On September 22, 2015, Kelly Lehman chose compassion. But in a venue in which pigs are chased and tormented for "fun," a venue in which any consideration for the rights and interests of these pigs is precluded, such compassion is sanctioned. Kelly refused to be complicit in the abuse she witnessed that night at a pig chase in Ephrata, Pennsylvania. She refused to walk away without bringing a presence to the rights and interests of these beautiful, intelligent, and complex creatures. So she maneuvered the fence of the pig chase ring, disrupted a round of the chase, and chanted, "One struggle, one fight! Human freedom, animal rights!" Kelly was promptly arrested and charged. She neither touched nor threatened anyone. She simply defended with her voice the terrified pigs being chased around the ring that night. Kelly now faces a Class 3 Misdemeanor, which could involve one year of jail time.
The animal rights community and the Greater Philadelphia community have raised about $3,000 to support Kelly's legal battle, but she needs at least $3,500 more. Please consider joining us for this potluck dinner and fundraiser. We request that you bring a dish or a dessert, and we invite you to donate to Kelly's legal fund at the potluck. Any amount would be appreciated. If you cannot donate, attend anyway. Your moral support would be highly valued.
Blues musician Shakey Lyman will perform during the dinner. This guy is crazy talented. Then the amateurs will take the stage for karaoke. Anyone can take the microphone to sing a song or two or seven. Massage therapist Kevin Starboard will be there with his massage chair to take the weight off of your shoulders. Plus, we will play games. Join us for a good time.
*Please bring a card or a sheet of paper listing all of your ingredients.
*Please bring a serving utensil.
*The Rotunda will provide cups, plates, napkins, and eating utensils.
Read more about Kelly's situation, including the specific details of our fundraising campaign, here: https://www.gofundme.com/legalfundforkellyL.
If you want to donate to our fundraising campaign, but cannot attend the potluck, you can donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/legalfundforkellyL.
Listen to Shakey here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSpHQhuKqwE.