About Jessi Stafford

Graduate of MU Journalism program. Love mustaches, vegan-things, LOST and beer.

From the VM Vault: Helping Wild Animals With Style

By |July 7th, 2012|

Here on the Vegan Mainstream blog we have lots of great articles that get buried and forgotten, and so once a week we are going to dig out one of our old favorites and post it here, giving our readers another kick at the can. Helping Wild Animals with Style was an interview we did with Gabby Wild, an animal rights advocate who started a campaign called 12 in 12 for 12. Read the interview below, then check out Gabby's site to find out where the campaign is now!

Feature Interview: Running Raw’s Tim VanOrden on Nutrition Myths

By |June 1st, 2012|

Tim VanOrden knows all about energy; after he switched to a raw, plant-based diet years ago, he began running and eventually created the resource site Running Raw to provide information about the health benefits of living meat and dairy free.

Feature Interview: Alexandra Paul, Activist for Life

By |May 11th, 2012|

Alexandra Paul is not only a longtime actress and entertainer, she has also been concerned with the environment, animals and human rights for years. Vegan Mainstream spoke with Paul recently about how she got involved in activism of all kinds, what her favorite vegan books and resources are, and what it takes to live simply.

Feature Interview: vGirls|vGuys Uniquely Exposes Vegan Beauty

By |May 4th, 2012|

Melissa Schwartz and Donovan Jenkins are showing the sex appeal of the vegan movement, with the goal of raising awareness for inner beauty. Their new network for beautiful vegans, vGirls|vGuys, showcases personal interviews and photo shoots with vegans of all body types. vGirls|vGuys is for anyone and everyone, current vegans and those looking to adopt […]

Featured Interview: Vegan is Love Illustrates the Bigger Picture

By |April 27th, 2012|

The books we read as children can sometimes remain with us into adulthood, especially if a book had an impact on the way we view life. Ruby Roth is a vegan children's book illustrator and writer, known for That's Why We Don't Eat Animals. Her newest creation, Vegan Is Love, showcases, in a visually compelling way, how children can view compassion as applicable to all forms of life, not just people.

Featured Interview: Earth Day Canada Impacts the Globe

By |April 20th, 2012|

When Earth Days across the map were first established, they were typically thought of as fringe festivals or radical gatherings. Now, every April sees an expansive and diverse celebration in countries across the globe

Featured Interviews: Nice (and Vegan) Shoes Hit Vancouver Sidewalks

By |April 13th, 2012|

Not all shoes are made alike. Joanne Chang is the co-owner of Nice Shoes, a brand new Canadian vegan shoe store, and one of the first in Vancouver, where her store is based.

A Sober Look at Vegan Goodies…The Case of Starbucks and the Pissy Vegans

By |April 9th, 2012|

Starbucks is the chain coffee drinkers and wifi users love to hate. (Or hate to love). However, regardless of being the metaphor of choice for big box retailers taking over small business, the coffee chain that originated in the mega indie city of Seattle has been warming to the vegan-friendly aesthetic.

Two years ago, Starbucks […]

Featured Interview: Humane Society Takes Action for Farm Animals

By |April 6th, 2012|

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has been in action for years fighting for abused and forsaken companion animals — but some people may not know that HSUS has also been in the ring protecting farm animals. HSUS’ Farm Animal Protection campaign highlights underreported issues within the factory farm industry.

As a seasoned […]

Standing Up For Your Activist Rights

By |March 30th, 2012|

"Are you now, or have you ever been, a vegetarian?" When asked to write an opinion piece regarding standing up for your vegan rights, this week's theme, the first thing that came to mind was the book Green Is the New Red: An Insider’s Account of a Movement Under Siege by Will Potter.