What we're about

Columbus Vegan Meetup community is open to anyone who is vegan, non-vegan, and vegan-curious.

It's a casual, nonjudgmental group that provides vegan support and offers opportunities for members to connect with like-minded individuals.

Vegan: Someone who respects the rights and autonomy of other earthlings, and opts not to participate in their exploitation or killing on any level, as much as is possible and practicable, in a society that is foundationally built on the flesh, bones and blood of animals. While a vegan diet is the most well known aspect of vegan daily decision making, vegan consciousness and conduct is comprehensive in our behaviors and includes what kinds of products we consume or wear and what types activities we support and participate in entertainment, sports, spiritual etc. We support sanctuaries (Sunrise Sanctuary) and animal-free performance art/circuses such as Circe De Soleil when there are no non-human performers.

Columbus Vegan Meetup Policy, Objective and Conduct
The Columbus Vegan Meetup community is dedicated to providing a safe environment allowing a culture where all attendees at our events are able to participate fully and comfortably. Consequently, any intimidating, threatening, antagonizing, sexual or other types of harassing conduct during our Meetup events are prohibited. This important policy is to apply to both organizers & attendees.

Meetup events include any gathering sponsored, supported, or hosted by the Columbus Vegan Meetup that can be attended by our members or the general public, and that event organizers have control over conduct at the Meetup events. The Columbus Vegan Meetup will attempt to work with other groups who will support our policy or have similar policies in place for those Meetup events we may co-sponsor where applicable.

PROHIBITED CONDUCT

In general, prohibited conduct includes any abusive conduct that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with another person’s ability to enjoy and participate in our events and social gatherings. Prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to, yelling at or threatening other attendees, or any other disruptive behavior and otherwise abusive conduct. As a vegan platform, any promotion and/or use of animal exploitation/killing is in direct violation to our group's purpose. While we support venues and events that support our community, there is an important line that must be clear: Promoting "veg" messaging (which is ambiguous and confusing and leaves many people thinking animal products that are not flesh based such as eggs or dairy are still viable options), as an acceptable means of advocacy, is to promote animal exploitation and will not be tolerated. While we absolutely support Veg Fests and Meatless Monday's that provide vegan options and platforms for sharing vegan ideas, we do not promote a veg messaging methodology, we promote veganism and vegan messaging only.

Vegan-safe Environment: While many of our meet-ups are integrated into the non-vegan cultural norm (held at non-vegan venues), bringing or consuming animal products (animal based foods, body care products, clothing (fur, feathers, leather, wool, honey) etc.) at/to our events is also antithetical to the purpose our group and will offend our members. Example: It is inappropriate to consume non-vegan meal options within the group while attending a vegan meetup hosted event. While we understand our participants are on varying degrees of a vegan consciousness spectrum, we request participants be mindful of the culture they are participating in.

Prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to, harassment based on
race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, or veteran status, we affirm that diversity truly encompasses an infinite range of unique experiences and characteristics, as provided by local, state, or federal law. For example, abusive conduct directed at someone because of his or her race is prohibited. Prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to, sexual harassment. For example, unwelcome sexual attention, lewd, sexual solicitations, staring, stalking, and physical contact such as pinching, grabbing, rubbing and/or pressing up against, or groping are prohibited. Continuing to contact people who make it clear they are not interested in personally interacting is also grounds for corrective measures.

We are a diverse group with a wide range of perspectives and ideals who have become vegan or are exploring veganism for various reasons. Embracing diversity enhances the effectiveness of the Columbus Vegan Meetup community by using the talents of people of different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Our vision of diversity fosters effective communication, leadership opportunities, and thought-provoking discourse, resulting in a productive and supportive learning environment and improved quality of life for all members.

Critical examination of conflicting beliefs, including critical commentary on another person’s views, does not, by itself, constitute hostile conduct or harassment. The purpose of this policy is to promote the free exchange of ideas, not to inhibit it or retaliate in an aggressive manner.

CONSEQUENCES OF HOSTILE OR HARASSING CONDUCT

If a person engages in hostile or harassing conduct, appropriate remedial action will be taken, which may include, but is not limited to, being asked to leave the event. Threats of hostile conduct that are made prior to an event will result in exclusion from our meetup events.

The precise remedy for hostile or harassing conduct will depend on an evaluation of all relevant circumstances, such as the severity of the conduct, and prior violations by the person engaging in the offensive conduct.

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Upcoming events (4)

Screening of A PRAYER FOR COMPASSION ~ with Q&A by producer, Victoria Moran

Prayer for Compassion is the beautiful and powerful new film about the intersection of compassionate living and spirituality. Directed by Student Academy Award winner Thomas Jackson and produced by longtime vegan author and Main Street Vegan podcaster, Victoria Moran, this film asks people who identify as religious or spiritual, "Does what we eat matter to God?" Producer, Victoria Moran, will be available for Q&A. Light vegan refreshments will be served at no cost. Educational material will be provided. Can't Believe it's Vegan https://www.cantbelieveitsvegan.biz and The Bella Goat Bakery https://www.facebook.com/thebellagoatbakery/ will be supplying delicious vegan refreshments! Click here for the trailer of this film: https://mainstreetvegan.net/a-prayer-for-compassion/ *** Please note that though this is a FREE event, you must register for a ticket on the Eventbrite link here. Just an RSVP will NOT guarantee you a seat. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/screening-of-a-prayer-for-compassion-qa-with-producer-victoria-moran-tickets-63718093533?aff=utm_source%3Deb_email%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3Dnew_event_email&utm_term=eventurl_text Please bring a non-vegan friend or more! "This film reminds us that no being should be exempt from grace, kindness and compassion" ~ moby

Columbus Vegan Festival

Whetstone Community Center

Spend a day with friends, enjoy music, education, dynamic speakers, or just perusing vegan owned businesses and sample local vegan eats! The Columbus Vegan Festival is a day celebrating vegan community connections with education promoting sustainable living, healthier bodies, and a fairer/socially just, compassionate, and conscionable society.​ The festival features more than a dozen health & activism speakers, vegan and vegan-friendly exhibitors, kids activities & more! EVERYONE is welcome and invited to come and celebrate vegan community living and discover the amazing, innovative, equivalent and delicious vegan options you may have never known existed! Mark your calendar💥Tell your friends💥Bring the kids💥 Register for free at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/columbus-vegan-festival-tickets-66211545515?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

VEGAN BOOK GROUP ~ THE SOUL OF AN OCTOPUS by Sy Montgomery

Pure Joy Massage & Yoga

This book explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus—a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature—and the remarkable connections it makes with humans. In pursuit of the wild, solitary, predatory octopus, popular naturalist Sy Montgomery has practiced true immersion journalism. From New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, she has befriended octopuses with strikingly different personalities—gentle Athena, assertive Octavia, curious Kali, and joyful Karma. Each creature shows her cleverness in myriad ways: escaping enclosures like an orangutan; jetting water to bounce balls; and endlessly tricking companions with multiple “sleights of hand” to get food. Scientists have only recently accepted the intelligence of dogs, birds, and chimpanzees but now are watching octopuses solve problems and are trying to decipher the meaning of the animal’s color-changing techniques. With her “joyful passion for these intelligent and fascinating creatures” (Library Journal Editors’ Spring Pick), Montgomery chronicles the growing appreciation of this mollusk as she tells a unique love story. By turns funny, entertaining, touching, and profound, The Soul of an Octopus reveals what octopuses can teach us about the meeting of two very different minds. Join fellow vegans as we look for answers and solutions in our continuing quest for a non-violent, healthier world. Group will be from 7-9pm in Pure Joy Studio in Westerville. www.purejoymassage.com. I will provide some vegan snacks, hot tea and water. There is no cost for this book group.

VEGAN BOOK GROUP: POWERARCHY by Melanie Joy, PhD

Pure Joy Massage & Yoga

ABOUT POWERARCHY Harvard-educated psychologist and bestselling author Melanie Joy exposes the psychology that underlies all forms of oppression and abuse and the belief system that gives rise to this psychology–which she calls powerarchy. Melanie Joy had long been curious as to why people who were opposed to one or more forms of oppression–such as racism, sexism, speciesism, and so forth–often stayed mired in many others. She also wondered why people who were working toward social justice sometimes engaged in interpersonal dynamics that were unjust. Or why people who valued freedom and democracy might nevertheless vote and act against these values. Where was the disconnect? In this thought-provoking analysis, Joy explains how we’ve all been deeply conditioned by the invisible system of powerarchy to believe in a hierarchy of moral worth–to view some individuals and groups as either more or less worthy of moral consideration–and to treat them accordingly. Powerarchy conditions us to engage in power dynamics that violate integrity and harm dignity, and it creates unjust power imbalances among social groups and between individuals. Joy describes how powerarchies–both social and interpersonal–perpetuate themselves through cognitive distortions, such as denial and justification; narratives that reinforce the belief in a hierarchy of moral worth; and privileges that are granted to some and not others. She also provides tools for transformation. By illuminating powerarchy and the psychology it creates, Joy helps us to work more fully toward transformation for ourselves, others, and our world. Join fellow vegans as we look for answers and solutions in our continuing quest for a non-violent, healthier world. We meet the 2nd Monday of every month at Pure Joy Studio at Pure Joy Massage & Yoga. Group will be from 7-9pm in Pure Joy Studio in Westerville. www.purejoymassage.com. I will provide some vegan snacks, hot tea and water. There is no cost for this book group.

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