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BIOS, SPEAKERS PERFORMERS: 2008



Following is a list of those who spoke or performed at the 2008 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. www.upc-online.org/karenbio.htm

Odette J. Wilkens, Esq. is executive director of the Equal Justice Alliance, which is dedicated to the repeal of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA). She is a member of the Animal Law Committee of the American Bar Associatin and other distinguished posts. Under her guidance, EJA persuaded the Lewis & Clark Law School to focus its moot court competition on AETA. www.EqualJusticeAlliance.org

Yetta G. Kurland is a civil rights and family law attorney with a long history of community activism and empowerment, which she now brings to her campaign for City Council in the 3rd District in Manhattan (Greenwich Village and environs). All serve well to complement her commitment to living a vegetarian diet. Yetta lives in Chelsea with her partner Elizabeth and their two dogs, Sal and Luca.

Dave Warwak is a meditator, philosopher, poet, humanitarian, artist, musician, 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 to tell children the truth about our world. Watch for his forthcoming book, Peep Show for Children Only.

The Cheryl Hill Band makes a tour stop at the Veggie Pride Parade, and all of NYC better get ready! We'll be hearing the rawkin' good sounds from their new "Let Love In" EP. Cheryl is one hot guitar player, but New Yorkers may also remember her as the wise woman of Vegan Wellness TV. www.cherylhill.com

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, the parade's sponsoring group. She is also the erstwhile publisher of The VivaVine: The Vegetarian Issues Magazine. www.vivavegie.org