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.


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.


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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VEGAN BOOK GROUP ~ TONGUE TIED: Breaking the Language Barrier by Hanh Nguyen

Tongue Tied: Breaking the Language Barrier to Animal Liberation by Hanh Nguyen You will have the option to meet at Pure Joy Massage & Yoga to discuss the book in person or you will have the option to Zoom. Joy Lawrence is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: VEGAN BOOK GROUP ~ November 9th at 7pm Time: Nov 9,[masked]:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9388684164?pwd=NlY4SUhpcXBjQ0hyLytYUFBQVGt0QT09 Meeting ID:[masked] Passcode: NJoy Words matter; they mold and mirror our values and our reality. And so it is with the language we use to think and talk about species other than our own. In Tongue-Tied, Hanh Nguyen unpacks the many metaphors, meanings, and grammatical formulations that speak to and echo our physical exploitation of other-than-human animals, and shows how they constrain our abilities to relate to our animal kin fairly and honestly. Full of subtle insights and richly suggestive observations, and drawing from Nguyen’s own cross-cultural experiences, Tongue-Tied offers a glimpse of a language that is freed from euphemistic self-deception, one that accepts definition without limitation and difference without hierarchy. 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. Please know that you do not need to be vegan to attend. We welcome those who are looking into the benefits of veganism and support. Group will be from 7-9pm in Pure Joy Studio in Westerville. www.purejoymassage.com. There is no cost for this book group.

Volunteering at All People's Fresh Market

All People's Fresh Market

The All People's Fresh Market distributes fresh produce to anyone who meets the income eligibility requirements. People are able to receive food once a day, every day, that the market is open! Due to the pandemic, the market has adapted to a drive-up/walk-up service system in order to minimize contact and maximize the safety of volunteers, staff, and community members. On November 21st, we will be staffing the market! We need 8 volunteers for each of the following shifts: 8:30 to 11:30 AM 11 AM to 1 PM If you plan to volunteer, please RSVP GOING to this event, and write in the discussion section which shift you will attend (see my comment for an example). If you plan to volunteer, I ask that you please COMMIT to showing up. I will be checking in with everyone who has RSVP’d the week before the event, to ensure that we will have enough volunteers to safely and effectively staff the market that day. Thanks for your cooperation!


Pure Joy Massage & Yoga

READER'S CHOICE this month! Have a vegan book you haven't had a chance to read yet? A vegan movie/documentary you have been wanting to watch? This month we will have the opportunity to pick a vegan book or movie and bring your thoughts, reviews and reflections on it to the group. Everyone will have some undivided time to share on how this book or movie influenced you in some way. Please make certain that anything you bring to the group is vegan in nature... activism, food, inspiration, etc. This will give all of us a chance to get some ideas for reading/watching time ourselves with the winter months coming up. You may meet us at Pure Joy Studio (wearing masks and keeping a proper distance) or link up to Zoom Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9388684164?pwd=NlY4SUhpcXBjQ0hyLytYUFBQVGt0QT09 Meeting ID:[masked] Passcode: NJoy Please contact Noah or me if you have any questions.

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