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- Fur Free FridayFur Free Friday
Time: 2:30 pm
Friday, November 28 is Fur Free Friday. We will be protesting outside of Ribnicks Furs and Leather (224 N 1st Street Minneapolis) on Black Friday, the largest shopping day of the year. The demo will be from 2:30-4 p.m. If you agree that it is not acceptable to commit acts of violence in the name of vanity, this event is for you. After 21 years, we are still participating in Fur Free Friday because there are many people who do not realize the realities of the fur industry, so we take this opportunity to educate the public. We will have signs and literature available, but feel free to make a personalized sign. Any questions, contact Alex Beane at email@example.com or Greg Kiefer at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Today) at 2:30 pm
- Protest the Shrine CircusProtest the Shrine Circus
Time: 5:30 pm
Protest the Shrine Circus at the Target Center, 600 1st Avenue North in Minneapolis, on Friday, 11/28 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Signs will be provided, but feel free to make your own. The Shrine Circus comes to town every year, but this year they are only here for three instead of four days, and they are here later in the year - which makes us think that maybe they are responding to a lower attendance rate and also trying to discourage protesters by coming later in the year when it will be a bit colder. BUT WE ARE MINNESOTANS and a little cold will not scare us. Wild animal circuses have been banned in other countries for being cruel and inhumane. More and more people are recognizing that it is impossible to keep wild animals who would be roaming dozens of miles per day if they were free, in small traveling box cars or trucks for so many days out of the year, hour after hour. We hope you will join us as we continue to drive ticket sales down even more this year. (Today) at 5:30 pm
- November 29, 2014
- Cuddle Coats PrepCuddle Coats Prep
Time: 12:00 pm
We are receiving lots of fur donations for our Cuddle Coats program and want to ship them to our wildlife rehab partners as soon as possible. Meet at Ethique Nouveau at 317 W 48th St. in Minneapolis at noon to help prep fur coats and accessories for shipment. Wear clothes that can get a little fuzzy. This is a great, low key way to volunteer and meet some of the other people in the group while helping to save animal lives. at 12:00 pm
- Dineout at Bambu for CouplesDineout at Bambu for Couples
Time: 6:30 pm
Are both of you vegan? Would you like to hang out with other vegan couples for a meal? Come to this dine out at Bambu, 715 Beam Ave. in Maplewood on Saturday, November 29 at 6:30 pm. RSVP at Vegan Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-415/ at 6:30 pm
- Cuddle Coats PrepCuddle Coats Prep Time: 12:00 pm
- November 30, 2014
- Petland Protest in St. PaulPetland Protest in St. Paul
Time: 1:00 pm
If you have to be picky about which protests you attend, pick this one from 1:00-3:00 pm at the Petland store at 2123 Old Hudson Road in St. Paul on Sunday, November 30. Help send a message loud and clear that we are not going away until Petland stops selling animals from commercial breeders. Even if you can only come for part of the protest, please try to make it. The animals need you to help educate the public on their behalf. Invite your friends. Help us spread the word. Remember that we do not park or trespass in the Petland parking lot. Parking is available in the St. Paul Youth Services lot to the north of the strip mall. at 1:00 pm
- Petland Protest in St. PaulPetland Protest in St. Paul Time: 1:00 pm
- December 3, 2014
- Cuddle Coats PrepCuddle Coats Prep
Time: 6:00 pm
We are receiving lots of fur donations for our Cuddle Coats program and want to ship them to our wildlife rehab partners as soon as possible. Meet at Ethique Nouveau at 317 W 48th St. in Minneapolis at 6:00 pm to help prep fur coats and accessories for shipment. Wear clothes that can get a little fuzzy. This is a great, low key way to volunteer and meet some of the other people in the group while helping to save animal lives. at 6:00 pm
- ARC In Action MeetingARC In Action Meeting
Time: 7:00 pm
ARC In Action meetings are held every Wednesday from 7-8pm at our vegan store and ARC headquarters, Ethique Nouveau, located at 317 W. 48th St. in South Minneapolis (on 48th St. between Lyndale and Nicollet). Everyone is welcome - you do not have to be an ARC member to attend. Come out, meet other people who care about animals as much as you do, and see how you can get involved. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail Dallas at email@example.com. at 7:00 pm
- Cuddle Coats PrepCuddle Coats Prep Time: 6:00 pm
- December 5, 2014
- Wine + Cheese Social HourWine + Cheese Social Hour
Time: 6:30 pm
Join us for a sampling of delicious Punk Rawk Labs vegan cheese paired with vegan wine while partaking in holiday shopping at Ethique Nouveau, where all puchases benefit ARC animal advocacy programs, 317 W 48th St. in Minneapolis. at 6:30 pm
- Wine + Cheese Social HourWine + Cheese Social Hour Time: 6:30 pm
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The Animal Rights Coalition operates Ethique Nouveau; a vegan boutique, where all purchases help fund our animal advocacy programs, at 317 W. 48th St. in Minneapolis. The ARC office is located at the same address.
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Thank you to all of you who made donations to ARC in 2012. If you meant to make a contribution before the end of the year, but time got away from you, no worries. Make your donation to ARC now and feel good about starting the New Year off right!
The start of a new year is often a time for reflection. I was thinking about what makes the Animal Rights Coalition so unique and why the work we do for animals continues to inspire me daily. Here are five things that make me proud to be part of an organization like ARC:
- We made a significant dent in the culture of violence that is animal research by working to ban pound seizure in Minnesota (signed into law and banned in April 2012!), by exposing Marilyn Carroll’s primate addiction experiments at the U of M, and by bringing unwanted attention to the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science’s national convention with a demonstration attended by over 100 people.
- We created a sense of community among Minnesotans who care about animals. Our Meetup group grew to over 600 members, with over 75 activities this year, providing a vital sense of community and opportunities for people to learn more about animal rights and a plant-based diet. Our Ethique Nouveau store not only provided a space where people could feel comfortable, but also proved to the larger community that a significant number of people want to use harm-free products made without the use of animal testing, ingredients, skins, or furs.
- We connected thousands of people with the message that Animals Matter for their own reasons. Our dedicated Outreach Team handed out a total of 13,029 pieces of literature at locations all over the metro area: the Minnesota State Fair, U of M, North Minneapolis, Uptown, Downtown, and at events like the Women of Faith conference, after concerts at First Avenue and the Target Center, and at the Pet Expo, Pride Festival, Living Green Expo, Birth & Baby Expo, and Education Minnesota conference.
- We helped to shape a new generation of children who will grow up learning to value and respect animals through our VegKins families program, which has grown to over 30 participating families. We reached educators who will be teaching these children with 660 free lesson plans and resource kits. Read the MN Parent article on ARC’s VegKins program.
- We came up with creative, innovative ways to promote plant-based eating. For example, we gave out over 500 samples of vegan burgers and brats with all the fixings and information about animals used in the food system at U of M Gopher football tailgating events – a surprisingly receptive audience, and we’re going to be holding a new Vegan Hot Dish Cook-off event this February. Our Pay Per View and Vegan University programs pioneered the PPV, vegan mentor, and vegan shopping tour concepts in Minnesota and we’ve had over 600 powerful conversations with people about the experiences of animals used for food. See what VegFund has to say about our Vegan University program.
I hope reading this list moves and inspires you as much as it does me. We so appreciate not only your support, but also your vote of confidence in our work for animals. With people like you on our side, we look forward to making even more of a difference in the year ahead, not only for animals, but also in the lives of all the people we reach.