Mariann Sullivan and Jasmin Singer of Our Hen House. Photography by Lauren Krohn.
I recently sat down with Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan, partners in both life and in animal advocacy, to talk all about their nonprofit Our Hen House. We discussed the nature of their collaboration and their use of multimedia to bring animal rights into the mainstream.
(And be sure to mark your calendar for their official Launch Party, October 1st at NYC’s MooShoes. The celebration features free food and drink, and too many special guests and giveaways to list here–check out the full details.)
Robyn: Tell me about Our Hen House.
Jasmin: Our Hen House is a central clearinghouse for all kinds of ideas and opportunities for people to get involved in animal activism.
Mariann: It started with the idea that change for animals in any serious way isn’t going to come just from leadership organizations. The work of those organizations is hugely important, but if we are going to build a mass movement, it’s up to every single individual to do whatever they can to help change the world. So with Our Hen House, we’re just trying to come up with ways that people can make those changes and report on examples of people who are out there doing it. Not just going vegan, which is of course crucially important, but also in things they can to do encourage others to change, to change institutions…