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Kaparos Demos and Message

From: Santos
Sent on: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 4:24 PM

Thank you everyone that came out to support Rina and Karen in their amazing work to end the slaughter of chickens for Kaparos. We had a huge turnout and a lot of good communication took place. There are two more events, tonight and tomorrow. Please come show your support as these are the days you are needed most.

I also want to explain that though at last night’s event some activists made an agreement to stop the demo of 30+ people in exchange for four chickens, it was not the general agreement of the group. After all disbursed and the chickens were released, 4 of us returned and remained until 9:30. During the extra hour and a half, there were times when large crowds gathered to listen. About 10 more officers arrived because of their growing numbers. The people inside started playing loud music because of how effective we were being. We got a lot of people to think. The hardest part was when we were offered a chicken to leave, but as important as that one chicken’s life are the many other lives that would be saved in a lifetime if we changed even a single mind.

Some activists may be concerned that because some of us returned that the next time they won’t give us any chickens. But how many chickens will we accept to not show up at all? We should not allow them to use the chickens as hostages to suppress our message. When we stop a demo in exchange for a few chickens, we are actually buying them with our freedom of speech.  It is very gratifying for us to save a life, but let’s do it intelligently and not at the expense of our message to save future generations. 

Again, thank you everyone that came out last night and I hope you can continue to support this campaign by attending the next two events. I cannot make it tonight, but I will be there tomorrow.



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