|Enewsletter • December 6, 2006|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
AAC 2006 Hits Half a Million
On December 1, the Adopt a College programís fall semester total reached 318,209 brochures! Over 500,000 booklets have now been handed directly to students during 2006!
At right, Ashley Watson leaflets at U. Kentucky; photo by Jon Camp.
So far this semester, 111 volunteers have leafleted at colleges in North America, with 81 having handed out 100 or more booklets; 32 individuals have distributed over 1,000. Victor Tsou finished his leafleting tour with a final record-smashing total of 53,841. Congratulations, Victor!
Canadian Company of the Week
Michael Hayward: "I'd like to nominate Bulk Barn. They stock a huge selection of bulk vegan foods such as rices, dried beans, pastas, whole grains, TVP, nuts, seeds, hemp, flax, trail mixes, etc., at very reasonable prices. I don't know if the founder is a veg, but he certainly makes life easier for Canadian veg*ns."
Notes from All Over
CSI Investigates Factory Farming -- Thursday, Dec. 7, 9 p.m.
CBS' top-rated CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION is once again tackling a difficult animal issue in this week's episode, "Loco Motives." A bizarre series of murders, including the death of a rock star who speaks out against an industrialized chicken farming operation, leads the CSI team to investigate the unpleasant truth about what really goes on behind closed doors at a chicken slaughterhouse.
Compiled by Farmed Animal Watch.
Q & A with Isa Chandra Moskowitz, author of Vegan With a Vengeance and head of The Post Punk Kitchen.
Diet and Global Warming
Notes from Our Members
I had lost faith
in my leafleting when my boyfriend
shrugged off Why Vegan.
After reading the Oct. newsletter
and seeing how many people got great
results (handing out as many brochures
in one day as I did in a month!),
Iím feeling very inspired, especially
at the holidays. This Thanksgiving,
my Mom made a Tofurky -- at 64,
she went vegetarian, and my sister
went vegan last year thanks to your
brochures. In fact, your brochures
led me to go vegan several years
Here in Vegan Society
of Finland, we have
now almost distributed the entire
first edition of our new pamphlet
Miksi kasvissyojaksi? (in
English: Why Vegetarian?).
The brochures have been mostly distributed
in tabling but they have also been
stocked to some shops and libraries.
It is also part of our free starter
pack. We have lots of new members
and numerous requests for the free
I really appreciated
your article "Advocacy
in an Imperfect World,"
from your October newsletter. I
think it's important to recognize
that every little bit helps, and
that if animal advocates insist
that people are "perfect,"
then it will be not be a very inviting
idea, and people will be intimidated
against even trying.
My favorite exchange
at UNC Chapel Hill today:
At right, Lauren Porsch leaflets at New York U; photo by Jenna Calabrese.
of my favorite leafleting memories
ever was from UNC Chapel Hill about
a year ago, when Aashish Bhimani
was my fellow leafleter that day.
During one class change, a nice
young man came up to me to say that
he went vegetarian as a result of
getting an Even If booklet
a few months earlier. During the
next class change, a nice young
woman came up to Aashish to say
the exact same thing.
While leafleting at
the Hawthorne District
[in Portland, OR], I asked two 20-somethings
if they wanted a brochure. One of
them grabbed it, and the other one
waited for me to get more pamphlets
out of my bag. When I handed it
to her, she said "YES!!"
and was practically jumping up and
down. She walked away energetically
talking about it with her friend.
Also, one of the highlights was
a sweet girl who came up to me towards
the end and said, "Okay, I'm
ready to take one now!" I realized
that I had offered her a WV
earlier but she had her hands full
of stuff. It made me happy that
she took the time to come back over
to get one.
While Roger and I were
leafleting at the
University of South Florida today,
we had a number of great encounters.
A guy told me he is "trying"
and that he thinks it's important
for everyone to reduce consumption.
He got a pamphlet in high school
and then again in college and has
since been limiting his meat consumption.
One girl said "Hell Yeah!"
after I offered her a booklet. A
man refused a booklet, went inside
the library, then came back out
and said, "On second thought,
I will take one." Two girls
said they had already received booklets
and they agreed so I gave them GCFEs.
A golf cart came up to Roger, and
one of the guys in the cart asked
for a booklet. The two men in the
cart then proceeded to argue about
whether someone who doesn't eat
meat can build muscle. One guy said
to the other "Look at him!"
(referring to Roger), "He's
pretty built!" Roger told them
he hadn't eaten meat in 10 years,
and is fitter now than he was before.