Wednesday, January 11, 2017

10 Questions: Vegan Rockstar with Raffaella Ciavatta



I first saw
Raffaella Ciavatta’s work when the animal rights organization she helped to found, Collectively Free, burst on the scene in 2014 with daring videos and actions that have garnered wide media attention. I was initially impressed by Collectively Free’s activism but I have been even more impressed as the grassroots organization has grown to become even more intersectional and encompassing as their work has matured. I am always looking forward to what I will see next from them.

As co-founder of Collectively Free, Raffaella brings her design
skills and her unabashed passion for integrated social justice to their activism, from creating striking and memorable actions to keeping the organizations core values transparent and considerate of everyone. We need more vegan organizations to place the high value on intersectional activism as much as Collectively Free does. You can find them – and should follow them – on these social media platforms. I am honored to feature Collectively Free’s Raffaella Ciavatta as this week’s Vegan Rockstar.

1. First of all, we’d love to hear your “vegan evolution” story. How did you start out? Did you have any early influences or experiences as a young person that in retrospect helped to pave your path?

I was actually raised a vegetarian and was diagnosed with anemia when I was a kid by a doctor who told my mom the only way to cure it was for me to eat flesh. So, I started eating flesh (never solved my anemia, FYI) and let myself be carried by social pressure. Being born and raised in Brazil made it extra easy for me to continue to eat animals as there were as many steakhouses there as there are Starbucks here.

It wasn't until I moved to NY and got involved with rescuing dogs and cats that the dissonance really hit me. During the meetings of the rescue I was part of, which was ran by a vegetarian, there were always animals' bodies being served and one day something just clicked. I went home and watched as many undercover videos that I could possibly cram in 24 hours, then I read tons of articles in the next 24 hours and became a vegan. 



2. Imagine that you are pre-vegan again: how could someone have talked to you and what could they have said or shown you that could have been the most effective way to have a positive influence on you moving toward veganism?

I really, really wish I had met a pro-intersectional vegan who had shown me how my struggles as a queer, immigrant and woman are intrinsically related to the struggle of nonhumans. Also, how to unpack my own isms to not only be a better activist but a better person. Finding out I had been lied to about nonhumans was already mind-blowing, but putting that into the context that's connected with so many other forms of oppression is even more mind blowing.

That way, I wouldn't have wasted nearly a year of my veganism being so "animals first," saying really racist, binary and awful things, thinking you can "vote with your dollar" and that veganism was going to solve the world's problems.

3. What have you found to be the most effective way to communicate your message as a vegan? For example, humor, passion, images, etc.?

Passion and framing anti-speciesism as a social justice issue have worked really well for me. On the other hand, street theater and satire have worked really well, with our campaign Swapspeciesism. Examples
here and here.

4. What do you think are the biggest strengths of the vegan movement?
We have all sorts of very solid facts on our side.

5. What do you think are our biggest hindrances to getting the word out effectively?

The thing with facts is that it's not enough to convince the vast majority of people because, well, we are creatures who love to cling to the ways we are used to thinking and we have a lot of biases.

I think the biggest obstacle is ourselves - we want changes for tomorrow and a lot of us are going to do whatever it takes, even if that includes making very superficial analogies that come off as very disrespectful, using triggering words or selling veganism as this cure-all-solution.

We have to resist the urge of taking shortcuts when advocating and we have to broaden our horizons and put veganism and animal liberation in a position that it is not isolated from everything else, but one more piece of anti-oppressive work that we need to tackle to make the world a better place.

That also includes meeting people where they are and linking anti-
speciesism to something particular that they already practice. For example, as an immigrant, for me the link between wildlife displacement and my own displacement are undeniable. Going deeper, stealing land from nonhumans of any kind is an atrocious act that we can link directly to colonialism and white supremacy. If I'm speaking to an activist who does that type of work, this is where I'm framing the conversation.

6. All of us need a “why vegan” elevator pitch. We’d love to hear yours.

I usually shy away from the word vegan, I prefer animal liberationist or animal rights activist but to the answer, because anyone, regardless of their gender, species, class, sexual orientation, ability and so on, deserve the right to live free from harm. Also because the way we treat animals directly influence the way we justify violence against one another - we dehumanize minorities and reduce them to "animals" in order to keep them underprivileged.
Aph Ko writes brilliantly about this. I always say that nonhumans are our allies, not our enemies.

7. Who are the people and what are the books, films, websites and organizations that have had the greatest influence on your veganism and your continuing evolution?

Books

Dr. Amy Breeze Harper,
Sistah Vegan

Carol J. Adams,
The Sexual Politics of Meat
Angela Davis,
Freedom is a Constant Struggle
Timothy Pachirat,
Every 12 Seconds
Greg Jobin-Leeds,
When We Fight, We Win
And many others!

Films

Usually documentaries that will make me very upset and angry lol so I can go figure out what to do next about it.

The most recent one I watched that was phenomenal was the
13th, which addresses the fact in the United States prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. I recommend this to any vegans who want to start grasping the idea of racism in this country.

Websites
And many others!

Organizations
And many others!

8. Burn-out is so common among vegans: what do you do to unwind, recharge and inspire yourself?

I hit the gym pretty hard, with weights. I have been neglecting it but now I'm back to it! Also design and poetry.

9. What is the issue nearest and dearest to your heart that you would like others to know more about?

The liberation of all, humans and nonhumans is one of the dearests causes to me. I wasn't born knowing all I know. It took so much work to get to where I am. It took daily unpacking of my own privileges. It took tears and sweat and above everything else, it took so much humility to admit I hadn't it all figured out like I thought I had. If I could ask something, that would be - remain open.

10. Please finish this sentence: “To me, being vegan is...”

Powerful!

9 comments:

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I’m extremely happy that my broken Marriage has been fixed…
"We recently made up, even though it was difficult. It's been more than a month now, and everything feels like it’s returned to normal. He has begun to treat me better, and it’s been a healing process for both of us. The nightmare that had lasted for almost 2 years before we broke up is finally over. It’s like we fell in love all over again! We’ve both put the past behind us, and are trying to move forward – and for the first time in a long time, the future looks a lot brighter.
I can’t express in words how grateful I am Dr Zaza! It’s like we’ve finally rediscovered those things about each other that made us fall in love in the first place. All of the worrying and stress has simply vanished. Thank you Dr Zaza for saving my broken Marriage and brought my husband back to me!".
Me and my husband are living together happily again.. All thanks to Dr Zaza. If you have any problem contact Dr.Zaza now and i guarantee you that he will help you.Email him at: drzazaspelltemple@yahoo.com or drzazaspelltemple@outlook.com you can also call him +2348110149717 or his website http://drzazaspelltemple.wixsite.com/drzaza

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