Activism & Animal Rights

Day 5 at WEEK OF TRUTH with AV

On July 13th, 2019 Anonymous for the Voiceless (AV) organized a Cube of Truth for 8 days straight, 12 hours per day, in the heart of NYC. This historical event took place at several different locations and on day 5, I was able to attend the cube that was organized at Astor Place.

What an amazing feeling to be part of an organization setting records with activism, pushing the limit and creating history. Animal liberation is inevitable; and AV is making sure they do whatever it takes to make that happen as soon as possible.

Here is the person responsible for AV, badass Asal…my hero

My top 3 highlights from this event were meeting the creators of AV who started the organization and meeting Hudson Tarlow, the badass 17 year old animal activist who dedicates his life to speak up for the animals. I never would of thought a year ago that I would have the privilege to witness Paul Bashir (co-founder/director of AV) outreach to someone while I was in the cube . I also got to witness Asal (Director of AV) outreach and I even captured a special moment with her. I was able to personally thank them both for all that they do and will be forever grateful for every single experience that took place that day.

One of my favorite things to do during a cube of truth is to witness the expressions on everyone’s faces. Whether they stay to witness or just long enough to see what we’re showing, their expressions say it all. I love capturing these moments on camera because they tell a more compelling story than just showing the footage on the screens. People have decided to ignore the suffering of farmed animals to ease their conscious on supporting it; so showing footage it not enough. We must normalize the stance against animal exploitation and show people that being vegan is the LEAST we can do. We must stand up and speak up for the victims until compassion for all beings become the new norm.

~UNTIL ALL ARE FREE~

Activism & Animal Rights

5 PASSIVE WAYS TO GET ACTIVE FOR THE ANIMALS

  1. WEAR IT– This one is probably the easiest since it is so diverse.  From hats, tops, bottoms, accessories, you name it, you can cater to your preferences and wear your message.  I currently am collecting t-shirts.  Most are short and sweet (Plant Based, Vegan Vibes, etc.) and a couple are more direct and aggressive.  My favorite shirt being designed by Leah Doellinger (favorite animal liberationist and creator of Meat the Victims).  My more direct message shirts I wear at cubes and protests.  My less direct ones I wear when I’m exercising; either at the gym or running outdoors.

2. SIDEWALK CHALK-TIVISIM–  This is a great way to use your creative side to spread a positive vegan message.  Do it in public areas like parks and bike paths; even if you do it during “off hours” to be more discrete. 

3. STICKER ACTIVISM– This is another area you can get as creative as you’d like to and revolve the stickers around your budget.  There are certain websites and Instagram pages (Activismstickers2 for example), that sell super cute ones and in a wide variety.  Or if you’re strapped on cash, buy your own labels and a sharpie or two.  Carry a few with you when you’re going out. Public bathrooms, bulletin boards and sign posts are great places to speak up for the animals.  I mean, if we have to look at other people’s garbage/graffiti all over the walls, why not use the same platform to spread the love.  I tagged up a few STOP signs in my day, and I don’t plan on stopping. ;o)

4. SHARE SOCIAL MEDIA CONTENT– Whether it’s slaughterhouse or factory farm footage, protests, open rescues or farm sanctuary animals, share as much and as often as you can with your social media following.  Our job as animal rights activist is to share their story and normalize veganism.  Most people already agree with the vegan message of peace for all beings and are morally against animal cruelty.  They have to constantly be reminded that they are indirectly funding animal abuse and that this shouldn’t be normalized any longer. Whether you share a plant based meal, rescue animal or graphic footage, the overall message needs to be spread as far and as wide as possible.

Meat the Victims Lockdowns/Protests- ALWAYS SHARE TO HELP THE FOOTAGE GO VIRAL!

5. VOLUNTEER– This is extremely good for the soul.  Especially if you tend to fall into the depression/helpless hole that most activists can relate to.  I find visiting a local farm sanctuary helps me stay grounded for the animals.  I’m fortunate enough to live next to a few and only a handful of hours away from Farm Sanctuary in NY (still on my bucket list to go visit!)  Surround yourself with some happy ending stories of individuals who survived the agricultural industry.

 Another option would be to join some veganism and/or activism Facebook or Meetup Groups to surround yourself with people who share the same message as you do.  This is extremely important to do to remember that you are not alone in the animal rights fight.  As often as you may feel alone and helpless as an activist, we have all been there and need to learn to lean on each other to keep fighting the good fight!

Activism & Animal Rights

Earthling Ed East Coast Take Over!

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I had the pleasure of hearing Earthling Ed (Ed Winters) speak in person about my two favorite topics; Veganism and Animal Rights.  I found out two days before he would be in town, that he was hosting a speech at Brown University and was touring the East Coast before returning back to the UK.  He has been one of my biggest idols in the animal rights movement since I started my vegan activism journey.  How on earth could I justify missing the legend himself, speak to students in my hometown?!  I’m so very thankful I didn’t.
It was beyond surreal sitting just about 10 feet in front of Ed while he spoke such truth and logic.  Especially since I’ve seen almost every You Tube upload he has ever created.  It was also extremely satisfying to know that this was the first of many times I’ll run into Earthling Ed.  I’ve only been an animal rights activist for just over a year so this is only the beginning for me.  I didn’t have the chance to personally greet him, hug him, shake his hand or thank him for all the amazing work he is doing for the animals.  Mother duties called and I had to leave right before he started his Q&A and meet & greet sessions.  Next time I’m blessed with his presence, I’ll make sure to let him know just how much of an influence he has on my activism for animals. How this entire planet is beyond lucky to have him in the front lines of the vegan movement, for the sake of all Earthlings we share our home with.