|Enewsletter • October 11, 2006|
today, I had been
skeptical of the Even If
booklet. I didn't know if it was
powerful enough to make a difference.
However, after leafleting using
the EIs for just a few
hours, I realized how accessible
they are. I felt comfortable handing
them to anyone, even the guy eating
a hot dog, because it's something
to which most people can relate
-- liking the taste of meat, and
wanting to reduce animal suffering.
I think people are more likely
to read this booklet and actually
feel like there's something they,
personally, can do.
At right, a student reads an EI at Slippery Rock U on 10/9/06; photo by Matt Ball. On Monday, AAC activists over 7,000 booklets were distributed on campuses across the country.
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Products of the Week
Professor Laura Dilley: "My nomination is for Celestial Seasonings' Tea Dreams frozen dessert with Rice Dream in Imperial White Peach flavor. It is entirely vegan but tastes like cheesecake and is unbelievably delicious."
For best sandwich, Caryn in Texas: "I nominate Boca's Original Burger served on a sprouted grain bun (Ezekiel Bread by Food For Life) with melted vegan soy cheese, sautéed mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach and avocado. Yum! It's an easy, quick week night meal my family enjoys, especially the kids!"
Gentleman Jack has this advice:
Notes from Our Members
While leafleting tonite,
I met a guy who had worked on filming
a chicken commercial. He told me
that the filming was done at the
rendering plant itself, but the
only part that they filmed was the
last section of the plant, where
the chickens come out in neat plastic
packages. He explained how they
didn't film the other rooms, such
as where the chickens heads are
cut off. He said that after filming
that commercial, he wasn't able
to eat chicken for a while. He also
said that it was terrible that people
don't know how badly the animals
are treated, and how their entire
lives are so miserable. After our
conversation, his girlfriend took
I received an amazing
email from a former
student at my school: "While
I was at school about two years
ago, I came across a table the Hamilton
Vegetarian Association had set up
at school and picked up a flyer
called Why Vegan? That
one flyer has had such a big impact
on my life. I've since become vegetarian.
I just wanted to thank you and the
other members and let you know that
your efforts have touched people
and changed lives."
I want to thank you
from the bottom of my heart for
sending me the lit that I requested
for a brand new AR org here on the
coast of NC. Your Even if you
like Meat brochures flew out
of my hands and was eagerly scooped
up by those who would not take the
time for a veg brochure. More than
that, I read Matt’s thoughts
on animal advocacy and was so
grateful to hear him discussing
the stereotypical angry activist,
and how we must become more compassionate
in order to truly teach compassion.
We all go through that angry stage,
but understanding that it closes
more doors than it opens is an epiphany
that more of us advocating for animals
need to have, especially in less
progressive towns such as the one
that I am temporarily stuck in!
Thank you, Vegan Outreach, for keeping
your eyes on the activities that
equal maximum benefit for the animals
that suffer so.
The leafleting at John
Jay College of Criminal Justice
was absolutely perfect. Even as
I stopped to get water or answer
my phone, students would WAIT for
me to collect myself and give them
a leaflet. I had so many great conversations
with students, many very supportive
or already vegetarian, and I am
thrilled to know that these are
our future lawyers, judges, and
law enforcement officials.
-Jenna Calabrese (at right), 10/4/06