The Path I’ve Traveled: The need for belonging

I’ve struggled with identity and place my whole life. I never feel totally at home anywhere, so I’m always searching to belong. As I’ve worked to develop the core tenets of Encompass, I’ve realized that, like me, most advocates of color also need a sense of belonging to thrive in this movement.

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A response to the recent “zero tolerance” border policy

As an animal group that discusses issues related to race, it can sometimes be difficult to know when to wade into the national political conversation. But as the child of immigrant parents, I can’t help but feel a certain type of closeness with these children. As a movement, as people who show compassion to nonhuman animals, we must show this to our fellow humans.

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How my racial awakening led to Encompass

I grew up thinking I was white because of a technicality. But after my racial awakening, I claimed boldly and proudly my identity as a woman of color. As an animal advocate, I want to help facilitate a conversation that in the professional movement we have avoided for far too long. Let’s do this together!

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I Needed Encompass Nine Years Ago – And Still Need It Today

As one of a few women of color working in the big groups, and one of even fewer women of color working in the high-pressure, white-male-dominated corporate outreach space, I have struggled. In my daily dealings with companies, colleagues, and members of the broader animal rights community, I have had to cope repeatedly with microaggressions and, at times, outright racism. Just as animals should be respected, their advocates should be too.

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We All Belong In This Movement

We all want to feel like we belong, like we’re welcome, like we’re understood, and like we matter just as much as the next person. If people feel alienated, misrepresented, or unrepresented, we’re not going to see the change our movement is tirelessly striving for -- and, unfortunately, these feelings are often the reality for many people of color who come to our movement.

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Why We Need to Amplify Voices of Color

Amplification is when people support your message or point by referring to it, crediting it, and/or building on it. When each person’s contribution is marred due to explicit or implicit bias, lack of connection or ignorance, the project and the company lose.

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“What are you?”: My Experiences with Racial Curiosity, Categorization, and “Othering”

As a biracial woman, I have been asked “what are you” more times in my life than I can count. Some evolutionary psychologists theorize that categorizing things in the world around us is part of our evolutionary psychology. Whatever the origins of this urge, we ought to be more conscious of it and how it seeps into our interactions with people of different races.

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