About La Raza For Liberation
Our mission is to create collaborative spaces and projects using a decolonial, intersectional, and anti-speciesist framework, because la comunidad y nuestra madre tierra have always defined our resilience and strength as a people.
Anti-speciesism is the belief that non-human animals should be given moral consideration, while veganism is the practice of abstaining from consuming anything that has been produced without the consent of non-human animals. These ideas are often viewed by communities of color and human justice movements as elitist and irrelevant to our everyday struggles as an oppressed people, and while white veganism is harmful, vegans of color view them as a tool to decolonize from the way we think about and treat our planet, its inhabitants, and our own bodies.
For example, the diabetes epidemic in communities of color is directly related to the U.S. government’s racist dietary guidelines and subsidization of farming corporations that mass-produce cheap, processed meat. This is because our ancestors ate largely, if not completely, plant-based diets. Not to mention, these corporations often exploit immigrant laborers and dump millions of tons of waste into our communities (known as environmental racism).
To learn more about how all oppression is connected, including the dominion of non-human animals, visit www.VeganismOfColor.com.
Our ancestors have called corn our God, Mother, and Father. It has sustained us, and we want to honor our many Native ancestors who relied on it as a divine food source. The multi-color symbolizes the diversity in our cultures as Latinxs, and the inclusivity we strive for.
In many ancient native tribes, the snake was seen as an important symbol representing rebirth, strength, the fertility of the natural world, and even a god in certain tribes, such as Quetzalcoatl in Aztec culture. The snake is a powerful animal we wanted to uplift in our fight for animal rights, specifically addressing the colonizer (Christian) view of the snake as evil, dangerous, and conniving. We also want to challenge the white and Western mentality that views the world as land to be conquered, instead of respected. Therefore the snake symbolizes our connection to the land and its many nonhuman inhabitants.
And finally, the heart is for the love for our people. It is inclusive and nurturing; not a passive love, but a love that takes action together.