Date of release: immediately
Stephanie Boston, Rising Tide North America
503-283-5709 / stephanie@RisingTideNorthAmerica.org
Radical Eco-Feminist West Coast Spring Tour 2008
This Spring, two womyn from the Portland Animal Defense League, Rising Tide North America and Stumptown Earth First! will be on tour in your area with an interactive and engaging presentation.
They will be offering a two hour presentation on radical eco-feminism and environmental ethics. Eco-feminism is the social movement that regards the oppression of women and nature as interconnected. It is one of the few movements and analyses that actually connects two movements. Radical ecofeminist theorists have extended their analyses to consider the interconnections between sexism, the domination of nature (including animals), and also racism and social inequalities. Consequently it is now better understood as a movement working against the interconnected oppressions of gender, race, class and nature.
Environmental ethics is the discipline that studies the moral relationship of human beings, and also the value and moral status of the environment and its nonhuman contents. It is the connection of deep ecology, feminist environmental ethics, and social ecology to politics.
This is a two part workshop which dives into recognizing the need for radical analysis over reformist thinking- working to drastically change the system rather than working within it. Using the method of education called a mind-map, the presentation draws direct links and parallels between radical-feminism and environmentalism exploring eco-activisms’ need for radical feminism. And finally, it goes into the reasons it is so important to include animal rights into environmental activism based on ethics and environmental impact of industrial agriculture. It is interactive and provides plenty of time for discussion.
You may have seen part of this workshop at the EF! Rendezvous in Indiana or on the Rising Tide North America Climate Justice Action Tour last summer.
The goal of the tour is to get sponsored by colleges to 1) provide students and activists with a free workshop and 2) make the tour a fund-raiser. These activists are raising funds to travel to Chile this summer to aid local efforts in protesting the annual International Whaling Commission (IWC) conference and its decision to act apathetic to Japan’s increased number of illegal whale slaughters this year. (www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article2896712.ece)
Tour schedule is as follows:
- March 22- Portland, OR
Portland State Univeristy
- March 23- Olympia, WA
- March 24- Portland, OR
- March 26- Arcata, CA
Humboldt State University
- March 27- Sacramento, CA
- March 28-
Long Haul Infoshop
3124 Shattuck Ave.
- March 29- Oakland, CA
- March 30, 31- San Francisco, CA
- April 1- Santa Cruz, CA
University of Santa Cruz
- April 2- San Luis Obispo, CA
- April 3- Santa Barbara, CA
Help is still needed with booking and promoting. If you’d like to see this tour in your town, please contact: stephanie@RisingTideNorthAmerica.org