2 Jan


It’s time to say hello to the new Connect the Dots site!  All of our operations, including our blog, will now run from this amazing new site from N84R3 Design.   Expect many exciting updates throughout each month, so check it often!  For the next two weeks, sign up for the listserv and enter to win a 6 pack of balm from our friends at mylipstuff.com!

This site is for the movement.  Please explore it, share it, and send us your feedback.

For a peaceful and just world,

The CtD Team



4 Dec

Spread the Word

A new mindset for a new year.  It’s time to connect the dots and break apart the foundation that supports cruelty as the norm.  Harming others for habit, pleasure, or financial gain is unconsciable.  Changing the world means changing social norms and the systems that support them.  Please join us as we learn how to align our daily choices with the more compassionate world that we would like to help create.


Big Changes in 3…2…1…

28 Nov

We keep telling you that changes are coming and THEY ARE ALMOST HERE!  Our web guru is working hard on our new website and it’s almost ready!  Plus, we have an exciting contest for the first official week that the website is up.  So hold on just a bit longer, and join the listserv so you can be the first to get the official announcement

Don’t Forget to Verify Your Email!

28 Nov

A lot of folks are joining our listserv!  Just a quick reminder to verify your address so you can  receive and send messages to your fellow connectionists.  Google Groups will send you a message after you submit your email address – make sure to click on the link within that email to finalize your subscription!

Here’s to building a connectionist community!

For Marti

21 Nov

I just found out that Marti Kheel died today.  I don’t know what to do except to write about her.

Marti was a supporter, a mentor, and a friend.  Like no other.  I met her at an animal rights conference.  I had known that she was the co-founder of Feminists for Animal Rights and I wanted to thank her, simply thank her.  Little did I know what would become of that thank you.

I owe so much to Marti.  She didn’t have to support me.  But she did.  I don’t know why she was so wonderful to me after we met.  I don’t know why she reached out to me with so much little-deserved support and respect.  All I know is that she’s the reason Connect the Dots is what it is.  She’s the reason the idea from 2005 has kept going, amidst major life changes, tragedies, and simply daily living and subsistence.  I feel like in a way she made sure that I didn’t give up on it.  I never saw that until now.

Marti is the reason that my dream is alive.

I don’t know how to cope with the loss of someone who I never thought I deserved the respect of.  I don’t know how to say goodbye to someone who believed in me in a way I never understood.  I just have no idea how to let Marti go.

So I won’t.  Marti lives on through Connect the Dots.  She lives on through my commitment to feminist veganism.  She lives on through my commitment to address sexual violence within the animal rights movement.  These are things she gave to me.

The wound of Marti’s passing is fresh and hurts incredibly deeply but I will make sure that her memory, her legacy, and her life is celebrated.

I will miss you Marti and my thank you extends forever.  You gave me courage, strength, and hope to no end.

(Post originates from Ashley’s Blog)

Response to VegNews: Empathizing with Slaughterhouse Workers

12 Nov

CtD’s own Stacia recently wrote a letter to VegNews:

I respectfully disagree with the person who wrote a letter in the July/August issue of VegNews stating that empathizing with slaughterhouse workers is akin to feeling pity towards the SS soldiers who worked in Nazi concentration camps.  No one wants to grow up to be a slaughterhouse worker.  There is little pay, lots of danger, and no status.  Slaughterhouse work is undertaken because of a severe lack of choices, or rather, privilege.  If one has the privilege to make other choices, one can consider herself or himself fortunate.  There are a myriad of reasons for working in a slaughterhouse:  trying to establish a life in a new country with limited opportunities, a stagnant local economy, lack of access to good education, poverty.  Being vegan is so much more than about what food you eat or what clothes you wear.  It is about trying to be kind to yourself, other people, animals, and the Earth.  Caring about people who work under perilous conditions for very little compensation is vegan.  It is also vegan to strive to get others to reduce the demand for such work and then to try to focus on improving conditions in other sectors of food production, such as for produce workers.  Check out the Food Empowerment Project http://www.foodispower.org/ to learn more about the perils of slaughterhouse work and produce work as well as how to eat more healthy and get active on this front.     

Stacia Mesleh

Somerville, MA

Changes Are Coming!

3 Nov

We have some very excited changes coming up!  Keep checking back…what could they be!?!?