Subject: May news from Marin VEG
From: Patti Breitman
Date: 2017-04-28 9:35 PM
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Marin Vegetarian Education Group
May, 2017

That rainy season is paying off in wildflowers now. Today I saw paper onions, Chinese houses, and hyacinths alongside fields of vetch, clover and poppies. It's a riot of color in the hills, and I hope you are out enjoying the free show.

I want to offer a special welcome to new readers. Please know that past newsletters can be found at

Tomorrow, April 29 at 11:00 AM  (or today, if you read this on Saturday)
March for Climate, Jobs, and Justice
Sorry for the last minute notice:
Join the vegan contingent in the Climate Justice March today, Saturday, April 29, leaving from the College of Marin in Kentfield at 11 AM and walk to the Hub in San Anselmo.  Groups will also be leaving from the Fairfax Market and from San Rafael City Hall, all arriving at the Hub to celebrate the link between diet and climate change. If you don't start at COM, look for the veg group when you arrive at the Hub.  It's high time the world knew that our food choices make a difference in climate change. Learn more at

John Robbins in the News and in Food Revolution Summit - Starts Tomorrow/Today, April 29
John Robbins, son of the founder of Baskin Robbins ice cream company, was the catalyst for my going vegan in 1986. His classic book, Diet for a New America, made a strong argument for animals and the earth.  Now he's the subject of a story in Forbes about his life and his upcoming, free, on-line Food Revolution Summit which begins this Saturday morning, April 29.  The speakers include 24 well known, forward thinking physicians, dieticians, scientists, authors and ethical educators.

Read the story here:
and learn more about the on-line summit here:

May 4
International Respect for Chickens Day
If you are not familiar with United Poultry Concerns, May is the month to find out more about this wonderful advocacy group.  UPC is the only group devoted to protecting and educating people about birds raised for food.  Thursday, May 4 is International Respect for Chickens Day, and a good time to share what you know about the lives and deaths of chicks and chickens in one of the word's cruelest industries. Learn what you can do to help chickens at

Campaign Nonviolence
At Earth Day I learned about a movement aiming to "mainstream nonviolence," and I thought that all vegans should know about it. CampaignNonviolence asks us to take a pledge to stand against violence and to help build a culture of nonviolence. They are sponsoring actions throughout the fall in cities all over the country. Find out more at their website,

Dr. Will Tuttle on Waste
Dr. Will Tuttle has written an insightful article about waste, enlarging the definition of "waste" to include not only uneaten food, but also the lives of animals who die even before they can be killed for food.  He explains how a vegan ethic is the antidote to waste in every sense of the word. Read it at

Portugal Law Provides Vegan Options in Public Cafeterias
Hooray for Portugal,  where recently a law was enacted that requires public hospitals, colleges, and prisons throughout the country to offer at least one vegan option.  Read more about how this wonderful law came to be:

Los Angeles Bans Wild Animals for Entertainment
The city of Los Angeles voted to ban the use of wild animals in circuses, parties, exhibitions and other venues.  This is great news, and I hope that more municipalities follow L.A.'s example. Read about it here:

Vegan Run Marketing Company
If you are looking for a marketing team to promote your veg friendly business, you may want to consider Levley Marketing. This local, vegan owned company specializes in on-line and traditional marketing and is looking for more veg friendly clients.  Check it out at  You have to click on the white stripes - the menu - at the top of the home page to see the whole site.

Update on Even Vegans Die
My new book, Even Vegans Die, is in its first store! Fairfax Variety (61 Broadway, between Coffee Roastery and the Scoop) has copies on hand to sell.  I like to shop at Fairfax Variety for great greeting cards, office supplies, classic toys, and a small, eclectic collection of gift books and humor books.   If you are looking for a copy of Even Vegans Die, please consider buying it from Fairfax Variety.  If she is there when you go, thank Polly, the owner, for carrying the book. She said - rightfully so - that it was an unusual subject for their book collection, and she placed it with the cookbooks in the back of the store. Book Passage in Corte Madera will have the book soon. And, of course, the book is available from the publisher at and from Amazon, in paperback and Kindle at

To learn more about the book, you can listen to a podcast interview with me and my two co-authors at 
Or look at page 75 in the current issue of VegNews magazine.
And at noon Pacific time on Wednesday, May 31, we will be interviewed live by Victoria Moran on her Unity Radio show Main Street Vegan. After the interview, it will be archived on that site, so you can listen any time in June.

And I will be reading from Even Vegans Die at Book Passage at 1:00 on Saturday, June 24 and at Sanctuary Bistro in Berkeley, one of my favorite restaurants, at 6:30 on Monday, June 26.

More to Do in May
As always, be sure to look at  and  to find out what's happening in the coming weeks. There is a vegan book group, restaurant outings and more. Also, check out Compassionate Living in Sonoma County. Their web site is and The San Francisco Veg Society at www.  


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