We decided to focus on animals colonised into pethood since they are usually sharing the same space as humans and a personal relationship exists between the human and the ‘pet’. We want this theory to be applied practically, and perhaps if we can improve our relationships with animals who share our homes, we can gain a better understanding of nonhuman species altogether. At a basic level, Radical Companionship is simply a way of creating thoughtful interspecies relationships based on ideas of how to interact with each other in a way that evokes liberation-oriented principles.
We use Telegram as it’s a user friendly app and has the option to create ‘channels’ which we utilise for the mutual aid side of the Radical Companionship project. However, it’s important to note that Telegram is not user-to-user encrypted (except for secret chats which can only happen between two individuals). We advise using Tor browser and a VPN for general online safety and keeping any sensitive conversations offline completely.
Telegram Pros – Users can log in on multiple devices at the same time and are able to receive messages on all devices and remembers browser sessions. You can keep messages in the draft as well, and this draft will be synced to all your devices. It’s not owned by Facebook.
There is no expectation to be constantly involved in discussions or supporting mutual aid every day. We understand that people have jobs and are busy with their lives. However, this is not a platform to gain ‘woke’ points for joining a radical group!
Meaningful engagement is expected, and so is rest! Find your balance, whatever that is, and encourage others to do so. It’s okay to take a break, we’ll be here to help you back up once you’re well rested. Do what you can!
We will send out journaling questions every week as main discussion points based around the Radical Companionship theory. But we will NOT dictate how the conversation goes – please share videos, articles, podcasts and more that you feel are relevant to the topics. Everyone is equally important to the community 🙂
Radical Companionship is an upcoming theory book about evolving our relationships with others – especially nonhuman companions – through an anti-speciesist lens. To learn more, see here. see here.
RadCom is a telegram community group chat, where facilitators will drop journaling questions based on the Radical Companionship theory (and other texts) to encourage discussion amongst us “RadCommies” 🤪😂 as well as organise, create, learn, unlearn, share resources, look out for each other and generally attempt to become better animal accomplices! To learn more about RadCom, see here.
Animal Caregivers Mutual Aid is also on Telegram, but in the form of a channel – ACMA exists to support people caring for nonhumans with both financial and nonfinancial needs as people send in requests and offerings and facilitators post them to the channel. To learn more about Animal Caregivers Mutual Aid, see here.