One of the goals of Bay Area Vegetarians is to support and connect the veg*n community, as plant-eaters are still a minority. Sometimes it can range from irritating to frustrating to daunting or even overwhelming to live in a flesh-eating world, particularly for those who are new to veg*nism or new to the area. Note: veg*n is shorthand for both vegan and vegetarian
With that in mind, we became an instant supporter of Lew’s idea to start a support group in our area. (More info about Lew and his interest in this topic below) We have some ideas about this, and would love to get your input about this, too.
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)
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 bayareaveg.org and our local events, activities, and vegetarian restaurant guide.
BAVeg offers mailing lists as well as a forum for the local vegan, vegetarian, and animal rights community. In particular, the forum is a wonderful way to have extended and ongoing discussions about serious or fun topics simultaneously, since all discussions stay grouped or threaded by topic. You also have the option to edit or delete your forum posts at any time.
Your userid is unique to bayareaveg.org and can be anything you want. It can be the same as your userid on other systems (like yahoo, gmail, etc) or maybe it’s just your name! Hint: “Tammy” and “Chris” are taken though. You can also personalize your userid profile with an avatar, and fun facts you want to share with others.
Check out the forum at http://bayareaveg.org/forum
Here’s an update since we first announced this in the October 2007 BAVeg News:
People in California who are opposed to the cruel treatment of animals on factory farms have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do something to improve the lives of millions of animals. Californians for Humane Farms is entering its final days of signature gathering to qualify a historic ballot initiative for the November 2008 election. 90,000 signatures are still needed.
Sponsored by the Humane Society of the US, Farm Sanctuary, and others, the initiative would outlaw gestation crates, battery cages, and veal crates in California, giving 20 million animals on factory farms each year improved conditions. This sounds and is moderate–just giving them these basic improved conditions–but would be a huge improvement and make a significant difference for these animals, especially for egg-laying hens who, if this passes, would be able to lay eggs in nests and to dustbathe (the way chickens keep themselves clean), which are critically important to them.
Getting this initiative on the ballot would also raise a tremendous amount of awareness about factory farming and, as has been shown from similar initiatives in smaller states, continue to build momentum against factory farms that has already led to pledges from pork and veal producers to phase out some of the cruelest confinement systems facing animals on farms.
Our heart-felt thanks to our volunteers who shared the compassion in their heart for animals at our “Have a Heart, Go Veg” Leafleting & Dinner activity on Saturday, Feb 9th, organized by Tammy and Alex. Leafleting with BAVeg is an opportunity to get our veg message out to the public and then celebrate our good work & fellowship over a yummy vegan meal.
We give a big welcome to Melisse, her first-time leafleting, and were happy to see Juan (his 2nd time leafleting), Jordan, and George join us again. Miranda and Jack from Vegan Outreach joined us, too. Jack is the President of Vegan Outreach but Miranda gets top billing because she is an amazing, Amazon leafleter.
Are you a myspace user? Please add us as your friend, and help get the word out about Bay Area Vegetarians!
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Regarding some recent posts on our SFBAVEG mailing list:
To some it is a limitation, to others it is a wonderful feature, to have a mailing list like SFBAVEG where topics about vegetarianism, animal rights, and advocacy are co-mingled.
In our minds, when we created the list, we wanted to have this sharing of ideas and energy. For the most part, we think it works well. We wanted to comment because we recently received an email from someone who no longer found the list useful, because of all the animal rights content. Yet, at the same time, this individual never or rarely posted, in over two years. Conversely, we’ve also had individuals tell us that there’s too much non-AR email. And we also get people asking us to have events at specific restaurants, or encouraging us to do different projects. Usually these requests are not accompanied by offers to help.
While vegetarians most likely outnumber vegans, and non-activists outnumber activists, it is the vegans and the activists who tend to be more outspoken or passionate about a topic leading to discussions or specific events happening for Bay Area Vegetarians and this mailing list, SFBAVEG.
So, if what’s being discussed or the events that are happening don’t appeal to you, you’re probably not alone. More than likely, someone else is also wanting for someone to start discussing a veg or AR topic that interests them, or plan a specific activity. So be that person – it’s easier than you think, and along the way you will meet some interesting and new friends.
Bay Area Vegetarians is always looking for like-minded volunteers to organize events and activities aligned with our organization’s goals. And, we always invite both individuals and other organizations to post information about their veg/AR events & activities to SFBAVEG. So, either way, whether it’s a BAV event or not, it’s very much appreciated and welcome as a contribution to the rich diversity of veg*n living here in the SF Bay Area.
We will each get out of this organization and community what we put into it: communication, creativity, compassion, and, our personal hope, community.
We have some BAV t-shirts (white/short-sleeve) available/in-stock in two designs.
Shirts are $12 each. Normally they are $10.99 each + $4 shipping + tax when you order them from CafePress.com.
We got them for tabling, but thought we’d offer them to the list too as we always get questions on where to get them, especially the ‘Go Vegan’ blue cow design.
If you’re interested, email us… we’re going to some of the events this month and could bring it there.
VIPs — you’re eligible for a $2 discount as a thank you for your support.
More BAV merchandise can be found here at the following link,, including the new golden and silver BAV pin from WildBryde Jewelry.
Thanksgiving is a really fun day for us, as we share it vegan-style surrounded by friends and great vegan food. It always reminds us to reflect and give thanks for what we do have. In that spirit, we wanted to take a few minutes to let folks know that we have appreciated their support and participation with BAY AREA VEGETARIANS during 2003. We know the year isn’t over yet, but why should we have to wait until then to say “thank you”.
Thank you to all the folks who have partcipated at our Vegan Food Parties, vegan camping trips, Dining out, and other events (nearly 50 events so far this year!)
Thank you to our wonderful volunteer event organizers who make events happen for the rest of us. A big thank you to our Veggie Important People… These are the folks who have already held delicious Vegan Food Parties for us this year: Lyman, Nicole & Regina, Kim & Jamie, Alex, Caity, Marni, Mary Margaret, Warren, Mike & Joanna, Bill, and Pam… You can see their smiling faces at: http://www.bayareaveg.org/vip.htm
Thank you to everyone who has posted such interesting and thoughtful messages to the SFBAVEG list and bulletin board. A big thanks to Kim, who along with us, does all the behind-the-scenes list admin work to keep SFBAVEG running smoothly, thwarting the spammers, every day..
Thank you to the folks who have helped us table at events like We the Planet, Pride Festival, Doggone Fun Run, Veggie Cook-Off… Thanks to Lori who organized a lecture by Dr. Greger and fundraising dinner for him… Thank you to Bob, the originator and organizer of the savory and successful Monthly Vegan Dinners in Oakland. Thank you to our Thanksgiving event volunteers; this is our first year trying this and we’ve got 5 Thanksgiving Day events being held throughout the Bay Area!
Thanks to everyone who’s voted in the Vegetarian Restaurant Contest, and to our prize donors — Compassionate Cooks, NAVS, VegDining.com, and Wild Bryde Jewelry. ( By the way, there’s still time to vote — http://www.BayAreaVeg.org/contest.htm)
Thank you to everyone who has recommended our group to your old and new veg friends. We have over 1,400 registered members on SFBAVEG, SFBAVEG-EVENTS, and the bulletin board.
And finally, thanks to all the other folks, and other veg and animal rights groups, for being partners in compassion & good health and making our corner of the world a more veggie-friendly place for all of us, and the animals we share it with. We have found our lives enriched by the people and the ideas within our veg and animal rights community, and we hope you have benefitted as well.
Have a veggie good day!
Tammy & Chris
Bay Area Vegetarians co-founders