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VIP Podcast #4. Rights are revolution.

In this podcast, tina and Roger discuss issues that arose during a VIP workshop on rights. On the agenda: what’s the confusion between moral and legal rights? What are the objections to rights from feminism and anarchist positions? What about the ethos of care -v- the “cold” formulation of rights?

To listen to this podcast properly, the wearing of a cap is essential.

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VIP Gazebo Stall in Dún Laoghaire

VIP broke new ground on Sept 14th when our superb gazebo stall was the centre stage for over 7 hours of vegan education on the streets of Dun Laoghaire to the south of Dublin. As you can see from the panoramic pictures below, the VIP gazebo experience just gets bigger and bigger – and better and better.


Look left to right on those shots and you will see the (1) VIP display board (2) the VIP “tea station” where people sit and talk about all things vegan (3) the food sample table, featuring delicious vegan goodies such as a variety of sandwiches and wraps, a vegan Spanish omelette (we can’t even keep up with the demand for the recipe for that!), chocolate fudge brownies, two types of ginger cake, banana cake, salads, vegan mayonnaise and hummus, and much more (4) the literature table crammed with intersectional leaflets and “mini-zines” (5) goods table with the 3 designs of the VIP t-shirts, badges, necklaces and rings and (6) our “anarchist t-shirt store” where people can order a t-shirt, discuss what design they want, and see it materialise before their eyes.


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VIP Gazebo Stall, 10 Aug 2014

Scenes from another day of vegan education in Dublin.

There was something of a storm 3-4 hours into the session, so it was great that we suddenly turned into a VIP stall and homeless shelter, dispensing vegan food samples and hot drinks to people who live on the streets.

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PODCAST: “the creative destruction of corporate media”

Themes from talks and workshops from the Vegan Information Project. What does a straight-edge vegan feminist (tina cubberley) and a sociologist (Roger Yates) make of the corporate media?

In this, the third VIP podcast, we continue to explore the themes that cropped up during talks and workshops facilitated by tina cubberley towards the end of the VIP’s “mini-course” on social movements.

See here for the blog entry about the initial talk – also see the YouTube video of tina’s talk below.

In the podcast, we look at categories like “the public,” the under use of independent media, how mainstream journalists can keep their integrity, the inevitability of our messages being “translated” by the mass media, and the role of “the spokesperson.”


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“the spectrum of perceptions and cure oppression,” by tina cubberley, online international eco-ability conference, 26 July 2014

tina cuubberley during the filming of her paper for the conference

tina cuubberley during the filming of her paper for the conference

tina is watching the streaming of her video prior to taking part in a live Q&A with in the international conference attendees

tina is watching the streaming of her video prior to taking part in a live Q&A with in the international conference attendees

The VIP’s tina cubberley gave a paper at the 2nd Annual Engaging with Eco-Ability Conference, held on 26th July 2014.

Here’s her video presentation which was followed by a live Q&A.

AUDIO. Matters Arising. VIP Podcast 2

Toward the end of the VIP “mini-course” on social movements, straight-edge vegan anarchist tina cubberley organised and ran a number of talks, discussions, and workshops on a series of issues.

This series of podcasts is designed to explore in some detail some of the themes that emerged during the workshops, which we did not record. tina’s talks, however, were recorded and can be found on the VIP’s YouTube channel.

In this podcast, tina discusses the concept of “the great refusal,” as developed by political theorist and philosopher, Herbert Marcuse, in two of his books, Eros & Civilsation and One Dimensional Man.

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Vegan Information Day Stall in Rathmines, Dublin

VIP held a Vegan Information Day stall in Rathmines, Dublin on 20th July 2014.

The stall, featuring video booths, leaflets, posters, zines, savoury and sweet food samples, t-shirts, necklaces, rings, began at and continued to a little after

We are keen to hold stalls outside of the Dublin city centre area, so we are exploring other options at this time.

It was very gratifying when people passed by in their cars and stopped on double yellow lines to run over to get vegan leaflets, having seen the large “VEGAN INFORMATION DAY” sign on the gazebo. As ever, despite what some in the animal advocacy movement suggest, we find that vegan is nothing near a scare word that puts people off. On the contrary, most people seem to be “vegan curious:” they know the work, have a pretty good idea of what it means, and want to know more.

Here are some scenes from the day.

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AUDIO: Very Important Point. VIP Podcast 1a

In VIP Podcast 1, tina cubberley explained their vision of pro-intersectionality and their concept of “we are each other.”

In this follow-up, we further try to expound on the importance of intersectionality within the vegan movement.

We explore the idea that capitalism is violent and the idea that we cannot get to where we want to be “one issue at a time.”