Update from the Road: East Coast’s Autumn of Outreach

The East Coast outreach tour of our 10 Billion Lives campaign is coming to a close for the semester. In this blog post, you’ll hear about the crew’s experience saving animals on the road these past couple of months. Take it away, Jessica & John!

This was the first time touring with FARM on the 10 Billion Lives Tour for both of us on the East Coast crew.  Going into this, I thought it might be discouraging, that we may speak with too many people who weren’t going to change their habits, but this tour actually really helped restore my faith in humanity.  The majority of people who viewed the video and spoke to us were deeply affected by it, and said they were at least going to start incorporating more vegan meals in an attempt to transition to fully vegan in the future.  We also spoke to many people who were so touched by the video that they were not only going to go vegan that very moment, but they wanted to become an activist themselves.  We had a wonderful start to the tour at Montgomery College in Maryland, we had 374 viewers in just two days!


Andy was just one of the wonderful people we spoke to there, who was ready to start transitioning to a vegan lifestyle.  We also had a great time at Montclair State University where we had 426 viewers in just two days and spoke to Porsha who wanted to find out everything she could about becoming vegan and getting involved herself.  At Temple University, we had an amazing volunteer, Brianna who helped us get 483 viewers in just three days!  Lydia, who was on tour with FARM this past summer volunteered with us a New York University, and took us out for some delicious pizza at Two Boots Pizza.

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We also had some amazing volunteers at Rutgers University, Lizzie and Elaine.  As well as Amanda who helped us volunteer at James Madison University, and Max who helped us at North Carolina State University.  We had so many wonderful volunteers, who not only helped bring in viewers, but also helped us get good locations on campus.  We ate at so many amazing restaurants this quarter, but there are a few that really stood out.  Both of us agreed that our absolute favorite spot was Positivitea in New Jersey; they had the best black bean burger and soft serve ice-cream!

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I can’t believe the tour is almost over, with only one week left!  It feels like it just started.  While living out of a van for nearly three months had its hardships, it was such an amazing experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything.  We met so many wonderful people, from volunteers to hosts that opened their home to us, to so many people who watched our video and wanted to start making changes to help animals.  It has been a wonderful and incredibly successful few months!


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Say Hello to the Fall 2015 10 Billion Lives Crew!

After a successful Summer of #SavingAnimals, we’re excited to hit the ground running with the Fall 2015 semester of outreach with our 10 Billion Lives campaign! Meet the 6 individuals who have dedicated the next few months to reaching as many people as possible with the importance of vegan choices across the country.

National Tour

Radish & Jill
Radish & Jill

Radish & Jillian are back on the road with the National Tour! Jillian Lowry was previously the driver for Warped Tour 2015 and did the Spring 2015 outreach tour. Radish has done multiple tours with 10 Billion Lives, including a couple of stints on Warped Tour. We’re very thankful to have these experience & dedicated activists on the road again for animals!



Southwest Tour


Melissa and Chase are new to the 10 Billion Lives campaign but are no strangers to helping animals!

Melissa DelSignore earned her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Youngstown State University in Northeast Ohio.  As a former marketing intern for Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary, Melissa created a vegan cookbook and printed 1,000 copies to raise funds for the rescued farm animals at the sanctuary. Recently, she earned her Plant Based Nutrition Certification from The T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies.  When she is free, you can catch her sipping out of coconuts on the shores of sunny Southwest Florida.


Chase Avior is a Screenwriter/Director/Actor/Public Speaker with a strong background in Ethical Philosophy and Social Psychology. He has been vegan for about 6 years. “When we liberate the oppressed, we free ourselves as well.”


East Coast

John & Jessica

The East Coast tour also has two newcomers, John & Jessica, who are excited to spend the autumn months advocating for animals!

Crew member John Kane says,  “I’m from Orlando, FL, but I was born in Fairbanks, AK. I’ve actually only been vegan since this past January, but I love doing activism and talking to people about veganism. In my spare time I like to practice the piano and cook lots of vegan food. I’m also a huge Hannibal fan, and I’m kind of conflicted about it.”

Jessica Richter recently graduated from University of Washington, majoring in Global Studies. A lifelong Seattlite, Jessica has been vegan for 6 years and credits the documentary, “Earthlings,” for springing her into activism. “I started leafleting, going to animal rights events and becoming more active about animal rights after watching Earthlings, I was already vegan when I saw it, but it really got me passionate about helping create change.”

Please leave a note of thanks & encouragement for these dedicated activists in the comments below! If you’d like to support the tour and its mission of saving animals, make a tax-deductible donation HERE. Be sure to follow along the adventure by following the 10 Billion Tour on Twitter and Instagram!

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Compassionate Activist Spotlight: Jennifer Mennuti

We are so proud of the compassionate change-makers speaking out for animals through our Compassionate Activist Network! Right now, you’ll get to know CAN Coordinator, Jennifer Mennuti, from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Read on to learn more about her activism experience!

Jennifer (right) has been a huge help with our 10 Billion Lives campaign at Warped Tour!
Jennifer (right) has been a huge help with our 10 Billion Lives campaign at Warped Tour!

FARM: How long have you been involved in animal rights activism?
Jennifer: Shortly after becoming vegan in 2008, I watched the original version of Peaceable Kingdom and decided that just being vegan wasn’t enough to help animals. I decided that I needed to do a whole lot more to help stop this enormous suffering. I’ve dedicated a lot of my free time since that moment to bringing awareness to their plight and to the many benefits of the vegan lifestyle.

How long have you been vegan?
I’ve been vegan since 2008 when I stumbled upon Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s podcast “Vegetarian Food For Thought.” It was around Halloween because I remember one of my first important questions was, “Which Halloween candies are vegan?”
When did you join CAN?
I joined CAN late last year after some friends told me about it.
What is your favorite outreach activity?
My favorite outreach activity is showing factory farm footage to people. I think it’s so important for people to fully grasp the misery these animals endure and video is the best way to convey this reality. Watching the reactions of the viewers is very powerful and I love answering their questions and giving them more information.

Most Saturday nights, Jennifer can be found advocating for animals in South Beach.
Most Saturday nights, Jennifer can be found advocating for animals in South Beach.

What is your most memorable experience while doing outreach?
My most memorable moments of outreach have been participating with the 10 Billion Lives Tour at Vans Warped Tour, which I’ve done twice. It’s a very fast paced, intense experience due to the loud music, thousands of people, hot sun, rain, and ability to show an entire video to so many young viewers who have the potential to make an enormous difference for so many animals. Kudos to the crew members and other volunteers for participating in this tour!
What do you enjoy the most about CAN?
I love the CAN Facebook page because I can see what other activists are doing and it gives me ideas of things I can try in my own community.

What are some of your goals as an activist?
Although I sometimes participate in demos concerning circus animals, rodeos, marine parks, etc. my primary goal is to educate people about the animals they eat since it affects so many more lives and it’s something we can directly impact at least three times each day. My goals involve spreading awareness as well as assisting with creating and promoting alternative food options so people have convenient, affordable, and tasty options.
What is your favorite vegan food?
I’m pretty partial to vegan cupcakes. They are available in so many flavors and at increasing locations that I’ve been able to retire from making them and now purchase them from local vendors.

Thanks for sharing, Jennifer!

If you’re ready to start #SavingAnimals through our Compassionate Activist Network, sign up today! It’s free to register and order leaflets, plus we have a supportive community of fellow CAN coordinators and FARM staffers. And of course, the more outreach you do, the more great vegan prizes you’ll earn! Get started today!

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Compassionate Activist Spotlight: Megan Paul

We are so proud of the compassionate changemakers speaking out for animals through our Compassionate Activist Network! In this blog, you’ll meet CAN Coordinator, Megan Paul, from Houston, Texas. Read on to learn more about her activism experience!


FARM: How long have you been involved in animal rights activism?
Megan: 13 years

How long have you been vegan?
2 years

When did you join CAN?
About 9 months ago

What is your favorite outreach activity?
I really love to leaflet. It’s a great conversation starter and SO easy to do!

What is your most memorable experience while doing outreach?
I was Leafletting my campus for the first time, Texas A&M, and I was nervous I would face backlash from the mostly agriculture major student body. Sure enough, a student came back to me about 5 minutes after I handed him a leaflet and he thanked me for opening his eyes. I haven’t stopped since!

What do you enjoy the most about CAN?
The prizes are so realistic and easy to get! But they also work with me really well to get leaflets that I need for events.

What are some of your goals as an activist?
I just want to enlighten people about the choices they’re making.

What is your favorite vegan food?
Well, since Daiya has made a cheesecake, I’m gonna have to say that!

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Thanks for sharing, Megan!

If you’re ready to start #SavingAnimals through our Compassionate Activist Network, sign up today! It’s free to register and order leaflets, plus we have a supportive community of fellow CAN coordinators and FARM staffers. And of course, the more outreach you do, the more great vegan prizes you’ll earn! Get started today!

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Meet the Second Warped Tour Crew for 10 Billion Lives!

We’re more than halfway through our Summer of #SavingAnimals and our outreach at Vans Warped Tour is going strong! Say hello to the 10 Billion Lives crew who are speaking out for animals for the last half of the nationwide music festival.



Brian Lutz joins the tour from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Brian has been touring with different animal rights organizations for over a year now. When he’s not on the road advocating for animals, Brian raises awareness about the suffering involved in horse-drawn carriages.

WT2AndreaAndrea Holt joins the crew from Kansas City, Missouri. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from MidAmerica Nazarene University in 2013. Andrea says, “I have a strong interest in marine biology and ocean conservation, so I graduated and went to live on a boat, the American Pride docked in Long Beach, CA, for six months teaching ocean science and conservation. Then went on to work for Ocean Institute, a non-profit organization in South Orange County, as a marine science instructor.” Andrea recently celebrated her first vegan anniversary!



Ryan Hajek climbs aboard the 10 Billion Lives tour from Ventura, California. He is in his second year of political science studies at Cal Poly Pomona. Ryan has accomplished a lot for the animals on campus: he founded the school’s first animal rights group, Bronco Animal Rights Network (BARN); has campaigned for Meatless Mondays on campus; has protested and petitioned sale of SeaWorld tickets at the university; and does outreach with FARM’s Compassionate Activist Network and has volunteered with 10 Billion Lives. Ryan is also a Campus Representative for PETA and a Campaigns Intern for Humane League.

Andrew Kinnecom is a music producer and musician from New York City, joining 10 Billion Lives following a 4-year stint with Greenpeace. Andrew has been vegan for the past 6 years. His advocacy focuses primarily on deforestation, overfishing, dirty energy, and factory farming issues.

Jillian Lowry is still driving the crew from coast-to-coast, following her spring campus tour with 10 Billion Lives!

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We’re thrilled to have another compassionate crew of activists advocating for animals at Vans Warped Tour! Please leave a note of thanks & encouragement for the crew in the comments below!

Support the tour wherever you are with a tax-deductible donation! Every $1 donated = 1 more viewer of our important 4-minute video, which inspires them to work toward a vegan diet!



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Compassionate Activist Spotlight: Tammy Lee

Organizers with our Compassionate Activist Network (CAN) are doing AMAZING things for animals in their communities! We’re so impressed & inspired by the work they are doing that we want to shine a spotlight on them. Our first Compassionate Activist Spotlight is on Tammy Lee, one of our top CAN Coordinators!

Tammy Lee (left)
Tammy Lee (left)

FARM: How long have you been an involved in animal rights activism?
Tammy: 25 years. It started when I attended a PETA “Animal Rights 101” workshop in 1990. This was pre-Internet, so they seated us by zipcode. While there, I met others in my local area and we connected to do an outreach table at Contra Costa Earth Day, using PETA leaflets that explained the various ways animals were exploited for food, clothing, personal care products, etc. I don’t think any of us had ever tabled before. I remember we created a paper banner on a dot matrix printer, and displayed a bowl of vegetables, each labeled with how many grams of protein it had. (Yes, some questions never change.)

How long have you been vegan?
I’ve been vegan since 1990. The catalyst was stopping in a random store for ice cream after hiking at Pt Reyes National Seashore, where I picked up a magazine. It was either The Animals Voice Magazine or The Animals Agenda. My eyes were open[ed] to a whole new way of looking at the world and the non-humans that I share it with.
When did you join CAN?
I joined in Fall 2014, after my college leafleting buddy Don raved about this new leaflet, “Have We Been Lied To?”. I was impressed by its style and inviting cover, and joined to get it into more people’s hands.

What is your favorite outreach activity?
I like leafleting both for its ease in setup and the spontaneous nature of the activity. I do also enjoy tabling, which allows for more in-depth conversations, creativity, and a broader presentation of material.

What is your most memorable experience while doing outreach?
Gosh. This is a hard question since I’ve been doing outreach since 1990. I’ve had so many experiences, but the one that rendered me speechless was my first SF Pride in 2003. So I’m at the booth with my husband Chris James and Nora Kramer. We’re right on the main thoroughfare, and this woman [approaches] us with a question. But I couldn’t answer, because I was shocked and preoccupied with her toplessness and where I should be looking… Fortunately Nora handled the situation with aplomb. I learned then how different tabling at Pride is than any other event. Our group, Bay Area Vegetarians, had a table at SF Pride until 2010, but nothing topped that experience.
What do you enjoy the most about CAN?
I enjoy hearing what others are doing around the country to help animals. Even though I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is overall very vegan-friendly, I live in Napa county, where there is not a single vegan or vegetarian restaurant. There’s only a few of us who leaflet, too. I would love to connect with others in my area via CAN.

What are some of your goals as an activist?
I don’t really have any goals. I just hope to encourage more people to eat vegan & to educate themselves about the issues, and to be active for animals as long as I’m able to.

What is your favorite vegan food?
The Banh Mi Salad at Veggie Grill, or cooking up a batch of spicy beans and rice at home, and topping it with shredded lettuce, fresh cilantro, and diced avocado.

Tammy Lee (right)
Tammy Lee (right)

Thanks for sharing, Tammy!

Are YOU ready to take action for animals in your community? Join our Compassionate Activist Network today & order FREE leaflets for outreach! We also offer action guides and lots of support! The more outreach you do, the more animals you’ll save, and the more rewards you can earn. We look forward to having you join us!


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Meet the First 2015 10 Billion Lives Warped Tour Crew!

Today is the first day of the 10 Billion Lives summer-long outreach at Vans Warped Tour! Two different crews will be following the famous music festival from coast-to-coast, educating young concert-goers about the truth behind meat, dairy, and eggs and helping them move toward a vegan diet. Meet the first crew that will kick off this exciting season of outreach!



Jillian Lowry (driver) is from Cleveland, Ohio and has been a vegan for nearly 10 years. After learning about the various forms of exploitation occurring in the animal agriculture industry, she knew animal rights was her calling. Jillian participated in animal rights activism while earning her Master’s in Ireland and continues to support the cause in the USA. Just finishing off last semester’s 10 Billion Lives National Tour, she is excited to drive the crew across the country for Warped Tour! Go Jillian!

Radish (crew leader) has mostly been involved in vegan outreach/animal rights activism (FARM, peta2, Vegan Outreach, Direct Action Everywhere, etc.), but is also involved with anarchist/community organizing (like Food Not Bombs). Radish cares deeply about environmental, feminist, and LGBTQ+ rights issues. This is Radish’s THIRD Warped Tour with FARM, in addition to a fall semester of outreach with the 10 Billion Lives Southwest tour in 2014. Great to have you back, Radish!

Raven Corrigan is from Chicago, Illinois, and has been one of FARM’s top coordinators in our Compassionate Activist Network! Through CAN, Raven has done leafleting and pay-per-view events. They have also been a fantastic volunteer every time the 10 Billion Lives tour comes to their area. Raven is a current college student and has been vegan for 3 years. Great to have you on tour, Raven!

Karly Placek joins the crew from Monroe, Wisconsin. Karly was the founder & president of the Ithaca College Animal Rights club! She earned her BA in Documentary Studies. Karly has volunteered with Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, New York. Fun fact: She can identify nearly any species of primate. Welcome aboard, Karly!

Lydia Harris is currently a student at New York University. After 8 years of vegetarianism, she has now been vegan for one year. She has interned with Farm Sanctuary, Mercy For Animals, and Farm Animal Rights Movement; volunteered with Missouri Wildlife Rescue Center; is a co-organizer of Vegan P:OWER Events; and is an undergraduate representative for Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. Wow! Great to have you, Lydia!

As you can see, we have a fantastic crew of compassionate change-makers all set to get our Warped Tour outreach off to a great start! We are so thankful for the dedication of these individuals to spend their summer #SavingAnimals!


Volunteers are needed for every USA stop along the way! Check dates HERE and submit a volunteer application HERE. Can’t help out in person? Your donations keep the tours going all summer long! Every $1 donated = 1 more person reached with our life-saving message! Make your tax-deductible donation HERE.

Follow the tour’s journey on Twitter and Instagram!

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Say Hello to the Summer 2015 10 Billion Lives Tour Operators!

Our Summer of #SavingAnimals is underway and today we’re excited to introduce you to 4 individuals who are dedicating their summer to just that! Say hello to the tour operators of the 10 Billion Lives East Coast & Southwest tours!

Nicole & Shiri, Southwest Summer Crew

Shiri Takacs leads this summer’s Southwest tour. Shiri was born and raised in South Africa and now resides in sunny California. Shiri has been working in graphic & web design for the past 9 years, focusing most recently on providing designs to vegan companies and animal-focused non-profits. Eager to dive more fully into activism, Shiri is excited to be on the road with 10 Billion Lives this summer!

Nicole Casares went vegan two years ago after watching the documentary, Vegucated. Since then she has devoted most of her free time to spreading the compassionate message of vegan living by leafleting at colleges. She is now excited to be on tour and have more conversations with people about how they can adopt a plant based diet. Nicole attended California State University Long Beach and majored in Studio Art. This fall she plans to go back to school and earn her masters in Social Work.

Niko & Isaac, East Coast Summer Crew

Niko Morozov is leading this summer’s East Coast tour of 10 Billion Lives. Niko currently attends Willamette University and is president of the Vegan Club. Niko has been vegan for four years and enjoys sushi, French toast, and all animals (especially dogs and ferrets). Dessert is her favorite meal of the day, especially when it involves chocolate.

Isaac Boswell joins the tour from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Isaac dedicates a lot of his energy and compassion into various animal rights projects while also working as a cook, courier, and bicycle mechanic at a non-profit bike recycler. In his free time, Isaac enjoys reading, playing music, and making all kinds of different crafts, including jewelry, sewing, and screen printing.


We are excited to have Shiri, Nicole, Niko, and Isaac join us for a tremendous Summer of #SavingAnimals! Please leave them a note of thanks & encouragement in the comments below.

Stay tuned — we’ll soon be introducing you to our Vans Warped Tour crew!

How are YOU saving animals this summer? We have a variety of exciting outreach opportunities that will not only help create a kinder world for animals, but will also earn you rewards! Learn more HERE.

All three tours of our 10 Billion Lives campaign need volunteers all summer long! Get all the details & apply at 10BILLIONTOUR.ORG/VOLUNTEER

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Join Us for Our Summer of #SavingAnimals!

Warmer, sunnier days are upon us and what better way to soak up the sun than by participating in FARM’s Summer of #SavingAnimals! This year we have several ways for anyone anywhere to make a monumental difference for animals.



Our 10 Billion Lives National Tour will once again be following the Vans Warped Tour, reaching thousands of people through our unique and effective pay-per-view outreach. Volunteers are greatly needed to help reach as many people as possible about the plight of farmed animals. Join the crew for an unforgettable day of activism when the tour comes to your city! Find Vans Warped Tour stops near you HERE then apply for an exciting day of outreach at 10BILLIONTOUR.ORG/VOLUNTEER

You can also support the tour near or far with a monetary donation! With our pay-per-view model set to reach tens of thousands of people this summer, we need your support! Every $1 you donate = 1 person inspired to live more compassionately. Make a tax-deductible donation HERE.


10BLT East and West Volunteers

Our other two 10 Billion Lives tours will be covering the Southwest and East Coast areas, setting up at festivals and concerts to reach as many people as possible, including Capital Pride DC, LA Pride, San Francisco Pride, San Diego Pride, Orange County Pride, & several dates of the Rockstar Mayhem Music Festival! Learn more at 10BILLIONTOUR.ORG/VOLUNTEER



Pride festivals are happening all over the country this summer and it’s a great way to reach thousands of people about the plight of farmed animals. Join our Compassionate Activist Network (CAN) & order FREE leaflets! You’ll earn BONUS rewards credits for leafleting any Pride festival this summer. (Rewards credits can be redeemed for great vegan products or even cash!) CLICK HERE for a calendar of Pride events.



Taylor Swift is on tour this summer and she sure draws a crowd! Leaflet her concert stops & you’ll earn BONUS rewards credits through CAN. Concert leafleting is fun with a friend, so grab some pals and rock it! See Taylor Swift’s tour schedule HERE.


taste of summer

When the days get longer and sunnier, naturally we want to enjoy it as much as we can! Celebrate the season with a vegan potluck in your community! This is a great way to enjoy and explore different vegan foods and strengthen your community.

However you’re saving animals this summer (volunteering at a shelter or sanctuary, organizing a film screening, etc), we encourage you to share it on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with the hashtag #SavingAnimals. We look forward to seeing how YOU are creating a kinder future for animals this summer!


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FARM & FFAC Empower Activists in Los Angeles

For the past few months, FARM’s Southwest Outreach Coordinator, Angie Fitzgerald, has teamed up with Factory Farming Awareness Coalition’s LA Director, Nora Kramer, to put on monthly mixer/trainings for animal rights activists. These gatherings not only empower new & seasoned activists, they also strengthen the community of compassionate changemakers in the Los Angeles area. Many of our FARM supporters from around the country have been wanting to learn more about these events, so today’s blog post comes from Angie, sharing how the meetings have inspired action!

For many people, getting involved with animal activism is an exciting undertaking, but might also be an intimidating one. ‘What is effective animal activism? How do I get started? What if I don’t know all the answers?’

Almost a year ago now, FARM launched our Compassionate Activist Network (CAN) to address these questions and more, and create an online community to encourage and reward grassroots animal activism nationwide. When FARM’s Los Angeles office opened this past January we wanted to help build the local activist community here in Southern California, so we teamed up with the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition (FFAC) and started offering monthly animal activist trainings and mixers.

A local vegan coffee shop in Hollywood that boasts the most aromatic coffee and incredible French pastries, The Blue Rose Café, welcomed us with open arms. Once a month for the past three months we’ve taken over the Blue Rose for an afternoon, inviting activists near and far and of all experience levels to join us for a few hours of networking and skills building.

We began each afternoon with the mixer portion of our event—asking attendees to throw on a nametag that had not only their name, but also the area they live in (to assist in finding local activists they can collaborate with) and three things they enjoy doing other than advocating for animal rights. After all, there’s a lot more to each of us than our compassion for reducing suffering, and we know that to effectively build our community it’s helpful to connect with each other on multiple levels.


The attendees were then given the assignment to mingle with others and share their activist story. Listening to people describe their entry to animal activism was a major highlight of our events. It wasn’t uncommon for people to respond to our request with, “Oh I’m not really an activist” or “I don’t have an activist story.” We understood. The truth is that there are many different forms of activism and activists, and a lot of activists don’t even realize they’ve taken on that role. They don’t see that their daily activities count as activism, from boycotting animal products at the grocery store by voting with their dollars for more compassionate products, to explaining to a friend or co-worker that they’re vegan and why. Even if it was the first thing that an attendee had ever done on behalf of animals, just by stepping through the cafe door and saying ‘I want to know how to effectively speak on behalf of animals and engage within this community,’ they were standing in activist shoes. When we took a moment to explain and widen the definition of ‘activist’ from a person who protests in the street, to anyone who is actively being a voice for the voiceless, all attendees were able to own the title and begin to tell us about their journeys.


After an hour or so of sharing stories and enjoying cappuccinos and chocolate croissants, it was time to switch over to the training portion of our events. For Nora and myself, it was time to take a moment and share our own activist stories as well as the importance of effective activism and building community. We also took a minute to thank attendees for the fact that of all the places in the world they could be on a weekend afternoon, they had chosen to come be with us, honing their skills and sharing their experiences.


We would spend the next hour or so explaining the most effective forms of activism that an individual can engage in, from restaurant outreach to pay-per-view, school talks to leafleting, and food sampling. We talked about how to get involved in each form of outreach locally, and about how CAN is set up to support activists with free literature and guidance. Soon enough it was time to stretch our legs, so we’d give a leafleting training inside and then send everyone outside to practice what they’d learned in groups. After a good stretch and an opportunity to share tips and tricks, everyone returned for the most collaborative portion of our event: the effective communication training. We would always go over a few key things to remember before launching into a discussion about what people found most challenging when it comes to communicating on animal rights issues, and how best to tackle those challenges. Sharing thoughts and stories, the group recounted situations that worked well and situations that, if given the chance to do again, could be done more effectively.


As the training wound down we opened up the floor for anyone to share ongoing projects or upcoming events that the group could participate in. We answered questions and talked about the next big step in the process: going out and engaging in effective activism! We handed out sheets filled with upcoming events, local resources, books we recommend reading, and our contact information to stay in touch. We then checked in with each attendee about where they wanted to get started and how we could help. Of course all that was left to do was to engage in everyone’s favorite activity of them all: eating! We’d head next door to Doomie’s Home Cookin’ for delicious vegan eats to conclude an inspiring afternoon.

The trainings have been an exciting and rewarding undertaking over the past few months and we’ve certainly learned a lot from them. Coming from all corners of the greater Los Angeles area, attendees brought their varying experiences and abilities and together we built not only our skills but also our community. From authors to DJs, students to professional animal rights activists, our attendees painted a picture of our greater community as a whole. What we found in those few afternoon hours once a month is that there is a lot we can learn from others, but also that there’s a lot that each of us have to share. There are easy ways in which every single one of us can exponentially save more lives than we currently save every day, and at the root of that is education. We must educate ourselves to be better voices for the voiceless so that we can educate our communities on these issues that affect all of us. Just as important, we must educate each other on our trials and triumphs so that as the collective animal rights movement we develop and expand.


The trainings are currently on hiatus as Nora leaves for the summer to run her highly influential Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp series and I take a leave of absence to cycle across America. Not to worry – we’ll be back!

FARM’s Southwest Outreach Coordinator, Angie Fitzgerald, would like to thank the Los Angeles Director of the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition, Nora Kramer, for running with the idea of monthly activist trainings and making these events the highlight of her past few months in LA. She’d also like to thank Prabhat Gautam & The Blue Rose Café for their never-ending support of local activists and their big dreams. If you’d like to attend an upcoming training in the fall, e-mail angie@farmusa.org.

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