|Enewsletter • October 18, 2006|
This issue is sponsored by DownBound.com
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Last week's 50+ reported events for M-F (Oct. 9-13) totaled over 30,000 booklets (see the VO front page for details). To date, the Adopt a College activists have handed well in excess of 800,000 booklets directly to students, and are closing in on 160,000 for the Fall term.
At right, while a student passes with a copy of Even If, Michelle LaFleur leaflets in front of a portable TV showing Meet Your Meat; photo by Jodi Chemes.
Overall distribution for 2006 has passed 985,000 booklets -- nearly at the million-booklet mark for the year! Thanks so much to everyone who has donated to print and ship these booklets, and to everyone working so hard to reach thousands and thousands of new people every day!
Note from Jon Camp
After being on the road for 35 days, I'm now home. With the help of others, a total of 26,407 booklets were handed to students at 33 different schools in the northeast US and Canada. I'd like to give a huge thanks to everyone who helped leaflet and who graciously gave me a place to stay. I'm in my third year of touring, and, thanks to you, haven't yet had to use one penny of VO's money for housing. This makes the tours much more economically viable and allows more time and resources to go to getting out and leafletting!
At right, Sarah Myatt leaflets at McGill University; photo by Jon Camp.
I'd also like to thank those of you who use your occupation to help bring about an immensely more compassionate world by supporting VO financially. None of this is taken for granted. Your support is greatly appreciated, and I always keep in mind your generosity and commitment to the animals while doing this work.
Editor note: Throughout the first three weeks of November, Jon will be leafleting schools in western NC, KY, TN, and OH. He needs places to stay in the following regions: Asheville, NC; Johnson City, TN; Knoxville, TN; Dayton, OH; Columbus, OH; Athens, OH. If you would be willing to house him for 1 - 3 nights, this would help ensure that he reaches as many college students as possible with the plight of today's farmed animals. If interested, please email jon (at) veganoutreach (dot) org. Thanks so much!
Note from Victor Tsou
If my calculations (and Vegan Outreach's estimates) are correct, the lives of one million animals have been saved as of today [10/3] by students impacted by EIs received during my current leafleting tour. This milestone is dedicated to Erik Marcus, who inspired me to get involved with his statement many years ago, "If you go vegan, you can save thousands of lives. If you become an activist, you can save millions of lives." Whether it's 1,000,000 lives, 100,000 lives, or 1,000 lives, I am grateful for the precious opportunity to engage in this activity as I try to live "A Meaningful Life."
Note: as of 10/13, Victor has handed out over 30,000 booklets this term. You can follow the progress of Jon, Victor, and other activists at our front page.
Products of the Week
Gentleman Jack Norris is back with a plug for wheat-free cookies: "Allergic to wheat? Sunflour Baking Company, long supporters of vegan causes, is now carrying a wide variety of high protein, wheat-free cookies and bars. Check 'em out! (Free shipping with $15 order.)"
In a nomination seconded by the VO Headquarters, Sheila from Michigan offers: "I would have to say Soy Delicious' Purely Decadent Peanut Butter Zig Zag. If I didn't know better, I'd swear it wasn't vegan!"
Notes from All Over
On Nov. 16 & 17, this conference will be held at Princeton University. Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, and Peter Singer will headline an all-star cast; VO's Matt Ball and Ellen Green will also be in attendance. Seating is limited; for free registration and for further information please go to: princeton.edu/~eating.
Notes from Our Members
At the University of
Wisconsin at Madison
today, I handed out 666 WV,
and 1 AML. One person in particular
left me with hope, as he was out
registering people to vote for several
hours while I was leafleting. He
came over early on to get booklets
so he could share them with people
he knew. During the eighth hour
he came over to say that he was
done with his work for the day but
wanted to know how he might get
involved in leafleting. He got the
AML and a GCFE. He let
me know that he had been vegan for
a number of years, then just stopped
about 3 years ago, but upon getting
a booklet from me on the campus
in the past, went back to being
We received "A
about 6 months ago, and have found
it EXTREMELY helpful in learning
how to explain these issues to other
people (simply put: veganism/ vegetarianism
prevents suffering, and that is
the reason for doing it), and in
being productive in helping animals,
even though we are sad about their
I was at my local Starbucks
where I found the
pamphlet entitled Even If You
Like Meat. As a self-proclaimed
animal-loving omnivore, I was prompted
to read it. I was really impressed
with the even-handed approach that
was used to present the topics.
People who eat meat were not belittled
and painted as less evolved. There
were some great middle-of-the-road
approaches to decreasing animal
cruelty on factory farms. And I
really thought it was a good appeal
to meat-eaters. I for one will try
to think of a few more plant-based
recipes for my family.