|Enewsletter • February 14, 2007|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Adopt a College Powers On!
Despite cold weather across much of the country, Adopt a College Activists have been reaching thousands of new people every day. Over 85,000 booklets have been distributed so far this term -- nearly 30,000 more than last year at this time!
Thanks to everyone for their dedication to taking the message of the animals' plight right to more individuals.
At right, Mary Lawrence leaflets at Yale; photo by Jenna Calabrese.
Product of the Week
Anonymous: Good Karma's Organic Rice Cream Single Serve Sundae Cups are amazing! Kosher, trans-fat-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, and the company claims to "support green farming" and to donate some of their profits to ending world hunger. Well, they just ended my hunger!
Notes from All Over
On or around March 20 -- the first day of spring -- thousands of caring people in all 50 US states and around the world will hold informative and educational events for The Great American Meatout. Events will include colorful 'lifestivals,' street theater, lectures, public dinners, cooking demos, food samplings, leafleting, information tables, and a Congressional Reception in Washington, DC. You can learn more here; if you are going to distribute Vegan Outreach booklets for your event, please order them by March 1.
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Feedback from Our Members
was the fly that derailed
the train. I am now an extremely
proud vegetarian and wanting to
spread the word.
talk at the University
of Texas, Pan American, a med student
mentioned to me that he had been
good friends with a vegetarian woman
for a long time. She had given him
the case for vegetarianism, showed
him graphic images, etc., but none
of this convinced him. About eight
months ago, she gave him an Even
If You Like Meat booklet.
For his first time, he came to think
that this might not have to be an
all-or-nothing endeavor. He tried
going a few days a week without
meat, got used to this, and came
to realize that there was no good
reason he couldn't do this on a
daily basis. He's now been veg for
about 7 months.
encounter at Rio Hondo
College today was after a guy politely
questioned me, obviously searching
for a weak spot that he could delve
for. Then a second guy came up to
him holding an EI which
I had given him earlier. "Hey
man. I heard you speak about morality
the other day, and this stuff (pointing
to the EI) is exactly what
I was thinking of! Right on, man!"
we were leafleting today
at Southern University and A&M
(at right; photo by Monica Ferroe),
I found the students at this historically
African American school are by far
the most open-minded individuals
vis-a-vis this material that I have
ever encountered. Dozens of students
came up to us saying how shocked,
sickened, and outraged they were
by the treatment of animals. I overheard
countless conversations about the
booklet and heard "vegetarian"
and "vegan" from students
throughout the day. One student
asked for a booklet, and, upon opening
it up, said, "I don't want
to eat meat again after seeing this!"
One student wanted to know who to
protest to -- I told him he could
eat less meat and also ask his grocery
store to carry cage-free eggs. Notably,
I did not receive a single rude
comment all day.
Exchange of the day at MIT:
-Jenna Calabrese, 2/9/07