Last Thursday, twelve awesome people came down to IKE Box for a meeting about what Cherry City Vegans can do with our group and for our community! Thank you to everyone who came out!
One of the things we decided is to have some interactive online communications tools for our budding group. We created a Facebook and Google Group. If you use Facebook, please join the Cherry City Vegans discussion group. If you prefer email, join our CCV Google Group. If you have trouble joining either of these groups, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We also had a lively and inspiring discussion about what we want to be/could be as a group and what we are excited about doing. The ideas we had fall into three main categories: Education, Resources, and Social/Community. Below are some of the ideas folks had!
- Writing letters to the editor
- Outreach events (tabling, leafleting, etc.),
- Writing letters (to businesses or decision-makers),
- Outreach to restaurants to increase vegan options,
- Cooking demos,
- Promoting Don’t Fear the Vegan CCTV show,
- Demos when something is happening that we want to educate the public about or oppose (example was given of recent donkey basketball game),
- Petitions, specifically an “open letter” type petition to local restaurants that their veg customers want more options!
- Putting up posters or handing out flyers around town,
- Working on Salem-Keizer Public Schools for better/more veg options in schools,
- Doing something for Meat Out, Earth Day, and other events.
- CCV could create a handout or flyer, or a leave-behind to give restaurant owners,
- Putting on lectures or films (Willamette University Vegan Club is already planning an April screening of Cowspiracy on campus–stay tuned for more info!)
- Cooking demos,
- Continue reviewing and providing info on site and social media about places to eat and promoting veg-friendly businesses, (we are looking for people to help with this!),
- A printed restaurant guide for our area.
- Veg Meet Up,
- Vegan Drinks,
- Making connections with other orgs,
- Connection with Willamette University Vegan Club (and possibly getting a Willamette Intern?)
These are just some of the things we are already working on or could work on.
Right now we are planning a March meeting which will also be a dine-out. The purpose of a dine-out is to increase the visibility of veg customers and also to encourage a restaurant to create veg options to cater to new customers who desire that kind of cuisine. We are going to try for a business that does not currently offer vegan options (Archive Coffee and Bar) and hopefully show them that we are a vibrant group looking for places to spend money and get great food! Stay tuned for info on the March meeting.