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Tend the Root Session Five: Humans, Nature, and “Human Nature” - Solving Social Problems by Repairing Our Relationships

  • Bugbee Senior Center 262 North Main Street White River Junction, VT, 05001 United States (map)

Session Five of the CTP’s Tend the Root Talk Series will be offered by Pattrice Jones, animal and human rights activist and co-founder of VINE Sanctuary Animal Refuge in Springfield, Vermont.

Pattrice writes: Ideologies of oppression such as ableism, sexism, and racism share roots in speciesism, which also encourages people to exploit the environment. The doctrine of human supremacy by which we justify the subjugation of other animals can lead us into error when trying to solve human-engendered problems such as violence, inequality, and climate change. Bringing ourselves into better relationship with the other-than-human world, including our nonhuman kin, can enliven and inform the struggles for peace and equity among people.

Tea and cookies provided. Donations encouraged. Participants can register in advance by emailing info@transformationalpractice.org to receive readings and be eligible for inclusion in a Transformational Action Discussion Group. Note, this talk and discussion will be preceded by a vegan potluck, beginning at 6:00 at the same location. All are welcome.

Brought to you by CTP in collaboration with Sustainable Woodstock.

Pattrice with Maddox and Moxie. “The cow with the horns is Maddox, and the cow behind him is his mother Moxie. He was taken from her when one day old by a dairy who then discarded him. We were able to reunite them three years later, when the dairy also discarded her.” wrote Pattrice

Pattrice with Maddox and Moxie. “The cow with the horns is Maddox, and the cow behind him is his mother Moxie. He was taken from her when one day old by a dairy who then discarded him. We were able to reunite them three years later, when the dairy also discarded her.” wrote Pattrice

Pattrice Jones is a co-founder of VINE Sanctuary, an LGBTQ-led farmed animal refuge in Springfield, VT. A former tenant organizer and antiracist educator, pattrice has taught college and university courses in the theory and praxis of social change activism. An ecofeminist scholar as well as an activist, pattrice has authored two books—The Oxen at the Intersection (2014) and Aftershock: Confronting Trauma in a Violent World (2007)—as well as numerous contributions to edited collections, including including Animaladies (2018), Animal Oppression and Capitalism (2017); Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth (2014); Sister Species (2011); Sistah Vegan (2010); Minding the Animal Psyche (2010); and Contemporary Anarchist Studies (2009).

Our mistakenness about animals has its obverse in our confusion about ourselves. The core western idea that man, and I mean man here, is the only rational animal, tends to lead us both to underestimate the cognitive capacities of other animals and also to overestimate the role of rational thinking in human behavior. Anything we can do to come to a more accurate understanding of ourselves will have a profound impact on our ability to effect social change.
— From a phone conversation with Pattrice, 2/20/19
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