Thank you to my good friend Juliet Lamont for letting me know about Oakland Veg Week April 15-21 which will consist of vegan cooking demonstrations, talks on vegan nutrition by celebrated speakers Jack Norris (co-founder of Vegan Outreach) and Nathan Runkle (founder of Mercy for Animals); a free screening of Vegucated; and a grand finale celebration where attendees can sample some of the most delicious vegan fare available.
Oakland City Council member Nancy Nadel, Alameda County Supervisors Wilma Chan and Keith Carson, and Rep. Barbara Lee are all pledging to be veg for the week, and some of their staff are too. The city and county are both officially proclaiming April 15-21 to be Oakland Veg Week, and Oakland Unified School District will encourage students to try vegetarianism for the week.
This reminds me a bit of how I setup a Vegetarian Day in my Hungarian Peace Corps City during the first Earth Week I planned for the city. The School only served vegetarian meals that day - if you know Hungarian fare, that required some negotiation :)
Happy Oakland Veg Week!!