Animal Rights / Vegan Support Group

To make our movement more resiliant we feel it's important to have a strong network of support. We value compassionate communication and the practice of self-care as foundational to effective activism. We welcome all individuals - from seasoned activists to those who are just starting to shift towards a more compassionate lifestyle. If you care about non-human animals and want to make a difference for them, you are welcome to join! We aim to create a non-judgemental, inclusive space where we can build meaningful connections, have fun, practice mindfulness, share ideas/struggles/experiences, learn, and process through journalling & creative expression.

For more info on this ongoing project, please comment below or message me or Alissa directly, or reach myself or Alissa Nova Raye on Facebook and we can add you to the online group.

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  • Viral DL Satyagraha A.

    “Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors.”

    July 15, 2013

    • alissa

      and thanks so much for your presence and light!

      1 · July 16, 2013

    • Viral DL Satyagraha A.

      From my perception, that quote seemed like a good fit for the intentions of your group..

      Sorry i was unable to make it yesterday for the yoga thing. Was helping a friend of mine on something important.

      Look forward to the next meeting:-)

      July 16, 2013

  • Viral DL Satyagraha A.

    Hi Guys.

    After our conversations i've decided to create something called a Mastermind group. Basically designed to help people launch their projects or improve they work they're doing... Here's the link http://www.meetup.com/Animal-Rights-Advocacy/events/129624662/

    This doesn't replace or compete with what Alissa & Jackie are doing, i actually think it complements it. We need support on a personal, emotional level. And we need support on a professional, rational level as well..

    Hope to see a handful of you come out.

    Best

    July 15, 2013

  • Jackie

    Thank you to everyone who showed up! It was very inspiring to see all of you dedicated, passionate and compassionate individuals last night. You all took such care of each other emotionally, and demonstrated so perfectly what "support circle" means. With support, we can do the best work for the animals, and I see this group going great places!

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • Rebecca A.

    Was GREAT to meet all you lovely people. Can't wait for the next one! Thanks!

    3 · July 14, 2013

  • Viral DL Satyagraha A.

    We were at 14 and vic. Then saw 19 and hull. On our way

    July 14, 2013

  • Viral DL Satyagraha A.

    whats the name of the FB group?

    July 11, 2013

    • Jackie

      It's animal rights / vegAn support circle. It's a private group, so you have to be friends with someone in the group. We will hopefully get everyone's Facebook details at the meeting today and also discuss how people feel about confidentiality.

      July 14, 2013

  • Lois

    Is there a specific spot picked to meet,?Trout lake park is big place..

    July 14, 2013

    • alissa

      We will be meeting at the grassy area between the trees near east 19th avenue and hull street!

      July 14, 2013

  • Rebecca A.

    Hi there, This sounds like a great way to meet like minded people :) My partner and I will come by for some part of this if that's okay? We'll text when we arrive. thanks for organizing!

    July 12, 2013

    • alissa

      sounds good, Rebecca. We look forward to connecting with you!

      July 14, 2013

  • Lois

    not sure if I can make it for sure, but wanted
    to express my interest, it's a very good idea!

    June 21, 2013

    • alissa

      Thanks, Lois. We hope to connect with you at future meetups if you can't make it to this one~!

      July 14, 2013

  • Becci

    I think this sounds like a wonderful idea and if I have the time (I guess this is part of the problem!) I'd love to get involved.

    June 10, 2013

    • Jackie

      Thanks Becci. Would you be able to make this an official event, instead of "suggested" so people can view it, and so we can direct people here to join? Thanks.

      1 · June 19, 2013

    • alissa

      I'd love to see you there at future meetups, Becci! I'd like to think of this as the 'yin' side of activism. Self-reflection and community care for recharging our batteries!

      July 14, 2013

  • Petra

    Why is this meeting so late on a Sunday? Much as I'd like to meet with you guys... :(

    July 8, 2013

    • Jackie

      Some people work Sundays, so the evening seemed like the best time. Hope that you can make it!

      July 8, 2013

    • alissa

      We'll try to vary the time of the meetups in future so that more people have a chance to attend.

      July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can I ask what we will be doing this sunday evening??

    July 12, 2013

    • Jackie

      We will be discussing some ideas about where this support circle can go, share some light snacks, make connections, and discuss some topics (we will start the discussions) to get us all to better know each other and share our experiences / challenges. A lot of it depends on where everyone is at, but this is to be an ongoing project. I hope you had a chance to read the description. Look forward to seeing you Sunday, Shoko.

      July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I love animals and I am vegetarian. I cannot agree on treating animals badly in any way.

    1 · July 10, 2013

    • Viral DL Satyagraha A.

      Shoko did you join this because of my Make a Difference Meetup group?? Or were you already a member of this group? I'm just curious... Cheers:-)

      July 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think because I signed up on your organization, i started to receive emails from other meet up groups. And that's how i found out about this!

      1 · July 12, 2013

  • Viral DL Satyagraha A.

    BTW
    I'm organizing a hike/yoga with vegan dinner for a group of non-vegans at the following link... Hope you folks are int'd in joining. we got nearly 30 people going

    http://www.meetup.com/hiking-176/events/128653492/

    July 11, 2013

    • Viral DL Satyagraha A.

      I will have a vegan nutritionist talk about a vegan diet to these non-vegans...

      July 11, 2013

  • Viral DL Satyagraha A.

    Can I cross promote on a make a difference group i run??

    1 · July 9, 2013

  • Jackie

    Hey everyone, so we are less than a week away! We will likely meet at the grassy part of the park, near Marshall and 19th (though if that area is busy, we may move to a more private area). We will have some blankets laid out on the grass. If you have any trouble finding us, you can call or text me at[masked] 0074. If you want, we may share some vegan snacks, so feel free to bring something easy to share on a blanket preferably without utensils.

    July 8, 2013

  • Jackie­ changed the location to John Hendry (Trout Lake) Park

    June 25, 2013

  • Miriam

    sweet. i'm in

    June 20, 2013

  • Stop UBC Animal R.

    This looks so worthwhile.... Hope our members will consider joining and feel the benefit of a group of like-minded people.....

    1 · June 19, 2013

  • Viral DL Satyagraha A.

    Ive been looking for something like this forever. I look forward to contributing what is welcomed. And be more effective for animals

    June 19, 2013

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