Co-founders Paul Bashir and Asal Alamdari founded Anonymous for the Voiceless in April 2016. Both self-proclaimed “animal rights activists,” the duo was searching for a way to use their passions about animal rights outreach as a modem for widespread change. From the beginning, the focus has always been on the animals.
Early Cube demonstrations organized by Asal and Paul were about getting out there, hustling and hosting street activism events on the weekends in Melbourne, Australia. From day one, the demonstrations involved a group of people wearing masks. Each Cube triggered an uptake in widespread public interest and volunteers. On the day of the third Cube event in Melbourne on April 16, 2016, Anonymous for the Voiceless was officially formed.
By the end of that first summer, AV was organizing multiple Cube events per weekend and there was enough interest that the movement went global in October 2016. The first AV chapter was formed in November 2016, and by the end of 2016 there were already 25 chapters. What started as a humble beginning with a small group of Melbourne supporters hustling to execute weekend street events has rapidly grown into a worldwide movement. Today, AV has 950 chapters worldwide and has hosted 4,000 events and growing. The Cubes span to 441 cities in 56 countries.