|Enewsletter • February 6, 2002|
Plan Ahead for Events
My friend came across one of your pamphlets a few months ago, and
handed one to me. I was extremely disturbed by the information and
pictures. It definitely changed me and made me very sick inside.
There is so much going on that is so wrong yet continuously ignored.
I would like to know what it is that I may do in order to help. Whether
it is simply pass out more flyers in my area, or volunteer somewhere.
I am very eager to do my part in helping to bring our so-called "civilized"
society to a higher consciousness, and promote anti-violence.
The conference Animal Rights 2002 will take place outside of Washington, D.C., June 28 - July 3. The discounted $100 registration rate goes up to $120 on February 15. Refunds are provided for cancellations. FARM, organizing the conference, is also seeking suggestions for speakers and activities. You can email them with your ideas.
The Great American Meatout is a national observance designed to help consumers evolve to a wholesome, nonviolent diet of vegetables, legumes, grains, and fruits. FARMs focus for this year's observance is on promoting the availability and selection of meatless foods in mainstream grocery stores, restaurants, and catering operations.
Nationwide Day of Leafleting High Schools
Friday, April 5, Viva!USA and Vegan Outreach are planning to start a new tradition. With compassion in their hearts and minds that are open, students can be some of the animals' best friends! We want to help them go vegan! With your help, we can reach thousands of students across the country in this single day of action. Keep your eyes on this spot for more information.
Be Prepared Opportunity Knocks! (Matt Ball)
Last week, I was staffing a FARM / Vegan Outreach table at a job fair held at a local University. After everything was displayed, I leafleted the lunch crowd outside the student union. After I went through all the copies of Why Vegan I had taken with me, I went back to the table.
In general, I find that a good display, with good literature, pretty much runs itself. For vegan tabling situations, it has been my experience that it is often better for the table to be unstaffed – when I watch from a distance, it seems that more people go up to an unstaffed veg-oriented table than I get when Im at the table. Although it might just be me.
So I went out to leaflet again. After a while, a student asked me if I would like to address her class. So I spent the next hour talking with an Environmental Ethics class. The professor might have been a bit shocked when I mentioned my background and degrees (M.S. in Forest Ecology, M.S. in Engineering and Public Policy, ABD in Environmental Engineering). Overall, the talk went well; it is always heartening to see those who initially avoid paying attention eventually become engaged.
While this type of opportunity is rare, being active in public can often have profound and unforeseen consequences. At one of my first tables, Joe Espinosa was passing and heard me discussing the treatment of veal calves with a dairy farmer. Joe took a booklet, came to the next meeting, went veg and then vegan, along with a number of his friends. For years now, he has consistently handed out and distributed by other means thousands of copies of Why Vegan and Vegetarian Living every month!
If you are planning to take part in these outreach efforts, or if you want to distribute literature on your own (leafleting and/or displaying booklets at work, restaurants, health-food stores, libraries, etc.), please contact us well beforehand to order literature. We will be able to reach many more people if we can keep our shipping costs down. It is least expensive to have boxes of 300 sent directly from the printer via UPS – no P.O. Boxes, please. So if you will, over time, be able to distribute more than 100 copies of Why Vegan or Vegetarian Living, please order a box from us.
Please note: Due to a death in the family, Matt Ball may be out of the office over the next week. Thanks for your understanding.