• Richard Morey

    Welcome back!

    I too am struggling with the results of the election. I know that as a heterosexual white male living in a mostly democratic leaning area that I will not be effected on a day to day basis by the ugliness being encouraged by the person elected to be our next president. However, I still feel like someone has punched me in the gut whenever I’m reminded of who our president elect is. I want to make sure that I am doing all I can to help those who need help when faced with racism, sexism, bigotry, etc. and so I am constantly looking for tips and ideas on how best to do that.

  • http://www.theyogaconnection.co.nz/ Jane

    I freaking LOVE this and you and your words and your understanding on what we, the rest of the world, sees when we look your country and this debacle. Thank you. And thank you for your work with Ben Goldsmith. x

  • Chantell

    I’m an upper-middle class Hispanic female lawyer who places herself on the opposite side of the political spectrum from you. I still enjoy your writing and am glad to know your perspective. Viva cuba libre!

  • Leigh

    I am so happy for you, and I am so glad to “hear” your voice again. I wish we had known six months ago what we ought to be doing and saying; I don’t think any of us knew just how much work needed to be done, or how urgent it was. I hope it’s not too late.

  • Kristy Phillips Merrill

    Heather, I am so excited about your teaming up with Farm Forward! It just got a little brighter in here.

  • http://www.thekriegers.org tomamanda

    On the day after the election, I walked around in a daze and kept thinking, “I’m a white woman. My life isn’t going to change.” It makes me think we needed this punch in the gut. I could do without the repercussions but even though I grew up in poor, rural Southwest Virginia (in the actual birthplace of NASCAR and moonshine!) it’s hard for me to believe that America would respond to such hate-filled rhetoric. So perhaps I shouldn’t speak for America as a whole, instead I’ll just speak for myself. I needed the punch in the gut.

  • Frank Purrkins

    Finding out that you’re throwing your experience and reach behind the anti-factory farm movement is the best thing I’ve heard in a long time. I could go on about how about the myriad issues and thoughts regarding animal abuse on this scale but you know them and you’re helping get the word out is a significant way. So, I’ll just say thank you very, very much. Very much.

  • RzDrms

    A few comments/questions:

    (1) Does Farm Forward consult and/or work closely with Temple Grandin? If not, why not?
    (2) Regarding your middle two questions related to dealing with the dilemma/reality of people continuing to eat meat: are there ways to tie the answers back to the white, working class who feels ignored, to listen to them, to those who are afraid of losing their way of life, who fear that which is different even if that fear is misguided.
    (a) “How do we restore power to the independent farmer whose generations-old, family-owned business is being crushed by the industrialized system?”
    (b) “How can we stand up for the communities and municipalities being polluted and destroyed by factory farms?”
    (3) Consider working with the white working class to both help solve those two questions AND pay attention to them from a perpendicular direction than what they were hoping from Trump. Help build them up in a compassionate, caring, productive way while at the same time *modeling* compassion, inclusion, open-mindedness, and a variety of cultures and beliefs. Win, win, win.
    (4) Email me if you want free assistance in any of this.

  • Michael Mathews

    I can relate to those feelings as a middle-aged white man, but I’m worried my marriage might be voided. I can pass as straight but who wants to go back to those days. Every single name tossed around so far is anti-gay.

  • Lance

    Welcome back. I envy your travel experiences. I related and hung on each word. It took me three weeks to blog something that didn’t sound like a 16-year-old who got grounded for a D in Algebra and couldn’t take the car out on a saturday night. We, and by we I mean white folks, need to listen, help, volunteer and fight where and when needed.

    Viva la Resistance

  • Karen Jones

    Thank you for bringing Unilever’s efforts to my attention. I needed to be reminded that anyone (corporations are people, right?) can change. They aren’t the big bad ogre they once were. Does it stink that they’re absorbing so many family farms and private companies? Yes. Is it good that they’re now making an effort to embrace and continue more sustainable practices? Yes, that’s good too.

  • Michelle Boehm

    I’m with you. I am terrified, anxious, depressed – but mostly, I am nearly consumed with disappointment in myself. I feel like I’ve failed my children. I also am going to be better.

  • Jenny

    Thank you and welcome back. I have been struggling with feeling totally overwhelmed by the number of senators I should call about a million issues and all of the other ways I feel I need to be working to help in the wake of this election. It’s caused me a great deal of anxiety (as a fulltime working mom too), so I’ve been trying to tell myself that doing little things slowly is ok, just don’t get so overwhelmed that you do nothing. Reading your post makes me feel better, you always write about these things so well, I’m feeling less overwhelmed so I can pick up the phone again.
    Thank you

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  • Oscar The Wilde

    Chuck would be so proud. <3

  • http://dulichmice.com.vn/ Thực

    You are American, I envy that.

  • Kate B.

    I heart you. Glad you are back and look forward to reading more about your new adventure.

  • Ann Napolitano

    You rock, Heather. Reading Eating Animals changed my life, and how I eat, five years ago. I appreciate your honesty, and your willingness to bare your struggles with us.