Eastern Shore Sanctuary & Education Center

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The Connections

Sanctuary co-founders Miram Jones and pattrice jones (former partners and still family to one another, to satisfy your curiosity) came to the animal liberation movement from other activist movements. Miriam had worked at a rape crisis center and lived on a lesbian land project; pattrice had worked as a tenant organizer and anti-racist educator. (They met while protesting housing discrimination against people with disabilities.) Thus, when they ended up in poultry country and found the chicken who started it all, they were already thinking about the ways that speciesism intersects with other forms of oppression, such as racism and sexism.

In the years since, while seeing the social, economic, and environmental devastation wreaked by the poultry industry first-hand and working hard to build bridges between the animal advocacy movement and other activist movements, the founders the Eastern Shore Sanctuary have further developed their ideas about the connections between the exploitation of animals and other social and environmental problems.

The pages in this “connections” section are works in progress within a larger work in progress, which is an effort to understand and intervene in the linked ideologies and practices that sustain and support a worldwide system of oppression that now, thanks to global warming, threatens everybody.

Black feminist scholar Patricia Hill Collins argues for a viewpoint that “shifts the entire locus of investigation from one aimed at explicating elements of race or gender or class oppression to one whose goal is to determine what the links are among these systems.” According to Collins, the “holistic approach implied in Black feminist thought treats the interaction among multiple systems as the object of study.” Ecofeminist scholars like Marti Kheel and Greta Gaard include exploitation of animals and nature among the interlocking systems of oppression that must be understood if we are to undermine any of them. We agree, and aim not only to understand but to act. We encourage our supporters to do the same.

Read. Think. Follow links. Go offline and read more. Attend events staged by activists working on different local or international problems. Talk. Listen. Ask questions.

While doing all of that, be sure to take care of yourself. See pattrice jones’ book, Aftershock, for self-care tips in the context of an understanding that, just as all of the problems that menace us are connected, our ability to heal ourselves and the world depends on our connections with one another.