Rae Sikora and Jim "JC" Corcoran founded Plant Peace Daily in 2007 as a platform for education, activism and inspiration. Both passionate long-term vegans, they are committed to energizing and supporting activists and educators in their outreach for non-violence, critical thinking, effective communication, peaceful living, and ethical consumerism. As part of their efforts to be co-creators of a compassionate community locally, they also co-founded Root 66, a vegan food truck & restaurant, and are now building a retreat center named The DOVE. Together with their dogs, Rae and JC reside outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico, where they practice living as lightly upon the Earth as possible and growing and learning in their commitment to all life.
"Rae and JC are two of the most special people on the planet. Together, they soar as educators, motivators, and exemplary models of critical thinking."
-Maribeth Abrams, Board Member and Media Spokesperson for the North American Vegetarian Society
"Rae is quite simply one of the most inspiring people that I've ever had the opportunity to meet." -Lauren Corman, Host/Producer of Animal Voices, CIUT 89.5 FM Toronto
Rae Sikora has been a spokesperson for animals, the environment and human rights for over forty years. Her programs have been changing people's vision of what is possible to create in our lives and in the world. Rae has worked internationally with participants ranging from teachers, students and prisoners, to businesses and activists. As co-founder of the Institute for Humane Education, Rae created interactive critical thinking tools that are now being used by people around the globe. She holds degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Environmental Education from the University of Wisconsin. Rae draws from years of experience to help individuals and groups discover how implementing changes personally and locally can bring about positive change globally. She is also co-founder of VegFund and Root 66, a vegan food truck turned brick and mortar cafe. Additionally, Rae was selected by the North American Vegetarian Society as the 2013 recipient of its Vegan Hall of Fame and is co-author of Plant Peace Daily: Everyday Outreach for People Who Care. Her semi-fictional memoir, Little Jew on the Soul Train is currently available on both Amazon and Ingram Spark. Her novel, Cinny, Born into Homelessness, will be published in the summer of 2022.
"Jim...offers his audiences an unparalleled and dynamic experience." Kerrie Saunders, PhD, best-selling author & public speaker
Jim (JC) Corcoran co-founded and served as president of VegMichigan, the state's largest vegetarian organization, for seven years. He is a retired fire captain/paramedic/training officer, has a BS in Emergency Medicine and is certified in the Living Foods Lifestyle. Jim is also a certified fitness instructor and former softball tournament champion/all star. He has been leading life-altering programs on health and the environment for over twenty years. His presentations empower people to make informed and lasting changes in their lives. Since retiring from the fire service, Jim has been busy starting and developing several other successful outreach organizations. He founded Santa Fe Vegan and co-founded VegFund, an international organization which helps vegan activists spread the word through food and other means. Additionally, he co-authored Plant Peace Daily: Everyday Outreach for People who Care, and co-founded Root 66, a vegan food truck turned brick and mortar café. Jim is a board member of Animal Protection Voters of New Mexico and actively oversees its statewide activities, and he is an inductee of the Green Michigan Hall of Fame.
In 2013, Rae was inducted into the Vegan Hall of Fame (previously known as the Vegetarian Hall of Fame) by the North American Vegetarian Society. The presentation shown here not only features her lifelong activism, but also provides a glimpse into Rae's loving heart as she receives the award. The presentation also honors the relationship and work that she and JC share.