Veganism is a Gateway Drug

I have always considered myself a good person but never before going vegan did I really get involved in thinking about or fighting for social justice.

Becoming vegan has opened my mind to thinking about the entire world differently – often from the perspective of the oppressed. I believe it has made me a better person, not only because I’m no longer paying people to be cruel to animals – an act I would never do myself – but also because I am now a much more critical thinker, a more understanding person, and a person who has realized, hey, I’m not always right. For 20-something years, I ate animals without thinking about how it affected anyone – not even me.

Now I think often about how the oppression of animals affects us individually and systemically – and I’ve added to those concerns other issues like racism, sexism, and nationalism. Being vegan has opened my eyes to many injustices, to how interrelated they are, to how similar they are. It has given me confidence and conviction to stand up and be different, to speak out even when it’s hard, and to do my best to model just behavior.

I’m far from perfect. FAR. I still spend too much time on selfish activities – and I’d argue that even the seemingly selfless ones are selfish because they make me feel good – but I’ve come a long way. And I’m never going back.

And I’m never going away.

Hypocrisy as Effective Advocacy?

Lately I’ve been asking myself (and others) a lot of questions about social change:

  • Why does it take so long?
  • Can big changes be made, or does it always have to be incremental?
  • Should we compromise our values to meet people where they are?

If we believe animals should be free to live without being commodifed and seen as property, don’t we have a responsibility to speak out against it without compromise? If we think raising and killing animals for food is inherently wrong, regardless of how nicely they’re treated before they’re killed, isn’t it wrong to congratulate people on anything other than abstaining from it?Continue reading “Hypocrisy as Effective Advocacy?”

Fifty Bucks and a Backpack

Since I moved to Denver in August, I’ve wanted to be a person who bikes to work. I’m lucky enough to work only two and a half miles from my house, but I’ve only biked to work twice. Twice! You see, I am incredibly talented at making up excuses. It’s too cold. My tires need air. My bike doesn’t have a basket. I don’t have the right shoes. I don’t want to have helmet hair at work. It takes too long. I might have a meeting and need a car. The list goes on.Continue reading “Fifty Bucks and a Backpack”

Job Creators

A teaching artist who uses hip-hop to engage students. A political science major who runs a chess organization. An independent media star who aims to change the world for animals. It seems that everywhere I look, I run into someone who, instead of choosing a traditional job, has developed and jumped into his or her own made-up profession. More and more, my peers are realizing their passions and pursuing them with, well, passion.Continue reading “Job Creators”

NEWS: Newly Divorced Couple Battles for Custody of Shared Facebook Account

By Lisa Rimmert

Chapel Hill, NC – After filing for divorce, Kristin Wells and Steve Johnson are each fighting for sole custody of their shared Facebook account. Married for ten years, the recently divorced couple have utilized a mutual account on the popular social media site, and each now claims rightful ownership.Continue reading “NEWS: Newly Divorced Couple Battles for Custody of Shared Facebook Account”