James Aspey Telling His Story – Friday, 28 August 2015

James Aspey Telling His Story


AnimalACTivism Collective organised a talk for James Aspey on 28th August at the ANU Tank lecture theatre. The topic was ‘Telling His Story’. About 70 people attended. Hot soup, chai, cupcakes and savoury food was donated. The money raised from this talk was given to James to support his activism.

Introducing James Aspey, a 28 year old peace activist from Sydney, Australia.

In 2014, he embarked on an unprecedented and life changing challenge. James took a 365 day VOW OF SILENCE to raise awareness for animals and promote peace over violence. He did this while travelling around Australia, and also whilst cycling 5000km’s from Darwin to Sydney, in his popular campaign, Voiceless365. He then ended his vow, live, on Australia’s most popular morning TV show, Sunrise and now he’s sharing his inspiring story with the world!

James also shares his life experiences which led him onto his unique journey.

At 17, after being told he had 6 weeks to live unless he started immediate treatment, James went on to win his battle with Leukaemia. His journey took him deeper down the rabbit hole as he started analysing his own life and finding areas where he was causing harm and suffering to the planet, to himself, and to others.

For the following 9 years, James became deeply passionate about helping others take control of their own health and happiness. He became a dedicated Personal Trainer, running his own business and travelling around the world giving health seminars on cruise ships.

He is currently touring around the country to share his highly inspiring, contagiously funny, and incredible journey. His talk includes techniques on being kind to yourself and to others (including animals), chasing your dreams, achieving goals and stepping out of your comfort zone.

AnimalACTivism Collective organised a 45 minute 2XX Radio Interview with James Aspey on Thursday 27 August which was aired on Soapbox. This was filmed by Adrian Muscat.


Seminar: Strategy For A Vegan Australia By 2025 – Saturday, 13 June 2015

Kym Staton Audience

AnimalACTivism Collective organised an ACTivism seminar with Kym Staton the founder and director of the Sydney Vegan Club. This inspiring seminar took place on the 13th of June at the Friends Meeting House in Turner and was very well attended. Delicious food was provided.

In this seminar Kym shared some incredible insights that SVC has gained through analysis of the results of ten different modes of outreach and his approach for bringing about a vegan revolution via the most strategic and cost-effective activism. He shed light on the systems that create and sustain the paradigm of systemic animal cruelty, critically analysed the options for activism, and showed how effective activism strategies have the potential to enable us to achieve a vegan Australia by 2025.

As a result of this ‘Team Earthlings ACT’ was set up to organise an Earthlings screening using Kyms strategy’s with Crowdfunding and Indiegogo. 22 people were on the working team with Jyoti Dambiec being Team Leader coordinating the group.  If you wish that you could do more for the cause and have some solid skills and strategies to use, get in touch via contact@veganact.org.au. Its not anywhere as complicated as you might think!

Seminar Topics Included:
* An equation for calculating the effectiveness of different forms of advocacy
* An analysis of ten different outreach initiatives and their results
* An analysis of leading vegan educators in the world, and their varying approaches
* Sydney Vegan Club’s current strategy and why it is succeeding to educate and inspire massive change.
* Can everyone go Vegan?
* The ‘Kindness Continuum Curve’
* How to avoid creating barriers for change in others
* How to locate a VIP (Vegan in progress) who is looking for guidance
* How to successfully educate and inspire a partner or family member
* Five reasons to be optimistic about achieving total animal freedom, and a vegan world.
* The three best ways you can get involved
* Q&A

About Kim
As a full time animal-freedom activist and vegan educator, over the past two years Sydney Vegan Club (SVC) founder, Kym Staton, has helped guide over 1,000 people into a vegan lifestyle. In this time, he’s had the opportunity to try many different modes of advocacy, vegan-spirational events, and co-write The SVC 30 Day Go Vegan Challenge. He has also built a community of over 5,000 members who are helping to crowd-fund and run this dynamic new organisation.

Listen to a recent radio broadcast here:  http://www.2ser.com/component/k2/item/15696-activism-and-animal-rights

Effective Activism Talk by Sam Tucker of Vegan Outreach – Friday, 8 May 2015

Vegan OutreachAt this event, Sam talked about his journey as a Vegan advocate and ways we can all become involved in effective Vegan activism and answered questions.

Sam Tucker is the new Vegan Outreach Co-ordinator for Australia and New Zealand so had lots of insights to share.

Delicious, inexpensive Vegan food was available for purchase on the night, with all proceeds going to Vegan activism in the ACT.


Talk “Change the World. Eat Great Food.” by Shawna Lee Harrison – Friday, 1 May 2015

Shawna-Lee Harrison

Shawna was only in Canberra for 3 weeks but we were very fortunate to attend her talk to 106 ADFA/UNSW students and collaborate with her to organise a screening of the Environmental movie ‘Cowspiracy’ for the students.

Shawna wrote: My talk “Change the World. Eat Great Food.” will reveal how what you choose to eat can either save this planet, or destroy it. I will expose the devastating effects animal agriculture has on our planet, the animals we share it with, and our health. We will attempt to understand how things got this way by exploring the influences surrounding our eating habits and government policy. By the end of the talk, I hope to show you how easy, healthy and delicious it is to change the world by eating great food, and how you will naturally inspire others to do the same.

I live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada with my rescue pitbull and husband, who is currently a PhD student at ADFA. I have a degree in Psychology and I am currently studying to become a Holistic Nutritionist. My husband and I have been happily vegan for 4 years and I’ve been an active member of Ottawa Animal Defense League for 5 years. I’ve participated in many protests, including one at Marineland in which we stormed the gates, and I’ve also taken undercover footage of a local roadside zoo for PETA. At every opportunity, I try to raise awareness of injustice towards animals and the environment. I see life as a gift that we must pay back by taking care of each other, the planet, and all of its creatures.

Synopsis: My talk “Change the World. Eat Great Food.” will reveal how what you choose to eat can either save this planet, or destroy it.  I will expose the devastating effects animal agriculture has on our  planet, the animals we share it with, and our health. We will attempt  to understand how things got this way by exploring the influences surrounding our eating habits and government policy. By the end of the talk, I hope to show you how easy, healthy and delicious it is to change the world by eating great food, and how you will naturally inspire others to do the same.

Contact activism@veganact.org.au or jyoti.dambiec@gmail.com for more information.


Voiceless 365 – Vegan ACT presents ‘An Evening With James Aspey’ – Friday, 13 February 2015

James Aspey PosterA large group gathered at Majura Community Hall to hear James Aspey’s inspirational story.

“Starting January 1st, 2014, I commenced my journey around Australia whilst engaging in a vow of silence for 365 days. What this meant is that I voluntarily sacrificed my ability to speak for the entire year!” – James Aspey

He embarked on this journey with the intent to raise awareness about animals and to promote peace over violence. James was diagnosed with Leukaemia when he was 17 which started his path of questioning and pursuing a life of purpose.

The selection of food was amazing with rice, curries, salad, summer rolls and sweet treats galore.

Many thanks to Sia Brook for organising this event for Vegan ACT.

For more info see:  www.voiceless365.com


Dr Will Tuttle live in Canberra – 12 February 2014

Written by Sara Vancea, Vegam ACT’s Environment Coordinator

Dr Will Tuttle is the author of The World Peace Diet and he spoke to a Canberra audience of over a hundred people at the Canberra Club on 12 February 2014.

The talk covered the negative ethical, environmental and health aspects of the animal food industry, including dairy. Organised and hosted by Vegan ACT, the night was a great success and we hope to host more talks on veganism and why it is the better choice … for the animals … for the people … for the planet.

An interview with Dr Will Tuttle about his book and the
Canberra talk is available at http://mpathe.org/?cat=19