Subject: Marin VEG July Newsletter
From: Patti Breitman <>
Date: 2019-06-27, 2:58 PM
To: undisclosed-recipients: ;

July, 2019
Marin VEG

This is a few days early, but I wanted to share these items with you before I leave (again) to visit my mom in Florida.  I try to go often to give my sister, who lives with and cares for her, a break.  Please forgive any inconsistent formatting; my computer decided to mess with spacing and fonts. Oh well!  Enjoy July, especially the strawberries that seem especially sweet this year.  Happy reading!  Bye for now . . .

Saturday, July 6
Noon - 2 PM
Vegan Barbecue and Birthday Bash
The Executive Director of Compassionate Living, Hope Bohanec, is celebrating her 50th birthday with a vegan barbecue in Cotati Downtown Plaza Park on Saturday, July 6 from 12 noon until 2 PM.  Burgers, hotdogs, and all the fixings will be provided.  Please bring a picnic salad to share (greens, potato, fruit, or coleslaw, for example).  Blankets will be available, but bring a folding chair if you wish. And if you choose to bring a gift for Hope (totally not necessary), she requests only a houseplant, as she recently moved and that's the only item  in short supply.  The park is at 8167 La Plaza Drive in Cotati.  Here is the Facebook page for the event:

Wednesday, July 10
Last day to bring supplies to Marin Humane
School Supplies for the Children of Farm Workers
The Food Empowerment Project is collecting new back packs and school supplies for the children of farm workers.  This is not charity, but a way to thank the families that put food on our tables.  See what's needed and learn more at  In Marin you can bring the supplies until July 10 to Marin Humane (171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato) On Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays Saturdays and Sundays from 2 until 5:30.  Wednesdays from 10 to 6:30 PM.  Be sure to mark your contribution: Attention Cindy Machado.  And if you are not familiar with the Food Empowerment Project, by all means get to know them! This is an effective not for profit with a focus on food justice, food access, and issues around the ethics of eating.

Tuesday, July 16
Vegan Salad Bar Launches at
St. Vincent dePaul Society
Mayo, Greens Donations Requested (ongoing)
At 10 AM on Tuesday, July 16, the free dining room at the  St. Vincent dePaul Society (920 B Street, San Rafael) is launching an  all vegan salad bar.  We are invited to attend and enjoy the salad bar at this celebration of good food for people who need assistance with food. The hot food served is mostly not vegetarian, but the salad bar will be as of July 16 in an effort to improve the quality and variety of food served.  If you can donate any brand of vegan mayo, kale, spinach or nuts, please bring them that day or drop them off between 9 AM and 1 PM daily (yes, even weekends).  The free dining room serves 200,000 meals a year, and for many of the people who eat there, these meals are the only meals they eat. I have volunteered with SVdP for more than twenty years, and I see the difference this organization makes in the lives of women and men in our community.The dining room is just one of the many services they provide. Talk to me if you want to learn more about them.

New York Times Opinion Piece "Fake Meat Will Save Us"   This encouraging op ed from the New York Times on delighted me.  Many meat eaters, such as the author of this piece, are switching to plant based alternatives to help save the planet.

Time Magazine on Why We Don't Need Animals to Keep Enjoying Meat  Thanks to the wonderful Factory Farming Awareness Coalition ( for sharing this interview with the founder of Beyond Meat.

Vegan Brunch In the Bay Area   
VegNews published this article listing seven places in the Bay Area to enjoy a vegan brunch. I would add Sanctuary Bistro in Berkeley, but you will have to go soon, as the owners are moving to the East coast as soon as they sell the restaurant.

My Letter in Marin IJ    The Marin Independent Journal recently published a front page story about the decline in sales for dairy farmers in the county.  Today they published my letter in response to that article:

Maybe milk sales are plummeting because many people find that their digestive problems and skin problems are dramatically improved when dairy is eliminated from the diet. Or maybe it’s because dairy-free alternatives are abundant, delicious and easier on the system. Or perhaps it’s because word is out that in order to get milk from animals, those animals must endure pregnancy after pregnancy only to have the newborn calf taken from the mother soon after birth so humans can take the mother’s milk.

Whatever the reason, the dairy industry’s moment has come and gone while plant-based cheeses, almond and soy milks (along with dairy-free frozen desserts) are all thriving. I do not miss dairy, and I wish the dairy farmers well in their next careers.

— Patti Breitman, Fairfax

Miyoko's Butter Under Attack   Speaking of non-dairy options, Miyoko's butter was the subject of a story in Fortune about the dairy industry's efforts to keep the word "butter" off non-dairy products. There are places where it is illegal to sell her butter in stores in Wisconsin.  I find it heartening that the dairy industry considers these superior plant based products as such a threat.  It means that the nondairy revolution is succeeding.  I am indebted to Miyoko for leading our way into the future, even if she needs to fight the status quo in court.

More Vegan Options for California Students The California Assembly voted 46 to 11 to pass a bill that would offer incentives to serve more plant based school meals and beverages. Now the bill goes to the Senate.  Learn more at

Direct Action Everywhere, AKA DxE   People ask me if I support DxE, a headline grabbing animal rights organization based in the East Bay.  I've always had a funny feeling about this group, perhaps from their in-your-face activism that to me borders on violent. While I share their desire to end animal exploitation, it wasn't until I read this article from Carol Adams, my beloved and brilliant co-author, that I understood I'm not alone in questioning their methods.  I hope you will read this disturbing and eye-opening essay.  Thanks to Judith G. for sending it to me.

It's Not Just in the U.S. - Veganism is Growing World Wide    Here is an uplifting photo essay showing animal rights activism and vegan success all over the world.

For the Birds   Karen Davis, founder and director of United Poultry Concerns, has a new book out called For the Birds. Marc Bekoff, an author, professor, and expert in animal emotions, interviewed Karen for Psychology Today.  I found  both Karen's passion and the strength of her argument to be persuasive. Read it here:

A message from Karen Davis In her own words:  Please post a note on the Facebook page of Mother Earth News objecting to their use of the term “processing” to describe killing chickens and other animals by DIY (Do It Yourself) slaughterers. You are also encouraged to send your message to Mother Earth News in an email to:    UPC posted today:   Those who profess an allegiance to authenticity and honest speech should stop calling animal slaughter "processing." Not only does this term intentionally disguise the fact of killing, but it shows how disrespectful of the victims the slaughterers truly are behind the euphemisms. If you cut a fellow creature's throat with a knife or put a knife through the roof of their mouth to paralyze them by "scrambling" their brains, you are abusing and killing your victims, not "processing" them. — Karen Davis, PhD, President, United Poultry Concerns


What Else to Do in July
As always, be sure to look at  and  to find out what's happening in the coming weeks. And check out Compassionate Living in Sonoma County. Their web site is and The San Francisco Veg Society at www.  


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