumed in a system that reduces everything – workers, animals, the environment, consumers – to units of profit.
Brian Dominick, author of Animal Liberation and Social Revolution and blogger for FuturEconomy, will discuss how human-animal relations would be different in a sustainable economy, as well as the lifestyle implications on present-day activists who aspire to achieve such a society.
Norman Markowitz, Professor of Political History, Rutgers University and Contributing Editor to Political Affairs, will address the relationship between Animal Rights/Animal Welfare, Vegetarianism, and Socialism both historically and as ideology and policy today, advocating a global food policy free of both animal slaughter and mass malnutrition.
Sachio Ko-yin of Philly War Resisters League and Occupy Philly will address food, class systems and anarchism: how food is part of class culture, how market culture makes injustice socially acceptable/invisible. Animal exploitation in traditional culture and market culture. Lifestyle choice and middle class subculture vs revolutionary example.
Katie Pryor, NYC Regional Coordinator for Vegan Outreach, will address research illustrating that food production is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than food transportation. Eating a plant based diet has an even greater impact on reducing your carbon footprint than eating local.
Tools, Skills or Messages Participants Will Take Home:
Brian: Participants will leave this session with a contextualized understanding of how human activity impacts the nonhuman world, as well as a functional understanding of how capitalism and the food industry in particular pit the interests of workers, consumers, animals, and the environment against each other in order to exploit, as well as the social and psychic implications of mass exploitation on a society that believes it thrives on such exploitation.
Sachio: Participants will be challenged to think in terms of outreach taking into account social and cultural capital of activists, and thinking about organizing outside of activist subculture.
Participants will learn how a plant-based diet can effectively reduce GHG emissions.
About the Panelists
Brian Dominick is the author of Animal Liberation and Social Revolution and an activist, and writer on a range of social issues, including visionary economics.
Norman Markowitz, BA, CCNY, 1966; Ph.D. University of Michigan, 1970; Department of History/Rutgers University-1971-present; currently Vice President of AAUP-AFT, Rutgers.New Brunswick chapter, publications can be found on Google.
Sachio Ko-yin is a vegan and veteran organizer in radical pacifist and anarchist movements interested in how radical movements can escape middle class subcultures and speak to the working class. Served 2.5 year prison sentence for Ploughshares disarmament action.
Katie Pryor is NYC Regional Coordinator for Vegan Outreach. A statistician with a B.S. in Mathematics and M.S. in Environmental Sciences (May 2012), Katie works to end suffering and environmental degradation caused by factory farming.