January Outreach Roundup

01/07 The Extreme Veg Event (EVE) – SF
01/21 KFC Cruelty Protest – SF
01/25 Leaflet Veg Info – SF
01/29 Adopt a College leafletting – Academy of Arts University, SF
01/31 Leaflet Veg Info – SF

Advocacy for animals is one of the most important activities that BAVeg volunteers do — it’s an opportunity to meet like-minded people, exercise our compassion — and just know there *is* something we can do.

01/07 The Extreme Veg Event (EVE) – SF

In the inaugural Extreme Veg Event, Alex led her all-women team of leafleters, Caroline, Lidia, Saundrine, and Tammy through the streets of San Francisco, distributing vegetarian information in English and Spanish, over 350 English VSKs and 150 Spanish VSKs. In summary, an awesome pairing of complementary activities: feeding vegetarian information to the public and feeding ourselves with yummy vegan food afterwards.

Stay-tuned to the event calendar or sign-up for one of our mailing lists for the next EVE event.

01/21 KFC Cruelty Protest – SF

This protest is the longest-running advocacy organized Bay Area Veg volunteers. Andrew, the current organizer, provides this recent report for January’s protest:

“Thanks to everyone who helped with today’s San Francisco protest – it was a great success, with 8 people there, and tremendous public and police support. This KFC is now monitoring our schedule, and called the police in advance in an attempt to intimidate us. I spoke with the police and clarified that they were not going to bother us as long as we were peaceful and law-abiding. They ended up chatting with us, were extremely polite and respectful, and thanked us at the end for being so nice and peaceful! One had said, “we just want to make sure no one gets hurt” and I replied, “that’s what we’re all about!” and he laughed.

This confirms that KFC is feeling pressure and is attempting other feeble intimidation methods besides hosing off the sidewalks. We may increase the frequency of the protests as a result.

Additionally, with each protest, more and more people are showing support for us, waving and honking. This can only mean that awareness is spreading, at least in that neighborhood!”

The next KFC protests are 2/3 San Jose, 2/17 in Palo Alto, 2/18 in SF. See event calendar for details.

1/25/07 Leaflet Veg Info – SF

Wild Parrots, Leafleting, and Art: Sue artfully combined all three activities in her activity, starting with admiring the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill near Justin Herman Plaza, doing a hybrid of leafleting Vegetarian Starter Kits and walking up Market, and appreciating glass art & free champagne at a reception at the SF Museum of Craft and Design. Says Alex, “It didn’t feel like leafleting because we were laughing so much.”

In total, “The evening cost $11.50 (dinner plus bus fare), was vastly entertaining, full of laughter, and somehow we actually handed out 250 leaflets which means there are more vegetarians today then there were yesterday.”

01/29 Adopt a College leafletting – Academy of Arts University, SF

The truth about factory farming is not one of the subject matters typically taught in colleges, or anywhere. For that reason alone, hundreds of volunteers participate in Vegan Outreach’s Adopt a College program to educate students about factory farming and vegetarianism through their booklets, Why Vegan and Even If You Like Meat.

In just 30 minutes during a weekday lunch hour, 150 Why Vegan and Even If You Like Meat booklets were distributed by Tammy and Sky. When asked why she leaflets, Tammy replies “To share with others what I did not know before I became vegan. It’s really a great way to spread the veg message!”

Jack Norris, currently President of Vegan Outreach, leafleted 240 colleges from 1995-1997. He will be addressing the topic of “Veganism: Does It Spread Itself?” for February’s Compassionate Living program.

For more info or to RSVP:
http://www.bayareaveg.org/events.htm?EID=1513#1513

01/31 Leaflet Veg Info – SF

The last event of January was a leafleting event organized by Sue. She reports:

“LEAFLETING ROCKS!

An AWESOME time was had by all (Sandrine, Ari, Alex and me) while we leafleted away 300 Vegetarian Starter Kits in under an hour in the San Francisco financial district. People enthusiastically received the literature and the few that refused, did so politely. This is a win-win-win for the animals, the people and for us. We followed with a super time at “Varnish” happy hour ($3 pints!) and had terrific conversation with the owner, who it turns out, hosted an exhibit called “Why not eat your pet?”, a really rockin’ animal rights art show. So, we did what any good citizen would do, we leafleted her, too. Please join us next time, you won’t be sorry!!”

Stay tuned to our event calendar for upcoming events. Currently scheduled advocacy-related activities include:

02/01 Adopt a College leafletting – San Bruno
02/03 KFC Cruelty Protest – San Jose
02/03 Vegan Food Party & Vegan Career Discussion – Pacifica
02/07 New Veg*n Cooking Class: Soul Food with Chef Alex Bury – SF (Bring a non-veg for free)
02/08 Leafleting Veg Info & Lunch – SF

02/11 Vegan Food Party with Vegan Outreach’s Jack Norris – SF
02/11 Jack Norris on Veganism: Does it Spread Itself? – SF
02/13 Singles Veg Leafleting – SF
02/17 KFC Cruelty Protest – Palo Alto
02/18 KFC Cruelty Protest – SF
02/18 Sundaes and Advocacy (Letter Writing Party) – SF
02/20 Letter Writing Party – Berkeley