|Enewsletter • November 15, 2006|
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Notes from Vegan Outreach
AAC: The Animals' Voice
Last week, over 33,000 booklets were handed out to students on campuses across North America. The semester total is now more than 265,000. Victor Tsou is closing in on 50,000 for the term, while Jon Camp and Jenna Calabrese have passed 30,000.
At right, Susan Cho leaflets at U. Maryland; photo by Jon Camp.
In his spare time, Casey Constable has handed out over 22,000 booklets, including a new one-day single-person record of 3,000 at the University of Texas at Austin. That day was part of his total of 7,700 at UT last Tuesday through Thursday
Stewart Solomon, Suzanne Haws, and Joe Espinosa are also over 10,000 booklets for the semester, and there are 17 other individuals over 1,000!
The program will have passed 920,000 booklets by the time you see this. By our estimates, the efforts of AAC activists will spare over 40 million birds and mammals a life of suffering over the next 50 years.
Thanks so much to everyone who made the possible!!
New "A Meaningful Life" Printing Done
Addictive Products of the Week
Joe Espinosa: "I am writing to nominate Red Star Nutritional Yeast for product of the week. I was introduced to this product and was instantly addicted. On pizza bread, beans, soups, salads and even popcorn, it adds a burst of flavor that redefines what it means to be vegan." Anne Green blends 1C walnuts, 1/2C ground flax seeds, and 1C of nutritional yeast (which she gets in bulk from the local co-op) in a food processor to make high-Omega-3 "sprinkles" for pizza, popcorn, pasta, and other "p" foodstuffs.
Kristen S: "Stonewall Jerquee is dangerously addictive. Savory and full of protein, it is difficult to find in bulk in most areas -- but you can avoid the excessively packaged 1.5 oz bags by buying it in bulk at www.veganessentials.com."
Notes from All Over
New website: A free program for food-service professionals:
"Our chefs have helped dozens of restaurants, universities, primary and secondary schools, and businesses incorporate vegetarian selections into their menus and cafeterias -- and our consulting services are available to you free of charge. Whether you need menu suggestions, tips on working with new vegetarian foods, or sources for meat analogs and other vegetarian products, help is just a phone call away!"
Another Movie Leafleting Opportunity
Two movies soon to be in theaters -- Fast Food Nation and Charlotte's Web -- provide excellent opportunities to leaflet to a sympathetic audience, especially if you attend the movie. If you attend, take a stack of VO booklets and get to the door before the crowd lets out. Start offering them to people and, typically, once the first one takes one, all the rest will. It is quite easy.
Notes from Our Members
At Texas State in San
Marcos, there was
one real big dude who Casey didn't
want to approach because he didn't
look like the type that would ever
go vegetarian. However, when this
guy saw what Casey was passing out,
he commented on how he had seen
one on the ground at Warped Tour
in San Antonio. He picked one up
and read it, and has been a vegetarian
At UNC Greensboro,
it was like giving
out candy on Halloween. Students
would come over to get a brochure,
stop whatever they were doing and
take one. Even the faculty was very
receptive, and staff people took
booklets and indicated they were
supportive of the cause. I met several
vegetarians, including one who is
interested in leafleting and two
who want to start a group at the
campus. I think it created quite
a stir today, as people knew what
I was handing out by the end of
the day. Some exchanges:
At right, Zaac Chaves leaflets at Yale; photo by Jon Camp.
I am a junior at Indiana
U. of Pennsylvania,
where your organization passed out
fliers last April 12th. The day
I read your pamphlet I became a
vegan and have not wavered in my
beliefs since. Veganism is a huge
part of my life and something about
which I feel undeniably and indescribably
strong. I would like to thank you
a million times over for changing