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Remembering National Animal Rights Day 2013

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I cannot BELIEVE the 3rd annual National Animal Rights Day ceremony–in which I played an important role–was four years ago this month! It was such a profoundly inspiring and empowering experience for so many people. Credit to Aylam Orian and others for spearheading this powerful form of in-your-face ethical confrontation and of publicly honoring the *billions* of nonhuman individuals victimized & brutalized in unfathomably barbaric ways by the dominant culture; 99+% of all domesticated animals suffer through ferocious unrelenting savagery and mass murder-genocide. This daily holocaust has grown to a fatal-fever pitch as a direct result of human overpopulation and gluttony and ignorance and greed and selfishness and nauseating apathy. But on that day, we stood together through immense emotional trauma to push back against this heinous culture of death made that much more tragic by the total needlessness–the utter non-necessity–of flesh [“meat”] eating, vivisection, animal-based clothing, breeding, circuses, et cetera ad nauseum.
 
I’m absolutely HONORED to have played a role in that event, helping to prepare [read: defrost], transport, and hand out the nonhuman persons who’d died from deplorable living conditions before they even made it to the slaughterhouses, torture laboratories, and so on. I appreciate each and every one of those individuals for inspiring me to work even harder to help them through my writing-activism; I’m sorry I can’t do more–if I were still able-bodied, I’d still be helping them with actions far more direct and hands-on. But I can’t, so I do what I CAN the best I can. Rest easy, sweet angels–at least you’ve been returned to the Earth, where you can maintain the peace and non-suffering you were never for even a single moment allowed to experience in this hideous Death Culture. You are gone but never forgotten.

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I’ll finish with a couple quotes from Isaac Bashevis Singer, a Polish Jew, Holocaust survivor, and Nobel Prize-winning author:

“In their behavior toward creatures, all [people] are Nazis….for the animals, it is an eternal Treblinka….The smugness with which man could do with other species as he pleased exemplified the most extreme racist theories, the principle that might is right…Human beings see oppression vividly when they’re the victims. Otherwise they victimize blindly and without a thought.”

“As long as people will shed the blood of innocent creatures, there can be no peace, no liberty, no harmony between people. Slaughter and justice cannot dwell together.”

If you enjoyed this piece, please check out my captivating, “outrageously candid,” darkly funny, and important new memoir Rebel Hell: Disabled Vegan Goes to Prison. Maybe even sign up for my author e-newsletter!–which comes out every couple months and features exclusive content, sneak peeks, contests, and other fun stuff. All you need to provide is an email address and first name.

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~Love & Liberation~
Jan

REBEL HELL Prison Memoir Info; Blog Review, Author Q&A

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My new prison memoir Rebel Hell: Disabled Vegan Goes to Prison is getting rave reviews from everybody who’s read it. This wildly original and “outrageously candid” book delivers something for everyone–from dark and utterly shameless humor to raw poignant emotion, from enlightening facts & visuals & analysis to lyrical descriptions of the hellacious and the divine alike. It is a substantially important book addressing myriad social issues from a powerful, bold, no-holds-barred perspective; above all, though, Rebel Hell is a captivating story about “justice” in modern America, and about navigating the kaleidoscopic maze of prison absurdity that’d launch even Franz Kafka into a fit of paranoia and disbelief. Finally, there’s yet another dimension of intrigue–how I managed to survive the horrific onslaught of prison as a disabled vegan!

CLICK HERE to read a review from the lovely blog “black. female. christian. vegan.”

And here’s a short Q&A about my Prison Experience with antinatalist guru and author Laura Carroll.

The book is now available around the world in electronic format as well as the gorgeous paperback!

Now available around the world in electronic format as well as the gorgeous paperback!

If you’re in AmericaHERE  is the Amazon link [Note: you do *not* need a Kindle to read the e-book; simply download the FREE KINDLE APP and read on any tablet, smartphone, or device!]

If you’re in Canada, Spain, Italy, Germany, the UK, or France:
Click HERE  and scroll down below the cover image, where you’ll find all the Amazon links [or you can just search “smitowicz” and my books are the only results!]

Alternatively, you can order directly from me and get copies signed and personalized! Visit the Rebel Hell page on my  WEBSITE. I also provide terrific bulk discounts [5+ copies] for teachers, book clubs, gift-giving, etc.–simply contact me at SmitowiczAuthorPublicity@gmail.com. Finally, message me if you’re interested in my FREE book club / classroom appearances via Skype for discussion and/or Q&A [minimum five [5] readers]!

~Love & Liberation~
Jan

*Last Chance* to Read My Prison Memoir Excerpt & WIN FREE PRIZES!

This weekend or early next week I’ll be sending out my very first monthly e-newsletter–which will include the opening 20-ish pages from my soon-to-be-published memoir Rebel Hell: Disabled Vegan Goes to Prison. The excerpt is emotionally resonant, intense, funny, and intriguing, and includes the wild, infuriating scene in which I was first arrested for marijuana after an illegitimate traffic stop and illegal search & seizure. This will be the first and only place I’ll be sharing the excerpt any time soon.

The next few days are your last chance to get yourself on the list and receive the exclusive preview! CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP. If you don’t like what you see, unsubscribing only takes a click or two; but I vow to try my very best to provide entertaining, interesting, informative, funny content every single month. I doubt you’ll be disappointed!

My first email newsletter will also feature an EXCLUSIVE CONTEST that involves no purchase of anything . . .

TWO LUCKY PARTICIPANTS WILL WIN $15 GIFT CARDS TO AMAZON!

Don’t miss out–sign up now! Thanks.
~Love & Liberation~
Jan @ www.JanSmitowicz.com

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My Go Vegan Radio Interview

Great interview with me on Go Vegan Radio with Bob Linden this past Sunday! We discussed a whole range of topics, including veganism (natch), animal rights and liberation, the inherent racism of the American “justice” system, my time in prison, the vile Monsanto corporation, and my debut novel ORANGE RAIN, from which I read a short but powerful excerpt. Available for listening here:

http://www.goveganradio.com/2014/09/10/07-september-2014/

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Learn more about ORANGE RAIN here:

My First Ever Glossy Publication AND Cover Story!!

The new issue of The Animals’ Voice magazine is now out, and I WROTE THE COVER STORY!!

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If you haven’t read it yet (it’s on my blog and has gotten around a lot), the piece is at turns riveting, heart-wrenching, beautiful, enraging, and of course militant. The issue is available for free download and print purchase here:

http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/666827?__r=20874

It’s only $6.40 for a beautiful, glossy, sleek print copy. May I suggest that it could make a fabulous stocking stuffer or 1/8 Hannukah gift or a present just b/c you’re awesome, given that there are various holidays coming up that I neither care about nor celebrate, but encourage you to do so by purchasing this awesome magazine that features SIXTEEN (16!) pages of text/pics from my piece?

Here’s their website: http://animalsvoice.com/the-magazine/

May I also suggest, if you’ve read it and/or read it soon and/or love me and/or want to support my work, that you tell the amazing editor and activist Lauren Moretti how much you liked the story and/or how much you appreciate her publishing it and/or how you found out about the magazine because of me/my cover story? Her email is 4rights@animalsvoice.com

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