VegfestUK, the U.K.’s largest and longest-running vegan festival, is backing a new project: Black VegFest, the world’s first Black vegan festival. Founded by vegan and social justice activist Omowale Adewale, Black VegFest will take place on August 11 in Brooklyn, New York. More than 7,500 people are expected to attend.
Brooklyn-based Grassroots Artists MovEment (G.A.ME) is organizing the event and working to ensure that it addresses socioeconomic and political issues of the Black and Latino communities. “Black VegFest is still vegan for the animals,” organizers say. “However, we’re not educating animals. We’re consciously and carefully educating human beings to address the plight of animals by any means necessary.”
According to LiveKindly, VegfestUK organizers say:
Black VegFest aims to address food sovereignty in poor communities of color, women’s rights, unhealthy food in our neighborhoods, gender bias, environmental pollution, gentrification, and animal suffering. Workshop topics are geared to explore more critical thoughts about our food system and what kind of society we want to live in.
The Black VegFest website states:
Intersectionality is addressing those causes and issues we have in common and are most passionate about. Like speciesism, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, ableism, ageism, etc.Be and come as you are. All are welcome at the Black VegFest.
There’s no question about it: Animal rights is a social justice issue, and veganism is highly intersectional.
By going vegan, you obviously take a stand to protect farmed animals. But you also safeguard the planet, help poor rural communities, and boycott an industry that routinely abuses workers, many of whom are undocumented immigrants denied basic labor rights.
Black VegFest is free and open to the public, but donations are encouraged. Tickets are going fast, so be sure to get yours here today!
Remember, each of us can take action in our daily lives for peace and justice in many ways, such as advocating meaningful change in our communities, speaking up when we see injustice, and choosing to leave animals off our plates.