Special September Report

In the midst of all of our regular social and advocacy events, Bay Area Vegetarians organized several special events this past September.

Sept 2nd to 4th – Vegan Redwoods Retreat
Sept 8th – Fur Protest at the San Francisco Opera
Sept 9th – Veg Outreach & Education at Power to the Peaceful

Sept 10th – Veg Outreach & Education at Solano Stroll
Sept 30th – Veg Outreach & Education at Treasure Island Fair

Sept 2nd to 4th – Vegan Redwoods Retreat

Photo: Enjoying nature, and vegan food, at Butano State Park.

We live in one of the most veg friendly communities in North America, as well as one of the most beautiful spots in California. Combine the two together and it’s a vegan retreat to camp under the Redwoods at Butano State Park. No email, no letter writing, no protests — just fellowship, hiking, fresh air, campfire, veg talk, and, of course, excellent vegan food. This annual trip is organized by Bay Area Veg co-founders Tammy & Chris. [More photos]

Sept 8th – Fur Protest at the San Francisco Opera

Photo: Alex stands on the red carpet handing out anti-fur material to fur-clad Opera attendees.

Fur is a very high-profile cruelty issue. To many, it seems unimaginable that anyone would buy a luxury item like a fur coat. Yet fur coats, and most recently fur trim, have made a comeback. Investigative reports have also revealed that seemingly synthetic fur trim items are in reality dog or cat fur.

Organizer Alex advised attendees to “Dress nicely, so we can mingle with the opera attendees.” And, as the photos show, her advice worked, as you can see her standing on the red carpet distributing leaflets to the unnaturally fur-clad humans. Alex organized the well-attended fur protest. [More photos]

Sept 9th – Veg Outreach & Education at Power to the Peaceful

Photo: Ari questions the crowd: “Does your food have a face?”

This was our first year at the event. Leafleting to a steady stream of folks flowing by was super easy, and people were receptive. So many people personally told me “I already have one”, and I actually believed them (as opposed to people using that as a polite way to decline). Through leafleting alone, our plant-powered volunteer crew distributed 2100 Why Vegan / Even if You Like Meat booklets. We also distributed hundreds of other leaflets, like How we treat the animals we eat, PETA’s think before you eat & Veg Starter Kits. I think we may have reached at least 10% of the crowd by leafleting ..

We also had an info table which raised consciousness about how awful animals are treated in factory farms, distributed veg info, and served as a base for resupplying leafleters. Several folks commented that were already veg, and a few thanked us for being there (even non-veg people)

Organized by Tammy & Chris with help from Ari, Alex, Amy, Nora, Njeri, Py, and George. Ari & Alex even recruited their family to help 🙂 [More photos]

Sept 10th – Veg Outreach & Education at Solano Stroll

This was our second year at the event. Our booth generated a lot of interest, many younger folks (teenagers and younger!) who are veg, and their parents were really excited to have the support of recipes, the PCRM starter guide, etc. The kids were really excited to feel supported and congratulated, and know that there are many others out there who have chosen the same compassionate choice. Organized by Alicia with help from Pam, Rachel, Randy, and Terry, and assistance from Sara.

Sept 30th – Veg Outreach & Education at Treasure Island Fair

Photo: Alex & Lucia hand out veg info.

This was our first year at the event. Alex and Lucia distributed lots of great information, including vegetarian starter kits, recipes, and more. Lots of interest, and as you can see, Alex even reached out to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. Thanks to Lucia and especially Alex, who organized for this outreach opportunity. [More photos]

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