Creative writer, performing artist, and educator, currently teaching English literature, writing and drama at a high school in China. I've also worked with a grassroots organization in Nicaragua, and toured the Middle East with a theater/circus arts troupe. Overall social justice activist with broad-ranging interests ranging from animal rights and environmental justice to anti-war/anti-imperialism, Palestinian solidarity, immigrants' rights, racial and economic justice,anti-death penalty/unjust sentencing/police brutality, and homeless rights organizing, amongst others. My veganism is an integral part of my overall aim to live a life that is in harmony with my ethics as much as possible. Other interests include independent/arthouse filmmaking and cinema, literary fiction and poetry, underground music and visual art,sociology, anthropology, radical/liberation psychology, philosophy, off-the-grid living, dystopian fiction and utopian realities, and basically anything else that stimulates me mentally and creatively.
"My mission in life is to disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed."--MLK Jr.
"People should fear art, film and theater. This is where ideas happen. This is where somebody goes in a dark room and starts to watch something and their perspective can be completely questioned. … The very seeds of activism are empathy and imagination.”--Susan Sarandon
"Creativity is intelligence having fun."--Albert Einstein
"AUSCHWITZ begins whenever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks: they're only animals," Theodore Adorno
"Always do the right thing, even if the authorities forbid it. Never do the wrong thing, even if the authorities require it."--Unknown
"When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a Communist." - Dom Helder Camara, Brazilian archbishop.
"What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?" - Gandhi
“Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” --MLK Jr.
"When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you – pull your beard, flick your face – to make you fight. Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humor."--John Lennon
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”--Desmond Tutu
"If I could have convinced more slaves that they were slaves, I could have freed a thousand
"Art means nothing if it simply decorates the dinner table of the power which holds it hostage."--Adrienne Rich
"It is the job of the artist to think outside the boundaries of permissible thought and dare to say things that no one else will say." - Howard Zinn
"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders and millions have been killed because of this obedience. Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves and the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem."
- Howard Zinn
"We need to wake up and realize that our real enemies are not in some distant land; they’re not people whose names we don’t know and whose cultures we don’t understand. The enemy is people we know well and people we can identify--the system that sends us to war when it’s profitable; the CEOs who lay us off from our jobs when its profitable; the insurance companies who deny us health care when it’s profitable; the banks that take away our homes when it’s profitable. Our enemies are not 5,000 miles away. They are right here at home, and if we organize and fight with our sisters and brothers we can stop this war, stop this government, and create a better world.'' --Mike Prysner, Iraq war veteran
"Everyone’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s really an easy way: Stop participating in it."--Noam Chomsky
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society"--Jiddu Krishnamurti
"I never let school get in the way of my education."--Mark Twain
"The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you--except yourself."--Rita Mae Brown
"Art is the balm that washes off the dust of everyday life."-- Pablo Picasso
"Life is a sexually transmitted disease, with a mortality rate of 100%"--R.D. Laing