Grrrreen is the New Riot Grrrl

June 17, 2008

ViroPOP, a rad, green, video network with an adorable Aussie host – has posted a video with the best in greewashing! Stick around till the end for GE’s SEXY COAL greenwashing ad. Check it out below:

Best of Girly Girl Army!:

If you haven’t signed up for the GGA newsletter, here’s some of what your missing from Chloe Jo’s weekly newsletter today:

  • Bill O’Reilly thinks that if he says “these people are unstable, loons” – everyone will just take his word for it.
  • Yet another reason to name your firstborn after Dennis Kucinich.
  • How to Recycle Your Old CFL Light Bulbs: CFLs use less electricity, last longer, and look cool in your shopping cart. But as their critics are quick to point out, they do contain a small amount of mercury. That means they need to be properly recycled, unlike old incandescent bulbs.
  • Animal advocates; Taking Action for Animals is a legendary conference where you can network with national leaders and hundreds of grassroots advocates in July in Washington, DC.

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  • NYC: Garden Party & Vegan BBQ in Honor of Council Member Jimmy Vacca
    When: Saturday, June 21, 4pm to 6pm
    Where: Green Oasis Garden (East 8th Street between Avenues C and D in Manhattan)
    Suggested Donation: $75 (Your donation will be matched by the City 6-to-1!)
    RSVP: john@humanenyc.org / 917-450-3176
    Food: Veggie burgers, veggie dogs & corn on the cob!
    Jimmy was elected to the City Council in 2005 and has since become one of the most outspoken members when it comes to animal protection issues. Come celebrate him, and meet some compassionate cuties at this fun BBQ!

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  • A HUNTER MOVES IN WITH AN ANIMAL LOVER – WATCH WHAT HAPPENS!!
    From compassionate cutie Melissa Karpel; “As one of PETA’s campaign coordinators, I get to travel the nation, leading campaigns to help educate people on animal rights issues. I recently had the opportunity to take part in a reality TV show called 30 Days, the brainchild of filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (of Supersize Me fame). On each episode of 30 Days, a person or group of people must live for one month with someone who has drastically different beliefs and a different lifestyle. In my episode, George, a hunter, had to live with my family and me—who are all animal rights activists and vegans—for 30 days. George had a busy month! He took part in PETA protests—including one against KFC, for which he wore a chicken suit, and another against Burberry’s use of fur—gathered signatures for a California bill that would eliminate the worst abuses in factory farming, and got to know animals on a very personal level. Please tune in on June 17 at 10 p.m. on the FX network to see for yourself how George handles animal rights activism while living as a vegan for 30 days. In Morgan Spurlock’s words, it will be the “best hour of television that you’re ever going to see in your life.” Check out PETA.org during the next week for updates on where George is now and behind-the-scenes bonus features. Please also forward this message to your friends and family!” Check out a clip from it here.

GALActic

May 18, 2008

The Farm Sanctuary Gala was amazing! Being with so many compassionate, wonderful people in one room was inspiring. I met my president, Dennis Kucinich, got felt up by Skinny Bitch: Rory Freedman, and ate amazing pastries from Vegan Treats!

Farm Sanctuary Gala 2008

Top Down: Joshua Katcher, Dennis Kucinich, Rory Freedman,
vegan treats cakes, Kevin Nealon, Melissa Fornabaio, Lisa Edelstein
Russell Simmons, Chloe Jo Berman (Girlie Girl Army), Jeremy Davis

I had the pleasure of producing a video for the Gala:

Thanks to Kaight Shop for my hot organic blazer and organic green shirt by Turk & Taylor! I also wore an organic tie by John Patrick Organic, thrift pants, and NOVOCAS Dennis Brown shoes. If you haven’t been to Kaight in the LES, definitely check it out. There is a nice sized organic menswear section!

Kaight Shop


Fresh Friday Finds

May 15, 2008

1. There is still time to come out and support Farm Sanctuary’s life-saving efforts! Hang out withhttps://i0.wp.com/annansi.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2006/11/Russell-Simmons-pic.jpgDennis Kucinich Russell Simmons, Dennis Kucinich, yours truly, and other animal and eco advocates, celebs, designers, and all the ethically fabulous people at the 2008 Gala, hosted by Heather Mills.

SPECIAL GUESTS:

Emily Deschanel, Christine Ebersole, Lisa Edelstein, Susie Essman, Rory Freedman, Dennis Kucinich, Swoosie Kurtz, Vanessa Marcil, Peter Max, Kevin Nealon, Dan Piraro, Eric Roberts, Ally Sheedy, Russell Simmons, Hal Sparks, Loretta Swit, True and Keisha Whitaker, Persia White, and, many more…to be announced!

Tickets are $400 per person.
To purchase tickets, donate and learn more, or to find out about sponsorship and advertising opportunities and make product donations and auction contributions to support the event, please contact us at 607-583-2225 ext.221 or gala@farmsanctuary.org

2. Lazy Activist? Help Animals Every Time You IM!

3. Joshua’s Vegan Ricotta (for Stuffed Shells, Manicotti, or Lasagna)

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What You’ll Need:

  • 1 package jumbo shells / manicotti (can be used in Lasagna also)
  • 1 large jar/ 2 cans of organic, vegan red sauce or marinara
  • 1 block silken tofu
  • 1 block “follow your heart” Monterey-Jack vegan cheese
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 Tbs Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 Tbs Basil
  • 1 Tbs Sugar or other sweetner
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • (add spinach or mushroom to the mixture if desired)

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor, use like ricotta to stuff shells or manicotti, or layer in lasagna.
  2. Pour a 1/4 inch layer of red sauce on the bottom of a baking dish. Stuff shells/manicotti with the mixture using a teaspoon. Arrange the stuffed pasta on top of the sauce, side by side. Pour remaining sauce over the pasta. the sauce should come up to just about the top of the pasta.

Tip – For a cheesier dish, shred additional vegan cheese to melt over the top while baking, (make sure to cover with foil or pyrex lid so it melts) if desired.

4. If you are a homo in California, you can now legally get married! Read the NYT article. The court’s 4-to-3 decision striking down state laws that had limited marriages to unions between a man and a woman makes California only the second state, after Massachusetts, to allow same-sex marriages.

5. Good news for forests!

Environmental Investigation Agency Applauds U.S. Congress for Passing World’s First Ban on Import of Illegally Logged Wood. Read the full article here.

“WASHINGTON, May 15 — The United States Congress today passed landmark legislation to address the global illegal logging crisis. The U.S. is the first country in the world to prohibit the import of illegally-harvested wood and wood products.”

6. Organic Skinnies and Chinos from Loomstate:

LOOMSTATE at Barney’s


A Discerning Brute: Gene Baur

March 14, 2008
Gene Baur

When I attended the NYC launch of Gene Baur’s national book tour, I didn’t expect to be fed amazing food from Candle 79, mingle with Moby and other smart celebs, and have fuel added to the fire of my passion for animal advocacy while listening to Gene read from his book.Farm Sanctuary continues to be this Discerning Brute’s favorite animal advocacy organization (especially since I make routine trips to their sanctuaries to hang with the animals!). I met Gene for the first time last fall in LA at their star-studded Gala.

Gene, Coral Smith, Billy McNamara, Joshua Katcher
Gene Baur, Coral Smith (MTV’s Real World), Billy McNamara, Joshua Katcher

Twenty years ago, Gene started Farm Sanctuary with meager resources, and today it is the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization. Farm Sanctuary has worked to expose and stop cruel practices of the “food animal” industry through research and investigations, legal and institutional reforms, public awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts. Farm Sanctuary shelters in Watkins Glen, N.Y., and Orland, Calif., provide lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals, who have become ambassadors for farm animals everywhere by educating visitors about the realities of factory farming. Additional information can be found at www.farmsanctuary.org.

Attend the Book Tour:
Click HERE for a list of cities and dates. Gene Baur’s national book tour is scheduled to visit cities across the country to promote the book and share his experiences from more than 20 years on the front lines of the animal protection movement. He will explore the ethical questions involved in the production of beef, poultry, pork, milk, and eggs and address the systematic mistreatment of 10 billion farm animals who are exploited specifically for food every year in the U.S.

Buy the Book: 100 percent of author proceeds will be donated to Farm Sanctuary. Click Click Here.

Wine & Dine in NYC with Gene, Celebs, the Ethically Fabulous, and Yours Truly:
Farm Sanctuary will be hosting its next Gala for Farm Animals on Saturday, May 17, 2008 in New York at Cipriani Wall Street! For more information on this event, please visit the Gala website.

Gala


Are you an artist or crafts-person? Want to donate a farm-animal related item to the Auction?

At the past auctions, Fred Willard, Deborah Skelton, Emily Deschanel, Alicia Silverstone, Dennis Kucinich, Paul Reuben, Moby, and hordes of other amazing people bid on artwork from huge atists like Peter Max and Sue Coe, and artists just like you! Farm Sanctuary’s Gala auction raises over $50,000 for farm animals in need. This crucial fundraising effort is only possible thanks to the generosity of artists and other contributors. For information about contributing to the Gala auction click here, or contact Chloe Jo Berman at 212-989-8482 or cberman@farmsanctuary.org.

DB’s Etiquette Recommendation: Book parties are great places to meet people who have similar interests, so show up and look like you mean it! If you come to the NYC gala, and want to hang out with me, drop me a line! Don’t forget to get a nice eco-friendly suit from one of the many designers listed in the right (or just get one from your local thrift store)!