ARC Speaker Series: Former Political Prisoner Daniel McGowan

If a Tree FallsCOMMITTED TO THE STRUGGLE: Former Political Prisoner Daniel McGowan on Repression and Radical Activism under Trump

Daniel McGowan is a social justice activist from NYC whose arrest and conviction for “eco-terrorism” in 2005 became a flashpoint in the Green Scare repression of environmental and animal rights activist communities. His story is the focus of the Academy Award nominated documentary film If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011). (A free screening of the film will be held several weeks before the talk).

Daniel will be speaking about his own personal history and sharing novel approaches to movement building and radical activism under the Trump administration.

This free talk is Friday, May 12 at 7:00-9:00 PM at Walker United Methodist Church, 3104 16th Ave. S in Minneapolis. Childcare will be provided. The space is wheelchair accessible (via a ramp), and American Sign Language interpretation will be available.

Brought to you by the Animal Rights Coalition with support from the Anti-War Committee, Communities United Against Police Brutality, Minnesota Animal Liberation, MN Committee to Stop FBI Repression, National Lawyers Guild (MN Branch), Progress for Science Minnesota, and Support Vegans in the Prison System.

Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale – 9th year!

2017 WWVBSIt’s that time of year again! The World Wide Vegan Bake Sale is the biggest and best bake sale of the year. This year, all proceeds will benefit SoulSpace Farm Sanctuary. SoulSpace, located in New Richmond, Wisconsin, provides rescue, rehabilitation, and a permanent safe haven to farm animals in need. Come and bring your friends to stock up on lots of vegan goodies. The sale is on Saturday, April 15 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the ARC office/Ethique Nouveau, 317 West 48th Street in Minneapolis. Remember to bring a box or container to haul your loot home because we’ll be charging for boxes to keep the event eco-friendly.

If you donate baked goods (and thank you in advance if you do!), please write the ingredients down for people with food allergies. Donated items should be pre-wrapped or cut so that they’re easier to divvy up. Please drop them off between 12 and 12:45 on the day of the sale or between 12pm-6pm the day before.

We made a difference in animals’ lives

ARC_AnnualReport2016_Cover_compressed2016 was a year of continued growth and innovation for ARC. We saw victories in individual programs and campaigns to help animals, continued to innovate and explore new forms of outreach, and expanded our community of animal advocates. Through outreach and education that raised awareness about the plight of animals and encouraged ethical choices, we made a difference in animals’ lives.

We want to thank our volunteers and donors for their gifts of time and funds in 2016. You are the backbone of the work we do. None of what we accomplish could be done without you. We’ve seen the treatment of animals shift and go through many stages and we’ve been there. Together with your help we’ll continue working to reshape the world for animals. Please check out our ARC Annual Report 2016 to see how we continued to reach a record number of people with the message that animals matter for their own reasons.

Roseville becomes first Minnesota city to ban sales of non-rescue dogs and cats in “pet” stores

Har Mar Pet StoreRoseville, Minnesota has banned the sale of dogs and cats from commercial breeders in pet stores! Thanks to everyone who attended the ARC protests at the Har Mar Mall, where the Har Mar Pet Store is located! You made a difference by helping to bring the issue of pet stores selling animals from commercial breeding facilities (puppy and kitten mills) to the public’s attention. See the Fox 9 news story which contains footage from ARC demonstrations at the Har Mar Mall last summer.

I don’t like words that hide the truth

grass-fed pastureGeorge Carlin once famously said, “I don’t like words that hide the truth. I don’t like words that conceal reality. I don’t like euphemisms or euphemistic language. And American English is loaded with euphemisms. Because Americans have a lot of trouble dealing with reality. Americans have trouble facing the truth. So they invent the kind of soft language to protect themselves from it.”

Nowhere is this more apparent than in the terminology used by animal exploitation industries for the products they promote to “conscious consumers” to get them to spend more money on the same suffering and death. Terms like “cage free”, “free range”, and “grass-fed” sound great and look even better on a carton of eggs or the wrapping of a steak. They evoke images of rolling green pastures on a small, family-owned farm and the romanticized agricultural practices of earlier rural society where all the milk came from your next door neighbor, several miles down the dirt road.

5th Annual Vegan Hotdish Cookoff: Mac N Cheese Edition

HDcookoff-2017-01Have a delicious time at the 5th Annual Twin Cities Vegan Hotdish Cookoff on Saturday, April 1 from noon-2:00 p.m. at Fuller Park Recreation Center, 48 St. and Grand Ave. in Minneapolis. By popular request, this year’s cookoff have a Mac N Cheese theme! Original and creative recipes from area cooks will compete in two prize categories: Audience Favorite and Judge’s Choice.

Our judge’s panel includes Laura VanZandt, social media director at the Herbivorous Butcher and local blogger at One Girl, Two Cities; Laura Matanah, Executive Director of Compassionate Action for Animals; and Mary Montoya, two-time cookoff winner.

Support ARC’s animal advocacy work while tasting a variety of Mac N Cheeses for only $1 a sample. Free beverages will be provided and there will be lots of great door prizes. Your best Church Lady attire is welcome, but not required.

Please RSVP on Vegan Meetup or the Facebook event page so we know about how many people to expect. We have a few contestant spots left (a $10 deposit reserves your spot and you’ll get the deposit back at the contest). All contestants will receive a participation prize. Email chelsea@animalrightscoalition.com to reserve your contestant spot now!

Remember the Animals on Valentine’s Day

Pigs and heartOn February 14th, we take a day to celebrate love and romance and affection for those special people in our lives. But what about the animals in our lives? Here are some suggestions of ways to show animals some extra love for Valentine’s Day.

Grooming: Just like humans, animals can get a lot of joy from some proper pampering. Even if it’s not in your budget to send Rufus T. Barkington to the spa, there are simple things you can do at home to keep him looking and feeling great. Trimming nails, brushing teeth, and combing fur keeps your cats and dogs happy and healthy, and can be a great bonding experience. Remember to be gentle and take your time. No one wants a rushed pedicure!

 

Gifts: Companion animals love new toys—and cats love the boxes they come in—so think about picking up a couple additions to their toy chest. Sometimes a fresh squeak from a ball or the jingle of a bell can bring out the puppy in our old friends. Search reviews online or journey to your local pet supply store and ask the experts what they recommend. They usually have great suggestions on what will entice and delight your companion.

Veganuary is Almost Over: Now What?

Go VeganWe’re almost one month into the new year! We hope everyone who made the Veganuary commitment has started to fall in love with their new healthy and compassionate approach to life. We also hope we can provide you with more resources to maintain your momentum and keep growing in your veganism! Here at the Animal Rights Coalition, a major focus of our outreach is helping newer vegans and the veg-curious feel supported in their community, and we take care of you with classes and events year-round. Below are some program highlights available to anyone looking for some extra help.

Vegan University
This is ARC’s mentorship program, which is offered as a free service to our community. Anyone looking for personalized help on their vegan journey can browse our mentor profiles and request to be taken under the wing of one of our experienced, knowledgeable, and personable members. Mentors are available to answer questions and provide moral support and an understanding ear. Many new vegans go through a period of strong emotions once they realize the world is a very different place when viewed through vegan eyes, and having someone with whom to speak about these feelings can make the transition more comfortable.