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Hello, My name is Debra, and I'm a vegan...how often I get to say those words surprises even me. But the outcome of saying it, is not the outcome I am looking for. 

My husband and I are looking for people of like mind to-what, commune with? to have dinners with? to make friends with. It all ties in. We are members of many animal rights groups, and support a slough of causes, from PETA, MFA, UPC, Farm Sanctuary, IFAW, FINCA, I can't even name all the causes we support. But after three years living in the same area of Virginia, we still haven't found a group of animal lovers who love the living animal, and not their flesh. 

We have even begun to solicit those same groups for some sort of meet-up, for locals. But if you are not willing to stand around and pass out flyers, they don't have any ideas. There are vegan meet-ups, but they are more central to Washington DC, than they are Leesburg, or Winchester, VA. So what is a vegan animal rights lover to do? 

The natural inclination is to broadcast my diet. I'm a vegan. First and foremost, that gives people the knowledge I require them to know. I will not eat animals I'd rather pet and love, or watch, and admire. Secondly, and hopefully, it lets people know I'm fishing, so to speak. I just cast my line into the pond, and hopefully, I'll get a bite. Some vegan will say, "Hey! So am I!" Then the conversation begins. 

Why is that so hard? In a movement that is growing in momentum; a movement that has been proven to feed the world and save it from the damage done by factory farming; a movement that will take the bloodbath out of our food, and the suffering out of our diet; this movement is not in every town, nor in most restaurants. It is frustrating to go through my town and see the three new restaurants being built but the word 'barbeque' in red letters on their sign. "Coming Soon... Well, it is appropriate. 

So, I've contacted the Meet-up groups nearest to us some 30 miles away. I'm contacting all the organizations we belong to and asking if they would be wiling to host introductions to each other, or to allow us to contact each other through them. It makes sense to me that there is strength in numbers, that we will encourage each other in our little corner of the world.

My hope is that sooner or later, (obviously sooner,) these groups will see the logic in keeping its members in contact with each other, so that we support each other, and assist each other when there is some abuse we need to address. Then, I suspect, we will not feel like we are alone in this. That then, we can feel the soldierly commraderie that we are lacking in the spread out regions we live in. Is that too much to ask? 

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  1. Anita Vegana
    I am lucky to have always lived in large cities where there are regular vegan meet-ups. I can't complain, but I can understand your frustration. I voted. I have an article called Veganism and Capitalism. You may vote if you like it.
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  2. SnakeWitch
    This is a touching story. I hope you get what you want - and need - soon. There's nothing like feeling left out. Voted! Have you had a chance to read my new piece about Wall-e? Hope you enjoy it!
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  3. Veganara
    Veganara
    Voted. Great blog. I know how you feel, as I don't know many vegans near me, but I am hoping to move house soon to be closer to London, where the veg/AR community is huge, and I already have friends there. Hope you can find more people, it does take time! You might be interested in my latest recipe for quesadillas, and if you like it, please vote!
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  4. Akanksha
    Akanksha
    That is a very cure picture Debra! I understand the point you are trying to make. Big things take time, but I am sure you will find some like-minded people in your area. All the best!
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  5. Carolyn
    Carolyn
    Vote #6! Katapoet, sounds like you are putting action to your words and thoughts....KUDDOS to you!
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  6. Virtually Homemade
    Virtually Homemade
    Good luck and great post. Voted! Check out my falafel post and vote if you like.
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  7. Whitney Metz
    Whitney Metz
    Thank you for this Debra. I live in a rural area in West Virginia and have faced the same problem. It is very frustrating knowing that you live in a place where no one understands a cause that you care so deeply about. Voted.
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  8. BuddhasDelight
    BuddhasDelight
    great post, love the pic. :) you know it can be hard, but thank heaven for the flaming vegan! at least we can unite and inspire online. voted! please view my new post for vegan BLT stuffed tomatoes and vote if you enjoy it. :) cheers and best!
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