We had some kickass interactions with bystanders at the #CarrotsVeganOutreach yesterday

We had some kickass interactions with bystanders at the #CarrotsVeganOutreach yesterday. We also met some of the most annoying, defensive bystanders we’ve encountered so far but the positives outnumbered the negatives by far:
1. In addition to the dedicated team, we had a new activist join us – Dhivákar Naemana Sathyamurthy and he is an awesome activist! We’re so glad he’s going to be in Bangalore joining us.
2. We started writing messages with chalk and that drew a massive crowd even before we officially got started. So many people from the crowd were shocked at what they heard.
3. Most people were super receptive. We even came across a former dairy farmer who quit his job because he couldn’t bear to carry out the horrors people pay for when they buy milk/milk products. Unfortunately, working in the industry hadn’t made him stop but he was convinced to make the change after this campaign.
4. We finally got super nice pictures thanks to Prabhat Pradhan!
5. We all went for dinner after the campaign and just chilled. <3
Saving up our coupons from Carrots Restaurant till the end of the month so that we can go together and enjoy some delicious food there! 🙂
Join us! The animals need you.

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One British scandal that many people seem to have forgotten about, is the controversial experiments with nerve gas and other deadly chemical agents,…

One British scandal that many people seem to have forgotten about, is the controversial experiments with nerve gas and other deadly chemical agents, carried out on British Servicemen by British scientists.
We would rather believe that the British government represents a now benign former empire and that it is nothing more than America’s #1 yapping lapdog. The truth is in fact far different. Westminster is anything but benign, politically or militarily and it is often to be found in the centre of stirring up problems for their more powerful (and willing) allies to "sort out."
If the British were not above risking their own people’s lives with chemical weapons, do you think they would consider it inhuman or immoral to sacrifice a former intelligence asset, who is now worth more dead than alive?
If this former agent’s daughter happens to be "collateral damage" in this operation, all the better; it adds to the "sympathy factor."
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literally so blown away right now

literally so blown away right now….”Healing the mother wound” Most healing article I’ve read in months if not years. This is the work we /NEED/ to do to rise up ladies!
“Mothers may unconsciously project deep rage towards their children in subtle ways. However, the rage really isn’t towards the children. The rage is towards the patriarchal society that requires women to sacrifice and utterly deplete themselves in order to mother a child………
For every human being, the very first wound of the heart was at the site of the mother, the feminine. And through the process of healing that wound, our hearts graduate from a compromised state of defensiveness and fear to a whole new level of love and power, which connects us to the divine heart of Life itself. We are from then on connected to the archetypal, collective heart that lives in all beings, and are carriers and transmitters of true compassion and love that the world needs right now. In this way, the mother wound is actually an opportunity and an initiation into the divine feminine. This is why it’s so crucial for women to heal the mother wound: Your personal healing and re-connection to the heart of life, by way of the feminine, affects the whole and supports our collective evolution.”

I bought Saya a makeup kit that looks like one I have

I bought Saya a makeup kit that looks like one I have. I also bought her a few summer dresses. Today we had a conversation about matching nail polishes to your outfit. I was sad that she’s 7 yrs old now and not a little baby girl anymore but I’m hella excited now.

Such a beautiful video from Werise_la featuring Tani Ikeda reading her #SurvivorLoveLetter, and some footage of me and Patricio seeing the mural for…

Such a beautiful video from Werise_la featuring Tani Ikeda reading her #SurvivorLoveLetter, and some footage of me and Patricio seeing the mural for the first time (accompanied by one of the talented artists behind this image, JESS X SNOW), and additional footage of me on the #SurvivorLoveLetter panel with Bamby Salcedo, Anna Cho Fenley, Mary Lambert, Natalie Patterson and Nooshin Valizadeh.
Thank you again to everyone who had a hand in making this happen.
I met so many beautiful, open-hearted survivors last week, and it makes me extra happy to know the main audience for this art exhibit is high school students throughout LA County.
Today is the last day to visit! ?

Ending all forms of sexual violence requires us to completely reform how we treat immigrants at our borders

Ending all forms of sexual violence requires us to completely reform how we treat immigrants at our borders.
Mind you, these incidents of violence against CHILDREN happened during the Obama administration. Since then, policies adopted by the Trump administration have created an even more hostile environment for unaccompanied minors at our borders.
“A new report suggests that there has been a startling increase in the number of instances where US Border Patrol officers have abused children seeking shelter in the United States from violence and poverty in Central America.
The report, based on more than 30,000 pages of Border Patrol reports obtained by chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) through Freedom of Information Act requests, alleges a “pattern of inimidation, harassment, physical abuse, refusal of medical services, and improper deportation between 2009 and 2014.” The report follows after a previous disclosure from the ACLU that detailed 116 incidents where officers were alleged to have physically, sexually, or psychologically abused children between the ages of five and 17.”

For those of you who might take a child to see a film, here’s one to think twice before seeing together

For those of you who might take a child to see a film, here’s one to think twice before seeing together.
I have *not* seen this film, but I appreciate this warning write up from a fellow survivor.
Apparently the Show Dogs Movie shows a scene that in the end could inadvertently get children used to grooming by someone intending to sexually abuse them.
Read on for more.

My Congressional Rep (Gomez) abstained from the vote

My Congressional Rep (Gomez) abstained from the vote.
Rep. Judy Chu, a Democrat who represents the San Gabriel Valley (where my partner boxes for a city gym *and gets pulled over with guns drawn all the time for just existing in the world*), voted for this Blue Lives Matter nonsense.
It gives me no comfort to have Asian American or Latinx people in office if they don’t have the courage and commitment to do the right thing.
This is the failure of and limitation of identity politics.
While the “people of color” umbrella is a useful tool for solidarity when it is rooted in a politic of #BlackLivesMatter, it’s rather meaningless when it’s not.
“As Jonathan Cohn, a Boston-based editor and progressive activist, rightly pointed out, this bill—and others like it—is “a solution in search of a problem”: police officers already enjoy more protections than most citizens. And as others have noted, categorizing police officers as a group akin to oppressed minority groups is brutally ironic, given how many people of color live in fear of potentially deadly encounters with law enforcement.
So it’s a bit jarring to see that the majority of House Democrats, including some of the chambers’ more progressive members, lined up to support the bill (a total of 162 Democratic members backed the bill, while just 24 voted against the measure). Representative Keith Ellison, who represents Minnesota and has come to be affiliated with the Bernie Sanders wing of the party, voted for the bill, as did Arizona Representative Raul Grijalva, and Jan Schakowsky, of Illinois.”
You can – and should – read the roll call of the vote in a link within the article below.
Midterm elections are coming.
I will definitely be voting.

From Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor:, “Its obvious that Trump uses “MS 13” as a proxy to talk about immigrants more generally

From Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor:
“Its obvious that Trump uses “MS 13” as a proxy to talk about immigrants more generally. The loose way that he switches back and forth to discuss this gang and the “millions of illegals” who he claims voted in 2016, or the “thousands” of immigrants breaching the US border is just a way of lumping all Mexicans and Central American immigrants into the category of “violent animals”. This kind of language legitimizes raids, deportations, and extralegal violence against documented, undocumented and generally Brown skinned people who are all now considered suspicious. This naked pandering to racism has to be challenged–and not just by its victims. We all have to stand up to this invitation to hatred and brutality directed at our brothers and sisters–immigrant and citizen alike.”