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Some vegan news and some news of vegans

I’m still caught up in the world of new parenthood, but I had to share these few things that have been sitting in my in-box. Hope you’re all having a beautiful spring!

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Survey: Do you want to meet with other vegans?

Club Veg has issued a survey – click through to weigh in!

Club Veg has been in hibernation for some time, and I’d like to see if there are enough people out there who are interested in seeing Club Veg become active again. I’d love to hear back from you if you are interested in having a veg group that gets together. Would you mind taking a very short survey to give me information to help me decide what to do with Club Veg? It shouldn’t take you more than 5 minutes to complete. Here is the link to take the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VJ32PRP
Thanks – I look forward to hearing from you.

Click here to respond to the survey. Thanks to Club Veg for this organizing work!

Promote your vegan self!

Good morning Ithaca-area vegans: Here’s another reminder that if you’re not yet listed on the Find Ithaca Vegans page (or, if you have a food-related business, the Find Vegan Food page), you are very welcome to join us! Just leave a comment telling me who you are, and what your link is, and I’ll put you up there. It can be a blog, business, book, social group, portfolio, or any other website, as long as it’s animal-friendly and run by a local vegan.

These listings aren’t a commercial endeavor, they’re just a volunteer effort to promote Ithaca-area vegans, to help make us easier to find, so folks can patronize our businesses and read our blogs and so on.

Thanks to all of you awesome vegans out there, who make Ithaca such an animal-friendly (and delicious) place to live!

Vegans oppressing vegans

I know I’m oppressive at times, in my language and in my actions: I have white privilege though I’m of mixed race, I went to an ivy league school so I have academic privilege, I have acquired American and economic privilege that makes a lot of my vegan choices easier and more plentiful than they would be otherwise. And where there’s privilege there’s oppression, whether we intend it or not.

On that note, especially if you’re white and/or unaware of the concept of intersectionality, please check out this incredibly honest and insightful video from Breeze Harper (via Vegans of Color): Black Vegan Mammy-ism: Sacrificing My Emotional Health for the White Vegan Status Quo

Okay, it’s time to boycott palm oil.

Thanks to Julia Felice and Amber Gilewski for inspiring me to finally, finally boycott palm oil. If you’re vegan and you’re not yet avoiding it, now is a good time to start. If you don’t know why, please read this factsheet from Rainforest Action Network.

Harvest Award makes a buttery corn oil spread that’s vegan and palm-oil free, that we could use as an alternative to Earth Balance. But it’s not available yet in Ithaca – we have to ask GreenStar Natural Foods Market and other shops to carry it.

If you have ideas for other buttery spread alternatives, please post a comment – thanks!

Source: “Hey vegans! We’ve had some talk here about palm oil…” (Ithaca Vegans)

An incredibly useful video

Dear vegans, please watch this! It’s so helpful. I can’t wait to read Dr. Joy’s books. Have you? What did you think? And what do you think of this video?

VIDEO: My Vegan Evolution

This video is about my vegan evolution, so you get to hear how obnoxious I was as an early vegan (and what happened to make me, I hope, less obnoxious), how my friends helped me on my way, what happened when I worked for PETA for two ill-fated weeks, and some tips for other people embarking on this journey.

Click here to watch the video, and please leave me comments – I’d love to hear what you think. Thanks for watching!