June 2008

NORTHWEST VEG

We educate and empower people to make vegetarian choices for a healthy, sustainable, and compassionate world.

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Contents

1. VegFest Volunteers, Take a Bow
2. Malaysian Fare On Tap for the June Dine-out
3. Exciting Volunteer Opportunities Await You this Summer!
4. Correction to Article on Howard Lyman in the Thymes
5. June’s Portland Potluck to Feature Great Food and Membership Meeting
6. Try Vegan Week Set for June 7-14
7. Celebrate July 4th with Games, Great Food, and Fun
8. 'Let Live' Animal Rights Conference to Cover Issues Far and Wide
9. Book Club to Discuss The World Peace Diet
10. Local Teens Put Vegetarianism in the News
11. Organic Athlete Offers Bike Rides, Short and Long
12. Northwest VEG Member Wins First Prize in Lantern Books Essay Contest
13. Portlanders Help Pass Out 10,000-plus ‘Compassionate Choices’ Leaflets at Seattle Event
4. In Defense of the Vegan Family
15. Recipes Requested for New Book on Vegan Hiking and Camping
16. Oprah Commits to 21-Day Vegan Cleanse

E-Bits, edited by Charley Korns, may be viewed on the web at www.nwveg.org/E-bits_0608.htm. If you are interested in writing for future E-Bits editions, please email charko@hevanet.com. The next deadline is July 22, 2008.

1. VegFest Volunteers, Take a Bow

Our 4th Annual VegFest, which attracted 1600 people on May 10, is now a pleasant, if exhausting, memory. Before we forget, let's show our appreciation for the 145 volunteers who made it happen. The members of our planning committee deserve special thanks. Event Coordinators Peter Spendelow, Barrett McInnis and Jill Schatz were instrumental in overall planning, plus saw to an incredible number of details. Emily Pepe again managed publicity with skill and grace. The gifted Sara Gore crafted the event's graphic designs—including the logo, ads, poster and postcards; the latter two for which Beccy Kirk coordinated the distribution. Sandra Camley developed a full day of Veg 101 outreach lectures, demos and classes, plus scheduled an "Ask the Experts" table for all our health, nutritional and cooking questions. Peter Spendelow coordinated our Speakers, and Donna Benjamin coordinated the ever popular Chef Demos. Yvonne LeGrice recruited our nonprofit exhibitors and an assortment of vegan hard goods and services exhibitors, joined by Sandra Camley, Jill Schatz, Donna Benjamin, and Robert Cheeke working on vegan food exhibitors and restaurants. Barrett McInnis put together an awesome Silent Auction, which was beautifully presented. Erika Flint developed and maintained our tremendous VegFest website. Wendy Gabbe orchestrated the huge task of volunteer coordination. Charles Evans and Suresh Srinivas brainstormed a fun and thought-provoking Family Activities corner, while Cindy Koczy coordinated and directed traffic in the busy kitchen. Marsha Rakestraw put on a good display at the Northwest VEG outreach and membership tables.

In addition, many other volunteers helped with the countless details that such an event requires. Northwest VEG would like to thank them all for giving so generously of their time and talents to make VegFest a success. The website is still up if you want to refer back to any of our presenters, sponsors or exhibitors at www.portlandvegfest.org. Check out VegFest photos by Maura Kirkwood and Charley Korns. And if you'd like to join the planning committee for VegFest 2009, please contact us at volunteer@nwveg.org.

2. Malaysian Fare On Tap for the June Dine-out

Time to welcome summer! How about we greet the balmy weather with mouth-watering Malaysian morsels? Let’s meet at Kinta’s on Sunday, June 15, for lunch at 1:30 p.m. Kinta’s is located at 3450 SE Belmont St. Phan and Dennis have scrumptious foods waiting, and always host four seasonal veggies with your entrée selection. And the soups are divine! Are you sold? Excellent! Send me an email at monroycathy@hotmail.com or call (503) 778-0223. Confirm by Friday, June 13, or let me know if your plans change so we can get another hungry veggie to take your place. Peace y’all!

3. Exciting Volunteer Opportunities Await You this Summer!

Northwest VEG does veg outreach at many community-sponsored events throughout the year. We hand out Veg Starter kits, other informative handouts on nutrition, recipes and compassion concerns, plus take sign-ups for our email list. We work in pairs and assign new volunteers with others with more experience. It is a fun way to make a difference and take in some interesting events. Two new events we're participating in this year are:

The Whole Life Market kicks off at the National College of Natural Medicine on June 1 and will be held every other Sunday, 11am-3pm, June 1, 15, 29; July 13, 27; Aug. 10, 24; Sept. 7, 21; 2-3 hr. tabling shifts available. Vendors will reflect a range of health care products, vegan treats (i.e., truffles, hemp butter) and handmade items. Each market will include talks, demonstrations or short classes on topics like acupuncture and cooking. Kids activities, too! Location: The NCNM campus, 049 SW Porter St., Portland, at the west end of the Ross Island Bridge.

"Let Live Conference http://letliveconference.org" at Portland State University, June 27-29. Many 2-3 hour tabling shifts available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. See article 8 in this E-bits.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Wendy Gabbe for more information at volunteer@nwveg.org.

4. Correction to Article on Howard Lyman in the Thymes

An interview with Howard Lyman published in the NW VEG Thymes last month contained an editing error. Where Howard commented on the consumption of red meat, it should have read, “You never—never—have a conversation with somebody and they look you in the eye and say, ‘Boy, am I eating more red meat than I used to.’” Howard did not say—or imply—that this person is eating more red meat. His point was the opposite: that people are cutting back on red meat, and therefore we have reason to be optimistic that vegetarianism is spreading. Northwest VEG regrets the error.


5. June’s Portland Potluck to Feature Great Food and Membership Meeting

Join Northwest VEG for our monthly potluck on the west side at the West Hills UU Fellowship, 8470 SW Oleson Rd., on Sunday, June 15, starting at 5 pm. Please bring a vegan or vegetarian main dish, salad or dessert, a card listing its ingredients, and plates and utensils for your use. If you come alone, figure the amount to serve 4-6; increase the amount 4 servings for each additional person in your party/family. Northwest VEG potlucks are alcohol-free events and we start eating about 5:15 pm.

This potluck is our membership meeting, our fifth since Northwest VEG was founded in October 2003. We will resolve our elections for new board members who will take office on July 1, or those seeking another term. We then want to hear from you, our members and friends. Are we fulfilling our mission as stated at the top of this newsletter? What do you like? What would you like changed? How are you changing?

For more information about the potluck, call (503) 224-7380 or email info@nwveg.org. If you can volunteer to help, please contact volunteer@nwveg.org or call (503) 224-7380. A donation of $2-5 per person is suggested to help cover the cost of the room rental.

6. Try Vegan Week Set for June 7-14

If you attended VegFest, you might have seen the table promoting Try Vegan Week (photo), which served up Temptation vegan ice cream (based in Illinois, not yet available in Portland). Try Vegan Week, June 7-14, is shaping up to be a large outreach event to support hundreds of people in our area who are interested in making a change in their diet. Several Northwest VEG members will lead and facilitate outings and presentations.

The Week will include mentorship partnerships arranged, lectures, dine-outs, store tours, a guidebook, and even a vegan prom. For those friends of yours you think may be interested in trying out a vegan diet, this will be a great time to get them started. Northwest VEG is one of the co-sponsors of Try Vegan Week. For more information, check out www.tryveganpdx.com or email info@tryveganpdx.com.

7. Celebrate July 4th with Games, Great Food, and Fun

A Northwest VEG potluck picnic will celebrate the spirit of independence with only delicious, cruelty-free food. We'll meet at 1 pm on July 4 at Raleigh Park, 3500 SW 78th Ave., between Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy. (bus 54) and Canyon Rd. (bus 58). The picnic will last until 5 pm.

Bring your favorite vegan (no eggs, dairy products or other animal-derived ingredients) or vegetarian (no meat, fish) dish, enough to share for 6 people for every member in your party—and we'll supply drinks. Please bring a card listing the ingredients of your dish and plates and utensils for your use. Bring your croquet, badminton, bocce ball or any other lawn or table games! We have reserved a number of picnic tables, but you may want to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Don't forget your tennis racquet, if you play. A swimming pool at the park is available for a few dollars per person. If it looks like rain, we’ll meet at West Hills UU Fellowship, 8470 SW Oleson Road. Check our phone message if you have any questions (503-224-7380) after 9 a.m. on July 4 for any update.

If you can volunteer at the July 4 picnic, there are a few positions that need to be filled. We need a games coordinator (2 – 5 p.m.), help with set-up (11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.), and help with clean-up (5 - 6pm); please contact Wendy at volunteer@nwveg.org.

8. Let Live Animal Rights Conference to Cover Issues Far and Wide

A conference at Portland State University in late June will address a range of issues pertaining to animal rights. The conference organizers note that, “Animals belong to themselves, not to us. They should not suffer in our systems of food, science, entertainment and fashion. Instead, they should live free of the tyranny we put upon them. But they cannot claim this freedom alone.” Let Live is a grassroots forum for people who want to help. Through an open, respectful, and friendly environment this conference will provide an opportunity for attendees to learn skills and strategies to become better advocates for the animals, regardless of one’s experience level in activism.
This conference is for first-timers, experienced activists, and anybody in between who hopes to make a real difference for animals and build a stronger, more effective community and animal liberation movement.

Let Live, set for June 27-29, 2008 on the PSU campus, is being organized by Vegans for Animal Advocacy, with support from No Compromise, Herbivore Magazine, and Food Fight! Vegan Grocery. For more information and to register, please visit http://letliveconference.org.

9. Book Club to Discuss The World Peace Diet

The Northwest VEG book club will meet at 6 p.m. on June 11 at Borders Café downtown (3rd & Yamhill) to discuss The World Peace Diet by Will Tuttle. "The World Peace Diet has been called one of the most important books of the 21st century: the foundation of a new society based on the truth of the interconnectedness of all life. It is the first book to make explicit the invisible connections between our culture, our food, and the source of our broad range of problems—and the way to a positive transformation in our individual and collective lives. The World Peace Diet is an award-winning book: http://peaceabbey.org/awards/cocrecipientlist.html. If you want to understand the big picture of our culture and why we have the unyielding dilemmas we face, and how we can solve them, this book is for you." Learn more at http://worldpeacediet.org. For more information about book club, contact bmcinnisnwveg@gmail.com.

10. Local Teens Put Vegetarianism in the News
by Emily Pepe, Northwest VEG board member

When some teenagers learn about the benefits of a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, they not only change their own diet—they take steps to educate their community. This was the case at Aloha High School in Beaverton, where two journalism students produced a news segment about vegetarianism that aired on KPTV, the local FOX affiliate.

Lake Sartor and Kali Grischow-Byrns created the video with the help of their broadcast journalism teacher Matt Fox and environmental science teacher Sara Trakselis, and the school submitted it to KPTV, where it ran as a segment on the station's "Real Teen" news series. (Photo: At Portland VegFest, vegan cookbook author Isa Chandra Moskowitz, left, congratulates Lake Sartor on her news story.)

The video might have escaped the attention of Northwest VEG had it not been archived on the KPTV website. I discovered the link just days before Portland VegFest and invited the students to appear as special guests at the keynote event headlined by Howard Lyman.

Kali was unable to attend, but Lake arrived at Benson High School shortly before the program began—as did KPTV news reporter Mark Ross, who interviewed her on-camera. In the report that aired that night, Lake said she was happy that the station helped get her message out because it showed “you really can make a difference if you are a vegetarian.”

To view Lake and Kali’s news video, visit www.kptv.com/video/15290953/index.html.
From all of us at Northwest VEG, congratulations to Lake and Kali for their excellent reporting!


11. Organic Athlete Offers Bike Rides, Short and Long

OrganicAthlete, the local vegan cycling group, is organizing weekly bicycle rides in cooperation with Northwest VEG. These “social” rides are at a comfortable pace, lasting about an hour. For those who want to keep going for more of a workout, there will be a second portion of the ride where we pick up the pace a bit. As of right now the rides are planned for Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. Please visit www.organicathleteportland.org for meeting place and verification of start times, to be posted in early June.

Another OrganicAthlete summer event is the widely popular Tour d'Organics ride, where we will be visiting local organic farms along the way. There are 35-mile, 65-mile, and 100-mile options. The ride will be fully supported, with rest stops at the farms for water, fresh fruit, and energy food. There will also be a finish line meal provided by local vegan restaurants. The ride is Sept. 6, so there's plenty of time to get ready! Visit www.tourdorganics.com for more information and registration. Make sure to choose "Portland ride,” as there are Tour d'Organic rides in several cities around the country.

12. Northwest VEG Member Wins First Prize in Lantern Books Essay Contest

After seeing an essay contest announcement on the Lantern Books website, Northwest VEG board member Emily Pepe set aside a full day to write without interruption. Emily addressed one of the three possible topics: What "bad" experience has turned out to be "good" for you? Her essay, “Butch O'Hare and the Nameless Chicken,” won the first prize of $1000. Congratulations to Emily! Read her essay at www.lanternbooks.com/blog/entry.php?id=632.

The aim of Lantern’s competition is to allow new thinking to emerge on the key subjects of Lantern's publishing program and to encourage new voices to step forward to shape the debate of the future. An interview with Emily about her writing experience is available at www.lanternbooks.com/blog/entry.php?id=638.

13. Portlanders Help Pass Out 10,000-plus ‘Compassionate Choices’ Leaflets at Seattle Event
by Jessica Dadds, contributing writer

This April, Emily Pepe, Yvonne LeGrice (pictured), Adrienne Youmans and I traveled to Seattle to hand out Vegan Outreach's new leaflet, "Compassionate Choices,” at the Seeds of Compassion Festival. We joined about five other leafleters at the event that weekend, which featured a talk by the Dalai Lama at Qwest Field.

Together, we distributed 10,200 leaflets over the course of the 2 days - 9,700 on Saturday alone. According to an estimate by Vegan Outreach, a Tucson-based nonprofit, this distribution amount translates into 255 people going vegetarian; if so, 8,995 animals will be spared suffering each year. (see calculations at www.veganhealth.org/colleges/calc)

“As exciting as it was to hand out so many brochures in one weekend, the very best aspect of this trip was our camaraderie and the knowledge that we are part of a positive movement that is larger than ourselves,” said Emily.

The crowd was very receptive and it was a fun and easy weekend of leafleting. Countless people thanked us for being there. One woman returned the pamphlet, which includes images of animals suffering in factory farms, and said, "I read the entire booklet. It was awful. I am only going to eat vegetables now."

Leafleting is one of the most effective ways to reach people with our message of compassion. Stepping out of our comfort zones can be hard at first, but by doing so, we are able to give the animals a strong, much-needed voice.

A few of us who leaflet Vegan Outreach literature together around the Portland area have started a Yahoo group to communicate with one another and post information about upcoming leafleting opportunities. To join this PDX Leafleting Group, please go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PDXLeafleting.

14. In Defense of the Vegan Family
by Charles T. Evans, contributing writer

Did you read the latest VegNews article "To Breed or Not to Breed?" and walk away thinking you might somehow be a lesser vegan than your single non-kid counter-parts? Don't feel alone, many of us did.

In the vegan community it seems all too often we are looked down on for having kids and that by having children we are solely responsible for the decline of the ecosystem and our planet. A distinct instance that fits so pointedly in my mind is when a young tube-tied vegetarian informed me that my family consumes at least seven earths (of course, she forgot to say "if everyone lived like me"). Many things popped into my head, but the most notable was—is she right?

No, she was not. The information she so pungently spewed at me is based on what is more commonly called "ecological footprint" data. Being the earth conscious vegan daddy I am, I looked into ecological footprints only to discover that nowhere in the data does it indicate a population issue. What it does indicate is a serious resource management issue.

If you were at Portland VegFest last month, you likely saw the physical product of my ecological footprint research – "One Earth.” It is a simple visual game for kids, where they can learn all about choices and how they affect life on the planet as seen from the ecological footprint data.

Having kids, especially vegan kids, is not the problem; the problem is the same one we have always had—irresponsible humans. So next time you see a vegan family, smile and thank them for having the courage to bring their wonderful vegan children into this world.

15. Recipes Requested for New Book on Vegan Hiking and Camping
by Cathy Monroy, contributing writer

Calling for submissions! Hikers, backpackers, campers, what are some of your favorite vegan dishes, snacks, tide-me-over-till-I-get-there foods? The Laid Back Vegan is coming out with a new fundraiser cookbook for this year’s Walk for Farm Animals, a benefit to the farm animal advocacy group Farm Sanctuary, called The Laid Back Vegan Goes Camping! You will be given full credit for your ideas and submissions. I’m looking for vegan foods you love to eat while you’re out on the trail, back at camp, and heating up the titanium cookware. All proceeds go to Farm Sanctuary, just like last year’s cookbook, Delicious Dishes for the Laid Back Vegan. Shoot me an email monroycathy@hotmail.com. I look forward to your sub-missions!

16. Oprah Commits to 21-Day Vegan Cleanse

Oprah Winfrey announced in May that she had embarked on a 21-day cleanse that includes removing all animal products from her diet in her quest to be a “conscious eater.” Her plunge into veganism follows a series of dialogues with the spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle, author of A New Earth and The Power of Now.

It’s been 12 years since Howard Lyman appeared on her show and inspired her to give up burgers. After the broadcast, he asked for a small amount of her time to talk to her about chicken, but she responded, “Only one animal per day.” Now she has taken the spectacular step of not eating any kind of animal or dairy product during her cleanse.

Oprah is blogging about her experience and sharing vegan recipes by chef Tal Ronnen throughout her cleanse: www2.oprah.com/foodhome/food/cleanse/blog/blog_main.jhtml
On that web page, click on “Talk with Others” to join the discussion or share your story.

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