|Enewsletter • August 9, 2006|
This issue sponsored by VeggieRomance.com
Notes from Vegan Outreach
$20,000 Matching Grant Met!
Thanks to your very generous support, we have met the $20,000 matching donation challenge. With the new school year rapidly approaching and Adopt a College activists already at work, this money will be a great benefit to our efforts for the animals. Again, thank you so much for your generosity!
At right, a girl reads a booklet on the National Mall in Washington, DC, after being leafleted by Aashish Bhimani; photo by Jon Camp.
Please Plan Ahead
A note to everyone who is planning on leafleting this fall, or has events (such as World Farm Animals Day) coming up, please plan ahead and allow 2-3 weeks lead time in getting you your booklets. You can order on-line here.
New Hires / Housing Plea
We are pleased to announce that we will have two dedicated activists joining the VO workforce this upcoming college season! Victor Tsou will be leafleting colleges on the west coast, while Jenna Calabrese will focus her efforts on the northeast.
Victor will be starting his touring shortly and will need housing in the following regions: Santa Cruz/Monterey, CA (late August), Fresno, CA (late August), Pullman, WA (late September), Portland, OR (early October), Chico, CA (mid October), Flagstaff, AZ (late October), Albuquerque, NM (early November), Las Cruces, NM (early November), and San Diego, CA (mid November).
If you would be willing to house this dedicated young man, please email info (at) veganoutreach.org. Thanks!
Product of the Week
Alex V: "Vegan whip cream! I was at Wild Oats the other day and someone told me that they got soy whip cream! Yummy!"
Notes from Our Members
When I read A
Meaningful Life, I
was very impressed, and thus am
sending this donation. I am so grateful
there is such a wonderful organization
like Vegan Outreach. I wish I could
send you more.
I received your "Try
at the Riverfront 4th of July fireworks
from someone just passing them out.
After reading the booklet, I decided
to go vegetarian. I would like to
pass these out at a music festival
coming up. Thank you!
Reading your website
has inspired me. I've been vegan
for 3 years, but feeling like it
wasn't making one bit of difference.
You have convinced me that rather
than kicking myself for little mistakes
in my lifestyle, I can help animals
so much more by persuading others
to reduce their eating of meat,
eggs and dairy. I plan to start
leafleting at the University of
Virginia in Charlottesville when
the fall semester starts.
Yesterday Matthew Rammelkamp
and I teamed up and
handed out approximately 2000 EIYLMs
and 50 or so GCFEs at the
Warped Tour NYC-area stop. The crowd
was, for the most part, extremely
receptive. I talked to a bunch of
people who said they were "very
interested" in trying vegetarianism
(I gave them GCFE), and
lots of people who were already
veg. Matt ran into two guys who
took a stack of leaflets from him
and started handing them out, and
they were totally into it. I also
ran into a guy who saw the pamphlets
and said he's seen "us"
(meaning Vegan Outreach volunteers)
at nearly every stop on the tour
(he follows the tour promoting his
band), and he thought we were an
official part of the tour (like
PETA2 is). I thought that reflected
well on us--that we've got such
At the San Francisco
stop of the Warped
Tour, Nick and I were joined by
two excellent leafleters, Purvi
Jani and Isaiah Sage. This was an
excellent day of activism. Purvi
reported that one guy came up to
her and let her know that he went
vegetarian because he received a
leaflet at last year's Warped Tour!
There were, as always, many vegetarians
and vegans. The most interesting
interaction I had was when two guys
came up to me and started yelling
at me because there were leaflets
on the ground between the entrance
and me, and that they liked meat
and blah blah blah. I sweetly told
them that periodically we walked
around and picked up the littered
leaflets (which really helped to
discourage others from tossing them
on the ground), and that we hoped
that people didn't just throw them
away, but rather take them and read
them and then choose to lead more
compassionate lives. After maybe
a minute or so of rude guys yelling
and me perkily responding, one guy
stopped and said, "Wow. You're
really nice. We've been total jerks,
and you've just been nice to us.
So, tell us what your message is
and why you're here." We then
went on to have a perfectly civilized
conversation and they ended up taking
a leaflet. Ah, sweetness is so often
the best revenge.