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CVA Weekly Newsletter
January 15, 2014

  1. Activist Feedback
  2. Essay: What to Tax?
  3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Activist Feedback

Denise, who leafleted with Hussein at Winter Jam in Tampa, writes:

The Winter Jam event in Tampa was wonderful! We were able to pass out all 700 of our booklets.

The doors opened at 5 PM and we got there a little before and there were already hundreds of people in line. We were able to leaflet to these people, but when the doors opened the crowd moved rather quickly. The show started at 6 PM, and by then most people were already inside

Upcoming Activist Opportunities

01/23/2014 MI, Grand Rapids The Winter Jam 2014 Tour Spectacular
01/24-25/14 VA, Richmond ATF Tour
02/7-8/2014 MO, Kansas City ATF Tour
02/08/2014 GA, Atlanta The Winter Jam 2014 Tour Spectacular
02/08/2014 FL, Pensacola Jars of Clay
02/09/2014 AL, Birmingham The Winter Jam 2014 Tour Spectacular
02/14/2014 MN, Minneapolis Toby Mac’s Hits deep Tour
02/16/2014 VA, Norfolk The Winter Jam 2014 Tour Spectacular
02/20/2014 KY, Lexington Casting Crowns
02/22/2014 WA, Seattle Toby Mac’s Hits Deep Tour
02/23/2014 OH, Cleveland The Winter Jam 2014 Tour Spectacular
02/28/2014 AR, N. Little Rock The Winter Jam 2014 Tour Spectacular
02/28/2014 ME, Portland Casting Crowns
03/01/2014 KS, Wichita The Winter Jam 2014 Tour Spectacular
03/02/2014 TN, Memphis The Winter Jam 2014 Tour Spectacular
03/02/2014 PA, Philadelphia Casting Crowns
03/05/2014 TX, Ft. Worth The Winter Jam 2014 Tour Spectacular
03/06/2014 MO, Springfield The Winter Jam 2014 Tour Spectacular
03/14/2014 SC, Greenville Extraordinary Women Conference 2014
03/23&24/14 WA, Seattle Vegetarians of Washington VegFest – TABLING
03/30/2014 NY, NYC Veggie Pride Parade NYC
04/04/2014 FL, Pensacola Extraordinary Women Conference 2014
04/19/2014 TN, Nashville Earth Day Festival – TABLING - http://www.nashvilleearthday.org/
04/12/2013 TX, Houston EarthDay Festival – TABLING - http://earthdayhouston.org/?page_id=2
04/27/2014 MO, St. Louis Earth Day Festival – TABLING - http://www.stlouisearthday.org/events/festival/
04/19-26/13 OH, Columbus Earth Day Festival – TABLING - http://earthdaycolumbus.org/
04/19/2014 CA, San Francisco Earth Day Festival – TABLING - http://www.earthdaysf.org/earth-day.html
04/13/2014 MI, Novi Michigan VegFest – TABLING - http://vegmichigan.org/activities/vegfest/
04/24/2014 OH, Cleveland Joyce Meyer Conference
05/15/2014 TX, Fort Worth Joyce Meyer Conference
06/08/2014 CA, Vancouver Canada VEG Expo 2014 – TABLING - http://www.vegexpo.ca/
07/2-6/2014 PA, Johnstown Vegetarian Summerfest 2014

2. Essay: What to Tax?

Last week I suggested that perhaps taxes could account for “externalities” associated with raising animals for food – costs such as pollution, resource depletion, and diminished public health that the grocery store prices of meat, dairy, and eggs don’t reflect. What policies might animal advocates reasonably promote?

I don’t think a tax on meat and other animal products is an option at this time. Most people eat animal flesh, dairy and eggs, and they would likely resist such a tax. In addition, the burden of such a tax would likely fall heaviest on lower income people, who spend a larger fraction of their income on food than wealthier citizens.

A carbon tax would likely drive up the cost of products from farmed animals greater than for other products, but this proposal also faces several challenges. There is strong anti-tax sentiment among American voters. While environmentalists might back a carbon tax, there is widespread skepticism about global warming. A recent survey found that 97% of climate scientists hold that humans are causing climate change. However, a 2013 Pew Research Center poll found that only 69% of Americans believe in global warming and only 42% think that humans are primarily responsible for global warming.

While it might be difficult in today’s political environment to have a new tax, perhaps a more politically viable option would be the substantial reduction or elimination of expensive farm subsidies. These subsidies, amounting to tens of billions of dollars per year, directly or indirectly lower the cost of meat, dairy, and eggs. Though lobbies to protect these subsidies are strong, consumers might be motivated to pressure their representatives if consumers understood how these subsidies significantly increase their taxes and their food bills.

Stephen R. Kaufman, MD

3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

Jesus Saves True Believers

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