Spring Bake Sale, BBQ & Jumble Sale for Vegan ACT – 17 September 2016

Your donations to, and purchases from the sale were so *so* appreciated, and as always, all funds went towards helping animals by promoting and supporting veganism in our region.  Thank you!

If you would like to donate funds to support the work of Vegan ACT,  please click ‘Donate’ and enter the amount you wish to give.  If you wish to purchase membership or products at the same time, please go to our shop instead.



Human Meat – Relate to Who is On Your Plate Outreach – 8 October 2016

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Original Post by Laila

Here are the photos from the Human Meat protest with Vegan ACT & Animal Liberation ACT last Saturday!

It was a fun and successful day, we were able to set up efficiently and everyone worked fantastically as a team to get the show up and running. It was great to see and hear everyone that was involved sharing their ideas and suggestions and going the extra mile to make everything run smoothly. We would like to give a big thank you to all the volunteers that came together to make this event happen, our beautiful meat actors: Gareth, Andrew, Tammy, Africa, Asmita, Barbra, Melita and Reeni. Our fabulous sign holders: Ebony N, Ebony P, Steve, Rachel, Tanya, Anne, Jackie and Ali. The awesome speakers for handing out flyers and speaking to members of the public: Rohan, Liam, Michelle, Nicole and Laila. To Donna for handing out delicious free cupcakes, the amazing cupcake bakers, all of the wonderful people that collected materials and resources for this project to bring it all together AND the fantastic Tina and Adrian for taking these photos and videoing the whole event.

Although we reached many people either people walking by directly or the passing traffic which gave us many toots and thumbs up, this has been a great learning experience for how to improve next time. To see how it all comes together, what works, what doesn’t work and the location are all a huge part of making events like these successful. We hope to see you all getting involved again!

Video to come soon!

Vegan ACT @ ICAS Conference and Living Green Festival – October, 2016

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Original Post by Michelle

It’s been just over a week since Canberra’s iconic Vegan festival, Living Green Festival, and the ICAS Conference – we at Vegan ACT think we’ve just about recovered from the awesomeness overload and are already looking forward to next year 😉

Vegan ACT would like to take a moment to appreciate just some of the people who made it the best weekend yet!
First to thank our brilliant Vegan ACT stall volunteers: Laila El Ayadi, InvaderAli Clough, Mark Ferguson, Ebony Norris, Ebony Palmer, Rohan Beviss, Reeni Rubio-Martinez, Elle Fant, Lynnette Hawley, Maddison Hawley-Tatten, Jackie Radisich, John Smith, Emma Wannell, Gareth Gwych Tudor and Michelle Isobel. I hope you enjoyed introducing veganism and the community to people all day long – you represented the work of Vegan ACT splendidly.

Big, warm, fuzzy thanks to the organisers of Living Green Festival: Jess Ferry, Tara Ward & Tracey Lofthouse. You are magical beings and we are so grateful for what you do for the vegan community and veganism each year. Canberra wouldn’t be the same without you xx

Thank you to everyone who came to the Vegan ACT stall to say hello, browse through our fundraising gear and vegan literature or try the virtual reality experience. We sold lots of outreach t-shirts and totes, and we can’t wait to see you all wearing them around town! If you want to get more involved with volunteering for us, please get in touch via facebook or contact@veganact.org.au – every little bit helps.  🙂

Thank you also to all our fellow stall holders who made the festival an absolute treasure trove of food, vegan products and info.

We would also like to thank Lara Drew and Carolyn Drew for bringing the Institute for Critical Animal Studies, Oceania Conference to the ACT on the 2 days prior to LGF. It was so stimulating and inspiring, we can’t wait to attend the next one, wherever that may be!
We encourage all of you to check out their Facebook page and have a listen to some of the talks that featured.

The Vegan ACT /Animal Liberation ACT /ICAS supermarket action and pre-LGF dinner was the perfect way to cap off the conference and lead into the following day of festivities.

We think that about covers it for this year – congrats and thank yous all round! All of you people giving a damn about animals just makes our year

Vegan ACT & ALACT 1000 Eyes Actions – Winter 2016

During 1000 Eyes Experiences, organised by Vegan ACT and Animal Liberation ACT, we meet many wonderful people who have their eyes opened to the horrors of the animal product industry, and are most likely beginning a whole new journey tonight.

If you’re yet to witness one of these actions, have a look at this clip of the Canberra crew raising awareness for the animals:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/843m7kue0phhhaj/1000Eyes720p.mp4

Massive thanks to the wonderful Robert Davy for for donating his time to film and edit this clip.

Write to contact@veganact.org.au to help us open more eyes and hearts to the suffering on their plates, and to offer an alternative.

‘Today I Am Voiceless’ 24 Hour Vow of Silence and Outreach Event – Sunday, 17 January 2016

Voiceless 2016

By Michelle

Thank you everybody who was a part of Today I Am Voiceless across the country and the world, and thanks to everybody that was part of our day of outreach for Today I Am Voiceless in Canberra!

The ACT TIAV team reached dozens of people with our flyers challenging recipients to consider a vegan lifestyle, and showed around 10 brave people the short film 1000 Eyes which stands as evidence of the horrors of the Australian animal agriculture.

Shout out to Sia Brook, Laila El Ayadi, Elle Fant, Kane Elson, Rowena Ve Gan, Gareth Ballard and Michelle Isobel for making the day such a success!

Thanks to James Aspey Activism for the basis of the event, Aussie Farms for the use of the video 1000 Eyes which is brilliant at conveying the standard practices within Australian farming. https://vimeo.com/130694373

And also thanks to Animal Liberation Victoria and Vegan ACT for the donation of flyers for the event.

If you would like to participate in vegan activism in the ACT, please follow the Vegan ACT Facebook page and group and sign up to our email update!

Vegan ACT Stall at Living Green Festival – 4 October 2015

THANK YOU to Sia, Fiona, Emma, Nicole, Claire, Rowena, Andrew and committee members Kane, Dieter, Jyoti, Gareth and Michelle for helping with the Vegan ACT stall at the incredible Living Green Festival and thanks to everyone who paid our stall a visit- it was a wonderful day as always. Big thanks to the organisers Jess, Tara and Tracey too!

Our stall reached lots of people that are curious about or considering becoming vegan, we had lots of good conversations with people about various issues around veganism and met many of the great members of our vegan community.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED We also had almost 20 vegan-curious people or new vegans sign up to our 30 Day Go Vegan Challenge – this provides a daily email full of tips, info and access to a personal Mentor.
That’s where *you* come in…

As a Mentor you can become as involved as you like, from answering queries and providing support and tips via email. Or go all out, if that’s what you and your mentee desire, think trips to the grocery store for handy hints or lunch at Sweet Bones to scout out new treats. It’s up to you!

If you would like to be a friendly person to turn to for these brave new vegans please email Michelle via contact@veganact.org.au

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Vegan Cupcake/Laptop Challenge – 27 August 2015

By Jyoti Dambiec

AnimalACTivism Collective organised a Cupcake/Laptop Challenge on Thursday 27th August. James Aspey and 5 local activists set the stall up in Garema Place and invited people to watch a 4 minute loop about the factory farming industry. The video clip was from Chris Delforce’s Lucent documentary. They were given showbags which included AAC No dairy cards, Vegan ACT brochures, Vegan ACT 30 Day Challenge Mentoring information, Vegan Easy bklets and a flyer to James Aspey’s talk at being held at ANU.

Delicious Vegan Cupcakes were generously donated by Emily Brindley from Sweet Bones Vegan Bakery.

This is proving to be an extremely effective form of activism and AnimalACTivism Collective plans to hold these events a few times a year.

Here’s the video from the cupcake challenge on 2 July 2015. Thanks to Tina Costessi for editing the video. -Adrian Muscat

 

Suitcase Rummage at Art Not Apart Festival – Saturday, 14 March 2015

Suitcase Rummage

Written by Jyoti Dambiec

If you haven’t been to this, it’s great! In the past three years some of us have had vegan stalls, done chalk art, put up vegan paste-ups, and scattered vegan information about which proved very effective.  This year Animal ACTivism Collective had a friendly, low-key Vegan presence with a small suitcase display. I sold vegan activist stencil laminated prints and smaller photocopies to pop up anywhere as well as my ‘Flying Lady Ceramics’, including some of the sought after skull pottery.

Local vegan artist, Patrick Duthie, also had his ‘Living With Monsters‘ book at the great discounted price of $20 and local vegan artist, Jana, had some great stencil work for sale.

This is what some of our previous suitcase rummages looked like before all our material went 100% Vegan:

Vegan ACT Stall at the Living Green Festival 2014

Vegan ACT Stall at LGFWritten by Rowena, Online Facilitator

Thanks so much to everyone who dropped by and to all our volunteers for their time and abundant enthusiasm!  We were all so thrilled to have the opportunity to promote Veganism that it was incredibly difficult to tear ourselves away!  The day got off to an excellent start with Sia and Chris (as pictured) drawing people in with their warm presence and witty repartee.  Those two were on a roll!

Lots of fun was had by all and many copies of ‘Why Vegan?‘ booklets, complete with Vegan ACT bookmarks, were taken away to work their magic.  A number of visitors also left equipped with memberships, Vegan recipe books, magazines and colourful nutrition charts.

The Animal Activism Collective added colour and interactivity to the stall by asking people to write down what they most like about being Vegan.  It will be very interesting to read the responses and see the resulting installation.

It was a such an exhilarating day!  Here’s to many more!

Vegan ACT Stalls – Spring, 2014

Vegan ACT StallWhen spring sprang in September 2014, Vegan ACT stall opportunities sprung up everywhere!

On Sunday 21 September, we had a stall at Green Savvy Sunday at the Old Bus Depot markets AND at the Festival of Community Action at ANU!  (Photograph by Robert Davy)

On Saturday 27 September, we had a stall at the Forest Fundraiser fuelled by raw lemon cheesecake, lemon chia bliss ball and an amazing tofu burger made by our very own Sara Vancea with salad made by Maryanne and Robert of Canberra Vegan.

Please write to contact@veganact.org.au if you’d like to help out at future stalls!

This is a stall we had earlier in 2014.

 

Stall at Art Not Apart Festival and Stenciling T-Shirts – 15 March 2014

Written by the AnimalACTivism Collective

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On Saturday, 15 March, 2014,  the AnimalACTivism Collective and ACTVVS (now Vegan ACT) held a stall at the Art Not Apart Festival.  Thanks to Rowena, Jyoti and Dieter for making this happen. This was a worthwhile day promoting vegan living.

Stenciling T-Shirts

Creative, non-violent activism was one of the important ideas in the mind of some of us who started AAC. Wearing a vegan T-shirt is a great way to do outreach while we go about our daily lives. We have purchased some fabric ink to stencil some T-shirts and singlets.

If you’d like to have a go at doing your own – contact Jyoti at activism@veganact.org.au