Communication for Veg*n Advocacy,
Family & Friends - Sunday, 8/7,
Nora Kramer, the featured speaker
for this month's Compassionate Living
program says, "even if you don't
consider yourself an activist, like
it or not, in the eyes of every carnivore
who knows you and asks you dumb (or
not so dumb) questions about veg'ism,
you are a veg spokesperson."
So, whether you're a new or aspiring
vegetarian or long-time vegan, come
learn and share effective communication
strategies and styles useful for everyday
situations at work, at home, as well
as public outreach. Being well-informed
and experienced at how to answer common
questions helps us become better advocates
for animals and vegetarianism/veganism,
and just have more comfortable and
enjoyable dining experiences with
non-veg family and friends. You are
also welcome to join us for dinner
after the presentation.
Save these dates for rare Bay Area
appearances by 2 leaders in the animal
Sep 24: Paul
Shapiro, founder of Compassion
Over Killing and manager of the newly
formed Factory Farming campaign for
the Humane Society of the United
Oct 2: lauren Ornelas, director
of VIVA!USA, speaking on
Campaigning for Farmed Animals
Updates - Veg Food Finder
Ever find yourself in a new neighborhood and
not sure where you'll find veg food? Well, now
users of bayareaveg.org can simply enter a starting
address and a search radius, and the Veg Food
Finder will present a list of restaurant and food
store choices, all easily marked on a google map.
So let compassion be your landmark and the veg
food finder your guide!
This new tool is part of the new bayareaveg.org redesign
just being released. Hundreds of hours have gone
into this project and we think it was well worth
the effort. What do YOU think?
in the SF Chronicle
If you're a regular reader of the SF Chronicle,
or even if you're not, check out the August 5th edition. Several BAVeg members were interviewed
and photographed for a Chron story scheduled for
that Friday's edition of the SF Chronicle.
Thanks to everyone who responded to our plea
and turned out for a great show of support for
the chickens at the July SF KFC protest. Please
keep it up! Our KFC Cruelty protests continue.
Our letter writing parties are also good advocacy
events for folks, and most happen at restaurants
featuring vegan food.
Upcoming Special Events
We've got a great line-up of 20 events this
month -- to highlight a few: Bob is planning some
special activities for the 2nd Anniversary of
his Oakland dinner, our longest running monthly
dinner. In starting this dinner, Bob inspired
the other restaurant dining events that now happen
in Palo Alto, San Francisco, San Jose, and Marin. Starting this month,
the SF dinner hosted by Tammy and Chris is back, and will head to Zante's for vegan Indian Pizza.
Do you want to connect with other new, aspiring,
and struggling vegetarians and vegans in a supportive
environment? Want to help build and expand our
current Veggie Mentor program? Then come to our
Veggie Mentor Support meeting on 8/21. Space is
limited and RSVPs are required.
Eat Veg? Meet Veg People? Two Vegan Food Parties
this month in Pacifica on Sat 8/6 and Sun 8/21
in Menlo Park. Tracy especially encourages veg
families to attend her Pacifica VFP, as she's
got 3 kids. She also eats raw, and encourages
people to bring their favorite raw OR cooked dish
to share. There is also a KFC Cruelty Protest
in Pacifica earlier in the day, and the chickens
and Tammy would love your support! Signs & leaflets
provided. The VFP on 8/21 is our first event ever
in Menlo Park.
Side note: Tammy is counting vegan 2 y.o. kids.
So far she's up to 3. Is there interest for
families in the group for a special VFP for parents & kids?
Bring a friend... and come Be a Veg with Bay
Area Vegetarians! Check the event calendar for
full details on all events.
When you're browsing our website for events or trying to find vegan pizza in SF, check out the ads that interest you. BAVeg accepts ads directly, and also features google ads. The google ads are driven by the content of our website, and there's been some useful related ads appearing, such as the campaign for cage free eggs at Trader Joe's.
Our advertisers provide a regular source of funding to BAVeg, which allows us to continue to provide free membership, the Ultimate Guide, Veg Food Finder, Compassionate Living Program and other resources for free. If you want ad space on bayareaveg.org, you'll find more information here
A Veg Volunteer and Supporter
BAVeg is an
all-volunteer organization -- we have no paid
staff, no rent overhead. If you're new to the
group and wonder how we can have so many events
a month, such an awesome website or so many activities
and programs... Well, everything that we accomplish
is due solely to the dedication, talents, and
kindness of our plant-powered volunteers, as well
as generous financial donors.
BUT, as we approach our 4th Anniversary this
October, we need Your Support to continue and
expand our efforts to create a veg-friendly Bay
Area. Please visit our updated volunteers page
to see how you can get more involved. Openings
Promotions & Publicity Coordinator, Veggie
Mentor Program Manager, and Community Liason.
If you're a Bay Area veg caterer or restaurant interested in getting more exposure for your culinary
delights while helping BAVeg, please contact us
for upcoming opportunities to showcase your creations.
And financial support, both large and small, is
always welcome. Bay Area Vegetarians is a non-profit
In earlier profiles, we met local folks active
in promoting vegetarianism. This month, meet
Caity McCardell, who is creating new vegetarians in
her own special way.
more about Caity in this month's Community Profile.
us your nominations for future interviews.
Recipe of the Month
For those of you who use Yahoo or RSS, we've now added a convenient feed for upcoming BAV Events as well as News.
folks on the go, we also have a mobile
the events calendar for PDA and cellphone