Monday, January 16, 2012

Martin Luther King Jr.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Mike and I were thrilled to be able to visit the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee this past summer. The museum is located in the Lorraine Hotel, where Dr. King was assassinated back in 1968. The time we spent there was eye-opening, educational, and it had a huge affect on us.

Today, in honor of Dr. King, thousands marched in the annual Marade here in Denver. I'm sure there were similar actions throughout the country.

One of Dr. King's quotes that has struck me hard ever since I heard it was the quote I added at the top of this post. A big part of our The Gay Vegans blog is to have a voice in discussions around things important to us. It's also an opportunity for us to speak up for the voiceless, whether the voiceless is a gay man in Iran about to be executed, a battered woman in the US afraid to leave her husband, or a tortured animal in the process of becoming someones dinner.

We want to be part of the discussion. We want people to know that we believe in full marriage equality, that we believe that we are all oppressed when any one of is us oppressed, and that we believe that it is up to us to speak out against every form of cruelty towards animals.

We are all about not being silent, and supporting all of those who want to be a voice for the voiceless.

It's not always easy. If you are an activist or speak up for any cause, you know this too. Yet we can't imagine a life, a life in which we have so much, that isn't filled with us doing what we can, when we can, to make the world a better place for ALL living beings.

Thanks for reading!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for these words! I am with you!