|Enewsletter • May 12, 2004|
No Rest for the Wicked
As the Adopt a College program winds down for the year, Vegan Outreach members will be tabling and leafleting at walkathons, festivals, and concerts throughout the summer, including at least 15 shows on the Warped Tour and a number of Dave Matthews shows.
Speaking of Adopt a College, the program passed 72,000 booklets distributed this past week. Look for a preliminary summary of the 03-04 school year soon.
If you donate $100 or more to Vegan Outreach, you can receive a picture of your choice -- printed with a new photo printer on 8.5" x 11" quality paper, suitable for framing.
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Thanks to everyone who has donated to make these possible.
Chicago Event Scheduled
Matt Ball, along with Anne & Ellen Green and Joe Espinosa, will be speaking at the Chicago EarthSave potluck on Sunday, June 27th. It will be at Healing Earth, 3111 N Ashland (at Belmont). More details to follow.
-by Joyce Friedman
Excerpt: "The momentary release we get from chanting in solidarity on a street corner and educating an unfortunately tiny portion of the 'mainstream' is simply not the most effective way of reaching our goal, if our goal is to really stop animal abuse. If a few thumbs-up is what we want and nothing more, then let's continue to protest."
At right, a student reads a Why Vegan at Syracuse U.
Maximizing School Presentations
I recently gave a talk after school to a high school environmental club and over 150 students attended! I gave away every Why Vegan I had, and got the school to pay for vegan food samples! I give a lot of talks at schools, but never had such a successful experience and wanted to share a bit on what helped make it successful.
First off, I met a student while tabling at a concert who wanted to do more for animals at her school. I suggested she have a speaker from the Empathy Project come speak and she connected me with her environmental club's advisor. Then, I told the club advisor that I like to speak to as large an audience as possible and asked him if he could help get more than just the 15 club members to come. He said he would and I gave him these suggestions:
1 - Ask teachers to provide students extra
credit for coming to my talk
"Announcement: Saving the Planet One Bite at a Time: What does Animal Rights have to do with the Environment? Come see a short documentary and hear Chicago speaker and activist Danielle Marino describe how modern methods of animal-food production are ecologically disastrous and inhumane. *Free food will be provided*"
This was the most successful school presentation I've had yet, and I hope I can help our movement have more like it!
-Danielle Marino, Protecting Animals, USA, Chicago
Selected Recent Feedback
I need to let you know that when I see those
pictures of animals being abused, I have tears
in my eyes. I never thought that someone could
do these kinds of things -- I was completely
shocked! I am going to order some flyers and
spread them everywhere.
I received one of your handouts recently. I
was unaware of the extensive cruelty towards
animals. I have now converted. Factory farms
are sickening, and I appreciate your efforts
in advocating vegetarianism. I show my pamphlets
to everyone, and I usually receive enlightened
I was given a Why Vegan brochure last
Saturday when my daughter and I attended a walk
for a local humane society; and after reading
it, I was faced with no choice but to turn to
a vegan lifestyle. I simply could not do anything
else. I am horrified that I was kept in the
dark about this for so many years.
I teach in an urban public high school, and
yesterday I was doing a class on animal agriculture.
I brought in Why Vegans for all the
students, and they did a worksheet based on
them. Almost every student (these are students
who rarely pay too much attention) was really
interested in the book, reading practically
the whole thing through. It was pretty unusual/amazing,
and they all were bothered by what they saw.
I credit the large number of pictures and short
blocks of text (as per most people's short attention
span) with keeping them interested throughout.
Thanks for producing the booklet!
You have given me the support I need to commit
to being vegetarian. I love knowing that my
donation will save many animals from horrible
suffering. Keep up the good work!