#uncensored: inside the animal liberation movement” by Camille A. Marino
5 Stars : #liberation
Camille A. Marino is that stereotypical New Yorker from the tougher times, times we hope that people don’t have to endure, but they still do. When I say stereotypical is not a disparaging label is what I know or witness, tough as nails Brooklyn woman that don’t bite their tongue. They present their story with vigor and passion leaving little room to paint themselves as innocent and passive in their downfall, Camille’s writing is “take it or leave” no room to walk on eggshells “I present my life to you” take it as a cautionary tale and try to remain to true to yourself. #uncensored: inside the animal liberation movement” by Camille A. Marino, is a memoir of a lived life and an inside look into animal rights activism. Camille writing is honest and narratively well put together.
Camille gets us right into her early life opening up the "closet of secrets" of her upbringing as if you arrived after taking the L train feeling the vibe of a working-class Jewish/Italian sector of New York City, parts of New York I never traveled, funny how New Yorkers never really go around their city. Camille was already in survivor’s mode coming from an unstable mother who tried to murder her before she was born, the kind of family dynamics we don’t openly discuss too real for TV; however, books and words are for the truth, smacking people with reality. Correlation is necessary because with her upbringing and her feelings of being imprisoned by her mother laid the track works for her later life of liberating animals from their unjust and cruel prisons. I can tell that this young girl from Brooklyn is smart, street smart and also intelligent enough to hold different careers and pursue higher education but frustrating to read her poor choices especially her trust in men the kind of guys that are convincing and well versed in their craft of being an amoral conned man.
After a few lows for Camille, she is inspired in activism. Her cause was to liberate animals especially those who are being tortured for “science,” she exposes what we wish to hide from ourselves, human beings being cruel as usually, I agree with her point that what you do has to result in freeing animals, not just chaining yourself to fences. For us regular folks who prefer to be ignorant who tend to see people like Camille as extremist without understanding the sheer power they have to go up against, I hope we can agree and reach into our bag of empathy, and you shouldn’t test monkeys until you waste them and discard them like trash. In "#uncensored: inside the animal liberation movement” you get there are rockstars with groupies in activism something I always distrusted, if you open your eyes you can see many of these leaders became more significant than the movement, there is that point of Camille’s weakness of placing trust in the wrong people, and she pays for it with her freedom.
I don’t know any other way to be part of the animal liberation movement without having to break laws and commit break-ins and sabotage, reading the legal hassle that Camille has to endure and the labels terrorism shows that our justice system can’t prioritize from real threats. #uncensored: inside the animal liberation movement” is a fantastic read and a great way to start my new list.