Laura Schleifer on artivism, post scarcity veganarchy and mutal aid

Sunday, 26 May 2024 - 1:00pm
Photo of Laura Schleifer looking at camera

  Laura Schleifer is the Institute for Critical Animal Studies Conference Director, Program Chair at Promoting Enduring Peace, and co-founder of Plant the Land, a Gaza-based vegan food justice/community projects team. A lifelong “artivist” and graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, she’s performed throughout the Middle East with a circus troupe, taught in China, Nicaragua, and at Wesleyan University’s Green Street Arts Center, performed off-Broadway, and arts-mentored homeless youth. Her screenplay, The Feral Child, was a Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab finalist. 

Her essays appear in New Politics Magazine, Forca Vegan, and multiple anthologies, including "Expanding the Critical Animal Studies Imagination; Essays in Solidarity and Total Liberation" (Peter Lang, 2024), "Kropotkin Now! Life, Freedom and Ethics" (Black Rose Books, 2023), "Neoliberal Schooling of Selfishness and Exploitation: Rubricization and Corporatization of Higher Education", (Peter Lang, 2022) and "Fever Spores; William S. Burroughs and Queer Letters", (Rebel Satori Press, 2022).


Plant the Land Team Gaza is a vegan food justice and community projects volunteer team based in Gaza, co-founded by Anas Arafat, a Gazan humanitarian aid activist, and Laura Schleifer, a USAmerican vegan, Free Palestine solidarity activist and Total Liberation Campaign Director at the Institute for Critical Animal Studies. Plant the Land Team buys and distributes vegan food, plants food forests, and provides Gazan farmers with seeds and planting tools. Previous fundraising projects have also included providing plant-based insulin to children with diabetes, providing medical treatment, providing warm winter coats and blankets made from plant-based materials, and our yearly vegan food fundraiser for Ramadan.

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Animal Liberation and Social Revolution by Brian A. Dominick (free download)


Institute for Critical Animal Studies


Promoting Enduring Peace 


Expanding the Critical Animal Studies Imagination: Critical Essays in Solidarity and Total Liberation, edited by Nathan Poirier, Sarah Tomasello and Amber E. George. 


Kropotkin Now! Life, Freedom and Ethics, edited by Christopher Coquard.


 Music we played:

Public Enemy: Fight the Power

Rebel Diaz: 1-800-Genocide

Lowkey: Palestine will never die


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