Internet Activism, Vegan Waffles, and Underwear

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Internet Activism, Vegan Waffles, and Underwear

I made a short trip down to Portland, OR to do a workshop on internet activism this past weekend as part of the Let Live Foundation‘s activism series.

They’re the same batch of people who put on the Let Live Conference last summer, and this workshop was an expansion of a talk I did then. We had a decent turnout, about 30 people, I think. The discussion covered a lot of ground, from social networking to search engine optimization, and more.

If anyone is interested in hearing more about the information that we covered, or if you were there and have any questions, feel free to contact me.

No trip to Portland is complete without a few good meals, of course.

My host for the trip was Josh Hooten, of Herbivore Clothing Company. I couldn’t have asked for better hospitality and nicer people to hang out with. After picking me up from the airport, he dropped me off at Sweet Pea for an amazing all-I-could-eat vegan waffle breakfast. Did I say amazing? I could barely walk after I ate.

In the evening after the workshop Josh, Chad (from FoodFight!), and I went to the Bye and Bye, an all-vegan pub. Delicious food and good conversation. One of the things that Vancouver really lacks is quality vegan comfort food.

After a super good breakfast (tofu scramble with artichoke hearts and olives) at the Vita Cafe, I spent the next morning hanging out at Herbivore. I helped Josh and Heather silkscreen screenprint some underwear they’re getting ready in time for Valentine’s Day:




Get your own pair!

All in all it was a very enjoyable trip, and I think I ended up learning more than anyone else learned from me. Portland is such a wonderful city, and the people there are genuinely friendly and welcoming. We in Vancouver have a lot to learn.

Thank you Josh, Michelle, Ruby, and George for sharing your home with me. Thank you Chad and Emiko for driving me around and buying me one of the best burritos I’ve ever had. Thank you Portland!


Vancouver Lofts

January 28, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Those underwear are frickin’ amazing. Nice!


January 29, 2009 at 2:30 pm

whoa, the herbivore clothing is HOT. gotta get some before our next tour.

there’s also a vegan tattoo shop in portland we wanna check out next time we’re there… can’t remember the name of it though.


January 29, 2009 at 3:16 pm

There’s a tattoo shop next door to Herbivore. Food Fight! is right there, too, as well as Sweet Pea bakery. It’s a one stop vegan mini-mall!


January 29, 2009 at 3:18 pm

whoa… a vegan mini-mall? that sounds like a good place to be 🙂


January 30, 2009 at 1:49 pm

It’s like a little bit of heaven…


February 1, 2009 at 3:58 pm

Thanks so much for doing this (a late thanks) and it was awesome hanging out. Hope to see you again this summer at the Let Live Conference.

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