|Enewsletter • November 1, 2006|
Friday, I finished up what has probably
been the most important activism
of my life. Fellow
CAA volunteer Karl Noyes and I just
completed a two-week trip, the Midwest
Leafleting Tour, leafleting at colleges
and universities across the region.
In total we passed out copies of
Even If You Like Meat pamphlet
to over 11,000 individual students!
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Jon Back on Tour -- Please Help!
Jon Camp is in the midst of week 1 of a 4 week leafleting tour through western NC, TN, KY, and southern OH. If you would like to leaflet with him or if you would like for him to give a talk to your local group, please email jon (at) veganoutreach (dot) org. Thanks!
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Products of the Week
A. Leamen: "Living Harvest Hemp Protein in chocolate chili: It's organic, vegan, and soy & gluten free. It tastes great mixed with vanilla rice milk."
Notes from All Over
Diner on Flax, VO, Environment, Vegan Lunchbox
Erik points out that only a very small amount of paper is used per person who changes their diet. People should also note that Vegan Outreach's booklets are printed on recycled paper. Of that recycled paper that isn't post-consumer, one tree will print thousands of booklets, and save, at a minimum, thousands of animals from the horrors of modern animal agriculture each year. Last but not least, every person who changes their diet will help save forests by removing support from a system that requires a great deal more land to grow feed crops for animals than if that land was used to grow food for humans directly. In a sense, using trees for Vegan Outreach pamphlets actually causes more trees to be saved in the end.
Win an Electric Scooter!
Our friends at Tofurky are running a One Millionth Tofurky Roast Contest -- stop by and enter today!
Artivist Film Festival
The 3rd Annual Artivist Film Festival & Awards will take place November 9-12, 2006 at the historic Egyptian Theatre in the heart of Hollywood. They will be honoring Joaquin Phoenix, Daryl Hannah, Matthew McConaughey; learn more at http://www.artivists.org/.
To longtime vegetarian and animal advocate Tony LaRussa, for winning the World Series -- again! Only the second manager to win the Series in both the American and National League.
Notes from Our Members
During the week of
Oct 16th to Oct 20th, 2006,
4,120 Vegan Outreach booklets were
distributed to students at Simon
Fraser University, Langara College
and the University of British Columbia
-- thanks to everyone who helped!
From experience, we know that a
small but significant, percentage
of those receiving this information
will be profoundly moved in such
a way as to alter their choices.
Many will adopt veganism, others
will become vegetarians, while others
will aim to reduce or eliminate
their consumption of factory farmed
animals. I believe that this work
is the single most effective method
of reducing suffering in today’s
world. I have come to this conclusion
after having spent the past fifteen
years involved in a broad array
of activities whose fundamental
commonality is the pursuit of a
more just and peaceful world.
At the Galleria Mall
today, a girl told
me that she used the Why Vegan
pamphlet to get one of her
classmates to go vegan.
At Anne Arundel Community
College today, a young
woman asked me: "Do you have
any more of those recipe booklets?
I got the other booklet from you
earlier and my entire class was
talking about it."
At Cal State Fullerton,
it's sometimes like
handing out candy to babies. One
student, holding a half eaten hamburger,
took a leaflet. "Wow, this
is so sad. And I really love animals
too." That about sums it up.
A few conversational snippets from Solono Community College today:
At right, Meghann L leaflets by a table at Solono; photo by Suzanne.
Here are some scenes from San Jose State yesterday:
-Suzanne Haws, 10/25/06
The VO literature is
the best tool for
getting the message across. It was
a Why Vegan booklet that
convinced me to go vegetarian, and
shortly after, vegan about 6 years
Amherst students win
the award for most
considerate: two of them came up
to me at about 2:30 and said that
they felt bad for me having to be
out in the cold all day, so they'd
brought me hot chocolate! I was
floored. These same two students
also said that they had received
a brochure from me earlier in the
day and were now considering vegetarianism.
My tummy -and- my
heart were warmed!
animal cruelty is
completely overwhelming. Whenever
I see someone wearing fur or eating
meat, it's difficult for me to remain
positive. But I do have a cure for
the vegan blues: every week I get
a VO e-newsletter in my e-mail,
always with stories about how a
pamphlet influenced somebody, or
recounting how successful a day
of leafleting was. So, thank you
for including them every week, and
thanks to everyone who is making
a difference for animals.