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!READ KINDLE ♷ Strategic Action for Animals: A Handbook on Strategic Movement Building, Organizing, and Activism for Animal Liberation ♠ The Animal Liberation Movement Is Growing In Size And Strength, But So Are The Industries That Exploit Animals These Industries Have Vastly Resources At Their Disposal Than Activists Do Given This Tremendous Power Differential, How Can Activists Hope To Compete The Good News Is That There Is A Way To Shift The Balance Of Power In Favor Of The Movement And Strategy Is The WayIn Strategic Action For Animals, Melanie Joy Explains How To Use Strategy To Exponentially Increase The Effectiveness Of Activism For Animals Drawing On Diverse Movements And Sources, She Offers Tried And True Tactics Based On Well Established Principles And Practices She Also Explains How To Address The Most Common Problems That Weaken The Movement, Such As Dissidence Among Organizations And Activists, Inefficient Campaigns, Wasted Resources, And High Rates Of Burnout Whether You Are Working Alone Or With A Group, Whether You Are A Seasoned Activist Or New To The Movement, Strategic Action For Animals, Can Help You Make The Most Of Your Efforts To Make The World A Better Place For Animals
Become the ChangeFull disclosure I received a free copy of this book for review at the publisher s invitation THANKING THE MONKEY RETHINKING THE WAY WE TREAT ANIMALS STRIKING AT THE ROOTS A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO ANIMAL ACTIVISM FARM SANCTUARY CHANGING HEARTS AND MINDS ABOUT ANIMALS AND FOOD SKINNY BITCH IN A BOX With all the recent popular releases on the topic of animal advocacy, 2008 feels as though it s shaping up to be the year of the veg n Even Oprah s getting into the act, y all Social psychologist Melanie Joy joins the conversation with her first book, STRATEGIC ACTION FOR ANIMALS A HANDBOOK ON STRATEGIC MOVEMENT BUILDING, ORGANIZING, AND ACTIVISM FOR ANIMAL LIBERATION Joy s goal is simple to encourage fellow activists to maximize their effectiveness, by carefully weighing, analyzing, and strategizing their activism Because the animal liberation movement will never havemoney or entrenched power than the corporate and political forces we re fighting, the only way we can triumph is through strategy.A strategic movement, Joy explains, is one which thinks globally, but acts locally Before engaging in a piece of activism, animal advocates must think about how the action will impact the animal liberation movement as a whole Additionally, every isolated piece of activism must be considered in relation to those that precede and succeed it Every lofty goal is comprised of a series of minute steps or tasks instead of shooting for the stars and burning out before takeoff, animal activists must set reasonable goals and embark on a carefully mapped journey Such meticulously crafted plans take time, dedication and strategy, strategy, strategy Part of strategic activism involves diversity in individual activists, in the goals and approaches of various animal liberation campaigns and organizations, in the messages employed and the demographics targeted.Citing Bill Moyer s DOING DEMOCRACY, Joy describes the different types of activists and organizations that work simultaneously and in different roles the Citizen the upstanding member of society, the one to whom the mainstream can easily relate the Reformer who may or may not beradical than the Citizen he or she typically works in a professional opposition organization and the Rebel who isconfrontational, participating in rallies and perhaps civil disobedience As examples of each, Joy offers up the SPCA, the PCRM and ALDF, and PETA, respectively.Joy touches upon several controversial topics in her discussion, namely mainstreaming the movement, the use of violent vs non violent tactics, the abolition reform divide, and coalition building, particularly in relation to intersecting or parallel oppressions While I don t wholeheartedly agree with her perspective on the first three issues, I m both happy and grateful for her emphasis on intersecting isms Too often, animal advocates must deal with speciesism in other social justice movements yet, I ve also encountered a disturbing amount of misogyny, racism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, ageism and sizeism among animal activists Activists of all stripes must accept that these forms of oppression are all related and in order to defeat one, you must defeat them all Many of the suggestions within STRATEGIC ACTION FOR ANIMALS are geared towards grassroots animal advocacy organizations rather than individual activists For example, you ll find chapters on organizing and managing a grassroots organization, developing and waging successful campaigns, and maintaining the health of your employees, volunteers and organization Since it s a rather slim volume, I thought the book could have covered the topics of time management, conflict resolution and leadership a bit , rather than referring the reader to additional resources However, for organizations, it s a useful starting point for building a successful, long lasting animal advocacy group If you re in a position of leadership in an animal advocacy organization or are thinking about starting your own group , I recommend reading STRATEGIC ACTION FOR ANIMALS in conjunction with pattrice jones s AFTERSHOCK, also from Lantern Books.Individual activists will also enjoy STRATEGIC ACTION FOR ANIMALS If you re looking to volunteer for or work with an animal advocacy group, you can use the lessons in STRATEGIC ACTION FOR ANIMALS to shop around for the right group for you a sustainable, strategic group with a cooperative vs competitive power structure that will value both your hard work as well as your personal wellness For fellow activists, I recommend STRATEGIC ACTION FOR ANIMALS along with AFTERSHOCK and perhaps Mark Hawthorne s STRIKING AT THE ROOTS Whereas STRATEGIC ACTION FOR ANIMALS concentrates on movement building, STRIKING AT THE ROOTS offers a number of specific types of activism that the individual can engage in, either alone or as part of a group A much longer review is available here Incredibly useful, taking a broader look at animal advocacy and helping to lead the way and also, talks sensitively about some of the different styles of animal advocacy.Essential reading and rereading. This has some really concise advice for anyone in the vegan animal rights organizations It could probably even be applied to other social justice movements or volunteer organizations It lacks the clarity of Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows, but still provides some good points especially about power dynamics within an organization, and considering your employees and volunteers motivations Joy has an excellent point that these organizations need to stay within the system and not appear too radical so as to not alienate potential members This movement should be able to seamlessly become mainstream one day. This is fantastic handbook, one which sheds light on many of the pitfalls of animal activism Is it better to avoid burnout and sacrifice short term goals to effect greater change in the long term Probably, as Melanie Joy argues. All animal rights organisations should read this book I resisted reading this book because I thought it was aimed at those involved in building animal advocacy organizations And, in fact, a big portion of the book is devoted to that But there is tons of great stuff here for individual activists and even for those who don t really see themselves as activists but just want to know how to talk to others about their vegan lifestyle It is a short quick read, but every page is packed with useful information Dr Melanie Joy is a psychologist and has a master s degree in education so she brings some real insight to the issues she discusses This is truly the best book for activists I have read I wrote aextensive review of it here.