Cina Ebrahimi

Cina Ebrahimi

Cina Ebrahimi is an applied mathematician and physicist and is an alumnus of the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, USA. He has been involved in organizing in various social movements surrounding the Anti-Iraq War Movement, Black Lives Matter, Not One More Deportation, United Students against Sweatshops, in addition to various animal rights campaigns. Most notably the effort to halt the construction of a new animal testing facility at the University of Washington as well as ending the use of live pigs in the use of the Washington state’s paramedic training program.

Cina believes that the struggle for human rights is not complete without the liberation of other animals, since he firmly believes that extinguishing any form of selective morality is a hard prerequisite for anyone concerned about liberating oppressed peoples. As such, Cina views animal liberation, as with all other forms of liberation through a lens of the different power dynamics that exist between the binary group of privileged and oppressed. It is through this set of optics that he believes is essential to deconstructing various forms of oppression such as racism, sexism, speciesism, and much more.


How Intersectionality Has Been Misused To Perpetuate Speciesism

The widespread position of the modern, mainstream animal rights movement has caused many people to lament the issue of fighting against only one form of oppression (speciesism) at the expense of upholding other forms of oppression such as racism, sexism, classism, and white settler-colonialism. As a result, people have taken a more “intersectional” approach to animal advocacy. But in doing so, we have overcompensated single-issue animal advocacy gone in the other extreme of fighting against human oppression by upholding speciesist oppression. This will aim to identify why this is a problem and some possible insights of what we can do about it.

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