Archive for November, 2006

Veg/Animal Rights Book Discussions continue

Friday, November 17th, 2006

Based on input from folks participating in the veg/AR book discussions this year, Bay Area Vegetarians’ is planning to expand the book club for vegetarian/animal rights discussions for 6 books in 2007, and to have discussions in San Francisco and San Jose, alternating.

Starting in January 2007, we will launch the new book discussion series with an informal and supportive discussion of an excellent book by Matthew Sculley, Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy

Sculley is a journalist and former speechwriter for President George W. Bush. Okay, before you stop reading this, listen to what Karen Dawn of Dawnwatch says:

Matthew Scully has written a beautiful book in which he bases his argument for animal protection not on rights, liberation, or ethics, but on mercy. He tells us, “We are called to treat them with kindness, not because they have rights or power or some claim to equality, but in a sense because they don’t; because they all stand unequal and powerless before us. Animals are so easily overlooked, their interests so easily brushed aside. Whenever we humans enter the world, from our farms, to the local animal shelter to the African savanna, we enter as lords of the earth bearing strange powers of terror and mercy alike.”

You can read her full review on here

Here’s the event details. If you’d like a heads-up as the date draws closer, please RSVP as a yes or maybe on the evite.

What: Book Discussion: Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy
Where: SF
When: 1/7/07 Sunday, 3:00 pm
Host: Tammy
Discussion Leader: Teri

Full Details:

If you are interested in attending and have suggestions for future books, please let me know. Titles or authors suggested so far include Vegan Freaks, China Study, Tom Regan, Gary Francione, Unnatural Order by Jim Mason, Inner Art of Vegetarianism by Carol Adams, etc.

Dominion is 400 pages long, so just a heads-up if you want to start reading now 🙂

Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act could ban peaceful advocacy too

Sunday, November 12th, 2006

We first alerted members about The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act in our September newsletter.

Current status – as of Sunday, 11/12/2006, based on an alert from PCRM

The House of Representatives is set to vote on a bill that could stop people from protesting or speaking out about cruelty to animals. While the bill takes aim against violent protests, it could also be interpreted to ban even peaceful protests, letter-writing, or leafleting that make animal abusers feel “intimidated” or “harassed.” It would even eliminate the kinds of undercover investigations that have revealed the cruelties in laboratories and farms.

H.R. 4239, misnamed the “Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act” was pushed by those who run farms, circuses, rodeos, and testing labs, and it sailed through the Senate. It is now before the House of Representatives in what is called the “suspension calendar,” a list of bills that the Representatives believe have no opposition. Learn more about the AETA.

The vote could take place as early as Monday. But we can stop this bill if you call your Representative first thing. All you have to do is to say this bill goes way too far, and that it needs to be pulled off the suspension calendar.

Here’s how you can help:

1) Call your representative direct on Monday (or use the switchboard 202-225-3121)

2) Send a follow-up e-mail.

3) Forward this information to your family and friends.

Remember, all contact info is at

The AETA has already passed in the Senate. The House of Representatives has not heard enough opposition to keep it off the calendar with bills considered uncontroversial. Unless Congressmembers hear that this bill undermines First Amendment rights, the majority may vote for passage as soon as Congress reconvenes tomorrow, Nov. 13.


For more information on AETA and the organizations opposing it, visit

Aram’s Cafe – Petaluma

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

Mixed restaurant with plenty of veggie options, like hummus, dolmas and baba ganoush.

Layonna Vegetarian – San Francisco

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

Looks like Layonna’s from Oakland has opened a restaurant in San Francisco. Located at 1829 Clement St (19th St) in the Richmond District. This is just across the street from Bok Choy Garden.

Center for WorkLife Management – San Francisco

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

Center for WorkLife Management

Vegetarian Owned: Dr. Christine Dickson

The Center for WorkLife Management is a research and consulting firm specializing in worklife strategy. We partner with organizations to unlock the full potential of their workforce by helping them manage the whole complex of human needs rather than managing work as separate from one’s life. We recognize that an organization’s financial success depends on the success of their people, and that the success of their people depends on their ability to effectively integrate work and personal life. We are committed to helping organizations achieve a productive, committed, and fully engaged workforce as well as avoid potential litigation associated with family responsibilities discrimination. If you have any questions regarding our research or consulting services, please do not hesitate to contact us.

October Vegan Moments

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

To spotlight some of our photogenic events this month, here’s the October review. If you host or attend a BAVEG event and have photos to share in our gallery, please let us know.

Oct 1st – World Farm Animals Day, San Mateo

Oct 7th – Grass-n-Lake Vegan Food Party at Lake Temescal, Oakland
Oct 21st – The Secrets of Vegan Baking Class, SF
Oct 28th – Veg Outreach at Sharp Park Beach, Pacifica

Oct 1st – World Farm Animals Day in San Mateo

Photo: Randy delivers the veg message with a smile

WORLD FARM ANIMALS DAY is an annual event started by the Farm Animal Reform Movement to raise awareness of the billions of animals suffering and slaughtered in the world’s factory farms. In San Mateo, Bay Area Vegetarians, in conjunction with the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA and Animal Place, hosted WFAD in San Mateo.

From non-dairy beverage taste tests to vegan versions of grilled chik’n burgers and ice cream, hundreds of people enjoyed the delicious vegan food samples from local businesses like MaggieMudd and Whole Foods.

Kim Sturla, co-founder and director of Animal Place, shared true-life “Animal Tales” of the rescue and rehabilitation of critters at her sanctuary. lauren Ornelas, who has investigated factory farms and ran successful consumer campaigns with Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, spoke about the “Power of Your Food Choices”. Chef Alex Bury did two cooking demonstrations using a breakfast and lunch theme.

Please also support the donors who so graciously supported our efforts – MaggieMudd, Garden Burger, Sun Flour Baking, Primal Strips, Trader Joe’s, Turtle Island, Whole Foods Market, and Lantern Books.[More photos]

Oct 7th – Grass-n-Lake Vegan Food Party, Lake Temescal in Oakland

Photo: Andrew & Warren enjoying food & ice cream at our Lake Temescal summer picnic

Pam hosted our last outdoor Vegan Food Party for the year, at Lake Temescal in Oakland. It was a beautiful day to share with like-minded folks and good vegan food. If you missed the October VFP, you’ll have three more opportunities in November with the trio of Thanksgiving Day VFPs. [More photos]

Oct 21st The Secrets of Vegan Baking Class in SF

Photo: Christines shares her kitchen-tested secrets of vegan baking, with assistance from Betty

In simple, easy steps, Christine showed the full class at Sur La Table in SF how to make three delicious desserts – Cinnamon Swirl Bundt Cake, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, and Chocolate Peanut-Butter cups. November’s class is all about pies. [More photos]

Oct 28th – Veg Outreach at Sharp Park Beach, Pacifica

Photo: Hundreds of samples of vegan grilled chik’n burgers by Gardenburger happily sampled.

Veggie volunteers soaked up the fresh air and sunshine as they gave away fresh-cooked Gardenburger vegan chik’n burgers at Sharp Park Beach. Elizabeth and Elliot summed up the afternoon best.

From Elizabeth: “This volunteer event in Pacifica was a blast. The setting was perfect, the weather was perfect and the people & doggies absolutely loved the food. Most everyone wanted a vegetarian starter kit or a BAV card and even picnic-ers with KFC buckets came over for a sample. Tammy in a chicken costume and Elliot dressed as a cow really drove home the idea that animals were asking people to eat alternatives. The incredible Chef Alex Bury, with the equally incredible Oliver and doggy Myshkin, enticed everyone with the delicious scent coming off the grill. Chris kept the burgers coming at a perfect pace, and while the number of people wasn’t as high as you’d think for a perfect day at the beach, those we saw were too receptive not to call this a victory for the animals!”

Adds Elliot: “Direct outreach to the not-yet-vegetarian public is important in educating them on the benefits of the vegetarianism, the diet of the kind. Yet it is often hard not to get them to listen. You say “Here’s an easily followed delicious diet that will benefit your health, eliminate animal suffering, and reduce the environmental impact of agriculture,” but somehow they hear ‘Eat flavorless twig tips you murdering habitat plunderer.’ Not exactly the most productive exchange.

Fortunately, providing easily prepared veggie burger or veggie chicken samples changes the dynamic. They now hear ‘Free food!’, and (provided you’ve chosen your sample well) are pleasantly surprised on how mainstream it tastes. As Mary Poppins so correctly observed, ‘Just a bite full of mock-meat makes the diet change go down, in the most insightful way.’

Many thanks to Bay Area Vegetarians for organizing a great way to spend a day in the sun at the beach, with friends, making people happy with free food while doing some serious activism.”

[More photos]

Veg Talk: It wasn’t even Halloween, but the masked and green-caped crusader, SuperVegan, was recently spotted at Bay Area Vegetarians’ October’s KFC Cruelty protest. Who is this masked man?

BAV News – November 2006

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

Vegan Thanksgiving Events & Recipes, Baking Class, Best of Veg Vote Now … and more

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Holiday Recipes

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

Vegan holiday food is actually some of the easiest and tastiest food you can make (or buy). Below are recipes for mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. Cranberry sauce, green beans, salads, sweet potatoes…all the other favorites are already vegan, or so close you won’t need a recipe (Annie’s Goddess dressing instead of the tired old ranch dressing, green beans cooked in veg stock instead of chicken stock, etc).

The main dish is the big question. Turfurky? Unturkey? A big stuffed squash? That’s up to you and your personal tastes. My favorite Thanksgiving involved a six hour hike up a snowy mountain, followed by a feast of latkes (potato pancakes) with apple sauce and vegan sour cream. 3 carefully-chosen people and 7 dogs who were not actually carefully-chosen, being rescues, but they were well-loved. That holiday was so easy, and so fun—none of the stress, misery, heart attacks and animal suffering I was used to—that it set the tone and I haven’t celebrated a “traditional” Thanksgiving since.

If you’re celebrating with a crowd, try to arrange one of each centerpiece foods (Tofurky, Unturkey, stuffed pumpkin). Have a taste test and then you’ll know what you like in the future.

Mashed Potatoes
Cashew Gravy
Cornbread and Pecan Stuffing
Pumpkin Patch “Cheesecake”

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