Anthony Marr's CARE-7 tour blog #14 - 9 May 2010
Phoenix is a beautiful name, with mythological origins. It signifies
rebirth by the incineration of corrupted values, from whose ashes rise those
of a higher state of being.
So when, in the 100 degree heat, I became one with the Phoenicians in the
Funeral Motorcade for the Animals, the rising of a higher state of being was
very much on my mind. And the corrupted values was personified by a
concentration camp called Covance, in which hideous experiments are being
performed by the likes of Dr. Joseph Mengele, where only the victims are not
the same. But I'm getting slightly ahead of myself. I should first tell you
the story of the crying child.
The first time I laid eyes on this child, I was searching through the
trunk of my Green Hornet parked outside the Andria residence for my favorite
T-shirt, the black one with the majestic white-tailed deer on its front, the
one I wore at Love's Alchemy Spiritual Center in Las Vegas. I was kicking
myself that not only did I leave my car key in the ignition, I had left the
T-shirt and its accompanying block jeans at the house of Greg Lewis and Dale
Gilbert where I stayed the night.
I heard a sound, turned, and saw this beautiful 10-year-old boy with
golden hair smiling at me. "Hi, I'm Anthony. You must be Nicholas."
Like his mother Michelle and step-father Chris, Nick made me feel
welcomed and at home without trying. By the time I met him, which was in the
mid-afternoon of May 7, Friday, I had already established an entertaining
interactive pattern with Chris where we set up a chess board on the kitchen
counter, and made moves whenever we came up for air from our respective
computers, the whole game lasting the greater part of the day. I had my book
[Homo Sapiens! SAVE YOUR EARTH!] lying next to the board. After I had made a
move, I would turn it face up, and after Chris had made a move, he would
turn it face down.
When Nick came in, he was at once drawn to the game, and the next time I
went to the kitchen to make a move, he had turned all the pieces facing
exactly the right ways, Chris's facing east, mine facing west. As it
happened, this first game between the appreciative guest and the hospitable
host ended perfectly - a stalemate with only the two kings left standing
nakedly on the board.
Michelle Andria, my gracious host
When 5 pm came around, I followed the Andrias to the home of Susan Mazey,
the host of the vegan potluck. There, I found Jan McClellan, the organizer
of the funeral motorcade schedules for the next day, with whom I felt an
immediate rapport. There was also Shaynie Aero, who had arranged more than
one speaking opportunity for me in my previous visits to Phoenix.
Another lady, Estee Flynn, introduced herself to me as the mother of
Shauna Saling who was present at the Las Vegas event.
The others I did not recognize, but all made me feel as if they had known
me for ages. The dogs they had brought were obviously well loved.
After the delicious dinner, Jan introduced my talk, which I gave with my
usual gusto. when I touched upon the New Jersey state constitution
stipulating that of the 11 voting commissioners determining wildlife
management policy, at least 6 must be hunters, there was the usual
collective groan, followed by Lisa Baker of United for Animals informing me
that in Arizona, there will be a ballot in November to determine whether
hunting should be entrenched as a constitutional right. After talking about
the conspiracy by bow-hunters at Trexler, and the ~250 human traffic
fatalities per year caused by hunters boosting the deer population by 30
million using food-plots for hunting purposes, and the unconstitutional
state-level hunter-harassment laws exemplified by the case of Jan Haagensen,
I moved on to global warming. I started by first asking the audience who
among them doubt global warming as a fact. Only one hand came up, and it was
Chris's. I said, "I'll have to beat the hell out of you in our next chess
game then." The resulting laughter was light-hearted, but as usual, my talk
was dead serious. The main body of the audience took it in like spirit, but
towards the end, two things occurred almost simultaneously, which had never
before happened in any of my previous global warming talks. One was that
three or four adults from the audience walked nonchalantly out of the room
while I was still speaking, and began making small talk in the kitchen, and
the other was that young Nicholas began to cry. How could some adults seemed
to dismiss what I said as if it was a bad sitcom, while this young boy took
me so seriously?
Upon seeing his tears, I suspended my speech, and went to comfort him.
While Michelle took one of his hands, I held his other hand and said to him,
"Don't lose heart, Nicholas, I will do all I can to help save the world for
you, but you must be brave and lead your generation to save it for
yourselves and your own children." After some long seconds, he nodded almost
imperceptibly, but the whole time, tears kept streaming down his face, while
giggles and chuckles drifted in from the kitchen.
Afterward, Michelle said quietly to me, "I believe you. I think it is too
late. But they don't care." I responded that it was not necessarily too
late, since I had a secret formula to save the world on the brink of global
and irreversible catastrophe. She looked at me questioningly. But the
evening had run its course.
On my way back to the Andria's place in my car I was slightly concerned
that Chris might be angry at me for upsetting Nick, but amazingly, he was
even friendlier with me than before.
May 8, Saturday, the day of the funeral motorcade in the Phoenix area,
temperature 100 degrees plus. About 15 cars assembled at the city park in
Chandler near where the Covant laboratories are located.
Michelle Andria's SUV, which brought up the rear
Jan McClellan deliberately excluded the name of Covant from her press
releases so that media would not pre-alert Covant about our plan to "invade"
their property. Fox-10 sent a camera down, and Jan served as spokesperson.
After the interview, she led the procession on her predetermined route,
but as soon as we enter the Covant parking lot, we were intercepted by a
police vehicle, joined minutes later by another.
Jan being in the lead, was the one to be questioned by police. My Green
Hornet was the second vehicle, and I could see the policeman clearly, and
his body language was not hostile. The second policeman looked a little more
stern, who, while Jan was still talking to the first, he came down the line
and told each of us, rather quietly, to leave the Covant property in an
orderly fashion, which we did.
Later, Michelle, whose SUV was bringing up the rear, told us that the
police cars had been following her for blocks, and as soon as we got near
Covant, they sped off in the different direct to intercept us. And Jan told
us that the first policeman was actually quite pleasant and sympathetic,
saying that he understood our sentiments about Covant, but his job was to
enforce the law, and the law says that we could not demonstrate on a private
We ended the procession in the parking lot of another city park and took
after which we went to the Kokopelle restaurant for drinks and dinner.
Michelle, who was sitting across the table from me asked me about my "secret
formula" to save the world, and I told her about Integrative Transcendence,
which she seemed to have grasped. Somewhat later, Chris asked what we were
talking about. Michelle said, "We're talking about I.T., about it is not you
kind of I.T.," Chris being a computer techie.
Tomorrow, I'll go to Tucson to speak at the Lovin' Spoonfuls restaurant,
hosted by Cheena.
Even though Anthony Damiano has returned to his home state of Florida,
his heart is still with the tour. The following thread will show his
continuing dedication to the cause:
Anthony Damiano: Please contact us if you wish to support Anthony Marr on
the CARE-7 tour!
Missy VeganOddity: I wish I could..anything else I can help with?
Anthony Damiano: Cathy, Christine and Chrissy need help calling groups to
organize vegan meet-ups and trying to get people/groups out to the
Pam Davis: Anthony, just talked to Anthony Marr in getting our Dallas
tour leg planned. Is this called the CARE-7 tour?
Anthony Damiano: Yes it is. His 7th Compassion for Animals Road
Pam Davis: Kewl. Wanted the 'official' name. He is posting each tour stop
to his blog too :)
Anthony Damiano: Yes, he will keep everyone updated. I am so sorry that I
will miss Texas because there are some really great people there, but I
could not put financial pressure on the tour. Please make your event huge
for Anthony. :-)
Pam Davis: I'm sorry Anthony that you can't make it as we really wanted
to meet you! Do you know any specific AR people? If so please tell me, and I
will include them in our postings. We are going to make this event VERY BIG
Anthony. I just spoke with Dr Pippin of PCRM, and he did a motorcade for the
seals with Anthony a few years ago, and he is going too... See more post-it
to his newsgroups, and we have 5 area Petland campaigns, where we protest
EVERY saturday, so I know we'll have all our usually Dallas store
protesters, plus the additional AR people and every day folks. Dr Pippin
will get in touch with the media, and we already have our ACT Community
Center lined up to meet there for the funeral start, and will have a vegan
potluck there when it's finished. I expect close to 50 people EASILY!
Dian Hardy: Hey, Pam! Be sure to include me in your posts. Although I'm
in Europe now I still want to keep in touch.
Artist Catherine Garneau: If anyone wants to schedule an event with
Anthony Marr on his tour... please message me a.s.a.p. Thanks!
Pam Davis: Hey Dian, where did you live before? I will include you ...
going to create a Facebook 'event' and will send link @Artist Catherine....
do you help coordinate the tours?
Thank you, everyone! And Anthony, see you in Florida in June, my brother!.
Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)
www.facebook.com (search for “Anthony Marr Heal Our Planet Earth”
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