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nauthiz
01-05-2010, 12:23 PM
So what's everybody doing for this year's Meatout (http://meatout.org/)?

VegeTexan
01-05-2010, 12:31 PM
Gonna give out bbq and lit at the U of Texas campus.

grog
01-05-2010, 01:22 PM
not to be a killjoy but the idea of this thread was to reset this topic and its already getting derailed, so stay on topic and make fun elsewhere pretty please?

squirrel
01-05-2010, 01:26 PM
Good idea.

La Végétalienne
03-08-2010, 10:14 AM
The vegans here are planning une action barquette (http://www.20min.ch/ro/print/story/20367127) (militant in French doesn't have the same nuances as in English and can simply mean activist). I hear it's going to be gory: one of them was inquiring about recipes for fake blood, and I noticed he had plastic body parts in his backpack. They tried to convince me to agree to join them in the barquette, but I think I'll be content to just pass out information thankyouverymuch. And you know, bring vegan goodies.

KaliMama
03-08-2010, 02:35 PM
Whoa! You should bring vegan goodies and fake blood.

La Végétalienne
03-08-2010, 02:42 PM
I don't have fake blood to bring! I think they need it ahead of time anyway, and someone else had some recipes, so no worries on that front!

KaliMama
03-08-2010, 02:54 PM
Maybe you can dip the cookies in it. :)

VegeTexan
03-09-2010, 05:47 AM
We're doing our Meatout foodgiveaway early because next week is spring break at the U of Texas. So to hit the most people, we are doing it Wednesday.

Yesterday I made six quarts of sloppy joes. Today I have to make four times that much. I have all the ingredients. Gonna be a busy day in the kitchen. Last year we ran out after serving 200 sloppy joes, I want to surpass that mark this year.

The meatout literature and posters from FARM came in the mail last Saturday and I have a box of Vegan Outreach lit left over from my last leafletting. It's all coming together.

La Végétalienne
03-17-2010, 02:22 PM
:heart: Michigan (http://www.michigan.gov/gov/0,1607,7-168-25488-232493--,00.html) :heart:

KaliMama
03-17-2010, 05:32 PM
Nice! Have any other states done that?

VegeTexan
03-17-2010, 10:03 PM
I'm sure some have. The answer may be found at www.meatout.org
I had my city council proclaim Meatout day twice. When I didn't think it made much of a difference, I never did it again. It's just better to do a Meatout food and lit giveaway.

and about Michigan...
When the governor recognized Meatout, it sparked a backyard grill of controversy....
from the Detroit Free Press, March 16

http://www.freep.com/article/20100317/NEWS15/100317053/1318/Senate-to-Granholm-Take-back-proclamation-for-no-meat-day

A no-meat day? Michigan farmers have a cow
BY DAWSON BELL
FREE PRESS LANSING BUREAU

Michigan hunters and meat producers had a collective cow today at the news Gov. Jennifer Granholm had issued an official proclamation declaring Saturday "Michigan Meatout Day."
The proclamation was labeled “unconscionable and insensitive to livestock and dairy farmers by the Michigan Farm Bureau.

“It’s inconceivable to us that the governor could stoop to this level of telling people what they should and shouldn’t eat based on the philosophies of 'food elitists,' ” said Farm Bureau President Wayne Wood.

[[[• UPDATE: "Senate to Granholm: Take back proclamation for no-meat day"]]

Michigan United Conservation Clubs posted an image of the proclamation on its Facebook page, quickly eliciting a call from members to observe Meatout Day by having a massive barbecue on the Capitol lawn.

Granholm’s proclamation, issued at the urging of vegetarian activists, cited the benefits of a plant-based diet and the increasing availability of alternatives to meat and dairy products for vegans and vegetarians. Following a series of “whereases,” Granholm encourages “the residents of this state to choose not to eat meat” on Saturday.

Spokeswoman Liz Boyd tried to restore calm this evening by saying the governor herself is not a vegetarian and is as likely to eat meat on Saturday as any other day (maybe a little more likely if her family ends up in front of the television watching NCAA basketball).

“We did not see the proclamation as belittling” to farmers, hunters or meat-eaters, Boyd said.

Nonetheless, Boyd said the Department of Agriculture is working on a companion resolution to also make Saturday a celebration of all-purpose agriculture, including the kind celebrated by carnivores.

hmmm...at least it stirred up some discussion in the media.

VegeTexan
03-17-2010, 10:17 PM
and the followup


Senate to Granholm: Take back proclamation for no-meat day
BY CHRIS CHRISTOFF
FREE PRESS LANSING BUREAU CHIEF

LANSING — Meat-eating got political today, as the state Senate called on Gov. Jennifer Granholm to rescind her proclamation urging Michiganders to give up meat for a day Saturday to recognize the healthiness of vegetarian diets.

Granholm’s proclamation stirred outrage by agriculture groups, particularly those representing beef, pork and poultry farmers. The Senate voted 25-12 for a resolution urging Granholm to take back her proclamation, with three Democrats joining all 22 Republicans in support.....
full story at ...http://www.freep.com/article/20100317/NEWS15/100317053/1318/Senate-to-Granholm-Take-back-proclamation-for-no-meat-day
but no, this has just so many stupid things I have to post the rest...

The vote came as 30 agricultural organizations visited the Capitol and sponsored a free corned beef and cabbage lunch for legislators for the annual Ag Day.

“It’s important to send a message to the agricultural community that we’re not going to take this lying down,” said Sen. Wayne Kuipers, R-Holland.

His was among 20 minutes of commentary by Senate Republicans denouncing Granholm’s official proclamation for a “meat out” on Saturday.

“Great Americans eat red meat,” declared Sen. Alan Sanborn, R-Richmond.

The Senate resolution says Granholm's proclamation "could have a devastating effect on the livestock industry in Michigan, and says she instead should stress the need for a balanced diet.

Sen. Liz Brater, D-Ann Arbor, defended Granholm, saying other governors — including Sarah Palin when she was Alaska’s governor — have issued similar proclamations supporting vegetarianism as a healthy lifestyle.

Brater noted that Granholm will issue another proclamation extolling the value of all Michigan’s $70-billion agriculture industry, meat included.

Sen. Gilda Jacobs, D-Huntington Woods, complained, “If only we would spend this much time trying to figure out how to fund education in our state.”

Sen. Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, was one of three Democrats who voted to support the Senate resolution but questioned the need for it.

"I don't agree with the governor’s proclamation. is a Agriculture is a big industry in Michigan," said Whitmer, a member of the Senate committee on agriculture.

Wayne Wood, president of the Michigan Farm Bureau, said Granholm called him this morning to explain that she meant no harm to the livestock industry.

He said Granholm has issued a second proclamation commemorating Michigan Agriculture Day on Saturday, and all farm products grown or raised in the state. Wood said he didn’t take it as an apology, but said he thanks the governor.


Now see???? all that expensive bureaucratic time wasted proclaiming and then bemoaning and retracting vegetarianism when they could have been earning their salaries, say...paving the potholes in Detroit or someshit.

VegeTexan
03-17-2010, 10:33 PM
Sen. Liz Brater, D-Ann Arbor, defended Granholm, saying other governors — including Sarah Palin when she was Alaska’s governor — have issued similar proclamations supporting vegetarianism as a healthy lifestyle.

Note...
This is the first and only time something Sarah Palin did has been cited in defense of vegetarianism.

In my mind, she heard the proclamation being presented in the little trading post that was her governors office, signed her name to it...
and then joked to an aid something she had read on the web..."If God didn't want us to eat meat, why did He make them out of animals."
And then the aid corrected the quote, "Governor, it's if...animals, why...make them out of meat."
"Oh," she said. "That is funnier."

And then a little later, she added that line to the book she had mostly ghostwritten for her and seemed to remember that she had come up with that funny saying on her own.

VegeTexan
03-17-2010, 10:37 PM
what a f..king loser

KaliMama
03-18-2010, 12:45 AM
:speechless:

Thanks for the report, VT.

La Végétalienne
03-21-2010, 11:39 AM
Here are some pictures from the Meatout demonstration in Strasbourg:
http://i61.servimg.com/u/f61/11/71/68/81/img_3010.jpg (http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=28&u=11716881)

http://i61.servimg.com/u/f61/11/71/68/81/img_3011.jpg (http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=29&u=11716881)

The sign says, "Shocking? Barbaric? Yet this is what we subject animals to everyday. Eat without killing, become vegetarian."


We even made it on TV! You can see it here (http://jt.france3.fr/player/regions/?id=b67a_1920), about three minutes in, after sports and arson and before the German butter scandal.

shananigans
03-21-2010, 01:33 PM
Very cool La Veg! :thumbsup:

La Végétalienne
03-21-2010, 02:22 PM
Thanks! I can't take any credit for the planning, though. I should also mention that we also had a table with lots of literature and people available to answer questions, plus some leaflets about Meatout that we walked around handing out.

Miso Vegan
03-21-2010, 02:42 PM
:thumbsup:

VegeTexan
03-22-2010, 12:08 AM
thanks for the pics, La Veg
and nice outreach

bekah-chan
03-22-2010, 02:08 PM
that's awesome, la veg!