Upcoming CARA Events






Unexpected Activism: Losing My Job 
Free Vegan Dinner & Presentation with Keith Allison 

When: Thursday, November 12 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 

Where: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2747 Fairmount Blvd, Cleveland Heights OH (basement dining hall) 

You may not know his name, but you’ve probably heard his story. Keith Allison is the elementary school teacher from northeast Ohio who was removed from his job over a Facebook post showing and discussing local calf crates. He’ll discuss his removal, his subsequent lawsuit, and the resolution. He’ll address reasons why photographs and videos of animal agriculture are seen by some as threatening and our need to openly engage in dialogue with each other.

Keith will be releasing his new book: What if the Shoe Were on the Other Hoof?

Opening for Keith's presentation will be 10-year old Liam Plavan. He will spend a few minutes talking about his journey into veganism and how it feels to be a vegan kid.



Cruelty-Free Friday 

When:  Friday, Nov 27 from 11:00am - 1:00pm
Where:  Beachwood Place Mall (front sidewalk on Cedar Rd), 26300 Cedar Rd, Beachwood OH

Join Cleveland Animal Rights Alliance in reminding shoppers to buy cruelty-free gifts this holiday season, and always! We will be holding a peaceful demonstration on Fur Free Friday - now Cruelty-FreeFriday (the busiest shopping day of the year) to urge shoppers to remove fur and all other animal products from their holiday lists. 

We will be demonstrating on the sidewalk in front of Beachwood Place Mall where all types of fur, leather, wool and many other animal-derived materials are sold (like silk, cashmere, shearling, suede, karakul, angora, alpaca, etc.).

Signs and banners will be provided, but you may also bring your own. We welcome signs against fur, leather, wool and other animal-derived products as mentioned above.

Dress warmly (and of course cruelty-free) and bring a friend!




Cleveland Vegan Book Club

When:     Thursday, December 17 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Where:    Mac's Backs Books, 1820 Coventry Rd, Cleveland Heights OH (basement)

Join the Cleveland Vegan Book Club as we discuss The Ultimate Betrayal: Is There Happy Meat? by Hope Bohanec.

People are becoming increasingly aware that farmed animals are living in misery, their physical and emotional well-being matters, and they deserve to live a happy life. Concerned consumers are discovering that animal agriculture is one of the leading contributors to climate change, fresh water scarcity, deforestation, and air pollution. They are demanding compassionate and sustainable alternatives with their consumer dollars and the industry, eager to capitalize on an emerging market, is responding. But are these new products based on misleading buzzwords designed to deceive unsuspecting customers who are endeavoring to make ethical choices?

Drawing on peer-reviewed research, worker and rescuer testimony and meeting the farmed animals themselves, The Ultimate Betrayal explores the recent shift in raising and labeling animals processed for food and the misinformation around this new way of farming. Small-scale farms are the latest craze, local is the new black, and various methods of alternative animal agriculture with feel-good labels are all the rage. It is now popular to express that your eggs are cage-free and that your meat is organic. But is this trend really the answer to the plentiful problems of raising animals for food? What do the labels really mean? Are these products truly humane, environmentally friendly or healthy? The Ultimate Betrayal offers answers to these critical questions.

Join us for some consciousness-raising discussion and a great opportunity to network and build community with others who care about animals, ecology, healthy eating and social justice!  

Connect with CLE Vegan Book Club on Facebook here.

(We're revisiting a book previously discussed since the topic of "humane" meat has been a theme for the past couple of meetings.) 






CARA's Vegan Mentoring Program

Interested in going vegan but not sure where to start?  Want a veteran vegan to show you the ropes?  We have a diverse group of 23 friendly, experienced and knowledgeable vegan mentors who are ready to be matched up with anyone who would like assistance transitioning to a vegan way of living! Review our mentor bios here and then shoot us an email at info@clevelandanimalrights.org.  We'll then connect you with a compatible mentor that matches your interests.