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Many brands sold in Southern Africa, many brands we boycott already for animal abuse.

WP followers: a note to say I’m injured and can hardly type since quite a while.

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Intersectional Justice Exemptions in Our Movements

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

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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:]

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 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.

The sad passing of Mam’ Winnie

Hamba Kahle Mam’ Winnie (Nomzamo Zanyiwe) Madikizela(-Mandela) 😥 I haven’t had time for the blog since months, as readers may have noticed. I thought of writing since yesterday however. I have rather been rectifying things on social media or trying to bring some of her light that she left us in a bleak environment (Mauritius, where her daughter is the High Commissioner, but it remains bleak even in this profoundly sad moment, it will never learn to not mimic Western media) that hardly cares about her passing and does not see her for who she is, but also does not care, I realise. Even worse: is the documentary Winnie by French film-maker also blocked in this country as I cannot find it or see it on netflix (it’s here) with no disclaimer to explain why.

Let us set one thing straight, first, which has been part of her vilification in the media:

Madikizela-Mandela credits several other women for influencing her politically. Among these were Lilian Ngoyi, Florence Matomela, Frances Baard and Kate Molale, all leaders of the Federation.

For her, they were the “top of the ANC hierarchy” although at the time no women were in fact in any formal leadership positions in the ANC. The ANC only allowed women to become full members in 1943, and during the 1950s, women were locked in an intense battle for recognition within the movement.”

From her autobiography “When I was in detention for all those months, my two children nearly died. When I came out they were so lean; they had had such a hard time. They were covered in sores, malnutrition sores. And they wonder why I am like I am. And they have a nerve to say, ‘Oh Madiba is such a peaceful person, you know. We wonder how he had such a wife who is so violent?’ The leadership on Robben Island was never touched; the leadership on Robben Island had no idea what it was like to engage the enemy physically. The leadership was removed and cushioned behind prison walls; they had their three meals a day. In fact, ironically, we must thank the authorities for keeping our leadership alive; they were not tortured. They did not know what we were talking about and when we were reported to be so violent, engaged in the physical struggle, fighting the Boers underground, they did not understand because none of them had ever been subjected to that, not even Madiba himself—they never touched him, they would not have dared.”

And please refer to this fb timeline too instead or while I write a part 2