Archive for March, 2005

Veg Pride Fundraising Goal Met – Thank you

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005

With thanks to generous financial support from Chuck B, Frank C, Gabe Q, George G, Mark H, Naomi S, Nicolas A, Rebecca Y and Stephanie V, we have raised the necessary funds to reserve a booth space at San Francisco Gay Pride and will return for the 3rd year with our message of compassion and good health.

We’ll need plenty of volunteers for the two day event, so watch this space on how you can help.

Vegetarian Advocacy – what can we do?

Monday, March 21st, 2005

After a series of recent events, such as the two days at the PETA conference, followed by Ingrid Newkirk’s book tour, and Bay Area Veg’s own series of Meat-Out events (Erik Marcus, tabling, film presentation), it feels that locally our collective efforts and campaigns are gaining momentum in promoting vegetarianism, and we personally feel our own motivation renewed.

Bay Area Vegetarians already has several advocacy events, such as monthly letter writing parties, KFC protests, tabling & outreach and other special events like screenings and speakers. But we think there is a need for an event series that would also connect & support the advocacy community and provide a regular opportunity for us to network and organize, as well as host educational events for the general community. Topics and speakers could range from educational to inspirational to practical how-to/hands-on sessions.

We could have the event every month (or, perhaps bi-monthly depending on interest). The Red Vic Peace Center in the Haight (where Erik Marcus spoke a couple of weeks ago) has graciously agreed to provide space for this event series. Their Peace Cafe features coffee, tea & jucies as well as vegan & organic foods.

With Erik Marcus’ recent presentation on MEAT MARKET, we’d like to propose that we gather to discuss different “dismantlement” or advocacy strategies to promote vegetarianism, as outlined by Erik Marcus in MEAT MARKET. Note: This is not a review of the book, or philosophical discussion of strategies, but a practical discussion of what we can do as an organization, as individuals, as a community to promote vegetarianism and reduce animal suffering, using the strategies outlined in Meat Market as a basis and/or starting point for the discussion.

What: Vegetarian Advocacy
When: Sunday, April 3, 2-4 pm

Where: Red Victorian Peace Center B&B, 1665 Haight Street, corner of Cole, SF. Refreshments (including vegan, organic tamales) are available for purchase.
Cost: Free, of course!
Parking/Public transit: See info below

Suggestions and/or volunteers for future topics welcome. Some ideas for future topics might be nutrition, factory farming investigatons, how to be the only vegan at the family holiday, open rescue, sharing strategies for successful campaigns, effective leafleting, how to deal with media, event promotion, etc.

You are welcome to post in related sites, and share this message with friends. The RSVP link above will allow people to email us directly.

Likewise, RSVPS are not required, but would be appreciated to gauge interest and plan accordingly. If you can’t make this date, or have other feedback on having this type of program, please let us know. We look forward to hearing from you.

BAV 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status approved

Monday, March 21st, 2005

Bay Area Vegetarians became a non-profit, tax-exempt CA corporation last summer. We filed an application with the Internal Revenue Service for federal tax-exempt status under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and got final approval earlier this month.

So, all donations are now tax-deductible. :)

Please join us to celebrate at next Vegan Food Party in Atherton Saturday 3/26 (details on the event calendar) as we’ll have some fizzy sparkling cidar to celebrate and toast working together for a more veg-friendly Bay Area.

BAV Meat-out Activities in the Press

Monday, March 21st, 2005

We had great coverage the last few weeks in the local papers for our various Meat out activisties.

Below are links to the two main articles

Half Moon Bay Review – March 19, 2005
HMB BAV Article
PDF (425KBytes), or text only version here.

Pacifica Tribute – March 9, 2005

Pacifica Tribute Meat out Article

PDF (294KBytes)

Big thank you to BAV member, Amy Caplan, for writing the Tribune article, and to those who wrote in with letters to the editior.

Vegetarians sprout on the Coast – KICK THE MEAT HABIT

Monday, March 7th, 2005



Contact: Chris James

Montara, CA – Great American Meat Out Events in Pacifica-March 13th and March 19th. Kick the meat habit (at least for a day) and explore a wholesome, nonviolent diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Bay Area Vegetarians ( will host two Great American Meat Out events in Pacifica this month. The Great American Meat Out, launched in 1985, asks folks to kick the meat habit (at least for a day) and explore a wholesome, nonviolent diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

On Sunday, March 13, Bay Area Vegetarians will host an information table to promote vegetarianism. Giveaways will include recipes, food coupons, a local guide to Bay Area restaurants, a calendar of local vegetarian social outings, such as dinner parties and camping trips and a resource list of other vegetarian and vegan web sites. The tabling event will take place from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. in front of Manor Plaza’s Good Health Natural Foods on West Manor Drive.

On Saturday, March 19, you are invited to a free film screening of “The Emotional World of Farm Animals” at the Pacifica Library on 104 Hilton Way. This documentary film opens our eyes and hearts to the connection between living animals and food choices. The movie begins at 3:00 p.m. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. and complimentary refreshments will be served. Please RSVP if you plan to join us.

The reasons for choosing a vegetarian diet are many. Reasons include personal health, compassion for animals, and environmental or social justice issues. The web has dozens of fabulous sites that, in depth, explain all the great reasons to choose a vegetarian or vegan diet. A very brief list includes:

Great American Meat Out
Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

There are three kinds of vegetarians:

Lacto-Ovo Vegetarians:
People who do not eat meat of any kind (beef, pork, poultry, fish or any other type of animal or animal byproduct). Dairy products, eggs or honey may be consumed.

Lacto Vegetarians:
People who do not eat meat of any kind or eggs. Dairy products or honey may be consumed.

Vegans (pronounced vee-gun)
People who do not eat any animal products, and who avoid the use of any products made of animals or which cause animal suffering (fur, leather, wool, silk, etc.).

Choosing a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle does not need to happen overnight. We are here to support people who are gradually transitioning towards a vegetarian diet as well as supporting people who make the switch immediately.

Bay Area Vegetarians is a Bay Area wide group for vegans, vegetarians, vegetarian inclined and interested people to find community & support with like-minded folks. Our goal is to support and encourage the local veg*n and animal rights community through our online bulletin board and mailing lists, and planned monthly events. In the community spirit, all of our events are organized by volunteers, and membership is free. We have many events each month all over the Bay. You do not have to be vegetarian to join or participate in our events.

We are hosting an upcoming vegan beach retreat May 20-22 at Half Moon Bay State Beach. It’s a perfect opportunity to connect with like-minded folks and experience delicious plant-based foods; prepared and cooked fresh in camp.

Bay Area Vegetarians offers:

-several dinner outings per month all around the Bay Area
-frequent social events including potlucks, picnics and camping trips
-a veggie mentor program (it’s free, but internet access is required)
-The Ultimate Guide for Vegetarian Restaurants locally and Bay Area
-online discussion/forum to learn, connect with others

For all the details on Bay Area Vegetarian events and links to other vegetarian and vegan resources, visit our website at

For a free vegetarian starter kit, visit or call 1-888-VEG-FOOD

Hope to see you at our Meat Out events or other upcoming events.

Photos from Erik Marcus event at the Red Vic Peace Center – SF

Monday, March 7th, 2005

Eric MarcusEric Marcus spoke at the Red Victorian Peace Center B&B to a packed room. He talked about his newest book: Meat Market: Animals, Ethics, and Money.

Click here for photos from the event.



Veg Pride 2005 Fundraising

Thursday, March 3rd, 2005

Veg PrideStreet Fairs are a wonderful way to get our message of vegetarianism, compassion, and good health to the local community. For Bay Area Vegetarians, San Francisco Pride Festival has been one of our best events for outreach since we started tabling there.

We reach thousands of people who are open and interested in our veg message. People from Albany to Arizona to Australia. It is a great feeling to know we are giving people information they can use to make a positive difference in their own lives, and for the animals and planet Earth.

As a free membership organization, we rely on the continued support and financial goodwill of our members and supporters. So, if you would like to participate in our effort to create a more veg-friendly community in the Bay Area and beyond, to help reduce animal suffering by promoting vegetarianism, to make a positive difference in people’s diets, or just because ya like us, please consider sending us a donation.

We need to raise $500-$600 for space, booth rental, insurance, and other costs; if everyone sent us just a $1, we’d make it. But to be sure we do, maybe send us $2 or even a tad more. For donations of $49.99 or more, we’ll include a free lifetime membership in BAV! 🙂

Bay Area Vegetarians is a non-profit corporation, and our 501(c)(3) status is pending. We can accept donations via PayPal, as well as checks or money orders.

Visit our Veg Pride page for more info, photos from previous years, etc.

BAV Newsletter – March 2005

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2005

New & Old Perspectives on HA 101

Tuesday, March 1st, 2005

When PETA started their two day “Helping Animals 101” conference tour in 2004, I really hoped they would come to the SF Bay Area. About 15 years ago, when I was a newly minted vegan, PETA came to town with a one day “AR 101” conference, chock full of information and inspiration… and that’s how it all began, for me.

So, when I heard that HA 101 would come to SF on Feb 5-6th, I felt it was a great way to celebrate my 15th anniversary as a graduate from their 1st conference. In fact, my first PETA conference was so long ago, that I can’t even remember the impression that it made on me when I was so new to this all.

Jennifer, a self-described “newbie”, reflected on her experience at the HA 101 conference.

I’ve been to lots of conferences in the past, mostly related to the computer industry. I even met my husband at an IBM conference (it’s true!). But, I’d never been to a conference like PETA’s Helping Animals 101. Being new to vegetarianism and activism, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect; though I knew I would learn a lot.

On the first day we were subjected to various videos such as Meet Your Meat, videos of companion animals being euthanized and animal experimentation. It was a bit traumatic seeing all of this in a single day. Actually I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it to lunch on that first day. I stuck through it, and I’m glad I did.

Having the opportunity to meet and connect with other people who care so passionately about animal issues was amazing. The speakers were inspiring and their energy infectious. Their in depth knowledge of the subject and unique ability to put a humorous slant on such a serious subject had me laughing and crying all at the same time.

The highlight of the weekend, for me, was our “field trip” to the Tenderlion KFC. Our group, over 200 people, took over the four corners of Eddy and Polk streets. Chanting “Boycott KFC” while Dan from PETA shouted on his bull horn. Reporters filmed, took pictures, and interviews. Oh, and there were lots of police. “Now this is a real protest!”, I thought to myself.

The weekend left me inspired and motivated to get involved in more activism. Thank you PETA!

As I look back, for me, my first PETA conference was my introduction to activism, and I credit PETA with inspiring me to be an activist.

The first day of HA 101, as Jennifer said, was chiefly informative & educational, and emotional, and the second day was focused on community advocacy, and included the field trip. I found the 2nd day helped me the most as I continued to learn new tips from PETA staff and gain more confidence about being an activist.

I liked the emphasis they placed on being an effective advocate and using some of the same tactics that large corporations do. Listening to PETA validated the approach Chris and I have taken in our approach to Bay Area Vegetarians. For anyone who missed HA 101, you can also read the information on effective advocacy online.

It was also so wonderful to be surrounded both days by over 200 people who cared so much for the animals. I was also happy to realize that most of the faces were new ones to me. I am hopeful that the PETA conference will once again be a catalyst for a new generation of activists.

In fact, I think it’s already worked! We had a SF KFC demo on Geary & 6th Ave, the weekend after the PETA conference, and had about 30 people attend. Our recent demo at Pacifica KFC also someone from the PETA conference.

Yea, PETA! You’ve inspired and invigorated us yet again.

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