Activism & Animal Rights

Cube of Truth Tips for Beginners

I first started attending Anonymous for the Voiceless, Cube of Truths a little over a year ago. My very first cube of truth was on Thayer Street in Providence, RI on a Friday the 13th (so fitting given how horrific the footage we share is). What’s even more horrific, is that this footage is reality and is happening everywhere, every second, of every day. 

It was April 13, 2018 to be exact. I was so nervous and anxious on what to expect. I didn’t want to see nor hear the horrible footage on the screens. I didn’t know how bystanders would react when they saw our demonstration and I assumed the worst. I thought maybe someone walking by having a bad day would try and take out their frustration on us and knock over a laptop or taunt an AV member. Or maybe a young group of friends trying to empress each other would think it was cool to laugh at our message and harass us. 

I’ve done about 10 cube of truths so far and I must say, it is the most fulfilling form of activism I’ve tried so far. It inspires me on a daily basis to continue spreading such an important message; animal liberation.

Here are a few pointers from a semi-regular AV attender. I’m sure once I get another years worth of cubes under my belt I’ll have even better tips, so stay tuned!

Start in the cube- one of the best ways to understand the process and purpose of this type of activism is to be part of the cube for your first few demonstrations. Listen to how the AV members on outreach converse with the bystanders. Observe the face and body expressions from both the people who stay and bare witness on the screens and those who choose to keep walking once they realize what they’re watching. It’s difficult to explain the sense of fulfillment you gain showing bystanders the truth and witnessing them bare witness for a change. Especially since most of the time, activists feel so helpless. 

Watch Cube of Truth You Tube videos of other activists-  There’s plenty to choose from and are super informative. It’s how I built the courage to outreach at cubes and try to plant as many seeds as possible. Some of my favorite you tube channels are Joey Carbstrong, James Aspey, That Vegan Couple, Earthling Ed, the list goes on but these are great to start with. Being informed is key to having the courage to converse with people. Knowing the common objections (aka excuses) against veganism will prepare you and keep you at a comfortable state while engaging with people.

Ask questions (and keep your cool) when outreaching-  Always remember that your main purpose when on outreach is not to argue with people or try to convert them into vegans.  Outreachers are there to tell the story of the animals, inform people on who we are as a group, what exactly the Cube of Truth demonstration is and most importantly ASK A LOT OF QUESTIONS!  We are not there to shame anyone; most people have no idea just how bad the animals we exploit really have it.  Ask people if they ever seen footage like this before.  Ask them how it makes them feel to see it.  Ask them if they know how they can stop contributing to the abuse they are witnessing. Some people won’t make the connection right away and that is totally fine; many vegans (myself included) didn’t make the connection right away.  Some will be curious and ready to at least hear the message and witness the atrocities on the screens.  Inform those willing to listen, be a shoulder to cry on to those who will need it and don’t be judgmental. Also, don’t waste your time on people who are combative or immature.  They are not worth the effort and we are not being active for them or us; we are there for the animals.

Take your role seriously-  Whether you are part of the cube or on the outreach team, play the part.  Cubers should stand in the cube and stay as still as possible while remaining silent when holding a TRUTH sign or Laptop/TV.  Their job is to form a cube and show the public how serious our message for the animals is.  The outreach team should only engage with those willing to watch and learn what the Cube of Truth is all about.  The more professional AV members are, the more attention we’ll gain and most importantly, the more seeds we will plant towards veganism!    

Thayer Street~ Providence, RI ~April 13, 2018
MY VERY FIRST CUBE!
Vegan Dishes

Not So Boring Spicy Vegan Chickn Salad

Salads don’t have to be boring…especially full blown, plant based salads! There are limitless options to keep them exciting. This one was literally created on the whim.

Romaine lettuce with broccoli sprouts, cucumbers, tomatoes, yellow corn, red onions and cubed up vegan spicy meatless Quorn patties.

I placed all the ingredients in this container to make it easier to shake up with the dressing. I started with the lettuce, sprouts, then added cranberries and sunflower seeds which are always staples in my salads. Then I threw in everything else before pouring my cruelty free ranch dressing all. over. it.

The outcome was amazing even though I was missing another staple, onion crisps. The hubby loved it and it filled us both up for dinner. Keep the creativity in the salads and they never have to be boring. And may I just say, being vegan doesn’t mean you’re missing out on any meals. Luckily, everything can be veganized these days and the animals don’t have to suffer… That’s the best part!

Vegan Dishes, Vegan Living

My Vegan-ish Pup

V-Dog Pupper!

My almost 6 year old Irish Terrier pup, Cooper has been a vegan in training for the past 9 months. Luckily, he took to the V-Dog brand, so I didn’t have much challenges with that. He’s always been a spoiled pup and likes his dry food mixed with some heated up, fresh food. This is a plus for my V-Dog budget since I can stretch out his stash, while saving money making his fresh food at home.


I usually buy a 30 pound bag every 3 months and give him one cup per day (half a cup for breakfast and half a cup for dinner). He gets half a cup of dry and half a cup of the homemade food twice a day. His fresh food varies from a potato or rice base with mixed veggies. Since our family is plant based and we try to cook whole plant based foods more often than not, I just bump up the portions of whatever we’re having for dinner and set some aside for Cooper, unseasoned. Although there are plenty of safe seasonings for pups, I only use nutritional yeast for him at the moment. I do have a goal to start making his fresh food more in bulk instead of relying on family dinner leftovers. Perhaps once I get into this habit, I’ll dress up his fresh food with some different spices.

I’ve been more cautious on his treats also being plant based.  I have luck sometimes at Wal-Mart and Target finding accidentally vegan biscuit treats.  I invest in V-dog long lasting bones (pictured above) when there’s a great deal to buy in bulk. 


Of course there is always Pinterest as well, to get some homemade vegan dog treat recipes.  Some non vegan treats slip through the crack when my husband buys them.  I know that if I kept up with the treat supply, he wouldn’t take it upon himself to buy any, so I try not to nag him for it.


I advise anyone who is thinking of transitioning their companion animal to a plant based diet to do their research.  There is plenty of evidence in favor of a plant based diet for dogs since they are omnivores (can eat both plants and meat).  Cats are a bit more tricky since they are ultimately carnivores, but there are plenty of supplements and plant based diets that cater to cats needs and at the very least, worth looking into further. 

Regardless, there are plenty of resources that mention just how un-fresh meat intended for pet food is.  They literally separate the rotting corpses of these once beautiful, innocent beings and whatever they deem isn’t “suitable” for human consumption, is then sold to pet food companies.  If you knew just how un-fresh pet food really is, trust me you’d explore better options for your furry family members.  

At the end of the day, living a vegan lifestyle in a non vegan world will have its challenges.  The transition can last months and sometimes even years for people and companion animals.  As long as you make sure you’re doing your best while not being too hard on yourself, your and your family’s vegan journey will be more successful and enjoyable.  One day and one treat at a time! 

Vegan Dishes

Brusselized Green Goddess Pasta!

Who else has felt like a super hero when needing to incorporate the almost spoiled veggies into dinner and have it turn out successful?? I had one of those nights tonight, yay me!  I needed to use up a gigantic, family size bag of brussel sprouts for dinner and a handful of ripped avos that were already 6 hours past their prime.  Pasta was on the menu, so I figured some shells with a bunch of greens mixed in an avocado cream sauce would do the trick.

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I roasted about a thousand brussel sprouts that I cut into quarters, at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for about 35 minutes.  *I should of trimmed the ends off better in the beginning because most ends were too tough and I had to trim them again before adding them in the mix. 
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Next, I boiled the pasta and steamed some frozen peas and fresh baby spinach.  While that was happening, I blended 3 ripped avos with garlic, basil, lemon juice, water, salt, pepper, and of course some nutritional yeast.  None of this was measured.. I had to play around with the consistency so I say just base your measurements on your taste/texture preferences.  Next time, I’ll add veggie broth instead of water to see if that makes it more flavorful.

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Lastly, all ingredients were ready to be mixed together and I was finally able to apply to face!

Vegan Living

Earth Day Every Day

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Since transitioning to veganism, I have made many small, positive environmental changes along the way and there’s still about a few hundred more I need to strive for.  Aside from my food choices, I’ve been working on reducing my waste and making more sustainable purchases.
To be honest, we all should strive to reduce our waste since our one and only home (planet Earth) depends on it. The amount of plastic and trash we dump into our oceans is heart wrenching to acknowledge.  The fact that meat consumption is this planet’s main threat, yet the majority of humans consume animals several times a day, leaves such a stain on our environment.
Some baby steps I’ve taken so far have been to stop buying plastic ware for the house. I can not believe i used to buy Solo plastic cups and plates every month. I also used to pat myself on the back for reusing the same cup every now and then. I’m so glad that we’ve phased them out completely and just use our glassware now.  In the future, I’d love to phase them out of parties I host as well.  I still have some leftover plastic supplies to last me another year or two, so there’s no excuse why I can’t start investing in more earth friendly options as I replace them.  I’ve also purchased a few stainless steel straws so I can easily refuse the plastic ones. Luckily, I’ve cut way back on the Dunkin Doughnuts coffee runs; reducing plenty of plastic and straws. This doesn’t mean there hasn’t been a bunch of times I’ve forgotten my straws at home when I order on the road. Perhaps a car kit filled with on-the-go sustainable products is an order??
What I’m currently working on is investing in bio degradable poop bags for both my dog and hens. I’m really good at refusing the plastic bags at the stores, however they do come in handy for all our poop scooping needs. Sometimes, I purposely forget my reusable bags when we’re really low on plastic ones. Then I get bummed out because I know better. Convenience gets the best of me and I know I can’t be the only one!
Always strive to do better when you know better but at the same time, let’s not beat ourselves up when we hit a snag. Unfortunately our “normal” living habits have not yet caught up with just how much of a mess we need to clean up. We’re not told on a daily basis just how bad our environmental crisis situation really is. We’re not taught to be held more accountable to do our part on making more ethical and sustainable every day choices.
We must consider the negative consequences our present choices will make on our future generations. On our children’s and grandchildren’s future, since they’ll be the ones impacted by our actions the most.  Let’s aim for baby steps towards honoring Earth Day, every day.
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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.

 

 

Vegan Dishes

Fancy Vegancy (boxed) Mac & Cheese

To be honest, I’d love to say that I always make my vegan mac and cheese from scratch using purred sweet pots, cauliflower, onions, etc., but that’s just not the case.  Although I most certainly prefer the homemade healthier versions, time is of the essence more than I’d like to admit.  Boxed mac & cheese will just have to do more often than not; but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring!  I feel like mac & cheese is one of the easiest recipes to dress up.  This has always been one of my favorite dishes and was the one I was most worried about “giving up” when I went vegan.  Little did I know just how much better (AND HEALTHIER) the cruelty free versions can be.
I almost always add spinach or broccoli and tomatoes but I’ll switch up the vegan meat with Field Roast sausages or Beyond Meat burgers.  I recently diced up cubed pieces of the QUORN spicy chickn patties and it came out amazing!   Get as creative as you want adding veggies like broccoli, peas, asparagus, or carrots.  Ground up some veggie burgers or vegan meat burgers and mix… Dinner (or lunch) is served!