* After attending high school in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Avery enrolled in the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to study music. He dropped out after his freshman year, however, to play in a rock band for the next two years. Avery then worked on various organic farms located in North Carolina, France, Spain, and Portugal. Following these job experiences, Avery moved to Chicago where he lived for a year in a housing cooperative and worked with the homeless and poor.
* Apart from his anti-Israel activism, Avery is a musician who belongs to a band called Space Daze.