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#1 Old 02-16-2015, 12:25 PM
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"I Will Not Stand By" POWERFUL Vegan Slam Poetry! | Gary Yourofsky

This incredibly powerful slam poem was written by Gary Yourofsky in 1996 and is finally reaching the public in video form. Gary calls for us to face the reality of our actions both as a collective society and as individuals. We are the oppressors, the abusers, the murderers. We are the villains in this scenario. And we cannot and will not stand by

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I didn't dare watch as wasn't sure if there's anything too upsetting, but I listened and I enjoyed it, very expressive. Thank you

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A very deep and meaningful poem! Thank you for posting this, Emily.

The words are so true and the scenes accompanying them so horrific that this video has significant impact on the viewer I think. Impact that will help some people, hopefully many people, question their practices and go vegan!
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I didn't dare watch as wasn't sure if there's anything too upsetting, but I listened and I enjoyed it, very expressive. Thank you
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A very deep and meaningful poem! Thank you for posting this, Emily.

The words are so true and the scenes accompanying them so horrific that this video has significant impact on the viewer I think. Impact that will help some people, hopefully many people, question their practices and go vegan!
thank you so much- i really hope it does. it's heartbreaking and heartwrenching for sure and was awful to create.

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Unfortunately the truth of what goes on needs to be told/ shown...We owe it to those poor innocent animals
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Unfortunately the truth of what goes on needs to be told/ shown...We owe it to those poor innocent animals
amen. that's why i use graphic imagery.

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Unfortunately the truth of what goes on needs to be told/ shown...We owe it to those poor innocent animals
I remember in Earthlings Joaquin Phoenix said something like those who eat meat don't deserve to be protected from the horrors of factory farming. To do so would continue this vicious cycle.
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You've watched earthlings? You are brave

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You've watched earthlings? You are brave
man that's what i pour through for days on end for these types of videos. try two full days of Earthlings ;P

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It's a profound video...More people need to see it that's for sure...And if they eat meat/ dairy/ eggs they need to keep their eyes open!!!
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I agree if simple reasoning doesn't work for omnis then watching something very graphic hopefully would. I just don't see how putting myself through it would make any difference to how I already am other than upset me and make my insomnia come back. But yes very useful in terms of educating ignorant and argumentative omnis and vegetarians

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I agree if simple reasoning doesn't work for omnis then watching something very graphic hopefully would. I just don't see how putting myself through it would make any difference to how I already am other than upset me and make my insomnia come back. But yes very useful in terms of educating ignorant and argumentative omnis and vegetarians
You are already vegan so you don't have to watch it don't worry

It's only those omnis who refuse gentler education tactics who definitely need to watch it!
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You are already vegan so you don't have to watch it don't worry

It's only those omnis who refuse gentler education tactics who definitely need to watch it!
Exactly my point. But I think most of them in such denial that we'd have hard time getting them to watch it
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Sadly true
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I wouldn't call it brave. I was just naïve since I did not know how graphic Earthlings is. After watching, I was shell shocked for two weeks. At least I saw it during the holidays while on vacation. Otherwise, I would not have been able to focus at work or school.
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I wouldn't call it brave. I was just naïve since I did not know how graphic Earthlings is. After watching, I was shell shocked for two weeks. At least I saw it during the holidays while on vacation. Otherwise, I would not have been able to focus at work or school.
2 weeks that's a good recovery. It was enough for me to read reviews about it and I was in tears for nearly 2 months.
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man that's what i pour through for days on end for these types of videos. try two full days of Earthlings ;P
It must be very hard...hats off to you
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Earthlings is a very emotional film...It really puts things in perspective I think...It is very easy to see that many human worries/ troubles are insignificant compared to what animals go through...
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It must be very hard...hats off to you
well it's worth it if my videos can change even one mind and heart. and i've said it before- if the animals have to live through that (and die by it) the *very* least I can do is watch it.

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