Marin Vegetarian Education Group
I hope that you are enjoying the warm weather, staying hydrated
and using sunblock. I am really bad about remembering to lather that
on, and I've had skin cancer twice because of it. (A childhood of
burning and peeling skin didn't help.)
I know it's the start of July, but there are two August events you
will not want to miss, so I'm including them here now: Sonoma
County VegFest on August 20 and Dr. Michael Klaper in San Anselmo on
August 24 to talk about diet and climate. Details below. Happy
Saturday, July 16
Animals and the Buddha screening in Berkeley
The documentary film Animals and the Buddha will be screened as
part of a meeting of Dharma Voices for Animals on Saturday, July 16
in Berkeley at the beautiful Lumbini Buddhist Art Gallery (2177
Bancroft Way). There will be a vegan potluck dinner at 6:00, and
the film will be shown at 7. I am in this film for a brief few
minutes, and, as a co-founder of Dharma Voices for Animals will be
answering questions after the screening. I hope you can come!
Saturday, August 20
Sonoma County VegFest
Mark your calendar now for Saturday, August 20 when the Sonoma
County VegFest will be hosting a bigger than ever day-long
celebration of all things vegan. Dharma Voices for Animals will be
among the exhibitors, and the lineup of speakers this year is
superb. Also, this is in a new venue with more room for speakers and
plenty of free parking. Learn more at http://www.socovegfest.org/
Wednesday, August 24
Dr. Michael Klaper speaking in Marin
350Marin is hosting Dr. Michael Klaper on Wednesday, August 24
at the First Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo from 6 to 8:30. His
talk is called Eating Our Future or Feeding Our Health; The
Climate/Diet connection. There are too few people speaking up about
the link between diet and climate change, and I'm thrilled that Dr.
Klaper will be doing so in our own neighborhood. Dr. Klaper has
been an advocate for vegan diets for decades. He is one of the most
compassionate, well educated, and wise doctors around. Put this in
your calendar today, before you forget. For more information,
contact Dalila at firstname.lastname@example.org
School Supplies for Farm Workers' Families
The Food Empowerment Project is launching its annual school supply
drive for the children of farm workers. Read more about the
importance of this campaign and look at the needed supplies list at
http://www.foodispower.org/school-supplies-drive/ Then pick up a
new back pack or other supplies next time you're at CVS or
Walgreens, Staples,or wherever school supplies are sold.
The Marin drop off location for supplies is The Marin Humane Society
(171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd). Please be sure the supplies are marked
"Atttention: Cindy Machado." Hours are Tuesday through Sunday 10 -
5:30 and Wednesdays 10 to 7. It is closed on Mondays and holidays.
Burning Man Request from Deb Blum
Deborah Blum, founder of the late, great San Francisco pop up
vegan restaurant, Citizen Fox is going to Burning Man (Aug. 28 -
Sept. 5) and wants to bring a vegan message. She is asking for
contributions of vegan food products, vegan product samples, vegan
publications (pamphlets, magazines, recipes, etc), business cards
for vegan businesses, stickers, buttons, bumpler stickers, t-shirts,
and anything else she can hand out to inspire others to try
veganism. She also has a kickstarter campaign where you can read
more about her mission and make a financial contribution:
You can contact Deborah directly at Debblum8@me.com
Bailey's Almande Not Vegan
I reported here recently that Baileys was now offering an almond
milk based version of its signature product. It turns out, though,
that the product uses beeswax (Don't ask me why or how.), and is not
suitable for vegans. A company spokesperson said they will
reformulate to be sure they have a liquor that vegans can enjoy.
Read the story here
Why Do People Eat Vegetarian or Vegan Meals?
The Vegetarian Resource Group commissioned a Harris Poll to
discover the motivation for people who order veg meals in
restaurants. Animals, health, and cost were all motivating factors,
but not in the order you might think. You may be surprised, as I
was, how few people who are not vegetarian or vegan mentioned
animals and how many cited health. Look at the results here:
http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/Polls/2016_eating_out.htm I continue
to believe that not harming animals is the best reason to go vegan.
If good health results, then hooray. If the planet is healed,
terrific. But when all is said and done, not contributing to forced
pregnancies, confinement, mutilation and slaughter is the right
thing to do.
Mothers Against Dairy
New Campaign from A Well Fed World and Free From Harm
A Well Fed World, one of my favorite not for profit
organizations, has teamed up with Free From Harm, another terrfific
group, to launch a campaign to bring awareness of the cruelty of the
dairy industry to a wider audience. Mothers Against Dairy tells the
stories of vegan mothers and of the injustice in the dairy
industry. Read more and link to ten moms' stories (and
heart-opening photos of the moms with their children) at
As always, be sure to look at http://www.bayareaveg.org/events.htm and http://www.meetup.com/marin-vegan/ to find out what's happening in the coming weeks. Also, check out Compassionate Living in Sonoma County. Their web site is www.socoveg.org/ and The San Francisco Veg Society at www. SFVS.org.
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