Cocktails & Capitalism

Practical Community Organizing Lessons from Prepper Pig (& the Prepper Pig Cocktail)

February 01, 2022 Cocktails & Capitalism Season 2 Episode 14
Cocktails & Capitalism
Practical Community Organizing Lessons from Prepper Pig (& the Prepper Pig Cocktail)
Show Notes

In this episode, we are joined by Prepper Pig, who shares practical lessons from his broad experience as a community organizer and environmental justice activist. He tells his personal story, beginning with his first experience of spontaneous mutual aid in the wake of Hurricane Hugo that left his community without water or electricity. This event was formative for Prepper Pig, compelling him to begin compiling his base of practical knowledge. 

As a housing counselor during the Great Recession, Prepper Pig fought the predatory banks that were destroying lives across America, advocating for folks who were at risk of foreclosure. After throwing himself into organizing during the Occupy Movement, Prepper Pig joined the nonprofit organizing sphere. By building personal relationships within communities, he was able to affect change in the lives of families threatened with the loss of their homes and others whose homes had been grossly neglected by slumlords. 

In the words of Prepper Pig, “Organizing is creating space for those directly impacted by oppression to be heard.”  He offers practical lessons from his experiences as an organizer, emphasizing that the role of any activists is to keep the steady drumbeat of the movement going. He also reminds us to manage our energy and set reasonable goals when engaging in activism, providing listeners with valuable advice for avoiding burnout. 

Prepping is not simply about surviving doomsday scenarios. As Prepper Pig reminds us, it is about being ready to deal with things that go wrong in our lives. His approach encompasses financial prep, power prep, food prep, water prep, self-defense, and so much more. He teaches self-defense to leftists of all types, including people of color, women, immigrants, and LGBTQ+ folks. 

Prepper Pig offers emergency preparedness and self-defense skills training to BIPOC and other vulnerable communities, merging survival skills with practical community organizing advice. You can follow him on Instagram and Youtube (@prepperpig), and you can support his work through Patreon



COCKTAIL: The Prepper Pig

2 fingers of honey whiskey (like honey Jack)

Ice

Ginger beer


Add 2 fingers of honey whiskey to a glass. Add ice, top with ginger beer, and enjoy!



Additional music - Reynard Seidel / The Eternal / courtesy of www.epidemicsound.com

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