Resource Center

Our resource center provides the most up-to-date materials to help vegan advocates improve their communication, strategic thinking, sustainability, and relational skills. We update this section regularly, so please check back to stay informed.

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    Beyond Beliefs: A Guide to Improving Relationships and Communication for Vegans, Vegetarians, and Meat Eaters

    Melanie Joy

    This award-winning book is an insightful and practical guide for vegans and those they are in relationship with: friends, family, colleagues, and even other vegans.

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    No One’s Paying Me To Cry: Burnout And Animal Advocacy

    Owen Rogers

    Burnout is a phenomenon common in advocacy circles, in which people in the movement simply lose the emotional (and sometimes physical) capacity to continue their work…

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    Sustainable Activism

    Melanie Joy

    Dr. Melanie Joy discusses how “unsustainable” activism, a major cause of burnout, is one of the most serious obstacles to the success of the vegan movement, suggesting strategies for activists to improve their efforts and their lives.

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    Aftershock: Confronting Trauma in a Violent World: A Guide for Activists and Their Allies

    Pattrice Jones

    Aftershock explores the culture of trauma that people have created by violently exploiting the Earth, other animals, and one another. It includes practical tips for individuals, organizations, and communities.

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    Common Shock: Witnessing Violence Every Day – How We Are Harmed, How We Can Heal

    Kaethe Weingarten

    Harvard psychologist Kaethe Weingarten describes “common shock”—the collection of biological and psychological responses that are triggered when we witness violence. Common shock is treatable, and she explains how we can heal from it.

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    Growl: Life, Lessons, Hard Truth, and Bold Strategies from an Animal Advocate

    Kim Stallwood

    Growl follows Kim Stallwood’s journey from slaughterhouse worker to vegan activist. He explains the importance of understanding four key values in animal rights, which leads us to discover our connection with not only animals but also ourselves.

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    In the Tiger’s Mouth: An Empowerment Guide for Social Action

    Katrina Shields

    Katrina Shields guides us through each step of social awareness and activism. She also addresses ways to avoid burnout, including exercises for both individuals and groups.

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    Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life

    Zoe Weil

    The obstacles we currently face because of materialism, environmental destruction, and injustice may seem overwhelming, but educator Zoe Weil shows us that change doesn’t have to start with an army—it can start with us.

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    Secondary Traumatic Stress: Self-Care Issues for Clinicians, Researchers, and Educators

    B. Hudnall Stamm

    Caregivers to victims of violence are at risk for developing stress-related, traumatic symptoms. This book brings together some of the best thinkers in the trauma field, who explain how to prevent and manage such “secondary traumatic stress.”

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    Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times

    Paul Rogat Loeb

    Paul Loeb tells stories of ordinary people who have found fulfillment in social involvement and compels us to move from passivity to participation. An antidote to cynicism, this book awakens the desire and ability to make our actions count.

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    Headspace

    This app provides everyday mindfulness and meditation for stress, anxiety, sleep, focus, fitness, and more.

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    The Five Minute Journal App

    Journaling has many benefits, and The Five Minute Journal app makes it easy to do on the go.

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  • Book

    The Power of Now

    Eckhart Tolle

    The Power of Now takes readers on an inspiring spiritual journey to find their true and deepest self and reach the ultimate in personal growth and spirituality: the discovery of truth and light.

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    Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy

    David Burns

    Anxiety, guilt, pessimism, procrastination, low self-esteem, and other “black holes” of depression can be cured without drugs. Eminent psychiatrist David D. Burns, M.D., outlines scientifically proven techniques for developing a positive outlook.

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    The How of Happiness

    Sonja Lyubomirsky

    The How of Happiness is a comprehensive guide to understanding the elements of happiness based on years of scientific research.

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    The Assertiveness Workbook: How to Express Your Ideas and Stand Up for Yourself at Work and in Relationships

    Randy J. Paterson

    Your ability to communicate effectively is seriously hampered if you can’t assert yourself constructively. The Assertiveness Workbook contains effective cognitive behavioral techniques to help you become more assertive.

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