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Hungry protesters in your town? We’ve got funds to help feed them! Email us (hillaryrettig null@null yahoo NULL.com) and we’ll see if we can partner.
“We just think it’s so awesome that you’re here supporting us as we try to get rid of these scoundrels!” – Madison, WI protester
“It’s great you guys are here. We’re from Fond du Lac, and my wife teaches in Ripon…The muffins are delicious!” – Madison, WI protester
Vegan Protest Fuel gets vegan food into the hands of peaceful demonstrators throughout the world who are rising up for democracy, freedom and justice.
- support and sustain the protesters
- support local vegan (or vegan-friendly) businesses
- increase the visibility of vegans in the larger social justice community, and show our alignment and solidarity with other social justice movements (e.g., labor, economic justice and civil rights movements)
- introduce non-vegans to delicious, healthy, ethical vegan food
Nearly 100% of all donations (see below) goes to providing food. All delivery and serving labor is donated. Most of the restaurants we work with discount the food they provide to Vegan Protest Fuel, further leveraging your donation.
For more information on Vegan Protest Fuel, see the below FAQ. Thanks for visiting, please donate, and please tell your friends!
Are you serving non-vegan foods? No. Only vegan.
Are you working exclusively with vegan restaurants? In areas with a vegan-only restaurant that serves inexpensive “protest-ready” food (e.g., sandwiches), we will preferentially work with this restaurant. In areas without such a restaurant, we will work with a vegan/vegetarian restaurant. In areas lacking even that, we will work with any restaurant that can deliver vegan meals. But strong priority will always go to restaurants with a strong vegan commitment.
Do you take donations from stores? Sure! We’re looking for things like veggie wraps, hummus wraps and vegan soups.
Does 100% of contributions go directly to food? Our fiscal sponsor takes a (reasonable) 5% administrative fee, and PayPal takes around a 2.5% commission. So, unless otherwise indicated, around 92.5% of your donation will go to food. (There may also be applicable sales taxes.) All delivery and distribution labor is donated by local activists, and our restaurants and other providers typically give us discounts, further leveraging your donation.
Is my contribution tax deductible? If you donate via our Website, yes. If you pay directly through a restaurant, no. (Check with your accountant to be sure.)
Isn’t what you’re doing redundant with local vegan groups, national vegan outreach programs, Food not Bombs, etc.? We love those organizations and complement them very well! We specialize in protests because we believe there is a special benefit to be gained from making a strong vegan appearance at them (see above four goals).
Why are you using restaurant food? Isn’t that more expensive than preparing it yourselves? It sometimes is more expensive. However, time is often of the essence during protests so getting restaurant food fast to the scene makes sense. Also, we like to see vegans at the protests, instead of home cooking. Finally, there’s a benefit to supporting vegan restaurants.
There’s a protest in my area. How can I get Vegan Protest Fuel to donate food? Email Hillary Rettig (hillaryrettig null@null yahoo NULL.com) with your request. Please note that we are focused on nonviolent protests related to freedom, social justice and economic equality. We reserve the right to reject any request for lack of resources, or any reason whatsoever.
How much advance notice do you need? Advance notice is always good, but we know protests can start quickly, and we are prepared to move quickly. Contact us as soon as possible.
Who created this? / Who is in charge? The idea came from Hillary Rettig (http://www NULL.hillaryrettig NULL.com), a Boston-based vegan activist and author of The Lifelong Activist: How to Change the World Without Losing Your Way (http://lanternbooks NULL.com/detail NULL.html?id=1590560906) (Lantern Books, 2006). In March, 2011, she read a news story about a Madison, WI pizzeria taking orders from around the world for pizzas for protesters opposing the extremist Republican governor’s budget cuts and union busting, and thought there should be a similar program for vegans. Via Facebook she was able to connect with Wisconsin-based vegan blogger Dan Nordstrom and the Madison-based Simply Vegan (http://simplyvegan NULL.net) vegan outreach campaign to set up a donations infrastructure via PayPal, arrange food deliveries from local favorite Green Owl Cafe (http://thegreenowlcafe NULL.com/), create a Facebook page, and promote the project.
Everything came together nicely, and in three days, Vegan Protest Fuel raised $840 from supporters in Massachusetts, New York, South Dakota, Alaska, Maryland, Illinois, Indiana and Connecticut – as well as from within Wisconsin itself – enabling Vegan Protest Fuel to send hundreds of meals to protesters.
A day later, Patrick Tyrrell (http://www NULL.patricktyrrell NULL.com) donated design and setup for this Website. And Keith Dawson (http://www NULL.technologyfront NULL.com) provided discount Web hosting.
Hillary (hillaryrettig null@null yahoo NULL.com) and Dan continue to coordinate Vegan Protest Fuel, and are hoping the need for it grows far and wide as more people organize for their freedoms while seeking to eat ethically.