"Living Thanksgiving" - Vegan Potluck Thanksgiving Gathering

Thursday, November 22, 2012, 1pm

United Methodist Church of Lenox
6 Holmes Road
Lenox MA 01240

The program will feature Miram Jones and Aram Polster of the V.I.N.E. (Veganism is the Next Evolution) Animal Rescue Sanctuary in Springfield, VT  [see: ]

All seats MUST have a reservation (space is limited), and must contact Melissa Campbell at: 413-684-0176  or [email protected]

This event is expected to sell out.  Please reserve early.

There will be a fee of $7.00 for adults, and $3.00 for kids 3-12.

Each person is asked to bring a dish that will serve 10. Please bring a vegan dish (free of all animal products).  Please attach a recipe card with ingredients. Also bring your own place setting and utensils.  Coffee and hot/cold water will be provided.

After the dinner…there will be a voluntary share time for people to read a poem, tell a short story, or tell why  they are thankful.  Then, be prepared for Miriam Jones and Aram Polster to tell us about their work in farm animal rescue and public education and outreach.

Aram Polster began working at racetracks in NYC for many years, and then at a Thoroughbred breeding and training farm in NJ, Aram observed first hand how the lives of race horses are controlled from birth until death. The abuses and deaths inherent in the industry opened his eyes to the "romantic" idea of thoroughbred racing.   Working for an equine veterinarian, and then at a small animal practice helped to further convince him that animals were not ours to use, exploit, or eat. The decision to go to law school came after thinking that this would be a powerful tool to use to help animals.  He met  Miriam Jones in 2006 and became involved with VINE Sanctuary (formerly known as the Eastern Shore Sanctuary) shortly after.

Miriam Jones began activism at an early age, working for GLBT liberation and general feminist issues, and transitioned into work on behalf of adults with serious mental illness, survivors of rape and childhood sexual abuse, people who are homeless, and, finally, high school students who are among the most neglected individuals by social justice advocates. She turned to animal rights 13 years ago, when she and Pattrice Jones formed Veganism Is the Next Evolution (then known as the Eastern Shore Sanctuary and Education
Center), and has never looked back.

The Berkshire Vegan Network is a non-profit organization which strives to educate, inspire, and empower people to move towards a plant-based diet, promote healthy people within a healthy planet, and to take
compassionate action for all life on earth.  

Please join us for this up-lifting celebration of kindness, compassion and thankfulness, while experiencing the most eco-friendly and most low-carbon way to dine. 

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