Please join Bay Area Vegetarians for the first annual Oakland Veg Week!
Oakland Veg Week is a week-long celebration (April 15-21, 2012) that invites meat-eaters to pledge to be vegetarian for one week. It’s a positive, upbeat event where everyone wins: Meat-eaters who want a little help with their veg experiment, local restaurants who want more customers, the City of Oakland (who, let’s face it, could use some happy press!), and most importantly, the animals who would really, really, really like to see more vegetarians!
Bay Area Vegetarians is going to match every donation made for OVW12 up to $500.00. For real! That means a possible total of $1,000 to buy more vegan food to give to meat-eaters…if you can help us out. Your $50 donation is actually $100 with this match, and it’s tax-deductible! Oakland Veg Week is all volunteer, all free, and all awesome. With your support, OVW can reach more meat-eaters with the veg information and samples.
Please consider donating today to help create more vegetarians!
Bay Area Vegetarians, OVW, P.O. Box 700, Vallejo, CA 94590 credit card also accepted
What we like most about Oakland Veg Week … let us know what you like about OVW in the comments.
Even before facebook started, we’ve been a fan of Animal Place for many years.
With Animal Place’s support, we’ve had an annual tour and picnic for several years at their Vacaville location. So when we heard they needed to relocate, a few of us got together and organized a fun(d)raiser for them in June 2008. ( See past blog posts for more info: The Fun(d)Raiser | The Fun(d) Crew )
Our fun(d)raiser provided much needed funds towards expanding to their new Grass Valley location, where they named a meadow for us. Our meadow is very suitably in the picnic area, because we do love to eat
We had an amazing & awesome first day at the BAVeg SF LGBT Pride booth!! A huge number of folks interested in veg*nism came by for their Free Veg Starter Kit, and sampled delicious coconut milk ice cream samples and meatless jerky.
I’m really looking forward to Day 2, Sunday. We’ll again have the BAVeg booth (we’re on Larkin in front of the Asian Art Museum), and will also be doing some leafleting to the crowd who are standing around and waiting for the Parade to start ( for those watching the parade, look for the EBAA veg contingent!)
For now, I’ve uploaded a few of the photos that I took of our booth, and there will be more to come that the other volunteers have taken.
Our entirely all-volunteer crew made this day possible. I am privileged to have collaborated with such a dedicated group of fellow veg*ns on our outreach booth.
Michelle & Dan
Let’s give them all a virtual big hand of applause:
- Michelle, Dan, George and myself did the setup
- Heidi and Donna staffed the veg booth
- Heidi was also busy taking photographs, and Donna made the most amazing vegan goodies for the booth volunteers
- Michelle and Dan gave out information & stickers galore
- Mila and Mike organized the hugely popular ice cream samples (dry ice is amazing)
- Chris designed the new banners that had people walking over to the booth asking for their Free Veg Starter Kit
We also owe thanks to:
- Turtle Mountain and Primal Spirit Foods for So Delicious Coconut Milk Ice Cream Sandwiches and Primal Strips donations, respectively, distributed to booth visitors
- PCRM, PETA and Vegan Outreach generously donated literature
- Individuals who donated in response to our plea, which so far partially cover our expenses for Pride
BAVeg will be back at SF LGBT Pride all day Sunday . Our info booth is on Larkin, right in front of the Asian Art Museum Come by and say hello, and grab some literature for you or a friend
We started in 2003, and had a booth annually until 2008 when we did leafleting only. In 2009, the booth returned, as well as an entry in the Parade. 2010 is our 8th year of outreach at SF LGBT Pride, with a booth on both days as well as pre-parade leafleting on Sunday.
Our history of outreach at Pride is represented in these photo galleries.
One of the most effective displays that we use at the BAVeg info booth is a life-size replica of battery caged hens, with a sign telling people why and encouraging them to stop eating eggs. This is a very striking display and people always stop to look and read the sign, and yes, take photographs.
The photo from the BAVeg booth at Pride 2007 shows what the display looks like with three stacked cages (the middle cage is the one we own, and the other 2 were borrowed). We no longer have access to the other 2 cages.
So, to recreate this display, it is costing us $237.40 to purchase 1 cage and rent the 2nd. If we can raise $400, we can purchase both displays to use on an ongoing basis. Any additional donations over this cost will be use towards costs for the booth space, booth structure rental, insurance, literature and other costs of the booth.
DONATIONS NEEDED — Please support this effort with a donation to help defray the cost. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law, as BAVeg is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Donations can be made payable and sent to Bay Area Vegetarians, P.O. Box 371215, Montara, CA 94037-1215
SPECIAL REQUEST — The late Polly Strand, who originally donated the cage to us, enhanced the display with fake poop hanging on the top of the cage. It has fallen off over the years, and now we have a new cage. Is anyone artistically inclined to manufacture more fake poop that we can use? This simulate what happens in the real conditions (looking for visual image only, no olfactory recreations).
The goal of the Bay Area Vegetarians is to share information promoting veganism, and connect/support the veg and animal rights community. What happens or doesn’t happens depends on each one of us, and in the long-run, determines how well we eat because most events should involve lots of vegan food (well, at least the ones that I’m involved with do!)
Does anyone have a special BAVeg event they’ve been thinking of organizing, but uncertain about how to get started?
Well, the first step is to email us with the date/time and let us know what you want to do. Just about any type of event (as long as all the food is vegan) and it’s open to everyone can be a BAVeg event.
organize a Vegan Food Party at your favorite park or home
DIY skill share: have something to say or something to show related to veganism/animal rights? Let me know, we will be having regular Vegan Food Parties at the ocean-view community room at the Pacifica Library.
movie night: screen a movie related to veg/AR. either at your home, or community room
We look forward to hearing about the events you’d like to help make happen. Thank you!
Bay Area Vegetarians is returning to the 2010 SF Pride Celebration — this will be our 8th consecutive year with outreach at San Francisco PRIDE!
Once again, BAVeg will have an information booth in front of the Asian Art Museum, giving out thousands of pieces of literature promoting a more compassionate and cruelty-free lifestyle: veganism! We will also be leafleting during the Festival. [ Volunteer Sign-Up ]
Nora has been part of our outreach at Pride since the first year in 2003. She recounted one of her experiences about Pride leafleting:
One older man stopped after taking my brochure, looked at it for maybe 15 seconds, and said, “Wow. Thanks for ruining my day!” I started to reply, saying, “I’m sorry to ruin your day–I know this is upsetting–but thanks for caring so much about animals that it ruined your day to know how they are suffering.”
He said, “Actually, though it does kind of ruin my day to see this, I was being serious in thanking you. We need people like you out doing the dirty work of making people aware of this issue. Thank you for being here.”
This is what we are providing when we leaflet. Aren’t you glad you know about how the animals are treated so that you can choose to do something about it? Give others that opportunity to make a difference, as well! And give the animals an opportunity for people to consider their plight.
Please use this sign-up form if you’re interested in helping to make a more veg*n world by:
- staffing the BAVeg booth [ Saturday 10 am-7pm, Sunday 10 am-6 pm ]
- leafleting outside the booth [same time as above]
- leafleting the parade crowd before the parade starts [ Sun 9 am - 10:15 am]
- behind the scenes help [ booth set-up, or cart wrangler on Sunday AM]
While previous outreach experience is helpful, it’s not necessary. We just ask that you’re a friendly person, already vegan, or vegetarian transitioning towards vegan, who can reliably show up at the event. If you have questions, you’re welcome to email us directly or post a comment in the blog.
While financial donations to support the cost of outreach at Pride are gratefully accepted, as a small, grassroots all-volunteer organization, we depend even more on your volunteer support of your time and compassion to make our outreach at Pride successful this year. Last year, as in previous years, we were the only veg group distributing information at this progressive two-day event. Please sign up to help today to spread the veg message. Donations are welcome via check to Bay Area Vegetarians, P.O. Box 371215, Montara, CA 94037-1215.
Thank you to everyone who has supported our efforts in the past, and to everyone who will help us this year. Thank you to East Bay Animal Advocates for sponsoring/organizing the marching contingent in the Pride Parade this year. So be sure to mark your calendars for that weekend, and reserve your spot today!
Where: San Francisco Civic Center When: Sat Jun 26th – Sun Jun 27th What: Making a difference – Making new Veg*ns!
We need a math whiz to provide advice for the Ultimate Guide. The Ultimate Guide (UG) is a database of San Francisco Bay Area restaurants providing vegan and vegetarian food in the SF Bay Area, as well as businesses owned by vegetarians.
The goal of UG is to promote eating veg by making it as simple as possible to find restaurants serving veg food. To support the best restaurants based on your reviews, it creates the Top Ten list of veg restaurants. This is currently a straight average (total number of points divided by number of reviews).
Millennium has 34 reviews and a rating (average) of 4.34
Udupi Palace has 9 reviews and a rating (average) of 4.33
We need a math whiz to help us create a formula that also reflects the number of reviews the restaurant has, as well, in the final rating.
And if you’ve got a website or blog or email signature, please link back to The Ultimate Guide – help us promote veg eating!
The Pride parade is today, Sunday, 28th, starting at 10 am. It will be broadcast on KRON 4, Comcast Digital Channel 99, Clear Channel Radio on SFPrideLive.com Live & Uncensored from 10:00 a.m, KOFY TV 20/Cable 13, starting at 8:00 p.m and Comcast Channel 1 On Demand/Local Events starting June 29th at 7:00 p.m. until July 31st
Look for the rainbow contingent – that’ll be us!!
Bay Area Vegetarians is a local group that gives free vegetarian info, support and recipes from Sacramento to Santa Rosa to Santa Cruz! We have volunteers wearing lettuce bikinis to show off their healthy veggie bodies. We have nurses handing out “prescriptions” to Go Veg to avoid heart disease and obesity. We have animals to represent all the animals who don’t want to end up in a slaughterhouse.
One member, Alex Bury, wearing nothing but cabbage and lettuce leaves, used to be a professional chef. She cooked and ate meat every day. But now she’s a proud member of Bay Area Vegetarians and PETA, and only cooks vegan food! Parade marcher Jeff Hoffman did the same thing—he graduated from the California Culinary Academy, but now specializes in scrumptious veg food. His cupcakes are famous. Jeff’s vegetarian husband, Drew, is training for a marathon and having fun in a lettuce bikini today! Speaking of running, vegan Michelle just ran her first ultra marathon—12 hours—a month ago to raise funds for animals. She sure did recover quickly! Their professional coach and personal trainer, Darren Middlesworth, is vegan and representing his field in a some fine lettuce shorts. Member Kathy Buckley comes all the way from Iowa and Markush Madurai came from Calgary to march with the veggies in Pride!
Bay Area Vegetarians has had a booth here for years, but this is the first time we’ve been in the parade. It’s something we’ve wanted to do for many years. Today we are marching with members of many local groups, including East Bay Animal Advocates, PCRM, PETA, the LGBT community and local animal rescue specialists.
We’re proud to live in the Bay Area, where Pride is celebrated in such a big way. We’re proud vegetarians. Today we march to share our compassion and love for all: Love and Let Live.
If you want more of the free recipeswe’ll be handing out, just call 1-888-VEG-FOOD or visit GOVEG.com. Eating meat hurts animals, and veg foods are a yummy way to be compassionate and healthy! Happy Pride from Bay Area Vegetarians!