I come to you from the Big Apple, where I recently returned from a trip to Boston. While in Beantown, I joined several other animal advocates as we joined international efforts in asking others to Have a Heart and Say No to Foie Gras. Above is a picture of me leafleting in Harvard Square. I look happy because I was full of the best hummus on earth – which we’d scored at Café Algiers, where I had just led an activist meeting.
In New York City, I’m busy working on various projects such as trying to get a “foodprint” resolution introduced, asking, amongst other things, that all New Yorkers eat lower on the food chain (by the way, you should consider introducing one in your own community); working on efforts to introduce anti-confinement legislation in my state, (you can too!); and working with animal advocates throughout the country and beyond to spearhead grassroots efforts that aim to end farm animal cruelty.
Since this is my first official post for Making Hay, I wanted to end on a quote that I find inspirational. It’s by Howard Zinn, historian extraordinaire (I actually got to speak at the same event as him at last year’s SUNY Social Justice Conference, and he’s every bit as smart in person as he is on paper).
Zinn says, "If we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand Utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of Presence, and to live now, as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."
The time to ACT is definitely now. Keep up the electricity.