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Alameda County, CA, US VegWeek Proclamation

Alameda County, CA
The entire Alameda County Board of Supervisors urges residents to take the VegPledge!

Oakland, CA, US VegWeek Resolution

Oakland, CA
The entire Oakland City Council urge residents to take the VegPledge!

Marne Foster, San Diego Unified School District Board Member, Sub-District E

San Diego, CA
Marne Foster was born and raised in San Diego, and has provided leadership to deans and more than 700 faculty members as the Student Learning Outcomes/Program Review Coordinator and Assistant Accreditation Coordinator for San Diego…

Takoma Park, MD, US VegWeek Proclamation

Takoma Park, MD
Mayor Bruce Williams and the entire city council encourage Takoma Park residents to take the VegPledge!

Matt Dababneh, Assemblymember (D-California, Distirct 45)

Woodland Hills, CA
Assemblymember Matt Dababneh, former Chief of Staff to Congressman Brad Sherman, was elected to the California State Assembly in November 2013. A fourth-generation Valley resident, Dababneh was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley.…

Ed Harris, San Diego City Councilmember (D-California, District 2)

Mission Beach, CA
Councilmember Ed Harris represents the City of San Diego District Two neighborhoods. After serving his country in the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Harris became a City of San Diego lifeguard in 1989, and has…

Kevin Beiser, San Diego Unified School District School Board President

San Diego, CA
Kevin Beiser grew up in a large family in poverty and is the only member of his family to graduate from high school and college. He earned a Bachelors of Arts degree from Willammette University…

Ed Smith (Mayor of Marshall, Texas)

Marshall, TX
Mayor Smith is a native of Marshall, Texas where is he has served on the City Commission since 2000. Five of those terms, including his current term, he's served as Mayor. In 2008, Mayor Smith…

Dave Roberts, San Diego County Supervisor (D-California, District 3)

San Diego, CA
Supervisor Roberts completed two terms on the Solana Beach City Council and served as the city’s Mayor and Deputy Mayor. During his tenure, Dave represented Solana Beach on numerous regional boards. He began his public…

Fort Lauderdale, FL, US VegWeek Proclamation

Fort Lauderdale, FL
Mayor Jack Seiler encourages Fort Lauderdale residents to take the VegPledge!

Lauderhill, FL, US VegWeek Proclamation

Lauderhill, FL
Mayor Richard Kaplan and Vice Mayor M. Margaret Bates urge Lauderhill residents to take the VegPledge!

Hallandale Beach, FL, US VegWeek Proclamation

Hallandale Beach, FL
Mayor Joy Cooper encourages Hallandale Beach residents to take the VegPledge!

Lorena Gonzalez, State Assemblymember (D-California, 80th District)

San Diego, CA
Lorena Gonzalez was elected in 2013 to represent California’s 80th Assembly District. She attended public schools in San Diego County before earning a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, a master’s from Georgetown University and a…

Das Williams, State Assemblymember (D-California, 37th District)

Santa Barbara County, CA
Assemblymember Williams is widely regarded as a leader in the expansion of renewable energy usage, protecting the coastal environment, and access to public higher education. In 1994, Das was inspired by the first Democratic elections…

Fred Schultz, Takoma Park Councilmember (Maryland, Takoma Park Ward 6)

Takoma Park, MD
Councilmember Schultz has served on the Takoma Park City Council since 2009. He decided to run for office after retiring from a career of banking, ricocheting between local government service and work in the private…

Cindy Bass, City of Philadelphia Councilmember (D-Pennsylvania, District 8)

Northwest Philadelphia, PA
Councilwoman Cindy Bass represents the 8th Council District in Northwest Philadelphia. She grew up in North Philadelphia and received a Bachelor's degree in business administration from Temple University. She has experience in community development in…

Raúl Grijalva, US Representative (D-Arizona, District 3)

Phoenix, AZ
“No matter what you believe in, respect for animals is an important part of being human. More humane treatment of domestic and wild animals has been a focus of my public policy career, and I’m…

Eddie Bernice Johnson, US Representative (D-Texas, District 30)

Dallas, TX
“Vegetables and fruits are an essential part of a healthy diet. I am excited to take part in US VegWeek to help encourage others to pursue a healthier lifestyle. US VegWeek can help encourage those…

Kate Stewart, Takoma Park Councilmember (Maryland, Ward 3)

Takoma Park, MD
Kate Stewart has been active in the Takoma Park schools and community for almost two decades, volunteering in classrooms, coaching soccer, and organizing community events. Currently, Stewart serves as the Executive Vice-President of Advocates for…

Jarrett Smith, Takoma Park Councilmember (Maryland)

Takoma Park, MD
Councilmember Smith has served on city committees including the Commission on Landlord-Tenant Affairs and Washington Adventist Hospital Land-Use Committee. He has also volunteered for Accion USA, the largest micro-lender in North America, working with local…

Bruce Williams, Mayor of Takoma Park (Maryland)

Takoma Park, MD
Every year since 2012, Mayor Williams signed a Proclamation officially recognizing US VegWeek. To further show the city’s support for this effort, he, along with several other members of the council, took the 7-Day VegPledge,…

Carol Kim, Candidate for City of San Diego Council (D-California, District 6)

San Diego, CA
Carol Kim is new to politics but has been serving her community for many years. Beginning her career as a schoolteacher in an inner city school in Los Angeles, Kim then became the coordinator of…

Sarah Boot, Candidate for City of San Diego Council (D-California, District 2)

San Diego, CA
Sarah Boot has been a federal prosecutor, community advocate, and public servant. She has led investigations to dismantle cross-border drug trafficking organizations and has prosecuted drug dealers, bank robbers, and criminals who sell young children…

Tim Goodrich, Candidate for Torrance City Council (D-California)

Torrance, CA
“Reducing meat consumption isn’t just healthy for you, it’s healthy for the planet.” Tim Goodrich served in the active duty military, including three deployments to the Middle East. After participating in the war effort, he…

Ann Arbor, MI, US VegWeek Proclamation

Ann Arbor, MI
Mayor John Hieftje encourages residents to take the VegPledge!

Will Smith, Candidate for State Delegate (D-Maryland, District 20)

Silver Spring, MD
Will Smith is a Silver Spring native who enrolled in Americorps after graduating from college, as a community leader for IMPACT Silver Spring. He also received a commission as an officer in the US Navy…

Worcester, MA, US VegWeek Proclamation

Worcester, MA
Mayor Joseph Petty encourages Worcester residents to take the VegPledge!

Montgomery County, MD, US VegWeek Resolution

Rockville MD
The County Council encourages Montgomery County residents to take the VegPledge!

Baltimore, MD, US VegWeek Resolution

Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Councilman Nick Mosby and the full City Council encourage Baltimore residents to take the VegPledge!

Cory Booker, US Senator (D-New Jersey)

Newark, NJ
"I'm a vegetarian everyday and [US VegWeek] is my birthday week. You can bet your broccoli I'm in!" Join Senator Booker: Sign up for the 7-Day VegPledge! Senator Cory Booker has worked tirelessly to improve…

Lorie Zapf, San Diego City Councilmember (R-California, District 6)

San Diego, CA
Lorie Zapf, a longtime community leader, was elected to City Council in 2010. Councilmember Zapf believes the success of the City of San Diego is directly tied to the success of our local businesses. During…

Marti Emerald, San Diego City Councilmember (D-California, District 9)

San Diego, CA
Marti Emerald was as a broadcast journalist for 30 years before taking the oath of office for the San Diego City Council in 2008. Most notably, she was the Consumer Advocate (The Troubleshooter) at San…

Tucson, AZ, US VegWeek Proclamation

Tucson, AZ
Mayor Jonathan Rothschild encourages Tucson residents to take the VegPledge!

Shane Robinson, State Delegate (D-Maryland, District 39)

Montgomery County, MD
"The last time I took the pledge I pledged vegan and haven't looked back since. It's been amazing. Not only do I feel healthier and have more energy, but it also feels good to lead…

Pompano Beach, FL, US VegWeek Proclamation

Pompano Beach, FL
Mayor Lamar Fisher encourages Pompano Beach residents to take the VegPledge!

Charlotte, NC, US VegWeek Proclamation

Street, Charlotte, NC
Mayor Patrick Cannon encourages Charlotte residents to take the VegPledge!

Ted Lieu, State Senator (D-California, District 28)

Torrance, CA
“Healthier living is an idea that sells itself and leads to longer lives and an improved quality of life. As a state policymaker, and father of two, I enthusiastically encourage everyone to participate in US…

Aruna Miller, State Delegate (D-Maryland, District 15)

Montgomery County, MD
Del. Miller represents Maryland’s largest district including much of Montgomery County, and chairs Serving Our Communities, an initiative to strengthen communities with volunteers to promote values such as healthcare, education, and environmental protection. A long-time…

Bruce Shuttleworth, Democratic Candidate for Congress (Virginia, District 8)

Arlington, VA
A graduate of Annapolis, exchange Midshipman to West Point, as well as a graduate of Harvard Business School, Bruce Shuttleworth is a progressive activist. He is on the Executive Board of Give An Hour –…

Lucille Roybal-Allard, US Representative (D-California, District 40)

Downey, CA
The first Mexican-American woman elected to Congress, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard is a political pioneer. The first Latina appointed to the House Appropriations Committee, the congresswoman serves on two subcommittees: Homeland Security; and the Labor, Health…

Sarai Rivera, Worcester City Councilor (Massachusetts, District 4)

Worcester, MA
"I am excited to take the 7-Day VegPledge to learn more about the health benefits a plant-based diet not only for our bodies but also for the environment. I'm taking the pledge; how about you?"…

Washington, DC, US VegWeek Proclamation

Washington, DC
Mayor Vincent Gray encourages DC residents to take the VegPledge!

Todd Gloria, San Diego City Councilmember (D-California, District 3)

San Diego, CA
Todd Gloria was elected to his second term as Councilmember representing District Three in June 2012. He served as Council President in 2013 and was re-elected Council President for 2014. In Gloria’s first term as…

Nick Mosby, Baltimore City Councilmember (D-Maryland, District 7)

Baltimore, MD
“I am excited about participating in the 7-Day Veg Pledge. It is critically important that we encourage each other to do what is necessary to become more active and to change the types of food…

Tulsi Gabbard, US Representative (D-Hawaii, District 2)

Honolulu, HI
“As a life-long vegetarian, I am proud to support US VegWeek and encourage others to take on the 7-Day VegPledge. My vegetarian diet, yoga, and regular exercise routine give me strength, peace, and good health…

Grace Meng, US Representative (D-New York, District 6)

Queens, NY
Representative Grace Meng is the first Asian-American Member of Congress from New York, and the only Representative of Asian descent on the entire east coast. She is dedicated to fighting for the hardworking families of…

Paul Ferguson, Arlington and Falls Church Clerk of the Circuit Court (Virginia)

Falls Church, VA
“I thank everyone who is willing to give this a try for a week. It’s healthier, better for the environment, and kind to animals.” Mr. Ferguson served as a Member of the Arlington County Board…

Ingrid H. Morroy, Arlington Commissioner of Revenue (Virginia)

Arlington, VA
“I became a vegetarian in 1980. Firstly, I believe that it is immoral to kill another being for no other reason than to feed ourselves. Secondly, there is no proof that I must sustain myself…

Eric Olson, Prince George’s County Councilmember (D-Maryland, District 3)

Prince George's County, MD
“I’m taking the VegPledge because I’ve been a vegetarian for more than 20 years. Whether one is drawn to a vegetarian diet for health, environmental, animal welfare, religious, or other reasons, one thing is sure…

Tim Male, Takoma Park Councilmember (Maryland, Ward 2)

Takoma Park, MD
Councilmember Male was formerly a registered public interest lobbyist and a senior ecologist for Environmental Defense Fund. A major portion of his work at EDF was to help direct its campaign to reform US farm…

Terry Seamens, Takoma Park Councilmember (Maryland, Ward 4)

Takoma Park, MD
“I’m happy to again take the VegWeek pledge to highlight the health benefits of a vegetarian diet, and help draw attention to the food needs of our more vulnerable neighbors.” Terry Seamens represents the residents…

Seth Grimes, Takoma Park Councilmember (Maryland)

Takoma Park, MD
Seth Grimes is a long-time community activist who represents Takoma Park’s Ward 1, home of Compassion Over Killing, on the city council. Follow him on Twitter at @TakomaSeth. Join Councilmember Grimes: Sign up for the…

Cherri Branson, Montgomery County Councilmember (D-Maryland, District 5)

Montgomery County, MD
Cherri Branson began working on Capitol Hill in 1989. She has held various policy, legal, and legislative positions, including Legislative Counsel, Legislative Director, and Committee Counsel, serving Members of Congress from New York, Texas, Michigan,…

Ike Leggett, Montgomery County Executive (D-Maryland)

Montgomery County, MD
“I am happy to participate in US VegWeek 2014. I have been mostly vegetarian for close to 25 years. It is a very healthy way to go.” From hardscrabble roots in then-segregated Louisiana, Ike Leggett…

Patrick Hope, State Delegate (D-Virginia, District 47)

Arlington, VA
“In an effort to call attention to the health benefits, I pledge to go vegetarian for a week. Just limiting your intake of meat will lower your cholesterol, reduce your risk of heart attack and…

Dan Morhaim, State Delegate (D-Maryland, District 11)

Baltimore, MD
“As the only physician in the Maryland General Assembly, I know the importance of eating a vegetarian diet in decreasing one’s risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and a variety of cancers.…

Tom Hucker, State Delegate (D-Maryland, District 20)

Silver Spring, MD
Delegate Tom Hucker represents District 20 and serves on the House Economic Matters Committee as well as the Consumer Protection & Commercial Law Subcommittee. He is a champion for animal and environmental protection in the…

Jamie Raskin, State Senator (D-Maryland, District 20)

Silver Spring, MD
“US VegWeek rocks! Thanks to Compassion Over Killing for raising the consciousness of the whole community with such creative events and organizing. See you there!” Senator Jamie Raskin represents District 20 in the Maryland State…

Pedro Nava, Former Assemblymember (D-California, District 35)

Santa Barbara County, CA
“It’s an honor to again have the opportunity to be a part of such an important event. Eating vegetarian for a week is a great way for those of us who aren’t full-time vegetarian to…

Robert Brady, US Representative (D-Pennsylvania, District 1)

Philadelphia, PA
Congressman Robert Brady is serving his 9th term representing the people of Pennsylvania’s First Congressional District. Brady was elected Chairman of the Committee on House Administration in May of 2007 and served until the end…

Lacy Clay, US Representative (D-Missouri, District 1)

St. Louis County, MO
Congressman Clay was first elected to the U. S. House of Representatives in 2000, succeeding his father, the Honorable Bill Clay, who served for 32 years and was a founding Member of the Congressional Black…

Jared Polis, US Representative (D-Colorado, District 2)

Boulder, CO
Jared Polis is an independent leader who uses his private and public sector experience to find pragmatic solutions to the challenges facing Colorado and the nation. First elected to represent Colorado’s Second Congressional District in…

Ted Deutch, US Representative (D-Florida, District 21)

Coral Springs, FL
Congressman Deutch is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives on behalf of Florida’s 21st district. An Assistant Whip to Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, he has been highlighted by the Washington newspaper…

Tammy Duckworth, US Representative (D-Illinois, District 8)

Addison, IL
Congresswoman Duckworth is an Iraq War Veteran and former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs. In 2004, Duckworth was deployed to Iraq as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot for the Illinois Army National Guard. She was one…

David Cicilline, US Representative (D-Rhode Island, District 1)

Providence, RI
In 1994, Congressman Cicilline was elected to the Rhode Island House of Representatives, where he was a champion of political reform and gun safety. He was elected mayor of the City of Providence in 2002,…

Mark Takano, US Representative (D-California, District 41)

San Bernardino, CA
For more than 20 years, Congressman Takano has worked to improve the lives of Riverside County residents, both as an elected official and as a teacher at Rialto High School. In 1990, Takano was elected…

Barbara Lee, US Representative (D-California, District 13)

Alameda County, CA
“I’m excited to participate again this year in US VegWeek. This is an important issue not just for our bodies, but for our communities. US VegWeek is a great way to kick off a meat-free…

Henry Waxman, US Representative (D-California, District 33)

Los Angeles, CA
“I am delighted to take the 7-Day VegPledge. Research shows that a plant-based diet can offer significant health benefits, including weight loss, lower blood pressure, improved cholesterol levels, and lower incidence of heart disease. And…

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