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  • Laura Burge
  • Senior Causes Editor
  • Environment/Wildlife, Women’s Rights, Animal Welfare

Laura is the Care2 Causes Senior Editor. She graduated from Pitzer College and is passionate about many things, including animals, the environment and women’s rights. She believes that writing can play a crucial role in making a difference in the world, and strives to do so in her daily life.

  • Aarti Kelapure
  • Causes Editor
  • Women’s Rights, Civil Rights, Human Rights

Aarti Kelapure is the Causes Editor for Care2. She cares deeply about social justice and believes that the media has the responsibility to expose civil and human rights violations around the world. Prior to joining Care2, she worked at Death Penalty Focus, where she coordinated a campaign for murder victims’ family members who oppose the death penalty. Aarti holds a Master’s degree in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from University of California, Berkeley.


Kristina Chew is a Classics professor in New Jersey. Her writings on autism, disability studies and ancient and contemporary literature have appeared in academic journals and online. She has been blogging about her life with her teenage autistic son, Charlie, since 2005, at We Go With Him (

  • Judy Molland
  • Education, Animal Welfare, Women’s Rights, Environment and Wildlife

An award-winning writer and teacher, Judy Molland is also an avid hiker, backpacker, and nature lover. Her articles on education, the environment and women’s rights have appeared in numerous publications, and she is also the author of two books, Get Out! 150 Easy Ways for Kids and Grown-Ups to Get Into Nature and Build a Greener Future and Straight Talk About Schools Today (both published by Free Spirit). She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she teaches Spanish.


Steve is a passionate supporter of gay rights and animal rights, as well as being a published novelist, poet, writer for TV, film and computer games and a self confessed English nerd.

Beth Buczynski is a freelance writer and editor who lives in Colorado. Her passion for the planet started with the Truffula Trees, and she’s never stopped trying to make this planet a better place to live. Beth believes that building a new economy based on sharing and community is key to ending our dangerous obsession with consumption. Learn more about the overlap between sharing and sustainability in Beth’s new book, Sharing is Good: How to Save Money, Time, and Resources through Collaborative Consumption.

Jessica Pieklo is a writer, professor and lawyer focusing on constitutional law and gender studies. When not blogging at Care2, you can also find her at

Peaco Todd is an affiliate faculty member of The Union Institute and University’s online BA program. A syndicated cartoonist and author, she writes about such diverse subjects as politics, education, anger, humor, college study skills, emotional intelligence and, yes, football. Current projects include a book on creating graphic memoirs and her political publication, Porkbarrel Comix. Her work can be seen at and She divides her time between Boston and New Hampshire.

Sharon Seltzer is a freelance writer and co-founder of the animal rescue organization, Heaven Can Wait Animal Society. She is a lifelong animal advocate and promotes responsible pet guardianship. She is proud to say that HCWS has spayed and neutered nearly 50,000 cats and dogs and adopted 7,500 pets. Sharon shares her life with her husband, three rescued dogs and three semi-feral cats.

Suzi Schiffer Parrasch is a writer and a consultant to non-profits including the Women’s Refugee Commission, the Committee of Concerned Journalists, and the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University. She wrote children’s movie and TV reviews for, and was a network television news producer for NBC News, ABC News and CNN. Suzi lives in New York City with her art dealer husband, two children and two dogs.

Angel Flinn is a volunteer for Gentle World, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the benefits of a vegan diet and lifestyle.

Ximena is a communications professional, blogger, researcher, and youth mentor with expertise in human rights, women’s and teen issues, and youth empowerment. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Boston College and a minor in Women’s Studies. She is deeply invested in promoting the equality and self-determination of women and girls around the world and envisions a world where all women can live freely and safely. Follow Ximena on Twitter @XimenaR21.

Robin is a freelance writer and editor from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She currently writes for RHRealityCheck, an online advocacy site focused on reproductive health issues. Robin spent three years as a writer, editor and project director for the Center for Independent Media (Now the American Independent News Network), a progressive online news organization with sites across the country. Robin has been blogging since 2004, when she started The Power Liberal, and currently runs WoMN Focus, a site dedicated to female writers in Minnesota.

Alicia Graef is a lifelong animal lover with a BS in Animal and Veterinary Science and years of experience working and playing in the equine industry.

Anna Klenke is a recent college graduate attempting to find her place in the writing world. She dabbles in fiction, creative non-fiction, blogging, and anything else that sounds interesting and is especially proud of an essay she published in the New York Times Modern Love column. She lives in the Chicago area.

  • Joel Boyce
  • Animal Welfare, Environment and Wildlife

Joel is a science teacher and freelance writer. He doesn’t think any one person can save the world, but hopes with enough education the world will save itself. Links to his writings on any and all topics can be found at

Julie M. Rodriguez is an American expat living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. When she’s not writing about politics, social justice, green living, and education for Care2, she posts advice and inspiration for creative writers on her blog The Renegade Word.

Laura Simpson is the founder of Harmony Fund international animal protection charity. Partnering with some of the most effective and courageous animal rescue teams across the planet, Laura brings joyful and inspirational news to animal advocates who turn to for a global perspective.

Piper is a writer and attorney living in Brooklyn with her husband and two cats, and her crazy mission in life is to reduce suffering. She’s feminist, vegan and happily child free. As a lawyer, she’s focused on employment discrimination, animal rights and homelessness. In addition to Care2 Causes, she blogs at You can follow her on twitter @piperhoffman.

Ashley Lauren Samsa is a high school English teacher and freelance writer in the south suburbs of Chicago, IL. Her work has appeared numerous places including The Guardian, The Huffington Post, In These Times, and Teaching Tolerance. She also writes at her own site,, about gender roles, education, and lifestyle issues. She currently lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, Tim, and their adopted dogs, Penny and Bailey. You can follow her on twitter @samsanator.

Jeff Fecke is a freelance writer who has covered local and national politics for much of the past decade. Jeff has written on a variety of topics, with a focus on women’s rights and social justice. Jeff is also the author of the fantasy novel “The Valkyrie’s Tale.” Jeff is divorced, and shares custody of his daughter. He lives in Lakeville, Minnesota. Follow Jeff on twitter: @jkfecke.

With a Masters of Social Work degree from Rutgers University, Megan strives to make life better for all animals by advocating for society’s downtrodden and disenfranchised quadrupedal, bipedal and finned creatures. Her mantra is “I have always fought for the underdog…”

Megan has been involved at the grassroots level on many animal welfare issues from fostering homeless pets to peacefully demonstrating about animal abuse. She advocates working with lawmakers to change the legal status of animals and hopes her writing will inspire others to become a loud and involved voice for those creatures who do not speak human.

Her moniker, doggie mom, expresses her identity to the three rescued dogs — Avatar, Oscar and Rozaida — with whom she shares her life. Oh, and a cat named Shonali who acts like a dog!

  • Ann Garth
  • Women’s Rights, Environment and Wildlife, Politics

Ann is a high school student in Southern California. She is an avid environmentalist, strong feminist, and going vegan. When not signing petitions and reading all the news she can get her hands on, she enjoys novels, writing, and playing with her cat.

  • s.e. smith
  • Women’s Rights, Human Rights, LGBT Rights

s.e. smith is a writer, agitator, and commentator based in Northern California, with a journalistic focus on social issues, particularly gender, prison reform, disability rights, environmental justice, queerness, class, and the intersections thereof, with a special interest in rural subjects. smith delights in amplifying the voices of those who are often silenced and challenging dominant ideas about justice, equality, and liberation. International publication credits include work for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, and AlterNet, among many other news outlets and magazines. Riling people up while also informing them about ongoing issues in the world around them is a favorite activity, along with taking any and all opportunities to discuss pop culture. Assisted by cats Loki and Leila and a flock of roaming chickens, smith lives in Fort Bragg, California.

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