Sunday, April 13, 2014

Carnivore Christian? - No, Thanks! (an Easter Special post)

I can openly say that I don't have a problem with faith. I believe it is totally normal and that each person is entitled to choose their faith according to what they want. I really don't care about the general atheist consensus in hardcore punk (and especially vegan straight edge) scenes. I believe in freedom of choice, and I know that faith/religion can indeed help some people lead better lives.

What I surely cannot accept is religion closing it eyes to the abuse of animals in such an organized and exploitative way. I just really hate how every religion has so much in common with stupid animal-eating customs and traditions, Easter being the biggest example of it all. How can something that is supposed to have a deep spiritual meaning of love and life, be so closely tied to murder of innocent animals?

My question may sound childish and self-evident, but if that is the case, why do we continue to consume animal meat and byproducts with such gladness? Face it, Christian (or even Buddhist/New Age religion follower): you are perpetuating a culture of death! Your faith is inhumane and filled with cruelty!

So please reconsider your actions and think about going vegan!!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Back on the Map!

When you think that we've gone away and that we aren't active anymore, that's just the right time to let you know that WE ARE here, stronger than ever in the vegan straight edge!! Just doing different things. NO selling out for us. Just fighting for the good cause, in case you forgot!

I am proud to see new animal rights movements here in Greece, and I am psyched to support and help them. Get the word out... veganism is here to STAY!

Sunday, 23 of March will bring the first thoroughly organized animal rights protest in Greece. Sure, there's been protests before (mainly anti-fur), but this seems to be bigger, due to the fact that veganism and AR are actually bigger in Greece now than ever before. Moreover, there's many different AR groups participating, so it won't be based on specific group's cliquey protest. Let's show them what's up!

One of the groups that has recently taken life in our country is the 269life department of Greece. I am not a member or anything, but I have met some members and they seem to be pretty devoted to the cause. I don't know why some people are talking about 269 being fascists or something, I don't get it. I don't want to say anything inaccurate or offensive, so correct me if I am wrong, but for now the 269 thing in Greece is totally unaffiliated with any form of fascism, elitism etc. So don't go condeming the whole movement already!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

XVX What It Means to Me XVX -- A Vegan Straight Edge article by Walter Bond

This is a new article (April 2013), written in prison by Walter Bond and published on  his support website. If you don't know about this vegan straight edge animal rights activist, then you better check out: http://supportwalter.org


WALTER EDMUND BOND (37096013)

4/3/2013 9:50:28 AM


xVx What It Means To Me xVx
Drug and alcohol use is a waste of time, energy and life.  Drug and Alcohol Abuse leads to habituation and addiction which is the antithesis of liberation.  Most serious revolutionary groups and individuals of the past had provisions or stipulations against the consumption of intoxicants. Groups such as the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense and the American Indian Movement are two shining examples of this.  Malcolm X once said “Every time you break the seal on a liquor bottle that’s a government seal you are breaking.”  How right he was.

Drugs and drink have been a tool of governments to decimate native cultures and racially eradicate them. In short it has been a very effective tool of genocide.  Knowingly and intentionally.  Hard drugs such as heroin and cocaine have been used to pacify nearly any movement the government views as subversive.  The large and worldwide production of the illegal drug trade works hand in glove with law enforcement, state and government authorities and police more than many people care to realize.
 
The legal industrial drug complex cranks drugs out as quickly as they can be dreamed up by mad scientists and greedy producers for everything from depression and anxiety to toe nail fungus and limp dick, with absolutely no way of knowing long term side effects to their consumers or their genetic effects on the next generation.  The industrial drug complex ensures that those that resist the addictions from illegal street drugs and the liquor bottle will eventually succumb to the doctor, bought and paid for by Astra Zeneca.

Drugs both legal and illegal fuel funding for millions of experiments done on Animals annually.  From addicting primates to methamphetamine, to inducing depression in beagles by way of torture and isolation.  All this solely to record the results of anti-depressants. This sinister and vicious industry of drug abuse funds the sinister and vicious business of vivisection.  Along with the drunk driver that mows down pedestrians while being asleep at the wheel. We also have the enormous amount of domestic violence due to raging alcoholism.  Child abuse, rape, molestation and murders which happen in staggering numbers and have direct correlations to addictions in the home. How nice to know that the government distills predatory violence with every bottle it produces.  And that women and children get to suffer heinously for the inebriation of drunken men.

Because of all this, and so much more I assert that Vegan Straight Edge as a lifestyle is essential for the individual, for our communities and the planet.  What many frame as abstinence is really the practice of self-liberation.  Freedom from addiction is literally freedom from one of the most vicious forms of slavery every seen on the face of Mother Earth!

Vegan Straight Edge, in my definition is: Veganism in our diet and consumption, coupled with the ethical belief that Animals exist for their own autonomy instead of human ends.  It is also a rejection of inebriation and all recreational drug use from our personal lives.  And lastly it is a stand against sexual exploitation in all its forms.  On top of this it is a commitment taken for life.
 
For the uninitiated that have not heard of Straight Edge, or Vegan Straight Edge a cursory glance at the internet on the subject will lead to videos of hyper masculine ‘dancing’, punk/metal music bands and a host of clothing, slogans and graphics.  While this is in part, ‘the scene’, and  the fashion trend that Vegan Edge has, and does grow through.  It’s the message and way of life that is the substance, not the music and fashion, don’t get it twisted.

With many Vegan Edgers ageing away from the scene it’s important to make this distinction, so that the vsXe kids out there can learn from our experience, instead of us trying to keep up with theirs.  And in the process turning into those creepy old people that don’t realize they look ridiculous in skinny jeans and anime hairdos.  But by no means do I discount the power that the vsXe scene has had, and still does.  For so many kids, myself included it showed us a way to empower ourselves and fight for what’s positive.  It took many of us out of the quagmire and filth of addiction right when we were on the verge of disaster.

Vegan Straight Edge, means everything to me.  It’s not the music, it’s not the tattoos and it’s not the camaraderie that makes Vegan Edge as close to me as my own heart beat.  All these things have their place but when the show is over, when the tattoos begin to fade and blend together and when friends come and go, it’s the way we live our lives that over time forms the people we are.  It’s the things we do and refuse to do, that define us.  Vegan Edge shrinks the gap between rhetoric and reality.  It’s not a school of thought and it’s not a belief (although both have evolved from it).  It’s an attempt to try and make this world a more peaceful and just place in an aggressive and forthright manner.  Starting with ourselves and reaching in ever wider circles to the world around us.  Building scenes and a community worldwide.  Screaming our manifestos as anthems to crowds of ourselves that scream them right back in our faces.  To the outside world it looks like a mosh pit or a hardcore punk concert, but for us it is not just a show, it’s an affirmation.

Unfortunately for many it’s an empty fad.  A phase that changes right along with musical tastes.  Realizing that a lifetime commitment to Veganism, drug free living and the refusal of sexual exploitation is at times difficult or cuts into ones hedonistic idea of fun, the substance soon gets discarded by the wayside.  For these people that talk of Vegan Edge as their salad days long after they have shit all over everything they once proclaimed to hold so true never were Straight Edge at all.  And I have no ear, or patience for tales of their Straight Edge days.  Anymore than the throngs of used to be Vegans who proclaim that they had to quit being Vegan because ‘It just wasn’t right for my body type’.

Interconnectedness is a two way street.  It’s nobodies right to poison their (our) children, community, environment or endeavors with the essence of oppression, the essence of greed and the essence of consumerism.  How odd it is as anarchists to be so vexatious against brand names, advertising and capitalist economy but then sit down with a fucking red white and blue beer can and get drunk on the same shit that whites use to kill the indigenous nations of the Earth!  How odd as a Vegan to care so deeply about the inherent rights of an ant or mosquito, but then smoke a joint that feeds a direct consumer link to cartel violence that enslaves whole cities and providences of Latinos for the drug lords reign!  Give me a fucking break!

In the final analysis, no one lifestyle, individual or tactic is all encompassing. We all take part daily in the atrocity of mass locust society.  But that is not an excuse to just throw our hands in the air and join in the spectacle of insanity that is technologically advanced civilization.  Perhaps we are not in a situation to save the world from capitalism, consumerism, Animal, Earth and Human exploitation in the present.  Perhaps we cannot usher in an age of Total Liberation tomorrow.  But we can save ourselves on a case to case basis, we can empower ourselves in thought word and deed.  No matter who we are, or where we are.  We can ‘scream for change’, ‘make a change’, and be a ‘force a change’.  In our lives and the lives of those around us.  By remaining Vegan For Life and living our One Life, Drug Free!

For Liberation,
Walter
fists

Monday, May 20, 2013

Eden's Demise - XVX Metal from Russia

Vegan straight edge metal with brutal dual vocals (incl. one female singer) straight from Moscow! This is the kind of shit you want to check out.

 http://edensdemise.bandcamp.com/

This new band resembles a lot early Purified In Blood and that type of apocalyptic XVX metal, in my book that's a really good thing.

Enjoying the melodic death/metalcore riffs and double bass assault; nice touch with the brutal female vocals, too.

P.S. Also not to be confused with Greece's own Eden Demise (a brutal metal/hardcore band).


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Talon Conspiracy - Vegan/Animal Liberation zines from the past

OK!

As you know, every self-respecting vegan straightedge individual must take the time to educate themselves on veganism, be it becoming a pro on health and nutrition; learning and understanding the principles on ethics, economics and politics behind the vegan stand; or researching the history of the animal rights movement.

I am glad to find there's still people out there who put in the effort to bring back to the surface obscure vegan resources from the past. There is so much shit that is legendary but obscure and hard to find; the militant xveganx nerd in me is always on the hunt.

I recently discovered a haven for such things: The Talon Conspiracy is an awesome and very thorough online information hub on all things vegan and animal liberation. These guys have uploaded a bunch of super important oldschool vegan zines, which you can click and read online.

Check out and support the Talon Conspiracy!