Note from the Coordinators

35 Years of Vegan Activism by The Vegetarian Resource Group

Organizing and change are tough. There are ongoing ups, downs, stresses, struggles, and successes. Thank you to all of our volunteers, interns, staff members, donors, and people with a sense of humor who have made this journey possible for 35 years.

The Vegetarian Resource Group was started in 1982 by Ernie Kopstein, a vegan medical doctor and Holocaust survivor; Norris Fluke, a vegan Senior Olympics swimming medalist; Audrey Fluke, a vegetarian nurse; and vegan activists Debra Wasserman and Charles Stahler. All had previously participated in Vegetarian Society of D.C. activities. Debra was VSDC's treasurer and Charles was their secretary for several years.

Our intention was to participate in a vegetarian group in Baltimore. When we went to an address from a list of existing vegetarian organizations, we found an abandoned building. So we started a new group originally called Baltimore Vegetarians. Our goal from the beginning was to be scientific, practical, and of assistance to others. As we produced materials, we soon had tens of thousands of people from all over the country asking us for information. Thus was born The Vegetarian Resource Group and Vegetarian Journal. Many ideas we tried locally have since been replicated in other areas. Thank you to all who have contributed in their own unique ways to advancing a better world.

You may enjoy a look back at past Vegetarian Journal VRG anniversary issues:

30th Anniversary Issue

25th Anniversary Issue

20th Anniversary Issue

Debra Wasserman & Charles Stahler
Coordinators of The Vegetarian Resource Group