Vegan Angela Davis connects human and animal liberation

Angela Davis was one of my heroes when I was younger.  She’s still an activist for social causes at 70 years-young and she’s a vegan!

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Species and Class

This article is republished from an eBook series that has been made freely available.

By Jon Hochschartner

While Angela Davis is well known for her progressive perspectives on race, gender, and class, less well known are her views on species, which are quite forward-thinking. The great socialist scholar, it might surprise some to hear, does not consume animal products.

“I usually don’t mention that I’m vegan but that has evolved,” Davis said at the 27th Empowering Women of Color Conference, according to a transcript available at RadioProject.org. “I think it’s the right moment to talk about it because it is part of a revolutionary perspective – how can we not only discover more compassionate relations with human beings but how can we develop compassionate relations with the other creatures with whom we share this planet and that would mean challenging the whole capitalist industrial form of food production.”

Challenging…

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