Protest Pies: A Call to Action
Welcome to my new page, my call to action, a movement called Protest Pies. It is my response to our new administration, my form of butter and flour activism to send a message to the world that we are better than this. Pie has never been about recipes to me. Pie has always been a metaphor for peace, love, sharing, and building community. Add to that: inclusion, equality, tolerance, fairness, honesty, integrity, generosity, dignity, decency, grace, courage, kindness. The list of ingredients for preserving our humanity—and our planet—is long.
I hope you will join me in baking the world a better place. Because we need pie and all that it stands for (see list above) now more—and more urgently—than ever. Below is some inspiration, with a little bit of creative humor, to get you started. #piemakersforpeace
If you have been following me for any length of time you would know that:
I traveled around the world baking pies, including in a South African Township and a Syrian refugee camp — therefore I strongly oppose the travel ban, the building of walls and discrimination of any kind.
I taught pie-making classes to at-risk youth in high schools to kids who have been abused by their parents and foster parents, where school was their only place of hope and support — therefore I am a supporter of public education, affordable healthcare and family planning.
I traveled to Newtown, Connecticut after the Sandy Hook shooting of innocent first graders and their teachers and handed out 250 pies to the grieving community — therefore I am a proponent of regulations to reduce gun violence and to improve mental health services.
I’ve published books and blog posts, using my writing to convey heartfelt stories about humanity, about healing, about unity — therefore I am horrified at how the new administration seeks to silence the media, as well as members of congress, and to limit internet accessibility.
If you don’t subscribe to those beliefs, I ask you to open your mind and your heart, to think of others as part of one whole, interdependent human race. Travel more, fear less. Give more, take less. You will learn that we all—every single one of us regardless of race or religion—want the same things: food, shelter, clean air, clean water, kindness, love, purpose—and affordable healthcare. When you are generous, you will find you always have enough of everything. Start by sharing a pie with someone in need and go from there. And if you feel inspired to add a message to that pie, every little bit of inspiration helps. Even if it’s a cheeky political one.