Where do you live now?
I’m from Memphis, TN, but currently live in Philadelphia, PA.
What are your favorite things to do outside of leafleting?
Dancing and traveling.
Who has been / is a major influence in your life and why?
My mother has always been the biggest influence in my life. Her patience and love of life, even when things get rough, has always pushed me to better myself.
More recently, I’ve been incredibly inspired by other activists I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with. People like Eddie Garza, Jon Camp, Victor Sjodin, Nick Cooney, Matt Rice and especially Nathan Runkle make me want to do more for animals. There are so many tireless activists that are so kind and encouraging when I have questions or am having a hard time emotionally with activism. Because of them, I’ll never give up.
How long have you been involved in animal rights and how did you get interested?
I got involved in 2011. I had been vegan for about two years but knew it wasn’t enough and that I wanted to do more to help animals. I hadn’t known another vegan but was able to connect online with John Oberg, who introduced me to the idea of leafleting and encouraged me to get active.
What was your most positive leafleting experience?
I don’t know that I have just one. Between interning with Mercy For Animals and doing a Vegan Outreach tour, I’ve had the opportunity to reach so many people and have countless conversations that brought compassionate inspiration to others, and lots of hope to me.
What would you say to individuals hesitant about leafleting?
I know that it can be a little scary at even the thought of approaching strangers, but you have to keep the animals in mind. You are their voice.
Most of the time, people are very happy to get the information and are very sweet. One of my original fears was that people would ask me a million questions that I may or may not be able to answer, but it isn’t that way at all. If someone does have questions, they’ll usually ask very calmly and are completely genuine. If you don’t know the answers, it’s perfectly okay to say so.
The feeling you get afterwards is reward in itself. Give it a try and I know you’ll love it!