Maybe you saw the Star Tribune article. Or the Pioneer Press article. Or some other article that announced that an new vegan restaurant would be opening in the Twin Cities—and soon! And maybe you caught a glimpse of their vegan croissants in the photos and thought to yourself, “What?! Vegan croissants?!”
For those of us who’ve been vegan for a long time, it can be tempting to say “going vegan is easy,” suggesting that our passion for animal liberation should override all personal discomfort and that the choice should be obvious for everyone. But truly, transitioning to a plant-based diet is not simple for many, especially for those who don’t have access to wholesome plant-based foods.
We know that convenience and accessibility are two of the major factors that play into whether people feel empowered to move toward a plant-based diet, and so nothing makes us happier than to see more vegan-friendly restaurants opening up. Then when you have an all-vegan spot opening up in an area where few other veg options exist, we’re just ecstatic.
We’ve been jumping for joy ever since Matt Clayton announced his plans to open J. Selby’s in St. Paul, near the corner of Victoria Street and Selby Avenue. And now, after months of preparation, they’re opening their doors on Monday, April 17, just in time for VegWeek.
How did J. Selby’s come to be?
CAA has a new outreach method. Using virtual reality technology, we’re giving people a more powerful experience of their own compassion.
Previously, our essential outreach techniques included leafleting, pay-per-view, and vegan food giveaways. Leafleting and pay-per-view have been effective ways of reaching lots of people and teaching them about the inherent cruelty involved in animal agriculture. The food giveaways give them a taste of the delicious plant-based food options that can replace the animal foods in their diets.
VegWeek begins April 17! We hope you’ll step up for the animals and take the VegPledge. Here’s how:
- If you’re omnivore, pledge to try eating vegetarian or vegan for the week of April 17.
- If you’re vegetarian, pledge to try eating vegan for the week of April 17.
- If you’re vegan, pledge to spread the word in one or more of these ways:
- Invite friends to take the VegPledge using the Facebook event page.
- Share information about the benefits of eating plant-based on your social media platforms.
- Bring a couple friends to one of our VegWeek activities (listed below!).
Click here to take the pledge!
Join us for our 2017 Annual Banquet and Reception on Saturday, April 22 from 5:30 to 9:00pm at the Wellstone Center in St. Paul.
Purchase your tickets today! This very special event is not only a fantastic opportunity to support our work for the animals, but it’s also a lot of fun.
Sample homemade vegan chili at our 8th Annual Vegan Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, February 18 from 7 to 10pm at St. Catherine’s University in the student center (Coeur de Catherine) on the third floor in the Rauenhorst Ballroom. It’s free to attend and everyone is welcome, whether they’re omnivore, vegetarian, or vegan. The event is co-sponsored by Advocating for Animals, a St. Kate’s student group.
The food goes fast, so be sure to arrive right at 7 for best selection. We’ll have two categories: bean-based and meatless meat. The first guests to arrive will get to take their pick of which set to sample and rate! Continue reading
Dear friend of the animals,
What a monumental year it has been at Compassionate Action for Animals! Thank you for being a part of our team of animal advocates, making plant-based food, compassionate fellowship, and humane education available to the Twin Cities community.
Please help us reach our year-end goal of $10,000 by making a gift to CAA in the month of December. Your contributions will be matched 2-for-1, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor. That means we can raise an additional $20,000 to help farmed animals!
We’re pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 Kenny Feldman Animal Advocate Award.
We’ve created this award to recognize a person, organization, or business in our community whose amazing work is pushing the ball forward for animals. This year, we’re giving the award to Minnesota State Senator Scott Dibble.
Have you heard? The fifth annual Twin Cities Veg Fest will be held at Coffman Memorial Union on Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30, 2016. That’s not just one, but two days of compassionate fun!
We’ve just launched a crowdsourcing campaign to help us raise money for the festival, and your support could help us reach our goal. Can you make a contribution of $25, $50, or $100? We welcome donations of any amount to help us reach our goal by August 31. Give today and help make Twin Cities Veg Fest great!