Activist Profile: Leah Wagner
July 21, 2010
Continuing our series of activist profiles, we meet our resident nomad, Leah Wagner. All across the U.S., Leah has reached 42,237 individuals – including her single-day record of 1,957 students reached at the University of Missouri!
Where are you from and where do you live now?
I am originally from Dallas, Texas. Now I am a global nomad, living mostly in a motor home.
What are your favorite things to do outside of leafleting?
Traveling, seeing all that I can see, experiencing and appreciating nature, hanging out with my BFF/my husband.
Who has been / is a major influence in your life and why?
Authors Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin for catching my attention with their book Skinny Bitch, thus making me an instant vegan. Casey for catching my attention via MySpace with his bold yet simple words, “PLEASE HELP! Contact me for more info.”
How long have you been involved in animal rights and how did you get interested?
Almost two years now. Casey got me interested. I had been vegan for six months, but the thought never even occurred to me to get active, until I saw Casey’s message.
What made you decide to start leafleting?
When Casey told me about Adopt a College, I thought, “How easy! I can do that!”
What was your most positive leafleting experience and why?
So many positives! One guy came back by me later showing me his vegetarian sandwich that he got for lunch after reading the brochure. I love to see people making an instant change, the brochures are so very effective!
What would you say to individuals hesitant about leafleting?
If you are hesitant due to anxieties of any sort, well, leafleting is a breeze compared to what the animals have to go through! Imagine their anxieties. :(
If you are hesitant because you work full time with no breaks, try leafleting concerts or festivals, or even people walking around city streets, or anywhere! :)