Archive for September, 2007

Chicken-Approved Outreach

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

Leafleting is a great outreach activity that can take as little as 5 minutes to 5 hours. From my personal experience, working full-time is not an impediment to leafleting, as there opportunities on your lunch hour or the weekend, etc. In 5 minutes while waiting for a BART train, I’ve passed out 20 leaflets. And age is not an issue — we’ve had volunteers younger than 10, and five times 10.

The following 3 events represent over 4,000 leaflets distributed.

9/29 Fog Fest Parade in Pacifica
The Cow, The Chicken, and the Human
700 PETA VSKs — in an hour.

The Cow, The Chicken, and the Human – who said what?

“Free Recipes!”
“Chicken-approved recipes!”

“Cow-friendly recipes!”

The last two are new pitch lines that we tried, reinforcing the presence of animals and what type of recipes a chicken or cow would approve and find friendly. We overheard conversations as adults would take the booklet (which prominently says Vegetarian on the cover) and then make the connection. Kids asked their Mom what that meant. Others specifically saw the recipes said Vegetarian and asked for one for themselves, or for friends.

This was just a typical festival in a small town, population 40K, so we were pleased with the overall receptiveness of everyone we approached. I had originally anticpated bringing only 500 leaflets so quite happy we had extra and distributed 700.

Logistics: for anyone considering parade leafleting – if you’re doing more than a backpack worth, you need a way to transport the literature. It works best if you have a person handling lit transport and others for leafleting. From previous parade experience, we learned that some marketing helps. Thanks to Amy & Tammy who wore cow & chicken costumes respectively, and to Ann, who wore a Vegan message t-shirt and carted the the 120 lbs of literature on an industrial-strength cart. By following us, she was also able to distribute leaflets to people who changed their minds and wanted one.

9/21 HeartWalk SF

Sue single-handedly leafleted this lunchtime, weekday event distributing over 325 Why Vegans. This is an annual event, so if you work in the downtown area and want to get involved next year, let us know.

9/8 Power to the Peaceful Concert in San Francisco
Ari, Nora, Alex, Amy, Tammy, Sergei + Shelly, Collin + son, Mari, and others!
2,150 Vegan Outreach Try Vegetarian, Why Vegan & Even If You Like Meat
1,000 PETA VSKs

Ari wrote this great summary below:

I’ve never had so many people tell me they were already vegan. I’ve also never met so many people who told me they were formerly vegan. One person told me they had not eaten any meat since they got an EI at a recent A’s game (they didn’t even read it, just saw the cover). Nice going Victor!

One interesting encounter:

Ari: Bring peace to every meal

Them: I really feel bad for the animals, but humans have always eaten them

Ari: Humans have also always raped and murdered. However, humans have also shown the capability to act with compassion and kindness. I bet you prefer humans act from their benevolence then their malevolence, just as I do.

Them: OK, I’ll take a look at it

Logistics: Thanks to Ari for transporting dozens of boxes of literature to the event. It is quite a physical feat as the literature boxes weigh up to 30 lbs each for the VSKs. Above is basically a count of what Ari brought and a few that I had stuffed in my backpack, but we think others also brought literature too

New Whole Foods Market Potrero Hill San Francisco

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

There’s a new Whole Foods Market in San Francisco on Rhode Island St in the Potrero Hill Neighborhood.

iPod Guide Updated

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

The iPod edition of the Ultimate Guide has been updated. Check it out here.

BAV News – September 2007

Monday, September 17th, 2007

Check it out! High in compassion, fiber and good vegan fun – the September BAVeg news is now available.

Read it online or subscribe to have it delivered directly to your inbox.

The Red & Green Season

Saturday, September 15th, 2007

Tis the season for red and green! And yellow and purple and orange tomatoes. Tomatoes are being sliced and slurped all over the country right now, and in the Bay Area we’re particularly lucky to have an amazing crop of heirloom tomatoes to die for. I’ve been eating them every single day and can’t get enough. Below are a few of my favorite ways to enjoy them this year (it changes every year).

1. The perfect fresh tomato recipe
2. Tomato and “mozzarella” salad

3. Panzanella
4. Penne pasta with fresh tomato sauce
5. Grilled “cheese” sandwich
6. 5 minute tostadas
7. Frito Pie

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Walk for Farm Animals in SF – Join our Team!

Saturday, September 15th, 2007

Many animals raised for food cannot walk. Chickens who lay eggs are crammed in cages so small, with other chickens, that they don’t have space to lift their wings, much less walk. Pigs and veal calves confined in narrow pens.

Let’s walk for those who can’t.

Please join Bay Area Vegetarians and co-founder Tammy Lee in a 3 mile walk for farm animals on Sat, 10/13 in San Francisco. The walk route starts at the Ferry Building and continues along the Embarcadero to Fisherman’s Wharf, and then returns. Registration starts at 10 am, the walk starts at 11 am.

Please JOIN our team, “Animals are Friends, not Food” in the San Francisco walkathon.

All funds raised at walks throughout the country go directly to Farm Sanctuary.

Farm Sanctuary is a national, non-profit animal protection organization. Each year they rescue, rehabilitate and provide lifelong care for hundreds of animals rescued from factory farms, stockyards and slaughterhouses. In addition to operating the shelters in Northern California and New York, they work to gain legal protection for animals used in food production and to raise public awareness about factory farm cruelty and cruelty-free alternatives.

Let’s walk togetherjoin Bay Area Vegetarians team “Animals are Friends, not Food” and support the Farm Sanctuary SF 2007 walk!

Click HERE to register or to join our team.

If you can’t walk with us on that date, then show your support with a donation! Your sponsorship of any participants in the walk would be gratefully appreciated. All funds go directly to Farm Sanctuary (Bay Area Vegetarians is participating as a team in the event; we do not receive any funding from this effort.) Click HERE to find out more.

The Walk for Farm Animals SF organizer is Bud Makelke. To contact Bud, get information about parking, see a map of the walk route, or download a flyer for this event, please click HERE. The location is easily accessibly by public transit (BART / Muni) and you’ll be in good company with many others who care for animals.

South Bay lunch?

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

How many south bay BAVeg members would be up for a regular lunchtime get-together to share vegan food? Maybe once a month to start with, or even twice a month if sufficient interest. Nothing fancy, we’ll just set a regular repeating date and time.

Some restaurant choices include:

The new Merit Restaurant in Sunnyvale

Garden Fresh in Mountain View

Kokila’s on the Cupertino/Sunnyvale border

If you’re interested, please click HERE.

Stern Grove Leafleting – 2007

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

BAVeg volunteers leafleted at 8 concerts during the 2007 Stern Grove season (June through August), distributing approximately 4,025 leaflets to promote awareness of the benefits of a plant-based diet and educate about the suffering and slaughter involved in eating animals.

The BAVeg Team included: Adrienne, Alex, Ari, Brent, Chris, Jack, Myles, Mary Sue, Sue, Susan, and Tammy.

Thank you to all of our volunteers who supported these events!

If you’d like to get involved with our volunteer team, please check out current volunteer openings and always stay in touch with your ideas and energy. Click HERE to contact us

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