|Enewsletter • April 13, 2005|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Privacy, Starter Kits, & Cincinnati
Please note: Vegan Outreach does not share (sell, lease, or trade) any personal information with other organizations or third parties.
Also -- it can take up to four weeks for a Starter Pack to arrive, as they are sent via bulk mail.
Finally, Jack Norris will be visiting Cincinnati next week on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (4/18-20). He'd welcome help leafleting the local colleges. If you want to help, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Product of the Week: Primal Strips
Jack Norris writes: "Check out Primal Strips meatless jerky. A friend sent me a couple samples, and they are the best thing I've eaten since becoming vegan a million years ago!"
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Notes from All Over
From the Press & Sun-Bulletin. Excerpts:
"Amy Lipski, 11, of Conklin, gave up meat and seafood two years ago after hearing news stories about contamination in food and slaughter houses she considers inhumane.
"Dropping meat wasn't that tough, Amy said. One thing that makes it easier is the number of imitation meat products now on the market, including veggie burgers and veggie hot dogs, she said.
"'I don't like the idea of eating meat. It's kind of gross,' said Chelsea Wheeler, 15, a freshman at Whitney Point High School, who avoids meat but still eats seafood and dairy products. When she became a vegetarian five years ago, her parents thought she'd grow out of it because she's so young, she said. But she's stuck with it. Her 18-year-old sister Katie, a senior at Whitney Point High, is a vegetarian, too."
Notes from Our Members
I was given permission
by the FarmStore here on Vancouver
Island to display Try Vegetarians
on the counter. I was told last
week that a woman took a pamphlet
and later came back into the store
and told staff that she was never
going to eat meat again. OMG that
was so exciting for me to hear that!
Soon I will be ordering 300 more
pamphlets. That's not bad when I
remember that each one of those
pamphlets was taken by someone --
that's a lot of someone's each year.
Thank you for your great work. It
allows me to be a bearer of hopeful
information in some of the most
urgent of times. Practicing veganism
brings an exciting and comforting
peace to me.
One of the things I
love about leafleting
is that you don't need a group or
an organization. Even if you are
the only activist within a 1000
mile radius, one dedicated person
can do the work of dozens of groups
with hundreds of members.
Hansen and I leafleted
the UMD-College Park campus this
past Wednesday, distributing over
700 booklets. We both had some really
good conversations and received
lots of genuine thank-you's. One
woman told us that she became vegan
a few years ago from a leaflet she
received while walking to class
on the UMD campus. She didn't remember
the name of the group, but the pamphlet
was promoting veganism and contained
some graphic pictures. I'm guessing
it was a Why Vegan!
At right, Jessica Parry talks with a student at Penn State. Photo by Jon Camp
I like keeping up with
Jon Camp's travels
from [these] e-mail newsletters.
I'm impressed with the impact you
are attempting to have throughout
the country. I often give your booklets
to friends and acquaintances when
I discuss my eating habits. The
literature I recently ordered from
VO was to provide additional fodder
for immediately after a speech I
gave at my Toastmasters Club. I
gave an abbreviated speech about
my hunting days and how I became
a vegan. One friend in the Toastmasters
club who spoke after me (there are
"contests" every week
for the best speaker) came up and
said, "That's not fair! You
cheated. I was crying and had to
compose myself after your speech."
Enclosed is a donation.
I benefited a great deal from the
Why Vegan booklet nearly
three years ago. I was on the internet,
and ordered one of your booklets.
It really hit home. I knew I couldn't
support that cruelty, and have since
convinced one person to go vegetarian,
and three more family members to
eat meat only occasionally. Thank
you for all of your tireless work
and staying committed to providing
a voice for the voiceless.
Thank you for all of
the resources you
have available on the 100% vegetarian
diet. Last October, we got 1000
Why Vegan booklets from
you. I, along with my wife, present
seminars on the Bible and better
health, and we use these very informative
brochures to let people know the
condition of the flesh meats and
products that they are eating. Last
week in Florida, we spoke at a church
with at least 500 members, and this
Saturday we will be presenting at
another church with
at least 200 members.