Join activist-artists for a visual presentation confronting corporate power and the exploitation of animals and workers in the global food system.
Louie Gedo, a NYC artist and activist, will focus on creative, artistic ways that aspiring activists can get a message across by displaying some of his multimedia and artwork.
Sue Coe, creator of art books including Dead Meat, will address how Animal Rights is on the last frontier of social justice. Will illustrate the connections between labor, and the meat industrial complex, and the consumer, examine conservatism in animal ‘protection’ organizations that reflects the structure of corporate america, address legislation that helps animals, vs. legislation that perpetuates the meat industries. Take a look at the global movement of animal rights, which does not deny class struggle. The goal, is to end animal exploitation completely, by the means of abolition not reform, and understand that the economic system of capitalism in its end stage, is at its most lethal, and expands human tyranny and cruelty over other species, as well as our own, like no other time in history.
Tools, Skills and Messages Participants Will Take Home:
Louie: My hope is that participants who are activists or aspiring activists will benefit because they will see that there are ways for them to increase their effectiveness as campaigners simply by using their creative talents.
Sue: I can explain to you how to draw! (its easy, its the thinking part that is hard) A pencil is always good to have around, and a bit of paper, you can travel with it anywhere in the world, its cheap and non threatening. We all ‘see’ the world in different ways, and your vision is unique, it can be explored and shared. How to document the secret lives of animals, to refute and dispute, the depictions of animals in our culture, either regarded as property, or who have gone willingly to their deaths, sacrificed for human power and control. What we all can do now? Become vegan today, then help a friend become vegan, who promises to make one more. You may become a reportage artist who is a vegan after this panel too, but that is not a guarantee.
About the Moderator:
Ruth Santana is an activist in the animal rights, Latin America solidarity, and trade justice movements. She works as an occupational therapist and teaches metalwork / jewelry making at the School of Visual Arts.
About the Presenters:
Louie Gedo: A part-time activist for human and animal rights for more than ten years in NYC, Louie asks himself daily, “What can I do today to best improve the lives of those being systematically victimized?”
Sue Coe: Artist, double parked on the highway of life. My work is in books, museums, pamphlets, those images have their own life, and find their own way through the world.