Archive for August, 2004

But You Eat Fish, Don’t You!?

Monday, August 23rd, 2004

I think every vegetarian has heard this at least once or twice … unfortunately, many non-vegetarians (and even some ‘vegetarians’) don’t realize that fish are not a vegetable.

Well, with many thanks to Mat Thomas, hopefully the new Bay Area Vegetarians brochure on this topic will set the record straight.

We’ve got it available on our website, also a PDF version if you want to print it. Please give it a read, and share it with family/friends as appropriate. Feel free to also let us know what you think…

But you eat fish, don’t you?!”

KFC Pacifica Demo Today

Saturday, August 21st, 2004

It’s always been hard for me to throw away anything that could possibly have another use. Boxes, neat packaging from products I’ve bought, ribbons, gift bags, wrapping paper from gifts given to me 10 years ago.. I’ve got it!

And sometimes it pays to keep all that crap.

Joe Hinkle at PETA sent me my KFC leafleting pack. It had 6 posters, a slew of leaflets and stickers.

Of course, I’ve had this material for a few weeks… and I of course left it until the morning of our planned leafleting at the local KFC to figure out what to do with everything.

I get up at 7:30 am, feed the hungry cats, have a drink of water, quickly check my email, and then the scavenger hunt begins!

I need to find cardboard to mount these posters so we can make our message easily visible, and I need to figure out am I bringing a table for the leaflets and Vegetarian Starter Kits or are we going to hold it all….

As to the ‘we’, there will be two of us (I hope!), maybe even three, meeting today in Pacifica. Worse case scenario, it will be just me…

Cardboard … cardboard … why did I leave it until the last minute… looking in my office, under the desk, behind the door, in the closet.. quick glance in the room that holds everything, found some some new posterboard (do I want to use that or save it for something else?) … in the laundry room (the staging area before anything gets moved to the garage and the finally out to the street for recycling day) I find something very promising!

A tall box from our shiny new steel-plated kitchen garbage can with hinged lid… Perfect! I quickly measure that against the posters, deciding if it can a poster on each side. Yes, looks good. Okay, now to find three more pieces of cardboard.

I’m thinking… when was the last time I needed cardboard. Oh! SF Gay Pride! We mounted a slew of posters and signs and had some extra. Okay, that stuff all got stuck in the garage in this corner. Wading through stacks of recycling bins, camping gear, already mounted posters… aha! Three pieces!

I’ve figured out how to re-cut the cardboard so all the posters fit. I’ve got my posters mounted on our new KFC kiosk, and three posters ready for individual leafleters. From previous experience leafleting at circuses, rodeos, anti-fur, anti-hunting, etc. events, I know a few things. One, your fingers cramp when you hold a poster for a long period of time. Two, unless you are very nimble, it’s hard to hold a poster and leaflets at the same time.

So, I punch two holes in each of the individual posters and thread recycled gift ribbon through them. Guess you could consider it a really tacky looking (but compassionate) necklace for activists.

Rummage through the garage again… find my plastic stand to put the Veg Starter Kits in, place that on the top of my KFC kiosk and there we go! Recycled box now has a poster on each of its 4 sides, top becomes a table to present Vegetarian Starter Kits, and three signs for leafleters to wear.

Not bad for two hours, huh! See, that’s why I leave it to the last minute… somehow it all just works out!

KFC Demo Setup


3 pm

It went really well. Since this KFC is located right off Highway 1, we made a strategic decision to direct our message to the traffic. So, about 2000 cars, buses, and a bicyclist saw our message of “Boycott KFC”, “Scalded Alive”, and we rotated the sign kiosk to show the different messages. We got a mixed reaction of supportive beeps and waves and a few folks with some type of hand problem.

We’ll be back again next month, and it’d be great to get a couple more folks to join us so we can get the message out even further.

And, as an added perk, there is the Advocacy Rewards Program!

Veg Mentor

Sunday, August 8th, 2004

I am really excited about the launch of our mentor program to help folks go vegetarian / vegan.

When I first became vegan, over a decade ago, I did it at the same time with a friend. We went from being carnivores to vegans in about 6 months. Some folks are surprised that we transitioned so quickly, but I think it all has to do with this simple fact: we supported each other.

For folks that don’t have many or any veg family/friends, I really really hope the mentor program will provide the support that they need to become and remain veg*n.

I’m hopeful and excited (yes, I know I already said that) to see how this all turns out!

BAV Mentor Program

Veggie Mentor Program Launched

Sunday, August 8th, 2004

We are pleased to announce the start of our long-awaited Mentor Program!

The Mentor program provides a support network to folks who have already made the decision that they want to be vegan/vegetarian, but have questions or just want to connect with others who are also making the same transition.

Folks enrolled in the Mentor Program will receive:

  • Encouragement/support for healthier and more compassionate food choices
  • Information on vegetarian nutrition and wise food choices
  • Help or advice on dealing with family and friends
  • Cooking & shopping tips
  • Advice on being veg at work
  • Tips on eating out at restaurants
  • Practical information on living vegetarian
  • Info on how to connect further with the vegetarian and animal rights community
  • Learn more about reasons for vegetarianism: animal rights, factory farming, environment, health
  • Resources to learn more about vegetarianism and animal rights

New, aspiring, or lapsed vegetarians/vegans are welcome. There is no monetary cost to enroll or participate in the program. We merely ask that you are sincere and diligent in your motivations to adopt a plant-based diet.

To learn more about the Mentor Program and how to get started, please visit

www.BayAreaVeg.org/mentor.htm

BAV T-shirts in stock

Thursday, August 5th, 2004

We have some BAV t-shirts (white/short-sleeve) available/in-stock in two designs.

Shirts are $12 each. Normally they are $10.99 each + $4 shipping + tax when you order them from CafePress.com.

We got them for tabling, but thought we’d offer them to the list too as we always get questions on where to get them, especially the ‘Go Vegan’ blue cow design.

BAV and Go Vegan T-shirts

If you’re interested, email us… we’re going to some of the events this month and could bring it there.

VIPs — you’re eligible for a $2 discount as a thank you for your support.

More BAV merchandise can be found here at the following link,, including the new golden and silver BAV pin from WildBryde Jewelry.

www.bayareaveg.org/merchandise.htm

BAV August 2004 Newsletter

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004

http://bayareaveg.org/newsletters/BAV-News-Aug2004.htm

Award for Outstanding Achievement

Sunday, August 1st, 2004

Tammy Vegan Outreach - Adopt A College Award

The last time I got in award for “Outstanding Achievement” was in my pre-veggie-burgers days. I was probably a kid in school…

Participating in the Adopt-a-College campaign is why I’ve returned to school at the Academy of Arts College in SF. During the school season, I’m there monthly on my lunch hour, handing out Why Vegan? booklets.

The award from Vegan Outreach (who coordinates the AAC campaign) reads:

Award for Outstanding Achievement in Vegan Outreach’s Adopt a College Program Presented to Tammy Lee for working to end cruelty to animals by handing out 149 Vegan Outreach booklets at San Francisco’s Academy of Art College during the winter/spring 2004 semester

149 booklets really was a drop in the bucket compared to thousands of leaflets distributed by the top achievers (the top achievers distributed over 6,000 booklets). Jack Norris, President of Vegan Outreach, noted

I have an award for Christine and Tammy who, even though they did not hand out enough to be in the top 15, did a lot to promote the program and went out to leaflet on a regular basis at some small colleges.

Way cool!!

I would encourage everyone to participate… and we were inspired by AAC’s program to start our own Advocacy Rewards Program So join me, adopt a college, write some letters, let’s get out there for the animals!