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Episode 590: Creativity and Activism with Christopher “Soul” Eubanks

By Jasmin and Mariann — May 01, 2021

We’re excited to welcome activist Christopher “Soul” Eubanks to the podcast today for an empowering conversation about the importance of intersectional, vegan activism. A longtime creative—often using hip-hop, drawing, and film to express himself—Christopher tells Jasmin about his decision to leave his job in corporate America and use his talents to address political and social issues as an entrepreneur. Christopher discusses the interconnected nature of veganism, human rights activism, and climate activism and explains how injustices often stem from individuals feeling disconnected from the world at large and their fellow beings. He also gives us an inside look into the exciting work he’s spearheading thanks to a grant from Mercy for Animals.

Christopher ‘Soul’ Eubanks is a creative and activist using art and education to fight for animal liberation. Through his creative skillset, Christopher produces intersectional animal-rights content—ranging from university lectures and presentations to taking portraits of formerly farmed animals at sanctuaries and making YouTube videos—to help end oppression for all beings.

“I’m not sure if veganism will be the thing that saves us all, but I think it will be the thing that gets us closer to saving us all. And I honestly think the thing that’s going to save us is for us to understand that we are all interconnected. We are all each other in different forms and different shapes.”
– Christopher “Soul” Eubanks

Interview Highlights:

  • The different ways Christopher incorporates his love for photography into his activism
  • Why Christopher is passionate about helping people understand their individual actions can help reduce animal exploitation
  • How Christopher built his own platform as an animal activist and whether he thinks this is a good model for people to follow (rather than attaching themselves to an organization that’s already working to help animals)
  • What the word veganism means to Christopher and how it is more than following a plant-based diet
  • Christopher’s recent grant from Mercy for Animals, his vision for the type of content he will create, and where he’d like to present it
  • How Christopher has emerged as a leading Black voice for animals while navigating institutional barriers and whether he feels veganism has become a more inclusive movement
  • How Christopher became involved with Encompass to help make the animal-rights movement more equitable

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This episode is brought to you in part through the generosity of A Well-Fed World. A Well-Fed World provides the means for change by empowering individuals, social justice organizations, and political decision makers to embrace the benefits of plant-based foods and farming. Learn more at awfw.org.

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