like to welcome our new members from
PETA's two-day "Helping
Animals 101" conference
on 2/5-6. It was a wonderful weekend
to learn and share and connect
with over 200 like-minded folks
from throughout the Bay Area and
farther. To read more about the
conference, from the perspectives
of new and veteran activists, visit
At PETA's invitation,
Bay Area Vegetarians info booth
explained the core components
of BAV's programs and activities:
Community - Advocacy
- Resources - Education
the 2nd day of the conference,
PETA organized one of the largest
local protests in recent years
with over 200 people converging on
a nearby KFC outlet, effectively
closing it for business. It was a
hard act to follow, but the next
weekend, over 30 neighborhood and
community activists met for BAV's
1st monthly SF KFC protest on Geary
and 6th Avenue. Sarah's Santa Cruz
KFC demo was also the same day, with
another 25 in attendance. The Pacifica
KFC demo has recently been getting
a steady attendance of 5-6 people
BAV continues to network with
local activists and volunteers
to support PETA's KFC campaign
locally: Val started a lunchtime
monthly KFC series in Mill Valley,
Candace plans a new series for
Palo Alto, and Carol organizes
a monthly South Bay demo, bringing
our number of monthly KFC demos
We *know* our strong showing of
local support for PETA's international
campaign against KFC is working because
we recently received an important
update from PETA.
PETA is asking all activists
KFC demos for the month of March while they
negotiate for better care of the animals with
KFC. Until we hear more from PETA, we're keeping
the demos on the calendar and have flagged them
as 'suspended' for March.
So, while we suspend KFC demos for March, that
won't stop us from doing the write thing! 8 people
attended (despite the rainy weather) at the new
Haight location's 1st letter writing party, and
6 more at the new Palo Alto LWP. Please support
our newest LWP in Berkeley; Sara is hosting the
first one on Tue 3/8.
& BAV Need Your Help!
Planning for events is always a continuous activity
for us, and one of our main responsibilities
The group has really grown alot in three years,
even just the last year. To continue this growth,
or even stay where we are, we are looking for
some energetic people to help out. We have identified
3 areas that we'd like to fill, with the first
being the most important.
- sfbaveg list admin
We titled the message 'Tammy & BAV need
your help' because as an all-volunteer organization,
we are really dependant upon our volunteers.
We've got some wonderful volunteers running our
monthly dinners and advocacy events, and
we'd like to get a similar structure going for
more administrative tasks like the ones listed
Currently, Tammy has been trying to do all
3 roles above (in addition to here other regular
activities and full-time corporate job), and
probably spends 15-20 hours a week on administrative
tasks alone; this excludes time spent at events,
as well as the equal number of hours that Chris spends on other administrative tasks.
So if you can step-up, that would be a great
help to Bay Area Vegetarians, and the local vegetarian
community that we support.
You can read more about each volunteer job here.
Advocacy is Rewarding
Advocacy counts, for the animals and in BAV's
Rewards Program! We've got a couple new
prizes to add to the list -- BayLeaf Cafe $20 Gift
Certificate and some cool stuff from PETA.
ARP runs from Sept 04 to Aug 05. But to celebrate
Meat Out month, and all the hard work our volunteer
advocates have been doing, we're going to have
a mid-season drawing at the end of this month
for a couple of relaxing and inspiring prizes:
compassion for the animals, fueled with Avocado
Sushi and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, named one of
the best Local Activists in the BEST
OF VEG 2004 contest, meet Christine Morrissey and learn what
she's doing to help the animals...
more in our new monthly feature.
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