Get to Know Us: Beth from Care2
Care2 community, meet Beth! I’m so excited to introduce her as part of our continuing staff spotlight series. Beth is our Senior UK Campaigner here at Care2, and her job is to work with grassroots authors, charities and sometimes even politicians to help them make a difference using Care2 petitions.
She has a pretty illustrious career, which includes protesting the Yulin Dog Meat festival along with actress Carrie Fisher, RIP, and carefully constructing fox masks out of orange-colored paper. (This is real people, and I have seen the video evidence to prove it.) She has also made it her mission to save the NHS, one hospital at a time, and has coordinated with many passionate activists along the way.
When she’s not busy being a badass, you can find her out trying different vegan cheeses just for fun (verdict: still haven’t found the right one), running volunteer organizations to advocate for queer rights, and dying her hair many different colors. For example, Beth in the black-and-white photo above is technically not pink-Beth… or is it?
But that’s not all there is to know about Beth. Read our Q&A with her below to learn more!
What’s your favorite activist chant ever?
Favorite part of being at Care2?
Spending my days making the world better.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned about advocacy, good or bad?
Success comes in many forms — not all obvious. Even when you don’t get exactly what you’re asking for, there is value in people coming together around a cause. Sharing knowledge and encouraging debate is a huge part of campaigning for me.
How do you keep motivated?
Remembering that progress has only ever been achieved through struggle, and that every one of us has a responsibility to keep fighting.
What are some of your hobbies?
I enjoy bouldering, bike rides, and watching terrible reality TV shows.
[Note: For those folks who are unfamiliar with the term “bouldering,” Wikipedia says it is: “a form of rock climbing that is performed without the use of ropes or harnesses.” Eek!!! But also, good on you, Beth!]
When you get stuck on an advocacy problem, what resources to do you use to solve it?
Asking for advice from my wonderful Care2 colleagues!
What’s your favorite Care2 petition or campaign you’ve ever worked on?
I love all petitions that send emails from constituents to their representatives in councils or parliament, because Care2 members communicating directly with local and national government is really powerful. When Care2 members emailed their MPs against the badger cull, it directly resulted in an Early Day Motion, which was signed by dozens of MPs, as well as parliamentary questions being asked. When there was a bill in parliament threatening abortion rights, MPs referred to facts Care2 members had emailed to them via a petition — and then the MPs voted to defeat the bill.