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Why Does the Left Largely Ignore Animal Issues?

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    United Poultry Concerns - http://www.UPC-online.org/ 16 May 2014 Why Does the Left Largely Ignore Animal Issues? Left Forum, John Jay College of Criminal
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      United Poultry Concerns - http://www.UPC-online.org/
      16 May 2014

      Why Does the Left Largely Ignore Animal Issues?

      Left Forum, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
      - The City University of New York

      Animal Liberation and Social Justice - Theory and Testimony

      LEFT FORUM Saturday May 31 in New York City Noon-1:50pm
      http://www.leftforum.org/

      An animal revolution is underway, yet the vast majority of leftists seem
      indifferent to it. Why? Nearly everything the left fights for is undermined by
      systemic animal abuse. What is it to be human? What is it to be animal? Every
      morally relevant proof of human superiority-reason, language, moral awareness,
      self-awareness, future awareness, social laws-is proven groundless. Yet
      distortions persist claiming to justify crimes against animals. Marx's vision of
      a classless society looks toward a time when all alienation-between humans and
      the natural world, humans and the social world, a person and himself or
      herself-is overcome.

      Yet the anthropocentrism of many on the left who share that vision-and of Marx
      himself-obstructs progress toward it. For to ignore the cries of animals is to
      be complicit in their enslavement, an enslavement that is destroying the Earth
      and ravaging human life-much of it, moreover, typifying colonists' enslaving of
      the colonized, the degraded, alienated consciousness of the enslaver in each
      case differing scarcely at all. Sifting theoretical insights-while at the same
      time offering personal testimony-this panel shows why the liberating of animals
      is always also about human liberation, and why justice for animals is always
      also about human justice.


      SPEAKERS

      KAREN DAVIS, President and Founder of United Poultry Concerns and
      author of Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs, among many other publications

      JOHN SANBONMATSU, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Worcester
      Polytechnic Institute and author of The Postmodern Prince:
      Critical Theory, Left Strategy, and the Making of a New Political Subject

      PATTRICE JONES, Co-founder of VINE Sanctuary in Vermont and author of
      Aftershock: Confronting Trauma in a Violent World, a Guide for Activists and
      their Allies

      JOAN HARRISON, Independent advocate for animals, homeless advocate,
      author of many poems, essays, letters, blogs, and chair of this panel


      WHERE AND WHEN

      DATE: Saturday May 31, 2014

      TIME: Session 2 from Noon to 1:50pm

      PLACE:
      Room 3.8 John Jay College of Criminal Justice,
      City University of New York,
      524 West 59th Street,
      New York, NY 10019

      REGISTRATION:
      Left Forum, John Jay College of Criminal Justice - The City University of New
      York
      http://www.leftforum.org/

      ________

      Also coming up in NYC

      Thursday, June 12 Animal Sacrifice, Religion and the Law.
      The Practice of Using Chickens as Kaporos: A Forum Free & Open to the Public
      http://www.upc-online.org/kaparos/140514_using_chickens_as_kaporos_forum.html


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