About Practice IRC
The theory IRC page is designed to keep ICAS members interested in organizing events, developing activist materials, and helping promote ICAS’ days of remembrance. The IRC’s goals are designed to foster increased activism against flawed legislative initiatives, animal abuse, and to foster a general awareness of injustice in order to promote total liberation.
While this IRC’s purpose is to forefront activism, it still has a keen awareness on how that activism must still be grounded with theory in order to ensure we don’t fall into essentializing pitfalls that would otherwise be a set back. The IRC recognizes how it is imperative to fight the interlinking networks of exploitation and not to focus on single-issue campaigns even as we organize against single instances of violence. As Paulo Freire says that “those who authentically commit themselves to the people must re-examine themselves constantly. This conversion is so radical as not to allow for ambivalent behaviour… Conversion to the people requires a profound rebirth. Those who undergo it must take on a new form of existence; they can no longer remain as they were.”
Practice IRC Chair
JL Schatz is a the Executive Director of the Intersectional Research Collaborative and board-member of ICAS and is a Lecturer of English and Feminist Evolutionary Theory at Binghamton University, where he also serves as the Director of Debate. He has published on eco-ability, the intersection of technology and critical animal studies, as well as environmental managerialism. He has also organized several local protests and events to raise awareness against animal abuse.
Practice IRC Projects
We are currently in the process of developing resources and instructions for people to use in order to organize activism in their local areas. To see our guides click what you’re interested in below…