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March Potluck Gathering w/ Special guests Alka Chandna &Jessica Sandler of PETA!

I am SO excited to have this special presentation given by our very own superstar for the animals, Jessica Sandler, along with very special guest,  pioneering animal rights advocate,  Dr. Alka Chandna. Their presentation will be  “Snappy Comebacks: Answering Tough Animal Rights Questions”. I can hardly wait! Jessica and Alka will speak for about 25 minutes and then they'll be plenty of time for questions. This is going to be a lot of fun and I know we'll all walk away with some great tips on "snappy comebacks" to all those never ending (and admittedly sometimes annoying) questions that come up from friends, family and colleagues. See below for their bios and rsvp early as this will fill up.

“Snappy Comebacks: Answering Tough Animal Rights Questions,” is a humorous presentation designed to help you with those difficult questions, including how to talk to friends and family about meat-eating, animal experimentation, and other forms of animal abuse. 

For the potluck part:

Let's get together with others in the veg community to share some great food and meet new friends 

You do not  have to be vegan or even vegetarian to attend, but we bet you will want to be after you eat all the fabulous food that is out there (and meet the greatest folks as well).

Please bring a plant based dish (no animal products, including honey) to feed 8, with recipe card and ingredients and your own table setting and serving utensils for your dish (to cut down on waste). Feel free to call or email if you have any questions or need directions, recipes etc.

If hearing Jessie and Alka weren't enough to get you to come out for this special meetup maybe knowing that we will all have the new Tofurky pot pie, Pockets and Quiche to sample will add more enticement. These new products are slowly hitting market shelves now but we will be first to try these great new vegan offerings.

Looking forward to meeting/ reconnecting with everyone and building a great  Compassionate, Healthy and Sustainable Community! Call or email with any questions.


BIOS on our speakers:

Dr. Alka Chandna is PETA’s laboratory oversight specialist and is responsible for filing complaints against laboratories leading to fines being issued against them and forcing laboratory oversight bodies to fulfill their legally mandated responsibilities.  In just one instance in 2010, after Alka wrote PETA’s complaint against Professional Laboratory and Research Services, the North Carolina-based contract animal testing facility surrendered nearly 200 dogs and more than 50 cats and shut its doors.

Jessica Sandler is the senior director of PETA’s Regulatory Testing Division and PETA’s International Science Consortium, overseeing an international team of scientists, policy advisers, and attorneys who work with regulators, companies, and scientists to develop, implement, and promote high-tech, non-animal testing methods. Jessica has negotiated landmark agreements that changed U.S. and European Union chemical-testing policies and saved millions of animals from painful and lethal chemical toxicity tests.

First Presbyterian Church is located at the corner of 15th and Walnut (catty-corner from the Downtown Post Office) in Boulder [masked]th Street). There is an entrance on the west side of the building (along 15th street).Parking:

 1. There is a parking garage 1/2 block from the church. Entrance at 15th and 16th between Walnut and Pearl. (FREE on Sunday). 

2. Metered parking along the street (FREE on Sunday)

3. The church is 1 block east of the downtown RTD station (14th/Walnut).

4. There may be a few spots in the church lot. Only WHITE signed spots are available. No parking available in red spots. 

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  • Mnemosyne D.

    pt2: I loved hearing from the young film makers and completely admire their decision to document the plight of our fellow earthlings to present to the general public. Bravo on that!!! The church that was offered as the site of the potluck was AMAZING!! Thank you to everyone who arranged that and put such a beautiful touch to this important event. I was glad to meet so many new people and see some dear friends. I look forward to many more of these gatherings in our thriving community. There is definitely a very positive vibe here!!

    1 · April 3, 2014

  • Mnemosyne D.

    Thank you to everyone who made this such an awesome night of food, fellowhip, and connection. I completely enjoyed the presentation by PeTA staff and loved how they gave us tips on remaining calm and positive when trying to deal with the same old questions meateaters try to throw at us to get us off the message!! All of the responses were truly on target and devised to speak to the "audience" on their terms--not confrontational or patronizing. Thank you, Alka and Jessie!!

    1 · April 3, 2014

  • Wendy H.

    Alka and Jessie are true heros . . .working in the trenches and seeing things my soul just couldn't bear. Lisa - along with them, you have amazing energy is organizing these events to support all of us in our efforts. It was truly an honor to get face time with Alka and Jessie. AMAZING!
    P.S. And I didn't even "heckle" from the front table. [just kidding. . . . ]
    Great and colorful food too!!

    2 · April 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I appreciate the time that Jessie and Alka must of taken to prepare for their presentation. They both inspire and motivate me to do more for our movement. It is an honor to get to know them. I hope they present again.

    1 · April 1, 2014

  • Nancy K.

    To have famed PETA speakers Jessie and Alka join us was wonderful! Their wit and knowledge is so valuable to all of us--It made me think harder about how to be a more productive everyday activist. Thanks ladies!

    2 · April 1, 2014

  • Ula S.

    I had wonderful time. Great people, great food, great info. Thank you to all

    2 · March 31, 2014

  • Stephanie F.

    They were very informative and gave a lot of good comeback lines!

    1 · March 31, 2014

  • Andie

    super informative presentation last night! thanks jessie and alka!

    2 · March 31, 2014

  • Ted

    Awesome meetup! Thanks Jessie and Alka for all of the wonderful ideas on how to handle questions about veganism.

    2 · March 31, 2014

  • Nancy K.

    New faces, wonderful speakers and messages. Food was so good, and thanks to Ashley for making First Presbyterian available!

    2 · March 31, 2014

  • Michelle

    Outstanding! Loved Chandra and Jessica's talk about what to say and, as always, loved the people and the food! Thank you, thank you, thank you again to Ashley for arranging the beautiful space for us and to Lisa for getting so many tasty Tofurkey treats! :)

    3 · March 31, 2014

  • Jefree

    I appreciated learning more about Peta and their presentation was inspiring.

    1 · March 31, 2014

  • R. Brandon S.

    I would like to car pool from Denver / Lakewood with someone (s) to this if anyone from Denver Vegans is attending? Let me know please? Thanks!

    1 · February 22, 2014

    • Mnemosyne D.

      Brandon, I jhave two spots left in my carpool if you would like to ride along with us!! Let me know before 5 if you want to ride along.

      March 30, 2014

    • R. Brandon S.

      Peg, just now saw your note, thanks south for the offer though , crazy day today, hope you all have a great time!!

      1 · March 30, 2014

  • rich

    sorry for late cancel- the kitty rescue I'm volunteering for just got 46 cats from hoarder. we're swamped; won't be back in boulder in time.

    March 30, 2014

    • Carol G.

      Possible for someone to make Rich a plate? Wow 46 cats. My gosh. Hope you find a way to finish up earlier Rich.

      1 · March 30, 2014

    • rich

      thanks lisa and carol. no plate; I'll be fine. was looking forward to this, though!

      March 30, 2014

  • Mnemosyne D.

    Two spots left in my carpool from Littleton. I am heading up 93 to Boulder leaving at 5 if anyone is interested in riding along!

    March 30, 2014

  • Marc B.

    can't wait to be there :)) fascinating evening - awesome women activists!!!

    March 30, 2014

  • Mary Ann V.

    Sorry, but have to cancel my RSVP. I had LASIK surgery yesterday and my eyes are really blurry and I shouldn't drive from Lakewood, so just in case they're still like this tomorrow, I'm going to cancel, so someone else can go.

    March 29, 2014

    • Mary Ann V.

      I appreciate that but I am not in a very happy mood today and not feeling very sociable -- my eyes are even blurrier this Sunday morning and I'm a bit concerned. Think I will stay home with my critters and my pot of green chile! Thanks again tho.

      March 30, 2014

  • Kathleen

    Stranded in Dallas due to a delayed flight from Miami. Not sure when I'll get home. Will make it if I can.

    March 29, 2014

  • Tinya D.

    Wowsers! What a fantastic event and turn out.

    March 24, 2014

    • Phil W.

      I totally agree. It's really great. (but don't count your vegans before they klatch).

      March 25, 2014

    • Phil W.

      ... not to be light about that. PLEASE everyone, update (cancel) your RSVPs if your plans change. We're counting on you!

      1 · March 25, 2014

  • Ann

    I'll be on a birding trip in Texas on Mar. 30 but look forward to another potluck in the future!

    February 18, 2014

  • Lariisa

    Looking forward to it

    February 16, 2014

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