|Enewsletter • April 6, 2005|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Adopt a College – Unbelievable!
300+ schools have now been leafleted, leading to an estimated 6,000+ vegetarians and more than 10,500,000 mammals and birds now spared a life of suffering!
So far this term, there are 59 entries of 100 or more booklets distributed, and 15 over 1,000! Danielle Marino has almost passed 3,000 booklets this semester; with a recent trip to ASU (see below), Suzanne Haws is approaching 3,500. Despite a full-time job, Joe Espinosa is now over 9,000! Jon Camp, at just under 30,000 booklets, has single-handedly passed the entire total for Fall 2003 (22,217)!
Thanks to everyone's hard work, every day thousands are hearing -- in a detailed and compelling way -- of the animals' plight.
Printing Goal Reached
Because of everyone's generosity -- including a significant donation from Animal Rights Mobilization that put us over the top -- Vegan Outreach has met our $15,000 fundraising goal. This will allow us to do the next printing of Even If You Like Meat this month. Thanks!
Notes from All Over
From the UWM Post. Excerpts:
"One University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee vegan, Cassandra Flecshig, remembers getting an autograph from Goldfinger’s lead singer John Feldmann on a copy of a Why Vegan? pamphlet. "After reading the horrific details of what goes on in factory farms, I knew I could never support that kind of misery,' Flecshig said.
"Feldmann isn't a veg-loner in the world of celebs. Alanis Morissette, Pamela Anderson, Russell Crowe, Bill Maher, Dr. Dre and Woody Harrelson have all decided there shall be no misery on their menus.
"Similarly, Kenosha vegan newbie Dale Brown gave it a whirl after taking on a 30-day challenge with his new vegetarian girlfriend. 'I was eating meat all the time. If you would have told me a year ago I’d be eating tofu fajitas and soy ice cream, I would have laughed hysterically in your face,' Brown said.
"The concern for animal welfare is the top reason people choose veganism, and more specifically why they continue to endure their choice even in a larger society that often lacks sympathy and resources. Vegans take very seriously the value that all sentient beings deserve equal consideration, just as all races and genders. They believe that it is 'species-ism' to use animals for food, entertainment, fashion, experimentation or exploitation."
Summer Speaking Scheduling
Erik Marcus, author of Meat Market and Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating and head of vegan.com, is scheduling tour dates for summer and fall. See this page if you are interested in bringing him to your town.
Matt Ball (at right) and Anne Green will be in Germany (Frankfurt, Berlin, Freiburg, Goettingen, Heidelburg, Prien, and Munich) the second half of June, and in Michigan (passing through Northern Ohio) at several points this summer. If you would like to try to have one or both of them speak in these areas, send an email.
Notes from Our Members
Just my proximity as
a vegan at work has compelled two
of my co-workers to go vegetarian.
Inspired by Joe's travels, I got up early and made the two-hour trek from Tucson to Tempe, home to Arizona State University. Last semester, I had a horrible time leafleting there, so I was not particularly looking forward to revisiting the school today, but I figured I'd give it another try.
It was absolutely worth it! I distributed
600 Even If You Like Meat...
booklets to enthusiastic, friendly
students, many of whom were very
happy to get the booklet. (This
is the first time I've used EIYLM
exclusively, and it was fabulous.)
Several students approached me to
ask for a copy, and I saw students
carrying them around long after
I'd given them out. Many students
started reading them while walking,
then slowed down and finally stopped,
standing in the middle of the sidewalk
to read on. At one point, a woman
waved at me and pointed to the burrito
in her hand. "It's vegetarian!"
she called out. "I had to get
a veggie burrito after reading your
pamphlet. It was just so sad."
Friday at the Grassroots Animal Rights Conference, two young women, not associated with each other, separately came up to the Vegan Outreach table to tell me that receiving a Why Vegan was the reason that they were vegan and at the conference. One took some literature home so she can leaflet her local college.
Quite a few people came up to speak about VO with glowing admiration, which was really nice. One man came up to say that he just sent in a donation and said that he likes that VO chooses one effective mode of advocacy and sticks with it unfailingly. A few people mentioned how sensible the approach is.
my main impression was that the
work that we are all doing is making
a substantial difference. The money
spent on VO advocacy is such a tiny
fraction of the money spent on total
animal advocacy, which is in stark
contrast to the number of individuals
it is bringing out of the woodwork
to take an in interest in animal