Dr. Alka Chandna has been working behind the scenes to organize demonstrations, talks, vegan cooking classes, and leafleting on behalf of animals since she was a college undergraduate. She brought Neal Barnard and Ingrid Newkirk to speak on her campus in the 1980s and ran the San Francisco Vegetarian Society and the Food & Social Justice Project in the 1990s, while serving as PETA’s key grassroots activist in the Bay Area.
A tenured math professor who received her Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of Western Ontario, Alka followed her heart into full-time animal rights activism thirteen years ago, and has been a thorn in the side of animal experimenters ever since. Alka turns undercover investigations and whistleblower calls into fully-fledged legal complaints and anti–animal experimentation Web features and videos, while dedicating her spare time to organizing demonstrations on animal rights issues and tabling for PETA at every event in the Washington, D.C., area—from festivals to music shows. She also spends many hours every week stocking more than forty vegetarian starter kit stands all over Washington, D.C.
Without fanfare, efficiently, and with total dedication, Alka has brought her considerable intellectual gifts, open heart, and acumen to the animal rights movement for three decades, and we should be truly thankful. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and three perfect cats—Rena, Tigger, and Angela Davis.
Tribute By Martin Rowe, Publisher, Lantern Books