|Enewsletter • August 15, 2007|
This issue sponsored by Vegan Essentials.
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Activist Profile: Susan Rattenbury
Continuing our series of profiles, here are some excerpts from Susan Rattenbury's:
What made you decide to start leafleting?
Two things inspired me to leaflet: The Vegan Outreach E-newsletter, with the stories at the bottom of each, and reading "A Meaningful Life." Then someone posted to our local discussion group a leafleting "event" in the city and I thought it was time to give it a try. My big regret is not starting sooner. I was hooked immediately. As far as nervousness, the best cure for me is to start leafleting as soon as I get to the location. I leaflet the first person I see and it's all downhill from there. It's kind of like a diving board; the more I hesitate, the harder it is.
What was your most positive leafleting experience this year and why?
Positive encounters represent the vast majority of interactions I have when I leaflet. Some highlights include meeting the President of the Social Justice Club at Hayward, who is incorporating animal rights into their semester calendar. I also have probably met at least one student per school visit who said they did a class presentation on factory farming.
What would you say to individuals hesitant about leafleting?
1. Read this
Adopt a College web page.
Bonus: Dan Kuzma
"I accomplished two goals this summer: finished a 100 mile race and raised money for Vegan Outreach. I learned a lot through this experience. Through all of the countless hours I spent running, I feel I was able to do something positive for the animals while enjoying one of my favorite sports. I combine my running with activism, and it definitely works. It's quite simple: I wear a shirt that says VEGAN, and that catches people's attention. It is apparent we have been making progress, because I notice a lot more people who are familiar with veganism. Thanks to all of you for your support and your work for the animals!"
Product of the Week
Feedback from Our Members
Leafleting at Hawthorn Street today, I had many great encounters:
-Jessica Dadds, Portland, OR, 8/12/07
I had been loosely
following the Hallelujah
diet before I received your pamphlet
in DC. The pamphlet really motivated
me to be more strict with my food
and to get totally off meat. I had
originally started the diet just
for nutrition reasons. I had no
idea that there was such a thing
as factory farming and I'm 45 yrs
old! So the word needs to get out.
At the Boston Warped
Tour, I gave an EIYLM
to this one girl, and she came back
and asked excitedly if she could
help pass them out, and I said,
"Yes, I have a whole box over
there" and pointed. She grabbed
some and quickly went off approaching
people and handing out the pamphlets
as she disappeared into a crowd.
It's always great when you randomly
meet someone who wants to help out.
After leafleting the
Warped Tour stop there,
I left Pittsburgh today feeling
more accomplished than I have in
any single day of leafleting in
the last several months. The kids
were surprisingly pumped to get
brochures, the place was crawling
with vegetarians. I met so many
veg*ns and so many kids who were
already familiar with the material,
via college leafleting or other
Warped Tour dates or videos and
websites. Despite my absolute exhaustion
and my extreme sunburn and the fact
that my clothes were filthy, I was
glowing when I left at
8:00 pm because I ran out of booklets.
Everybody who does this work is
Thank you for your
truly great pamphlets. I
have started holding Kind Food stands
in malls in my area (Cape Town,
South Africa) and the response has
been very positive. I believe that
everything you do in America affects
the rest of the world, so keep at
After leafleting at the Galleria Mall, Eugene Khutoryansky noted that, among the many vegans he met, one was from Nigeria. "She was very VERY happy to see me passing these pamphlets out, and she talked to me at great length. I asked her if it is hard to be a vegan in Nigeria, and she said no. I also met another vegan today from Argentina."
Stewart Solomon adds: "When leafleting the Rock the Bells concert, a pedestrian said, 'No thanks. I got one of those in Columbia. I'm vegan.'"