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  • 1.  Webcast: Amended American History - Thursday, Feb 17, 2022

    Posted 12-07-2021 02:25 PM

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    Black History is American History.  Please join James Evans, Mueni Rudd and Akisha Townsend Eaton of Companions and Animals for Reform and Equity (CARE) as they discuss the importance and the intentional removal of key facts - as well as the power in knowing a complete history of our America.

    This was recorded on Thursday, February 17 @ 12n Pacific / 3p Eastern

    Now Available to Watch On-Demand at Maddie's University

    Join us right here to continue the discussion!

    This webinar will be recorded has been pre-approved for 1.0 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits by The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement and by the National Animal Care & Control Association.

    The panelists

    James Evans, CEO, CARE
    James is a multi-awarding winning creative strategist with 25+ years of experience working with a diverse group of brands, both non profit, and for profit, including Timberland, Disney, NAACP, Baltimore Health Department, Kennedy Krieger Institute, CVS and Safe Streets. James and his team have initiated several programs, including the ground breaking Gulf Spay/Neuter Campaign and HSUS' Pets for Life, which helped reshape animal welfare, advocating for more diversity and inclusion throughout the field. Other notable projects are HSUS' Adopters Welcome, Outdoor Cats and Stop Puppy Mills, as well as clients like Best Friends Animal Society, Maddie's Fund, and SPCA of Texas. James is currently the founder and CEO of CARE, Companions and Animals for Reform and Equity, a non-profit that is using research, community wisdom and storytelling to inspire inclusivity in animal welfare and create BIPOC run equitable organizations and programs.

    Mueni Rudd, Senior Director of Research and Development, CARE
    Mueni is a Kenyan American scholar advocate with years of experience in racial justice, social activism and evaluative research. She graduated from Huston-Tillotson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and earned a Master of Social Work from Texas State University.  She has a consistent history of membership and participation in professional academic associations and service organizations. A published writer, she is also a proud TEDx speaker committed to filling the gaps of current Western training and approaches that avoid issues of racial diversity and ethnic cultural differences. She prioritizes Black and other historically marginalized group liberation in all her professional and community contributions. Her focus on accountability can be seen in her efforts to acknowledge systemic and institutional oppression by centering these populations. Her work amplifies historically oppressed communities and promotes authentic multicultural dialogue.

    Akisha Townsend Eaton, Chief of Policy, Environmental Justice Division, CARE
    Akisha brings over a decade of animal law and policy experience to her current role as Chief of Policy, Environmental Justice Division at CARE.  Prior to joining CARE, she worked as a managing attorney for the Animal Legal Defense Fund and as a legislative attorney and policy advisor at various other national and international animal protection organizations.  Akisha has a passion for community service and advocacy and is an AmeriCorps alumni.  She is currently an active contributor to the Black Appalachian Coalition (BLAC) as well as the legal redress, environmental justice, and economic development committees of her local NAACP chapter, which recently awarded her the Prince and Cora Mack Humanitarian Award. 

    Akisha has contributed to numerous publications. Her most recent chapters have appeared in the Palgrave Handbook of Animal Ethics, Career Paths in Human-Animal Interaction for Social and Behavioral Scientists and People, Pets, and Policies: Towards Community Supported Animal Sheltering She served as a consultant editor and contributor to the Journal of Animal Ethics and associate editor for the Journal of Animal Law.  Akisha has been an instructor, guest lecturer and speaker at numerous law schools, including Georgetown, Duke, Harvard, Lewis and Clark and Tulane University’s International Legislative Drafting Institute.  Her publications have been included in the courses of international law schools.  She has presented at multiple national, state and local animal welfare conferences on recent developments in animal law and advocacy.  She is a former contributor for the Huffington Post and the Dodo and former Diversity Vice-Chair for the American Bar Association’s Animal Law Committee within the Tort, Trial, and Insurance Practice Section. She is a Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.

    Akisha received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was recognized as a Law Center Scholar and her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University where she graduated with distinction. 


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  • 2.  RE: Webcast: Amended American History - Thursday, Feb 17, 2022

    Posted 02-18-2022 08:10 AM
    Thanks again for creating a brave space for folks to listen.

    Mueni Rudd
    CARE / Companions and Animals for Reform and Equity