s Vegan Feminist Agitator blog has gotten a makeover! In order to keep
it growing alongside our growing business, the blog is now called
the Vegan Street Blog. But don't worry. It's stll packed with the same Vegan Feminist Agitating wisdom and wit of Marla Rose. It will just be a little more closely integrated with our other work.
10 Questions, Vegan Rockstar Edition, with Mikael Nielsen
I love Mikael Nielsen. There, I said it.
Through his tireless work as National Volunteer Coordinator for Mercy
for Animals, Mikael is responsible for getting dedicated and talented
people involved in creating rippling, real change for the animals and
the planet. He is also one of the most humble and hardworking people I
know, though, giving his all to getting the message out about
compassionate living and doing it in the most thoughtful, effective
way. I think a lot of times we are so passionate about the cause, so
driven to expose people to the unnecessary horrors inflicted upon
animals, that we scare people away with our desire to effect change
immediately. Mikael, though, through his years of advocacy understands
the importance of blending patience and understanding with his very
compelling message, helping people to trust that he is not there to
judge, he is there to help people along the way to creating less
violence in the world. He is an empathetic listener, a skill that is
sadly often under-emphasized among advocates, and creates an
environment of calm but focused attention wherever he goes. In doing
so, he gives people the space to be honest, work through internal
conflicts, and get in touch with their own values. In short, Mikael is,
in his native Danish, vidunderlige. He is wonderful.
Bringing in Light as We Expose the Darkness...
I noticed from an early age that buoyant
people have been assigned some specific cultural baggage: We’re seen as
shallow. We’re seen as silly. We’re seen as lacking in substance. I
think this is unfair and narrow-minded, though; shouldn’t the whole
person have room for both jumping in leaf piles and also speaking out
about social justice issues? (Maybe not at the same time but just
because you may get leaves in your mouth.) To me, the perfect balance
is a blend of both joy and depth; to cut off our supply of one is to
limit our human experience. Read the whole story
10 Questions: Vegan Rockstar edition with Eriyah Flynn
a longtime vegan with many years of trying different things to get the
message out, Eriyah has gotten clarity on strategic savvy and
effectiveness. I think she has a lot of wisdom to share and offers a
lot of pointers on not only how to become more effective conveyers of
our message but also opportunities to become more active on behalf of
Read the whole story
On Disunity and Fighting Dirty...
I’ve noticed that vegans seem to really kind of love to hate each
other. Perhaps you’ve noticed this, too. This animosity is nothing new
but these days it’s so much more intense, perhaps accelerated by more
of a multitude of approaches, definitely fanned by the limitations of
social media. The question I run up against is why can’t we disagree
with one another, even emphatically, and not be jerks about it.
2013, 2014, Vegan Street