Decolonizing Animals, AASA Conference 2019.
Ōtautahi (Christchurch), Aotearoa: July 1–4 2019
Paper Title: El Molcajete Food Truck Project: Decolonizing the Mexican Diet; plus a Demonstration of Traditional Cooking
Biography: Gerardo Tristan/ Wotko, is a Nahuatl, antispeciesist, queer activist and community organizer from Monterrey, Mexico with over 30 years of experience working on a wide range of social issues such as indigenous/lgbtq /animal rights and food justice. From working as a coordinator of an international students group volunteering in the mountains of central Mexico helping indigenous coffee cooperatives in the summer of 2002 to being a collaborator at the Zapatista (EZLN) peace talk process during the spring of 1994, Gerardo has always been involved in vital issues in his country. In the fall of 2015 Gerardo founded Faunaccion in CDMX. The group’s mission is to empower activists and agents of change by providing them with education and relevant tools for their activism and to work with Mexican Institutions. Currently he is working on two food justice projects: El Molcajete, Faunaccion’s food education program on wheels in Central Mexico and The Chestnut Tree Reclamation Project in TN, USA. Gerardo is married to scholar/musician Craig Womack. They live in Atlanta, GA with their furry rescued babies, Colawa and Emiliano.
Filmed by Gonzalo Villanueva.