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Meet Kim Milligan: A Newbie CAA Volunteer Making a Difference for Animals and Beyond

May 24, 2024

Kim Milligan is a fresh face at Compassionate Action for Animals (CAA). She first heard about us this February, then jumped right in to volunteer as the Logistics Coordinator for the upcoming Twin Cities Veg Fest. She brings her enthusiasm and dedication to the cause, and we are so excited to have her aboard.

Discovering CAA: A “Sign from the Universe”

Kim discovered CAA through a friend who mentioned volunteer opportunities for Veg Fest. Feeling it was a “sign from the Universe,” she joined a CAA volunteer Zoom call that evening. Immediately, she knew she had found the right organization. She could see that she shares the same vision and moral and ethical values as CAA.

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Plant-Based Progress: Wholesome Minnesota’s Spring 2024 Highlights

May 24, 2024

Karen Students at St. Paul ECFE class tasting some yummy plant-based fooods

CAA’s Wholesome Minnesota program made a big impact this spring! We held multiple events promoting plant-based diets with a variety of groups. Jodi Gruhn, Wholesome MN Director, inspired students and families through presentations, cooking sessions, and interactive activities.

The focus was on the critical link between diet and personal and environmental health. This message resonated with diverse audiences, encouraging healthier and more sustainable dietary choices. This blog provides an overview of each of the presentations.

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Rupert’s Resilience: A Duck’s Journey to Freedom and Family

May 20, 2024

In a heartwarming tale of resilience, Rupert, a Pekin drake, found refuge and family at Herbivorous Acres Farm Sanctuary after a harrowing ordeal.

Rupert, newly arrived at Herbivorous Acres from the feed store

A tale of rescue and survival

Rupert’s life took a dramatic turn when he was callously thrown out of a moving vehicle at the Forest Lake Marina in December 2019. Fortunately, a compassionate person witnessed this act of cruelty and promptly alerted the police. Acting swiftly, the police managed to catch Rupert and brought him to the feed mill utilized by Herbivorous Acres. Recognizing the urgency of the situation, Herbivorous Acres was contacted to inquire if they had room to accommodate the injured and frightened young drake.

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Feeding Hungry People Vegan Meals — How You Can Help!

May 14, 2924

Nicola, getting ready to prep a vegan meal at Simpson Housing Services

Since January, CAA volunteers have been serving delicious vegan meals at Simpson Housing. This initiative helps to ensure that residents of Simpson Housing get nutritious meals — and it was all started by our dedicated volunteers!

The program has been a huge success, with volunteer spots filling up quickly, and appreciative residents who love the meals. But, to keep this program going, we are asking for help from our community.

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VEGAN PLEASE Web Series Premiere: Comedy, conversation, and culinary delights

May 13, 2024

Over 50 enthusiastic attendees gathered for the premiere of the new comedy web series, “VEGAN PLEASE,” on April 20th. The event was held at the culmination of Compassionate Action for Animals’ Veg Week 2024. Guests were treated to the debut screening of episodes 1 and 2, followed by an engaging panel discussion with the series’ creators. 

The event was held at Hark! Cafe and attendees enjoyed delectable vegan appetizers and desserts, adding to the event’s festive atmosphere. The menu featured mouthwatering mini pizzas, arancini, and brownies, all provided by Hark! Cafe. Known for their commitment to vegan, gluten-free, and scratch-made cuisine, these offerings delighted attendees, with food and a non-alcoholic drink included in the ticket price.

For an extra dose of premiere extravaganza, guests also had the opportunity to have their pictures taken on the mini red carpet!

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Street Food | Vegan Recipe Club | July 2024

Join us on July 16 from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm for the July Vegan Recipe Club—either in person or online. The cookbook and recipes for the month will be Street Vegan (2015)  by Adam Sobel

Click here to download the recipes for this month.

If you are curious about vegan cooking, this club is for you! Each month participants make three recipes from popular cookbooks then share their reflections with the group. This month will feature an in-person discussion and potluck as well as the usual zoom option.  Bring one of the dishes from the cookbook to share with other participants over a great discussion. Novice to expert cooks are welcome, as are interested non-cooks. Registration not required.

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Health and Longevity | Vegan Recipe Club | June 2024

Join us online June 18 from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm to discuss the cookbook for the month: Ageless Vegan (2018) by Tracy McQuirter.

Download recipes here.

If you are curious about vegan cooking, this club is for you! Each month participants make three recipes from popular cookbooks then share their reflections with the group. Novice to expert cooks are welcome, as are interested non-cooks. Registration not required.

What is the focus of this cookbook?

The publisher describes the book:

“Harness the healing power of plant-based foods for vibrant health and longevity. Vegan lifestyle expert Tracye McQuirter teams up with her mother Mary to share their secrets for maintaining radiant health for more than 30 years (hint: it’s all in the greens), and 100 of their favorite plant-based recipes that have kept them looking and feeling ageless. They break down the basics of nutrition, how to build a vegan pantry, and how to make sure you’re getting the best nutrients to promote longevity and prevent chronic disease. They also provide a 14-step guide with practical, easy-to-follow advice on how to transition to vegan foods, jumpstart your healthy eating habits, and how to up your game if you’re already a vegan. Their 100 fresh, simple, and flavorful recipes are based on everyday whole food ingredients… Ageless Vegan helps you kiss diet-related disease and fatigue goodbye and gives you the information, inspiration, and affirmation you need to live a long, glowing, and healthy life you love.”

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Distribution of Garden Boxes in North Minneapolis

Join one of our community partners for the distribution of Garden Boxes in North Minneapolis.

The event is taking place Saturday, May 18th 10am – 5pm at Oak Park Community Center 1701 Oak Park Avenue N. Minneapolis.

Please let Michael Chaney (contact information below) know if you would like to volunteer to garden during the event. Also, if you live or work in North Minneapolis there is an opportunity to have your own raised garden by sponsoring these boxes. Details will be shared at the event and coordination with Michael will continue after this event.

There are over 400 beautiful garden boxes that will be deployed throughout the metro community as a symbol of our commitment to planting the seeds of change, operationalizing the sustainable development goals, implementing climate mitigation solutions and collectively crafting a food focused future.

Contact: Michael Chaney, Project Sweetie Pie (763) 227-4881

Continuing Your Compassionate Journey for the Long Haul

April 17, 2024

As those of you who are already eating more compassionately can attest, it’s a journey of a lifetime. It’s sometimes challenging but always rewarding — for you, for the planet, and most importantly, for the animals.

CAA supports you on your journey

Allison Gamble shares inspiration for your veg journey

CAA’s support doesn’t stop with the end of Veg Week. Compassionate Action for Animals is in it for the long haul. We will continue to offer a variety of events, tips, and resources throughout the year. 

Most importantly, we are a community of like-minded individuals, ready to enthusiastically support you in any way we can. After all, each one of us has seen how important support is.

One of our community members shared an important aspect to keep in mind as you continue on this journey: “Take it slow, give yourself grace.”  -Allison Gamble 

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Fuel Your Journey: Books, Films, and Blogs on Vegan Topics

April 17, 2024

Whether you’re just starting out or have made a longer commitment to dietary change, it’s always good to keep learning. Getting more details on issues related to plant-based eating can help cement your resolve to continue down that pathway. It may also help in answering questions from friends and family. Facts are important — and they are on our side.

Throughout the year, CAA offers regular opportunities to learn about the impact of diet on nonhuman animals. This includes tours of sanctuaries, petition campaigns, and outreach events. We also periodically sponsor events that promote the health benefits of a plant-based diet such as our recent talk by Dr. Greger. He spoke about his book How Not to Age, which details the health benefits of a whole foods plant-based diet.

Another area where CAA provides information is on the environmental issues related to plant-based eating. We hope you caught our Documentary and Social Action Night on April 14. Or perhaps you were able to check out our booth at the Eden Prairie Eco Expo on April 20. Stay tuned for more throughout the year.

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