From the Prez

From the Prez,

More than ever we need compassion – compassion toward our fellow humans and our fellow creatures. Living a vegan lifestyle encompasses this philosophy. By choosing a vegan diet, vegan clothing, and other vegan products we are consciously re-affirming our commitment to creating a world were we do not live at the unnecessary cost of others.

Join us for our annual Compassionate Thanksgiving Dinner on November 2 when our guest speaker will be Rae Sikora. Rae has been a full-time spokesperson for other species and the environment for over 40 years. She is co-founder of Plant Peace Daily, VegFund, Santa Fe Vegan, and the Institute for Humane Education.

This fall in addition to our Compassionate Thanksgiving Dinner we are also hosting a restaurant hopper at the Green Ingredient Express, a potluck at Hal and Pat’s home, and a food give away at UTEP in honor of World Vegetarian month (October) and World Vegan Day (Nov 1). We would like to table at more events but we need your help to make this happen. If you are interested, please contact us.

We are also trying to expand our connections with other community groups with similar interests. For instance, we hope to partner more with UTEP’s Golden Age Program to provide vegan cooking lessons, with the El Paso Independent School District in teaching teachers about plant-based diets, and to continue to work with the Culinary Institute at El Paso Community College. If you know of an organization or have an idea on how we could collaborate more effectively, please join us at one of our board meetings. They are held on the 2nd to the last Mondays of the month, and as always, all are welcome to attend.

Save the date for our annual holiday potluck in early December at the home of Sukie and Richard Sargent. Also look for our booth at the Hal Marcus Gallery’s Happy Hippie Holidaze in mid-December.

We hope you will join us for some of our events this fall. A full listing of events is available on our website,

Have a safe and compassionate fall,

Liz Walsh

VSEP President

P.S. Have some extra time this fall, volunteer with VSEP! See our open positions by going to and clicking on the VSEP leadership link.