Film Premier: "A Prayer for Compassion" with VSDC + Lunch @Pianta/New Deal Cafe

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The New Deal Cafe

113 Centerway · Greenbelt, MD

How to find us

Come to the back room of the cafe - reserved for our use

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The Veg Society of DC ( is pleased to organize the DC film premier of "A Prayer for Compassion" (, with lunch at the all-vegan Pianta at the New Deal Cafe ( in Greenbelt MD. The spectacular Victoria Moran, Producer and best-selling author, will join us for the Q&A after the film.

"A Prayer for Compassion" is a 96 min film that follows Thomas Wade Jackson on a quest across America and takes him to Morocco for the UN Climate Conference and throughout the Indian subcontinent to ask the question, “Can compassion grow to include all beings? Can people who identify as religious or spiritual come to embrace the call to include all human and nonhuman beings in our circle of respect and caring and love?”

Drawing on traditions including Christianity — evangelical, Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Friends (Quakers), Seventh Day Adventism, Unity, and more; Judaism; Islam; Hinduism; Buddhism; Jainism; the Native American tradition; Unitarian Universalism; Zoroastrianism; and the “spiritual but not religious” point of view — A Prayer for Compassion calls on people of faith and spiritual seekers of every stripe to come together to bring about a kinder world.

See the trailer here:

VSDC is suggesting that guests give a per person donation of $10 at the event to support this documentary film and VSDC, but no one will be turned away unless to stay within the capacity limits of the space.

This event and film screening will be held at Pianta at the New Deal Cafe, in Greenbelt MD, which serves an accessible, plant-based, Italian-American menu that nurtures the environment, animals, and our health. They also have desserts from Vegan Treats. Pianta at the New Deal Cafe is managed by our wonderful friends at DC Vegan Catering (
(Plenty of free parking is available in the lot just outside and around the shopping center - please read and follow all parking signs. The location is metro accessible with bus connections.)

Please plan to have lunch at Pianta since they are kindly providing the space without additional charge. The food is 'pay on your own' directly to the restaurant and they accept major credit cards.

Arrive early - by 1130 am to get seated and order food. The event will start at noon and finish around 230 pm.
**RSVP'ing here is very important (and we will try to admit 1st from the "Yes" RSVP list) but will not guarantee you a seat, unless you arrive early.**

Thomas Wade Jackson, The Compassion Project ~ Director
Thomas is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer and musician. After the birth of his daughter in 2012, he became “activated” and found his passion and purpose in helping to create a more compassionate, peaceful world to leave his daughter and the children of all earthlings, no matter their species.

Victoria Moran & Main Street Vegan Productions ~ Producer
Victoria is the bestselling author of books including Main Street Vegan, Creating a Charmed Life, and The Love-Powered Diet, and she appeared twice on Oprah. Known for combining the ethical, spiritual, and health aspects of enlightened vegan living, Victoria hosts the Main Street Vegan podcast.


VSDC ( is a clear and consistent voice for improving the lives of all beings through education on the benefits of a vegan diet & lifestyle. Sharing food is the bond that brings families together; so is it with our large and growing family. From simply “breaking bread” to experiencing delicious and nutritious vegan foods from around the world, we make your journey easier, enjoyable & meaningful.

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