What’s the point of being friendly?

Volunteers enjoying food

Some of us are naturally friendly, and some of us need to work at it. With this idea in mind, we have included a new page on our site: How to Be Friendly: A Guide for Animal Advocates. This resource for activists offers tips on how to be more friendly as a volunteer, as a host, in conversation, and especially with newcomers.

You might be wondering what’s the point of being friendly.

At Compassionate Action for Animals, we strive to encourage others to cultivate empathy for animals and move towards a plant-based diet. To support this mission, the quality of our communication is vital. We aim to be confident, positive, and welcoming in our interactions with all people. When each of us embraces the intention to be friendly, we are able to connect to a larger community and be a more powerful voice for the animals. We are also living our mission and treating others as we would want to be treated.

Read the guide and consider how you might grow to be a more effective advocate for animals.


Become a supporter of Twin Cities Veg Fest 2014!

Compassionate Action for Animals is hosting our third Twin Cities Veg Fest on Sunday, September 28th, 2014, 10am – 4pm at Coffman Memorial Union on the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota. An attendee at last year’s festival proclaimed it “fun and enlightening.” Now, you can help make this event even more fun and enlightening.

Become a supporter of Twin Cities Veg Fest 2014 with a donation to our Indiegogo campaign. Contribute today! The campaign expires on Tuesday, July 1st. Your support will help us reach new audiences, provide more tasty vegan food, and bring cooking demos to the festival.

Twin Cities Veg Fest is for anyone and everyone – from vegetarians and vegans to omnivores. Attendees learn where their food comes from, how they can be healthy on a plant-based diet, and why living compassionately benefits everyone. The festival offers free food, insightful speakers, great music, delicious meals, and the opportunity to mingle in a thriving community.

Twin Cities Veg Fest is free to attend. Your generous support is what makes this event possible.

Visit our Indiegogo campaign page, and check out the range of perks for different levels of contribution, everything from a cute CAA button to a homemade vegan cake. Who can resist cake? Please consider backing this project today.

“It was fun and enlightening. I enjoyed being exposed to the different products and info.” – Twin Cities Veg Fest Attendee

June Cooking Class: Simple Vegan Mexican Food

Join us as we learn to transform plant-based pantry staples like tofu, lentils, and tempeh into tasty taco fillings. This cooking class taught by Jeff Johnson will be held at Van Cleve Community Center on Thursday, June 19th, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. This event is FREE and open to the public.

To make Tofu Rancheros, we’ll combine peppers and onions to make an easy tofu scramble that we’ll top with a tasty tomato and chili sauce. To make Ancho Lentil Taco Filling, we’ll season lentils with smoked chili peppers and spices. And to make Tempeh Asada, we’ll marinate tempeh pieces in lime juice, cumin, and other spices and then sear them in a cast iron pan.

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn how to make easy, delicious, and vegan Mexican food. Please note that any of these dishes would be the perfect thing to bring to our June Potluck and Bonfire, which has a Latin American food theme. How convenient!

Class instructor Jeff Johnson is an assistant professor of philosophy at St. Catherine University in Saint Paul, where he regularly teaches courses on animal ethics and on the ethics of eating animals in particular. In his spare time, Jeff volunteers for Compassionate Action for Animals and serves on the board of directors. He loves cooking and eating all kinds of delicious plant-based foods.

Would you like to volunteer for this event? If interested, contact event coordinator Justin Leaf.

Volunteer Opportunities in June


Volunteer for the June cooking class at Van Cleve Community Center on Thursday, June 19 at 7:00pm. The theme is simple vegan Mexican food. Volunteer positions include the transporting of supplies to and from the CAA office, setup, welcome team, assistance for the instructor during the class, and cleanup.

Volunteer for the June Potluck and Bonfire at the home of Jennifer Swick in Roseville on Friday, June 27 at 6:30pm. The theme is “Fiesta!” Attendees will bring Latin American dishes. Volunteer positions include setup, maintenance during the event, washing dishes, and general cleanup.

If you’re interested in offering your time to help make either of these upcoming events a success, contact justin@exploreveg.org.



Outreach volunteer work involves talking to members of the general public about animal agriculture and the work of Compassionate Action for Animals. Volunteers should be friendly, knowledgeable about the issues and our mission, and comfortable interacting with strangers. Leafleting and tabling are both very effective forms of outreach.

Leaflet at Rock the Garden, a summer music festival at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden on Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22.

Table at the Minneapolis Pride Festival, a celebration of the LGBT community at Loring Park on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29. At this event, volunteers will offer festival attendees one dollar to watch a five-minute segment of Mercy for Animals’ hard-hitting documentary “Farm to Fridge”.

If interested in volunteering at either of these outreach opportunities, contact grace.vansusteren@exploreveg.org.

It’s a fiesta!

Join us for a festive potluck and bonfire at the home of Jennifer Swick in Roseville on Friday, June 27 at 6:30pm. The theme for this event is “Fiesta!” Get inspired by the fresh and flavorful world of Latin American cuisine, and bring a vegan dish to share. These monthly potlucks are an excellent way to sample new vegan foods and to connect with a community of like-minded individuals.

We’ll gather around a blazing bonfire in Jennifer’s backyard. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, we’ll have a game night instead. In that case, bring your favorite games to play.

Looking for recipe ideas? Consider a maize-based dish, such as tamales, tacos, or enchiladas, along with a complementary condiment, like salsa, guacamole, or mole. Or how about a beverage? Mate, hibiscus tea, and horchata are all great options. And don’t forget dessert! Who wouldn’t love to try a vegan version of tres leches cake, flan, or ride pudding?

Now are you wondering where to find a vegan version of these delectable dishes? Simply google it! You may also visit International Vegetarian Union’s website for a large selection of tantalizing options. Options abound on the internet, and our Facebook event page will be updated with recipe ideas so that you’ll be sure to have plenty of inspiration if you need it.

Please RSVP on the Facebook event page or via email. If you prefer to RSVP by phone, call 612-276-2242.

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