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May 11, 2009


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There's some great advice here. I especially agree with your point that leafleting is a numbers game. Keep up the great work!

Mark, I have to say that I'm slightly star-struck right now. Your book, Striking at the Roots, is like my activist bible. Thank you for all YOU do for empowering activists (like me!)and spreading compassion far and wide. For those of you who don't yet have Mark's book, buy it now: It will cause you to embrace your activism even more than you do now, and will fill you with ideas and a real sense of community.

Thanks, Mark!


For me, the toughest part of that debate was watching the faces of the few non-vegs in the room. You could see how most of the people were hoping and waiting for something to attack - a comment out of Ms. Sullivan's mouth that could be ridiculed or shunned. I understand the nature of "debate," but I wished that these people would just stop and listen to the facts, figures, and descriptions of suffering instead of soley focusing on the rules of engagement. While I don't want to be called an eratic and overly emotional, female vegetarian (courtesy of Mr. Shubow), I do think that we all need to look into our hearts before we speak - or better yet - before we eat!

I really respect all those of you who can find the right words to say at the right time, have the courage to leaflet to strangers, don't get intimidated and discouraged by mean people. I wish I could do that. Maybe someday...
Thank you for all you do for farm animals. It's wonderful to know there are so many people who care.

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