I just found out that Marti Kheel died today. I don’t know what to do except to write about her.
Marti was a supporter, a mentor, and a friend. Like no other. I met her at an animal rights conference. I had known that she was the co-founder of Feminists for Animal Rights and I wanted to thank her, simply thank her. Little did I know what would become of that thank you.
I owe so much to Marti. She didn’t have to support me. But she did. I don’t know why she was so wonderful to me after we met. I don’t know why she reached out to me with so much little-deserved support and respect. All I know is that she’s the reason Connect the Dots is what it is. She’s the reason the idea from 2005 has kept going, amidst major life changes, tragedies, and simply daily living and subsistence. I feel like in a way she made sure that I didn’t give up on it. I never saw that until now.
Marti is the reason that my dream is alive.
I don’t know how to cope with the loss of someone who I never thought I deserved the respect of. I don’t know how to say goodbye to someone who believed in me in a way I never understood. I just have no idea how to let Marti go.
So I won’t. Marti lives on through Connect the Dots. She lives on through my commitment to feminist veganism. She lives on through my committment to address sexual violence within the animal rights movement. These are things she gave to me.
The wound of Marti’s passing is fresh and hurts incredibly deeply but I will make sure that her memory, her legacy, and her life is celebrated.
I will miss you Marti and my thank you extends forever. You gave me courage, strength, and hope to no end.