Subject: Marin VEG June News
From: Patti Breitman
Date: 2017-05-31 9:32 PM
To: undisclosed-recipients: ;

June, 2017
Marin Vegetarian Education Group

When I moved here from New York in 1986, people asked me if I would miss the four seasons.  They didn't know, and neither did I, that the green hills would turn to gold, that the lizards would be all over the trails, that each month has its own display of wildflowers, and that rain, sun, fog, heat and cold all have their seasons here, sometimes in just one day!  Have you noticed that this year's strawberries are especially sweet? May this summer be a sweet one for you.

Saturday, June 17,  3 - 6 PM
Barn Raising Benefit Party for
Rancho Compassion
The animals at Miyoko's Rancho Compassion need a new barn, and we are invited to help build it. Not with wood and hammers, but with funds to make it happen. There will be a barn raising benefit party at Rancho Compassion in Nicasio from 3 to 6 PM on Saturday, June 17.  Enjoy the animals, music, great food, drinks, a silent auction, and guest speaker Jasmin Singer of Our Hen House. Come early if you want to meet the animals (tours starting at 2PM). The cost is a tax-deductible donation of $75 per person ($50 for children).  See the schedule of events and buy your ticket at

New Booklet from Vegan Outreach
One of the most effective vegan advocacy groups - and one of my favorites - is Vegan Outreach.  This outstanding organization hands out free booklets on college campuses around the world in astounding numbers: 30 million individuals have received a booklet by hand from a volunteer since 1993.  These booklets are well researched for facts and effectiveness.  As Vegan Outreach reports:

As documented in our article, Leafleting Effectiveness Study – Fall 2016 Update, reading a VO booklet made:

The article also describes strong evidence that for every 75 booklets read, 1 person becomes a vegan for 1 week or longer. And although not documented in that article, our analysis also suggested that for every 200 booklets read, 3 people go vegetarian and 1 person goes vegan.

Now VeganOutreach is about to publish a new booklet called What Is Speciesism -  And What You Can Do to Help End It. You can read it in a pdf version at

I encourage you to support Vegan Outreach. Become a volunteer or send a contribution to support their good work.  Learn more at

Why Giving Animals as Gifts is a Bad Idea
You may want to print this article and save it with your holiday decorations to read again and share in December.  There are many organizations that suggest we pay for a lamb or cow or other animal to be given to an impoverished family in a poor country in lieu of a gift to a loved one. While the organization A Well Fed World would be a wonderful choice to contribute to during the holidays or any time, its founder, Dawn Moncrief, has written a terrific article for Free From Harm about why those "animals as gifts" organizations should not be supported. Read it here:

Saturday, August 12
Sonoma VegFest

Hold the date and plan to attend the Sonoma County Vegfest on Saturday, August 12 at the Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa. This celebration of ethical eating is always fun and informative.  Learn more at

Saturday, August 26

Compassion in Action Conference

Hold this date and register today. Colleen Patrick Goudreau is hosting a Compassion in Action conference that will help vegans frame, communicate, and act on their values. Colleen is a brilliant communicator, and her books, blog posts, and advocacy are all delightful, insightful, and inspiring.  Learn more and sign up at

The same Colleen Patrick Goudreau has a fascinating blog series called Animalology about the language we use that derives from or refers to animals. If, like me, you are a word lover, this blog is for you.  Sign up for it at

Even Vegans Die - Book Readings and Interviews
After a year of writing Even Vegans Die with Carol J. Adams and Virginia Messina, now I get to promote the book - what fun!
Heartfelt thanks to everyone who bought a copy.  My publisher, co-authors, and I thank you for that, and for enduring my ongoing self promotion.  Thanks also for telling your friends about these upcoming events:

Thursday, June 8 at 1 PM I will be interviewed by Julie Motz on her radio show Art's Desire on KWMR  FM  (90.5 at Pt.Reyes; 89.9 in Bolinas; 92.3 in the San Geronimo Valley) or live at If you can't listen live, you can hear the show afterwards at

Sunday, June 11 at 9 PM I will be a guest on Maureen Langan's show on KGO radio (810 AM)

Saturday, June 24
at 1:00 I'll be reading from Even Vegans Die and talking about the book at Book Passage in Corte Madera (51 Tamal Vista Blvd.) I hope to see you there!

Monday, June 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 I will be doing the same at one of my favorite East Bay restaurants: Sanctuary Bistro (1019 Camelia St., Berkeley) Come for dinner and stay for the book talk. Please share this with your East Bay friends.

On May 31 I was interviewed with my co-author Ginny Messina on Victoria Moran's Unity Radio show Main Street Vegan. You can hear that show any time at
And from April 22, my two co-authors and I were interviewed on Our Hen House. You can listen to that- episode 380 - at

And here are two articles that spoke highly of the book:

More June Activities

A reminder: Look at and sign up for announcements from  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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