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Saturday Garbage Plate: The Only To Do List That Matters!

April 16th, 2011 5:47 pm by Kelly


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Make pizza, photograph pizza, eat pizza, blog pizza, repeat. (THE STORY OF MY LIFE, YO!) Sunday through Saturday, we’ve got a recipe to inspire you. Put these pies on your to do list and eat ‘em!

Contests & recipes! Mercy for Animals has a free copy of Kathy Freston’s Veganist up for grabs; Experience Life has a dozen copies of Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Diet; and you can snag a Mediterranean Bread Dipping Set at The Hungry Vegan. Finally, as part of its Vegan Bucket List giveaway series, VegNews is offering up one-year membership to Spork Online to a lucky reader.

Speaking of (ahem!) VegNews, perhaps you’ve heard about the latest controversy to rock the vegan community? This week the vegan blog QuarryGirl revealed that VegNews routinely uses stock photos in both its magazine and on its website – including photos of dishes containing dairy, eggs and meat, sometimes doctored to appear vegan. (In the most egregious example, animal bones were Photoshopped out of a photo of BBQ ribs.) Understandably, many vegans and/or foodies are pissed and offended, myself included; if I hadn’t already decided to let my subscription lapse, this kerfuffle – and VegNews’ lackluster response – might have led me to cancel it. But since I only have one issue left, the point is kind of moot.

Anyhow, I won’t get into it further – mostly because everything I have to say has already been said (and in LOL cat form, to boot) – but. I would like to take the opportunity to point you to this wonderful piece by Katrina Fox of The Scavenger: VegNews controversy offers creative opportunities, with a special emphasis on the suggestions for positive change.
 

So, to people who create vegan dishes or eat out at vegan restaurants: Take photos of vegan dishes, upload them to Flickr, drop an email to VegNews and other vegan publications offering your photos.

To photographers (vegan or otherwise): Ditto above.

To VegNews editors (and other vegan magazines): Post information on your website about specs for photographs: what you need to be able to include a good photograph of print quality. Put a callout to your readers, to photographers (vegan or otherwise) to take pics of vegan food.

Vegans are fantastic at galvanising into action. So, let’s flood Flickr with images of delicious vegan food.

Let’s make sure that vegan publications no longer need to use stock images of meat, dairy and egg dishes.

Let’s take this unfortunate incident and turn it into an opportunity that will benefit everyone – most of all the animals we seek to protect from suffering.

 
How about it, vegans? If there’s one thing we’re good at, it’s food! Making food, eating food, discussing food, fantasizing about food. AND TAKING AND SHARING PICTURES OF IT ALL! Hey, I’ll start! Here’s my food (not-)porn collection on Flickr, with a set each dedicated to human food, dog food, and – the most important food group of them all – PIZZA! Yum, I’m getting hungry just typing about it. (What did I say about us vegans, hmmmm?)
 

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I showed you mine, now you show me yours!

Need another tumblog to follow? (Probably not, but roll with me here.) Pizza in the movies FTW!

Spay & Neuter Kansas City sterilized 106 dogs and cats this week and distributed 810 pounds of dog and cat food through its community food pantry. Check out SNKC’s weekly recap for more, including an update on Queenie and instructions for those wishing to donate money or volunteer their time to help the companion animals of Kansas City!

Dooley, Libby and Suzie Loo are this week’s Waifs of the Week! Visit Wayside Waifs to see all the lovely nonhumans who are waiting to meet you RIGHT NOW!

Hey, pro-choice Missouri! NARAL is holding a lobby day in Jefferson City on Tuesday, May 3. Here are the deets:
 

Last week, your Missouri House spent hours debating and passing HB28, which allows any pharmacy to refuse to sell emergency contraception. It also places new restrictions on medical abortion – as if we didn’t have enough already!

Contrary to all reason and scientific evidence, the House declared that emergency contraception causes abortion, and therefore, pharmacies can refuse to provide this type of birth control if they don’t want to. Clearly, the Missouri House has little respect for women. They have decided that women can’t think for themselves and that endangering women’s health is OK in the service of “pro-life” politics.

Seriously, could they be any more offensive?

This is your last chance to tell lawmakers in person that they have it all wrong. We need your voice in Jefferson City on Tuesday, May 3. Your representatives need to know that women can and do think for themselves, that pharmacists should dispense prescriptions, not moral judgments, and that women’s health is more important than political posturing.

Will you please join us, along with our coalition partners Planned Parenthood and Faith Aloud, for our final lobby day of the year?

What: NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri Lobby Day
When: Tuesday, May 3 from 10:00 – 2:30p.m.
Where: Missouri Capitol, Jefferson City, MO
(Free bus available from St. Louis!)

Please RSVP as soon as possible! Give us a call (314.531.8616) or send us an email at info@prochoicemissouri.org

Psst: We need Lobby Team Leaders too! Let us know if you’re interested!

 
Be there if you can! AND TAKE SOME VEGAN PIZZA ROLLS TO SHARE!
 

Saturday Garbage Plate: Vegan Protest Fuel

March 5th, 2011 12:22 pm by Kelly


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Vegan pepper and onion pizza!
CC image via Flickr user thewickedgoodvegan.

As always, let’s get this Saturday Garbage Plate started with your weekly #NOM roundup!

Contests and giveaways! Fave Diets has one box of (organic, vegan, Kosher) Righteously Raw Chocolate bars up for grabs (Don’t enter, though, cause these babies are ALL MINE!); vegansaurus! is giving away a Lightlife gift basket (See: previous parentheses.); you can enter to win Sjaak’s new vegan candy bars at VegNews; and one lucky Vegan Appetite reader will snag a copy of The Natural Vegan Kitchen, courtesy of The Book Publishing Company.

Missouri residents: Help save Prop B, the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act! The MO state legislature is currently crafting legislation that would dismantle the measure, which was passed with 52% of the vote in November. Read more at missourifordogs.com, then take action. Sample letters are available from Missourians for the Protection of Dogs and Best Friends Animal Society.

Global residents: if you have any scratch to spare, please consider a donation to one of these lovely (vegan!) causes!

Vegan Protest Fuel is a brand spanking new project that was just launched this week. The good folks at VPF deliver vegan food to peaceful protesters defending their rights around the world. Their first campaign? Feeding “the tenacious heroes in Madison, WI, who are fighting to preserve their precious collective bargaining rights and for economic justice in their state against a radical conservative governor and assembly.”

Oh, how I love it when my veganism collides (happily!) with other social justice movements.

To learn more or make a donation, visit Vegan Protest Fuel’s Facebook page. Whether or not you’re able to donate, please like, share and spread the word!

Also, Team Vegan Vixens needs your support in the National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon! Held throughout the month of April,

The Bowl-a-Thon is a nationwide series of local events that allow community members (you!) to captain your own bowling team, participate in a kickass national event – and raise money to help women and girls pay for abortions they couldn’t otherwise afford.

Abortion Funds are local, grassroots groups that work tirelessly to help low-income and disadvantaged women who want an abortion and do not have enough money to pay for it. Abortion Funds help women pay for their abortions, help them buy bus or plane tickets, and even offer women a place to stay when they have to travel for an abortion. Abortion Funds make a difference in women’s lives…and you can join them!

Team Vegan Vixens is currently the top fundraiser for the Chicago Abortion Fund, which is #8 overall. Help Team Vegan (Vixens!) represent by pledging your support.

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Vegan cookies are distributed at a Prop 8 rally in Riverside, CA, circa 2008.
CC image via Flickr user lierne.

Saturday Garbage Plate: Vegan Meal Time

February 26th, 2011 11:28 am by Kelly


Garden Manicotti Pizza

Cheesy Vegan Garden Manicotti Pizza, with strips of red pepper and broccoli florets.
PCC image via Flickr user Bacon and Tofu.

All the pizza that’s fit to nom. All-vegan, too! (Like duh.)

Contests and Giveaways! Vegan Vagrant is giving away a package each of Fakin’ Bacon and Smart Bacon (both by Lightlife, for which I am a total fangirl) to one lucky winner; the deadline to enter is 2/28. Also ending on 2/28 is Vegan Machine’s Funk Off! Vegan Bath and Body Products Giveaway. Finally, TriniGourmet has a copy of Taymer Mason’s Caribbean Vegan: Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Authentic Island Cuisine for Every Occasion up for grabs; enter to win by 3/2.

This just in: Daiya Pepperjack Cheese!

Support a prochoice vegan in The National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon! (Fuck yeah, prochoice vegans! Ditto: vegan mozzarella sticks!) Just $179 to go and Emelda will have raised enough scratch to fund one abortion for a woman in need.

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If you still have a little extra monies floating around after that, why not make a donation to Planned Parenthood in honor of Mike Pence, Congressional Rep. and woman-hater extraordinaire? With any luck, our collective snarkery will make his head implode while also supporting a good cause, namely reproductive health care (including but not limited to breast cancer screenings; pelvic exams; STI testing; and UTI and yeast/bacterial infection diagnoses and treatments). Please and thank you.

Want to help the nonhuman victims of the recent flash floods and landslides in Brazil but don’t know where to start? Check out this roundup of resources I compiled over at my other pad: 2011 Brazil Mudslides: Animal Rescue & Vegan Relief Resources.

Have you ever seen the web series Epic Meal Time? (Hint: it’s almost like a parody of the Food Network’s most obnoxious, testosterone-driven, artery-clogging, meat-loving hipster d-bag cooking show, whatever that may be. (Don’t ask me, I don’t watch such ridiculousness!) Almost, but not quite. Apparently people actually recreate some of those recipes, WTF!) No? Well that’s okay, cause Vegan Meal Time is hilarious either way. Basically it’s like a spoof/response to EMT, with plenty of self-referential vegan jokes thrown in for good measure.

Read vegansaurus’s rundown here, and then subscribe to Getting Friendly’s YouTube channel here. I’ve embedded my favorite of the two vids below.

“THIS IS WHAT VEGANISM CAN DO FOR YOUR BODY!!!!”

Epic.

http://www.perfectpizzapress.com