The Three Strategies for Healing and Empowerment:
Unlike other social justice movements, the animal rights movement involves individuals who cannot say in human language—”yes, we want to be free.” Advocating for animals takes vision, faith, love, compassion, inner strength, imagination, and above all it takes community. CoSA offers community support and tools to promote more powerful, effective, and sustainable activism.
IDA proposes three strategies to help activists:
- Trauma Stewardship – resources to help activists identify the causes and early signs of burnout, acknowledge their own rage and grief, and channel these feelings into effective, nonviolent activism. Activists learn to embrace their inner critic while practicing gratitude and celebrating small victories along the path of animal liberation.
- Nonviolent Communication – workshops on nonviolent communication skills as effective techniques for activism. By practicing nonviolent communication, we demonstrate the very nonviolent behavior toward people that we are asking everyone to extend to animals.
- Sacred Activism – retreats, tools, and resources for taking time to care for the self through meditation, yoga, and community events. Time spent reflecting, contemplating strategies, and weaving sacred ritual into activism, all empower activists and nurture resilience. For more info, visit www.veganspirituality.com.