My current personal life mission is to cultivate capacity for social change, in particular for nonhuman animals. I bring together communities to heal emotionally, spiritually, physically, and socially to help us be more loving, compassionate, and sustainable social change activists. My work includes fundraising, activist development, and spiritual facilitation. See my resume for some of my history.

What I’m doing now, as of March, 2021

Organizing

  • I attend a virtual/national/international meditation group for animal advocates and coordinate accountability buddies
  • I am enjoying serving on the Board of Directors of Encompass. I was actively fundraising in November and December of 2020.
  • I attend and participate in conversations and events around equity and wellness in animal advocacy
  • I planned two meditation retreats for animal advocates last month
  • I volunteer for Sisters Camelot, where I help distribute reclaimed organic food

Wellness and Social

  • I continue to do work with my Mens Collaborative Accountability Group, where we learn about being healthier, just, and loving men and people.
  • I have been working on a few different minor medical issues, including digestive issues.
  • I have been going to talk therapy every other week. That has been going very well!
  • I have started practicing and learning Re-evaluation Counseling.
  • I enjoy regular walks, runs, cross country skiing and biking both solo and with a friend. I have also gone sledding and ice skating. I am preparing for a triathlon in September and considering running a half-marathon.
  • I am planning a short bike tour in Wisconsin in May.
  • Attempting various online dating here and there, happy to meet women

Community

Employment

  • I have a part-time temporary development (fundraising) contract with Phoenix Zones Initiative. I wasn’t actively searching for work but I came across the opportunity and it felt like a great fit!
  • I am determining my career direction. I have a career counselor and am starting to check in with a regular accountability buddy.
  • My career direction is clearly pointed at facilitating wellness and healing for social change makers, especially animal activists. I am already doing this work, both paid and unpaid, and I am seeking ways to deepen the work.
  • I have enrolled the Movement Chaplaincy Training this summer
  • I am enrolled in an executive development program with Encompass (which I also serve on the Board of Directors for).

See the archives of what I’m currently doing.

More about me

When I was about eleven years old, I was visiting India. My second cousin, Narayanan, would watch over my brother, Krishnan and I. He would show and explain many things to us such as the nearby allspice tree that had not yet provided seeds. Narayanan enjoyed playing chess and named and friended a semi-feral cat ‘Bobby’ after the legendary American chess player Bobby Fischer. Krishnan and I learned about cats’ ability to land on their feet by throwing Bobby higher and higher. Eventually, Narayanan said to us, in a very neutral tone: if you keep doing that, Bobby will die. Krishnan and I didn’t realize it, but we were being cruel to Bobby! I felt ashamed (despite Narayanan’s nonjudgmental tone) immediately stopped. Of course, I didn’t think of my self as somebody who would be cruel to cats or any animals.

Ten years later, I would come to learn how nonhuman animals including pigs and chickens — every bit as sensitive as Bobby — would be mutilated, confined, and otherwise mistreated in modern American farms. As I learned about this, and reflected on the kind of person I thought of myself, I started to speak out about nonhuman animal cruelty. Within a year, I decided I would devote my life to advocating for nonhuman animals.

My advocacy has taken many twists and turns. I’ve screamed angrily at protests against circues, gotten arrested at the Mall of America protesting the sale of animal fur, broken into factory farms to investigate animal cruelty, distributed 10’s of thousands of leaflets to expose animal cruelty, started an organization and much, much more. Some of the questions I’ve asked have been:

  • How can I have the biggest impact on the greatest number of nonhuman animals?
  • How can I advocate in a way that draws people in and encourages them to advocate alongside of me?
  • How do I keep advocating for animals as I move through my life and have different needs from my career, family, health, education, and more?
  • How do I build capacity for the movement?
  • How do I work well with other animal advocates, so we can work in solidarity?

Some of the answers to these questions seemed pretty easy. I have not yet had difficulty advocating for animals through the different phases of my life. Some have been very hard. Advocating in a way that draws people in is a challenge for me.