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Jackson Mayor accepts challenge from Baywatch Babe

Permission for use granted by Moira Colley, moirac@peta.org 7/19/2017

July 20, 2017

Jackson Mayor, Chokwe Antwar Lumumba has accepted Pamela Anderson’s challenge to go vegan for a month according to PETA outreach coordinator Dan Carron.

“The mayor has accepted this challenge and has extended the challenge to statewide officials including the governor, the speaker of the house, the lieutenant governor, asking all to join him in going vegan for a month,” said Carron.

However, there is controversy arising on the subject.

Council member Melvin Priester encouraged Pamela Anderson to put action to her beliefs by saving a local health food store.

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July 19, 2017

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba has pledged to make Jackson the “most radical city.”

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) honorary director and Baywatch Star Pamela Anderson issued a challenge to the mayor to take it one step further.

“Since Jackson was recently named one of the fattest cities in America, would you consider going vegan for a month as a way to set a healthy example for your constituents to follow?” Anderson wrote in a letter. “You’d be in great company—among those who have publicly pursued vegan eating are Sen. Cory Booker, Tom Brady, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Bill Clinton, Carrie Underwood, Russell Simmons, and many others.”

If Mayor Lumumba agrees to the challenge, PETA will cater lunch to his office for a month.

Pamela Anderson is honorary director of PETA, and has often vouched support for the organization’s efforts. She has also posed for several of PETA’s visual campaigns.

News Mississippi has reached out to the mayor and has not yet received a response.

Dear Mayor Lumumba,

As an admirer of your work on the Mississippi Human Rights Collective, I want to congratulate you on your new role as mayor. I support your pledge to make Jackson “the most radical city on the planet.”

With this in mind, I’m writing today with an idea that would further allow you to serve as a role model to the community: Since Jackson was recently named one of the fattest cities in America, would you consider going vegan for a month as a way to set a healthy example for your constituents to follow? You’d be in great company—among those who have publicly pursued vegan eating are Sen. Cory BookerTom BradyBeyoncéJay ZBill ClintonCarrie UnderwoodRussell Simmons, and many others.

Vegan options can be found all over the city, from portabella Caesar salad at High Noon Cafe to veggie chili and vegan fish sandwiches at Cool Al’s. Vegan eating has been linked to a lower body mass index and lower caloric intake than diets that are heavy in meat, eggs, and dairy foods. Vegans are also at lower risk of suffering from obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, which are some of the biggest killers in this country.

I hope you, as the new mayor, will embrace this idea as a unique way to set a positive example. If you pledge to go vegan for a month, my friends at PETA will supply a week’s worth of catered lunches for you and send every member of your staff a vegan starter kit so that you can encourage them to support and join you. We’re also here to give you plenty of advice, tasty recipes, and encouragement along the way!

I hope to hear from you soon. Thanks for your time and attention.

Sincerely,

Pamela Anderson

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