Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Patagonia Vegan Action 5/21/16

Last Saturday, several of us held an action to raise awareness about Patagonia using animal products in their textiles, and their more audacious "Patagonia Provisions" line of "sustainable and humane" salmon and buffalo.

This runs counter to their mission statement of "not causing unnecessary harm." Initially it may seem like it's a bit of stretch going after a company generally regarded as "conscious", but I think it's important to not get bamboozled by the "humane-washing" that many such organizations deploy, trying to appease the consciousness of their customers, with their carefully crafted image of  eco-friendly, and ethically sound consumerism.

FB Event:

For our May Monthly Activist Event, let’s ask Patagonia to live up to their own mission statement of not causing any “unnecessary harm” by going cruelty free. Many of their products that contain or are made from animal ingredients cause a great deal of unnecessary harm to animals.

Let’s bring copies of the petitions and hold signs (we will have enough for those that RSVP as “going/attending” and a few extra) to urge Patagonia to do the right thing by choosing kindness and compassion and becoming a cruelty free business.

Let’s be a voice for the animals and the environment and ask Patagonia to stop selling animal products. Their own mission statement claims that they wish to “build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis” We all know that selling animal products is not helping the environment.

Please Ask Patagonia to go Cruelty Free

Go to the website below and sign the petition. Also email them at


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Mothers Day Vegan Action Salt and Straw 5/8/16

To help raise awareness on Mothers Day, we had an action on and around Salt and Straw, an uber popular ice cream shop on Division St in SE. The diary industry is notorious for it's exploitation of mother cows, forcefully impregnating them continuously to produce their liquid commodity, whist their calves are stolen and slaughtered for veal. "Humane" operations are no better.

Can we just leave the animals alone?

Thanks to Amit Zinman for photos yet again. :)

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OHSU Animal Testing Vegan Action 4/28/16

We observe the world lab animal liberation week by holding a demo by OHSU south waterfront lower tram terminal, to draw attention to the cruel animal research going on at OHSU, specifically on approx 4800 monkeys housed with them (actually at their Beaverton center, but that place is quite isolated), not to mention innumerable rats & mice for pointless experiments detailed here:

It has also been fined by USDA a number of times, most recently last year for causing a monkey to die needlessly.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Earth Day PDX Vegan Action 4/23/16

*backlogged post*

The day after Earth Day several of us gathered on the east end of the Hawthorne bridge, to help raise awareness about the role animal agriculture plays in the devastation of our planet.

Thanks to Amit Zinman for photos(Though he kinda failed getting a good one of myself. :) ) I missed the group photo as I had to leave and do Food Not Bombs pickups.

Dine with 99 Potluck(VEGAN!) 4/17/16

*still going through the backlog of posts*


Thanks to Amit Zinman for the great photos as usual.

FB Event:

Did you hear about the fundraising dinner George Clooney is hosting for Hillary Clinton? For two seats at the Clooneys table, a couple must contribute or raise a whopping $353,400 — a huge ticket price for a hard-dollar fundraiser.

WE THE PEOPLE are tired of big money buying our elections. Bernie does NOT need a fundraiser with millionaires, because he has millions of supporters willing to contribute small amounts to his campaign!

On the weekend of April 15 - April 17, the same weekend as the Clooneys’ dinner, thousands will gather at potlucks events all across the country.

➤➤Get details about HOSTING and ATTENDING

Use #DineWithThe99 and #PotluckForBernie
The promotion of this movement is with help from Women for Bernie, check them out

Say NO to big ticket fundraisers! Be a part of this grassroots MOVEMENT OF INDIVIDUALS supporting Bernie Sanders for President


Sunday, May 8, 2016

Tim DeChristopher Presentation PDX UU Church 4/7/16

*Fell behind on keeping blog posts timely*

"2016 Sewell Lecture Presents: Tim DeChristopher as Bidder 70 disrupted an illegitimate Bureau of Land Management oil and gas auction in December of 2008 by outbidding oil companies for parcels around Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in Utah. His actions and 21-month imprisonment earned him a an international media presence which he has used as a platform to spread the urgency of the climate crisis and the need fror bold, confrontational action to create a just and healthy world. Tim used his prosecution to organize the climate justice org Peaceful Uprising in Salt Lake City, and most recently, theCivil Disobedience Center."

Heralded climate activist Tim DeChristopher came to speak at the Universalist Unitarian Church a few weeks ago in Portland,Oregon and this was my takeaway after attending.

I appreciated his honest themes of basically we are kinda hosed, but how then shall we live? And what good and actual effective activism can we enlist in our efforts? It was a little murkier talking about his concept of love being the uniting factor...but I suppose this is rather open to interpretation about how we might implement this. He has a film coming up that speaks to this more.

And then the question about veganism came from the audience....and everything started to derail for me at that point.

First, Tim said that it has long been known consumer habits have minimal effects on the planet....this is highly debatable, if not outright untrue. What is driving all those extraction industries, if not our lifestyles?

Secondly, he disparaged the vegan movement as not having a sizable effort fighting animal ag....I guess like the way 350/GreenPeace are fighting climate change...? From my angle this is partly true, but there are many efforts in smaller sectors like Collectively Free, PETA and a host of other eco-concious plant-based endeavors.

Thirdly, he totally downplayed and trashed Cowspiracy...saying the director had as much credibility as "Glen Beck and Andrew Brietbart"....which actually left my jaw agape, staring across the aisle at fellow outraged vegans. You cannot get around the ginormous impact our use of animals has on our matter how you frame the movie. For someone in his position to make such damaging statements in front of hundreds of people....shameful.

Lastly, he basically made a jab at the " militant vegan"(paraphrasing, not his actual words) crowd by saying no one wants to work with an angry activist, which has some truth to it. However, I would charge that the reason so many vegans are incensed is they constantly have to wade through a mile deep of hypocrisy, wonky logic and gigantic blindspots to even begin a dialogue and have a place at the table. It is a challenge to be more composed and tolerant of others in our shared movements to end all systems of oppression....