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Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Subject:Petition against the UP cat killer
Posted by:heart5.
Time:4:50 pm.

Justice for Tengteng

Target: Faculty of the University of the Philippines, Diliman
Sponsored by: Ted Teodoro

There are over half a million stray animals in the Philippines, and this is the story of just one of them. Tengteng was a month-old stray kitten who lived precariously on the grounds of the University of the Philippines at Diliman. Those who knew her spoke of a kitten who benefited from random acts of kindness including handouts of food, water, even a new collar to make herself look pretty. She enjoyed fleeting but happy moments with students who gave her a scratch or two, a tummy rub, and  pats on her head. The only known photograghs of Tengten are the ones you see on this site. One can say that Tengteng was not as hard up as other strays in the Philippines, but she was without a regular source of food,  a home and a family to protect her.

Tengteng, like all animals, was God's child. But her life came to an abrupt end when on April 13th a second year physics student named Joseph Carlo Candare took her life and bragged about it on the web. On his blog entry for that day, Mr. Candare mockingly called Tengteng's death " an accidental Crime." However, by other accounts, Tengteng's killing was a deliberate and blood-thirsty attack fueled by Mr. Candare's visceral and sadistic hatred of cats.

How much hate, you might ask?

Mr. Candare was described as taking a running start, leaping into the air, and then landing on Tengteng with the full force of his weight and momentum. Tengteng, who could not have weighed more than two pounds, was crushed under the grown man's weight. This was a conscious act, and Mr. Candare had ample opportunities to change his mind. Whatever life was left in Tengteng's body, the last few ounces of strength she had, enabled her to seek shelter in a hovel where she ultimately died moments later, alone.  The imagery is horrifying, but we have been spared the deathly sounds that must have been blood-curdling. The agonizing scream of a kitten, the crushing of her bones, the taunting of the victor over the vanquished, it was a triumphant moment for one but unnecessarily tragic for another.

Why should we care?

Some have argued that we care too much about a kitten who did not belong to anyone. Some said tha there are many strays; why care about this one? All animals deserve respect. When we disrespect an animal, that says more about us than the animal. It is not how many animals are abused, but it is the knowledge that a most heinous crime was committed on a defenseless and sentient being that behooves us to act. Such acts, however singular, offends our sense of decency and righteousness. If there is one abused animal, then that is one too many. When we are confronted by cruelty, we must address it. Acts of abject cruelty towards animals, like Tengteng's killing, are simply unacceptable.  It is up to the enlightened and the compassionate to stand up and speak in behalf of those on the receiving end of humankind's brute  force.

Why take my word for it?

You do not have to. I am reproducing Mr. Candare's blog entry for your perusal. Here, you can read his own words, his self-confession as a serial killer of cats, his disingenuous pang of conscience, and his not-so-veiled threat to kill more in a month ( English translation in brackets) :

"An Accidental Crime. First day sa supercon. Lunch time came. On our way out of old NIP I saw the cat I almost killed last Tuesday. Now everyone knows I hate cats. It's an unexplainable feeling towards them. Like some internal hatred. Hindi ko talaga alam kung bakit pero anumang pagpipigil sa sarili ay hindi sapat upang mapangibabawan ang panggigil ko sa mga pusa. [ I don't really know why my self-control is not enough to overcome my hatred of cats ]  I pulled it on its tail and threw it. Then like some pro wrestler I jumped on it and my feet landed on it's torso. Slam! Felt good! But the cat didn't die, well not yet. It ran for its life and just as I was about to catch up on it somebody yelled: " Pwede bang pabayaan mo yung pusa?!" [ Can you leave the cat alone? ]. It was instant and involuntary. I stopped on my tracks. Nobody ever stopped me when assaulting cats. Well I guess there's always a first time for everything. The cat got away. Or at least that's what i thought. So we went to lunch Mel, Jayson, Tracy and me. After lunch, balik na sa kung anumang naiwang gawain [ we went back to whatever unfinished work we had ]. Then Tracy and Mel told me " Hui Jc napatay mo yung pusa" [ Hey, JC, you killed that cat ]. Hours later, habang abala sa XRD [ while busy at XRD ], a guy came in. Tanong niya: " Sinong pumatay dun sa pusa?" [ He asked, who killed that cat? ] Bang! Dat was me boi. Guilty as charged. I didn't see it die pero sabi ni Myles [ but Myles said ] it coughed up blood or at least something like that daw. Didn't realize I gave it a fatal hit. This isn't the first time I've killed a cat but this time it's different. It didn't occur to me back then that the cat had a leash. So I think somebody owns it. Well it's very well loved in NIP from what I heard and I just ended it's life. So there you go I'm sorry. And I wont be striking another one for maybe about a month. It feels good when your beating it(a cat) up but you suddenly feel something strange when it turns off permanently. That's how I feel right now. And maybe for the next days. Dang, am I a cat serial killer? "

To Whom Should We Appeal?

We are appealing to the high officials of the University of the Philippines at Diliman (U.P.) namely Dr. Sergio Cao, Chancellor of UP, Dr. Arnel Salvador, Director of the National Institute of Physics at UP, and to Dr. Caesar Saloma, Dean of the College of Science UP.

These gentlemen, in their respective capacities, have the authority to set things right at the university. They can condemn, reject, and punish those who practice animal cruelty within the ranks of the university. They are gatekeepers to the long and illustrious history of the university. The conduct and safety of the student body are under their purview. We, therefore, are calling upon these gentlemen to apply the only just and appropriate punishment for Mr. Candare which is immediate expulsion from the university and to assist in seeking proper medical attention for Mr. Candare

I am asking for one thousand signatures. If you agree with the spirit of this petition, please sign it and offer your opinion for the benefit of these learned gentlemen. I will post updates when new developments occur. I thank you for helping engender a more compassionate Filipino society.

Addenda: There were questions about criminal charges. The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is in the process of gathering affidavits from eye-witnesses. Yes, Mr. Candare violated the provisions of the Philippine Animal Welfare Act, Republic Act 8485. PAWS' volunteer lawyer will be mapping our their legal case against Mr. Candare.

05/02/09 I had Mr. Candare's name as John C. Candare in the initial post because he presented himself as such on another blog, but someone corrected me. His real name is Joseph Carlo Candare.

05/02/09 You may express your outrage but please no personal threats against Mr. Candare. I have to submit this petition to UP officials, and I want it fair and clean. Substantive comments will greatly help the impact of this petition. Thanks.


Tengteng at play

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Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Subject:Eating Vegan and Organic in the 1970's
Posted by:kytty.
Time:7:58 pm.
I was delighted to find this in my mailbox from Hillside Quickie:
Hi If you have not already heard this please check it out
Here's a link to the permanent archive of an interview w/ Niombi,
Hillside Quickie founder. It's about 13 minutes in:
Sound Focus

Also, the the Olympia Food Coop now has an LJ community...please feel welcome!
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Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Subject:Animal Liberation Conference at Tesc, May 10 & 11
Posted by:kytty.
Time:11:14 am.
More information here.
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Monday, February 4th, 2008

Subject:Vegan Potluck at Sunny Tree Restaurant *Cancelled*
Posted by:kytty.
Time:5:30 pm.
There will be a vegan potluck at Sunny Tree Restaurant
on Saturday, Feb 9 starting at 3pm.

Sunny Tree Restaurant is temporarily closed until Feb. 13 so that the potluck is cancelled for Saturday. We hope to see you on the Second Saturday of March!

Sunny Tree Vegetarian FoodMart
131 Decatur St. NW, Oly
(360) 943-9633
(360) 943-9727

Map to Sunny Tree

Sunny Tree is now serving hot lunches for < $5 and offers a full menu.

What is a vegan? (from the American Vegan Society)
VEGANS (pronounced VEE-guns) Live on products of the plant kingdom.
Veganism is compassion in action.
It is a philosophy, diet, and lifestyle.

Vegans exclude flesh, fish, fowl, dairy products (animal milk, butter, cheese, yogurt, etc.), eggs, honey, animal gelatin, and all other foods of animal origin.

Practice Peace on your plate...go vegetarian!
Vegetarian Starter Kit

"It is the position of the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada that appropriately planned vegetarian diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate and provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases."
ADA Position Paper on Vegetarian (including Vegan)Diets

"Livestock are one of the most significant contributors to today's most serious environmental problems," senior UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) official Henning Steinfeld said. "Urgent action is required to remedy the situation."
Livestock's Long Shadow
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Saturday, October 27th, 2007

Subject:Tacoma Anarchist Bookfair Nov 3-4
Posted by:scorpio398.
Time:12:20 am.
Tacoma Anarchist Bookfair Nov 3-4

The bookfair is taking place the weekend of November 3-4 at Pitchpipe Infoshop 617 S 17th St (at G St) Tacoma, WA 98405

more bookfair info!Collapse )
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Saturday, June 2nd, 2007

Posted by:sihaya87.
Time:8:34 pm.
Look at this!

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Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

Subject:Vegan Potluck In Olympia, Friday June 1 from 5-7PM
Posted by:kytty.
Time:5:39 pm.
There will be a vegan potluck at Sunny Tree Vegetarian FoodMart on Friday, June 1 starting at 5pm.
Join us for some great food!!
Bring a vegan dish and your own plate, silverware, etc.
Organice juices and teas may be purchased at Sunny Tree.

Please pass on the invitation to other interested parties and we hope to see you there!

Sunny Tree Vegetarian FoodMart
131 Decatur St. NW
Olympia, WA 98502
(360) 943-9633
(360) 943-9727


What is a vegan? (from the American Vegan Society)
VEGANS (pronounced VEE-guns) Live on products of the plant kingdom.
Veganism is compassion in action. It is a philosophy, diet, and lifestyle.
Vegans exclude flesh, fish, fowl, dairy products (animal milk, butter, cheese, yogurt, etc.), eggs, honey, animal gelatin, and all other foods of animal origin.

Practice Peace on your plate...go vegetarian!

"It is the position of the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada that appropriately planned vegetarian diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate and provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases."

"Livestock are one of the most significant contributors to today's most serious environmental problems," senior UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) official Henning Steinfeld said. "Urgent action is required to remedy the situation."
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Saturday, March 31st, 2007

Subject:New Vegetarian Grocery and Juice Bar in Olympia
Posted by:kytty.
Time:6:41 am.

Olympia has become a place not very supportive of all vegetarian, Animal Rights oriented establishments so please help to give this fledgling business a good start, if you can! :)

The grocery is open for business and the juice bar/restaurant will be open sometime in April.
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Sunday, March 4th, 2007

Subject:URGENT: Port of Tacoma Action Sun 3/5 @ 9pm
Posted by:scorpio398.
Time:2:16 am.
URGENT: Port of Tacoma Action Sun 3/5 @ 9pm

Saturday night, 30-40 regional activists observed multiple convoys from Ft Lewis coming through the Port of Tacoma to be shipped to Iraq. Riot cops had a big presence, probably 30 or so. Activists had a presence there to show that we do not want the military using our port. We need more people!

Another action is planned Sunday night @ 9pm for the next expected set of convoys. The more people that come, the more of an effect we can have. If we have enough people, we can possibly take direct action and stop or slow down the militarization of our port.

There is a teach-in about the Iraq war during the day in Tacoma, including a discussion about the port militarization, with a free Riot Folk! show afterwards. So come down to Tacoma for the day, and we can find you a place to stay if you need to spend the night. In addition, there are actions planned for the whole week. For more details about the teach-in and this week, see http://seattle.indymedia.org/en/2007/03/258076.shtml

It's not only possible but quite probabale we can delay or even stop the shipments from coming through Tacoma. All we need is a large presence. That was perhaps the most frustrating thing last year during the Port of Olympia protests: people were not there when we needed them the most. All we needed at one point was 100 people total to take non-violent direct action to stop the military convoys. We should really take advantage of the privilege we have - if this were Iraq, we'd got shot from being even a mile away from a large US military presence. If the weapons ship out, PEOPLE WILL DIE...

(There should be a lot of folks there tonight. Bring instruments, warm clothes and blankets, cameras... for good times.)

Also, bring still cameras and video cameras.

To get to Port of Tacoma:

I-5 to exit 136 B (Port of Tacoma)
Follow to Port of Tacoma Rd
Take Port of Tacoma Rd until E 11th.
Left on E 11th
Follow until Milwaukee. Find our people and park there.

If you can't come at 9:00pm, come later. We'll still need you. Come later this week.

-tear it down-

See http://seattle.indymedia.org/en/2007/03/258076.shtml for important upcoming events this week in Tacoma and Olympia.
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Saturday, March 3rd, 2007

Subject:Upcoming Events to oppose Tacoma Port Militarization
Posted by:scorpio398.
Time:8:41 pm.
Upcoming Events to oppose Tacoma Port Militarization


Saturday, March 3, 2007

Last year the military exported war and occupation through the Port of Olympia in broad daylight. The Olympia community responded with strong resistance. Fort Lewis was scared enough to avoid Olympia this year and has decided to export war through Tacoma instead, under the cover of darkness. Army Stryker vehicles began moving to the Port of Tacoma late Friday night, early Saturday morning and are not yet finished.

Tacoma Port Militarization Resistance (PMR) is working with Olympia PMR to protest and stop the shipment of more military vehicles (and consequently, more troops) to Iraq.

OUR ACTIONS ARE NOT AGAINST THE TROOPS. They are directed at the approximately 300 Stryker vehicles that are being shipped to Iraq from the Port of Tacoma in advance of the deployment of the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division from Fort Lewis. The 4th Brigade is being deployed earlier than planned, as part of George Bush's suicidal "surge." They are being deployed so quickly that they are forced to skip their final desert training in California.

THE WORST THING that will endanger the troops is to ship them over to Iraq. Our actions are being conducted out of concern for the lives of US soldiers and, equally, the lives of Iraqi people.

We expect the Strykers to be loaded onto a military ship bound for the Persian Gulf on Friday. That gives us less than a week to act.


Here are the actions planned so far. More to come.

Party at 9:30 PM at the Port of Tacoma. We'll keep ourselves warm and entertained as we wait for more Stryker vehicles to arrive. DIRECTIONS: Take Exit 136B off I-5. Go down Port of Olympia Rd. Turn Left on E 11th. Follow until you reach Milwaukee.

IN OLYMPIA: Nonviolent Direct Action/Civil Resistance training. Learn to empower yourself with these basic tools of democracy. 10 am to 6 pm, at Evergreen, Seminar II, E3105. (cosponsored by SDS Olympia and EPIC student groups)

Following the training at 6:15, there will be a meeting of Olympia PMR (at the same place) to discuss plans for the week.

IN TACOMA: Iraq War teach-in. University of Puget Sound, Wyatt 109, 4 pm. At 5:30 there will be a discussion on the actions at the Port of Tacoma. Sponsored by SDS Tacoma.

Vigil at Pacific and I-5 in Tacoma, from 4 to 6 PM. Bring signs to oppose war being exported from the Port of Tacoma.

Noon: Rally at the Federal Courthouse on Pacific, in Tacoma.
2:30: Following the rally, there will be a meeting at University of Puget Sound to plan for the rest of the week. Go to the Main Student Center.

Second Nonviolent Direct Action/Civil Resistance training in Olympia. If you couldn't make the Sunday training, here's an additional workshop split into two evenings, both from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Thursday at United Methodist Church (1224 Legion Way SE). Friday at Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2200 East End St NW. These dates, particularly the Friday one, is subject to change due to actions at the Port of Tacoma.

Ship begins loading Stryker vehicles?

Check the Tacoma SDS website (tacomasds.org), olyblog.net, and olyimc.infotage.net for action updates throughout the week.

For more information, including sleeping accomodations in Tacoma for the week, email facilitator@tacomasds.org
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Subject:Action at Port of Tacoma 9:30 tonight (SAT) !!!
Posted by:scorpio398.
Time:8:32 pm.
Action at Port of Tacoma 9:30 tonight (SAT) !!!

Meet at the Port of Tacoma 9:30 tonight!!!

It was decided at the meeting held today in Tacoma that people should meet at the Port of Tacoma at 9:30 tonight to disrupt the war machine.

It's not only possible but quite probabale we can delay or even stop the shipments from coming through Tacoma. All we need is a large presence. That was perhaps the most frustrating thing last year during the Port of Olympia protests: people were not there when we needed them the most. All we needed at one point was 100 people total to take non-violent direct action to stop the military convoys. We should really take advantage of the privaledge we have - if this were Iraq, we'd got shot from being even a mile away from a large US military presence. If the weapons ship out, PEOPLE WILL DIE...

(There should be a lot of folks there tonight. Bring instruments, warm clothes and blankets, cameras... for good times.)

Also, bring still cameras and video cameras. Stay tuned for more actions this week.

If you would like to participate in any of these activities, keep your eyes open for news in your Inbox. If you want to be kept up on the latest information, I’m told that http://www.olyblog.net http://olyimc.infotage.net are good bets.

To get to Port of Tacoma:

I-5 to exit 136 B (Port of Tacoma)
Follow to Port of Tacoma Rd
Take Port of Tacoma Rd until E 11th.
Left on E 11th
Follow until Milwaukee. Find our people and park there.

-tear it down-
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Posted by:scorpio398.
Time:3:01 am.

Military vehicles are coming through the Port of Tacoma en route to Iraq. The military's decision to send convoys in the middle of the night on Friday is an obvious response to the militant resistance they encountered May 2006 at the Port of Olympia, which was met with pepperspray and other methods of assault as well as 22 arrests of civil disobedience activists, and a reaction to the recent organizing in preparation for resistance to the next military shipment.

50+ military vehicles were observed Friday night, including 22+ Stryker vehicles, in addition to the other hummers, trucks, soldiers, and vehicles with missiles. Up to 300 vehicles may be expected in total this weekend. The war machine is in our backyard.

Be present and take action now. We anticipate activists from throughout the Northwest.

Port of Tacoma resistance meetup
Sat 3/3 at 12 noon
inside Port of Tacoma at E 11th & Port of Tacoma Rd, near terminal 4

To get to Port of Tacoma:
I-5 to exit 136 B (Port of Tacoma)
Follow to Port of Tacoma Rd
Take Port of Tacoma Rd until E 11th.
Left on E 11th
Follow until Milwaukee. Find our people and park there.

If you can't come to the meeting, come to the port as soon as possible.

The military knows they're not welcome in Olympia, and they need to know that Tacoma will not be complicit in their plans for war. Regardless of the tactics we choose, we must do something.

They are counting on your absence.
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Thursday, February 15th, 2007

Subject:Submissions Wanted for Family-Friendly Dining Guide
Posted by:jenyum.
Time:8:30 am.
Hello all,

I maintain a local website, Tacomamama.
I'm seeking some brief reviews of local veggie/veggie friendly places.

In particular, people always recommend Quickie Too and Happy Dragon. I have difficulty reviewing these places myself because I have recently discovered I have a serious problem with gluten. Any place that serves the dreaded Seitan, the "wheat meat" is right out.

Anyway, plenty of folks have been sending me suggestions of places to review, which is awesome, but I would really like a slightly longer personal account if you have the time. You don't have to be a fantastic writer.

If you are interested, go to tacomamama.com and click on the "contribute" tab at the top of the page. I have to approve articles before they are posted, so you won't see it right away.

I'd be happy to credit the author, place a link to your website, whatever you like.

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Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

Subject:US Soldiers Caught Torturing a Dog in Iraq - Send a Letter!
Posted by:scorpio398.
Time:10:19 pm.

Dear Friend,

An alarming video allegedly taken from a CD found in Baghdad's Green Zone shows what appear to be American soldiers who are flinging rocks at a crippled dog and then laughing as the dog yelps in pain and staggers away on two legs.

Please help ensure that this sort of horrific abuse is not tolerated by the U.S. military by clicking on the link below to send an e-mail to the secretary of defense and demand that the Department of Defense investigate this matter and hold responsible any soldier found to be involved in this incident.

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Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Subject:Tacoma Food Co-op meeting Wed Feb 21 @ 5:30-7pm, 1321 MLK
Posted by:scorpio398.
Time:7:41 pm.
From candree.ups@gmail.com

Greetings to everyone,

My name is Chris Andree, I'm a UPS graduate living in Tacoma. I?m contacting you with a local development because it may be related to your interest, that of colleagues and students. There is a small group of interested people from various organizations who are trying to generate discussion about the vision of a customer food co-op in Tacoma. So far this vision includes bringing affordable, healthy and local food options to Tacoma residents in a way currently that is unserviced. I?ve been privy to this new group, and am emailing you because those involved seek a broader base of knowledge and support.

A public meeting will be held to disseminate basic information about food co-ops, the group's basic goals, Q and A, and collect input as well as volunteers to help this project develop.

The meeting will take place Wednsday, Feb. 21st from 5:30-7 pm at the Allen-Russell Building, 1321 Martin Luther King, Jr. Street.

Currently there is a vacuum of food co-ops in the area, as they operate in Seattle and Olympia, but not Tacoma. Although some stores such as Marlene?s, Metropolitan Market, and Stadium Thriftway sell some natural foods, these remain high-end options, are not inherently local and are not co-ops. The goal of this group is to forge a viable alternative to expensive health food stores and bulk outlets.

Why are we interested in a Tacoma food co-op?

-to provide affordable, fresh and healthy food to citizens from throughout Tacoma
-to generate an institutionalized support and a direct outlet for struggling local
farmers (the group involves a Tacoma Farmers' Market Representative)
-to create a more efficient and established avenue for local restaurants to purchase
local produce and other healthy and ?green?food alternatives
-to foster social capital via welcoming facilities, co-op memberships and
participation, public education
-to engender economic injections to the chosen area, including jobs, improved image,
tax revenue
-to possibly locate the co-op in the improving Hilltop (Upper Tacoma) area, to
assist this transitioning area that has experienced troubles
-to reduce environmental impact Tacoma food consumption, notably the externalities of extensive food transport, the impacts of water pollution, soil depletion and genetic alterations associated with industrial agriculture, over-packaging,
-to fortify a location which creates a tangible and continuing education for many community members about nutrition, environmental issues, and to bridge the urban-rural social divide

This development is a exciting prospect and intended to be very open to community input and a process of roughly two years. We invite you to tell your friends and colleagues and to come to the public meeting on the 21st. A press release is being developed and will be distributed widely soon.

Many organizations who assist in co-op development by providing models and advice.

For more information, please visit:

The Northwest Co-op Development Center (Olympia-based) www.nwcdc.coop

The National Co-op Business Association www.ncba.coop <http://www.ncba.coop/>

Madison Market (Capitol Hill) www.madisonmarket.com <http://www.madisonmarket.com/>

Feel free to contact myself, or Ameri-corps intern Amber Englund, who will be managing tacomafoodcoop@gmail.com

Thank you very much for your time,

Chris Andree
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Thursday, December 14th, 2006

Subject:Racism and the Animal Rights Movement
Posted by:scorpio398.
Time:8:24 pm.
Racism and the Animal Rights Movement

By Sheila Hamanaka with Tracy Basile

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.
— Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Why Talk About Racism?
We love animals. We hate racism. So what's to talk about? In fact, two South Asian activists I interviewed both felt that they had not experienced any overt racism in the animal rights (AR) movement. Yet, like the peace and environmental movements, the AR movement is predominantly white and middle class. Andrew Rowan, a VP at the Humane Society of the U.S., said surveys indicate the AR movement is "less than three percent" people of color. In April, 316 people from over 20 states attended the first Grassroots AR Conference in NYC, but the people of color caucus numbered only eight. If no one is racist, why is the movement largely segregated?

Is it "us" or "them"?
Most of us want to be inclusive. But why? Is it because it is the "right" thing to do? Because then our march would look like a beautiful rainbow? Because we have to be diverse to get funding? Pattrice Jones, a white AR activist who has a page about racism at bravebirds.org states, "The fact is that a predominantly white movement will not and indeed cannot bring about animal liberation."

Jim Mason, a well-known white AR activist and author of An Unnatural Order (reprinted by Lantern Books, 2005) which looks at the history of racism as part of "dominionism," agrees. He feels the imbalance "keeps AR from being a mass movement. It adds to the perception that it is just another trivial concern of the comfortable classes, which repels people who might otherwise be involved."

But is it just looking white that keeps people of color away from the movement? Or are white activists who lack awareness making people of color feel uncomfortable?

Patrick Kwan, founder and Executive Director of the Student Animal Rights Alliance, said, "At the first demonstration I went to someone asked me 'Do you speak English?'—and that was in New York City!" He's gotten these comments from white staffers of "pretty big AR organizations": "I can't believe how Asians treat animals" and "I don't like Asians."

Kris, an African American activist, describes how it feels to experience tokenism: "They haven't done outreach to the community, but they call—'Hey we need a black face at the protest.' I go, but it's not a unifying way, it's a marginalizing way of organizing. You're not one of us, but we need you."

Are AR Organizations Serious About Outreach?
According to Patrick, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the only major group doing active outreach into communities of color. A PETA employee concurs, "PETA…with its outreach to Hispanics, African Americans, and Indians, has made fantastic inroads into those communities." PETA assigns several staff members to this work and has two separate websites, one in Spanish and another, PETAWorld.com, geared toward African Americans.

On the other hand, Kris calls it "lip service" when one organization failed to put the "human capital" and provide enough leadership into their efforts to reach the African American community.

"Large organizations have no excuse," says Patrick.

Do People of Color Care About Animals?
According to Patrick, there is a preconception that people of color do not care about animals. But, he says, surveys have shown that African Americans are actually more likely to consider vegetarianism than whites after being informed about the plight of farmed animals. Surveys of Latinos and Asians also show positive attitudes toward animal protection.

Olivia, who grew up in the projects and lives in Spanish Harlem, reports that people eagerly take her flyers. Another African American activist found people snapped up samples of vegan cooking. A young white woman active in the PETA KFC campaign noticed that "older white men never take our flyers. The people who show the most interest in talking to us are African American men and women and Latino men and women, and young white people."

Another self-defeating attitude is that people of color are too busy organizing around civil rights or other issues. But, as in the white communities, only a small percentage of people are active. There are still millions of others out there.

The Big Picture
It's one thing for a white person to pass out vegan flyers. But attempts by white AR activists to set the agenda for other cultures bears an uncomfortable resemblance to the historical pattern of suppression by dominant nations. Instead of exporting "democracy," AR activists are exporting their cultural concepts of the proper relationship between human and nonhuman animals.

Let's step back for a moment from what may seem to outsiders like a tempest in a teapot. Okay, the AR movement needs to be more diverse, but what's all the fuss about? Can't we all just get along? I opened with a quote from Sun Tzu because as we see it, we are engaged in a battle for life. For the compassionate, it begins with the lives of more than 52 billion land animals slaughtered globally every year, and expands to the lives of millions of humans lost to the wars and privations of a vastly unequal society where "darker" and "poorer" are often synonymous. Causing or benefiting from this situation are powerful militarized states, multinational corporations, and an intricate web of civil and penal institutions so heartlessly interlocked they are often referred to in popular culture as one entity: "The Machine."

It's an unequal battle. Animals have no power. Defending them are pockets of Indigenous peoples and a small AR movement. The same could be said for every injustice: small groups confronting gargantuan tasks, and sometimes, each other. Indian writer Arundhati Roy sagely notes what she calls "the N-G-O-ization of the movement." (NGO = Non-Governmental Organization.) Governments and corporations, lacking roots in communities but needing to stem social unrest, toss out thousands of carrots to activists who otherwise might have channeled their anger into revolutionary movements. Closer to the ground and quicker on their feet, they can perform social services more efficiently than huge government bureaucracies. They tend to the sores of social injustice like overworked allopathic doctors: treating the symptoms while, some observe, the patient dies.

"Racism = Racial Prejudice + Power" — The People's Institute
Given the sheer might of "The Machine," you'd think everyone would be talking about how to get power. After all, it is power that keeps animals oppressed. But is power just a numbers game? When a million people demonstrated for peace in New York in February 2003 I was struck by two things: how white the crowd was, and how the next day everyone was gone and the war in Iraq proceeded. David Billings, a white anti-racist trainer with The People's Institute and historian of the grassroots movement says, "Nowadays we know how to mobilize, but not how to organize."

Racism is a powerful tool of disorganization that has been used against potential allies for centuries. It justified the European invasion, enslavement and genocide of Native Americans and Africans. Many immigrant European workers and landless peasants traded their class consciousness for the fabricated notion of "whiteness" and were rewarded with land grants and a chance to share in the profits of slavery. Even now textbooks hide the long history of African, Indigenous, and multiracial rebellion.

The mid-19th century saw the rise of the Abolitionist movement as whites joined in; a few privileged whites also formed the humane movement, which advocated for animals but ignored the plight of slaves. Historically humane education was upheld as a means of cultivating moral values amongst white children, especially boys who would become tomorrow's leaders.

Is today's liberal commitment to help those less fortunate rooted in this same racist, missionary tradition? Well-meaning whites, sometimes armed with the comment "I do not see color"—which often causes people of color to smile inwardly—continue to build essentially segregated organizations because to them overcoming racism is still about cultivating moral values and not sharing power. Whereas to oppressed peoples of color, race has always been about power. They do not fight for social justice to make white people feel better about themselves.

"The Machine" also understands that race is about power, and its generals also read Sun Tzu. Much the way the suffering of animals is invisibilized, so too is the suffering of peoples of color and Indigenous peoples. Beneath the radar of mainstream media, these groups more often get the stick instead of the carrot. David Hilliard, one of the founders of the Black Panther Party, recounted in his April '04 interview with Satya, "some 40 are still in prison, 28 of us were murdered." They were killed because they were black and wanted "Power to the People," not because they were vegetarian. In Colombia, almost 4,000 labor organizers have been murdered in the last 15 years. In one state in India, 4,000 farmers committed suicide between 1999-2004 in desperation over free trade and privatization policies.

This is a far cry from most large AR organizations, which model themselves after corporations and in fact are characterized by the same "institutional racism": no matter how colorful their brochures, the vast majority of positions of power are held by white people, albeit nice ones who like animals. According to one activist, outreach to communities of color is approached like a marketing challenge, not as a desire to share power. A corporation is a legal person, but without a mind. As such, no one is accountable for de facto segregation unless someone is stupid enough to use the "n" word.

The People's Institute, in its Undoing Racism workshops, asks social workers and other participants "Do you make money off the poor?" One by one, people nod their heads. Is it possible that AR workers—from the CEOs of large nonprofits who may make a third of a million dollars, to grassroots grunts who make minimum wage—are making money off of animals? The People's Institute states: Any organization that is not intentionally anti-racist inevitably benefits white people.

Where Will We Find Power?
Language to the contrary, white people are the "minority" on the planet. As the minority it only makes sense to want to hook up with the majority with great urgency, as if billions of lives, and the future of the earth itself, were at stake. Global agribusiness, which feeds "The Machine" will only be undone by a powerful global movement.

The truth hidden by Eurocentric media is that some of the most dynamic, holistic political organizing on the planet is happening in the "developing" world. You should know these names: Vandana Shiva, Wangari Maathai, Alfredo Palacio, Evo Morales, Lula da Silva. Twelve thousand landless peasants recently marched in Brazil. The 2004 World Social Forum (WSF) in Mumbai, India drew 200,000 people. Across the street was another forum for groups excluded from the WSF for political reasons. Some were militant revolutionary groups, some weren't. The 2005 WSF in Porto Alegre, Brazil heard Hugo Chavez, the President of Venezuela. Chavez, a former military officer, is an advocate for the poor and landless. If the AR movement wants power, it should study how President Chavez got it. It should join in on the ground floor of the global people's movement, which is inherently anti-agribusiness, to become part of the agenda.

Maybe, just maybe, power lies with the powerless. Asked how he would build a united front with Indigenous cultures that might eat animals but who live in balance with nature, Jim Mason replied: "I would start with campaigning to insure their survival—the survival of their native lands, their natural habitat, their traditional ways of living. The dominant cultures that are destroying the living world will—if they ever wake up—need to draw from the older cultures to make the changes in thinking needed to stop the destruction and develop a culture of balance with nature."

The dominant white culture also writes humane history. It starts with European philosophers and reform movements. Native concepts of human equality with, or even inferiority to, animals are omitted. Indigenous cultures which do not divide humans and animals into classes, into exploiter and exploited, do not have the need for the concept of "animal rights." Tiokasin Ghosthorse, producer of "First Voices" (WBAI, 99.5FM Thursdays at 10 a.m.) calls for "nature rights." Onondaga elder Oren Lyon says the term "human rights" is a misnomer.

In 1999, AR activists tried to physically stop the Makah people in the Pacific Northwest from resuming their whale hunting after an endangered species ban was lifted. Kent Lebsock, Executive Director of the American Indian Law Alliance, said non-Indian activists focused not on commercial whalers but on people who were reclaiming their traditional way of life. It was taken as a racist act of cultural suppression. "They showed a lack of understanding of what we have experienced in the last 500 years." Lebsock said, "During the incident, every Indian person I spoke to thought the Makah were right."

This bitter, complex dispute has many lessons. One is that there is a potential for alliances with progressive, traditionalist groups which already exist within these communities, and which could use the access to media, etc. that privileged whites often have. Because racism in the movement goes unaddressed, we all lose and the animals lose.

By contrast, the Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC) serves as a role model for how to build alliances between cultures. It was co-founded by Rosalie Little Thunder, a Lakota woman elder, and Mike Mease, a white filmmaker, in 1997 when the Montana Department of Livestock killed nearly a third of the 3,000 buffalo who live in Yellowstone National Park. Activists maintain a year-round vigil to protect the buffalo, and Native people come to the vigils to perform ceremonies and support them with prayer.

Moving Forward
Roman Sanchez, a Latino/Afro-Caribbean diversity trainer, has been with BFC for five years. "I do workshops on whiteness and racism. In those workshops I tell people this is not an attack on you, this is talking about the system… The system that exists today is hurting everybody."

It's because the system is hurting everybody that the AR movement must embrace these kinds of campaigns, local or global—where the interests of labor, the landless, small farmers, Indigenous peoples and the environment intersect. But the key, the pivotal point is how to embrace other people, how to share power. Sanchez says, "It's about respect for all people. We are all connected to each other. Unless we can respect each other this brutality is not going to stop."

The leaders of the AR nonprofits must be held accountable. They are the gatekeepers who will determine how many people of color will get in and whether they will hit a glass ceiling. The challenge is to avoid tokenism, to hire for talent, not experience. After all, if you require a long AR resume, chances are the person will be white.

For white activists, this might mean listening to people and not rushing in to set the agenda or the tactics. For example, in a racist society getting arrested is a different experience for people of color.

Sanchez says, "It's dangerous when you take an extreme this-is-the-only-way-things-can-change point of view. You turn people off. A lot of people of color are struggling to survive. It's those people who hold the power who need to work for change in themselves. They need to ask people of color, "How can I help you? How can I be your ally? What is it that you need from me?'"

"I'm definitely a very Caucasian male," says Mease, who reflects the respect Sanchez talks about. "I know how important the buffalo are to the culture of Native Americans. Rosalie instilled in me that we all have spirituality, we all have worth, we all have meaning and it doesn't matter what color or walk of life or background we come from, anyone can make change and anyone can represent the buffalo if they do the true work. She's empowered me to know that it didn't matter where I came from or what color I was, that if my heart were true, and my work showed the truth, then I had the right to be here."

Sheila Hamanaka is a children's book author and illustrator. She has studied anti-racism with The People's Institute and is a member of the Justice and Unity Campaign of WBAI. Her books include Grandparent's Song, All the Colors of the Earth, and The Journey: Japanese Americans, Racism and Renewal. She is currently working on an animal liberation novel for children. Tracy Basile is a freelance journalist who also teaches animal and nature courses at Purchase College, SUNY, and Pace University.


Here are some concrete steps we can take to build a diverse, anti-racist movement.

• Talk about it. Be open and listen. Make
anti-racism a top priority. Seek mentors. Set goals. Ask diverse groups how they work on it.

• Get anti-racist training. We've all had a lifetime of racism. It takes time, attention, and study to undo it. It's a transformative, rewarding process. For an online curriculum on whiteness, go to www.antiracistalliance.com. For an excellent, free guide to anti-racist trainers visit www.aspeninstitute.org/programresults.asp. Anti-racist trainers with a power analysis: www.thepeoplesinstitute.org.

• Take responsibility. "If everyone is responsible, no one is responsible." Assign someone, a real go-getter, to take leadership. And not just the person of color!

• Strategize with diverse groups. Activists are thinkers. They'll see the global connections between animals-agribusiness-food-health-labor-immigration-environmental racism. They want to be healthy and ethical, too!

• Be thoughtful when planning campaigns. Arrest is quite a different experience for people of color in a racist criminal justice system. It's expensive, and dangerous. If you're an immigrant, it might mean deportation. Support people who hang back and always have choices.

• Write diversity into your Mission. This will make everyone sit up and take notice.

• Think: location, location, location. Where is your meeting held? How about in a free, accessible location in a diverse neighborhood?

•Table in neighborhoods of color. White people can do this, too. Network and translate your materials. PETA has a website in Spanish: www.petaenespanol.com.

• Co-sponsor events with diverse
groups. Be creative! Go outside the "same 'ol, same 'ol" box. Check out ethnic, career, and social groups, too. Many Asian, South Asian and African people and eastern religious groups are vegetarian. Also take note where you advertise your events.

• Practice affirmative action. Set goals
and be accountable. Look at your city, strive to reflect it. Start at the top. Share power. If you want a diverse membership, have a diverse staff. Power in numbers: it's very stressful for people of color to be alone amongst white people, even nice ones! Hire for talent and enthusiasm, not experience. —S.H.

The author would like to thank Patrick Kwan for many of these suggestions. Thanks also to Cat Clyne.

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Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Subject:Mystery Action Dec 2
Posted by:scorpio398.
Time:12:43 am.
Mystery Action

Sylvester Park, Capitol Way & Legion Way, Olympia

December 2, 2006
1 p.m.
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Monday, November 27th, 2006

Subject:Shared Route: A Biodiesel passenger Shuttle Bus service connecting Portland, Olympia & Seattle.
Posted by:scorpio398.
Time:5:13 pm.
Alternative transportation in action.

A Biodiesel passenger Shuttle Bus service connecting Portland, Olympia & Seattle.

4 space bike rack
Wheelchair accesible
No Reservation needed
Locally owned and operated

Maybe if there's enough requests from Tacoma, we could get them to come through Tacoma as well.

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Saturday, November 11th, 2006

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Time:9:23 am.
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Sunday, September 10th, 2006

Subject:Fur business big in NW
Posted by:scorpio398.
Time:11:30 pm.
*"Fur back in business and in trouble"*

http://tinyurl.com/nmzyb (Seattle Times)

"Fur buyers examine thousands of mink skins ahead of an auction in May
at American Legend in Renton. A cooperative of 220 North American mink
ranchers, it is the largest fur market in the United States, hosting
international auctions twice a year at its high-security facility.”
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