Discovering community


reflect on this year and manifest what’s next

Community. Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011?

Local: I’ve discovered community in a small group of individuals dedicated to exposing and opting out of participating in cruelties and abuses to animals, and promoting compassion for both people and animals through everyday actions and advocacy. This includes my vegan friends through VegNet, and also my geese alliance friends. Tonight, I’ve returned from a Bend Park & Recreation District board meeting where we spoke up about our support for continuing humane, non-lethal methods of controlling resident Canada geese populations, in order to avoid the killing of more geese. (109 Canada Geese were killed last summer in Bend by Parks & Rec, in conjunction with the USDA.)

Worldwide: The vegan and animal rights community is welcoming, and growing rapidly. We network with groups from as close as Portland to those on the east coast. Podcasts and blogs from around the world keep me on top of regional and global issues and connected with the larger movement. I feel like I’m absolutely in the right place at the right time with a great group of people who are actively working to change the world for the better.

In 2011, I’d like to continue to bring compassionate people together to talk about and take action for issues that affect both humans and animals in our community. Whether through potlucks, the radio show, or other creative non-violent vegan education, I hope to more deeply connect with my local community as well as the global community. Because animals, like people, matter. And how we treat our animals—whether domesticated animals destined for food, wildlife living in our urban areas or wild lands or waters, or those we choose as companions—reflects on our community as a whole.

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