Activist Profile: July 15, 2015
Where are you from and where do you live now?
Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Currently living here. There’s a reason locals call it “The Land of Entrapment.”
What got you interested in veganism and animal advocacy?
I became vegan a week after reading Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin. Once I learned the truth about how animals get to our plates, I could no longer participate in the cruelty. My first leafleting outing was at the University of New Mexico in January 2013. But it wasn’t until I met Vic Sjodin and hit the road with him last April that I really immersed myself in leafleting. At first, I was hesitant to go, but I’m really glad I came along. It’s been an honor to meet many great people and change lives.
You’re a dedicated volunteer. What is it about leafleting for Vegan Outreach that inspires you to do this so often?
I enjoy leafleting for VO because students do read the booklets and are often very curious about veganism. Leafleting is my way of giving back. I’ve been through some dark, humbling times. I have been very fortunate to come across this info, and I want others to discover how healthy eating plant-based is and how much better it is for the planet and its inhabitants. Leafleting is a very effective form of activism in my opinion.
What do you do for fun when you’re not leafleting?
I love to travel and go for long hikes and bike rides. One of these days, I may resign to the forest permanently! I also enjoy basketball, camping, golf, and the occasional movie or video game.
Do you have any advice for those hesitant about leafleting?
To anyone hesitant about leafleting, I would say give it a try. Nothing is as difficult as what the animals endure. You don’t always see the results of leafleting right away, but I know from my conversations at colleges and events, that people are genuinely curious and want to change their habits. If you are an introvert like me, just give it a shot. You don’t have to say anything if you don’t want to.