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.

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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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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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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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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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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Headspace

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

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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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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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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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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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