A must-watch doccie on Chagos

The trial at the International Court of Justice is coming up, educate yourselves* and if you prefer reading, Benjamin Zephaniah wrote about their forced removals and theft of land by the British. This is yet another reason not to call oneself ‘vegan’ by the way, especially when these people are our neighbours until their island is returned. How is your heart not broken about their plight? Do you have a heart? This country, most of all, had to come up with a new word and stop the glorification of British things, words, culture. but the vegans I know are really proud to have their soc be endorsed by the Vegan Society UK.

*I say this to some I recall must be reading my blog, I know men in particular who rely on me to spoonfeed them, even give them a list of books to read (as if they didn’t know e.g. Chagossians and Mauritian folks published books on Chagos). One boy I blocked from the fb page would share things without attribution and not via the page either. Similarly, a friend who bought books I recommended (I did and asked him to buy double, I’ll pay him bc I lack physical access to shops) only paid me a vist, with none of the books to sell me and I have yet to read any of the books by Chagossian author or on e.g. Lisette Talate, yet I recommend them if you read French. It is characteristic of this country to exploit and erase women without whom they’d be even more mediocre.

Conversely, Chagos is the opposite culture; Marie Elphegia Véronique, Rita Bancoult, Lisette Talate, Charlesia Alexis and fierce women have been at the forefront of their movement since these four fierce women have started the advocacy and activism, now their son (that’s fine) is and men/ a whole state took the issue to the international court. Those doing the hard work often don’t get enough credit and our PM or former PM are the ones who get credited as saviours (but that’s their job). My complete solidarity lies with the Chagossians, I’m in awe of their unrelenting struggle, patience and determination. Their suffering may have been in vain for the people whom they live alongside (us) but may they at long last, know reparations. My heart will still ache for those who died here, wishing to be buried on their land. I hope it can still happen.

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Intersectionality gentrification

“Scholarship and organizing with emancipatory aims forges whole new spaces. When folks with relative privilege occupy this rhetorical space without engaging with those who created it and then seek to appropriate that space for their own advancement, it IS like gentrification.

This is why political education is so necessary. Terms like intersectionality, decolonization, and abolition have whole messy, beautiful histories you can learn about from SO many mediums. Many of us are privileged to be able to access this work – let’s not take that for granted.” Malone added.

And vegans are all the gentrifiers, there are various ‘intersectional’ groups about people (USians perhaps or is US centrism the ism we don’t see), out to get cookies. It’s not about the struggles of people virtually around them, it’s become a Panini book of a movement and shallow people collecting stickers. Although FIFA is the one who is racist etc, but I guess Panini upholds that federation. There are oppressions that do not affect X or Y vegans but because they partake in the little contest, they will enable Z to perform ally theatre because Z is fairly known. They do not care the least that Z is oppressing peoples twice, by getting a platform to do ally theatre and b) by talking utter shit. But they will publish people like Z, idk in so doing if their aim is that their publication led to a participation of Z in a conference and they’re all USian. Meanwhile bc that part of the world is privileged, they can easily have access to activists on the ground about the oppressions they want to be including but they’re for the easy way, the ally theatre. And it’s disgusting.

Intersectional Justice Exemptions in Our Movements

I would’ve retitled this exemptions of justice for those at the intersections. whose movement, slol

Al Ma'arrist

The Interspecies and Intersectional Justice conference would’ve been the 2nd best conference I’ve seen or heard, or at least complementary to The Vegan Praxis of Black Lives Matter. I’m still watching the IIJC, 1 vid per week-end.

[Some talks not to be missed: Dr. A. Breeze Harper’s, who mentioned and had organised The VPBLM, and among others I linked below (besides the problematic one), Aph Ko’s talk:]

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BUT there is so much wrong with the presentation that followed Aph’s powerful talk!

Watching Zarna Joshi of Women of Color Speak Out and her erasure of indigenous cultures and her ally theatre, I’ve been on a rollercoaster of feeling nauseated, annoyed, disgusted, etc. In her introduction (at least she seemed honest therein, not counting crucial omissions such as she’s a Brahmin [the most caste-privileged]). One part of her talk is coming up in the 1st link that follows. 38m40s “Pythagoras theorem comes…

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Earth day

plastics

Plastics are wrecking our oceans and nature (and human health too) but also fishing:

15-word blogposts are the future. But, seriously this is why I just don’t blog when I don’t have the time/energy. That is the worst possible photo perhaps minimising the impact of plastic waste on our oceans. As if we can see it, no and micro-plastics are even in sea salt. 2nd issue with this photo: white cotton, also pollutes to produce but hippies love it. Requires polluting detergents to maintain to, all in the name of ‘purity’, it’s colourism in truth. That 85 words took another 5 minutes. I’m having physical trouble typing though, more than it being a time issue. But yes humans use colourism in some form or another to bring ‘positive’ messages for the environment.