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SPEAKERS, ENTERTAINERS, 2014 RALLY


2014 SPEAKERS • CLICK IMAGES FOR VIDEOS SAMPLES
Anne Dinshah, American Vegan Society
Richard Schwartz, Jewish Vegetarians of North America
Martin Rowe, Lantern Books
Edita Birnkrant, Friends of Animals
Freya Dinshah, American Vegan Society
Joan Wai, Green Compassion.us
Karen Davis, United Poultry Concerns
Lee Hall, animal rights attorney
Caryn Hartglass, Responsible Eating and Living (R.E.A.L.)
Dr. Natural, health healer
Nancy Kogel , vegan activist
Eric Walton, animal rights activist
Mickey Z, vegan activist author, speaker
Pamela Rice, parade organizer
Bob DiBenedetto, Healthy Planet, LI
Victoria Moran, author



SPEAKERS, ENTERTAINERS, 2013 RALLY


2013 SPEAKERS • CLICK IMAGES FOR VIDEOS SAMPLES WHERE AVAILABLE
Mickey Z
Karen Davis, United Poultry Concerns
Martin Rowe, Lantern Books
Pamela Rice, organizer of parade
Nancy Kogel, R.O.A.R. (Reaching Out for Animal Rights
Victoria Moran, author
Bob DiBenedetto, Healthy Planet, Long Island
Rynn Berry, author
Joan Wai, Green Compassion (dot) us
Anne Dinshah, American Vegan Society
Caryn Hartglass, R.E.A.L.
Wilson Morales, elder, Seventh Day Adventists
Marybeth Abrams, No. Amer. Veg. Society, NAVS
Laurie Jordan, emcee, Soapbox Testimonial Station


SPEAKERS, ENTERTAINERS, 2012 RALLY


2012 SPEAKERS • CLICK IMAGES FOR VIDEOS SAMPLES WHERE AVAILABLE
Derek Goodwin, Renaissance man
Karen Davis, United Poultry Concerns
Mickey Z
Pamela Rice, organizer, Veggie Pride Parade
Bob DiBenedetto, Healthy Planet (Long Island)
Sister Vegetarian (Donna Michelle Beaudoin), author, educator
Rynn Berry, author, lecturer, vegan historian
Jamin Singer, Our Hen House (dot) org
Caryn Hartglass, Responsible Eating And Living (REAL)
Edita Birnkrant, Friends of Animals
Wilson Morales, elder, Seveth Day Adventist
Tirlok Malik, restaurateur, Ayurveda Cafe, filmaker
Dave Warwak, vegan activist, writer
Joan Wai, Green Compassion (dot) us



SPEAKERS, ENTERTAINERS, 2011 RALLY


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Dr. Michael
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Gene Baur, founder, Farm Sanctuary
Pamela Rice, organizer, Veggie Pride Parade
Karen Davis, United Poultry Concerns
Victoria Moran, author
Joan Wai, Green Compassion (dot) us
Bob DiBenedetto, Healthy Planet (Long Island)
Bruce Friedrich, PeTA
Dawn Moncrief, A Well-Fed World
Freya Dinshah, American Vegan Society
Richard Schwartz, Jewish Vegetarians of North America
Kathy Stevens, Catskill Animal Sanctuary
Dr. Natural, Temple of Illumination
Ying Ming Yick, Youth Buddhism Communications
Dave Warwak, vegan activist
Wilson Morales, elder, Seveth Day Adventist




PARADE EXPOS IN YEARS PAST


BIOs, SPEAKERS, ENTERTAINERS, 2010 RALLY

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Leif Erich (left) is a guitarist, composer, and playwright. His recent off-Broadway musical production, the irreverent "I'm God and You're Not," explored issues of ignorance, environmental degradation, poverty, and war. Among others, Erich performed his most haunting song from the play, "What Part of Thou Shalt Not Kill Did We Not Understand?" Erich, just as last year, acted as the audio consultant and technician for the Veggie Pride Parade NYC. More about Leif Erich is at www.leiferich.com. Online video post to come. Bookmark this page.
Mickey Z (left), in his most inimitable style, waxed eloquent on going vegan and why that is an imperative we all must heed. Proudly armed with his high school diploma, born and raised in Astoria, Queens, part working class, part radical vegan, Mickey Z is probably the only person on the planet to have appeared in both a karate flick with Billy Blanks and a political book with Noam Chomsky. He has been a vegan for 15 years. More about Mickey Z is at www.mickeyz.net. YouTube videos of Mickey Z's speech can be found by clicking: PART 1PART 2 • & PART 3.
Karen Davis (left), Ph.D is president of United Poultry Concerns. She is the founding editor of UPC's magazine Poultry Press and the author of numerous books including Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs. Ms. Davis maintains a sanctuary for rescued poultry birds in Virginia. She in an inductee to the U.S. Animal Rights Hall of Fame. Since 1999, Ms. Davis and UPC have hosted eight conferences on farmed-animal advocacy issues. For more information, visit www.upc-online.org. YouTube videos of Karen Davis's speech can be found by clicking: PART 1PART 2.
George Eisman, MA, MS, RD (left) is nutrition director of the Coalition for Cancer Prevention Through Plant-Based Eating. He is the cofounder and first chairman-elect of the Vegetarian Nutrition Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association. He is the author of The Most Noble Diet: A Basic Course in Vegetarian and Vegan Nutrition and Don't Let Your Diet Add to Your Cancer Risk. He was inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame (North American Vegetarian Society) in 1993. YouTube videos of George Eisman's speech can be found by clicking: PART 1PART 2PART 3PART 4PART 5PART 6.
Tracye McQuirter, MPH (left), is a nutritionist, author, and twenty-year vegan who leads worldwide seminars on vegan nutrition. Her new book is By Any Greens Necessary: A Revolutionary Guide for Black Women Who Want to Eat Great, Get Healthy, Lose Weight, and Look Phat. She has been featured in dozens of media, including Ebony, Essence, and the Washington Post. She directed the first federally funded vegan nutrition program and worked on legislation to improve federal nutrition guidelines. The YouTube video of Tracye McQuirter's's speech can be found by clicking: HERE.
Joan Wai (left)is the founder (1984) and director of Youth Buddhism Communications Center (NYC). The organization recently set up the Green Compassion Web site to encourage veganism and non-violence. Since 2000, Joan has organized an annual vegan banquet with over a thousand attendees. In celebration of Women's History Month 2004, borough president Virginia Fields recognized and saluted Joan for her outstanding accomplishments and many undertakings in service to her community. The YouTube video of Joan Wai's speech can be found by clicking: HERE.
Kathy Stevens (left) is founder and director of Catskill Animal Sanctuary, an 80-acre haven for farmed animals located two hours from Manhattan. She is author of the critically acclaimed Where the Blind Horse Sings: Love and Healing at an Animal Sanctuary and the upcoming Animal Camp: My Summer with a Horse, a Cow, a Pig, a Goat, a Dog, Three Cats, and One Very Patient Man. Kathy regularly speaks at schools, conferences, and events and delights in kissing the sanctuary pigs. See www.casanctuary.org. The YouTube video of Kathy Stevens's performance can be found by clicking: HERE.
Yee Ying-Ming (left) treated parade participants to an exhibition of Kung Fu fan dancing: Beauty of the Setting Sun. Kung Fu movements naturally project self defense and conscientious resistance. Add a fan and they project beauty and a gentle approach. Ying-Ming represents Youth Buddhism Communications. The YouTube video of Yee Ying-Ming 's performance can be found by clicking: HERE.
Dave Warwak (left) is a meditator, philosopher, humanitarian, artist, musician, poet, and writer. Formerly a tenured middle school art teacher, he became an animal rights activist after he was notoriously fired for teaching veganism to his students. Warwak's mission has since been to tell children the truth about our world. Ask Dave about transcripts that document his fight to keep his job, which include testimony by his A-number-one fan, Dr. T. Colin Campbell. See www.inslide.com. The YouTube video of Dave Warwak's speech can be found by clicking: HERE.
Wilson Morales (above) was ordained as a Seventh Day Adventist elder in 1997 and has been preaching and teaching sabbath school ever since. He describes himself as a born-again Protestant Christian and adherent to the teachings of the sect's prophetess, Ellen G. White. Seventh Day Adventism professes the vegetarian diet and is perhaps the only Christian church in America to do so. It is believed that whatever is done in eating or drinking should honor and glorify God in the preservation of health. The YouTube video of Wilson Morales's sermon can be found by clicking: HERE.
Dawn Moncrief (left) is the founder and director of A Well-Fed World and works on assigment directing programs for FARM (Farm Animal Reform Movement). She has two graduate degrees from George Washington University, one in international relations, specializing in economic development, the other specializing in women-in-development. Her specialty is the detrimental effects of animal agriculture on world hunger, particulary for women in less-developed countries. Online video post to come. Bookmark this page.
Pamela Rice is the author of "101 Reasons Why I'm a Vegetarian," both book (Lantern Books) and pamphlet (VivaVegie). She is the founding director of the Vegetarian Center of NYC and the organizer and emcee for this event. She is the founding director of the VivaVegie Society, the parade's sponsoring group. She is also the erstwhile publisher of The VivaVine: The Vegetarian Issues Magazine. Pamela acted as writer, editor, art director, graphic designer, ad sales rep, and production manager for the event's program guide. She also is sole Webmaster for www.veggieprideparade.org. Online video post to come. Bookmark this page.
David Benzaquen is a social justice activist who proclaims his pride in being able to spend his days in a job where he can help educate and empower people to adopt a vegan diet and help billions of animals in the process. Dave says, "Going vegan is the single best thing we all can do for the animals, our health, and the planet, and I hope you'll join me in making this compassionate commitment." The YouTube video of David Benzaquen's address can be found by clicking: HERE
Phyllis Kreuttner,is a representative from the New York Society for Ethical Culture. The YouTube video of Phyllis Kreuttner can be found by clicking: HERE

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BIOs, SPEAKERS, ENTERTAINERS, 2009 RALLY




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Paul Shapiro is the senior director of the factory farming campaign of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). He has spearheaded numerous successful campaigns on behalf of farmed animals. He directs the effort to convince retailers, food service providers, and universities to expand their vegan options. Prior to working for HSUS, Paul founded Compassion Over Killing (COK), where he helped lead campaigns such as the successful effort to end the use of the misleading "Animal Care Certified" logo on battery-cage egg cartons nationwide. At COK, Paul worked as a farmed-animal cruelty investigator, primarily documenting conditions on egg and broiler factory farms, livestock auctions, and slaughter plants. He brought our parade crowd to life with his powerful oratory abilities. (Parade organizers still seek video footage of Paul's speech. Email Pamela Rice if you know of any such posted footage.)



J.P. Vaswani is one of India's most recognized nonsectarian spiritual leaders and the head of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission. For the past 43 years, Dada, as he is affectionately known, has been a tireless advocate for animal rights and non-violence. He is the author of over 100 books, many in multiple translations. Cultivating his ideals from his mentor and guru Sadhu T.L. Vaswani, who it the founder of the mission that carries his name, he is today an accomplished orator, philosopher, educationalist, and philanthropist. Dada has held audience with the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, and Pope John Paul II, as well as other prominent world leaders. Dada lives in Pune, India, where he oversees the multi-faceted charitable programs of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission. Dada captivated the VPP crowd and drew enthusiastic cheers with his call for animal rights over animal welfare. Click image to see Dada speak at the 2009 Veggie Pride Parade.



Peter Anderson is the principal of Future Leaders Institute, a progressive charter school in Harlem. He's worked in education for over 15 years and holds graduate degrees from the London School of Economics and New York University. For the kids, the emphasis is on leadership training and character development. "Go hard or go home," are words he lives by and projects at every opportunity. And part of what he passes along at his school: the wisdom of healthy eating. Partnering with New York Coalition for Healthy School Food (NYCHSF), they provide 2 plant-based meals per week prepared at the school by Chef Jorge from Candle 79 Restaurant. Each month NYCHSF hosts a Family Dinner Night with a plant-based meal, hands on learning activities, and a cooking demo. "True education is holistic," says Anderson. Click image to see Peter speak at the 2009 Veggie Pride Parade.



Marianne Thieme is a member of the House of Representatives in the Netherlands and the leader of her party, the Party for the Animals. She is the on-stage narrator for the pro-vegan DVD Meat The Truth, which presents a hard-hitting but popular presentation of the vegan environmental arguments, emphasizing, in particular, livestock's heavy influence on global warming. Ms. Thieme's career in animal protection began as a fauna consultant for the Dutch Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Recently, she became the director of Stichting Wakker Dier, an organization that campaigns for the abolition of the factory farming industry. In her capacity as director of this organization, the agricultural magazine Farm proclaimed Ms. Theime the most influential woman in the Netherlands with respect to the social and economic position of farmers. (Parade organizers still seek video footage of Marianne's speech. Email Pamela Rice if you know of any such posted footage.)



Tony Avella is a New York city councilman from Queens' 19th district. He heads five council committees and is a leading advocate of animal rights and animal welfare in city government. The 2007 scorecard of the NYC League of Humane Voters gave Tony a 100 percent rating, but it might as well have been 110 percent. He's taken heroic stands in, no-less, leadership rolls with the Horse Drawn Carriage Ban, the Pets in Housing bill, and humane education in the city's schools. Click image to see Tony speak at the 2009 Veggie Pride Parade.



Cheryl Hill returns to the big city from her current home on Austin, Texas, where her entrepreneurial spirit is marketing vegan smoothie recipes, spearheading publishing projects, and playing gigs with the band that bears her name. She will entertain us with her operatically trained voice and poignant chords and lyrics. Cheryl is the composer of our parade's awesome theme song, Get Your Green On. Cheryl is one hot guitar player, but New Yorkers may also remember her as the wise woman of Vegan Wellness TV. Visit her Web site: www.cherylhill.com Photo by Voices for Animals, Florida. Click image to see Cheryl sing the parade's theme song, which she wrote, Get Your Green On, at the 2009 Veggie Pride Parade. at the 2009 Veggie Pride Parade.



Karen Davis, Ph.D. is president and founder of United Poultry Concerns. She is the founding editor of UPC's quarterly magazine Poultry Press and the author of numerous books including Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs. Ms. Davis maintains a sanctuary for rescued poultry birds in Virginia. She in an inductee to the U.S. Animal Rights Hall of Fame. Since 1999, Ms. Davis and UPC have hosted eight annual conferences on farmed-animal advocacy issues. At www.upc-online.org/karenbio.htm one can find a seemingly endless list of Ms. Davis's victories and accomplishments as she has for so many years worked on behalf of what society casually relegates to the "lowest of the low" (modern poultry birds). (Parade organizers still seek video footage of Karen's speech. Email Pamela Rice if you know of any such posted footage.)



Joan Wai is the founder and chief executive director of Youth Buddhism Communications, a New York City-based group fully committed to compassionate meatless living. She is the organizer of the 1,000-strong all-vegan banquet put on by the group every year. She is also the director of a community center run by the organization. (Parade organizers still seek video footage of Joan's speech. Email Pamela Rice if you know of any such posted footage.)



Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D. is professor emeritus at the College of Staten Island. He is the author of Judaism and Vegetarianism, Judaism and Global Survival, and Mathematics and Global Survival, and over 130 articles at JewishVeg.com/schwartz. He is the president of the Jewish Vegetarians of North America (JVNA) and the Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians (SERV). He is the associate producer of A Sacred Duty, a powerful, pro-vegan DVD production. He is director of Veg Climate Alliance. Dr. Schwartz may be reached at president@JewishVeg.com. (Parade organizers still seek video footage of Richard's speech. Email Pamela Rice if you know of any such posted footage.)



Christine Vardaros is a world-class vegan cyclist. She's writes fitness columns for VegNews magazine, Cyclo-Cross magazine, and the Marin Independent Journal. She is an official spokesperson for In Defense of Animals, a founding member of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition, and is a member of the athlete's advisory board for the Stone Foundation for Sports Medicine and Arthritis Research. And she's never owned a car. (Parade organizers still seek video footage of Christine's speech. Email Pamela Rice if you know of any such posted footage.)



Mickey Z did wax eloquent in poetry and prose in his most inimitable style at the post Veggie Pride Parade rally and expo. Proudly armed with his high school diploma, born and raised in Astoria, New York, part working class, part radical vegan, Mickey Z is probably the only person on the planet to have appeared in both a karate flick with Billy Blanks and a political book with Noam Chomsky. He has been a vegan for 14 years and can be found on the Web at www.mickeyz.net. Look for his blog posts at Plant Green (planetgreen.discovery.com/tv). Click image to see Mickey speak at the 2009 Veggie Pride Parade.



Dave Warwak is a meditator, philosopher, humanitarian, artist, musician, poet, and writer. Formerly a tenured middle school art teacher, he became an animal rights activist after he was notoriously fired for teaching kindness, i.e.: veganism, to his students. Warwak's mission has since been tell children the truth about our world. Read trial transcripts that document his fight to keep his job, which includes testimony by T. Colin Campbell, in Peep Show for Children Only. Click image to see Dave speak at the 2009 Veggie Pride Parade.



Pamela Rice is the author of "101 Reasons Why I'm a Vegetarian"—both book and pamphlet. She is the founding director of the Vegetarian Center of NYC and the organizer for this event. She is the founding director of the VivaVegie Society (www.vivavegie.org), the parade's sponsoring group. She is also the erstwhile publisher of The VivaVine: The Vegetarian Issues Magazine. Pamela awarded about two dozen prizes for best costume and signboard contest at the 2009 post-parade rally and expo.

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^ Peter Anderson of Future Leaders Institute, Harlem
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for the 2008 Veggie Pride Parade in New York City (May 18, 2008)