start to the year
off to an awesome veggie year -- about
200 people attended our various events
in January, and we've three new monthly
events launching this month.
First, we'd like to thank Virginia
Handley of HSUS [left] for sharing
her Sunday afternoon & insights
as a lobbyist for the animals at
our recent Vegan Food Party. Over
40 people attended this special
event that fed our stomachs and
our minds. We learned about the
California legislative process,
available resources, and upcoming
legislation. As Virginia said,
letters are important, especially
when writing our legislators. So
we hope many of you will join us
at one of our letter writing parties.
Over 750,000,000 chickens raised for KFC endure
egregious and unnecessary abuses; now is the
time to stick up for chickens and join us at
a KFC protest near you! Jennifer
is organizing a new protest series in San Francisco;
with 11 KFCs, each month will target a different
KFC, usually on the 2nd Saturday of every month.
The Pacifica KFC protests continue, usually on
the 4th Saturday, with monthly KFC demos also
happening in San Jose and Santa Cruz.
While the streets are a great place to put our
feet in action for the chickens, don't underestimate
the power of the pen. Writing letters is an effective
way to communicate with businesses, legislators,
and others who make decisions regarding vegetarianism
and how animals are treated.
We have restructured our letter writing
party lineup by moving the SF LWP
to the Haight, and adding a new LWP in Palo
Alto. Thea will host the SF LWP at the Red
Victorian Peace Center B&B on
the 3rd Saturday while Robin will host the
Palo Alto LWP on the 4th Saturday at the ever-popular BayLeaf
Cafe. We might have a new volunteer
organizer for an East Bay LWP;
anyone interested in a North Bay LWP?
Our third new event premiering this month is a
monthly Marin event. With thanks
to Andrea and Alicia, hosts of the new series,
we will have our first dinner in San Rafael on
1/19. For all future months, the event will happen
monthly on the 2nd Wedn.
We also have a new monthly dinner on the 3rd Friday
at Kaleva, a vegetarian Indian restaurant in SF.
This dinner, organized by Thea, started in January
(but after the publication date of the previous
newsletter). Anyways, with the new dinners, BAV
now has a monthly dinner throughout the major portions
of the Bay Area -- East Bay, Peninsula, South Bay,
North Bay and SF, for a total of 7 monthly dinners.
If you made a New Year's resolution to go vegan
or vegetarian and have had troubles keeping it,
start anew with the Chinese New Year. February
9th marks the start of the Chinese New Year.
Make a fresh start by joining the Veggie Mentor
program, trying a new recipe, attending a monthly
We'll have a special
9-course vegan dinner at
Shangri-La Chinese Vegetarian restaurant on 2/24.
Food Party hosts needed!
Looking for your 15 minutes of fame, or
better yet, 70 minutes of vegan food eating? Then
host a Vegan Food Party! You can read more about
With winter, we really need a cozy indoor space.
If you can help, please contact
Tammy. VFP hosts
Important People in our book!
Vegan Parents Support Group
Interested in a support group for vegan families
to address all the issues that come with living
and raising a child in such an alternative lifestyle?
If so, please contact Mary who is looking to connect
with other vegan families. You can read Mary's
introduction in the forum and introduce yourself and your family, too.
Since 1985, activists throughout the world celebrate
the first day of Spring, March 20, as Great American Meat-Out.
Here in the Bay Area, activists are already planning their meat-out
event, from tabling at local malls and shops to leafleting
on the streets. If you'd like to plan a meat-out event in your
neighborhood, we'd love to hear from you!
We're kicking off our meat-out with another visit from Erik Marcus,
owner/publisher of vegan.com and Erik's Diner.
Last year, he spoke
for us to a standing-room only crowd in Mtn View. He liked us
so much, he wanted to speak again for our group -- so he's returning
on Sunday, March 6 to San Francisco to talk once more about his
new book, "Meat Market: Animals, Ethics, and Money".
Meat Market looks at the history of animal agriculture, and charts
the decline of its ethical standards. Despite the worsening plight
of animals, Erik’s message is hopeful and optimistic. He
offers ideas and strategies to combat cruelty that can be embraced
by meat-lovers and activists alike.
With the wonders of a random number generator to identify random
votes, the following voters won in our voter prize giveaway:
Doug Strauss, Menlo Park - Sun Flour Baking cookie basket
Michael Torres, San Francisco - BAV logo pin & vegan cookbook
Andrea Lindsay, Oakland - VegNews Magazine subscription
Thanks to our prize donors, Sun Flour Baking, Wild Bryde Jewelry,
VegNews Magazine, and Tammy & Chris (vegan cookbook).
The category winners of the BEST OF VEG contest were announced earlier.
We like giving away prizes! Congratulations to Charlie & tklarin for their winning reviews in the Ultimate Guide, randomly selected.
If one of these is your forum ID then please contact us
to claim your choice of prize, donated by VegDining.com,
WildBryde Jewelry, and
Bay Area Vegetarians.
Recipe of the Month
Sun 6 - Concert & Vegan Dinner, Berkeley
Tue 08 - Palo Alto Vegan Dinner (*2nd Tues.), BayLeaf
Wed 09 - SF Dinner (*2nd Wedn)
Sat 12 - SF KFC Protest (*2nd Sat)
Sat 12 - Santa Cruz KFC Protest
Sat 12 - South Bay Dinner (*2nd Sat.) - Vegetarian
House, San Jose
Wed 16 - Marin Dinner, San Rafael
Fri 18 - SF Dinner (*3rd Fri) - Kaleva
Sat 19 - SF Letter Writing Party (*3rd Sat.)
Sun 20 - Oakland Vegan Dinner (*3rd Sun) - New World
Thu 24 - SF Dinner (*Last Thurs.) - Shangri-La Vegetarian
Sat 26 - KFC Protest (*4th Sat) - Pacifica
Sat 26 - Palo Alto Letter Writing Party (*4th Sat.)
TBD - Adopt a College leafleting, SF (check calendar
* - monthly event
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check out the News
Blog and Event
Calendar. We don't
always announce it, but event
photos are added periodically
to the gallery, too.
Opportunities at BAV
Want to save animals, promote a healthy
and earth-friendly lifestyle, and have
fun at the same time?
Then join the Bay
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