Animal Rights Collective Portland (ARCPDX) is a community of individuals and groups amplifying and supporting animal rights activism in the Portland Metro area. ARCPDX provides an essential space to learn more about animal advocacy, plan events and campaigns, find allies, create friendships, and develop leadership skills. We hold an open community meeting on the first Wednesday of every month.

ARCPDX was founded by local grass-roots animal rights activists who recognized the need for a safe and comfortable space for activists of all backgrounds, with clear community guidelines, and democratic leadership. We believe that animal liberation cannot be achieved without supporting other social justice movements.

Advisory Committee

Sarah Butler

Sarah Butler studied animal and environmental law at Lewis and Clark Law School. She was the Event Coordinator of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF), and was in the International Environmental Law Project Clinic (IELP) in 2015, and the Animal Law Clinic in 2016. She won the National Animal Law Competition (NALC) Legislative Drafting and Lobbying event at Harvard Law School in 2015.

She has been a vegetarian since she was 13, and transitioned to vegan when she moved to Portland in 2013. She is a passionate advocate for animals and the environment, she bakes and decorates elaborate vegan cakes, and she is an artist and writer.

Amber Canavan

Amber Canavan is a former cruelty investigator and political prisoner with over two decades in the animal rights movement. She attended the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, where she organized hundreds of events through a student animal rights organization before graduating with a BS in Environmental Studies.

After college, she helped campaign to get soy sauce giant Kikkoman to pledge to stop testing on animals for health advertising claims for its products. She investigated and was later jailed for an undercover investigation into Hudson Valley Foie gras, and later helped get a law passed in New York City banning the sale of the cruel product. Currently she is a lead organizer for the Fur Free Oregon campaign, which successfully introduced a fur sale ban to the Oregon legislature in 2021, and works for PETA in their campaigns department for her day job.

Deanna Cintas

Deanna has been vegan since 2007 and an activist the majority of her life. The first half of her life was in San Diego, CA then she moved to Hawaii with her family when she was 10. She came to Oregon for college and has lived in and out of the state since graduating in 2001.

She completed two years of Americorps after college – first as an NCCC member based in South Carolina, and then as a VISTA member in Alaska. She has an undergraduate degree in education, art, and psychology and a Masters in Education in School Counseling, a profession she was in for three years after graduating. For the last five years she has been self-employed as a licensed real estate agent. She co-founded two non-profits, is on the core committee of another, and volunteers weekly with two other orgs. She loves being a part of the community here in Portland and looks forward to seeing how we can grow and learn from each other while making big impacts for human and non-human animals in our community and the world. Find her on FB, IG (@pdxveganrealestate), or LinkedIn.

Matthew Cooper

Matthew is a dedicated and passionate animal rights activist, with experience in organizing a variety of different events. He currently volunteers with Compassionate PDX to advance legislative protection for fur-bearing animals. He also does nature photography and web development.

Chelsea Davis

Longtime vegan, community organizer, and entrepreneur, Chelsea V Davis aka Veggies Do It Better loves how vegan advocacy is a beautiful way of incorporating all the issues she is passionate about… animal rights, health, sustainability, social and food justice, and compassion.

Chelsea has organized over 100 vegan events ranging from protests to marches, VegFests to international conferences, activist panels to fundraisers and that’s just the beginning! Chelsea’s focus on collaboration and community building brought her to helping launch the new Animal Rights Collective Portland (ARCPDX) and #VeganTipsTuesday. Follow her at @veggiesdoitbetter for tips on activism, veganism and living a healthier, non-toxic lifestyle.

Isaac Farias

Isaac has enjoyed connecting with people as a healthcare “professional” for 15 years in a community pharmacy setting. Outreach has been a natural way for him to combine his experience with people, commitment to animal rights, and love for the sound of his own voice. Chrissy and Pax (partner and companion pooch, respectively) inspire Isaac to put the most good he can into the world.

David Hunt

David has been vegan since 2018, and vegetarian for about four years prior. He is the founder and lead organizer of Earthlings of Portland, which is dedicated to public outreach and education about animal rights issues. He can most often be found doing outreach at the local farmers market. He also enjoys volunteering at the food bank.

Marsha Rakestraw

Vegetarian since 1989 and full-time vegan since 1998, Marsha has spent most of her adult life working for a just, compassionate world for people, animals, and the planet. She has co-founded three nonprofits, served on the board of four, and has worked in the education, public service, activist, and nonprofit worlds for more than three decades.

Marsha is involved in a variety of activist initiatives and campaigns and is passionate about evidence-based strategies for engaging in effective social change. In addition to undergraduate degrees in dance and English and teaching certificates in secondary education and K-12 library media, Marsha has an MLS in library and information management, and a humane education certificate through the Institute for Humane Education.

Founding Members

The following members were integral to the establishment of ARCPDX: Amber Canavan, Chelsea Davis, Dani Rukin, Dani West, Deanna Cintas, Diana Kitsune Martinez, Marsha Rakestraw, Matthew Cooper, Stephanie Garcia, Victoria Kress.