Language Matters: POC Caucus Renamed Global Majority Caucus

Before launching the Caucus, we had several internal conversations about what we should name the space. We landed on “POC Caucus” because “POC” is widely used in the U.S.; however, there are a number of critiques for this term that we believe apply to the caucus so we have determined that POC is not the best descriptor. We are now choosing to harness the globally inclusive spirit of a new term: People of the Global Majority.

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Statement on the recent ICE raids at chicken processing plant

As an animal protection group that focuses on racial justice, part of what Encompass does is shine a light on the connections people in our movement may not see. Specifically, we spotlight institutional racism because it is typically couched behind the veil of “how things are” and it deserves to be disinfected by sunlight. We care deeply about animals and the people who fight for them, and we also care deeply about those who are stuck in exploitative jobs in the food industry with no other options. The overwhelming majority of these are people of color and/or recent immigrants.

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A Summary of Encompass’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Services

Incorporating DEI into an organization’s culture requires a paradigm shift. It requires everyone in the organization—from top to bottom, no matter how they racially identify—to be willing to grapple with how race affects our work for animals and our movement at-large. DEI work can take many forms and for some, it may be a brand new concept. We created this fact sheet to summarize how we help organizations realize their DEI goals.

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Encompass’ new managing director: An interview with Michelle Rojas-Soto

Activists are special. They choose to work in service of others, at a time when most people choose to work in service of self. Encompass supports activists and activist organizations, helping them create the conditions that will allow them to focus on their work, reach their goals, and thrive.

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Why I rarely use the term “intersectional”

To truly understand intersectionality we have to go back to the creator of the term itself, Kimberlé Crenshaw, who back in 1989 used it to address the dual systems of gender and race, specifically for Black women. Today “intersectionality” is often incorrectly used to explain just about any intersection of oppression.

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Senator Cory Booker expresses support for Encompass

In early December 2018, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)––the most outspoken ethical vegan in Congress––expressed his support for Encompass. Check out his video here.

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Q&A with Berto Calkins of “What’s Good, Berto?” and Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

We interviewed Berto Calkins influencer at the Tatted Vegan and board member of Woodstock Farm Sanctuary to better understand his approach to animal advocacy and why Woodstock has upgraded its mission to live by the principle that inclusivity strengthens an organization.

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How We Approach DEI Work With Organizations (And Why)

At Encompass, we’re interested in getting to the root of the issue because the evidence is clear: racial diversity—without emphasis on equity, inclusion, and belonging—is ineffective. This post takes a deep dive not just into why we do this work, but how (and it’s chock full of references).

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How Examining My Whiteness Brought Me to Animal Rights

Growing up in rural Virginia, veganism was never on the menu. It was one of the many things I simply did not know about until later in my life—much like the idea that I could love women, or that I am complicit in systems that oppress people of color.

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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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