Leafleting Leprechauns in San Francisco

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Saturday was the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in San Francisco, and also the annual Bay Area Vegetarians Leafleting at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  :-)

BAVeg Leafleting Leprechauns

BAVeg Leafleting Leprechauns

Our team of leafleting leprechauns hit the streets of SF, and handed out 1,500 Vegetarian Stater Kits in one hour!!

THANK YOU Alex, Ari, Lisa, Caroline, Michelle, Donna, Jordan and Tammy! BAVeg volunteers share some thoughts about this activity:

Alex enthused “Event leafleting is always fun, because the crowds are in a good mood. Twice I had people chasing after me to get a brochure! Love that! Leafleting is is so easy, and so effective.  I love thinking about all the people who learned about animal suffering today for the first time.  I wonder how many vegetarians we made?”

Parade attendee reads VSK

Parade attendee reads VSK

“This may have been the easiest leafleting I have ever done! Not a negative comment all morning, a few dozen people came up asking ME for guides (rather than the other way around) and at least 50% of people who I offered I guide to took it. Combine that with a great meal with some inspiring vegetarians, all committed to raising the consciousness of our society, and you’ve got a heck of a finish to my week!” exclaimed Ari.

Michelle adds “It was great fun, and such a happy vibrant crowd that seemed to really embrace the veg message!”

Reading her new VSK

Reading her new VSK

Jordan shares his personal experience.  “I’ve been a vegetarian since 1967, and had little success in getting people to go veg. It came as a big surprise, there is an easy way to recruit new vegetarians. Just hand out leaflets. Some people who read the leaflet decide to eat less meat, some become vegetarians or vegans.

Leafleting is fun. Especially at special events, parades etc, because people let down their guard and are willing to talk to strangers. In a short time you can hand out a lot of leaflets.

Now I organize vegetarian leafleting at some Buddhist teachings I go to, asking Buddhists to go veg. Think about what events you go to that you can leaflet. It’s great to know that you have done something that makes a difference.”

Please watch the BAVeg calendar for the next San Francisco Have a Heart, Go Veg Leafleting activity.

Animal Rights Philosophy Discussion

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

On Sunday, May 3rd, BAVeg is hosting a new activity — an animal rights philosophy discussion.

Organized as part of our Food for Thought book club,  Mike B says “The group will provide a great opportunity to hone our ability to reply to those who ostensibly attack our beliefs on rational grounds, as well as acquaint or re-acquaint ourselves with the excellent work in ethics that’s taken place in the last few decades regarding the moral consideration of nonhuman animals.”

This month’s topic:
Animal Liberation by Peter Singer, Chapters 1 and 6

Specifically, Singer’s argument for equal consideration of interests regardless of species membership (often referred to as “The Argument from Marginal Cases”). Philosophers opposed to animal rights have been trying to overcome this argument for 33 years with no success! We will get clear about what Singer’s argument is, how it can be used, and what some of the major failed objections to the argument are.

And, he adds, “All are welcome:  Whether you’ve never touched a philosophy book or are a fellow philosophy junkie :-)  “

What: Animals Rights Philosophy Group
Where: SF
When: 5/3/09 Sunday, 1:00 pm

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Leaflets of Change in the SF Bay Area

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Bay Area Veg volunteers continue to help the public turn over a new leaf towards veg*nism by distributing Vegetarian Starter Kits.

Elizabeth, who has been leafleting at the Farmer’s Markets in Palo Alto & Menlo Park, uses Compassion over Killing’s VSK and has reached over 300 people in the last 3 months.  (To join Elizabeth at future leafleting activities, see the BAVeg Event calendar)

BAVeg Volunteers, VSK, SF Ferry Building

Volunteers, VSKs, SF Ferry Building

In San Francisco, the monthly Have-a-Heart, Go Veg Leafleting activity continues with a new location – the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market on the Embarcadero.

January was the first outing at the new location.  Kuntal and Mila  joined organizers Alex and Tammy to distribute 300 of PETA’s Vegetarian Starter Kit . Yesterday, Shani, Jason, Sky, Alex and Tammy beat the rain and distributed 500 VSKs.

To join Tammy & Alex at the next Have-a-Heart, Go Veg Leafleting activity, see the BAVeg Event calendar

Thank you to our volunteer leafleters, organizers Alex & Tammy, and to Ann and Anabela who stamp the VSKs to refer readers to and our local events, activities, and vegetarian restaurant guide.

New Year (Re)Solutions Dinner/Meeting

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009
Tammy & Chris at BAVeg booth at SF Pride

Tammy & Chris at BAVeg booth at SF Pride

We want to wish everyone a Happy New Year, and hope that 2009 will be a great year for advocacy & outreach in the Bay Area and with Bay Area Vegetarians, aka BAVeg aka Be-A-Veg

This is a beginning of a new year, and we’re in search of fresh ideas, energy and talent to help shape the direction of BAVeg for the future. BAVeg is run entirely by volunteers; we have no paid staff or offices.  So, our continued operation really is dependent upon each one of us.

Chris and I have been with BAVeg since its humble beginnings as “SFBAVeg” in October, 2001; we designed and built, including the custom Ultimate Guide, organized hundreds of events and activities, and incorporated it as a non-profit 501(c)(3).

Through all of this, we have enjoyed working with many wonderful and dedicated people over these years on BAVeg’s core principles of CARE — Community, Advocacy, Resources, and Education.

This dinner meeting will be an opportunity to meet with other like-minded folks and discuss forthcoming projects and volunteer needs, outreach strategies and styles, and just network and socialize, too, all while enjoying delicious vegan food.  Udupi is an all-vegetarian restaurant with many vegan selections of Southern Indian fare, including dosas and uthappam. And, unlike other SF restaurants, it is actually heated during the winter so we won’t need to bundle up just to eat.

What: Volunteer & Activist Community Dinner
Udupi Palace, 1007 Valencia St (21st St), San Francisco
1/29/09 Thursday, 6:00 pm
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So whether you’re new or old BAVeg member, aspiring or experienced activist/volunteer, as long as you are interested in working with BAVeg to promote veganism, please join us for this dinner meeting on January 29th, 2009 at 6 pm at Udupi Palace restaurant in SF.

Turn your resolutions to help animals, be more active, and promote veganism into actionable solutions!

We look forward to meeting and working with you in 2009.

Tammy and Chris
co-founders of BAVeg

Veganauts Mission Leaders

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

Join Veganauts to explore, celebrate and share vegan food with new and old friends at vegetarian restaurants throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.   Hosts are needed for the 2009 mission series.  As you can see from the 2008 schedule below, we like to travel to different parts of the Bay Area, with different types of food.

So, Indian, Asian, raw, East Bay, South Bay, SF, etc — pick your favorite and let me know when you’d like to host!  Eating out at Asian style restaurants is particularly fun because it means getting to try a wider variety of dishes than just eating out on your own.

Expedition 200802 : Leap Year Mission : Golden Buddha, SF
Expedition 200803 : Mission to Cafe Soulstice: San Mateo
Expedition 200804 : Mission to Souley Vegan: Oakland
Expedition 200805 : Mission to Udupi Palace : Sunnyvale
Expedition 200806 : Mission to Ital Calabash, Berkeley
Expedition 200807 : Mission to Manzanita, Oakland
Expedition 200808 : Mission to Cafe Gratitude: SF
Expedition 200809 : Mission to the New World: Oakland
Expedition 200810 : Mission to Planet Herbivore: San Francisco
Expedition 200811 : Mission to Fragrance Land : Cupertino

Responsibilities as an organizer:  Pick restaurant, date/time and coordinate that with me (it can be weekday evening, weekend — make it work for your schedule); send announcement to the SFBAVeg list.  Track RSVPs, reserve space at restaurant, greet guests as they arrive, and enjoy good food & fellowship over a delicious vegan meal!

We are fortunate to live in a geographic area that provides a variety of vegan flora throughout the Bay Area, so let’s take advantage of it and start planning our 2009 missions!

Veganauts was started in 2006 by Tammy & Chris, BAVeg co-founders, and they continue to lead vegan missions alongside guest mission commanders.

Veganauts is the perfect opportunity to host on an occasional basis while supporting BAVeg and your local vegetarian community.

To submit a Mission proposal, please email Tammy directly

A+ leafleting this past Wednesday

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Vegetarian Starter KitTammy and I tried a new tactic this month.  Instead of a busy Saturday location or a busy college, we went to downtown San Francisco and leafleted commuters as they entered the BART stations.  Tammy and I handed out PETA Vegetarian Starter Kits and Jack handed out Vegan Outreach’s Compassionate Choices.  We gave out just under 600 in one hour!

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Leaflets of Change

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

Ann and Cheryl distributed 200 Guides promoting vegan foods in Pacifica on 9/27.  This brings our yearly distribution count to 23,652.  Thank you Ann & Cheryl!

Carol and The Chicken Man Protest KFC

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

Carol organizes the monthly KFC Cruelty Protest in San Jose.  She shares how this started. KFC Cruelty Protest

“After receiving disturbing information from PETA, during March 2003, about how cruelly KFC treated the chickens they serve, I decided to arrange a protest–my first! Only one person showed up! It was Mike Borg. Read the rest of this entry »

Leaflets of Change

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

On the last day of summer, Alex, Mila, Venu, and Tammy distributed Vegetarian Starter Guides to 400 of the smartest and forward-thinking members of the public in San Francisco during regular street leafleting. Read the rest of this entry »

DIY Vegan Conference

Monday, August 25th, 2008

DIY Vegan:  A vegan conference FOR the community, BY the community

DIY is short-hand for “do it yourself”, and that speaks to the essential spirit we’d like to capture for this conference.  What would you like to say or hear at a grassroots vegan conference?

With the DIY Vegan conference model, anyone will be able to submit a topic proposal — the only requirement will be that it involves some aspect of veganism, which could include animal rights, philosophy, environmental, social justice, religion, edible, ethics, advocacy strategies, “how to” type topics (raise vegan children, bake vegan, leaflet, etc).  The proposals received will then drive the content of the conference.

At this point in time, this is just an “idea”.   Do we have enough support and/or interest in the community for an event like this?  Support would be needed from both speakers and volunteers in  administrative areas,  i.e. marketing, organizing, logistics, administrative help, etc.

Event: DIY Vegan Conference
Date:  Early Feb 2009 (weekend)
Location:  Oakland, CA (Lake Merritt area)

And, there is always the possibility that if this event is success, it could happen again in different parts of the Bay Area.

Your early feedback will be our gauge whether there’s enough interest and support within the community to proceed with this event.

Please reply via email or leave us a blog comment and indicate whether you would submit a proposal, volunteer at the event, attend the event, or, have no interest at all in the event.  Please ask your interested friends to do the same.