Subject: Marin VEG December Newes
From: Patti Breitman <>
Date: 2019-11-30, 3:45 PM
To: undisclosed-recipients: ;

December 2019
Marin Vegetarian Education Group

Hello rain! Thank goodness for this welcome end to high fire risk, and for the  return of slugs, salamanders, puddles and mud! Wishing you peace in your heart, in your home, in your neighborhood and in the world during this season of peace and always.

Wednesday, December 4
Sjaak Warehouse Chocolate Sale Begins
Starting on Wednesday, December 4 Sjaak organic, fair trade chocolates will be on sale at their Petaluma warehouse (1340 Commerce Suite D,  Front door is on Transport). Gift boxes, gift bags, and individual chocolate treats are beautifully packaged,  delicious and popular as presents. Note that the gift boxes tend to sell out early.  Here are the hours of the sale:

Wednesday 12-4-19           10:00-3:00
Thursday 12-5-19                10:00-4:00
Friday 12-6-19                     10:00-3:00
and again
Wednesday 12-11-19      10:00-3:00
Thursday 12-12-19           10:00-4:00
Friday 12-13-19                 10:00-3:00

Wednesday, December 4, 6:00 PM
Green Change in Mill Valley
I don't know if this group advocates a vegan diet, but they support young activists who do, and their other actions seem wonderful.  It is said that taking action with others fights despair, so check out Green Change and fight despair while fighting climate catastrophe.  Community leaders will discuss  actions to save the planet from 6 PM to 8PM at the classroom in Mill Valley's Good Earth Natural Food Store (201 Flamingo Road). One such action will be a climate strike on Friday, December 6.  Learn more and register for this free meetup at Thanks to PJ for alerting me to this organization.

Thursday, December 12
Wildseed Dinner Fundraiser for Goatlandia
Support the Goatlandia animal sanctuary while savoring delicious, organic, plant-based offerings from San Francisco's hottest new restaurant on Thursday, December 12 at 6 PM.  The cost per person is $125 and includes wine, cocktails, and a silent auction.  Learn more and buy your ticket at

Sign up Now for
Saturday, February 29
Conscious Eating Conference in Berkeley
Now is the time to sign up for the ninth annual conference on conscious eating, sponsored by United Poultry Concerns. This year's theme is overlapping oppressions, and the presenters are impressive.  I am honored to a part of a panel of women discussing animal rights herstory.   Pre-registration is $25. At the door cost is $35.  Lunch is included along with a continental breakfast and all day tea/coffee service. Bring your own mug if possible.  Learn more and sign up at

A Fond Farewell

The Marin vegan community lost a treasured friend recently.  I am sad to share news of Lois Arrow's death on October 17 at age 95.  Lois was a dear friend, a committed vegan, a creative spirit, and a joy to know.  I met her at the second meeting of Marin VEG in 1991.  Lois taught me, among other things, to enjoy a piece of cruelty free, good dark chocolate as often as every day.  Her family requests that donation in Lois' memory be made to The Food Empowerment Project (  Read her obituary at

Vegan Book Group Welcoming New Members
If you would like to read and discuss good books that relate to a vegan lifestyle and can commit to two meetings a month, consider joining the Marin Vegan Book Club. Unlike most book clubs, these good people read and discuss only a few chapters per meeting, so there is ample time to read each book and ample time to talk about each chapter.  The next book is Dean Ornish's Undo It! How Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Reverse Most Chronic Conditions. Members are asked to read the first two chapters before the meeting in San Rafael on Monday, January 6.  Learn more and sign up to attend at

A Prayer for Compassion Now on Vimeo
The documentary film A Prayer for Compassion is now available on Vimeo for $3.99.  Showing how every spiritual path and religion have kindness at their core, this is a film for all believers and all seekers. Watch the trailer and download the movie at

Protein: Forks Over Knives
A very good, very short guide to protein for vegans was produced by the Forks Over Knives team. If you want a refresher course on how to answer "Where do you get your protein?" you may want to read this:

Ford Mustang goes Vegan
In 2020 Ford will introduce the Mustang Mach-E SUV in which all trim will be vegan.  Learn more about this and other vegan luxury car developments at

Vegans in Israel
Along with Germany and England, Israel has a large, thriving vegan community.  But it may be the only country in the world with a vegan village of 5000 residents.  These people should have been featured in A Prayer for Compassion!  Thanks to Judith G. for telling me about this.

Largest U.S. Dairy Company Files for Bankruptcy
Falling sales of dairy milk contributed to the bankruptcy Dean Foods, the largest dairy producer in the United States.  More and more people are choosing soy, almond, rice, oat, hemp and other milks over dairy, and the consequences for the dairy industry are inescapable.  There were dozens of reports on this in November.  Here's one:

Vegan Fried Chicken Shop Opens in Orange County
One more sign of the changing times: A store selling buckets of fried vegan chicken is now open in Fountain Valley in Orange County. Read about it here:

The  Betrayal of Point Reyes now on YouTube
A powerful, short (13 minute) film  about the cows and elk at Point Reyes is now available on YouTube. Watch The Betrayal of Point Reyes at

Peace on Earth
I like to share this every December. I hope you're not tired of reading it.

Peace on Earth

           Isn’t man an amazing Animal? He kills wildlife—birds, kangaroos, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice, foxes, and dingoes—by the million in order to protect his domestic animals and their feed.

          Then he kills domestic animals by the billion and eats them. This in turn kills man by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative—and fatal—health conditions like heart disease, kidney disease, and cancer.

           So then man tortures and kills millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases.

 Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals.

           Meanwhile, some people are dying of sad laughter at the absurdity of man, who kills so easily and so violently, and once a year sends out cards praying for “Peace on Earth.”

 From Old MacDonald’s Factory Farm by C. David Coats

What Else to Do in December
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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