|Enewsletter • June 15, 2005|
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Notes from Vegan Outreach
Please Help the Animals / Double Your Donation!
Since June 1, Vegan Outreach has received $1,365 towards the conditional donation of $5,000. We cannot cash the check until we raise an equivalent amount! So, please give whatever you can today, and your donation will mean twice as much to the animals! (Please mark donations "conditional grant.")
Activist Profile: Joseph Espinosa
Throughout the summer, Vegan Outreach will profile some of the top leafleters from our Adopt A College campaign. This week we profile veteran leafleter, Joe Espinosa. Despite a full-time job as a social worker, Joe handed out a total of 22,512 booklets throughout the ’04 -’05 school season! By working Saturdays specifically so that he can leaflet one school day per week, Joe finds a way to fit effective animal advocacy into his life. The positive feedback that VO continues to receive as a result of Joe’s work gives credence to the notion that one person truly can make a difference. Here are some excerpts from our interview with him:
Why do you leaflet colleges?
Colleges are a great collection point for an audience that is likely to be the most receptive population for us to reach. I particularly like to be on college campuses, as opposed to getting people at concerts or festivals, because people on their way to class are typically sober and in relatively serious mindset, ready to think. The numbers really speak for themselves in terms of booklets given out for the time invested. It is vital that as a movement we do a better job of covering colleges.
What would you say to individuals hesitant about leafleting?
It is really not hard to leaflet and makes such a difference for farm animals who are suffering and will continue to suffer because we were too afraid to simply ask passersby if they want a booklet against animal cruelty. I tend to be a pretty shy person, but this issue is important enough to overcome that.
How long have you been involved in animal rights and how did you get interested in this?
Matt Ball let me in on the truth about animal suffering in October of 1992. I went vegetarian 4 weeks after meeting him, then got involved in AR activities after graduating in 1993. I was not particularly interested in political or social causes, but the massive suffering that I was witness to compelled me into action.
Product of the Week
Dallas Rising writes: "Heart Thrive Nutritious Meals To Go are so awesome. They taste great, and supply a lot of fiber, calcium, and protein. To me they're sort of a cross between an energy bar and a healthy cookie. They come in lots of flavors (raisin, apricot, apple, etc.) and are perfect for eating after a workout. For more info, visit www.suncakes.com"
Note: In a previous week, Greenies were mentioned as a dog treat. According to the manufacturer: "the ingredients used for the natural flavoring are proprietary but we can tell you that there is a very small amount of non-beef based animal protein used." Our apologies.
Send your nominees for Product of the Week to firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes from All Over
Indianapolis Activist Looking for Help and to Share Video Mobile
We are completing the construction
of The Glass Wall Project (a 5'
x 8' trailer with two 35" television
screens coming out of each side).
The mission is visual outreach in
the same vein as the Faunavision
Van, revealing the truth about animal
agriculture. We need help mounting
the television into the trailer,
covering the openings with a clear/secure
casing, creating lettering on the
outside of the trailer, and with
the sound. Once completed, the trailer
will be available for activist use
in the area (and possibly further
away). Anyone who would like to
be a part of this project, please
e-mail me at email@example.com.
AR2005 is in Los Angeles this July! Jon Camp, Anne Green, Jack Norris, and Matt Ball will all be there, and VO representatives will be giving several talks; a program can be seen here.
"Matthew Scully doesn't fit the profile of someone who advocates for animal welfare. Until this past summer he was a senior speechwriter for President George W. Bush. Before that he was an editor of the conservative magazine, National Review.... Republicans generally ridicule the cause of animal protection -- claiming it belongs to those far on the Left. But Scully argues that conservatives, with all their talk of compassion and values are a natural ally for the cows, chickens, and pigs caged in ungodly conditions." Listen to the interview here.