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Change of Location for Book Club Meeting

We're hosting our first book club meeting, where we will be discussing Farm Sanctuary by Gene Baur.

We've moved the book club meeting to the Van Cleve Recreational Center 901 15th Ave. SE Minneapolis, MN.

A brief overview and introduction of the selected book, Farm Sanctuary by Gene Bauer, will be discussed as well as a demonstration on how to obtain the book through interlibrary loan and other sources. You do not need to have read the book prior to this meeting. Refreshments will also be provided!

The Compassionate Living book club is a great way to get involved with animal rights issues, develop an intellectual understanding of these issues, and build community with like-minded people.

Meatless Monday to start on January 23!

Pioneer Hall will serve an all-vegetarian meal for lunch on January 23 and 30. If you live in the residence halls at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, be sure to check it out and give positive feedback!

Following our successful campaign last semester, students living in the dorms will enjoy an all vegetarian lunch. University Dining Services is having the all-veg lunch for just two weeks to test it out. We need your help to make sure it continues. Here's what you can do:

  • If you live in the dorms, go to Pioneer Hall with a friend on January 23 and 30. Try out the food and let UDS know you want it to continue. You can fill out a comment card, call them at 612-626-7626, email them, or post on their Facebook page.
  • If you know somebody who lives in a residence hall, tell them about Meatless Monday and encourage them to check it out.
  • Everybody can help by spreading the word about CAA's successful campaign, choosing to eat meatless on Mondays, and spreading the word about the growing movement to eat less meat.

Thanks to University Dining Services for making Meatless Monday a reality!

Register to Compete in our 3rd Annual Vegan Chili Cook-off!

Do you have a secret family recipe for chili that can top them all? Can you make it vegan? Then make a big batch and put it to the test on February 25!

Registration is open to compete in Compassionate Action for Animals' 3rd Annual Vegan Chili Cook-Off. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd will be offered and include gift certificates to Galactic Pizza, Pizza Luce Seward, and Common Roots Cafe. Please enter today! Registration is only $20 (non-refundable).

Contestants must bring 15 cups of prepared vegan (no animal products) chili, a list of ingredients, and a crock pot (or something without an open flame to keep your chili warm). Please note that we can only accept 13 entries.

Hosted by Robin Garwood, the chili cook-off is once again a free event open to the public at the Seward Cafe. Enjoy free refreshments, cornbread, and of course, vegan chili. Share a cold evening with warm animal-friendly folks. We packed the cafe last year, and expect a full crowd again.’s New Partner: Vegan Outreach!

We're pleased to announce that Vegan Outreach will join us in running, our online resource for veg-friendly restaurants and shopping.

Vegan Outreach is partnering with Compassionate Action for Animals and Mercy for Animals to run This partnership will greatly increase the exposure of and will help people find veg-friendly dining and shopping options around the world!

Vegan Outreach is a twenty-year-old national animal advocacy organization that educates the public about factory farming and plant-based eating, primarily through the distribution of leaflets. Vegan Outreach has distributed more than 15 million booklets since its founding. was started in 2002 and is a leading source for vegetarian and vegan restaurant and shopping reviews, with more than 14,000 restaurant and business listings. lets users create entries, write reviews, and rate restaurants and businesses. Additionally, it's free of advertising, focuses on helping people find useful resources to move towards veganism, and all of its content is available free of charge under a Creative Commons license.

We're excited to have Vegan Outreach's help in making a success!

CORRECTION: Dine-out on January 30

Please join us at our next Dine-Out on January 30, 2012 at the Jasmine Deli. The previous newsletter had an incorrect date.

Jasmine 26 is an excellent contemporary Vietnamese vegan-friendly restaurant. Vegan options include tofu and mock duck stuffed crepes, sea salt and pepper tofu cube and veggie pho. Hope to see you there!

Big Vegan Book Signing

Author Robin Asbell will conduct a book signing at the Seward Co-op on Thursday, January 26 from 4 to 6 pm.

Big Vegan includes 350 recipes covering every meal and focusing on natural foods. Cookbooks are available for purchase with a personalized autograph by author, Robin Asbell, with every book sold. Sample a recipe from the book at the event, too. Join Robin Asbell at the Seward Co-op, 2823 East Franklin Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55406.

Make Your Donation Before the Year Ends

Please take your last chance before the year ends to make a generous donation to Compassionate Action for Animals. Your financial support will enable us to reach thousands with the message of compassion.

What will your New Year's resolution be? Ours is the same as always. We will do everything we can to help animals. When we contemplate the future, we see a world where factory farms no longer exist; animals are treated with kindness, compassion, and respect, rather than as tools or machines. But we can't reach this future without your help.

At Compassionate Action for Animals, your donations support our efforts to reach out to the public and educate them about the horrors of modern factory farming. Your support lets us continue our leaflet distribution, video showings, and food giveaways, as well as our many other outreach, education, and community-building activities.

Please consider signing up for a recurring donation. If just a small fraction of the people on this list signed up to give a mere $10 per month, we could give out free vegan samples to tens of thousands of people! If you can't give on a recurring basis, please consider a one time gift of $50 or $25 today.

Make a resolution to reduce suffering in 2012, and help make a difference!

Yours for the animals,

Unny Signature

Unny Nambudiripad
Executive Director

Make a gift to help animals!

Please consider making a gift in 2011 to Compassionate Action for Animals. Your support will enable us to develop and implement effective methods to get the word out about the horrors of animal agriculture and plant-based alternatives.

They are well-organized, and they employ an extensive array of grassroots activities to promote veganism and respect for animals. CAA says that they strive 'to use the most accurate and reliable information available in our efforts to educate people about animals.' As a result, their website is a wealth of good, dependable information for activists. I think they serve as a model for other city- or regional-based vegan activist groups." – Ginny Messina, vegan dietician and co-author of Vegan for Life

Thanks to your support, we've had numerous victories this year, including:

  • Our second Vegan Chili Cook-off
  • Thousands of leaflets about factory farming distributed
  • Multiple screenings of Farm to Fridge
  • An all-vegetarian meal once per week at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Many presentations to teenagers by Bridges of Respect, our humane education program
  • And much more!

And we want your support to make 2012 even better. Please consider making a donation of $50, $25, or $15. With your help, next year we will:

  • Host our first ever Veg Fest on July 14, 2012
  • Ensure that the new vegetarian meal at the University of Minnesota is a success
  • Distribute free vegan food, literature, and documentaries to young adults
  • Host potlucks, dineouts, and other social events to connect animal-friendly people together
  • And again, much more!

But we need your help to make it happen. Please make a donation today to help animals!

Our Hen House Interview with Unny Nambudiripad

Our Hen House, a premier media source for animal activism, interviews Compassionate Action for Animals' Executive Director, Unny Nambudiripad, about food activism.

In the first of the two part series, Unny talks about the ins and outs of food giveaways. Drawing on CAA's long and extensive efforts to feed vegan food and get the word out about plant-based options, Unny talks about how to conduct them and why they're effective.

In the second part, Unny talks about CAA's successes reaching out to restaurants, food service providers, and cooking classes.

These interviews were conducted by Our Hen House, an excellent resource for animal activists. Its blog and podcast have helpful tips and resources to empower every animal activist.

Veg Fest progresses

Our first ever Twin Cities Veg Fest is making progress! We've found some sponsors and speakers, and we've got a website with great resources.

We're hosting a day-long celebration of all things veg on July 14, 2012 in Coffman Memorial Union. We're looking forward to great food, speakers, and fun! This will be a great opportunity to learn more about animal ethics and vegan eating, and share time with like-minded folks.


  • Mark your calendar for July 14.
  • Check out our website and our nice new logo.
  • Let us know if you're interested in sponsoring, or know of somebody who would like to sponsor us.
  • Follow us on Facebook or Twitter and refer us to your friends!
  • Check back later for a list of sponsors, exhibitors, and speakers. We're also going to want your help to advertise the event!

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