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We will discuss “*Powerarchy: Understanding the Psychology of Oppression for Social Transformation*” by vegan author Melanie Joy, and a selection from this year’s project book, *Vegan Voices: Essays by Inspiring Changemakers,* ed. *by* Koanne Kong.

**About the book:**

In this timely and illuminating work, Melanie Joy identifies the common psychology that drives all oppressive systems, such as racism, sexism, and carnism, and that also enables abusive interpersonal dynamics. This psychology stems from a widespread, invisible belief system Joy calls “powerarchy.” Powerarchy is based on the belief in a hierarchy of moral worth—that some individuals or groups are more worthy of moral consideration than others—and it is structured to maintain unjust power imbalances among social groups and between individuals.

Joy examines the key psychological and social mechanisms that maintain the system, and also proposes ways to work toward transformation. The book provides powerful new insights for those working to end oppression and abuse and offers tools to help them raise awareness, reduce infighting, and build more unified and resilient movements.

☕️ Doors open at 2:45 for socializing and refreshments. 🧁

You are welcome to bring a vegan snack (optional).
Coffee and tea will be provided.

Hope to see you then!

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