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Sistah Vegan Conference: The Vegan Praxis of Black Lives Matter

When: Friday, April 24th, 10am-5pm & Saturday, April 25th, 10am-5pm
Where: Living Ro-om Culture in the Central District (RSVP on Facebook or email me for full address)
Cost: suggested donation $5-10/day, RSVP here for Day 1 & here for Day 2

Seattle Black Feminists, Living Ro-Om Culture, and She’s With Me are hosting a viewing party for the 2015 Sistah Vegan Conference, The Vegan Praxis of Black Lives Matter: Challenging Neoliberal Whiteness While Building Anti-Racist Solidarity Among Vegans of Color and Allies (Before, After & Beyond Ferguson). This is an opportunity to learn more about food justice, as it intersects with racism, hegemonic whiteness, and misogyny, and about the ethics of non-elitist, anti-racist veganism. Join us for thoughtful discussions, community-building, and yummy food. *You do not have to be vegan to attend!*

This web conference is interactive and will have various speakers and workshops that will address the following questions:

– How do veganism and #blacklivesmatter intersect?
– What does a vegan praxis of “black lives matter” look like?
– What does veganism that ignores “black lives matter” look like, and what are the unintended consequences?
– Why do race and whiteness matter, and how do they operate within veganism and beyond?
– What does allyship look like within the #blacklivesmatter movement amongst non-black vegans and black non-vegans?


Below is the full schedule. Feel free to swing by for the panels that interest you or stay for the entire conference. 

Friday, April 24, 2015

10:00 am. Introduction: Why a Vegan Praxis of Black Lives Matter? | Dr. A. Breeze Harper(Director and Founder of the Sistah Vegan Project)

10:20 am.”Dispelling the Myth of ‘Cruelty-Free’ Commodities Within the Context of Black Lives Matter and a Racist Food System: A Dialogue Between Lauren Ornelas (Director, Food Empowerment Project) and Dr. A. Breeze Harper

11:00 am.  “Cooking Up Black Lives Matter: A Critical Race Dialogue with vegan Chef Bryant Terry” | Panelists: Chef Bryant Terry and Dr. A. Breeze Harper

11:30 am. “Locating Intersections and the Decolonization of Veganism through Black Womanist Theology” | Candace Laughinghouse, PhD Candidate (Regent University)

12:00 pm. Break

12:30 pm. “‘The Pig is a Filthy Animal’: Challenging Speciesist ‘Race-Conscious’ Black Liberation Rhetoric (Before, After, and Beyond Ferguson) | A. Breeze Harper (moderator) and Kevin Tillman (Founder, Vegan Hip Hop Movement).

1:00 pm. “From Critiquing Thug Kitchen to Revealing Vermont’s Speciesist White Agricultural Narrative: pattrice jones tells us about her Vegan Praxis of Black Lives Matter as a White Ally” | Speakers: A. Breeze Harper (moderator) and pattrice jones (co-founder,VINE Sanctuary)

1:45 pm. “Dear White People, Black Lives Matter: An Introductory Workshop For White Vegans on Being an Ally”| Speakers: Dr. Paul Gorski (George Mason University) and Dallas Rising

2:30 pm. “ALL Black Lives Matter: Exposing and Dismantling Transphobia and Heteronormativity in Mainstream Black ‘Conscious’ Plant-Based Dietary Movement” | Speakers: Toi Scott ( and Victoria Crump.

3:20-4:00 pm. Funding Pro-Vegan Anti-Racist Projects: Challenges and Strategies in a ‘Post-Racial’ Era” | Panelists: Alissa Hauser (Executive Director, The Pollination Project) and Dr. A. Breeze Harper

Saturday, April 25, 2015

10:00 am.  [TBD]

10:30 amBlack Lives [Don’t] Matter: Michael Vick and the Demonization of Blackness Among White Vegans and Animal Rights Activists”| Speaker: Harlan Eugene Weaver, PhD (Davidson College)

11:30 am. “Pro-Vegan Self-Care for Racial Justice Activists: Building a Long-Term Community of Support”| Speaker: Jessica Rowshandel, LMSW

12:00 pm. Break

12:20 pm. Announcement of the Anti-Racist Changemakers of 2015 Award Winners and Raffle Prizes

1:00 pm. “Memory and Betrayal: An Inquiry into Race, Empire, and Relationship During an Era of Black Lives Matter” |Speaker: Martin Rowe (co-founder and senior editor of Lantern Books)

1:30 pm. “[TITLE TO BE DETERMINED]” | Speaker: Christopher Sebastian McJetters (Vegan Publishers)

2:00 pm. “We Need a Holistic Revolution: Vegan Ethics and the #BlackLivesMatterMovement”| Speaker: Nevline Nnaji  (cofounder, New Negress Film Society)

2:30 pm. “Abolitionist Veganism and Anti-Oppression Within the Context of Black Lives Matter” | Speaker: Sarah K. Woodcock (Founder, The Abolitionist Vegan Society)

3:00 pm.  Not Business as Usual: The Praxis of Black Lives Matter in Vegan Entrepreneurship | Speaker: Hnin W. Hnin (ROC United and

3:50-4:45 pm. “The Origins of the Criminalization of Blackness in the Context of a ‘Race Neutral’ Analysis and how it Helped Shape Policing Policies” | Speaker: Liz Ross (Founder,Coalition of Vegan Activists of Color)

About the brain behind Sistah Vegan, Dr. A. Breeze Harper:

“A. Breeze Harper is a sought-after speaker, writer, researcher and consultant. A social scientist, she writes about food justice, animal rights,  ethics, critical race theory, gender, class and sexuality and their intersections. She received her B.A. from Dartmouth College, her Master’s from Harvard University, and her PhD from the University of California-Davis. She is the editor of Sistah Vegan: Food, Identity, Health and Society — Black Female Vegans Speak and the author of the social fiction novel Scars. She is currently working on her third book, which focuses on the intersections of ethical consumption, alternative black masculinity and hip hop. She lives in Berkeley, California with her partner and their three young children.”


About sheswithmeseattle

She's With Me is the brain child of three feminists who got tired of emailing each other every time they caught wind of a womanist event, so they created a separate space to house their feminist calendar. The benefits would be twofold: fewer emails cluttering up their inboxes, and more people learning about Seattle's growing feminist community. She's With Me aims to be a feminist hub, where all the goings on of different organizations are collected in one place. Our plans for the site include reviews/write-ups of events, interviews with local feminist activists, news updates, and essays, poetry, and art by feminists. The Fourth Wave of Feminism is here, and She's With Me will be the feminist scrap book documenting our herstory as it unfolds.


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