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
Sign up Now for
Wednesday 12-11-19 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 https://www.greenchange.net/
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
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 https://upc-online.org/forums/2020/
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 (www.foodispower.org). Read
her obituary at https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/marinij/obituary.aspx?pid=194288309
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 https://vimeo.com/ondemand/aprayerforcompassion
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
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 https://vegnews.com/2019/11/ford-debuts-vegan-mustang-model
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: https://www.eater.com/2019/11/13/20962957/dean-foods-milk-bankrupt
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: https://vegnews.com/2019/10/us-gets-its-first-ever-vegan-fried-chicken-shop
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 https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Qinv6CAs3h4&feature=youtu.be
Peace on Earth
I like to share this every December. I hope you're not tired of
Isn’t man an
amazing Animal? He
kills wildlife—birds, kangaroos, deer, all kinds of cats,
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
kidney disease, and cancer.
So then man
tortures and kills
millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases.
millions of other
human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition
because food they
could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals.
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.”
MacDonald’s Factory Farm
by C. David Coats
What Else to Do
As always, be sure to look at http://www.bayareaveg.org/events.htm and http://www.meetup.com/marin-vegan/ to find out what's happening in the coming weeks. And check out Compassionate Living in Sonoma County. Their web site is www.socoveg.org/ and The San Francisco Veg Society at www. SFVS.org.
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