Over 100 nonviolent activists have been arrested at factory farms in Sonoma County for taking direct action to help suffering animals after the government ignored repeated reports of criminal animal cruelty. Thirteen activists face criminal charges, including a total of 47 felonies. Trial was expected to begin in April 2020 for four of the activists, but the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed the court schedule.
A former occupational therapist, Almira is currently a full-time activist with the SF Bay Chapter of Direct Action Everywhere. When she’s not working, she’s most likely out on a run or going to a concert.
Ana is a plant-based chef who left her kitchen to investigate the criminal animal cruelty rampant in California farms. In her time off, she can be found spending time with her friends, human and nonhuman alike.
Cassie was an English major at UC Berkeley and now leads the Communications Committee for Direct Action Everywhere. She spends her free time writing stories, reading books, and playing with her bunnies who were both rescued from slaughter.
Cheyanne is the founder and president of the non-profit organization PEACE: Promoting Equality, Acceptance & Compassion Everywhere. Two years after becoming an activist, she opened an animal rights center, vegan restaurant, community event space, art gallery, and theater in the heart of animal agriculture: Fairfield, IA.
A Stanford graduate and former lawyer with DLA Piper, Jon’s current focus is animal advocacy in the legislative system, as well as lots of yoga and meditation.
Kelly is a bartender in Colorado whose personal experiences with sexual harassment led her to sympathize with animals and recognize that all oppression is connected.
Current real estate agent striving to become full-time activist after attending the Animal Liberation Conference. Moved to San Diego from St. Louis to get more involved in animal rights. Loves long, romantic walks to vegan junk food!
Lawrence is a tech consultant from the Midwest. Being bullied in school helped him recognize the helplessness of animals, and when he’s not fighting for their liberation, he is working out or dancing.
Lewis is an outdoorsman and bodybuilder who works to investigate cruelty in animal agriculture. Since moving to the Bay Area, they have exposed horrific conditions inside dozens of farms and slaughterhouses across the United States.
Growing up in India, Priya witnessed the suffering of countless street animals. As an investigator with Direct Action Everywhere, she has seen the same kind of suffering on a systemic scale inside of factory farms.
Rachel moved to California because of the thriving animal rights movement here. She works in a vegan restaurant, cares for rescued pigeons, and organizes protests with Direct Action Everywhere.
Sanjeev is a Silicon Valley software engineer who loves trying out different adventure sports, learning cultures and languages, spending time with animals in sanctuaries, and reading The New York Times.
Wayne was a lawyer with DLA Piper before co-founding the animal rights network, Direct Action Everywhere. He has investigated dozens of farms and currently faces 16 felonies for rescuing sick animals.
For almost 40 years, Chris has been one of Sonoma County's pre-eminent trial lawyers. He has litigated in over 150 jury trials and represented Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia.
Gabriela is an Oakland based criminal defense attorney who focuses on criminal defense for immigrants and activists. She also serves on the National Executive Committee of the National Lawyers Guild.
Lauren is the executive director of the Civil Liberties Defense Center, which has defended over 3000 activists for free. She is a national expert in the defense of political activists, particularly those in the climate, environmental, indigenous and animal rights movements.
Omar has represented hundreds of peaceful individuals facing incarceration for cannabis-related felonies. He's a graduate of Yale and Stanford Law School, and a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Orchid started her career in criminal defense law at the age of sixteen, and she has successfully handled hundreds of felony and misdemeanor cases.
Izaak has devoted his practice to defending the civil rights of those who have been wronged by police, and his accomplishments in police brutality cases have made national headlines. In law school he was named "most likely to become a rockstar," and we think he has.