Help us promote the October 7 fundraiser and film screening!

Thanks to everyone who emailed us about the upcoming event and let us know that they’ll be coming. We still have quite a few seats left, so if you would like to help us spread the word, we could definitely use you!

Feel free to distribute the flyers (see below) anywhere you’d like in the Dallas/Fort Worth area (keeping in mind local regulations regarding posting flyers in public facilities), although it would be even better if they were posted closer to the venue (Richardson/Plano/North Dallas area) since folks are more likely to attend than if they had to go across the Metroplex. Still, you never know who has the passion for this, so don’t let geography limit your efforts!

Thanks for your support!

To download the flyers (PDF), simply click on the link below.

Harp Seals DFW Film Poster

Harp Seals DFW Film Screening & Fundraiser Leaflet

Note: If you’re using Google Chrome, clicking on the links above will open the documents in a new Tab, from where you can just save it to your hard drive. If you’re on other browsers, it may do the same or just download directly to your computer.

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New Date for Harp Seals DFW Fundraising Dinner: Sunday, Oct. 7th!

Thank you to everyone who signed up for the dinner, previously scheduled to have been held on July 22nd! We have finalized the new date: Sunday, October 7th, 2012. It will still be held at the Veggie Garden in Richardson, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

We’ll be screening the Nigel Barker/Humane Society of the United States documentary, A Sealed Fate, which has garnered numerous favorable reviews for its moving, up-close-and-personal account of the annual Canadian harp seal hunt. Along with a delicious vegan buffet, we’ll also have several raffle prizes on offer, including a gift box from LUSH Cosmetics filled with many of their classic products; a gift certificate for a two-night stay from the Fairmont Hotel Downtown Dallas; a gift certificate from Massage Envy; and more!

Your admission purchase includes the film screening and the vegan buffet. You can purchase raffle tickets at the event (cash only) for $1 each, or 6 tickets for $5.

Please click here to reserve your seat at the event! Tickets are $15.00 per person if purchased in advance, $18 at the door.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Hope to see you there!

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Harp Seals DFW Benefit Dinner POSTPONED!

Well, sometimes, things just don’t work out.

Unfortunately, we must postpone the benefit dinner scheduled for tomorrow, July 22, that was to be held at the Veggie Garden in Richardson due to unforeseen technical difficulties. We’re contacting everyone who has already bought tickets for the event, but we also wanted to make sure to post the announcement here for those of you who haven’t heard. Those of you who already purchased tickets will of course be invited to the rescheduled event at no charge.

We’re looking at rescheduling it around late September, so please stay tuned for further announcements! In the meantime, we’ll be planning another volunteer meeting shortly to regroup and plan for the very busy fall festival season. Lots of green- and animal-related events coming up in the fall, so there’ll be lots of opportunities to raise critical awareness about the harp seal hunt.

Again, thank you so much to all of our wonderful supporters and sponsors for the event, including Lush Cosmetics and the Fairmont Hotel. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like to volunteer. We always need more folks to help us spread the word!

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Harp Seals DFW’s Benefit Dinner & Film Screening

We’re having a party!

We’re happy to announce Harp Seals DFW’s very first benefit dinner and film screening, to be held on Sunday, July 22nd, at 6:00 pm at the Veggie Garden in Richardson. Veggie Garden will be offering a yummy vegan buffet, and we’ll be screening Nigel Barker’s A Sealed Fate, the famed photographer’s documentary of his trip to the ice floes of Newfoundland with the Harp Seals campaign team of the Humane Society of the United States to film the horrible massacres of tens of thousands of baby seals. Proceeds from the event will go directly to HarpSeals.org.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door, so we encourage everyone to buy their tickets early so as to reserve their slots. Your paid reservation also entitles to you one raffle ticket, and additional raffle tickets are $1/each, or $5 for 6. We’ve got some pretty cool prizes, too, including a gift certificate for a two-night stay at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas. Awesomeness!

Feel free to spread the news to your friends and anyone else who you think would be interested in learning more about the Harp Seal campaign. To help you out, we’ve created a PDF of our flyer that you can download here. Or, you can click on the link below:

Harp Seals DFW Benefit Dinner 2012 Flyer

Hope to see you then!

 

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Thanks to the American Indian Summer Camp of DISD!

Hey there! This is Marjorie, Harp Seals DFW’s webmaster and marketing/PR person. I’m so sorry that the site hasn’t been updated in a few weeks, but we’ve been busy organizing summer events and plotting strategy.

I did want to send a quick shout-out to the wonderful kids who are currently participating in the American Indian Education Program summer camp, courtesy of the Dallas Independent School District! Their teacher, Tracy Palmer, very graciously invited us to present a brief program at the camp about the harp seal campaign and what the kids can do to help stop the killings, so I took this morning off and high-tailed it over to their Oak Cliff campus.

The camp is an opportunity for Native American children to learn more about their culture and heritage as descendants of the various American Indian tribes. It’s not an especially long camp program — just two weeks, Tracy lamented during our conversation today — so Tracy and her dedicated team of educators work especially hard to instill pride and respect for Native traditions.

Tracy is particularly devoted to the global issues that affect Native American culture, including those that affect the lives and welfare of animals. The harp seal campaign appealed to her because she knew of its connection to the culture of Alaskan and North Atlantic Native tribes, so I was able to explain to the kids how the Native practice of using all the parts of a slaughtered animal — whether the animal is a seal, buffalo, or any other living creature — differs mightily from the senseless killing now underway in Canada, in which fishermen kill harp seal pups solely for their fur and leave thousands upon thousands of their bloody, bludgeoned carcasses on the ice.

It was a very moving and eye-opening experience for me to be a part of the class, however briefly today, especially when quite a few of the younger kids — and even a few older ones! — came up to me after the class and asked for a hug. I hadn’t taught a class since I worked as an English teacher in Japan right out of college 16 (!!) years ago, but it was a wonderful opportunity for us to spread the word about the campaign and to encourage the younger generation to respect and protect all living beings.

Want us to come to your class or youth group to talk about the harp seal campaign, its history, present activities, and future? Just drop us a line and let us know! We have a Powerpoint presentation that we can tailor to your students’ interests and age group as well as some handouts with information about the campaign.

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Earth Day Dallas 2012

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth (#636!) at Earth Day Dallas this past weekend! There was a lot of talk that it was going to surpass last year’s numbers, with 75,000 folks projected to pass through Fair Park during the 2-day event. Not sure if we actually reached 75k, but I can tell you that we were pretty busy throughout the festival! We sold all of the stuffed seal toys, most of the hand-painted seal rocks, and a bunch of T-shirts, not to mention had pages and pages of signatures for our two main petitions (the Red Lobster petition and the petition to Stephen Harper, Canada’s prime minister). All in all, a huge, huge success!

We’re especially grateful for the support of Diana Marmorstein, HarpSeals.org‘s CEO, who flew down from her home base in Joplin, MO, to help us at our booth. She brought plenty more literature, flyers, and sale items and provided much-needed expertise as we spoke to the hundreds of folks who wanted to know more about the seal campaign and HarpSeals.org. Although we are an independent harp seal campaign advocacy group, we work especially closely with HarpSeals.org and are grateful for their continued support, and in particular for sponsoring the Earth Day Dallas booth!

We’ll have pics from the event up on our website soon, but in the meantime, stay tuned for updates on our next event: a public screening of Nigel Barker’s A Sealed Fate documentary. We are talking with the good folks over at Veggie Garden in Richardson, as they have graciously and generously offered to host a screening and fundraising dinner at their location. If you haven’t been there, you’re in for a real vegan treat. I just dined there for the first time this past Saturday and loved their extensive vegan menu. How can you not love a place that has a coconut chocolate tart with a healthy dollop of vanilla ice cream — and it’s all vegan?

And last, but not least, we’re always looking for more volunteers to help us expand our outreach in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. We are especially interested in folks who can help us organize and table at events; organize film screenings and/or presentations to youth groups and civic organizations, including schools and Scout troops; solicit donations; promote events and screenings; and even write for our blog! Please contact us ASAP if you’d like to contribute your time and talents. Thank you!

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Join us for dinner this Friday!

Hard to believe that, despite having officially launched Harp Seals DFW just a few months ago, we’ve already accomplished so much, from signing up over 100 signatures for the Red Lobster boycott petition, to manning booths at the Dallas Green Festival and the Texas State Veggie Fair, to hosting film screenings of Nigel Barker’s moving documentary, A Sealed Fate?

Clearly, we have a lot to celebrate. We’d love for folks to join us for our next and final meeting in 2011 at the Veggie Garden in Richardson this Friday, December 9th! It’ll be a casual affair, but we’ve lots to talk about, from what we’ve been able to pull off this year to the big plans we have for next year, including our biggest event: Earth Day Dallas 2012. With about 75,000 people expected to attend that one, it promises to be a game changer for our little group!

We want to get an accurate headcount to the good people over at Veggie Garden as soon as possible, so please RSVP at either our event page on Facebook or on our Meetup group site. See you then!

DATE: Friday, December 9, 2011

TIME: 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

PLACE: Veggie Garden, 516 W. Arapaho Rd., Suite 112, Richardson, TX 75080

COST: Each person will be responsible for his/her own meal and drinks

 

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Film Screening at UTA: “A Sealed Fate?”

We’ve been so busy lately that we haven’t had a chance to post about all the great events we’ve been planning and hosting, but we definitely do NOT want you guys to miss this next one. We’ve organized a screening of Nigel Barker’s documentary, “A Sealed Fate?” about his experiences not only as a photographer documenting the harp seal hunt but as a witness to this ongoing tragedy that we at Harp Seals DFW as well as many other organizations and volunteers around the world are working to end once and for all.

This screening will be on Monday, November 28, at 7:00 pm in the Lone Star Auditorium at the University of Texas at Arlington’s Maverick Activities Center. It’s open to the public and is completely FREE, so please invite everyone you know to come out and join us that evening!

The film itself is 45 minutes in length, after which we’ll be doing a brief presentation explaining the history of the harp seal hunt and answering audience questions.

We also need help promoting the event, so if you’d like to help out, please download this flyer and post it anywhere and everywhere that has a public bulletin board: coffee shops, libraries, community centers, college campuses, etc. We want to spread the word as much as possible  about this event, so whether you live in the Mid-Cities or Waxahachie, feel free to tell everyone you know!

Also, we are always looking for volunteers to help at the actual event, from distributing literature to manning the information booth. Please email us and let us know if you can join us — we’d love to have you. See you then!

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Harp Seals DFW Meetup

We now have an official Meetup group! For our first meeting, we will be gathering at the White Rock Coffee House on Saturday, October 22, at 2pm.

If you’re new to the harp seal protest movement and want to learn more about its history as well as that of the harp seal hunt itself, and/or you want to know how you can participate in local activities that will raise awareness of this issue and hopefully bring pressure to bear on the Canadian government to end its support of the annual hunt, you need to come to this meeting.

It’s a one-hour meeting with the following agenda:

  1. Introductions
  2. Brief history of harp seal hunt and protests
  3. General plans for the next year
  4. Q&A
  5. Informal meet-and-greet
Folks are welcome to stick around afterwards to chat some more, but we definitely want to encourage everyone to head on over to Mercy for Animals’ Texas State Veggie Fair Kick-off Party at Sons of Hermann Hall. And of course, we’ll have a booth at the Texas State Veggie Fair itself the next day.
So please RSVP your attendance at our official Meetup group page, and the earlier, the better, so that we know approximately how many will show up. Thanks!
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Texas State Veggie Fair

More happenings! Harp Seals DFW will have a booth at the Texas State Veggie Fair on Sunday, October 23rd, at Winfrey Point on White Rock Lake. In between handing out flyers and chatting with visitors and folks interested in learning more about the harp seal hunt, we’re gonna be taking turns sneaking off to check out the food samples, including any that may be available at the Vegan Fried Foods Competition. ‘Cause really, it wouldn’t be a Texas State Fair without deep fried junk food, vegan or not!

If you’re interested in volunteering for a shift at the booth, please contact local outreach coordinator Brian Lochlaer, or just drop us a note on our Contact Us page. Looking forward to seeing you there!

 

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