Wilmington Vegan Celebration!

Wilmington Vegan Celebration – All-Vegan Hot Bar at Tidal Creek!
Celebrate Wilmington Vegan and welcome your new group leaders!!
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1550078498445048/


It has been my pleasure to have been the leader of Wilmington Vegan for the past several years. I could never have imagined it would grow this big or be such a significant force for good. We’ve had numerous wonderful social events including monthly potlucks, happy hours, and “Carrot Mobs.” We’ve set up our outreach tables at so many community events such as the Wilmington Earth Day Festival and Fire in the Pines. We have repeatedly published the Wilmington Vegan Restaurant and Community Guide, making it easier for both locals and tourists to find vegan eats in Wilmington (as well as encouraging dialog between restaurants and the community). And of course, the Facebook group and the Wilmington Vegan website have been the hubs that made it effortless for people to find their community.

But things have changed in my life and it’s time for me to hand over my leadership to someone new. I am absolutely thrilled to announce to you that the new leader of Wilmington Vegan is Reva Kelly. For those of you who don’t know her, you will find that she is intelligent, kind, and passionate about veganism. She is a true fighter for animal liberation. And (drum roll please) she will be bringing us the first Wilmington Vegan Food Bus!!

Reva’s new role is Executive Director of Wilmington Vegan (and she will be pursuing our non-profit status to make this official). Autumn Butler is coming on as Assistant Executive Director. Board members will be announced at a later date.

I am incredibly happy about these changes and I can already see that Wilmington Vegan is moving up to the next level. Get ready because a lot of amazing changes are about to happen in your community!! Now you must come celebrate this major event with us on Saturday, March 3rd, 4pm, at Tidal Creek. Enjoy an all-vegan hot bar! Talk about upcoming projects or just come to socialize and have fun!

~ Sue Cag

Resist Horse-Drawn Carriages in Wilmington

For the past 30 years, a horse-drawn trolley has operated in downtown Wilmington. Now the city is considering granting permits to a new business that wishes to bring more horses downtown in the form of “romantic” horse-drawn hansom cab rides.

Resist Horse-Drawn Carriages in Wilmington is a newly formed group whose short-term mission is to prevent the expansion of horse-drawn vehicles in the Port City, and to see this type of transportation disappear from Wilmington entirely in the long-term.

Horse-drawn carriages are a relic from times past, when animals were essentially used as “machines” to perform difficult work. Now in 2018, these carriages are a novelty item in many high-traffic tourist locations, including Wilmington’s historic downtown district. Fortunately, more and more people are recognizing the fact that horse-drawn carriages—a bygone relic of ages past that are neither safe, humane, nor romantic —do not belong anywhere, and certainly not on crowded urban streets.

In city after city, horse-drawn carriages have been involved in accidents, resulting in injury and even death to horses, drivers, passengers, and pedestrians alike. Even in the absence of accidents, horse-drawn carriages are cruel to the animals, who are forced to walk on pavement and breathe traffic fumes from morning to night.

The mayor and city councilors have heard from the company wishing expand horse carriages in Wilmington. Now they need to hear from those who oppose such expansion. To sign up to speak at future city council meetings, learn more about the issue, and join others in keeping horses and humans safe downtown, visit Resist Horse-Drawn Carriages in Wilmington online at www.resisthdc.wordpress.com or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/groups/resisthdc).

CAFOs Have Got to Go! – Saturday, February 24th


Organized by NC Farmed Animal Save (in partnership with Cape Fear Riverwatch, Clean Cape Fear, Women Organizing for Wilmington, and Grandmothers for Peace)

Right upstream from Wilmington there are billions of gallons of pig feces, urine, and blood being sprayed into the air of Duplin County residents. These pigs are kept in horrendous conditions, most with barely enough room to move. Laws have been passed limiting the damages residents affected by this destructive industry can receive. Let us unite against animal agriculture, an industry destroying the planet and the lives of so many.

Watch Democracy Now’s informative story: https://youtu.be/eyAFNV4Afgw

What: CAFOS Have Got To Go
Where: Intersection of College Rd. and Oleander Dr. Wilmington, NC
When: Saturday, February 24th, 4:00pm
Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1879702065693298/
RSVP: Not required and this event is open to the public – all are welcome


Vegan Moral March on Raleigh by Vegans for Peace

When: Saturday, February 10th, 2018, 8:30am-2pm
Where: Living Kitchen (555 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601)
Facebook Event Link: https://facebook.com/events/244929436030997/

Vegans for Peace

Vegans for Peace:

Our biggest and most exciting event of the year!

This will be the third year we participate in the “Mass Moral March” in downtown Raleigh. Organized by the NAACP and supported by a coalition of over 200 progressive groups, this annual event draws upwards of 10,000 people.

Last year, we had over 150 vegans participate. This year, we expect even more. People from all over NC (and beyond) will be joining us! This event offers us a unique opportunity to stand in solidarity with others who are fighting for basic human rights and environmental justice. At the same time, this is a golden opportunity for us to educate others about animal rights and the devastating environmental impacts of animal agriculture.

We’ll meet in front of Living Kitchen, 555 Fayetteville St., at 8:30 a.m. Pre-rally begins at 9:00 a.m. The actual march begins at 10:00 a.m and should conclude by 12:30. Afterward, we’ll meet for lunch (location TBD).

We’ll carry our banner, wave flags and hold signs with peaceful messages expressing love, compassion and respect for all living beings. In order to have a unified presence, we will be offering discounted Vegans for Peace t-shirts. Signs will be provided. We prefer to have a unified and cohesive presence under the banner of Vegans for Peace.

Last year was a truly exciting and memorable event that helped mobilize our community. Together, we can make this event even bigger as we show NC the beauty and promise of veganism! For a better understanding of what past marches have looked like, watch this video: https://youtube.com/watch?v=zkOP2-9d04o.

If you would like to help organize, please let us know in the comments. We need volunteers to help with photography, video, directing participants/selling t-shirts, point people to direct traffic, organize lunch, etc. If you are in need of a ride or a place to stay, please see the thread in the discussion below. In the coming months, we’ll post a link so you can see if a bus is coming from your area. We will do our very best to help everyone make it.

As you’re able, donations are appreciated to help cover the cost of signs, rental space for lunch, flags, food, etc: https://paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/1593884. If you haven’t already, please join our Meetup group and mailing list to stay informed of future events: http://vegansforpeace.org. Our FB group is: http://facebook.com/groups/vegansforpeace

Let’s continue to inspire and support one another as we work to lay the foundation for a peaceful, nonviolent world!

Wilmington’s First VegFest – April 14th, 2018!


Wilmington’s first VegFest will take place on Saturday, April 14th, 2018 from 12-5pm at the Coastline Conference Center (501 Nutt St downtown)! This is a non-profit event organized by Triangle VegFest’s executive director Helene Greenberg. Please take a look at the Triangle VegFest festivities to get an idea of the greatness to expect!! Please like and share the Wilmington VegFest Facebook page and GET EXCITED!!

What: Wilmington VegFest
When: Saturday, April 14th, 2018, 12pm-5pm
Where: Coastline Conference Center (501 Nutt St, Wilmington, NC 28401)
Event Link: https://facebook.com/events/1462170853903560/
Website: http://wilmingtonvegfest.com
Facebook Page: https://facebook.com/ncvegfests

Interested in being a vendor? Please contact: