The Sistah Vegan Project

Would You Harbor Me: Food Justice, Decolonial Vegan Politics, and Solidarity

The videos below are my keynote address for the Environmental Justice Conference on April 7 2012 at the University of Oregon-Eugene, hosted by the Coalition Against Environmental Racism. I speak about Angelia Davis’s ‘vegan’ stance on social justice, Queen Afua’s Afrocentric veganism as a form of decolonial politics, and how Sistah Vegan fills the ‘gaps’ that I see in some of the Afrocentric and Afrikan Holistic Health rhetoric.  I think it went “well” if you consider the fact that Eva Luna kept me awake all nite and then I had to wake up at 530 (after finally falling asleep at 430) to catch my morning flight. I love how babies don’t understand they should sleep when it is dark and that they should not want to play.

I also wanted to share this: I registered for school finally. Wahoo! Thank you all for your generous donations. I almost have everything that I need to pay off the bill that I just received last week. I am $900short, so if you would like help with donations I appreciate it. This will help me be enrolled for spring and summer. I accept paypal donations to the email address breezeharper (at) gmail (dot) com. Your donations help me do the work that I do and I truly appreciate it.

Part I

Part II

I did want to note that in the talk I say that Queen Afua’s Sacred Woman doesn’t mention the terms animal rights, speciesism, or animal liberation. However, she draws her healing philosophies from the principles of Ma’at, that have the stipulation of “I shall not mistreat animals.” I did not make this clear during my lecture, so I do apologize.

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4 thoughts on “Would You Harbor Me: Food Justice, Decolonial Vegan Politics, and Solidarity

  1. Hi Breeze,

    Thanks for posting your key note. Is it possible for you to post a transcript of it? Being hard of hearing and the lousy captioning availability on youtube makes it hard to access videos.

    Thanks in advance.

  2. Omer on said:

    Hi Breeze,

    Thank you for posting your key note! Is it possible for you to post its transcript? Being hard of hearing and the lousy captioning availability on YouTube makes it hard to access videos.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Dear Omer,

      I am really sorry that the recording was not loud enough for you to hear. I thought I had spoken loud enough, but truth be told, it was not a professional recording. I was using my camera’s video feature, but next time I promise I’ll ask my husband to borrow his camera with a professional and powerful microphone.

      I don’t have a transcript for the entire talk , but I can send you the talk that guided me. I didn’t read completely from it, but I’m hoping it will be helpful. unfortunately, the 30 minutes of questions and comments are not available via transcript. If I had the time, I would transcribe it, but I don’t have the time and I don’t have the financial resources to hire someone to transcribe. Once again, I’m sorry about that and hope to have a powerful microphone next time.

      • Omer on said:

        Thanks a lot for your response and I apologize for the doubled comment. A copy of your talk will be fantastic! I totally understand the lack of resources to make videos more accessible and appreciate your willingness to help out.

        Thanks for your work.

        In solidarity,
        Omer.

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