WAKE UP WEEKEND 2014!
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Mark Your Calendars for April 24-26!
Make way for the triumphal return of Wake Up Weekend in just eight weeks! Confirmed speakers include Bryant Terry, Paul ShapiroCharles Camosy, Sarah McMinn, Jill Fritz, and Steven McMullen. Stay tuned for a full schedule, speaker bios, and interviews, along with breaking news of an exhibition co-curated by Brett Colley and Adam Wolpa, musical guests, culinary events at Bartertown and CVLT PIZZA, and--of course--the opportunity to unseat the defending Vegan Chili Cookoff champions.

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V IS FOR VEGAN!
JULY 16, 2013 3:20 PM


Ruby Roth's new book on the ABC's of compassionate living
Ruby Roth, author of That's Why We Don't Eat Animals and Vegan Is Love, has distilled the essence of compassionate living toward animals into just 26 sentences--one for each letter of the alphabet! Check out the trailer for V is for Vegan and pre-order your copy today for delivery on August 6, 2013. Happy reading!

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IF FAST FOOD COULD TALK...
MARCH 12, 2013 10:39 AM


...Would Anyone Still Eat Meat?
Mercy For Animals is at it again, this time putting footage from their undercover investigations toward the end of truth in advertising. Your tax-deductable donation of just $20 can help this powerful commercial reach 4,000 viewers! And if you've got a grand laying around, you can take the credit for bringing this life-saving information to 200,000 people! With your help, this mad sausage could send millions running for their lives into the loving arms of Tofurky, Field Roast, Upton's Naturals, and other healthier, more enlightened, more delicious alternatives to dead meat!

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RON FINLEY ON GUERILLA GARDENING
MARCH 12, 2013 9:44 AM


Growing food autonomy one vacant lot at a time!
The growing season is right around the corner, and this video is one of my favorites of 2013 for getting fired up about food justice! If fashion-designer-turned-green-thumbed guru Ron Finley doesn't motivate you to turn your yard into a forest of nutrient-dense beans and greens, no one will. Check out his Los Angeles-based non-profit LAGREENGROUNDS, and friend it up on Facebook, too! Inspired to learn how to do guerilla gardening right here in Grand Rapids? Get to know the good folks at Our Kitchen Table and you'll have some powerful friends in the business.

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BRING IT ON DOWN TO VEGANVILLE!
MARCH 10, 2013 10:07 AM


Justin Timberlake - Bring It On Down 2... by IdolxMuzic
Justin Timberlake Veganizes the Mainstream on Saturday Night Live!
The Veganville sketch on last night's Saturday Night Live is cause for great celebration, not just because it was hilarious or because it was performed by one of the hottest young entertainers in America, but because of what the iconography and the coding of the sketch tells us about the evolution of mainstream attitudes toward meat-eating and veg-eating. Notice that the guy selling meat is portrayed as old, frumpy, humorless, unhealthful, constipated, uncoordinated, unimaginative, emotionally confused, and a victim of cognitive dissonance on account of his death-dealing diet. By contrast, the guy in the tofu suit is portrayed as young, vigorous, beautiful, athletic, funny, articulate, talented, creative, appreciative of a wide variety of tastes and cultures, and most importantly--COMPASSIONATE! The fact that Tofu Man is able to bring Super Mario around in the end by helping him to get honest with himself and that the two end up dancing together with a multi-racial, intergenerational cast of townspeople is the icing on the cake. This is probably the most positive mainstream portrayal of veganism that I've ever seen!

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CELEBRATING BARTERTOWN
OCTOBER 2, 2012 1:28 AM


A Photo Log of Farm Fresh Food from Michigan's Most Radical Restaurant
After reading this excellent article on Ryan Cappelletti's departure from Bartertown to focus full time attention on the opening of Cult Pizza, I was inspired to cull back through over a year of photos I've taken of the amazing cuisine we've enjoyed at Bartertown. Feast your eyes on THESE...
























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LOCAL VEGAN ENTREPRENEUR IS BIG NEWS!
OCTOBER 1, 2012 9:53 PM


Bartertown's Ryan Cappelletti Featured in MiBiz
Anyone who loves vegan culture in Grand Rapids owes a serious debt of gratitude to our good friend Ryan Cappelletti. It's nice to see that the rest of the state is paying attention too, as evidenced by this terrific article in MiBiz on his groundbreaking work at Bartertown and elsewhere. Congratulations, Ryan, and thanks for bringing the revolution to our city!

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2012 WALK FOR FARM ANIMALS!
SEPTEMBER 16, 2012 9:54 PM


Don your Comfy Shoes and Walk for Justice on Sunday, Sep. 23, 2012!
I had intended to get this post up a bit earlier in the game, but there is still time to join in the fun at this year's Grand Rapids Walk for Animals. Get inspired by learning about the history and the vision behind this long-standing Farm Sanctuary tradition, and then visit the Facebook pages of Grand Rapids Walk for Animals and VegWestMichigan for details on how to get involved. Even if you can't commit to fundraising as a registered walker, you can always make a pledge of support to any of the people in our community who have already signed up to carry the banner for Grand Rapids!

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BURRITOTOWN BUZZ!
JUNE 21, 2012 12:32 PM


Local media outlets greet Burritotown with a well-deserved hero's welcome!
The early reviews are in, and all indications point to massive success for Burritotown--Grand Rapids' brand-spankin' new vegan-diner-within-a-vegan-diner that, beginning on July 6, will be slinging tacos and burritos to hungry night-owls from 10pm to 3am (Wednesday to Sunday) after Bartertown closes its doors for the day. If you haven't tapped into the buzz yet, make sure to check out what The Rapidian, Rapid Growth Media, and Vegan Grand Rapids have to say about the hardest-core soft-opening our fair city has seen since Bartertown blew it up over a year ago.

Best ingredients money can't buy: real food, radical ideas, dynamite creativity.
The genius of Burritotown is that it takes everything we love about Bartertown--fresh, responsibly-sourced food, an empowering environment, and inspirational people-- and wraps it all up into an irresistible package that is available to everyone at a time of day when demand for food is high, but ready access to beautiful, sustainable, healthful options is virtually non-existent. Thanks to Burritotown, Grand Rapidians will soon enjoy regular opportunities to dine out late without killing ourselves in the process.

The big difference: being the change they want to see in Grand Rapids!
And the feel-good factor in supporting Burritotown is as much about social and spiritual sustenance as it is about physical sustenance. Do a little research on the people behind the food (Brandon Hill, Dallas McCulloch, and Ryan Cappelletti), and you'll discover individual and collective contributions to life in West Michigan that are transforming our region into the hub of progressive midwestern culture that we are grand rapidly becoming. We have one or more of them to thank, for instance, for documenting what it's like to live in the best beer state in the union, unleashing some of the world's most ferocious conscience-core, initiating a bomber craft-brewing co-op, founding a blistering punk scene, keeping the dubstep party on, growing one of the most radical farm-to-table enterprises in America, and--of course--revolutionizing vegan culture in West Michigan again, and again, and again, and yet again. Spread the good word, like 'em up on Facebook, and let's set this new jewel into the GR crown for keeps!

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BURRITOTOWN DINER
JUNE 12, 2012 4:09 PM


Just when you thought this town couldn't get any swankier...
Looking for something to do after T-Rex Fest on Saturday night? How about vegan burritos until 3 am at a new restaurant opening inside our beloved Bartertown Diner. A vegan restaurant within a vegan restaurant--ONLY in Grand Rapids, MI.

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