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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  November 29, 2006

 

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Holiday Shopping and Gifts

Looking to shop on-line? Start here and your purchases can help print and distribute more booklets. Choose from great vegan stores such as Pangea and Shock Therapy Shirts, as well as the "cyber-malls" GreaterGood and iGive, which cover hundreds of retailers.

At left, Tom Moss leaflets a student at Vanderbilt; photo by Jon Camp.

Can't think of anything you want for the holidays? Some of our members ask that donations be made in their honor in lieu of a material gift. If you would like a donation made in your honor this holiday season, please send friends and family members here. Thanks so much!

Vegan Lunch Box Deal!

Jennifer McCann has generously donated 10 copies of her new book, Vegan Lunch Box, based on her award-winning blog. The first ten people who sign up for a recurring donation to Vegan Outreach (which you can do, securely, here) will receive a copy. Please indicate "Vegan Lunch Box" in the comment area.

Not just for school lunches, this innovative book shows the grand variety of vegan meals possible with a little imagination. Get yours and help print and distribute more booklets!

 

Link of the Month -- Anger, Humor, and Advocacy

Introduction: Some people have asked how we can make jokes when the animals are suffering so terribly, when we're supposed to be focused on animal liberation, the moral imperative of our time. We believe that having a sense of humor is in the animals' best interest, because not only does it make our example more appealing, but it aids in avoiding burnout. In the cumulative ~50 years we've been active, Jack, Anne, and I have known literally hundreds of activists who have given up -- many of whom have even gone back to eating meat! On the other hand, the most successful activists we've known almost always have a sustaining sense of humor....

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Company & Product of the Week

Jessica Hudgins: "I'd like to submit a company of the week: Food For Life. Everything from their breads, bagels, English muffins, wraps and cereals are simply delicious and amazing. All certified organic, I'm pretty sure it's all vegan; most are all sprouted grain and gluten free."

Lauren Porsch: "I've found a product that I think Jack Norris would approve: B-Fresh chewing gum. It's a xylitol-based gum (xylitol is a plant-based substance that has been proven to prevent tooth decay and promote oral health) that contains 100% of the RDI of vitamin B-12. The packaging clearly states 'vegan.' You can get it in the oral care section at Whole Foods."

Send your nominees for Product of the Week to info (at) veganoutreach (dot) org; previous products can be found here.

 

Notes from All Over

The Bizarro Take on the Holidays

Dan Piraro nails it; see other animal-themed comics here.

 

Notes from Our Members

At Monroe Community College, encounters were almost uniformly positive. One guy took a pamphlet, walked about ten paces, and then froze in place for 10-15 minutes while reading it from cover to cover. Afterwards, he and a friend came over and asked lots of good questions about veg diets.
-Hoss Firooznia, 11/23/06

I thoroughly enjoyed my leafleting experiences with Jon Camp (pictured at right leafleting two students at U TN) in both Johnson City & Knoxville, TN, and I don't know why I was worried about doing this on my own! Most students responded very well. A few were already vegetarian, and a few stopped to have longer discussions. I plan on continuing my leafleting "career" and tabling/library displays. Please do not be worried -- just get out there and do it! The animals need us desperately!
-KD, Clinton, TN, 11/21/06

At SUNY Brockport, I met a professor who is vegetarian and who says that he tries to convince his students to adopt the same diet, both by ''subtle and not-so-subtle'' means. I pointed him to our website and said that he might find some not-so-subtle literature to distribute. I also had an exchange that ended:
     Student: I wish they'd label the products in the grocery store that are cruelty-free!
     Me: They do. Look for the word "vegan."
     Student: Alright, you win.
-Jenna Calabrese, 11/21/06

At U CA, Santa Cruz, one woman was tabling for the women's center, and put some EIs out on the table. I gave her my email address and told her that I'd leaflet with her if she ever wanted first-time assistance. Another female student took an EI and kind of shrieked when she saw the cover. Five minutes later, she walked by and said, "You should have warned me about these pictures! They're terrible!" But she was still holding the booklet. Later I saw her again, still holding the booklet. She went up to a group of her friends and started showing them the booklet, pointing out many of the terrible things she'd seen. I heard her say, "I'm totally going to have to be vegetarian now!" She then came over to me to ask for three more booklets to give to her friends, who all took them.
     I think this is illustrative that even if people are turned off by the gross pictures or say that they don't want to see them, they still might read the booklet and be affected. Often the initial defensive response of "Gross!" or "I don't want to see that!" is just a way for the mind to ease into something that will be unpleasant to learn.
-Suzanne Haws (with turkey at right), 11/20/06

I am 15 years old in CA. When I found out my girlfriend is a vegetarian, I almost made fun of her. But then I realized how right it is, so now I am becoming one, too, and its all because she got a Why Vegan. She read it a year ago and ever since she has been a vegetarian. So, I'm just sending this to let you know you have 2 more on board.
-Steven, 11/20/06

I was so inspired by Jon Camp's visit to the Knoxville area. Leafleting is the best way to get the word out. We would like to do more at the UT campus and surrounding area schools, so here is a donation for more EIs. Thank you so much -- you do wonderful work helping animals. In fact, it was your booklet that turned me vegan overnight about six years ago.
-DS, 11/15/06

 

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