“…and they just have no idea” | Speciesism April 20, 2017, plus three more April events

maxresdefault“Intelligent people who are making a good living, who are politically aware…  and they just have no idea.”  – Speciesism

Hi everyone,

If you haven’t yet seen this must-see, deeply philosophical, thought-provoker, here’s your chance. A Screening of Speciesism with filmmaker Mark Devries will be hosted by the Golden West College Peace Studies Program, Thursday, April 20, 6:30pm – 9:30pm. RSVP.

This screening is the pre-conference kick-off event, in advance of the Friday, April 28, 8:30am – 5:00pm 11th Annual Golden West College Peace Conference: “A Sustainable Peace: Equity, Equality, and Environmental Interdependence in the 21st Century”. This year’s intersectional theme is well represented in the broad variety of speakers, a line-up that won’t disappoint. The $25 pre-registration includes vegan breakfast and lunch, plus the full day conference. As in past year, the event is zero waste. PRE-REGISTER.

The day before the GWC conference, we will be out at Cal State Fullerton for the Thursday, April 27, 6:30p – 8:30pm Socially Accepted Practices and Traumatic Impact on Adolescents’ Development.We will have a very interesting conversation that night with special guest Gene Baur, plus Dr. Nicole Jafari, and Fullerton residents, Bruno Barba, Dulce Barba and Audrey Waight, (all featured in our yet to be released documentary, ‘So Give Me An F’). Admission is free. RSVP.

The day after the GWC conference we will be in Irvine for the Saturday, April 29, 9:00am – 4:00pm Crises in the Ocean: How Compassionate Action Benefits Us All, Featuring Gene Baur, Jonathan Balcombe and Kate Mackey, plus a vegan cooking demo by Joni Marie Newman and compost demo by John Craig. This free event includes lunch, so after you see how Joni made the yummy tacos, you will get to eat them. And Gene and Jonathan will be signing books that day. After the morning and mid-day program, People’s Climate March – Orange County will commence at 2p. RSVP.

Four April events on critically important topics being presented in very interesting ways — hope to see you often between now and the end of the month.

In the spirit of Ubuntu,
Barbara English, LMFT, CBT, TRE® Certification Trainer
Co-founder and Executive Director, Living Ubuntu

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Does the belief that we are superior to other animals increase racial prejudice?

According to studies at Brock University, racial prejudice and discrimination may be associated with a strong belief that humans are superior to animals. By encouraging children to interact with animals in a thoughtful, compassionate way, you have a better chance of humanizing their response to people who appear to be different.
Ft. McMurray’s animals and the evolution of human empathy

Hi everyone,

We all want a more peaceful world, right? No one except a few highly disturbed individuals is wishing for more division and conflict. We have long had educational programs that seek to “teach tolerance”. So why aren’t we all just “getting along” yet?

We know that high states of stress increase the propensity to stereotype and detract from receptivity on both the emotional and intellectual levels. Educational programs that do not address the collective traumatized nervous system will be limited in effectiveness. Certainly that is part of the problem.

What if believing we are superior to other animals is an additional symptom that in turn also becomes part of the problem?

What if even having sympathy for other species is a good start, but doesn’t take us far enough because too often the sympathy continues to hold arrogance within it?

What if the way we see other species is not factually based in reality, but instead, based in our conditioning, rationalization, convenience, exaggerated entitlement and privilege? In other words, what if we dominate, not because we are better, but merely because we can?

There are a lot of things in this world that need much more attention. Species-ism is one of the most fundamental and destructive, yet, it remains greatly under-recognized and unaddressed.

Tomorrow evening, please summon your courage, bring your open-mindedness, and come prepared to leave seeing the world differently. Please join us at 6:30pm, Sunday May 22, in Irvine, for A Screening of Speciesism – (RSVP).

Thanks for staying engaged,
Barbara English, LMFT, CBT, TRE® Certification Trainer
Co-founder and Executive Director, Living Ubuntu
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All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. (Speciesism – May 22)

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
 – George Orwell, Animal Farm

Hi everyone,

There are some hierarchies that are healthy and natural. For instance, infants experience caregiving attachment figures in a hierarchal system, with the one deemed as most available and reliably able to provide safety and security at the top, followed by second choice and so on. If you are an infant, it is important to know who to count on the most and this helps support healthy development.

Then there are other hierarchies that are not healthy or naturally occurring. Instead, they are human creations, passed along through cultural conditioning. The top dictionary definition of hierarchy states that it is: any system of persons or things ranked one above another. Honestly, it gave me chills when I read that and not in a good way. It disturbed me and I felt a little bit sick. My association was not about healthy, developing infants ranking their preferred caregivers in service to their own best interest. Instead, it was the foundational template for oppression.

Over the years, I have thought a lot about oppression. It is a topic I hope to someday write much more about because of its extreme importance. It plays out in many ways, and has contributed to many of our –isms, e.g. racism, sexism, classism, etc. To me, it is an insidious, under-recognized threat that not only detracts from well-being and the common good, but at this point in time is additionally utterly undermining species-preservation. I use that word in the context of ‘healthy human state’. Trauma and high levels of stress unplug us from that state and we shift instead into self-survival. Self-survival helps us in certain, specific, brief, truly life-threatening situations, however, when misapplied and chronic, it has the exact opposite effect.  We lose our felt-connection to the whole and within that lose our ability to live in our natural, healthy state, in support of species-preservation.

As some of you know, we are currently experiencing the sixth mass extinction on this planet. While human-caused loss of biodiversity has reached a crisis point and joined the list of threats to human existence, many are still unaware that animal agriculture deserves much of the blame for that.

It is beyond time to re-examine not only our priorities, but additionally, the cultural conditioning underneath.

Sunday, May 22, 6:30pm we are hosting, A Screening of Speciesism. The film will help us do some of this necessary philosophical re-examination of our conditioning and the post-film conversation will be a very important one for us to have. Please join us. RSVP here.

Thanks for staying engaged,

Barbara English, LMFT, CBT, TRE® Certification Trainer
Co-founder and Executive Director, Living Ubuntu
(949) 891-2005
[Ubuntu] n. Every human being truly becomes a human by means of relationships with other human beings


A Screening of Speciesism – Sunday, May 22, Irvine (Living Vegan)


A Screening of


Sunday, May 22, 2016

6:30p Vegan refreshments
6:45p Screening
8:15p Discussion


Irvine Ranch Water District Community Room*
15500 Sand Canyon Ave, Irvine, CA 92618



Modern farms are struggling to keep a secret. Most of the animals used for food in the United States are raised in giant, bizarre factories, hidden deep in remote areas of the countryside. Speciesism: The Movie director Mark Devries set out to investigate. The documentary takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure, crawling through the bushes that hide these factories, flying in airplanes above their toxic manure lagoons, and coming face-to-face with their owners.

But this is just the beginning. In 1975, a young writer published a book arguing that no justifications exist for considering humans more important than members of other species. It slowly began to gain attention. Today, a quickly growing number of prominent individuals and political activists are adopting its conclusions. They have termed the assumption of human superiority speciesism.

And, as a result, they rank these animal factories among the greatest evils in our history. Speciesism: The Movie brings viewers face-to-face with the leaders of this developing movement, and, for the first time ever on film, fully examines the purpose of what they are setting out to do.

Click here to watch the trailer.


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