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Green Vegans Join Seattle Climate Rally

Green Vegans, based out of Seattle,  is calling for all NW area vegans to come out to the Seattle version of the worldwide People’s Climate March. Vegans everywhere are preparing for these events. Green Vegans are making  sure that climate change activists include the vegan imperative. We and ecosystems will not win on climate change without veganism.

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On September 21, people in villages, towns, and cities around the world will come together in a call for action. In New York alone over 750 organizations and tens of thousands of people are gathering for a rally and march there as the United Nations convenes to address climate change policy. On the same day vegans in Seattle and everywhere will join them.

Seattle People's Climate March 2014

Join other Seattle vegans and anyone who cares about the earth’s climate.  The Seattle rally will be at Westlake Plaza, downtown, Sunday, September 21, starting at 1:00 PM. There will likely be a march to a nearby location that yet to be announced All organizations, vegan and nonvegan, are encouraged to represent their own contingent with banners while individuals can bring their own signs. Check out the Green Vegan’s blog for more information!

More details and to RSVP on Act 350
RSVP on Facebook

DxE action in San Francisco

Visiting Animal Activists – DxE

Animal liberation group Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) will be stopping by Seattle on their West Coast tour this July. The first day the organizers from the East Bay Area chapter of DxE will speak about the origins of the network, its organizing principles and its current campaigns. This will also be a place for discussion, where we will trade ideas and hear about the struggles and campaigns that Seattle is involved with.

The second day of their tour will be a day of action, where they will collectively plan and implement actions at different locations across the city with those who want to get involved based on what they learned during the first day.

DxE action in San Francisco
DxE action in San Francisco

The purpose of the tour is to strengthen the network and relationships with activist communities through face-to-face interaction. As part of the “network” in NARN, we are excited to learn from activists doing new things and figure what can be applied in Seattle.

Please join DxE, NARN, and your local animal liberation community for this event before you head out for any giant vegan BBQ potlucks. This will be a great way to really kick off the Seattle summer! If you are unsure about DxE, anti-corporate activism, civil disobedience, humane myth-busting, or any part of their campaign, this is a great time to learn more.  Free of course!

Seattle Stop of the Direct Action Everywhere West Cost Tour
Day 1: July 4, 2014
12:00-2:00 pm
Black Coffee Coop
501 E Pine St, Seattle, Washington 98122
RSVP on Facebook or just show up: https://www.facebook.com/events/294618630711332/

Day 2: July 5, 2014
Time and location to be announced

 

2014 NARN Annual Meeting

It is that time of year again where members get together for socializing, vegan eating, and electing new board members at the 2014 Annual NARN Meeting – Saturday June 14, 2014 from 2:00-4:00 PM.

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This event is the one time each year that members run for board positions. We hope many NW animal advocates come out and that volunteers run for one of the 5 open board seats.   You do need to be NARN a member to vote. Renew your annual membership here.

This private meeting will be held at a founder’s home in Seattle, so please RSVP to on Facebook or via email to info {at} NARN.org to receive the address. We will provide some snacks and beverages, but feel free to bring a vegan snack or drink of your choice. See you all then!

Tote Bag Slogan Contest

Hello smart and creative animal advocates! We only have 4 (yes only 4!) of our “The Future is Vegan” tote bags. If you haven’t gotten yours yet, you best get on that tout de suite! Dwindling inventory means it is time to design a new bag so we can keep telling the world that animals matter. We want your big brains to help us!

Submit your idea for a slogan in the comments below, or on Facebook, or via twitter to @NARNtweet to be entered. You can suggest up to 5 different slogans and be entered once for each submission. If we choose your slogan to be on our next tote bag, you’ll win a free tote bag (worth $20) and a free year membership to NARN (worth $25) – a prize worth $45 in total (look how good at math we are)!

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Current NARN tote bag. Only a few left!

Criteria: slogan should be under 80 characters including spaces; should support animal liberation and / or veganism; should not discriminate or oppress any other group (i.e. should not be sexists, racist, ableist, etc.); must be original (no quotes or slogans from other groups). Deadline is May 19, 2014.

So get those creative juices flowing! We can’t wait to see your great ideas.

AnimalsLabLiberation2014

World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week 2014

Hello animal advocates and liberators of all kinds! World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week 2014 is officially April 19-27, just around the corner. Here are the local events that we are aware of and we hope you can join us, NARN members, individual activists, and other organizations as we work to inform the public and protest against the exploitation of non-human animals in laboratories. Your voice matters. This is the time to speak up.

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Not all of these are NARN events. If you have questions, please contact the organization via their Facebook event page. Thank you everyone for giving up just a few hours of your time to work for animal liberation. Follow NARN on twitter at @NARNtweet.

NARN Member Grant to Attend the Animal Rights National Conference 2014

What: NARN wants to help a passionate animal activist who would have trouble affording the trip attend the Animal Rights National Conference in L.A. July 10-13, 2014. Learning from scholars and activists shouldn’t just be open to those who can afford it. Check out the incredible list of speakers from all over the world, from groups big and small, with a wide variety of perspectives and philosophies. There is something for everyone.

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Who: Any current NARN member who is passionate about learning more about animal activism, animal liberation, animal rights, vegan outreach, intersectionality of oppression, and networking with fellow activists from around the world but who can’t easily pay for the cost of going. Preference will be given to applicants who have volunteered with NARN or shown some type of interest in activism already.

Funding: NARN will help cover the round trip flight from Seattle to LA, 4 nights hotel accommodations at the Westin LAX Hotel, 4 days of food, Event Registration Fee, and a ticket to the evening banquet. This package is worth approximately $1,100.

Application: http://tinyurl.com/ARconf
Deadline: May 2, 2014

Winner: NARN board members will score applicants based on five criteria as outlined in the application: 1. Amount of involvement with NARN, activism, or vegan outreach the applicant has already demonstrated 2. What they hope to gain from the conference 3. How they will bring what they learn back to the NARN community 4. Any unique background, ideas, or approach the applicant brings 5. Financial need.

Please apply! Hope to see you there!

Dr. Claire Jean Kim

Dangerous Crossings: a talk with Dr. Claire Jean Kim in Seattle

The University of Washington Graduate School and the Northwest Animal Rights Network  is honored to sponsor an evening community talk with Dr. Claire Jean Kim on Friday May 2, 2014 at El Centro De La Raza on Beacon Hill.

Dr. Claire Jean Kim
Dr. Claire Jean Kim

Dr. Kim is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Asian American Studies at University of California, Irvine, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate classes on racial politics, multiculturalism, social movements, and human-animal studies. Her most recent book, Race, Species and Nature in a Multicultural Age (Cambridge University Press, 2014), examines the intersection of race, species and nature in impassioned disputes over how immigrants of color, racialized minorities, and Native people in the U.S. use animals in their cultural traditions.

Join Dr. Kim in a discussion on how might we re-imagine the human, the animal, and nature outside of relations of domination. What would justice in a multi-racial, multi-species world look like? RSVP on the Facebook event page here to reserve your spot. We are particularly proud to be offering this talk at El Centro de la Raza (Center for People of All Races). Read more about their guiding principals.

If getting to the University of Washington campus is easier for you, Dr Kim will also be speaking on Thursday evening, May 1, 2014 at Kane Hall at 6:30 pm. More details on that event here.

Dangerous Crossings
Friday May 2, 2014
7:00 – 8:00 PM
El Centro De La Raza
2524 16th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144
RSVP on Facebook

Does Leafleting Make You Uncomfortable?

Does the idea of vegan leafleting make you uncomfortable? Hate telling people what to do? Don’t want to be an inconvenient vegan? You aren’t some zealot after all. But what if you knew that just an hour of leafleting would save 12 animals from the horror of factory farming? That is twelve individuals who would be spared a short lifetime of torture, fear, neglect, and death. Twelve. For 60 minutes of your time.(1)

We know that people need to see/hear something on average of seven times before noticing it and we may need to hear something many different ways before understanding how it fits in with our lives. We also know that many, many, many people still don’t know what animals go through to become food and likely never think about the suffering and death behind their food choices. Add to this that people need to be in the right mind-set to take in counter-couture information, and it makes saving animals through adopting a vegan diet seem daunting.

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Photos from Vegan Out Reach (http://www.veganoutreach.org/)

But. Do you remember why you became vegan? Whether you were influenced by someone in your life, something you read, or even something you discovered on your own, you likely came into contact with pro-vegan or pro-animal information many times before that moment without totally registering it. And having these memories probably helped build your overall education of animal exploitation and your response to that knowledge. Literature, websites, posters, videos, social media posts, essays, classes, leaflets and conversations with peers typically all help people discover, adopt, and maintain a more compassionate lifestyle. But that doesn’t happen magically. Caring, dedicated, and hopeful people have to create and distribute that information.

This is where you and leafleting come in. As Matt Ball, founder of Vegan Outreach explains, “For example, of you provide booklets to sixty new people tomorrow and just one decides to go vegetarian, you will have changed that person’s life forever. More importantly, you’ll have saved, with just a small investment of time or money, as many animals as you’ll save with every food choice you make during the rest of your life!” That is doubling your life impact in one day. Every person who adopts a vegetarian or vegan diet will save about one hundred animals each year(2).

Although it is difficult measure just how many people will reduce their meat consumption or go veg from one hour of leafleting, there are recent studies done on vegan leafleting on college campuses that can give us a hint. In a study by the Humane League and Compassionate Communities, they found:

  • About 1 out of every 50 students who received a leaflet indicated they became vegetarian or pescatarian as a result.
  • 7% of students (1 in 14) said they now eat “a lot less” chicken, a lot fewer eggs, and a lot less dairy as a result of getting the leaflet.
  • 6% eat a lot less fish.
  • 12% eat a lot less red meat.

And about 1 in 5 students said they shared the leaflet with someone else who then began to eat less meat.(3) The average audience may not be as receptive as college students, but even if they were half as receptive, leafleting still has a huge bang for its buck and for your time. Check out this great pamphlet by Mall Ball, “A Meaningful Life” for some additional inspiration.

You don’t have to do it alone. Join NARN on Saturday July 13, 2013 at 11:00 am for a quick introduction to leafleting best practices and then head out with a few other people to the West Seattle Summer Fest. RSVP on Facebook or email rachel [at] narn.org for more information. And if you are reading this post after July 13, just be sure to follow the NARN Facebook Page or subscribe to our newsletter to find out about future leafleting outings. And of course, you don’t have to wait for us – the power of leafleting is that it can be done by one person, anytime, anywhere.

Doing vegan outreach is not like religious proselytizing. You aren’t trying to convert anyone to any belief. You only giving them factual information that they might not otherwise have. Free information. Free recipes. Some inspiration. You don’t have to argue, convince, or cajole. Be open to conversation and remember to be compassionate towards human animals too.

More Resources for You!

References:
(1) Farm Sanctuary, Leaflet, http://ccc.farmsanctuary.org/promote-veg-eating/leaflet/ (2012).
(2) Mark Hawthorne, Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism (O-Books, 2008), 23.
(3) Nick Cooney, The Powerful Impact of College Leafleting (Part 1), http://ccc.farmsanctuary.org/the-powerful-impact-of-college-leafleting-part-1/ (Jan, 2012).

AR Conf Sponsors

Animal Rights National Conference 2013

Did you know that we are going to the Animal Rights National Conference June 27-June 30, 2013 in Washington DC? It’s true! Well, not the whole board, or every NARN member, but one board member and hopefully some NARN supporters.

If you haven’t heard of this conference, then you’ll be astounded by its breath: 3+ days of content, networking sessions, 90+ speakers, an awards banquet, 80+ vegan vendors, movie screenings, amazing sponsors (see below), and more than 1000 attendees. Not to mention, one of my personal heroes, stand up comedian, Myq Kaplan. Check out the extensive program.

I’m personally most excited by the sessions that focus on new strategies and the psychology of social change. Here are some of the talks I plan to attend and hopefully bring back all sorts of smarts for NARN and our NW community:

  • Nature of Social Change: social progress through struggle, stages of social change, recognizing victory – with Alex Hershaft.
  • Developing Our Movement: mission and vision, structure, alignments, issues, leadership, communications – with Caryn Ginsberg and Alex Hershaft.
  • Managing a Local Group: volunteers, meetings, workload distribution, working with nationals, finances – with Debra Erenberg and Carolyn Merino-Mullin.
  • Running Effective Campaigns: objectives, tactics, resources, action plan, special events, assessment – with Caryn Ginsberg and Michael Webermann.
  • Winning Hearts and Minds: theory of changing behavior directly and by impacting feelings and beliefs – with Alex Hershaft and Will Tuttle.
  • When Is Collaboration Justified?: how far can we work with an organization with a different vision? – with Saurabh Dalal and Paul Shapiro.
  • Applying Direct Action: getting attention and changing behavior through economic & social pressure – with Brenda Shoss, Andy Stepanian (who I met at Let Live and totally respect), Erwin Vermeulen, and Peter Young.
  • Commonality of Oppression: commonalities in the oppression of animals, children, women, minorities – with Dr. Baruch Ben Yehudah, Elizabeth DeCoux, pattrice jones, and Lisa Kemmerer.
  • Lessons From Abroad: novel tactics from other countries – with Tobias Leenaert, Sharon Núñez, Yossi Wolfson, and Sebastian Zösch.
  • Advertising Our Message: newspapers, public transport, billboards, radio/TV, internet – with Erica Meier and Nathan Runkle, another personal hero from Mercy for Animals.
  • Maintaining Your Online Presence: websites, e-newsletters, blogs, FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube – with Caryn Ginsberg and Colleen Holland.
  • War on Animal Activism: repression of social activism by government and corporate interests – with Sarahjane Blum, Elizabeth DeCoux, Will Potter (YESSSSSS!! The best!) and Ryan Shapiro.

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I’m particularly drawn to the talks that include Dr. Alex Hershaft. Originally from Warsaw  Poland, Dr. Hershaft is the founder of FARM USA and a holocaust survivor. I think his story, his life, his dedication, and even his non-AR reputation are fascinating and I hope to get to meet him personally.

If you want to get  last-minute flight to DC and join me, please do! If not, comment below on the talks you want me to attend and blog about. I can also purchase the audio recordings of any session you want for $9, the key notes for $15 each, or the entire 3 day conference for only $150.

Outreach with 10 Billion Lives Tour at the UW

We all know this: right now, millions of animals are in pain, scared, hurt, and abused. They will endure this for few weeks or many years before their lives are ended early and violently. They don’t have the luxury of slow moving change, and egads, are we humans slow to catch on. Just like other major social movements throughout history, animals need people to take their voices and feet into the streets to teach, inform, and be advocates. That is what NARN is all about. They need us to stand up, speak out, and get involved. The animals are counting on us. By helping just one person go vegan, you can cancel out the suffering of as many as another 100 fish and fauna each year. If you could help 5 people, that would be 500+ earthlings!

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We at NARN are so happy that  Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) is bringing their North American Tour to Seattle. Their 10 Billion Lives van tours colleges and music festivals paying folks $1 to watch a 4 minute movie that highlights the inherently inhumane nature of animal agriculture and encourages viewers to start on a path toward a vegan diet.  Well 80% of viewers commit to eating less animal products. 

After folks watch the video they need other great vegans around to talk to, to answer questions. You can also give them some follow up literature to read. You can be the support network or the role model that they need to stop hurting animals.

“Every volunteer makes a HUGE difference in the success of the events. You can encourage more viewers by simply holding a sign or talk to people after they’ve watched the video and inspire them to put their compassion into action. For many viewers it’s a life changing experience.”

According to FARM, through video outreach they inspire young people to reflect deeply on their food choices and take action to create a more compassionate future for animals. They also talk about the health benefits of eliminating animal products as well as the environmental connections between factory farming and pollution, fossil fuel use, deforestation, water use, greenhouse gas emissions etc. But they need our help at the University of Washington June 3rd – 6th from 9:30am-3:30pm. They will also be at the Warped Tour music festival June 15th from 11:30am-5:30pm. You can volunteer to help. Just email Scheduling [at] 10billiontour.org or visit www.10billiontour.org.

If you aren’t sure how, go to the NARN Animal Activism 201: Psychology of Change the day before, Sunday June 2, 2013. We’ll get brave together.

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