Over 100 nonviolent activists have been arrested at factory farms in Sonoma County for taking direct action where the government has failed to address reported criminal animal cruelty. Six activists face multiple felony charges and their preliminary hearings are set for January 2020.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.