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Peter Singer at BU

For those of you who missed Peter Singer’s presentation. Enjoy!

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E-Board Elections and Final Potluck

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Join us this Friday May 3rd for the last potluck of the semester. Each guest is encouraged to bring a dish to share, as well as a friend. Additionally, at the potluck, we will be holding elections for the Executive Board positions. All positions are up for re-election and their requirements are listed below. All members are encourage to run for the positions regardless of prior experience.

Positions Include:

Outreach Coordinator (President) – the job of the Outreach Coordinator is to make sure day-to-day that Boston University is vegan and vegetarian friendly. Simply put, the outreach coordinator acts as a point-person. The Outreach Coordinator is required to plan one event per semester as well as one movie screening per semester. The Outreach Coordinator also moderates the meetings to that they stay relatively structured and on task. This does not mean that they talk the most or dominate the meetings in any way.
Volunteer Coordinator (Vice President) – the job of the Volunteer Coordinator is to make sure we have enough volunteers at leafletting and other events. The Volunteer Coordinator bottom-lines monthly leaflets and oversees their distribution. The Volunteer Coordinator must also plan one event per semester.
Public Relations Coordinator (Secretary) – the PR Coordinator’s tasks include taking minutes at each meeting to be used to write the newsletters, sending out the bi-weekly newsletters to the email list, overseeing the Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as working to advertise our events to account for proper event attendance. The PR Coordinator also drafts press releases as necessary for our events.
Activism Coordinato– the job of the Activism Coordinator is generate our own veg activism alongside other activist groups on campus. This position requires that you plan one event in tandem with another activist group on campus per semester as well as a group trip or community service project.
Financial Coordinator (Treasurer) – the Financial Coordinator plans at least one fundraising event per semester (to donate to whichever organization we collectively choose). They also cooperate with the Allocations Board to provide funding for our events. The Financial coordinator also makes sure that there is food at all of our meeting. The Financial Coordinator also ensures that we have food at all our meetings!
And finally…

The job of every Veg Society Member is to check and balance the E-board members!

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Upcoming Event: Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows

Join us Friday, April 12th at 6:30pm in Room CAS 211 for an introduction on Carnism. The facebook event can be found here; please feel free to invite friends and family to attend.

This captivating presentation, based on the award-winning book of the same name, is presented by internationally acclaimed speaker Dr. Melanie Joy. In “Why We Love Dogs”, Joy, a social psychologist, explains carnism, the invisible belief system that shapes our perceptions of the meat (and eggs/dairy) we eat, so that we love some animals and eat others without knowing why. Joy describes how carnism, like other isms (sexism, racism, etc.), is most harmful when it is unrecognized; and it is sustained by complex social and psychological mechanisms. Using powerful imagery, thought-provoking analyses, and a compelling narrative, Joy explains the ways in which carnism conditions us to unknowingly act against our core values, our own interests, and the interests of others. By illuminating the invisible mechanisms of carnism, Joy helps viewers become more informed consumers and empowered citizens.

Melanie Joy, Ph.D., Ed.M. is the founder and president of Carnism Awareness & Action Network. Dr. Joy is a Harvard-educated psychologist, professor of psychology and sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, celebrated speaker, and the author of the award-winning primer on carnism “Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows”. She has written a number of articles on psychology, animal protection, and social justice and she has been featured on programs including the BBC, National Public Radio, PBS, ABC Australia, and Good Morning Croatia, and in Slovenia’s Jana, the Austrian Der Standard and the Italian Le Scienze. Dr. Joy has given her critically acclaimed carnism presentation across the United States as well as internationally. Dr. Joy is also the author of Strategic Action for Animals.

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The Next Step

Late nights in Mugar often get me to wondering, “When are we going to hit the tipping point for veganism?” An article came out recently describing how truly easy it is to go vegan, even providing a few pointers; when I realized that it was The New York Times purveying this information, I reeled with joy. We’re finally mainstreamin’ it! But if we’re going to continue mainstreamin’ it, ALL of us need to get up and get active for the animals. If that means we start actively writing more blogs posts or letters to editors, that’s what we gotta do. If that means we get commit ourselves to leafleting once or twice a month, then that’s what we gotta do. If that means we work on finding big contributors to the movement, then that’s what we gotta do. Sometimes conversing with the general public is not necessarily our forte – but that simply means that we find out what our strengths are, and start using them to keep the momentum going for the animals. Every minute we sit in front of a television screen is a minute that we could potentially be working actively toward animal liberation. The animals are waiting for us – they have been trying for minutes, hours, days to become free. The baby calves already yell at the top of their lungs while they are dragged away from their mothers. They have only just begun to feel the pain that will live in their hearts forever, separated from their mothers. There is only so much they can do in protest. We are the ones who hold them in cavtivity. It is our turn to fight for them. Please, become active – hone in on your strengths and utilize them for the greater good. In some manner. This group has more events planned this semester than we know what to do with, so come and get involved in one/all of them.

Rachel Atcheson

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