Amy Luebbert is the definition of a community powerhouse, and this week she joins us for a conversation about Des Moines, Iowa’s growing vegan scene and the importance of approaching activism through an antiracist lens. Amy, a founding member and the President of VegLife Des Moines, tells us about the nonprofit’s commitment to fostering community and connecting vegans—and the vegan-curious—to resources. She gives us an inside look into coordinating VegLife’s summer market series and how the organization screens vendors to ensure their work aligns with VegLife’s inclusive, anti-racist approach, as well as their sweet Halloween event designed to get vegan kids in on the fun! We also discuss how activists can continue the important antiracist work pioneered by the erstwhile organization, Encompass. Last, but certainly not least, Amy tells us how she’s making her dream of opening a liberated vegan sex shop a reality.
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Amy Luebbert (she/her) is a queer, vegan, antiracist activist in Des Moines, Iowa. In 2017, Amy founded VegLife Des Moines, a nonprofit with a mission to connect and grow the local community around veganism and anti-oppression. She is currently working towards opening a liberated sex shop because all bodies deserve pleasure, acceptance, comfort, and joy. In her downtime, you can find Amy snuggling cats, dancing, or cooking!
“All of us have a role to play in breaking down systems of oppression.” – Amy Luebbert
Highlights for Episode 662:
- Why Amy believes the general population is ignoring animal rights
- Why it’s so important to create safe spaces for people of color within the animal rights community
- How Amy envisions the animal rights movement continuing to chip away at white supremacy through training, education, and relationship building
- Why VegLife Des Moines is all about connecting folks and creating a community interested in veganism and anti-oppression work
- How VegLife organizes events such as vegan Halloween
- Why Amy carefully vets and sometimes rejects vendors who don’t align with VegLife Des Moines’ values
- Amy’s vision of a post-animal agriculture Iowa
- How Amy cares for her own mental health while working in the animal advocacy space
- How to create vegan spaces wherever you live
- Why Amy is so excited to start a vegan sex shop and whom she’s hoping to cater to
- Amy shares her view of the environmental impact of climate change in Iowa
- McDonald’s Ireland ‘Delighted’ With McPlant Demand, So Why Are US Sales Dwindling?
- Encompass Movement Resources
- Apex Advocacy
- Miyoko’s Creamery is offering our listeners 15% off!
Connect with Amy Luebbert:
- VegLife Des Moines Website
- VegLife Des Moines on Facebook
- VegLife Des Moines on Instagram
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