This Saturday, August 11th, 2018, a festival celebrating not only veganism, but the work of the black community, Latinx, women of color, the LGBTQ community, and indigenous peoples will be held. The festival goes by the name Black Vegfest and is being organized by the nonprofit group Grassroots Artists Movement, founded by author and activist Omowale Adewale.
The Grassroots Artists Movement is on a mission to, “use Hip-Hop art and social justice programming to empower poor Black and Latino communities against socio-economic and political injustices.”
This Saturday’s event, which is completely free of charge, will include local vendors featuring vegan food and live music and discussions by activists and experts. Unlike many other Vegfests in the past that have charged a steep fee to enter, Black Vegfest will be free to the public, seeking to include poor and working class individuals, and will except only donations.
Brooklyn Borough President and notorious vegan, Eric L. Adams, will be kicking off the event, followed by discussions on community organizing, black liberation, holistic healthcare, intersectional frameworks, animal liberation, and queer perspectives on animals rights from the Latinx community.
The whole purpose of Black Vegfest is to differentiate itself from other mainstream vegan events by building a platform that not only advocates for animal rights, but the welfare of humans in an inclusive environment. This platform means to, “expand the dialogue around veganism and energize residents of Brooklyn around a multitude of issues we face everyday.”
Black Vegfest will be held on 1958 Fulton Street in Bed-Stuy, New York, playing an homage to both Black August, the birthday of Marcus Garvey, and the fight against the oppression of humans and nonhuman animals.
Want to volunteer at Black Vegfest?
If you are going to be in the Brooklyn-area on Saturday, August 11th, why not lend a helping hand? This is how you can help.
1. Event Runners
This job is best for individuals who can multi-task and enjoy being busy. As an event volunteer, you will be coordinating and familiarizing yourself with various stations.
2. Kids Area
Volunteering in the kids area, you will be in charge of overseeing safety concerns, helping children receive food and snacks, and organizing children into age groups.
3. Ticket Table
At the ticket table, you will be responsible for directing guests, providing brochures and programs, and collecting tickets.
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