Your Sneak Peek at the 2019 Annual Banquet Silent Auction!

If you’ haven’t heard yet, we’re throwing a party on March 23—Drake’s Drinks Celebrating 21 Years of Compassionate Action for Animals to be exact—which will include delicious food and drink, gorgeous views of the St. Paul skyline, and a silent auction benefiting our future work for the animals––to encourage others to embrace their empathy and move towards a plant-based diet.

From our Bridges of Respect humane education program (now in its 20th year!) to our annual Twin Cities Veg Fest, we reach tens of thousands of people every year with a message of compassion. As a result, more and more folks are making everyday choices that ultimately have a profound impact on the lives of farmed animals.

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Celebrate our 21st with a Delicious Vegan Feast!

We’re turning 21, and you’re invited to celebrate these years of advocating for animals with some amazing vegan food!

Join us at the Clarence W. Wigington Pavilion at Harriet Island Park on Saturday, March 23 for Drake’s Drinks Celebrating 21 Years of Compassionate Action for Animals and enjoy a delicious vegan dinner catered by Gorkha Palace, an organic restaurant specializing in conscientiously prepared Indian, Nepali and Tibetan foods. And since it’s CAA’s 21st birthday, there will also be three vegan-certified cocktails from Drake’s Organic Spirits and cupcakes from Vegan East. You won’t want to miss this!

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Recap of 2018, Looking Ahead to a Strong 2019!

It’s no secret that 2018 was a huge year for the vegan, plant-based, and animal rights movements around the world. The availability of plant-based, cruelty-free foods increased globally and in the US, protections for animals expanded with the passing of Proposition 12 in California and a vote to end greyhound racing in Florida. 

In Minnesota, over six (vegan!) restaurants opened or went entirely vegan, three all-vegan food trucks started driving around the Twin Cities, and Twin Cities Veg Fest became the largest veg fest in the Midwest! And we can’t forget to mention that Minneapolis was named Veg News’ 2018 City of the Year.

CAA’s mission is to encourage people to embrace their empathy for farmed animals and move toward a plant-based diet. We do this through increasing awareness of farmed animal suffering, building community with plant-based eating, and nurturing advocates in the Twin Cities region. Our work is made possible by your support.

We aimed toward raising $24,000 in December 2018 to continue expanding our work for the animals. While we didn’t reach that goal, we came so close––raising $23,800!––ensuring that we will be able to have a strong start in 2019. Here’s a quick recap of what we did this year and where we’re headed in 2019:

  • We brought in about $30,000 more in individual donations than planned during 2018; this will go towards building a reserve and the eventual hiring of a community organizer to expand our work
  • Attendance at Twin Cities Veg Fest grew over 28% from 2017 to 2018––thanks to your support, we can continue to work toward creating the most exciting veg fest in the Midwest for a growing attendee base
  • Bridges of Respect continues to provide humane education for students around the Twin Cities metro––we can’t wait to see where they go this year
  • We launched Wholesome Minnesota in January 2018 and were awarded a grant from A Seed Of Change to continue expanding this work to bring plant-based food to institutional cafeterias in 2019
  • Just this December, we began the Explore Veg Mentor Program, which will connect mentees looking to make a veg change in their life with mentors excited about helping them make this transition and connect with the Twin Cities plant-based community
  • We’ve got a number of events planned for a strong start in 2019 with a variety of ways to get plugged in––stay updated on our blog and events page

We are so grateful for the record number of new donors this year as well as our past and current donors. We are deeply grateful to co-founder Matt Mackall for his exceptional year-end matching gift, which will create a lasting legacy for the animals.

Finally, we extend a huge thank you to all who shared their stories, volunteered, and donated in 2018. You make this work for the animals possible and we can’t wait to see what we accomplish together in 2019.

CAA in 2018 – What A Year!

What a huge year for the plant-based, animal rights movement! California passed Proposition 12, which will require an increase of space for farmed animals and result in cage-free conditions for animals living across the country. More and more plant-based options are being developed and carried by retailers recognizing the plant-based trend, increasing widespread availability for consumers.

In Minnesota, Minneapolis was named Veg News’ City of the Year, over nine plant-based restaurants opened around the Twin Cities metro, and two more went vegan!

We welcomed a record number of attendees at this year’s Twin Cities Veg Fest, had a blast at all of our events, revealed a new brand identity, and launched not one but TWO programs this year––Wholesome Minnesota in January and just yesterday, the Explore Veg Mentor Program!

From community building to outreach and activism, our growing community is special. Change for the animals starts with supporting compassionate, plant-based choices and if 2018 is any indication, we can accomplish a lot together.

We hope you’ll enjoy remembering everything that we’ve done together this year while watching our 2018 Year in Review video and that you’ll join us at our last event of the year––our hotdish-themed December Holiday Potluck, this Saturday the 29th from 12–2pm at the Matthews Park Recreation Center. If you haven’t already, please consider giving today to help continue strengthening and expanding our work for the animals and a growing plant-based community. 

Why Give this December?

1. Giving supports lasting change for the animals.

A gift to Compassionate Action for Animals continues to support CAA’s approach to change for farmed animals through our focused programs:

  • Increasing Awareness with our Wholesome Minnesota, Bridges of Respect, and ExploreVeg Mentorship Programs
  • Building Community through our dine-outs, potlucks, documentary screenings, farm sanctuary visits, and Twin Cities Veg Fest
  • Nurturing Advocates through leafleting, Pay-Per-View, and more
  • Ultimately, Making Change!

 

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Dotsie Bausch is coming to the Twin Cities!

Dotsie Bausch is coming to the Twin Cities this December! For those who don’t know about Dotsie, we put together a little introduction for you.

 

A professional cyclist

She originally took up cycling while she was on a healing journey from an eating disorder and a drug habit, leading to her love for cycling.

Dotsie had a long and prolific professional cycling career, winning a medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games, eight US national championships, two Pan American gold medals, and setting a world record.

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Thank you for your support on Give to the Max Day!

Thanks to you, we surpassed our original $6,000 goal as well as our $10,000 stretch goal and raised $10,340 for the animals on Thursday!

Your gift supports our work of creating lasting change for farmed animals through sharing their stories and how plant-based eating helps them on social media, e-newsletters, and direct outreach done year-round by our volunteers through our programs and events, including Twin Cities Veg Fest.  

Your gift will go toward supporting creating lasting change for the animals through:

  • Our Wholesome Minnesota program, which focuses on increasing the availability of plant-based food in institutions
  • Launching a mentor program that will provide one-on-one diet change support for individuals
  • Training volunteers who will continue to expand our educational video outreach and leafleting programs
  • Bringing over 10,000 people to Twin Cities Veg Fest 2019!

Thank you for your generosity and support in creating lasting change for individuals and institutions in our communities.

Help us raise $6,000 for the animals–and win a $500 prize!

As you read this page millions of chickens like Betty sit in windowless sheds, unable to spread their wings. Hidden away, they’re unable to share their stories and create a movement for change.

That’s where Compassionate Action for Animals (CAA) comes in. We share animals’ stories on social media, in our e-newsletters, through year-round direct outreach done by our volunteers, and at Twin Cities Veg Fest.

By making a gift of any size you’re helping people learn the realities of farm animal life, and move towards a plant-based diet. And thanks to a special matching gift, your donation will go twice as far in reducing the suffering of animals like Betty.

On November 15 you also have the chance to help us win a $500 prize that will further our life-saving work! Every 10 minutes, the GiveMN team will choose one organization that received a gift to receive an additional $500.

Please take advantage of this special opportunity to help the animals and give today.

Photos from the 2018 Festival

160+ volunteers

100+ vendors

9,000 attendees

These are some of the numbers that describe the 2018 Twin Cities Veg Fest. This year’s festival was full of thoughtful presentations, exciting conversations, performances, and delicious food. Numbers are great, but a picture is worth a thousand words. Luckily, we’ve got a ton of pictures to show you how we Twin Cities Veg-Fested. Special thanks to our awesome volunteer photographers!

To see even more photos from Sunday (or share some of your own!), check out our Instagram feed and search for photos with the hashtags #tcvegfest or #tcvegfest18.

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