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    The crowd at Vegan Drinks! (Event photography courtesy of Natalia from EVOLVE For Animals.)

    Thank YOU for hanging out and supporting EVOLVE For Animals at Vegan Drinks NYC on August 29th. Huge thanks to Andy and the crew at Fontana’s Bar for hosting and to Chef Oscar Vegan Revolution for feeding us!

    And, extra special thanks to those organizations and individuals who made Shout Outs:

    The NEXT Vegan Drinks NYC is happening on Thursday, September 26th at Fontana’s Bar (105 Eldridge Street, Manhattan) from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Join us as we benefit Vegan Outreach!

    Do you represent an animal rights group you think should be the beneficiary of an upcoming Vegan Drinks NYC? Visit vegandrinks.org/beneficiaries to learn more about how to make that happen.

    Get on our mailing list!

  2. A vegan supper club is coming to North Brooklyn Farms, a riverside urban farm located in Havemeyer Park (what use to be the parking lot of the old Domino Sugar factory). Emma Gonzalez, the chef behind Vegan Thursdays at Halyards (which she no longer does), will be bringing more vegan food to Brooklyn!

    The supper clubs will be held, so far, throughout the month of September, and will cost $30 (although the current ticket price listed is $40, Emma told me it’s actually $30) for a three-course meal. The first event will take place September 15th, and the menu is already up.

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    Emma cooking up a vegan feast

    I asked Emma to share a little bit more about what people can expect from her dinners:

    The menu focuses on seasonal vegetables grown on the farm, and picked that day! And dinner takes place in the middle of the farm, as the sun sets over the bridge, which is just about the prettiest view I know of. It’s really lovely.

    You’ve heard of farm-to-table, but this time the farm is literally only a few feet away from the table. You can see the planned schedule so far, as well as buy tickets in advance.

  3. marchvdsignJoin us THIS Thursday, August 29, from 7:00pm to 10:00pm for Vegan Drinks NYC! Find us at Fontana’s Barlocated at 105 Eldridge Street on the Lower East Side. Show up hungry because Chef Oscar Vegan Revolution will serve up what is rumored to be the best vegan tuna melt and mac ‘n cheese in town, among other delicious fare!

    This month, we’ll be benefiting Evolve for Animals, “a grassroots nonprofit organization that unabashedly advocates for the total and unfettered rights of non-human animals through education-based outreach events such as tabling, leafleting, public speaking engagements, film screenings, and vegan soup kitchens. While other organizations may focus on the treatment of animals, EFA presents the case for animal rights from the perspective of use and commodification where any and all impositions on sentient life is defined as violence, and veganism is the proposed solution.”

    Stuff your dollars in the donation jar, and buy raffle tickets from Evolve for Animals to win one of these great prizes:

    • Copy of Sistah Vegan
    • Copy of The Global Vegan Family Cookbook
    • Copy of Defiant Daughters
    • T-shirts by Arm the Animals
    • $25 Vegan Essentials Gift Certificate
    • $40 Candle Café West Gift Certificate
    • Three $25 Loving Hut Gift Certificates
    • Two $25 Beyond Sushi Gift Certificates
    • $50 FurFace Pet Portraits Gift Certificate

    Music by DJ Megan Rascal and DJ Jason Das! (DJ Grand Format is a nerd and went back to school. We’ll miss him until he comes back to us!)

    Wanna let all your Internet friends know you’re going? RSVP on Facebook if you’re of the mindset to do so.

    Have you read the new and improved Vegan Drinks FAQ? Please read it, even if you’re a regular at our event. (Really, please read it. All of it.)

    We’ll turn down the music around 8:30pm and encourage people to promote themselves, their groups and/or causes for 30 seconds. If you represent a veg*n or animal rights group, come prepared with your (very short!) spiel and literature.

    If you’re not already following our every move, connect with Vegan Drinks on Facebook, follow us on Twitter (@vegandrinks), and join our e-mail list.

    Vegan Drinks NYC is usually held the last Thursday of the month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Do you represent an animal rights group you think should be the beneficiary of an upcoming Vegan Drinks NYC? Visit vegandrinks.org/beneficiaries to learn more about how to make that happen.

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    The The Alliance to End Chickens as Kapporot has a particularly lovely logo.

    Kapparot, an atonement ritual practiced by some Orthodox Jews in conjunction with Yom Kippur, involvesswinging either a live chicken or a bundle of coins over one’s head three times, symbolically transferring one’s sins to the chicken or coins. The chicken is then slaughtered.” Kapporot is performed with chickens, in large numbers, right here in New York city, particularly in certain neighborhoods in Brooklyn.

    There are activists working to get all Kapparot (also spelled Kaporos, Kaparos, Kaparot, etc.) practitioners to switch to coins, and they need your help! From The Alliance to End Chickens as Kapporot:

    Please join our 4th annual street protest in Brooklyn, NY against the cruel and needless use of chickens in Kaporos rituals. This year we’re renting a “moving lit billboard” – a van with huge images illuminated on the sides and the back.

    Sept 10, 2013, 6 – 8 p.m.
    792 Eastern Parkway, (corner Kingston Ave.), Brooklyn, NY, 11213

    Sept 11, 2013, 6 – 8 p.m.
    502 Ave. P, (corner E. 5th Street), Brooklyn, NY, 11223

    Sept 12, 2013, 6 – 8 p.m.
    792 Eastern Parkway, (corner Kingston Ave.), Brooklyn, NY, 11213

    An activist Hasidic Rabbi has generously provided us with images, including one of himself tenderly holding a rooster, an audio file to BROADCAST FROM THE VAN URGING PRACTITIONERS TO USE MONEY, NOT CHICKENS, and translations of our messages into Hebrew along with English.

    We know it is difficult to attend a demo where animals are suffering and dying in front of us, but as hard as it is for us, it is infinitely harder for the chickens, and we must be there for them and show that we care.

    Please read A Wing and A Prayer for more information about the Kaporos (Kapparot) ritual. Please join us in Brooklyn to let the chickens know we’re there for them.

    They’ve also produced this video featuring Bresov Hasidic rabbi Yonassan Gershom:

    I know this can be a difficult issue for “outsiders” to get involved in. While the systemized abuse of chickens horrifying and immoral, it’s always delicate business criticizing other people’s religious beliefs and practices.  But joining the existing efforts of the Alliance is something we can all do.

    I’ll leave you with some quotes from chicken-abusing Kapparot practitioners:

    NPR “Weekend Edition”: Hecht says waving the chicken isn’t the point of this ritual. “The main part of the service,” he says, “is handing the chicken to the slaughterer and watching the chicken being slaughtered. Because that is where you have an emotional moment, where you say, ‘Oops, you know what? That could have been me.’

    NycFaith’s Blog“Kaparot is absolutely the funniest custom we have, hands down,” said Rabbi Alevsky. “There’s plenty of giggling and laughing going around, and there’s a lot of shrieking, ‘I don’t want to touch it!’ ‘Get it away from me!’” He pauses, before adding, “And the chicken often poops on people. It chooses its targets very carefully.”

    (As an aside, I also feel a dilemma regarding the “solution”; I mean, I don’t think swinging a bag of coins over your head does you any good either. I’m not even sure I believe that symbolic atonement is a positive thing at all, as opposed to specifically addressing the damage caused by bad things we’ve done. Of course I still support the Alliance’s mission, but especially if you are someone who–unlike me–believes in symbolic atonement and not abusing chickens, please join The Alliance in their efforts this year. I can only show up for the chickens; you can show up for the chickens and the spiritual mission.)

  5. Here’s a bucketload of stories from the past month or two that I’d like to share with you. Sorry to be dumping so many at once. I would have preferred to share these with you one at a time as they were published, but life got in the way. But it’s still win-win; I get to clean out my browser tabs, and you get some good stories to read.

    Some of these are newsy, others are feature-y or opinion-y. Some of these stories are were breaking news, but others are notable for being traditionally under-reported animal-interest topics in mainstream venues.  Some are short; some are very, very long. I have not read them all in their entireties yet, but I endorse you checking them out anyway. We may have shared a few of these on Twitter, but most of them have gone totally unnoted by SuperVegan until now. I tried to sort them into rough categories, but some certainly blur the lines.

    Wildlife

    Fake Meat

    Ethics

    • Can We See Our Hypocrisy to Animals?” Inspired by the juxtaposition of reviews of Act of Killing and Blackfish, Nick Kristof  wonders “Some day, will our descendants be mystified by how good and decent people in the early 21st century — that’s us — could have been so oblivious to the unethical treatment of animals?” Kristof is one of the best New York Times columnists, and has a lot of journalistic experience with perpetrators of human-on-human violence; this coming from him is a rather big deal. (NYTimes, 7/28/13)
    • That same day, the Times’s Dot Earth blog ran “A Closer Look at ‘Nonhuman Personhood’ and Animal Welfare

    Companion and Farmed Animals

    Hollywood

    6,500+ transcribed words likely to incite frustration and despair in the caring reader

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