San francisco bay - core Organizers
Standards to join the SF Bay Core team +
- Involvement for at least 6 months
- Leadership role on DxE working group or project for at least 3 months
- Commitment to attend every DxE Meetup and Day of Action
- Participation in DxE Connections as a Senior Connector
- Commitment to DxE Values
- Consensus support of current core organisers
As the founding chapter, the San Francisco Bay Area team is the oldest chapter in the Direct Action Everywhere network.
"We are unstoppable, another world is possible" (a common chant)
Kitty is an activist, dedicated volunteer, and famed goofball. Kitty was born in Vermont and has grown up with a lot of companion animals in her life including her beloved pitbull, Wakiya. In high school, Kitty became politically active and was spending more time volunteering and protesting than in school. She currently lives in Berkeley, with a lot of people, and her two cats, the loves of her life, Nikiqua and Bulgogi. At the University of California, Berkeley, Kitty is studying wildlife ecology and Chicano studies.
"Activism is my rent for living on this planet." (Alice Walker)
Sapphire was born in Israel, and spent her childhood in the Netherlands and California. Sapphire started doing activism in high school, through LGBT and feminist organizing. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and works with children who have special needs.
"So the question is not whether we will be extremist but what kind of extremist will we be. Will we be extremists for hate, or will we be extremists for love?" (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)
Adam is a Duke Law graduate and New York attorney with an LL.M. in Taxation from NYU School of Law. He obtained a Bachelors in Political Science and Economics from the University of Miami. Adam has previously worked in tax consulting at a Big 4 accounting firm. He is an international organizer for the grassroots animal advocacy network Direct Action Everywhere, managing the legal network, the community building network, the blog, and more.
"I am no longer accepting the things I can't change... I am changing the things I can't accept" (Angela Davis)
Kearney was born and raised in the Midwest of the United States. She became a vegetarian at 11, a vegan at 17 and an activist at 19. After graduating from Earlham College in 2012, she taught high school math to students with learning differences in Indianapolis, Indiana. She moved to California in 2015 to become a DxE Core organizer in the Bay Area and work for animal rights full-time. Kearney lives in an activist house in Berkeley and works at a nonprofit.
Zach is a social science researcher, a filmmaker, an organizer with LGBTQ+ Animal Liberationists, and founder of DxE Connecticut. Zach studied in the Honors Program on Ethics, Politics and Economics at Yale University where he received Yale's prestigious Wrexham Prize for research in the social sciences. Zach is currently a Research Analyst at Innovations for Poverty Action, where he helps conduct randomized evaluations (the gold standard in social science) of poverty alleviation programs. Before coming to DxE, Zach participated in numerous social justice campaigns and taught in low-income neighborhoods. Zach's path to animal rights activism was lit by an excerpt from "The Lives of Animals" by J.M. Coetzee and he is inspired by the memory of the dog who he grew up with, Vikki.