Punks. Queers. People of color. Working-class labor organizers and trans* prison abolitionists. Tree-sitting ecofeminists and dam-blocking anarchists. We all have reasons for being vegan that go beyond those of the so-called “mainstream.”
At VINE Sanctuary, we know that the “mainstream” is not the majority. And that means that we must amplify the voices of vegans from marginalized groups, not only as a matter of social justice but also as a practical method of building a broad-based, plant-powered movement for animal liberation and a more habitable planet for everybody.
Are you a plant-powered person whose perspective or standpoint isn’t reflected in “mainstream” vegan or animal advocacy? Then, we want you to contribute words, recipes, or artwork to our new zine, Plant-Powered People, which will feature poetry, prose, comix, drawings, recipes, and other contributions “from the Intersections.”
The deadline for the first issue (October 5) is fast approaching. Send submissions or contributions to VINE’s Community Engagement Coordinator, Brandie. The first issue will be free-form, but we’re planning special themed issues on controversial questions. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr (or subscribe to our newsletter or blog) to be notified of future deadlines.
We also need help in funding this new publishing project. As a sanctuary responsible for the care of more than 400 animals (including 40 cows with gargantuan appetites), VINE must devote almost all of its money to direct animal care as well as maintenance of sanctuary buildings and equipment.
Project like this tend to sit on the back burner for years. So, we’ve decided to crowdfund the publication and distribution of this zine. For every dollar you give, we can print one issue of the zine! Even if you can’t afford to give, you can help by sharing our Tilt page (or this blog post) with any friends or family members who might want to write for or help us print the zine.
Curious about the title of this post? The unofficial anthem of our zine is sung to the tune of “Everyday People” by Sly and the Family Stone. Sing along with us, “I-I am plant-powered people!”