Weekly Newsletter - June 30, 2016
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

  1. CVA Activist
  2. Advocating for Animals, part 2
  3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. CVA Activist

Star Sevadar frequently leaflets with CVA and Vegan Outreach materials. Sunday, June 26 was a particularly good day, and Star relates that he distributed 600 “Joyful, Compassionate Living” booklets at a Santa Monica, CA live free music event. Great work, Star!

2. Advocating for Animals, Part 2

Last week, I discussed how freedom of speech is essential to animal advocacy. The freedom to choose our government officials is another crucial right.
Many people, dismayed by the quality of candidates for public office or annoyed by the hassles of voting, choose not to vote. In doing so, they become largely invisible and impotent in the political process. Most politicians care little about the desires of constituents but they do care about how their constituents vote.
Many nonvoters note that it is very rare that a single vote determines the outcome of an election. However, it does happen. More importantly, one person’s apathy encourages others to take the same attitude.
Effective animal advocates make sure that elected officials know the degree to which our vote is influenced by their record on animal issues. One way to do this is to weigh in with calls and/or letters when animal issues come up for vote.
Finally, we must vigorously enforce the integrity of the voting process. As has been said, “It’s not who votes that counts. It’s who counts the votes.”
Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

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

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