VFL president Michael Battey gave a presentation about the climate impact of animal agriculture to a small but influential audience at the home of an 350.org officer.
At the July VFL monthly meeting, folks from Vegan for Life, Anonymous for the Voiceless, PETA Houston, and Houston Animal Save took turns talking about recent and future actions. It wase a good introduction to a friendly ecosystem of groups with different approaches to our common cause.
In our second tabling of the Houston Pride Festival, the day started out very wet. We were able to use two large booths for our activities, but they were both halfway underwater. But soon the sun came out, everything got dry, and we spent the rest of the day incredibly busy. While the people at the front table handed out literature and talked to people about veganism, others were managing a long parade of viewers for our videos.
VFL brought vegan activists to the People's Climate March in force, many carrying the signs they had made for the Science March.
Over 20 people joined VFL at the March for Science. We also found vegans at the march and gave them signs.
While most of us marched, a few tabled at the rally area and handed out leaflets. The marchers also did some leafleting once we got to the rally.
On our third time at the Chavez parade, we had a table at Hidalgo Park, where the march always ends. At the park we got to know the student running the new vegan group at Cesar Chavez High School.
Once again, VFL assists Alma Williams of Houston Animal Rights Team in planning for the annual series of rodeo protests, and showing up! We went straight to the protest following the Chavez Parade. Multiple TV news crews showed up and interviewed the protesters.
At our monthly meeting, we watched this moving film about a person who quickly switched to a vegan diet after taking in a kitten and ended up showing people the horrors of the fur industry using a truck with video screens.
Houston 350.org leader Sandra Spears spoke about their use of freeway bridge banners to spread the message of climate change. Then long-time vegan activist and civil rights lawyer Jerry Friedman gave a rerun of his presentation called "You Have the Right!", providing information about the rights of anyone who ever takes to the streets for a good cause. We learned the legal subtleties of protesting and other modes of public outreach as well as how to interact, or not, with law enforcement officers and hostile civilians.
A lot of vegans showed up at this buffet lunch, which was made all vegan at our request. Shortly after this event, the restaurant decided to serve only vegan food on Sundays. As of late 2017, Wednesdays are also all vegan.
Vegan activists and assorted friends went to the home of Natalie Khazaal and Jerry Friedman for a delicious potluck, with tons prepared by Natalie, games, and good conversation.
Michael gave his presentation about animal ag's environmental destruction to two environmental science classes at this elite private high school. The teacher is Elizabeth Spike, the 2017-2018 chair of the local Sierra Club chapter and a big VFL supporter. In the photo, the students are dressing like their arch rivals, Kinkaid High, and doing the Kinkaid hand gesture, as required by tradition.