|Enewsletter • February 18, 2004|
Next Week: A Meaningful Life: Animal Advocacy, Human Nature, & A Better World
Later this year, we will be printing a new version of the Vegan Starter Pack. Over the next months, we'll be getting your feedback on what to cut, what to add, etc. This week, let us know what recipes you think are best to offer new and potential vegans, and tell us what recipes aren't a good idea. Start at the Vegan Outreach recipe page, The No Spam Zone, and COK's Easy Recipes. Pass along any other suggestions as well!
Match Our Tax Refund!
-Joe Espinosa & Marsha Forsman
We are going to use much of our tax refund to match other's tax refund donations to Vegan Outreach -- up to $800. We wish it could be more (as social workers, our incomes aren't up there in the top 1%), but it will put a Why Vegan? into the hands of thousands of people!
We will make our donation when VO has matched the $800 from people who earmark their donation “Matching Gift.”
Planning for Events
With Meatout and better weather coming, and Earth Day to follow, try to plan ahead. One of the main expenses is shipping; each year, tens of thousands of dollars go to getting booklets to activists.
It is most efficient to send boxes of 300 copies of Why Vegan and/or Try Vegetarian straight from the printer. Orders that need to be sent Priority Mail (instead of book rate) cut into our ability to print more booklets each time. Of course, it does no good if the box sits in a closet gathering dust, but if you will be leafleting multiple times over the course of 2004, or are stocking several displays in your area, it is best to order a box. Please look carefully at your calendar for possible outreach opportunities, and order accordingly.
"Government farm subsidies in the United States have long been a contentious issue with U.S. trading partners and a new opinion poll says the policy is also unpopular among most Americans. Only about 10 percent of Americans say they support the current system of farm subsidies."
I just wanted to let
everyone at Vegan Outreach know that the recent
negative feelings at the mention of the Christian
Vegetarian Association's new booklet, Honoring
God's Creation, absolutely
does not affect my respect for your association
whatsoever. In fact, as an atheist myself,
I find those reactions counterproductive in
the struggle for religious tolerance and freedom
that every American, regardless of faith,
should be concerned with. The vegan message
ABSOLUTELY MUST be applicable to all religious
identifications for any substantial progress
to be made, considering most highly religious
people use their faith as the basis for many
decisions in their life. Jack's
response in the last newsletter
was very eloquently stated and only furthered
my supreme respect for your organization.
If only all people recognized the importance
of unmitigated inclusion in spreading the
vision of a peaceful, harmonious, and sustainable
world. Thank you for all that you have done
and continue to do.
I am simply amazed
that people would take the time to complain
about your letting us know that another resource
God's Creation) for spreading
veganism is out there. Mentioning the availability
of a pamphlet or book or whatever is not synonymous
with promoting the ideology behind the production
of that item! I know what it's like to be
a Christian and have other alleged Christians
question my motives for being in favor of
animal rights and veganism. I also know what
it's like to question myself and to ponder
and worry over what my religion teaches its
followers. Publications, like those put out
by the CVA, have been immensely helpful to
me. I also read publications written about
these issues which are aimed at Muslims and
Jews. Most people have some religious beliefs
in their life and many struggle with questions
surrounding the consistency of those beliefs.