Activist Profile: Miranda Robbins
June 25, 2008
As we’ve done in the past, Vegan Outreach is profiling some of our top leafleters. This week, we turn our attention to Miranda Robbins. In her first year of leafleting for VO, Miranda handed out over 80,000 booklets to college and high school students, and thousands more at concerts, festivals, and beaches throughout California. Miranda’s hard work for the animals continues to inspire many.
Where are you from and where do you live now?
I was born and raised in Southwest Florida, but I am from New Orleans. I’d still be there now had it not been for meeting fellow AACer Victor Tsou. Now, I live in Oakland, CA with Victor!
What are your favorite things to do outside of leafleting?
Hanging out with my partner Victor is my favorite activity, though this takes many forms (including leafleting!). We enjoy drawing together, the art of improv, cooking, bicycling, dancing, karaoke, and visiting the library. I also enjoy painting and making mixed CDs for my fellow leafleters. Any requests?
Who has been / is a major influence in your life and why?
My mother taught me from an early age to fight for what I believe in. She also raised me as a vegetarian and instilled in me a love for all life, no matter the form that life may take. My sister, Cheyenne, also has been a big influence, as she was the first vegan activist I met. She has always been passionate about justice and making sure everyone is treated fairly and with respect, which rubbed off on me.
How long have you been involved in animal rights and how did you get interested?
Since I was raised vegetarian, there were discussions about why people should be vegetarian in my household pretty often. My form of activism for a long time was to live by example. When I went vegan in 2002, I got a little more involved, but very half-heartedly. Post-Katrina, I started meeting people who did more than just talk and it really inspired me. I saw Earthlings in October 2006. That really kicked my butt. I knew I had to start doing something. About a week later, I met Monica Ferroe, who was handing out Even If You Like Meat booklets at a movie screening. She really helped me get started with consistent leafleting and I haven’t stopped since. Thanks, Monica!
What made you decide to start leafleting? If you were nervous the first time, how did you get over it?
Leafleting seemed to make the most sense to me as an effective form of advocacy. After consistently leafleting for over a year now, I very much believe leafleting to be the most effective form of advocacy, next to video leafleting. As far as being nervous, I still am almost every time I go out to a campus or concert. But I feel I have a duty to share the knowledge that I have with others, because this mass oppression isn’t going to end by itself. And once I give that first booklet away, the rest just seem to fly out of my hands.
What was your most positive leafleting experience and why?
It is difficult to choose just one, because something positive happens almost every time I leaflet. I never tire of hearing the excitement in someone’s voice when they learn that they aren’t the only vegan out there!
What would you say to individuals hesitant about leafleting?
Get out and do it! Throughout our daily lives, there are multiple opportunities to spread awareness about the mass oppression and exploitation of animals. Because we can save so many more lives by encouraging others to go vegan than we can just by being vegan ourselves, it is important to speak out. And leafleting is one of the easiest and most effective ways in which you can make a difference. So what are you waiting for? Now is the perfect time to start!