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CVA Weekly Newsletter
April 30, 2014

  1. Activist Feedback
  2. Upcoming Activist Opportunities
  3. Essay Review
  4. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Activist Feedback

Rick Hershey writes:

There was only 25% of the usual large crowd for the St. Louis Earth Day Festival, most likely because of some rain and a bad weather forecast.

George helped tremendously with the entire setup, and then he staffed the booth for several hours. He also brought the case of Primal Strips that I had shipped to him.Julia staffed the table as she so wonderfully does every year at this event, and she bought some vegan treats for us as well as bringing the PCRM booklets.Cindy staffed the booth for a few hours, helped with the entire breakdown, and then stoically weathered the rain and the bomb threat (an unattended backpack - later cleared) while I got the car.

We handed out from the table about 100 of an assortment of CVA and other literature.

We also handed out about 125 Primal Strips.Twelve signed up for the e-newsletter, one of whom indicated interest in volunteering for CVA.

I helped with setup and breakdown, and otherwise mostly let the others staff the booth while I worked the crowd. I handed out 600 “Another Inconvenient Truth,” about 90% of which went to teenagers and people in their 20s.

2. Upcoming Activist Opportunities

Please contact Lorena at lorenavalenziveg@gmail.com if you can help.

05/09-10/14 WA, Everett ATF Epic Truth
05/10/2014 FL, Ocala Sanctus Real
05/10/2014 TN, Greenville MercyMe
05/15-17/14 TX, Fort Worth Joyce Meyer Conference
05/24/2014 AB, Edmonton CANADA - Capital Kings
05/31/2014 IL, Chicago Veggie Pride Parade
06/01/2014 TN, Nashville Casting Crowns
06/07/2014 WI, Madison Mad City Vegan Fest
06/07/2014 MN, Blaine Joyful Noise Family Fest
06/07/2014 TX, Houston Third Day
06/08/2014 CA, Vancouver Canada VEG Expo 2014 – TABLING - http://www.vegexpo.ca/
06/21/2014 AZ, Prescott Valley Kutless
06/21/2014 VA, Richmond Richmond Vegetarian Festival
06/27-30/14 DC, Washington Taking Action for Animals
07/2-6/2014 PA, Johnstown Vegetarian Summerfest 2014
07/5-6/2014 CO, Golden VegFest Colorado
07/10-13/14 CA, Los Angeles Animal Rights National Conference
07/19/2014 TX, Houston VegFest Houston
08/02/2014 VA, Fairfax Matthew West
08/08/2014 PA, Lancaster Third Day
08/9-10/2014 IL, Naperville VeggieFest Chicago
08/15/2014 PA, Pittsburgh 3 Rivers of Hope – Tenth Avenue North
08/16/2014 VA, Fairfax Third Day
08/21-23/14 ON, Toronto CANADA, Joyce Meyer Conference 2014
08/22/2014 NC, Cary Third Day
08/31/2014 GA, Atlanta Newboys
09/5-7/2014 Canada-Toronto Toronto Vegetarian Food Fair http://festival.veg.ca/
09/13/2014 CA, Anaheim Matthew West
09/20/2014 TX, Dallas Matthew West
09/25-27/14 MO, St. Louis Love Life 2014 Women’s Conference
09/27/2014 IN, Indianapolis Matthew West
09/27-28/14 OR, Portland Portland VegFest
10/05/2014 TX, Dallas MercyMe
10/18/2014 MN, Saint Paul Matthew West
10/25/2014 CO, Denver Matthew West
10/25/2014 OH, Lima Newboys
10/19/2014 TX, Dallas Texas Veggie Fair

3. Essay Review

Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict by Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan

This important book reports the careful study of 323 campaigns to overthrow the government, to become liberated from colonial rule, or to secede between 1900 and 2006. The authors found that nonviolent resistance was twice as likely as violent campaigns to succeed. In fact, nonviolent resistance was equal to or more successful than violence regardless of the type of government against which the campaign was working, from democratic to authoritarian. Further, successful nonviolent efforts were far more likely to result in democracies than successful violent campaigns, and the risk of civil war within ten years of a nonviolent campaign was far less.

The authors identified several the reasons that civil resistance is effective. It can recruit from a large segment of the population, unlike violent movements, which are comprised overwhelmingly of young men. Such broad public support is more likely if the regime responds to peaceful protests with violence. A broadly sympathetic population can effectively shut down the economy and the government with boycotts, strikes, and other forms of economic resistance. As a consequence, economic and military elites, who would be hesitant to side with a violent movement for fear of reprisals against them, can find joining a nonviolent movement enticing, particularly if the regime is losing its grip on power. By drawing on a large segment of the population, nonviolent movements features a wide range of skills, enhancing adaptability as government responds to the challenges posed by the movement.

Participation in violent movements, either directly or indirectly by providing food, shelter, or other kinds of support, tends to be more dangerous, discouraging participation. And, with a smaller group of people involved, it is often easier to eliminate an entire violent movement than a broad-based nonviolent movement.

This book finds that nonviolent civil resistance can be an effective strategy. There have been occasional voices among animal advocates defending violent tactics. Nonetheless, the movement has remained remarkably nonviolent. Whether or not violence on behalf of nonhumans could ever be justified ethically, from a practical standpoint there are good reasons to decry this approach.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

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

Rising from Death: Is it Physical or Spiritual or Both?

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