Activist Profile: Sen Holiday
August 8, 2012
Where are you from and where do you live now?
I’m from Venice, Florida, and I currently live, more or less, in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
What are your favorite things to do outside of leafleting?
I enjoy illustrating my webcomic, drawing various other things, biking, building, climbing, cooking, dancing, exploring, gaming, hugging, reading, wandering – and way too many other things!
Who is a major influence in your life?
My entire family (of the birth and acquired varieties) has always been a major influence. Initially, they set me on my path to veganism and general revolution, and now, help me to keep my priorities straight, and are always there to plot with me to fix this place!
How long have you been involved in animal rights and how did you get interested?
I went vegan at twelve. My oldest sister went vegan, and gradually those ideals worked their way into the other four kids. In high school, I started getting involved in animal activism with the AR group there.
What made you decide to start leafleting?
I first leafleted with Vic in 2009 in Boston – it was a super-positive experience, so when I met Fred in the Twin Cities, I immediately signed up for whatever leafleting I could. I leaflet because it’s important! And I get to meet other cool folks, too.
What was your most positive leafleting experience and why?
Just this last semester, I was leafleting in Wisconsin (“Would you like some info to help animals?”) when someone darted across lots of pedestrian traffic to say, “Yes, and hug me!” and promptly hugged me.
They were vegan and were really glad I was there leafleting. It reminded me that I’m not only getting the information out to folks, but also that I’m connecting with people who are lacking a community of like-minded individuals.
What would you say to individuals hesitant about leafleting?
Come and leaflet with me! It’ll be fun!