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Scenes from Double Gazebo “Vegan Information Day” Event

This was the first date (5th April 2015) on which we ran our double gazebo event in Dublin – it was a great success.

We are working hard to improve signage, and develop areas such as the videos and information displays boards.

Here are selected scenes from the day (click any picture to enlarge, then click “return”)…

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“Vegan Information Days” Return with a Special Addition to the VIP Team

The Vegan Information Project returned to the streets of Dublin on March 29th 2015 with its “vegan information day” gazebo stall.

For the very first time we were able to make use of our new van – named Neville! – who we bought from the brilliant Back Into Daylight vegan animal sanctuary.

Check out Neville’s facebook page HERE, and enjoy these scenes from the day (click to enlarge any picture, then click “return” to return to the post).

As ever, all the work was done by volunteers – so a huge shout out to each and every one as ever! Hmmm, not sure that he counts as a volunteer, but Neville really and literally did the heavy lifting today!

Some of the food for exchange for donations today

Some of the food for exchange for donations today

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These men are enjoying a free cup of tea from the VIP stall

These men are enjoying a free cup of tea from the VIP stall

Another free cup of tea goes out from the VIP gazebo stall

Another free cup of tea goes out from the VIP gazebo stall

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Tourists and people from outside of Dublin are always keen to know where they can get 100% plant-based meals.

Tourists and people from outside of Dublin are always keen to know where they can get 100% plant-based meals.

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Neville the VIP van acts as a windbreak and provides storage space during the stall. He's even useful as a refuge from the public once in a while!

Neville the VIP van acts as a windbreak and provides storage space during the stall. He’s even useful as a refuge from the public once in a while!

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Some of Neville's shelving. The VIP van is well fitted out.

Some of Neville’s shelving. The VIP van is well fitted out.

The internal shelving in Neville the VIP van.

The internal shelving in Neville the VIP van.

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Neville the van proves himself a great windbreak for the "vegan information day" stall.

Neville the van proves himself a great windbreak for the “vegan information day” stall.

Part of our literature display

Part of our literature display

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New On-Line Shopping with VIP

The Vegan Information project has opened an on-line store. We have a few t-shirts left at the moment and these are the first items of “stock” in the store. Badges and other goodies to follow.

Please follow THIS link to access the store.

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AUDIO: Sticks & Stones. A Skill-Share on Trigger/Content Warnings and “Calling Out.”

Setting up in the wonderful surroundings of The Outhouse library.

Setting up in the wonderful surroundings of The Outhouse library.

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This skill-share session, facilitated by tina cubberley, was held at The Outhouse in Dublin on January 2015. The topics discussed are very important in social movement campaigning – the use of “trigger warnings” or “content warnings”* in, for example, blog entries, and the practice of “calling out” oppressive behaviour and language.

Presently the animal advocacy movement has a woeful track record in these regards.

tina prepared a zine-style hand-out for this session which we’ve scanned and embedded here…

Sticks and stones tina cubberley from Roger Yates

* As mentioned early in the audio, the talk itself was trigger/content warned. Also note that a few swear words feature in the audio!

or LISTEN HERE

VIDEO. 2014: The VIP End-of-Year Review

The Vegan Information Project would like to thank from the bottom of our hearts the people who have chosen to explore vegan intersectionality rather than reject it out of hand.

THIS IS OUR 2014 END-OF-YEAR VIDEO WHICH WE HOPE YOU ENJOY. BRING ON 2015!

PLAY LOUD!

VIDEO/AUDIO: A Genuine Must-See Presentation from Sociologists Kate Stewart and Matthew Cole

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British Sociologists Matthew Cole (Open University) and Kate Stewart (Nottingham University) – displaying remarkable amounts of patience with technological hitches – gave an equally remarkable presentation for VIP in December 2014 based on themes in their newly-released book, Our Children and Other Animals: The Social Construction of Human-Animal Relations in Childhood.

The presentation was followed by a Q&A session (see below).

We at VIP feel that this presentation [and the book] is very important. Please watch and take in the details because it will make you a better advocate for other animals.

If you are in a group, especially if based in Britain, book these people and ask them to present to you.

Apologies that some scenes are a little out of focus – but it gets better!

Audio of the Q&A (the echo disappears in the first minute)

Alternatively, listen to the Q&A H E R E

VIDEO/AUDIO Patrizia Setola on Animal Ethics, Dec 2014.

VIP were pleased to welcome back UCD Ph.D candidate, Patrizia Setola, who delivered a new talk on animal ethics at The Outhouse, 3rd December 2014.

Below is the YT of the talk, the audio of the talk (which may be louder and features tina cubberley’s introductory talk about VIP “food not bombs” project), the audio of the Q&A session that followed the talk, and an interactive slide show of the Power Point presentation used on the night.

Main Talk audio

Q&A

Presentation for Vegan Information Project from Roger Yates

Helping School Students with their “Action Project” on Animal Rights

VIP volunteers tina cubberley and Roger Yates were asked to speak to a group of students who are researching and writing their “action project” on Animal Rights.

The talk was dedicated to Pepsi the cat, who has died recently. RIP Pepsi.

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The major theme for the talk was the differences between animal rights and animal welfare. The students were keen to discuss that, looking at concepts such as “unnecessary suffering,” “subjects of a life,” and “sentience,” but they were also interested to talk about veganism and vegetarianism, zoos, language, shearing wool from sheep, animal rights and feminism, “health vegans” and so on.

As well as some VIP and Eden Farmed Animal Sanctuary literature given to the student, they also watched this recent Eden video with great interest.

Special thanks to Eile for organising the talk.

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Sociologists Matthew Cole & Kate Stewart’s New Book and Dublin Appearance.

9781409464600 Matthew Cole and Kate Stewart are vegan sociologists (Matthew works at the Open University and Kate at Nottingham University) who have a new and important book just released: Our Children and Other Animals: The Cultural Construction of Human-Animal Relations in Childhood.

Matthew and Kate are appearing in Dublin shortly as guests of the Vegan Information Project.

In the meantime, listen to their brand new podcast…

Look out for the announcement of Matthew and Kate’s Dublin talk on the VIP FB page. You’ll be sure to get a lot from their presentation and Q&A session.

Vegan Information Day on Bank Holiday Monday

VIP held its “Vegan Information Day” stall on Bank Holiday Monday, 27th October 2014.

Here are some scenes from another day of intersectional vegan education on the street…

[click on any image to enlarge it, and then click the “go back” button to return to this blog entry]

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