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.
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.
Upcoming events (3)See all
- Demonstration to Ask UC to Stop Using Live Pigs to Train SurgeonsPCRM protest , Cincinnati , OH
Please join the Physicians Committee and supporters on Tuesday, Dec. 12, in Cincinnati to speak up for animals. The University of Cincinnati’s general surgery residents cut into and kill pigs to practice invasive procedures. We will be there to ask the UC Board of Trustees to use its authority to end this cruel practice immediately! Signs will be provided! We’ll be there, rain or shine. Use nearby public parking and meet us on the sidewalk along Clifton Avenue, opposite from where it intersects with Straight Street. Please share this event with your friends and family within driving distance of Cincinnati and ask them to join you at the demonstration. We hope to see you at there! If you have any questions, please contact Christine at email@example.com or 202-527-7307.
Event reposted from The Cincinnati Vegan Meetup. I may or may not be able to attend, depending on the needs of an ailing animal companion. Please feel free to use this event chat to discuss carpooling to the event from the Columbus area. Questions about the event itself are best directed to Christine, as above. Hope to see some of you there! -Evan
- A LAID-BACK LUNCH BUFFET AT PORTIA'S CAFÉ for the Holiday Season!4428 Indianola Ave, Columbus, OH
Mark your calendar for a laid-back vegan Sunday afternoon holiday buffet at Portia's Café. We are actually meeting in the newest section of Portia's Café called the COZY. A nice space for an intimate group to gather and mingle.
Come spend time with like-minded people as 2023 starts to wind down.
We will be having a prize drawing for one of the people who attends this buffet!
This will be a buffet style meal. If you're like me, you pick a favorite at Portia's and forget to try some of the other organic, vegan food items off the menu. Everything is so fantastic! We will have a nice assortment of buffet items so your taste buds will tingle. Cost will be $25. We will need to know an accurate count so Portia can prepare. Don't sign up until you're absolutely certain you can join us.
This is also a great time to pick up a holiday gift, if you still need ideas, from gift certificates to Portia's, local artists and local farmers.
Don't forgot that Portia's Clintonville Natural Foods store is in walking distance of her Café. A great place to find lots of health and wellness gifts.
Spend some time with fellow vegan enthusiasts and support one of the best vegan restaurants around.
Looking forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting some new ones too! Please let Krishna and I know if you have any questions.
For more information on Portia's Café and her other businesses, please CLICK HERE.
- Special Virtual Documentary Night: Speciesism The MovieLink visible for attendees
**YOU MUST WATCH THE FILM ON YOUR OWN BEFORE THE EVENT**
Link to the film is in the info below.
This event is in collaboration with Compassionate Action for Animals (CAA). CAA's mission is to encourage people to embrace their empathy for farmed animals and move toward a plant-based diet. They do this through increasing awareness of farmed animal suffering, building community with plant-based eating, and nurturing advocates in the Twin Cities region.
For this Special Virtual Documentary Night we are meeting to talk about the documentary, Speciesism: The Movie. This film is a journey into the hidden world of factory farming, but it explores beyond that. Interviews with animal rights organizations, philosophers, and men and women on the street lead to the question of whether humans are superior to nonhuman animals, and – if so – why they are. Director Mark DeVries will be joining us for a special guest Q&A! Here is a link to where you can watch it for free.
Again, you must watch the film on your BEFORE the event. We will be meeting over Zoom, where we will break out into small discussion groups. We will do multiple rounds of small group discussion, then close out the night with a special guest Q&A! The Zoom information is listed below.
Meeting ID: 875 5525 6659
This event is posted in multiple meetup groups, and on Eventbrite, as well as with members of the Community Documentary Night email list. (Message me if interested in joining the email list) Therefore, THIS RSVP LIST IS NOT REPRESENTATIVE OF HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE ATTENDING THE EVENT. So even if you only see one person RSVPed in this meetup group, there will always be others in attendance from other groups. We tend to have at least 20 on average. By inviting numerous groups that increases the likelihood that those in attendance will be from varying backgrounds and beliefs. This is done purposefully to provide everyone with the opportunity to hear a wide range of perspectives.
This event is open to all who are open to all. The one thing we ask is that people allow others to get their full thought out and that any disagreement is voiced in a civil way. Click >>HERE<< to check out the Community Documentary Night website for more info or links to previously shown documentaries.
Thank you and hope to see you there!