Why DxE Wednesday XII: Paul Darwin Picklesimer

Why DxE Wednesday XII: Paul Picklesimer

This is the latest installment in a series of interviews with DxE activists by Rachel Waite, who is part of the blog team and an organizer for DxE Grand Rapids (MI)


Q: What inspired you to first get involved with activism and to join DxE?

I've always loved animals and wanted to help them, but I was very slow to stop participating in violence towards them. Once I did, I looked for ways to get involved. After participating in some actions and listening to the talk, "What if everything we think we know about social change is wrong?" by Wayne Hsiung and Brian Burns, I was ready to help.    

Paul disrupts a "contest" for eating the flesh of nonhuman animals

Paul disrupts a "contest" for eating the flesh of nonhuman animals

Q: What is your favorite or most accomplished moment in activism or other DxE activity?

That moment will probably be the first time I participate in an open rescue, but until then I have to say the day Lil B made a rare "Thank you BasedGod" meme from a photo of DxE Chicago activists!

Q: What successful efforts has DxE Chicago been a part of to increase the activist base and build community in your area?

We partnered with Vegan Chicago, a great MeetUp community, and we’ve stayed active and welcoming, which has helped the community grow. The Chicago area and the Midwest in general are home to so many who are ready to work toward total animal liberation. It's encouraging! We also launched a chapter in Lake County!

Q: What working groups are you a part of both locally and internationally, and how has your involvement in these groups impacted your activism?

Paul hanging out with a pig

Paul hanging out with a pig

I'm currently on the Conflict Resolution Committee, and in Chicago, the newly formed Video Production Group. I love working together both because it's effective and also because I learn something from everyone.

Q: How do you stay motivated as an activist?

Opportunities for rapid change are all around us, and the dedication of other activists keeps me motivated to help however I can.

Q: What advice would you give to new activists?

Be yourself. Challenge yourself. Keep learning, growing and striving to be the best activist you can be.

Q: Why Animal Liberation?

I think of animals and their happiness. I think of what they deserve and how they've suffered for centuries. It's time for it to stop.