The following public officials and community leaders took the Oakland Veg Week 2013 veg pledge. Join them!
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan
“I pledged to go vegetarian for Oakland Veg Week to explore Oakland’s bountiful and multiethnic vegetarian options and to do my part to eat a greener, healthier diet. I hope Oakland residents will join me.” —Jean Quan, Oakland Mayor
Oakland District 4 Councilmember Libby Schaaf
“Oakland Veg Week provides Oakland residents an opportunity to explore healthier eating habits and lighten their carbon footprint. I’m excited to take the veg pledge and hope my constituents will join me” —Libby Schaaf, District 4 of Oakland City Council
Oakland District 2 Councilmember Pat Kernighan
“I am excited to participate in Oakland Veg Week and explore the wide variety of healthy and good for the planet meat-free fare Oakland has to offer.”—Oakland District 2 Councilmember Pat Kernighan
Oakland District 3 Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney
Oakland District 5 Councilmember Noel Gallo
“Alameda County has been a leader in preserving our environment and protecting the health and quality of life of its residents through the Climate Action Plan, recycling programs, greenhouse gas emission reductions and other sustainability programs. My staff and I are excited to participate again this year in the Alameda County Vegetarian Week and continue to do our part to improve the environment, animal welfare and our health!”—Alameda County District 5 Supervisor Keith Carson
Alameda County District 3 Supervisor Wilma Chan
California Assemblymember Rob Bonta
Barbara Lee, US Congresswoman
“I’m excited to participate again this year in Oakland Veg Week—in fact, I’ve been meat-free for four weeks now. This is an important issue not just for our bodies, but for our communities. Oakland Veg Week is a great way to kick off a meat-free diet, but it’s easy to make it more than a week, and I’m proof of that.” Barbara Lee, US Congresswoman
Michael Colbruno, Past Chair, Oakland Planning Commission
“Becoming a vegan 13 years ago changed my life for the better. My health has never been better and I have endless energy. It’s also allowed me to appreciate the beautiful lives of the animals, all of whom have souls, feelings and personalities. Moreover, it’s opened my eyes to the enormous environmental impact it takes to raise cattle and other livestock. Eating healthy is good for you, good for your planet and good for the animals. Support your local vegetarian restaurant and learn to live a more thoughtful and healthier life.” —Michael Colbruno, Past Chair, Oakland Planning Commission; Animal Lover
Richard Raya, Executive Director, Youth Radio
Abel Guillén, Vice President, Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees
“I’m proud to endorse Oakland Veg Week and encourage Oakland residents to take the veg pledge for your health, for the environment, and for the animals. It’s a great opportunity to support participating local restaurants and to learn more about the benefits of a plant-based diet.” —Abel Guillén, Vice President, Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees
Rebecca Saltzman, Director, BART Board, District 3
We are very pleased to announce that Mayor Jean Quan and the Peralta Community College Board have officially proclaimed April 22-28, 2013 to be Oakland Veg Week and Alameda County has proclaimed it to be Alameda County Veg Week!
Oakland Unified School District will be offering meat-free meals throughout Oakland Veg Week and is encouraging students and staff to take the Veg Pledge!