Tuesday, July 10, 2018



Edited by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace, Justice, and Ecology

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     OMNI’s JULY VEGETARIAN/VEGAN POTLUCK is Wednesday, July 11, 2018 (2ND Wednesdays), at OMNI, Center for Peace, Justice, and Ecology .  We start eating at 6:00.      All are welcome. 
      OMNI’s director is Gladys Tiffany.  OMNI is located at 3274 Lee Avenue parallel to N. College southeast of the Village Inn and south of Liquor World.  More information: 935-4422; 442-4600.     Or take College to Harold St (at Flying Burrito), turn east (right if you’re heading north). Go one block to Lee and turn left.  Go one block to Bertha and we’re the gray brick on the corner, 2nd house south of Liquor World, solar panels on roof! 

CONTENTS: OMNI’s Vegetarian/Vegan Action Newsletter #50, July 11, 2018

Health, Nutrition

Wiley Barnes will reveal more about our edible yards.
VegNews (July/August 2018)   
Two of the many ads.     Special attention to Los Angeles as a Veg/Vegan city. 
Article on the decline of the dairy industry.     Have a vegan wedding.  
Veg/vegan in social media.  And much more.


Protection of Animals, Empathy, Compassion    
Vegan Advocacy Initiative.
 New book: Animal and Disability Liberation. 
 Leaping Bunny Program: cruelty free companies.

Protection of Planet, Carnism, Climate Catastrophe, Mitigation, Adaptation

Google Search July 10, 2018


Health, Nutrition

Full-page ads in VegNews (July-August ’18):    Eden Foods, Dried Mushrooms:  Maitake and Shiitake.  These mushrooms “offer valuable polysaccharides, especially beta-glucan” and are “very rare sources of vegetable vitamin D as ergosterol, the reliable vitamin D2 precursor.”  “Veestro, gourmet plant-based meals delivered.”   “Organic and preservative-free.”  Won a VegNews 2017 Veggie Award.  Etc.

Editorial on LOS ANGELES, “the epicenter of the plant-based lifestyle.”  VegNews name LA “the #1 vegan city in America.”  And the city is featured in an article by Chris Miller & Kristy Turner.  “Made in LA.”  But Miami, Baltimore, and Vienna! And other cities are praised too.  An article on dairy milk, “Dairy Downfall” recounts how vegan options are dethroning dairy.  An article on vegan weddings!   Or throw a vegan summer bash.    Also a page on “Get Digital,” vegan happenings in social media.  And a page on books; e.g. “The Plantpower Way: Italia”  I have just now told you about 5% of this rich publication on the enjoyment of plant-based food.





Protection of Animals, Empathy, Compassion

Our Mission. Vegan Advocacy Initiative (VAI). VAI is a people of color, animal advocacy and food justice organization. As animal advocates, we support a shift ...
Dr. Linda Alvarez, PhD, Co-founder and Director. Linda ...
Donate to VAI. Thank you for donating to the Vegan ...
People of Color: Animal Rights, Advocacy and Food Justice ...
VAI co-founder Liz Ross interviewed on Collections By ...
2016 People of Color: Animal Rights, Advocacy and Food ...
If you have any questions about any of our programs or ...

See “Five Fierce Humanists” by Christopher Cameron.”  The Humanist (July/August 2018).  Liz Ross, a co-founder of VAI, is one of the five black “Fierce Humanists.”

New Book:  Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation by Sunaura Taylor.  The “entanglements within disability and animal rights.”

LEAPING BUNNY PROGRAM  LeapingBunny.org,  info@LeapingBunny.org  Connecting compassionate consumers with cruelty-free companies since 1996.”  Download & tap the new cruelty-free APP.   Leapingbunny.org/APP



Protection of Planet, the Climate Catastrophe, Mitigation, Adaptation

Eating Meat and Climate Catastrophe, Google Search, July 10, 2018 
What you eat has a climate impact! Here are ... Food and climate change. The sun sets over ... As global meat consumption increases, so does its climate impact.

Apr 7, 2016 - People Still Don't Get the Link between Meat Consumption and Climate Change. A new kind of messaging could make it easier to appreciate ...

Animal agriculture and eating meat are the biggest causes of global warming .... To full address climate change impacts, we need to consider different types of ...

Nov 22, 2017 - According to NASA, at least 97 percent of publishing climate scientists agree thatclimate change is real. The debate over whether human ...

by J de Boer - ‎2013 - ‎Cited by 68 - ‎Related articles
This paper addresses the relationship between meat eating and climate change focusing on motivational explanations of environmentally-relevant consumer ...
fortune.com › Commentary › Climate Change
Jul 19, 2017 - Eating a vegetarian or vegan diet could have a positive impact on climate change, since so much energy goes into meat production.
Climate change has been called humankind's greatest challenge and the world's ... the most important thing that you can do is stop eating meat, eggs, and dairy ...
Dec 12, 2017
Eating our way out of climate change ... Even so, the U.S. still has one of the highest per capita meat ...
Sep 15, 2017 - To stop climate change, we need to eat less meat ... But if the aim of all this was to reduce meat consumption, those efforts have failed.


Contents: OMNI’s Vegetarian/Vegan Action Newsletter #49, June 13, 2018
Vegetarian Summerfest 2018, arranged by NAVS, North American Vegetarian Society, July 4-8, Johnstown, PA.  VegetarianSummerfest.org

Health, Nutrition
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine: Vegetarian Starter Kit
D’Andrea, 10 Best Vegan Cities
Vegan Restaurant in Each State of USA
Cookbook Reviews

Protection of Animals, Empathy and Compassion for Animals
Two Books
    Rollin.  The Unheeded Cry
    Lindstrom.  The Skeptical Vegan
Farm Sanctuary
Humane Farming Association
Brutal Slaughterhouse Industry
Vegan Leather Industry
Eating Animals

Climate Change, Extreme Weather, Resistance
Vegetarian/Vegan Diet vs. Fossil Fuels: 3 essays

END OMNI’s Vegetarian/Vegan Action Newsletter #50, July 11, 2018

Wednesday, June 20, 2018


United Nations WORLD REFUGEE DAY NEWSLETTER #7, June 20, 2018.
Compiled by Dick Bennett for a CULTURE OF PEACE, JUSTICE, and ECOLOGY   
(Newsletter #1 June 20, 2008; #2 Dec. 4, 2011; #3 June 20, 2012; #4, June 20, 2014; #5, June 20, 2015; #6 June 20, 2017).

UN World Refugee Day is held every year on June 20, a special day when the world takes time to recognize the desperate needs and the resilience of forcibly displaced people, and to plan ways to help them.
Contents:  Refugees from Violence of War and Warming Newsletter #7, June 20, 2018

War, Fleeing

Keep Families Together Act
Block Mortenson

Refugees Today, Fleeing
UN WIRE.  UN Foundation.
May 4, 2018
News covering the UN and the world

Millions of civilians remain trapped by violent conflict in Syria and negotiations to protect residents are critical, warns United Nations humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland. "The notion that it is ebbing, this war, is completely wrong. This war is on and it's still in the midst of the civilian population," he says.

UNHCR Google Search, 6-20-18
Your Gift Provides Shelter, Food & Water For Families Who Have Lost Everything. Tax-deductible. Rapid Crisis Response. 501(c)(3) Non-profit. BBB Accredited. Giving Refugees Hope. Types: Food, Water, Shelter, Safety, Protection.
UNHCR helps protect women and child refugees round the world.
USA for UNHCR's mission, work, &
info about tax-deductible donations
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UNHCR 2001-2018 · Media centre · Careers · Emergencies portal · Refworld · Contact us · Privacy policy · Data · Report fraud or abuse · Terms & conditions of ...
http://www.unhcr.org/5a0c05027.pdf#zoom=95. About Us · Emergencies · What We Do · News and Stories · Governments and Partners · Get Involved.
Top stories
UNHCR · 1 day ago
UNHCR · 14 hours ago
2018 UNHCR Annual Consultations with NGOs. Putting people first - 27-29 June 2018. Registration is closed. Please note that this year, badges will not be ...

It's #WorldRefugeeDay: We're Matching Your Donation to Adopt-A-Future!   6-20-18
Rachel Bowen Pittman unausa.org> Unsubscribe
5:51 PM (48 minutes ago)
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Dear Dick,
Global forced displacement has reached a new high. 
In its annual Global Trends report, UNHCR reported that conflict and persecution in countries including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan and Myanmar had driven worldwide forced displacement to a record high for the fifth year in a row. 
Over half of the world's 25.4 million refugees are children. Many will spend their entire childhoods away from home, sometimes separated from their families.
But there is hope. 
A gift of just $25 to UNA-USA's Adopt-A-Future initiative provides school supplies and clothing for a refugee child to enroll in school. Even better? When you give online today, your donation will be distributed to help children go to school in the 60 UN Refugee Agency schools in the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps in Kenya. Your donation will also be MATCHED through the Educate a Child Fund of Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser of Qatar and other philanthropic partners and, doubling the impact of the initiative.
Your contribution will be used to:
 Purchase school supplies
 Provide clothing to a refugee child
 Train teachers to support children affected by trauma
 Give students a chance to have a brighter future, both academically and emotionally
To get a former refugee’s perspective on how your donation is providing the much needed assistance to camps like Kakuma, read Peter Magai Bul’s story.
This is about real girls and boys who desperately need our help right now. YOU can make the world a better place for these children with your simple act of kindness.Give today
Rachel Bowen Pittman
Senior Director, Membership & Programs, UNA-USA
 To learn more about the Adopt-A-Future campaign and see how else you can help refugees, click here

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Contact Info:
United Nations Association of the United States of America
1750 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC, DC 20006
United States

On World Refugee Day, Help Keep Families Together
Dylan Williams, J Street Government Affairs   6-20-18  Unsubscribe
7:54 AM (6 hours ago)
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Today is World Refugee Day.
Today, on our southern border, the children of asylum seekers are being pried from their parents’ arms and forced into camps.
Parents who’ve fled trauma and persecution to seek refuge in America will instead be forced to endure the unfathomable terror of not knowing if they will ever see their children again.
What the Trump administration is doing to these families is barbaric. As Jews, it’s impossible not to see echoes of our history.
And while the focus of our work remains US policy toward the Middle East, we must also stand up and defend our values at home.
As Jews, it’s impossible to remain silent.
That's why, over the past few weeks, J Street has joined with a wide spectrum of Jewish groups -- including the national movements of every major Jewish denomination -- to stand up against family separation.
Today, on World Refugee Day, we’re asking you to add your voice.
Numbers and a script will be provided at the link.
Thank you for taking action.
Dylan Williams
J Street Vice President of Government Affairs
J Street is a proud co-sponsor of the June 30 Familes Belong Together Rallies taking place in Washington, DC and across the country.
If your religious practices allow you to participate on Shabbat, we encourage you to attend an event in your community to demand the Trump administration stop separating children from their families.


Block Mortensen on World Refugee Day
Mariam Iskajyan  6-20-18
2:45 PM (37 minutes ago)
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Last month, Trump nominated anti-immigrant extremist Ronald Mortensen to oversee refugee resettlement in the U.S. as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM). A xenophobic racist like Mortensen should not be the top diplomat overseeing U.S. policies towards the millions of people uprooted by humanitarian crises across the world.
Next month, the Senate will vote on whether to confirm Mortensen in this dangerous position. And we can block him.
Already, there is bipartisan pressure to block Mortensen’s nomination. If we put enough pressure on our Senators right now, we can stop Mortensen and start to break apart the racist infrastructure upholding the militarized and barricaded borders of this country.
Mortensen literally gets paid to be a white supremacist. He works for a far-right, anti-immigrant hate group and spews rhetoric attacking immigrants. What’s more, confirming Mortensen would add yet another bigot to a Trump administration already stacked with anti-migrant and anti-Muslim extremists, from Stephen Miller to Mike Pompeo.
Migration is a human right. The world is facing the worst refugee crisis since World War II — many of whom are fleeing wars caused by the United States’ failed violence-first foreign policy and natural disasters fueled by U.S.-driven climate change —and yet the United States is currently at the lowest refugee resettlement goals in history.
This is no accident. From the Trump administration’s refugee bans disguised as “extreme vetting,” to the Muslim ban, to the inhumane policy of separating migrant kids from their families, Trump’s attacks on refugees are part and parcel of his racist, anti-immigrant agenda and systematic effort to dismantle U.S. refugee resettlement and other immigration relief programs.
On this day and every day, let’s exercise true solidarity with refugees on the frontlines of war, climate catastrophe, social and economic inequalities, and violence. Not just because militarism is a core root cause of the modern-day refugee crisis, but because all humans, especially those fleeing their homes, have the right to safety, shelter and refuge, and the U.S. has an obligation to provide it. Refugees already face devastating obstacles in the pursuit of safety. We can’t allow Mortensen to make this pursuit impossible.
Thank you for standing with refugees today,
Mariam, Aubrey, Tara and the Win Without War team.

Contents:  UN World Refugee DAY Newsletter #6, June 20, 2017
Fleeing Wars and Violence
Refugees and Displaced from Wars and Violence 2017
Climate Refugees and Displaced Persons 2017
“Canopy” for Northwest Arkansas
A Play and a Diary About WWII Jewish Refugees
UNHCR: UN High Commissioner for Refugees 2017
UNHCR Newsletter 2016
UNA-USA 2017        
   Kenya, Nigeria, Myanmar, Guatemala, Syria, Europe: children
    UNA-USA 2016 Giving Tuesday
Chobani’s Gives Money
And Athens a Hotel