«Il est des lois injustes - devons-nous tout simplement leur obéir, ou devons-nous entreprendre de les amender, et leur obéir jusqu'à ce que nous ayons obtenu gain de cause, ou bien encore devant-nous les transgresser d'emblée ? Sous le genre de gouvernement qui est le nôtre, les hommes, en général, jugent qu'ils doivent attendre d'avoir convaincu la majorité de la nécessité de modifier ses lois. Ils jugent que, s'ils résistaient, le remède de serait pire que le mal. Mais c'est la faute du gouvernement lui-même si le remède est effectivement pire que le mal. C'est le gouvernement qui le rend ainsi. Pourquoi n'est-il pas plus prompt à anticiper et organiser la réforme ? Pourquoi ne chérit-il pas la sagesse de sa minorité ? Pourquoi crie-t-il, pourquoi résiste-t-il avant même d'avoir mal ? Pourquoi n'encourage-t-il pas c'est citoyens être vigilants et à pointer ses failles, et agir mieux qu'il ne leur demande ?»
«Il est de mon devoir, en tout état de cause, de m'assurer que je ne contribue pas au mal que je condamne.»
La désobéissance civile, Henry David THOREAU .
This book is definitely a must read for all the ethical vegans out there. (the Abolitionist approach)
Veganism is a revolution of the heart❤ "Veganism is an act of nonviolent defiance. It is our statement that we reject the notion that animals are things and that we regard sentient nonhumans as moral persons with the fundamental moral right not to be treated as the property or resources of humans."
“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”
― William Wilberforce
Letter From the Founder: ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️
"Today is going to be an important day in history. Not for observation, but rather, a day of significance for me. It's the day I decided to join the modern day abolitionist movement. For years I have questioned as to how such atrocities can exist in such an evolved world. There is darkness that abounds, which reflects the depravity of man and there is a hidden enemy hurting humanity. However, in the midst of this broken injustice, I’ve also witnessed heroes rise to slay the dragon... ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️
There are individuals from all locations, of all circumstances, with names that no one has ever heard of, and this platform is dedicated to telling the stories of who they are. My desire is to join this movement by helping to raise awareness of human trafficking, challenge the way we think as a society, unite masses and tell the stories of the once victimized, as well as the courageous individuals that will inspire action and hope. And maybe, this bitter earth may not be so bitter after all. Because where there is darkness, there is light and light shines brighter and more boldly. ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️
To you who was once a victim and now pleads on behalf of the many encamped in slavery, to you who answered the call to join the fight, to you who is banging on the doors of government and demanding to break the 30 million chains, your heroism has my attention and your sacrifice deserves my support."
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"Pursuing and endorsing animal welfare reform is inherently unjust. Who are we to endorse certain levels of suffering as acceptable to be inflicted on another sentient being? When advocating for nonhuman animals, the minimum position must be for NO exploitation; the minimum position must be veganism." 🙏
We need a new abolitionist movement, a new Underground Railroad for people incarcerated for the unjust reasons and the hypocritical laws of this nation. Too many children are having their fathers taken away from them because of the economic violence and deprivation that leads young men to a life a crime. We need radical change to the way justice works. For more on prison abolition here are some zines to read.
3 Positions against prisons: https://www.sproutdistro.com/catalog/zines/prisons/3-positions-prison/ "What about the rapists" anarchists responses to crime and justice: http://www.prisonabolition.org/new-zine-rapists-anarchist-approaches-crime-justice/
Found class photograph taken in 1939 at Manhattanville Junior High School, aka Public School No. 43, on the northwest corner of Amsterdam Avenue and West 129th Street. This school had its beginnings on the very same site in 1827, when town stakeholders established it as the Manhattanville Free School. Its original trustees included John Barrow, a Quaker shipbuilder whose wife Rebecca and himself had actively lobbied towards New York's effective legislation to abolish slavery in the state that same year. Other trustees were David C. Colden (son of the city's former mayor Cadwallader D. Colden), who became the key American host to first-time visitor Charles Dickens in 1842; and Jacob Schieffelin, Manhattanville's principal founder in 1806, whose burial vault can still be seen from the porch of the landmarked St. Mary's Episcopal Church a few yards from the school building. As well as for these P.S. 43 students posing here in 1939, the West Harlem school would also become the alma mater of legendary singer and social activist Harry Belafonte and writer Walter Dean Myers.
Came out from hiding for a trip to the reopened National Gallery. I consider a good 10 minutes staring at my favorite painting a form of medicine. The Opening of the Sixth Seal – stunning shadow and light, anti slavery imagery ... and the scars of damage done to it because some people were really offended by the idea that slavery is wrong #art#dublin#nationalgallery#abolitionistmovement#irishart#bristolschool
✨✨✨The 1st known slave narrative documenting the horrors of the #MiddlePassage was written in 1789 by #OlaudahEquiano , also known as #GustavusVassa . “The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa The African", highlights Equiano’s story: Born among the #Ibo * people in #Benin , Equiano was the youngest son of a village leader whose footsteps he was to follow until he was kidnapped & sold to #SlaveTraders . Equiano was transported with 244 other slaves onto a slave ship set for Barbados. His narrative describes the slaves’ hold on the Middle Passage as the "shrieks of the women," the "groans of the dying," the floggings, the wish to commit suicide, how those who somehow managed to drown themselves were envied”. Equiano eventually ended up in Virginia where he was sold and eventually purchased (SMH) by #MichaelHenryPascal , a lieutenant in the #RoyalNavy . With Pascal, Equiano “would move to England, educate himself, & travel the world on ships under Pascal's command”. After changing owners two more times, Equiano was able to buy his freedom with the money he earned from trading. Once, as a freeman loading a ship in Georgia, he was almost kidnaped again & sold back into slavery. Equiano became active in the #AbolitionistMovement to end the slave trade. “He lectured against the cruelty of British slave-owners. He spoke out against the English slave trade. He worked to resettle freed slaves.” It was through this work that he found encouragement to write & publish his story. By 1792, Equiano’s narrative was a best seller, with reviewers stating that “his book vividly demonstrated the full & complex humanity of Africans as much as the inhumanity of slavery.”(because actually seeing slavery wasn’t enough *insert deep eye roll*) Equiano died in 1797 at the age of 51. His narrative can be found in the comments section below. *Some historians dispute whether Equiano was born in Africa or South Carolina.It doesn’t matter because the truth is:a boy stolen, forced into slavery, purchased his freedom, & help others like him. The story needed to be told! #Salute ! We will continue to share with the masses so that your legacy is never forgotten!
This is the last paragraph of Benjamin Franklin's petition to the First Congress denouncing the hypocrisy of slavery. So I've always thought that the #FoundingFathers were super hypocritical for espousing "liberty", yet many, if not most of them owned slaves. What isn't often mentioned is that Benjamin Franklin became an #abolitionist toward the end of his life. It should still be noted that he did at one point partake in and profited from this unforgivable institution because he himself owned and sold many slaves. He also refused to debate the issue of #slavery at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 which is egregious. #BenjaminFranklin became the president of an Abolitionist group and later petitioned the First Congress in the same year that he died (1790), asking for them to address the issue of slavery. Of course they didn't because there were still many members of Congress that were pro-slavery and the Constitution said that the issue of slavery wouldn't be addressed until 1808. Benjamin Franklin's last paragraph of his petition is especially amazing when you take into account that the #AbolitionistMovement didn't really pick up steam until 50-60 years after he died.
Meatless Monday🤔 Is this something you partake in? Why? Health reasons perhaps? To reduce cruelty and slaughter numbers? Ease the strain on the environment? Let's address the health reason first, as it's so heavily promoted by lifestyle campaigners. We should all eat less meat, right? But 9 times out of 10 you replace the meat with eggs and/or cheese. But you are still consuming animal protein which is more harmful than beneficial to the body. Eggs are super high in dietary cholesterol and dairy contains proteins that promote cancer growth in the body. Now even if you eat solely plantbased for your meatless Monday, why would you only want to eat well for one day a week when you could do it every day? That's like saying you'll smoke 20 cigarettes every day apart from on Monday and hoping you'll see health benefits!!!! 🤦🏼♀️
Now let's look at cruelty. Well the egg and dairy industries ARE the meat industries so there is no reduction in cruelty or slaughter by opting out one day a week. All male chicks are sent down grinders shortly after birth and when chickens stop laying they are sent to slaughter. Similarly with cows. Male calves are slaughtered and female cows are slaughtered as soon as their milk yield slows. And if you are solely plantbased for meatless Monday it is still like delaying the killing till Tuesday and catching up throughout the rest of the week. No reduction in cruelty. And since the animal agricultural industry cogs continue working through your meatless Monday, the desperate strain on the environment persists through your completely illogical yet however well-intentioned attempt to reduce your consumption of animals. #govegan#meatlessmonday#abolitionistmovement#vegan#meatfree#dairyfree#eggfree#crueltyfree#fitness#eatclean#healthy#healthyfood#recipeideas#motivation#mondaymotivation#lunch#lunchbox#diet#nutrition picture repost from @jane_doe7x @gary.francione
ON THIS DAY in 1811, Harriet Beecher Stowe, American abolitionist and author, was born in Connecticut. She came from the Beecher family, a famous religious family, and is best known for her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), which depicts the harsh conditions for enslaved African Americans. The book reached millions as a novel and play, and became influential in the United States and Great Britain, energizing anti-slavery forces in the American North, while provoking widespread anger in the South. Stowe wrote 30 books, including novels, three travel memoirs, and collections of articles and letters. She was influential for both her writings and her public stances on social issues of the day. #harrietbeecherstowe#uncletomscabin#abolitionistmovement#antislavery#socialactivist#politicalactivist#19thcentury#trailblazer#mywomenofthedayinstagram
Are housewives the servants of their husbands?
I've been nodding along all the way through this book, until I got to the final chapter and thought - ooh, do I actually agree with this? What do you think? ⬇️
"The service oriented domestic labour of housewives, who can seldom produce tangible evidence of their work, diminishes the social status of women in general. When all is said and done, the housewife, according to bourgeois ideology, is, quite simply, her husband's lifelong servant"
It's not so much the 'bourgeois ideology bit', I think I'm trying to unpick whether *Davis* also thinks the housewife is essentially 'her husband's servant'?
This book is teaching me so much. I knew that the early suffrage movement for women to gain the right to vote didn't represent the needs of black women and even had racist factions within it. But what i didn't realise before was how this all manifested. All the complex intersections with the abolitionist movement to end slavery, with the socialist movement and workers movement to support 'working people's rights. It's both fascinating and deeply horrific. Many tragic stories. And despite all the complexity, Davis cuts through with a compelling and academic read. Which unlike most academic reads, is actually accessible.
It's making me think about what groups the current feminist movement might be leaving behind, even inadvertently. Refugees? Transgender people? Sex workers? Disabled women?
Had to share our piece outside our gallery, "The Abolitionists" Scripture says to loose the bonds of the oppressed and set the captives free. This was the rallying cry for these epic men and women you see before you. They fought slavery with every ounce of their being. They inspire us today to end slavery in all its current forms. They call to us from the grave, "you too can fight!" You too can fight to abolish laws and systems that effect those caught in slavery. Or as Lincoln said, "what we do here effects every man woman and child and the unborn." #lincoln#harriettubman#johnbrown#johnpparker#williamwilberforce#abolitionists#abolitionistmovement @ourrescue @ericmetaxas #carpediem#makeyourlivesextraordinary
For the Podcast: https://fragilefreedom.com/2017/05/22/may-22nd-1856/
Even as Preston Brooks entered the Senate Chamber on May 22nd, 1856 few would predict the chain of events that he would set in motion, least of all him. A Southern Democrat representing South Carolina, he had heard of and read the speech made by Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner. It had publicly Andrew Butler, who was not only his state’s Senator, but also his cousin. Now he demanded retribution.
Whereas he might have demanded a duel, it was, after all his first instinct, he was talked out of it by his fellow Congressman Laurence Keitt. This was, after all, a man below his station. He had proven, in his speech and the language he used, that point. Dueling him would be beneath Brooks. No, if he were to get satisfaction it would be by treating him like the slaves the Northern Abolitionist loved so dearly, and caning him.
The events that would follow would become an iconic moment in American history and a turning point as Senator Sumner crumbled unconscious in a pool of his own blood on the floor of the Senate. Though he would recover from his injuries the nation would never be the same. In a sense Brooks would, through his actions, create a unity in the Republican Party that would create a national movement that would, in a few years’ time, deliver the White House to Abraham Lincoln as he set into motion events that would quickly sweep out of control. In a sense he would become the unwilling father of the party he so despised and a movement completely contrary to his nature and his ideology.
This is the story of the caning of Charles Sumner…. #AmericanHistory#ThisDayinHistory#Republican#Democrat#Politics#thisdayinhistory#thisdaythatyear#historylover#historynerd#historygeek#historybuff#charlessumner#caningofsumner#podcast#podcasts#podcasters#podcastshow#freedom#slavery#abolitionistmovement#abolitionists#freesoil#freesoilparty
FIRST WAVE FEMINISM 🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊 Delaney (2014) marks the beginning of first wave feminism (FWF) somewhere back in the 1830s and 40s when the abolitionist movements were gaining momentum. The first Women's Rights Convention was held in 1848 at Seneca Falls, NY. The feminists' goals at the time were to solidify all women's rights to education, and to expand women's rights to own property in marriage. During this time, most women were banned from getting an education. They were also not allowed to own any property once they married.
Believe it or not, FWF was also a global movement. In Germany feminist women were advocating for women's sexual rights. This is referred to now as the erotic movement (Delaney 2014). A faction of German feminists argued that women should have the right to engage in sexual relations regardless of marital status.
Despite its gains, FWF was an inherently heteronormative movement. It focused on the issues and plight of white, heterosexual middle class women. Consequently, the early feminist agenda alienated women who identified as lesbian and bisexual, as well as non-white, poor and working class women. It wasn't until the 1960s and 70s that feminists started to reassess and realign the goals and messages of FWF.
If you haven't seen this episode of Underground... then run and see it now. Underground defies TV convention with a stunning hour-long #HarrietTubman monologue delivering her 1858 speech that might feel a little more relevant than expected in 2017. #undergroundrailroad#Minty#AishaHind#letmypeoplego#abolitionistmovement Read more at http://www.vox.com/culture/2017/4/16/15300214/underground-wgn-minty-recap-harriet-tubman-aisha-hinds