Day 100 of my ongoing protest for animals
My friend Dan Carron organized a surprise to have people from all over the area show up to protest for day 100! I was blown away and can't begin to say how much it meant to me to have around 20 people show up ( Rachael Ellis, Sandra Dixon, Yayoi Sprague, Jordan Quihuetzcaltiá Brown Fenton, Jenny and Conchita, Michele Lynox, Patricia Bradley, Patricia Thompson, Laura Lee Cascada, Rhonda, Sabine and her kids and for some reason my phone won't let me tag certain people right now so I'll add everyone else soon). It was so amazing see so many people there to celebrate day 100 with me. And people were honking and waving and more. Only one person stopped to voice his concern that we were harming children in China by wearing clothes made in China, but we think it just means there was hope for him.
I can't thank Dan enough for organizing this. He does so much already towards helping animals among other causes, so it means the world to me that he put this surprise together! And to everyone who came and stood in the rain today holding up signs for animals... THANK YOU more than I can ever say! Best friends/family you could ever ask for!
Running on empty, but still running.
Day 89 of my ongoing protest.
Today has been a struggle to get moving. First off, my dog may only weigh 4 or 5 pounds, but when you factor in how peaceful and happy she looks sleeping on my belly, it adds a few hundred pounds. But even once I get past that hurdle, my body is begging me to stop. My eyes don't want to be open, my legs don't want to carry me and my brain doesn't want to function. Maybe the weather is doing it or maybe it's just never taking a break.
Fortunately, when I get to my corner, turn on my protest playlist on Spotify and hold up my signs and see the first few sets of eyes looking at a daily dose of truth, suddenly all is well and I'm ready to take on the world again.
If you are looking for the knockout punch that is going to defeat animal agriculture and abuse, I have a feeling you are wasting your time. Some say lab grown meat, some say the need to save the planet and some say just having vegan options readily available everywhere will be what finally tips the balance. But, I don't think it is that simple. We are not fighting an enemy that is going to be knocked out with one good hit. We are in a drag out fight that is going to take beating down our enemy one punch at a time.
Some people (many of us fighting for animal rights now) only require a little exposure to the truth and it clicks. But most people are creatures of habit. They are not as empathetic, thoughtful, or compassionate. This isn't an episode of the CareBears where we can just defeat our enemy with caring. We have to pound the truth into their heads over and over again until it is able to overpower the brainwashing they've experienced their whole life. Apparently, studies have shown that a person would not choose to eat an imaginary creature if it was known to be as intelligent as pigs actually are, but no matter how intelligent a pig is said to be, these same people still thought of pigs as food animals. This is not rational thought at work, this is brainwashing from years of being told the same lie.
We must drive the truth into these people's heads the same way the lie was put their in the first place. They must hear our message, see our message and be forced to confront the truth over and over again. The message that animals deserve to be treated with respect and are not ours to use as we please must be repeated again and again until it can compete with the years of lies. Now, we do have the power of our message and obviousness of its truth in our favor. That is an advantage. But, this must be a war on all fronts. And we cannot let up. Intelligent and decent human beings in every other aspect of life, are able to overlook the obvious truth before them, the misery they are causing, the horrors that they fund because they have been so effectively misled by advertisements, government agencies, and parents who had been lied to before them that they are able to continuously rebuild the block in the brain that allows them to act the part of the villain to innocent beings everywhere.
We know that this is a thankless task. We know that we will be hated for our persistence. We will be taunted for our compassion and empathy. We will be mocked for our willingness to devote our time and efforts to those that may never understand what we have done. We'll lose friend, family and sleep from our efforts. But, we will win. We decide how quickly we win. If we put in a little time here and a little time there, then this may take decades. On the other hand, if we give this all we've got, I still believe that we can do this way sooner than anyone would believe possible. We can't control how anyone reacts to being exposed to the truth. We just get to decide how often we administer this moral medicine that will finally cure the world of what is the most destructive, violent and cruel evil ever perpetuated by people that call themselves civilized.
Day 88 of my Ongoing Protest For Animals
Well, good thing I read (several times) the ACLU information on protesting and free speech in public areas. Otherwise, my poor stuffed cow would have had his voice silenced. Don't get me wrong, the town official that stopped by to talk to me was super nice. And listened to me tell a lot about what happens to animals. And in the end agreed that as long as the cow was in the grass off the sidewalk, he could keep holding his sign. So, all ended well. And I even made him laugh when I said that parents want their kids to believe if you hug a cow hard enough steak just shoots out of him.
The City of Williamsburg, in my experiences so far, a great place for doing what I do. Aside from the one fireman, everyone has been nice and non-confrontational. And I've given them the last 88 days of chances to come give me problems and they've for the most part left me alone (and probably daily reason for the past year and a half before that - just not in one place).
Nonetheless, it is always good to know your rights and make sure you don't get told what you can and can't do by someone else. Be sure you know what is and isn't legal so you can stand your ground. My experience is the people coming to talk to you are just trying to get someone off their back that has complained about you. They want to find common ground so they can get back to doing their real job instead of getting to hear how pigs are raped to produce bacon and how male chicks are shredded up by the egg industry.
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