Subject: July news from Marin VEG
From: Patti Breitman
Date: 2016-06-30 6:16 PM
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Marin Vegetarian Education Group
July, 2016

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 Independence Day! 

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

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

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  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

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:    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  and  to find out what's happening in the coming weeks. Also, check out Compassionate Living in Sonoma County. Their web site is and The San Francisco Veg Society at www.  



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