Speciesism Director Mark Devries Coming to Huntsville!

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Join us for a screening of Speciesism: The Movie  with an in-person Q&A with director Mark Devries!

Wednesday, March 25th

6:00PM

Main Branch, Huntsville-Madison County Public Library

First Floor, Main Auditorium

**FREE**

About the Movie

Modern farms are struggling to keep a secret. Most of the animals used for food in the United States are raised in giant, bizarre “factory farms,” hidden deep in remote areas of the countryside. Speciesism: The Movie director Mark Devries set out to investigate.  The documentary takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure, crawling through the bushes that hide these factories, flying in airplanes above their toxic “manure lagoons,” and coming face-to-face with their owners.

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Book Discussion: Food Choice and Sustainability

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Tuesday, Februrary 24

6:00PM – 9:00PM

Huntsville Madison County Public Library, Main Branch

2nd Floor, Meeting Room D

Join us to discuss Dr. Richard Oppenlander’s new book “Food Choice and Sustainability: Why Buying Local, Eating Less Meat, and Taking Baby Steps Won’t Work.”

We’ll discuss the first two chapters and make plans for future book discussions. Please feel free to bring any books on veganism or animal issues that you’d like to recommend to the group.

WHERE:
We’ll meet on the 2nd floor of the public library in downtown Huntsville, in Meeting Room D. Go to the left of the reference desk, and you’ll see rooms on the left side. If you get lost, just check in at the reference desk and they can point you in the right direction.

THE BOOK:
What we choose to eat is killing our planet and us, yet use of the word ‘sustainable’ is ubiquitous. Explanation of this incongruity lies in the fact that sustainability efforts are rarely positioned to include food choice in an accurate or adequate manner. This is due to a number of influencing cultural, social, and political factors that disable our food production systems and limit our base of knowledge—falsely guiding us on a path of pseudo sustainability, while we devastate the ecosystems that support us, cause mass extinctions, and generate narrowing time lines because of our global footprint that will ultimately jeopardize our very survival as a civilization. Dr. Oppenlander’s goal with this book is to increase awareness in order to effect positive change—before it is too late.

LINKS TO BUY THE BOOK:
You can buy the book on amazon (Kindle or hardcover):
http://www.amazon.com/Food-Choice-Sustainability-Buying-Eating/dp/1626524351#

Or at iTunes (digital copy):
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/food-choice-sustainability/id752031144?mt=11

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Tabling at Earth Fare – Saturday, January 3, 2015

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Saturday, January 3, 2015

12:00 – 3:00PM

Earth Fare Huntsville

5900 University Drive NW, Huntsville, AL

Come see us at Earth Fare!

We’ll have an informational table with vegetarian starter kits, coloring sheets and puppets for the kids, and can answer any questions you may have about a plant-based diet, environmental issues, and the treatment of animals.

If you’d like a vegan tour of Earth Fare, just let us know! We’d be happy to go around the store with you and point out our favorite products and give tips on what recipes to prepare.

Join us! We’d love to have you sit with us and help answer questions, or just stop by to say hi and chat for a minute.

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Vegan Potluck, September 2013

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Huntsville Vegan and Animal Rights League is having its September potluck at Jamie’s house in Madison [317 Harvestwood Court, Madison AL 35758]! Bring a dish or two, no particular theme– whatever you think would be enjoyable. 

Look for signs on the street and a balloon or two on the mailbox! 

 

Important note about parking from Jamie:

 Just a quick note people. We have a new rule enforced in the neighborhood…City has posted DO NOT PARK AT ANY TIME signs on the south bound side of the road leading into the park. You MAY NOT park across the street any longer. The police routinely visit the neighborhood on Saturdays and Sundays and are writing tickets for those parked on that side of the street. I will park my car in the garage. There is room for at least 4 cars if the first two park as close to the garage door as possible, leaving room for two behind. There is a least room for three vehicles in front of my home on the side walk. If more of you decide to come, we will have to have you park in a space at the park and walk up. Its not a bad walk…the park is only about 7 houses down from my house. I know its a pain…but they did this because emergency responders couldn’t make a quick call to a house down the street without getting stuck in a dodge car game.

NOTE: Please prepare your food before coming to the potluck! If you need to heat up dishes, that’s totally cool. But *please* do your cooking before coming out. Thanks everyone!

Map (google): http://goo.gl/maps/uHCJP
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If you’ve never been to a potluck, here’s a page with some potluck etiquette (by the wonderful vegan chef Isa Chandra):
http://tinyurl.com/7sazm4p 

Basically, 1) bring some food! 2) If you’re not sure about something, ask the organizers/hosts. 3) Be nice to whoever opens their home for the potluck, the public area that we’re using (clean up!), and the people around us, and 4) HAVE FUN.

Recipe inspiration:
http://vegweb.com/
http://www.theppk.com/
http://theveganstoner.blogspot.com/

Whatever anyone brings will be appreciated. If you are tired/poor/busy/etc. It’ll be okay if you come without bringing something, but it’s not a potluck if no one brings food! So we strongly urge you to bring a dish. If you’re not sure how much to bring, imagine that you’re making food to feed a dish to eight friends. If you bring more, that’s wonderful, but this should be a good guideline. Ready-made vegan food is available from Earth Fare and is always welcome if you run out of time to cook. Look for the part of the tag that says “Vegan” in the deli section, bakery, and on the hot bar. When terribly in doubt, fruit is always welcome and appreciated and beautiful.

We’d prefer everyone to come at four, but if you can’t make it ’til five, so be it. Six? We’ll still be hanging out being awesome. If you can just stop by, meet everyone, see if there’s some food left (and hopefully there will be plenty) and run away, well, we’ll be happy to have met you.

Please bring your recipe or an ingredient list with your dish. We’ll have some utensils handy, just in case.

Bring a musical instrument and we’ll have a rhythm jam (we mean it)! Organizer Mike and others will bring guitars and other instruments. Please get in on the jam. We’ll bring a turkish hand-drum. Bring some others! Dogs (or any other non-human animal) are welcome, kids are welcome.

If you have any questions about the potluck, or want to bring something but don’t know the first thing about vegan cooking, please email us at huntsvilleveg@gmail.com. Message Mike at (256)585-5946 if you need help. We look forward to meeting all of you!

Book Club: Rain Without Thunder by Gary Francione

 

Are you an abolitionist or a welfarist vegan? 

Huntsville Vegans will host a discussion of the book Rain Without Thunder: The Ideology of the Animal Rights Movement by Gary Francione on Thursday, September 19, 2013 beginning at 7:00PM at Alex and Natalia’s house in Madison. Please send an email to huntsvilleveg@gmail.com for directions to their home. 

We’ll have coffee and light snacks and lots of great, friendly discussion on the ideas raised by the book. Feel free to join us even if you are unable to read the book in time. 

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About the book: 

Are ‘animal welfare’ supporters indistinguishable from the animal exploiters they oppose? Do reformist measures reaffirm the underlying principles that make animal exploitation possible in the first place? In this provocative book, Gary L. Francione argues that the modern animal rights movement has become indistinguishable from a century-old concern with the welfare of animals that in no way prevents them from being exploited. Francione maintains that advocating humane treatment of animals retains a sense of them as instrumental to human ends. When they are considered dispensable property, he says, they are left fundamentally without ‘rights’. Until the seventies, Francione claims, this was the paradigm within which the Animal Rights Movement operated, as demonstrated by laws such as the Federal Humane Slaughter Act of 1958. In this wide-ranging book, Francione takes the reader through the philosophical and intellectual debates surrounding animal welfare to make clear the difference between animal rights and animal welfare. Through case studies such as campaigns against animal shelters, animal laboratories, and the wearing of fur, Francione demonstrates the selectiveness and confusion inherent in reformist programs that target fur, for example, but leave wool and leather alone. The solution to this dilemma, Francione argues, is not in a liberal position that espouses the humane treatment of animals, but in a more radical acceptance of the fundamental inalienability of animal rights. Author note: Gary L. Francione is Professor of Law and Nicholas de B. Katzenbach Scholar of Law at Rutgers University Law School, Newark. He is the co-director of the “Rutgers Animal Rights Law Center” and the author of “Animals, Property, and the Law” (Temple).

 

For more information on Gary Francione, visit his website

 

Book Discussion: The Sexual Politics of Meat (Part II)

Join us for our next book club meeting on Thursday, August 29th, at 7:00PM at Alex and Natalia’s house in Madison [114 Oxfordshire Circle, Madison AL 35759] to complete our discussion of The Sexual Politics of Meat by Carol J. Adams [http://www.caroljadams.com/spom.html]. 

You can order the book online and we have some loaner ebook copies as well (just contact Huntsville Vegans, Mike, or me via email or message and be sure to provide us with your email address).

Our book club discussions are informal. We begin with specific points brought up in the text, and then move to a general discussion of the issues. Don’t worry if you aren’t able to read the entire book before the meeting. We’d still love to have your company and hear your voice. 

on google maps: http://goo.gl/maps/hjWVm

directions, from Hwy 72:
– From 72, head south on Balch Road until you get to Gillespie
– Turn Left on Gillespie Rd.
– Turn Left onto Pennsylvania Avenue
– Turn Left onto Oxfordshire Road
– The address is 114 Oxfordshire Circle.

We hope to see you there!

Table at Green U: August 24, 2013

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Huntsville Vegans will have a table at the Green U festival held at the Huntsville Botanical Garden on Saturday, August 24th, from 9:00AM – 3:00PM.  We will be handing out literature on the effects of factory farming on the environment, giving out free food samples, and answering any questions on how to become vegan.

Want to get involved? Here’s how you can help us spread information about a plant-based diet :

Volunteer to help staff our booth

We will have a team of three people staffing the table all day, but we’d love to have more members there to help hand out food, talk to interested passersby, and just have fun hanging out together. If you’re interested, please send us an email at huntsvilleveg@gmail.com or come to one of our Friday meetups at Cafe 153 @ Bridgestreet (near the Monaco theater) starting at 6:00PM.

Make a donation of environmental-focused, vegan literature

Can’t make it to Green U but want to make sure we have tons of vegan literature to handout? As a community group, we’re always very thankful for donations of vegan brochures to have available at events. We’ve ordered some supplies, but can always use more in case there is a larger turnout than we have anticipated.

Here are some of our favorite vegan brochures that showcase the effects of animal agriculture on the environment:

Donating literature is as easy as spending $5 for a bundle of 50 brochures and then dropping them off at our meetup or at the event itself.

Stop by our table and say hi!

Busy tables help draw other attendees in. If you don’t want to volunteer but will be attending the festival, please stop by our table and chat with us for a while.

Infographic by Spencer Belkofer and Culinaryschools.org

Want to know more? Checkout these resources to learn how going vegan is the most effective action you can take to help the environment: