Born in 1961 the U.S. port city of Baltimore, pattrice jones is an ecofeminist writer, scholar, and activist.
Her activism dates back to the the 1970s, when she rallied for gay rights while still in high school. She then served as the co-coordinator of the Gay Peoples Alliance as a 16 year-old first-year student at Towson University, from which she graduated in 1988 after many years of night school as well as a two-year intensive immersion in the Clinical Concentration program jointly administered by the University and nearby Sheppard Pratt Hospital. She went onto graduate studies in psychology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she taught psychology as well as a multi-disciplinary service learning course in social change activism. In Ann Arbor, pattrice worked at the Ella Baker-Nelson Mandela Center for Anti-Racist Education and the Ann Arbor Tenants Union while also working with numerous grassroots activist groups and serving on the city's AIDS Task Force. She also wrote for the local alternative newspapers and hosted a call-in radio show. Thanks to all of this activist work, she did not defend her dissertation until 2009.
In 2000, along with Miriam Jones, pattrice co-founded the Eastern Shore Sanctuary and Education Center in rural Maryland. She managed the sanctuary until mid-2009, when it relocated to Vermont, and she is still involved in its education and advocacy efforts, trusting the very capable Miriam Jones and Aram Polster with day-to-day sanctuary management and animal care. While in rural Maryland, pattrice taught at University of Maryland Eastern Shore and also coordinated the Global Hunger Alliance, which was an international coalition of diverse organizations united in opposition to factory farming and support for plant-based solutions to the world hunger, water, and climate crises.
At present, pattrice lives in Minneapolis, where she teaches psychology and women's studies at Minneapolis Community & Technical College as well as gender studies at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul. She has used the respite from the demands of sanctuary life to author scholarly articles rooted in her observations of and work with the birds at the sanctuary. She is currently working on a book-length work of creative non-fiction that situates the story of the sanctuary (and the stories of its feathered and furry inhabitants) within the context of a locality perverted by the poultry industry and the legacies of slavery, mapping that locality within a global economy in which people, animals, and ecosystems all are menaced by the same mindset.
Since 1992, pattrice has written for a variety of print and online alternative publications. Her book, Aftershock: Confronting Trauma in a Violent World: A Guide for Activists and Their Allies (Lantern, 2007), offers self-care strategies for social change activists while also putting forward the idea that the same ecofeminist strategies for trauma recovery can help us to heal our violent and violated communities and ecosystems. Her recent anthology contributions include the afterword to Sistah Vegan (Lantern, 2010) as well as chapters in Contemporary Anarchist Studies (Routledge, 2009), Igniting a Revolution: Voices in Defense of the Earth (AK Press, 2006), and Terrorists or Freedom Fighters?: Reflections on the Liberation of Animals (Lantern, 2004). A former consulting editor at Satya Magazine, she blogs at Superweed.
As an ecofeminist educator and activist, pattrice frequently lectures on subjects such as the intersections of racism, sexism, speciesism, homophobia, and the exploitation of the environment as well as on practical topics such as managing grief and stress, healing from trauma, forging coalitions, and maintaining healthy organizations. Use the "contact" link at left to make inquiries. Use the "texts" link at left to access free full-text versions of numerous essays, feature articles, opinion columns, and book reviews.
In addition to speaking and writing, pattrice serves on the editorial boards of the Journal for Critical Animal Studies and Peace Studies Journal. She is also on faculty at the Kerulos Center for science in service to animals. Work on the long-awaited anthology looking at linkages between speciesism and heterosexism has, yet again, stalled but will recommence once the current book-in-progress is done.
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