Vegan Metro West Network Steering Meeting

  • November 23, 2013 · 9:30 AM
  • Melissa's Place

For directions, please call Melissa at[masked]-9741.

At our last meeting we set some action items.  We'll follow up on these and explore other ways to develop structure to our group and plan for events both social and outreach. 

Please come and explore ideas and actions to add more organization to our blossoming group.


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  • Sherry Jeppson Z.

    And John, I wouldn't call this humor but biting political satire showing how we treat non-human species as we did with slaves, women, children... clearly the next frontier of liberation.
    But how to "speak vegan" in effective ways? Sarah & I have gone for years to my sister's vegan Thanksgiving, This year a non-vegan mentioned a hunter friend who sees the animals he kills as sacred. I was speechless & horrified that he said this at a vegan Thanksgiving. Sarah disagreed with him, saying since we don't need to eat animals to be healthy there are better ways to be sacred. He responded that his friend believes his hunting practice to be sacred. I didn't want to start a fight but did want to clarify values, so I said that it seems his friend may believe non-humans are put on earth for our use? He said yes, I guess so, and the conversation moved on to other topics. It left me wondering if there might be more effective ways to handle this sort of situation. Ideas??

    November 30, 2013

    • john

      I don't know. I have a similar reaction when someone finds out I'm vegetarian and they launch into their, "while I don't eat much meat myself, and I think that if animals are raised free range and killed humanely…." It's hard for me to imagine how you kill an animal humanely. If you want to be humane, don't kill it! I think some people use sacredness and humane killing as a way to ease their own conscience. That's really the only difference it makes. If you gave the animal the choice of being killed humanely or running away, there is no doubt as to what it would do. The humane part, the spirituality, the sacredness are all just human ways of alleviating guilt.

      November 30, 2013

    • john

      Oh, and about the humor….. Even if you don't find that one amusing, Pirraro is a very talented cartoonist and has others that you might get a chuckle out of . That said, I also applaud his efforts around veganism because he is able to use his humor as a way to reach out into the mainstream and inject perspectives and ideas into people's lives that others can't do successfully. If his animal cartoons get people thinking differently from how they grew up, his humor is doing much more than amusing people. He is educating people and opening them up to new ideas.

      November 30, 2013

  • Sherry Jeppson Z.

    Thanks so much for the recipe, Melissa! I'll try them soon ; - ]

    November 30, 2013

  • john

    Are you folks familiar with the humor of vegan Dan Pirarro?
    Highly recommended -[masked]

    2 · November 26, 2013

  • Melissa

    Cranberry Walnut Quinoa Muffins

    1 cup flour
    1 tbsp baking powder
    1 tsp ground cinnamon
    1/8 tsp cloves
    1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
    2 tbsp applesauce (no sugar added)
    1/2 cup agave or maple syrup
    1 cup cashew or almond butter (smooth)
    2/3 cup non-dairy milk
    2 tsp vanilla extract
    1/4 tsp sea salt
    2/3 cup cooked and cooled quinoa
    1/2 dried cranberries
    1/2 cup chopped walnuts

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a muffin tin or line with muffin liners. Whisk the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg together in a large bowl and set aside. In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the applesauce, agave, almond butter, milk, vanilla, and sea salt. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry and stir using a wooden spoon to combine well. Fold in the quinoa, cranberries, and walnuts. Fill the muffin tins about two-thirds full and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

    1 · November 24, 2013

  • Sue C.

    Good getting together and I wish we had more time to discuss all of our thoughts. But that is for another time!

    1 · November 23, 2013

  • Carol and B.

    It was nice to meet everyone and i look forward to some of the events that were discussed.

    1 · November 23, 2013

  • john

    Very nice group of people!

    2 · November 23, 2013

    • Laura B

      It was very nice to meet you, John.

      1 · November 23, 2013

  • Victoria M.

    If your plans have changed (other than Melissa since it 's at your house!) please update your RSVP.. Thank You!

    November 21, 2013

  • Sherry Jeppson Z.

    Me too!

    November 22, 2013

  • Steve

    I still plan to be there.

    November 21, 2013

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