2018 VEGGIE PRIDE PARADE SPEAKERS
“What Does Veggie Pride Really Mean?”
Joanne Kong is a volunteer with the Humane Party, the author of If You've Ever Loved an Animal, Go Vegan, and her highly-praised TEDx talk The Power of Plant-Based Eating has 300,000 views. Her upcoming talks include presentations at Oakland Veg Fest, Compassionfest in New Haven, Connecticut, National Animal Rights Day, Vegetarian Summerfest, and Green Food Fest in Norway.
Co-Founder, Ayurveda Café NYC
“Ayurveda and Vegan food for Self-Healthcare”
Tirlok Malik is the founder of Ayurveda Cafe, located at 94th St & Amsterdam Ave, NYC. The cafe serves healthy vegetarian, vegan, and Kosher food, 20 years running.
United Poultry Concerns
“Why Calling to ‘End Factory Farming’ is Meaningless”
Karen Davis, PhD is the President and Founder of United Poultry Concerns, a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl including a sanctuary for chickens in Virginia. She is the author of ‘Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry’ and other groundbreaking books and articles examining these issues. Her article ‘Disengaged Journalism & The Disparagement & Disappearance of Animals’ appears in the 2018 anthology Towards Trans-Species Social Justice. In 2002 Karen Davis was inducted into the National Animal Rights Hall of Fame for Outstanding Contributions to Animal Liberation.
Direct Action Everywhere (DXE)
“Reframing and Re-articulating Violence”
Danielle began advocating for animals in 2016 when she joined Direct Action Everywhere for their annual Pre-Thanksgiving disruption. Challenging violence in such a direct way was a transformative experience for her as shortly after she went fully vegan, became active in the animal rights movement, and joined Direct Action Everywhere NYC as a local organizer. By exploring and confronting the various forms of normalized systemic violence, Danielle has taken up work in multiple social justice spheres and seeks to bridge diverse movements and individuals together. Along with animal advocacy, Danielle strives to close the literacy gap as a volunteer public school reading tutor; serves on the leadership team of NYC’s Science for the People chapter, an organization of radical scientists, educators, and activists; and employs her musical background to support social justice causes as a flutist in the Rude Mechanical Orchestra, a radical marching band.
DSA Member and former City Council Candidate
“Building Political Power”
Jabari Brisport is an artist and teacher. He's a political organizer and activist, having organized phonebanks, marches and other actions for police reform, LGBTQ+ rights, housing, and electoral campaigns. He's also a former City Council candidate, who ran against a powerful incumbent last year and secured 9,000 votes.
Founder of Veggie Pride Parade, VivaVegie Society
"Taking Government Subsidies Away from the Meat Industry”
Pamela is the author of "101 Reasons Why I'm a Vegetarian," the founder and former coordinator of Veggie Pride Parade NYC, and publisher of "The VivaVine." With this year's parade we say a fond farewell to Pamela Rice as the event's long-time (10 years) coordinator. Pamela brought Veggie Pride Parade to North America in 2008 where it now continues to flourish in NYC, Chicago, Toronto, & LA.
Author and Scientist
“Then and now: Personal Reflections on Evolution of Vegetarianism over the Last 50 Years”
Emanuel Goldman has been vegetarian since 1964 and vegan since 1992. He published the column, ‘The Vegetarian Cinophile’ in Vegetarian Journal and Satya Magazine. The column examined films of all eras from a vegetarian perspective. Emanuel also published the Viva! (Vegetarians International Voice for Animals) guide ‘Stop Bugging Me’, a pamphlet on food poisoning and animal agriculture. He has spoken at vegetarian and vegan conferences and events through the years, including three ‘Kindred Spirits’ fairs in Warren County, NJ, a Mensa/Intertel national conference in Worcester, MA, a Big Apple Vegetarians debate on Genetic Engineering in NYC, and at a press conference on dangers of xenotransplantation in Boston, MA. He is a Professor of Microbiology, Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics at the New Jersey Medical School of Rutgers University in Newark, NJ.
“Bringing Compassion to Our Communities"
Joan is a journalist, radio host, and founder of Youth Buddhism Communications and GreenCompassion.us. She also organizes an annual all-vegan banquet in Chinatown for a thousand people.
Activist, Author, and Former Political Prisoner
“How to be an Empowered Activist”
Camille Marino is an activist, author, and former political prisoner living in central Florida. On December 30, 2011, she won her first lawsuit against the University of Florida, taking possession of records and images documenting the cruel experiments to which they were subjecting monkeys. She was arrested five weeks later at an anti-vivisection demo and has been incarcerated 13 time since, both for acts of civil disobedience and free speech "crimes." In her upcoming memoir, #uncensored: inside the animal liberation movement, she finally tears the tape off her mouth and recounts her journey, exposing the lengths to which abusers will go to silence dissent. She will be doing a book signing at her table at the post-parade rally.
Founder & President of HealthyPlanet
"Eating as If You Are Enlightened"
Bob DiBenedetto is a Founder and President of HealthyPlanet, a 28-year veteran of nonprofit health/environmental education, a 40-year vegan/vegetarian, and long-time host of "The Healthy Planet" Radio Show. He has organized hundreds of large events, researched, written, lectured and advocated extensively on the benefits of a move toward a more plant-based, clean energy society. He has worked with a wide variety of community coalitions focused on issues ranging from disease prevention, to climate change to safe alternatives to pesticides and more.
Founder, Main Street Vegan
“Getting that Glow Factor”
A vegan of over three decades, Victoria Moran is a celebrated speaker and host of the award-winning Main Street Vegan radio show and podcast. Featured twice on Oprah, voted “Peta’s Sexiest [female] Vegan Over 50” in 2016, and listed by VegNews among the Top 10 Living Vegetarian Authors, she is also on the production team of A Prayer for Compassion, the upcoming documentary film to introduce vegan living to people of faith. Her books include The Love-Powered Diet, The Good Karma Diet, the iconic Main Street Vegan, and the The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook, coauthored with JL Fields and graduates of Main Street Vegan Academy, the exciting in-person program that Victoria founded to train vegan lifestyle coaches, educators, and entrepreneurs.
The Humane Party
“The Many Facets of Living Vegan”
Nancy Poznak is a health educator and vegan advocate. She has a Master’s of Science in health science, certification as a Community Health Education Specialist, and is a Vegan Lifestyle and Education Coach, personal trainer, and group fitness instructor. Nancy's motivations for living vegan are founded in health, honoring all human and non human lives, and seeing an urgent need for environmentally friendly choices. She has worked as an art director and graphic designer in marketing and advertising, and throughout her business career founded BotaniCuisine: Plant-Sourced Food Advocacy and Strength Care Wellness that provides a gentle and comprehensive approach to health and wellness.
FRED BEASLEY aka DOC G
HipHop is Green
“Love is the Message”
Fred Beasley II- aka Doc G- is a global youth culture architect and lifelong creative with over two decades of experience working with at risk youth of all ages. He has traveled the world doing interactive workshops and lectures designed to empower the disenfranchised. He has been featured in NY Times, Men's Health, CNN, Men's Fitness, and The Smithsonian museum. In addition to working with high profile clients such as Nike, NBA, Equinox, NFL and Leverage Marketing agency, Fred is the founder/chapter leader of NYC HipHop is Green, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating inner city youth about leading balanced plant-based lifestyles. Currently working on his first children’s book. Doc lives on Roosevelt Island with his wife and four children.
Responsible Eating and Living (REAL)
“Have Courage and Be Kind”
Caryn Hartglass combines science with practical knowledge from real life experiences in order to promote the powerful, healing benefits of a plant-based diet, juicing and meditation. She has appeared on Dr. Oz, Geraldo At Large, 20-20 and CNN and hosts the weekly Internet radio show 'It’s All About Food' on the Progressive Radio Network. She is the co-founder of the nonprofit organization Responsible Eating And Living (REAL), which promotes whole, plant-based foods and planet-friendly products. Caryn is co-director of the Plant-Powered & Thriving course program at the Food Revolution Network with Ocean and John Robbins. She obtained the Plant Based Nutrition Certificate from eCornell and T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies; Bachelor and Masters degrees in Chemical Engineering from Bucknell University. She worked in the semiconductor industry for 20 years and is a classically trained singer who has won two international voice competitions.
Voters for Animal Rights (VFAR)
“Building Political Power for Animals: Bringing Animal Rights to City Hall”
Joyce Friedman has extensive experience as a multifaceted advocate for animals. She is currently on the Board of Directors of Voters for Animal Rights, a political advocacy organization which helps elect candidates who support animal rights, lobbies for laws to stop animal cruelty, and holds elected officials accountable to humane voters. She is the former NYC Coordinator for The Humane Society of the United States where most notably she was a leader in the successful campaign to ban wild animals in circuses in NYC in 2017. In addition to vegan outreach, Joyce's strongest passion as an animal advocate is working to pass laws to stop cruelty to animals and she is thrilled to be working with Voters for Animal Rights on this mission.
Poet, Educator and Musician
“Using Storytelling to Advance the Understanding of Veganism”
Donald Vincent, also known as Mr. Hip is a poet, educator, musician, and founder of le pamplemuse™, a content development platform for vegan companies. He currently works as the Community Outreach Coordinator for PEN America. His poems have been published in a variety of different literary magazines and journals. His music can be found everywhere that music is sold and streamed online. He is originally from Washington, DC and resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Compassion Over Killing
Animal Rights Attorney
"The Impact of Creative Legal Advocacy”
Greg Muren is an attorney at Compassion Over Killing, a national farm animal advocacy non-profit. In his work, he seeks to promote justice, accountability, and transparency in the animal farming industry through litigation, policy initiatives, and undercover investigations. He has a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Vice President, American Vegan Society
"Have Fun, Be Vegan!”
Anne Dinshah coauthored the book Powerful Vegan Messages with her late father, H. Jay Dinshah, who is widely considered the father of the modern vegan movement in America. A professional rowing coach, Anne seems like “the girl next door” who just happens to be a lifelong vegan. She and her mother Freya coauthored Apples, Bean Dip, and Carrot Cake: Kids! Teach Yourself to Cook.
Independent Congressional Candidate, TX-3
"A New American Philosophy: Animal Agriculture & the Future of America”
Fish Feel, President & Founder
"A New American Philosophy: Animal Agriculture & the Future of America”
Mary Finelli is president and founder of Fish Feel, and she chairs the Save the Rays Coalition. Mary is a long-time animal rights activist with a B.S. in Animal Science. She has worked with various animal protection organizations, primarily focusing on farmed animals. Mary was the Producer of Farmed Animal Watch, a weekly online news digest sponsored by numerous animal protection organizations. She co-wrote a chapter of In Defense of Animals: The Second Wave, and has assisted with research for several books.
Owner, Veggie Grub
"Owning a Vegan Business... The Journey”
Chef Roostie's passion for cooking vegan food stems from her journey of being almost 500 lbs back in 1996 when she still ate meat. After moving in with a vegan college roommate, she lost over 200lbs in the first two years effortlessly by simply changing her diet. Concerned with a family pre-disposition to diabetes and heart failure, Roostie began to think of ways to feed her children healthy. She started "flipping food", which basically means she took her kid's favorites like pizza and hot dogs and flipped them into the vegan versions, of which her kids loved. Years later, this passion turned into the creation of Veggie Grub, a vegan catering company, years later. Come try Veggie Grub's delicious vegan food at her table at the post parade expo.
Research Director, Sentience Institute
"We Need to Go Beyond Veggie Pride”
Jacy Reese is the Research Director of Sentience Institute, a nonprofit think tank researching how social movements succeed in expanding humanity's moral circle. He is currently writing a book, The End of Animal Farming (November 2018), that illuminates humanity's transition to an animal-free food system.
Community Liaison, Mayor of NYC Office
"Meatless Mondays and Policy Change for the Animals”
Rachel Atcheson has worked in the field of animal protection for the past five years, She started with The Humane League as their Boston Coordinator, then moved on to be their Philadelphia Grassroots Director and culminated her work with them in DC as the National Campus Outreach Director. She now works at the New York City Mayor’s Office as the Animal Welfare Liaison, working on topics from banning wild animals in the circus, to non-lethal deer management, to introducing meat-reduction inside City government.