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Eva Hamer

Program Lead || Pax Fauna
Eva is a longtime organizer in the animal freedom movement. Her movement work began in 2015 when she began organizing with Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) in Chicago, where she focused on building community, writing protest music, and compiling the movements’ songs into an online songbook used by advocates around the world. She began to serve as DxE’s legal coordinator in 2018, managing the organization’s many legal cases, organizing trainings, and orchestrating large artistic demonstrations, which continued until she co-founded Pax Fauna in 2021.  For over two years, she faced felony charges for the rescue of beagles from a testing and breeding facility– charges that were dropped shortly before a scheduled trial in March 2024. Eva has a deep curiosity about culture in all its forms, and how social movements engage with culture both internally and externally. Through songwriting, she has explored how music and art can shape the messaging and attitudes of the animal movement.  Building on a background in Kingian nonviolence, she is a dedicated student of Nonviolent Communication, and she is committed to bringing NVC’s repertoire of creative problem-solving tools to the work of building a better culture in the animal movement. She’s currently a certification candidate with the Center for Nonviolent Communication and regularly writes blogs and leads trainings to support the culture of the animal movement through NVC.  Working for years as a music therapist in hospice taught Eva how to apply metrics to aspects of life that are difficult to measure- and how to judge when metrics aren’t working to tell the whole story.

"Welfarism vs. Abolitionism" is Obsolete

Where the Animal Movement Will Be Reborn

The Animal Movement’s Biggest Blind Spot

Rethinking the Liberation Pledge

Introducing Pro-Animal Future's 10-Year Plan

Poll: Denver Voters Supportive of Pro-Animal Policies

Empathy with Our Opposition: Persuading through Nonviolent Communication

What Anti-Vegan Bias Can Teach Us About Allyship

The Movement Needs a Repair Kit

When Enemies Appear: Untangling Our Anger

Beginning a Practice in Nonviolent Communication

Facilitating Conflict: Making Requests in Nonviolent Communication

Needs Consciousness for Better Conflicts

What We Mean When We Talk About Empathy

Why the Animal Freedom Movement Needs Nonviolence

Embracing an Inside-Outside Strategy for Animal Freedom

Examining the Value of Open Rescue in Light of the Smithfield Victory

Dispelling Carnism at its Intergenerational Roots

Showing Our Work on Social Connectedness

What Moves In a Social Movement?

Dentists Don’t Spread Veganism

Vegan Tables: A Letter to the People I Love

An Evolution of the Liberation Pledge

Preliminary Research Findings at ALC 2021

Reclaiming our Animal Emotions: Nonviolent Communication for Advocates

Report: The Promise of Direct Democracy for Momentum-Driven Social Movements

The Two Competing Strategies Behind Every Protest

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