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Fall 2012 Matching Campaign Report

We would like to thank everyone for helping us meet our goal of $15,000 in donations over the holiday season! Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, your donations were matched dollar-for-dollar. We are very grateful for your support!

With the start of a new year our conviction is renewed. Our volunteers are preparing for leafleting, tabling, and handing out free vegan food samples. The 4th annual Vegan Chili Cook-Off is right around the corner, and our humane education program has already scheduled presentations for local schools. We also plan to significantly increase the participation and visibility of Veg Fest 2013 as well as ramp up our screenings of the gripping, short documentary Farm to Fridge.

Our efforts and the overall progress of our movement wouldn't be possible without the generous support of donors like you. Thank you!

2012 Isn’t Over – Donate Before the Year Ends!

It's not too late to donate for the 2012 tax year. We've had a great a 2012 and we look forward to even more successes for animals 2013. Can you make a donation to help us achieve our goals?

With your support, 2012 was a very successful year of advocating for animals! Compassionate Action for Animals held our first ever Twin Cities Veg Fest, a ground-breaking event where attendees sampled tasty vegan food, learned about ethics and nutrition, and, most importantly, saw that there is a large, positive movement that cares about animals. I want to continue that success in 2013. Can you make a contribution of $100, $50, or $10 to help make this happen? Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, your donation will be matched dollar-to-dollar for up to $15,000.

I'm planning our second Twin Cities Veg Fest, and we want to make it even more effective. Our plan is to significantly increase the targeted participation and visibility of Veg Fest 2013. Our goals include attracting two hundred more attendees, bringing in entertainment that will attract a new crowd, and holding it during the school year in the fall of 2013 to attract more students and have more food. We want move beyond simply gathering a large crowd. We want to attract those who are interested in making real changes to their diet. And my goal isn't simply to have exhibitors and speakers that are veg-friendly, but to bring the most engaging local and national exhibitors, speakers that communicate our compassionate message, nutrition information that is accurate and reliable, and food that is tasty, healthy, and affordable. With your help, we can make this happen.

The 2012 Twin Cities Veg Fest is one of the biggest events we have ever put on, with 1,200 attendees, 40 exhibitors, and 6 speakers – and extensive media coverage. But it's not just size that counts – it's quality. Our event communicated the gentle, compassionate message that helps people to take steps to reduce animal suffering. This event was overwhelmingly positive and our speakers and exhibitors brought a thought-provoking, respectful message to our audience.

Compassionate Action for Animals had many more accomplishments in 2012:

  • We screened Farm To Fridge, a new documentary that shows the brutal realities of factory farming, to 368 people.
  • We hosted our first ever Veg Week Kick-Off Concert.
  • We distributed 10,800 leaflets.
  • The Bridges of Respect Humane Education Program conducted 35 presentations on animal protection issues, reaching more than 1,000 students in local schools.
  • We hosted our 3rd Annual Vegan Chili Cook-Off, bringing in hundreds of people to sample vegan chili.
  • We added three national partners to VegGuide.org, Compassion Over Killing, Farm Sanctuary, and Vegan Outreach. This will greatly increase the exposure of VegGuide.org, giving everybody a useful tool to find veg options when eating out.

We did this and so much more. I'm grateful to all of the donors, volunteers, and businesses that contributed their time, energy, and passion to help animals.

Most of our funding comes from people like you – people who care about animals, and want to make a difference. Can you make a contribution of $100, $50, or $10? Your donation will be matched up to $15,000. You can make your donation online.

Thank you again for your generous support. We're making a difference for farm animals, and I appreciate the trust you've given to me.

Yours for the animals,

Unny Signature

Unny Nambudiripad

Help Animals This Holiday Season

As the year comes to a close and we look back on a wildly successful 2012 for Compassionate Action for Animals, we also look forward to great things to come in 2013. Can you make a donation to help us achieve our goals?

Thank you for making 2012 a very successful year! Compassionate Action for Animals held our first ever Twin Cities Veg Fest, a ground-breaking event where attendees sampled tasty vegan food, learned about ethics and nutrition, and, most importantly, saw that there is a large, positive movement that cares about animals. I want to continue that success in 2013. Can you make a contribution of $100, $50, or $10 to help make this happen? Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, your donation will be matched dollar-to-dollar for up to $15,000.

I'm planning our second Twin Cities Veg Fest, and we want to make it even more effective. Our plan is to significantly increase the targeted participation and visibility of Veg Fest 2013. Our goals include attracting two hundred more attendees, bringing in entertainment that will attract a new crowd, and holding it during the school year in the fall of 2013 to attract more students and have more food. We want move beyond simply gathering a large crowd. We want to attract those who are interested in making real changes to their diet. And my goal isn't simply to have exhibitors and speakers that are veg-friendly, but to bring the most engaging local and national exhibitors, speakers that communicate our compassionate message, nutrition information that is accurate and reliable, and food that is tasty, healthy, and affordable. With your help, we can make this happen.

The 2012 Twin Cities Veg Fest is one of the biggest events we have ever put on, with 1,200 attendees, 40 exhibitors, and 6 speakers – and extensive media coverage. But it's not just size that counts – it's quality. Our event communicated the gentle, compassionate message that helps people to take steps to reduce animal suffering. This event was overwhelmingly positive and our speakers and exhibitors brought a thought-provoking, respectful message to our audience.

Compassionate Action for Animals had many more accomplishments in 2012:

  • We screened Farm To Fridge, a new documentary that shows the brutal realities of factory farming, to 368 people.
  • We hosted our first ever Veg Week Kick-Off Concert.
  • We distributed 10,800 leaflets.
  • The Bridges of Respect Humane Education Program conducted 35 presentations on animal protection issues, reaching more than 1,000 students in local schools.
  • We hosted our 3rd Annual Vegan Chili Cook-Off, bringing in hundreds of people to sample vegan chili.
  • We added three national partners to VegGuide.org, Compassion Over Killing, Farm Sanctuary, and Vegan Outreach. This will greatly increase the exposure of VegGuide.org, giving everybody a useful tool to find veg options when eating out.

We did this and so much more. I'm grateful to all of the donors, volunteers, and businesses that contributed their time, energy, and passion to help animals.

Most of our funding comes from people like you – people who care about animals, and want to make a difference. Can you make a contribution of $100, $50, or $10? Your donation will be matched up to $15,000. You can make your donation online.

Thank you again for your generous support. We're making a difference for farm animals, and I appreciate the trust you've given to me.

Yours for the animals,

Unny Signature

Unny Nambudiripad

Winter Cooking Classes

Join AmyLeo Barankovich for vegan cooking classes this winter! She'll be teaching "Vegan Basics" and "The Joy of Legumes, Nuts, and Seeds."

On January 9th, join AmyLeo Barankovich at the Wedge Co-op from 7pm-9pm for a class called Vegan Basics. This class looks at why to become vegan and tours The Wedge to learn how to shop vegan, which includes meat substitutes and naturally occurring vegan foods: produce, nuts, seeds, legumes, grains, and more. Back in the kitchen, you'll create Hearty Winter Chili and Gritty Red Pepper Corn Muffins – a match made in heaven. The cost is $35 or $32 for members and you can register by calling 612-871-3993 or signing up at the customer service desk. You can learn more about the class and the Wedge Co-op.

Join AmyLeo at the Mississippi Market in St. Paul on January 16th from 6pm-8:30pm for a class called The Joy of Legumes, Nuts, and Seeds. This class will take a more whole foods approach to vegan cooking by leaving out the meat analogs and making tasty, healthy vegan food with beans, nuts, and seeds. In this class you will prepare and sample Ancient Grain Banana Fritters, Almond Nut Loaf, Split Pea Soup and Cashew Nut Mylk. The class costs $35 or $32 for members and you can register online.

If you can't make it to the Joy of Legumes class on the 16th, AmyLeo will host the class again on January 30 from 6pm-8:30pm at the Seward Co-op. The class costs $35 or $32 for members and you can register for it at the customer service desk at the Co-op or you can call 612-338-2465. Learn more about the class.

AmyLeo will host yet another Joy of Legumes class on February 6th from 7pm-9pm at the Wedge Co-op, so you have 3 chances this winter to learn all about legumes and how you can make them work for you in the kitchen!

We hope to see you all there at one of these amazing vegan cooking classes!

The Humane League is Joining VegGuide.org

The Humane League, a group whose mission is to save the lives of as many animals as possible and to reduce as much animal cruelty as possible, is joining VegGuide.org to help bring more compassionate dining information your way.

Compassionate Action for Animals is happy to announce that The Humane League is joining VegGuide.org as a partner.

The Humane League was founded by Nick Cooney in 2005 and he still plays an integral part in the organization's efforts towards reducing animal suffering. Nick was a speaker at CAA's Their Lives, Our Voices conference in 2010 and wrote the book Change of Heart, an important piece of advocacy literature.

We are thrilled to be working with The Humane League on VegGuide.org. We will work with them to continue bringing you information on compassionate dining options no matter where you live, work, or travel.

Help Bring Vegan Comfort Food to Minneapolis!

Volunteers are currently working to help bring a vegan comfort food restaurant to Minneapolis and if you'd like to help be a part of the efforts we have information for you!

Are you interested in volunteering to help bring a 100% vegan "comfort food" restaurant to Minneapolis? Would you like to be part of the co-creation process and help find the location, set the menu, and write the business plan? Talking to folks in the local vegan community, there is always a lot of interest in having a comfort food vegan restaurant, so let's harness all that energy and make it happen!

Michael Maddox is currently working with a core group of 5-6 people working to bring a comfort food vegan restaurant to Minneapolis. They are still early in the process, recruiting volunteers, writing the business plan, and coming up with potential names for the restaurant. Meetings are held every other Sunday evening from 6:30-8pm and their next meeting is 12/09. You don't need any particular skills to help.

To find out more, check out their blog. You can also sign up for their mailing list for notifications about events related to the co-creation of the restaurant.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to Michael at Michael.P.Maddox@gmail.com!

Holiday Fundraising Drive

2012 was a banner year for Compassionate Action for Animals in many ways, including a successful first ever Twin Cities Veg Fest. Can you make a donation to help us have an even better Veg Fest in 2013?

Thank you for making 2012 a very successful year! Compassionate Action for Animals held our first ever Twin Cities Veg Fest, a ground-breaking event where attendees sampled tasty vegan food, learned about ethics and nutrition, and, most importantly, saw that there is a large, positive movement that cares about animals. I want to continue that success in 2013. Can you make a contribution of $100, $50, or $10 to help make this happen? Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, your donation will be matched dollar-to-dollar for up to $15,000.

We're planning our second Twin Cities Veg Fest, and we want to make it even more effective. Our plan is to significantly increase the targeted participation and visibility of Veg Fest 2013. To make this happen we need help from people like you – people who care about animals, and want to make a difference.

You can make your tax deductible donation online. Thank you so much for your continued support!

Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck Recipes

Compassionate Action for Animals celebrated Thanksgiving this year with the Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck, held on Saturday, November 17th. About 150 people attended the event and were well-fed with delicious vegan food.

Along with Tofurky roast and gravy donations from Turtle Island Foods, people brought dishes to share and some of the recipes are listed below. We are thankful for the company of the people who attended the event, the food they shared, and the impact they have on advocating for animals.

This community-building event brought together people interested in reducing animal suffering from all walks of life, and was a great opportunity to meet others with similar values and ideals. Although it was not a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, the potluck helped to create new social norms and give people a place to find support in their beliefs and actions helping animals.

The potluck was held in memory of Lauren Hanson, an avid CAA volunteer who passed away in September. CAA Executive Director Unny Nambudiripad gave a short speech about her contributions to animal advocacy and about our loss. We remember her as we celebrate this holiday season.

Thank you to Turtle Island Foods for the generous donation of Tofurky roasts and gravy, to the volunteers who planned and executed the event, and to the generous donors who support our work.

Please answer our three question survey to let us know what you thought of the potluck!

Here are the recipes from the potluck:

Unny N. and John C.

Butternut squash bisque

Adrianne P.

Sweet Apple Crisp

David S.

Wild Rice

Mike C.

Wild Rice Salad With Curry Mustard Vinaigrette

Kathy D.

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Cassandra H.

Cranberry Salsa

Freeman W.

Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

Allison L.

Quinoa Salad

Adam W. and Sam K.

Fudgy Fudge

Karin A.

Rice Crispy Treats

Kristine V.

Spring Rolls

Michelle R.

Three Green Gratin

Submit Your Recipe for the Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck

We're hosting our 10th annual Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck on Saturday, November 17th at noon. Please let us know the recipe that you'll be bringing, and we'll share it with everybody

This potluck will be held at Matthews Park Recreation Center in Minneapolis. Please submit your recipe so we can share it with attendees and subscribers to our email list.

This event is open to all Compassionate Action for Animals supporters, donors, volunteers, family, friends, and people interested in getting involved! This is a vegan event, so please do not bring any food items with animal ingredients (i.e., no meat, dairy, eggs, butter or cheese). We are aiming for a combination of appetizers, fruit/veggie salads, side dishes, main courses, desserts, and non-alcoholic beverages.

In consideration for those with allergies and sensitivities, please bring an ingredient list to place next to your dish on the serving table.

We are requesting that people bring their own plates and utensils to reduce waste. We're trying to make this event as green as possible and we will be composting at this event.

Please invite your friends on Facebook and Meetup, and let us know what you plan on bringing when you RSVP on those sites. We also need volunteers!

This year's potluck will be held in memory of Lauren Hanson, who passed away in September. She was a passionate animal advocate, and had volunteered with Compassionate Action for Animals for the last four years. The Thanksgiving Potluck was a favorite event of hers.

We all hope to see you there!

Map of the event location.

Good Science on Vegan Nutrition

Following a plant-based diet is an important tool for reducing animal suffering. But what about human health? What are the advantages and disadvantages of a vegan diet? Unfortunately, there's a lot of bad science out there about nutrition in general and vegan nutrition in specific.

One of our core values at Compassionate Action for Animals is integrity. We want to present the most accurate information available on vegan diets. We need to look at all of the science on the topic, not just those studies that say what we want to hear. By presenting the full picture about veganism we can demonstrate our trustworthiness on this topic and others. When animal advocates are not credible on one topic, people will start to doubt everything they say. After all, if we weren't forthright about nutrition, maybe we're shading the truth about what goes on in factory farms.

With that all said, what do we look for when evaluating information on nutrition? Realistically, very few of us will ever get an advanced degree in biology or dietetics, and even fewer of us will go on to conduct research on vegan diets. We have to rely on experts to do that for us. But lots of people claim to be experts! Who can we trust?

We look for experts who evaluate all of the scientific information on the topic. They don't cherry pick just the studies that support a plant-based diet, they don't exaggerate health claims for plant-based diets, and they don't shy away from the potential problems that come with this diet. A trustworthy expert is never afraid to change their mind in the face of compelling new evidence, and they're willing to call out bad science, even when it comes from within the animal advocacy movement.

Two of our favorite writers working in this area are Jack Norris of Vegan Outreach and Ginny Messina. Both Jack and Ginny take the scientific process seriously and are interested in providing the best facts available about vegan diets.

Together they co-wrote the best contemporary book on vegan nutrition, Vegan for Life. If you're interested in becoming and staying healthy on a plant-based diet, this is a must-read book. We also recommend their blogs, JackNorrisRD.com and TheVeganRD.com. They regularly look at the latest scientific developments in vegan nutrition, answer questions from readers, and provide good recommendations on staying healthy. We also recommend VeganHealth.org, a site Jack Norris maintains. It contains a wealth of articles on a variety of topics related to vegan health.

Because we care about animals, we also need to care for ourselves. When we are living examples of how to be a healthy vegan, our appeals to others for diet change are more effective. We will be much more effective animal advocates when we are prepared to answer basic nutrition questions. The more we know about all of the issues related animals and plant-based diets, the more effective we are as animal advocates.

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