|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....
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."
Notes from All Over
The Bizarro Take on the Holidays
Notes from Our Members
At Monroe Community
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.
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!
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:
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 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.
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