From DxE organizer Priya:
I look at the people around me, and I see passion and dedication. I see intelligent visionaries and heartfelt freedom-fighters. I see committed demonstrators and powerful protesters. I see outspoken revolutionaries and influential warriors. I see the people who are fighting for Animal Liberation, who are fighting for that day which we all so badly dream of and desire.
That day will come. That day will come when the animals are free. I am thinking ahead years from now, yes, in my own lifetime, when the animals of this world will be living in a world far different than the one they find themselves in today. I am thinking of that world which we are working to create today—a world which is livable for all the animals, a world where justice and freedom are rights to animals, the same animals who find themselves oppressed and enslaved in cages today. Friends, I am thinking of a world which we are all going to be living in, not too long from now.
Achieving this vision for Animal Liberation, like any other vision in history, does not and will not come without a struggle. The reality is that we are fighting against a global culture which has been deeply tainted by animal exploitation. The people of this world have been told the same story over and over and over again—that the animals are theirs to use, theirs to manipulate, theirs to exploit, theirs to make fun of, theirs to violate, theirs to eat, theirs to enslave, and theirs to profit off of.
The world is ready for another story—the world is ready for the true story. The world is ready for a story with a strong, unified, and simple message, a message which asks that all animals of this world be free. Author Leslie Marmon Silko once said about stories, “They aren't just entertainment. Don't be fooled. They are all we have, you see, all we have to fight off illness and death.” As activists, we must understand the essence of being able to tell powerful stories, we must be able to tell stories from the perspective of animals, and most importantly, we must tell stories which can unite and incite change.
Our journey to Animal Liberation maybe a difficult one, but given the activists I have had the opportunity to work with, I have no doubt in my mind that it will be a memorable one and above all, it will be a journey which is worth every battle and every scar.
I believe in the power of truth, justice, and liberation. I never forget Gandhi’s words when he said, “When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always.”