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Re: [Vegan-Baking] Outreach tabling event on World Farm Animals Day

From: Sandie A. S.
Sent on: Saturday, September 18, 2010 11:58 AM
Hi Marni,
Just to let you know that Giant Eagle, Marc's and a host of other food stores do not permit us outside of their store.  You would have better luck at the two Mustard Seeds, Nature Bin and Whole foods, however, of course, as you know, you MUST get their permission. 
I have to get back to work, but I'll check in later as to how things are progressing. 
Sandie Sajner

From: Marni Tiborsky <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Sat, September 18,[masked]:06:20 AM
Subject: [Vegan-Baking] Outreach tabling event on World Farm Animals Day

Hi everyone -
My brain has been awhirl since we had our meetup Thursday, and I have a rough outline of what I'd really like to see us do on World Farm Animals Day, 10/2/10.
Since this event is on a Saturday, a primary grocery shopping day for many people, I think it would be a good idea for us to table outside either a Giant Eagle, a Costco or a Marc's at a location most convenient to all who are interested in volunteering their time. This should be an all day event, and I'd like to split up the day into 2 hour increments, so that people can be relieved. You're more than welcome to stay the entire day if you wish or come and go as you please (as long as you fulfill your 2 hour shift), but I think the more people we have there, the better off we'll be. This will not be a protest, this will be an educational outreach event.
We will need an 8' table (anyone have one to donate?), and I'd like to see a bunch of material showing statistics, facts and figures, since we don't want to appear like tree-hugging maniacs. We need to provide people with the cold, hard truth about factory farming, and then give them the tools they need to make smarter buying decisions. I'd like to really stress to people that legislation isn't working very well right now, and it's people's pocketbooks that will do the most damage to agri-business! We will be encouraging people to think outside the box, and try to also encourage them to go vegan at least one day a week - stressing no meat AND no dairy! Most people think if they skip the meat they're fine. We need to make them aware that the dairy industry is worse than the meat industry. We also need to combine this education with facts on what agri-business is doing to not only the animals, but the environment, and show them how it's affecting our health in ways they probably had no clue about. Also, since people aren't hep on the government right now, we'll need to throw in the little bit about the government being subsidized the more meat and dairy we eat. Ugh.
I would love to have copies of various DVDs or CDs or books or whatnot as handouts, from documentaries such as Food Inc. and The Witness and some others (legal copies! :) ). If you have contacts at organizations willing to donate this stuff, that would be a great help. I also would like to have a small assortment of vegan goodies - not just vegan desserts, but dishes that are fast, easy and delicious to prepare, because people need to see this too, and they need to try it. We also need to stress that eating vegan isn't necessarily expensive. I want to make this an interactive experience for people, because if they're bored, they won't listen. We need to keep the momentum up and people's attention spans. If they ask us why we're tabling in front of a grocery store (duh!), then we can explain, nicely, about the veal industry as well. I'd like information on the table about local farmer's markets, some of the great vegan places around the area, etc. as well.
So, we would need teams of volunteers for 2 hour incrememnts, and then I can set up a schedule. If you work on Saturdays, hopefully there will be a timeslot available for you and/or a friend or relative sometime that day.
Here's what I propose:
Get everything set up by 8:30am.
First Team: start - 10:30
Second Team 10:30 - 12:30
Third Team 12:30 - 2:30
Fourth Team 2:30 - 4:30
Fifth Team 4:30 - 6:30
Sixth team 6:30 - 8:30
(again, this is not set in stone, and if you want to stay longer, please feel free!)
I'd like to go as far as possible into the evening without people getting too cold. The store will obviously stay open long after we're gone, but I hope that these timeslots will make a big enough impression! It would be great to be situated in such a way that we're catching people before they go into the store. I don't know if we can legally do this. Since we're not protesting, we may have a better chance of getting up closer, but it would be up to the store manager.
Please let me know if you are able to make something for the event. It would be great to include the recipes with the items people are tasting, so that they can purchase them in the store! I'd also like to set up some sort of "commitment" list that people can sign, saying that they commit to eating at least one vegan meal a week, and they will pass the word onto friends and family. If anyone can think of any other "gimmicky" things that will get people's attention, please let me know!
I think we can really make this event a good one, it's up to all of us! Your help with gathering materials, etc. is invaluable and greatly appreciated, as well as your time at this event.
Also, please know that this is a rough outline of what the event will be, and everything could change - obviously if the weather is crappy, people won't want to hang around outside, so we will need a plan B. Any suggestions are welcomed!
Thanks everyone -

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