The easyVegan Weekend Activist, No. 1

May 3rd, 2009 11:11 pm by Kelly Garbato

I’m back, kinda sorta. I was feeling well enough tonight to slog through my week-long backlog of email – 400+ in one account alone – and, as I went through alert after alert (and donation appeal after donation appeal after donation appeal!, blecht) it occurred to me that these daily link dumps are perhaps not the best use of my already scarce time. Or rather, the feeling finally began to overwhelm me, as the usefulness (or not) of these link roundups is something I’ve been pondering for quite some time now.

So, long story short, I’ve decided to ditch the near-daily “easyVegan Link Sanctuaries” in favor of the once-weekly “easyVegan Weekend Activist.” I’ll still post all those links you’ve come to love (and hopefully use!), but in one long link roundup, sometime over the weekend (Friday through Sunday), and without any summaries. This should cut the prep time in half, leaving your fair vegan blogmistress more time for meaningful blogging, which I’ve been sadly slacking on as of late.

Questions? Comments? Drop me a line in the comments. Seriously, peoples, I want to know what you think! Did you find the daily link roundups useful, or did you skip right by them? Did you click on each and every alert to find out more, or did you read the summaries first? Will you miss the easyVegan Link Sanctuary, or bid it good riddance? And what of the easyVegan Weekend Activist – yay or nay?

Action Alerts: Animal & Environmental Advocacy

Alaska Wilderness League: Tell truth to power: “Directional drilling” is a Trojan horse for the Arctic Refuge.

Center for Biological Diversity: Save Bats From White-nose Syndrome and Extinction

DawnWatch: Swine flu and factory farming 5/3/09

DawnWatch: NY Times and Sports Illustrated on racing horse abuse and slaughter 5/1/09

DawnWatch: On Simon Chaitowitz, a beautiful animal defender who passed away 4/19/09

DawnWatch: CBS Sunday Morning on vegan firefighters 4/26/09

HSUS: The EU could ban its trade in seal products

In Defense of Animals (IDA): Boycott “Hurtful Essences” Shampoo

Kinship Circle: 4/29/09: Coke & Rodeos – Official Soft Drink Of Cruelty?

Kinship Circle: 4/25/09: Don’t Stain 2010 Olympics With The Blood Of Seals

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): Tell your senators to save our waterways from uncontrolled pollution

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): Urge Forest Service officials not to reopen a road that runs through grizzly bear habitat in Wyoming’s Sweetwater Valley.

Oceana: Urge the Senate to protect sharks (The Shark Conservation Act of 2009 (S. 850))

PETA: Tell Kraft Foods to Stop Exploiting Exotic Animals!

PETA: Tell Armstrong World Industries to Stop Exploiting Grizzly Bears!

PETA: Urge Officials to Protect Massachusetts’ Wildlife From Cruel Traps!

PETA: Tell Congress to Prevent Future Flu Outbreaks

PETA: Animals Suffer and Die in University of Michigan Laboratories

PETA: Help Us Stop Ringling Bros.’ Expansion on Coney Island!

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM): Charge Smithfield: Pork Producers Should Pay for Swine Flu

The Sierra Club: Tell Obama, Act NOW to Restore Protections for the Polar Bear

The Sierra Club: Call on Congress to Support Clean Energy Jobs!

Wild Care: Petition to Protect the Northern Spotted Owl

World Wildlife Fund (WWF): Help Authorize a Wildlife Postage Stamp

World Wildlife Fund (WWF): Sign to Save the Western Gray Whale

Action Alerts: Human Rights

Amnesty International: Millions of civilians deprived of aid by the Sudanese government

Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC): Demand Accountability for Torture!; Tell Attorney General Holder to Appoint an Independent Prosecutor

CARE: Take Action to Prevent Child Marriage (International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2009)

Move On: Impeach Jay Bybee

NARAL: Tell the Senate: Confirm Hamilton and Johnsen

National Organization of Women (NOW): Woman Justice NOW; Sign the Petition to President Obama

National Partnership for Women & Families: Tell Senate to Support Fair Pay

National Women’s Law Center (NWLC): Urge President Obama to Nominate a Woman to the Supreme Court

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation: Tell Your Congressional Representatives to Support a Nuclear Weapons-Free World

The Peace Team: Impeach ByBee – Not Only Does Bybee Show No Remorse, He’d Write The Same Torture Memos Again

Planned Parenthood: STAND UP FOR DAWN JOHNSEN

Save Darfur: Sign the open letter to President Obama

Carnivals

Carnival of the Green #177 @ Green Me

Contests

The PETA Files: ‘Win It’ Wednesday: Sammy the Sea Kitten Plush Toy (Deadline: May 13, 2009)

PETA Living: Win a $200 Gift Certificate From Betty Paige Clothing (Deadline: May 22, 2009)

PETA2: Free Stuff Friday: Win Converse Chuck Taylors! (Deadline: May 29, 2009

Newsletters

ASPCA: eNews, May 1, 2009

Best Friends: eNews, April 30, 2009

Center for Biological Diversity: Endangered Earth Online, No. 458, April 30, 2009

Compassion Over Killing (COK): Compassionate Action, May 1, 2009

Food Empowerment Project: Newsletter, April 30, 2009

In Defense of Animals (IDA): eNews, April 30, 2009

The Sierra Club: Club Currents, April 28, 2009: Volume VII, #17

Vegan Outreach: E-Newsletter, April 29, 2009

Voiceless: The Fund for Animals, e-Updates, Issue 15, April 2009

Petitions: Animal & Environmental Advocacy

The Human Face of Climate Change

Stop Mercury Pollution from Chlorine Plants

Ban Military Trauma Exercises on Animals

Help Tonka and Luna!

14,500 Unnecessary Deaths by AHS in Minnesota

Stop BSL in Oregon.

PLEASE GIVE HUNKIE A CHANCE AT LIFE

Get Daffy’s Pet Soup Kitchen on Oprah and Ellen

Petition President Obama to save our birds

Justice for Tengteng [Joseph Carlo Candare @ University of the Philippines, Diliman]

Abolish Japanese Bear Parks

Stop The U.S. Gov’t from harming our planet through their use of plastic water bottles!

Petitions: Human Rights

Invest in Women: Increase Funding for International Family Planning

‘Round the Interwebz

Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR): 100 Days to Restore the Constitution: Assessment

Invisible Voices: Kofa NWR Mountain Lions: 1 year moratorium extended

Michael Greger, M.D.: CDC Confirms Ties to Virus First Discovered in U.S. Pig Factories

SuperWeed: Deadly Intersections

Vegan Freak: Swine Flu and Empathy

Upcoming Events

Animals & Society Institute (ASI): Bag It for the ASI in Ann Arbor!, Monday, April 13 through Sunday, July 5, 2009

United Poultry Concerns (UPC): International Respect for Chickens Day – Monday, May 4, 2009

WorldFest – Saturday, May 16, 2009 in Woodland Ave. Park in Encino, California

Farm Sanctuary: California Country Hoe Down, Saturday, May 16 & Sunday, May 17, 2009 in Orland, CA

Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary: Picnic on the Prairie – Sunday, May 17, 11:30 AM – 3 PM

Veggie Pride Parade – Sunday, May 17, 2009 in New York City

Their Lives, Our Voices 2009 – Midwest Animal Advocacy Conference, Friday, June 12 through Sunday, June 14, 2009 in Minneapolis, MN

National Pigeon Day – Saturday, June 13, 2009 in New York City

Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale – Saturday, June 20 through Sunday, June 28, 2009

Let It Live – Friday, June 26 through Sunday, June 28 in Portland, Oregon

Taking Action for Animals – Friday, July 24 through Monday, July 27, 2009 in Arlington, Virginia

Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, Saturday, September 19, 2009

Your Weekly Click-Through Reminders

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About

“The easyVegan Weekend Activist” is a weekly roundup of animal and environmental advocacy action alerts, campaign updates, carnivals, contests, newsletters, petitions, upcoming events and miscellaneous resources, posted every weekend at easyvegan.info. Follow the links provided in order to learn more and take action!

For the time being, the weekly newsletter-esque format will replace the near-daily link roundups I previously posted under the title “easyVegan Link Sanctuary.” Hopefully, this condensed, once-weekly “newsletter” will free up some time so that I can perform more meaningful blogging. If you have any questions or comments about the new format, please drop me a line in the comments section!

While my primary focus is non-human animals and the environment in which they live, I will cover human rights issues as well, especially as they relate to animal and environmental welfare. (For example, while reproductive rights is typically seen as a feminist or women’s issue, the growing global human population does have environmental consequences. In this vein, access to family planning resources has a tangible impact on the environment – an environment we share with non-human animals.)

This link roundup is meant as a jumping-off point for you, the reader, to take further action and learn more about the issues presented here. I link, you decide!

If you have a link you’d like included, please drop me a line at easyvegan [at] gmail.com – or leave it in the comments! Feedback is also appreciated, particularly as it relates to the links included above. I’ve tried my best to identify and name any speciesism, sexism, racism, classism, homophobia, sizeism, etc. which may appear in the resources above; if, however, I’ve overlooked something, please leave a note in the comments. It’s not my desire to fight one form of oppression by engaging in another.

If you’d like to get on the above organizations’ e-mail lists, I’ve compiled a full list of all my resources on the Get Active! page.

You can also follow me on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, delicious, Flickr, Amazon and LibraryThing.

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