2019 VEGGIE PRIDE PARADE SPEAKERS
“Voting Humane Vs. Republicrat”
Clifton Roberts is a member of the Humane Party, the first US Political Party representing the rights of all human and non-human animals, established 2009. Roberts ran for President of the United States in 2016 and will compete for the Party’s nomination in the upcoming Humane Party Presidential Primary for 2020. With over 25 years of corporate organizational experience in finance, healthcare, and technology, Roberts currently serves as a Director of Public Policy for the foremost data-centric corporation in the world, formerly managing ethics and compliance initiatives for over 100,000 employees. A vegan himself for nearly 22 years, his speech, titled “Voting Humane Vs. Republicrat,” will confront and dispel the age old myth of a “wasted vote, as well as discuss a groundbreaking strategy to creating a vegan world through the abolition of animal slavery on a national level.
Founder, Vegan Nation TV
“Veganism is ESP (Egalitarianism, Sustainability & Peace)”
Marlene Narrow is the founder & host of Vegan Nation TV, featuring interviews, news, and vegan music (nationally and internationally). Since January 2015, Vegan Nation broadcasts weekly - Thursdays, 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST - on WCUW 91.3 FM Worcester, Massachusetts (live streaming worldwide at wcuw.org). Archived shows: vegansradio.wordpress.com and at the radio station index: wcuw.org/vegannation. Marlene has been a World Peace Diet Facilitator since 2012.
United Poultry Concerns
“For the Birds: From Exploitation to Liberation ”
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. Here new book of essays will soon be released from Lantern Books.
Founder, Black VegFest
“Black VegFest and Beyond”
Omowale Adewale is the author of An Introduction to Veganism and Agricultural Globalism, former champion fighter, and MaRLI research scholar certified in plant-based nutrition. He is currently in production of Brotha Vegan for Lantern Books, a collection of insightful essays, stories and other writings by black vegan men. Wale is the co-founder and director of G.A.ME, Inc. a not-for-profit that addresses socio-economic issues among working class people of color. He is the founder of Black VegFest.
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 in 2017 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.
“Climate and the Art of Animal Liberation"
Lee Hall became vegan in 1983, becoming a lifelong advocate connecting veganism with ecology and animal liberation. An environmental law specialist and a writer, Lee works in the Studio for the Art of Animal Liberation at patreon.com/leehall. Lee penned the “Vegetarian” and “Environmental Racism” entries for The Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice, and the entry on nonhuman personhood for the forthcoming Encyclopedia of UN Sustainability Goals. Lee's latest book is On Their Own Terms: Animal Liberation for the 21st Century.
Activist, Author, and Former Political Prisoner
“How to be an Empowered Activist”
Founder, VSpot Organic and The Vegan Food Court
"Patterns, Math, and Going Vegan (or not)"
Danny Carabano is the owner of VSpot Organic in Manhattan and Brooklyn and has been vegan for 16 years. He formerly taught math at Brooklyn High School for 6 years. Danny will be speaking about using math and logic to advance the vegan agenda. He is a member of the Humane Party and will be announcing a future NYS candidacy.
Founder, Main Street Vegan
“A Prayer For Compassion”
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.
Compassion Over Killing
Cooking Demonstration Stage: “Hands-On Veganics Herb Planting”
Carissa Marks is the Outreach Manager at Compassion over Killing, an organization based in Washington DC that works to end animal abuse by focusing on cruelty to animals in agriculture and promoting vegetarian eating. Her background is in social and environmental justice with a focus on sustainable food access through outreach. Carissa finds joy in engaging communities by using public gardens as educational tools to combat insecurity and encourage food sovereignty. In addition to conveying the importance of a plant-based lifestyle, Carissa enjoys sharing interesting facts and trying to change perspectives about creatures that people often find "disgusting", like snails and worms.
Carissa will lead a hands-on herb planting demo at the Cooking Demo Stage in Union Square Park at 1:15 p.m. where participants can learn to plant their own herbs and will get to take their own seedling home. Also, her organization will be exhibiting at the event, so be sure to stop by their table for useful resources on how to advocate for animals!
FRED BEASLEY aka DOC G
HipHop is Green
“Appetite for Revolution”
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)
“Love the Foods that Love You Back”
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.
Founder & President, Voters for Animal Rights (VFAR)
“Building Political Power for Animals”
Allie founded Voters For Animal Rights in 2016. During the group’s inaugural year, she helped co-lead the successful campaign to ban wild animals in the circus in NYC, which became law in July 2017. Previously, she lead the Nyclass campaign to ban horse carriages from city streets for over five years. She ran the successful “Anybody But Quinn” campaign to defeat an anti-animal candidate for NYC mayor, getting animal rights into mainstream city politics for the first time. She has worked at the NY State Senate, Obama campaign and the NJ Dept of the Public Advocate. She was named to New York Observer’s “Political Power 80” in 2014 and named to City & State Magazine’s “40 Under 40” political people to watch in 2016. She’s an alumni of Florida State University and mom of four rescued cats – Willa, Waffles, Feline Dion (rhymes with Celine Dion) and Barry Manilow. She lives in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn where she is a volunteer trap-neuter-release rescuer
Brooklyn Queens Animal Save
“Getting Involved in Activism Where You Are”
Katerina Trabazo, was born and raised in NYC. She went vegan in 2013. Ironically, she became active in animal rights two/three years prior to going vegan. In 2017, her best friend Stacy, now co-organizer of Brooklyn-Queens Animal Save (BQAS) introduced her to the idea of starting a “Save group.” Independently of that, another great friend (as she described), activist, and founder of New York Farm Animal Save(NYFAS), Miriam, recommended her to start a group in Queens, NY. Coincidentally, shortly after, at the National Animal Rights Conference in Washington, DC, Anita Kranjc, founder of Toronto Pig Save met with people interested in starting a Save group in their area. With a little push from her wonderful friend and animal warrior Paola, BQAS was formed in September of 2017.
Filmmaker, Speciesism the Movie
"Vegetarianism and Moral Progress”
Mark Devries produced and directed the award-winning documentary Speciesism: The Movie, which screened at theaters around the globe and continues to be widely used as an introduction to animal rights. He additionally pioneered the use of drones to investigate factory farms, and his short documentaries featuring drone footage have been viewed by tens of millions worldwide. He is also an attorney, licensed to practice law in Washington, DC, and has given talks at Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, and many other venues. His work has been featured in The New York Times, CNN Headline News, MSNBC, and dozens of other media outlets.
Food and Lifestyle Coach, Compassion over Killing
"Veganism as a Lifestyle”
Jessica Carter is the Vegan Food and Lifestyle Coach at Compassion Over Killing (COK), a national non-profit animal protection organization based in Washington, DC. Committed to making plant-based eating more accessible for all, she organizes and hosts cooking demos, develops online trainings and multimedia content for TryVeg.com, and coordinates collaborations with vegan influencers. Her recipes have been featured on FOX45 Baltimore, Let’s Talk Live, and Good Morning Washington.
Jessica will conduct a cooking demo of her simple and delicious Spiralized Veggie Noodle Salad -a great option for Spring and Summer- and will share samples while they last at the Cooking Demo Stage in Union Square Park at 3 p.m. Also, her organization will be exhibiting at the event, so be sure to stop by their table.
Independent Congressional Candidate, TX-3
"A New American Philosophy: Animal Agriculture & the Future of America”
Robert Mason is an entrepreneur and former independent congressional candidate supported by the Humane Party and the Green Party. He resides in Texas where he co-founded Dataclay, a software company specializing in the auto-customization of digital video. Robert has an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and a BA in International Studies & Political Science from the Virginia Military Institute. Robert is a former member of the US Navy and today prefers to spend his spare time on a yoga mat, either teaching or studying.
Fish Feel, President & Founder
"Fighting for our Finned Friends”
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
"Unity: The Vegan By-Product”
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.
Founder, NY Farm Animal Save
"The Save Movement Changing the World”
Miriam Chisholm is the founder of NY Farm Animal Save (NYFAS) which was formed in 2013. NYFAS held monthly vigils in front of live markets in the city until March of 2018. For the past 1-1/2 years, NYFAS has been holding vigils at Charles River Laboratories in Kingston, NY twice a month. She believes that every sign that’s held, every brochure that’s given out and read is planting a seed. We just need to keep on watering all of those seeds. NY Farm Animal Save (NYFAS) is a sister organization of Toronto Pig Save. They hold peaceful vigils to bear witness to the suffering of animals in NYC and the Hudson Valley area and seek to educate the public through bearing witness, community outreach and education where the main issues are the suffering of animals, animal experimentation, human health and environmental well-being.
Executive Director, NYCLASS
"Policy Change for the Animals”
Edita Birnkrant has been vegan and an animal rights activists for nearly twenty years and is the Executive Director of NYCLASS, a NYC based political action and animal rights non-profit organization dedicated to ending the abuse of New York City's carriage horses, enacting animal rights legislation into law, promoting policies and laws that provide plant-based food in schools and hospitals, and electing pro-animal candidates to office. NYCLASS is committed to fighting for all animals by working on New York City and State legislation and embracing grassroots efforts to educate and activate the public. Following on the momentum of the recent victory for carriage horses moved out of traffic and into Central Park, Edita is currently working on passing crucial legislation in the City Council before summer that would prohibit carriage horses from being cruelly worked during brutal heatwaves.
"Bananas and Donuts”
Berto Calkins is an NASM Certified Personal Trainer and NASM Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist who has been active in fitness for 14 years. He currently has a workout program out called "Pyramids" and also offer custom meal plans to online clients. He also holds a B.A in Communications (Advertising/ Public Relations) from the City College of New York. Berto showcases content that promotes mental & physical wellness, as well as comfort foods that encourage non-vegans to become interested in the lifestyle. His mission is to make people aware of controllable influences on their lives, so that they can make decisions that better themselves and the world. Berto also serves on the board of directors at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary.
"Who’s More Important—Humans or Animals?”
Bob DiBenedetto is the Founder and President of HealthyPlanet, a 29-year veteran of nonprofit health/environmental education, a 40-year vegan/vegetarian, and long-time host of "The Healthy Planet” drive time Radio Show on WUSB, 90.1FM. Bob founded and directed the LI Healthy School Lunch Program and has organized well-over 100 large, public events with speakers from across the US. He has researched, written, lectured and advocated extensively on the benefits of a move toward a more plant-based, clean energy society. Bob has appeared on many local and national TV/radio shows and has been quoted in publications from Newsday to The NY Times.
Founder and Chef, VAST Food
Food Demonstration Stage: "Raw Pastello”
Chef Eddie Rodriguez, of Puerto Rican descent, was born and raised in Brooklyn. At an early age, he discovered his culinary passion while attending John Dewey High School in New York City. He began his career working in Michelin-starred restaurants, including at the acclaimed London Hotel by Gordon Ramsey, Dovetail, and ACME. His first taste of fame came when he appeared on the popular Food Network show, Chopped. Today, Chef E is focused on giving life to vegetables and vegan food with his weekly meal prep and his sensational Trap House of Food pop ups. In his spare time, Chef E loves hosting intimate dinners and experimenting with cooking techniques to make vegetables taste amazing.
Eddie’s company, VAST food, is an exhibitor at the parade, and he will also be giving a cooking demonstration at 4 p.m.