|Enewsletter • September 12, 2007|
This issue is sponsored by Vegetarian Shoes and Bags
Notes from Vegan Outreach
AAC -- Be a Part of It!
Adopt a College activists continue to take the animals' message to more and more people every day. Already this semester, booklets have been handed directly to 90,000+ students on campuses across North America. This is more than the total for any of AAC's first three semesters! Tens of thousands more have been handed to young people at other venues as well.
Over 17 million students are in college this year. As Casey Constable points out, leafleters are still needed in every state -- no college has yet been saturated. At this record distribution pace, Vegan Outreach also needs contributions to print more booklets so activists are able to keep reaching thousands of new people every day. You can contribute securely here.
Doug Brown leaflets at UC Berkeley; photo by Victor Tsou.
We normally choose only a few pieces of feedback each week. But for this eN, we wanted to share a wider sample of the feedback we receive every day, to give you a better sense of the scope and success of VO's efforts.
Together, we can reach more and more people, every single day!
Notes from Our Members
At U South Florida,
Tampa, I leafleted
with Carly, who got a booklet from
me last week. She has since gone
vegan and is now helping me leaflet!
Today, I met another person interested
in leafleting and tabling with us
in the future!
At the Power to the Peaceful Concert, one person told me they had not eaten any meat since they got an Even If (from Victor) at a recent A's game -- they didn't even read it, just saw the cover. Another interesting encounter:
Hannah Shaw leaflets at George Mason U; photo by Jon Camp.
I went leafleting at
the mall to reach
a younger crowd. It was the best
leafleting experience I could ask
for. I had people asking me for
more, but I ran out. I started most
of my interactions with, "Hey.
Do any of you care about animals?"
Kids told me they were going to
be vegetarian that night!
At the Galleria Mall today, a family which had gotten Why Vegan pamphlets earlier in the day told me that their daughter has just told them that she is never eating meat ever again. I gave the family a GCFE. I also had this encounter:
-Eugene Khutoryansky, Houston, TX, 9/8/07
Kaya Hansen leaflets at U WI, Milwaukee; photo by Joe Espinosa.
I met lots of enthusiastic students today at the University of San Francisco and then at the Galileo Academy of Science and Technology. Exchange of the day at USF:
Exchange of the day at Galileo:
-Victor Tsou, 9/10/07
I am a senior in high
school and am founding
a vegetarian/vegan outreach club
this year. Why Vegan was
the catalyst in my transformation
about 5 years ago. The information
it provided me truly changed my
At the Family Values
Concert, many of the
attendees took booklets with great
enthusiasm: Alright! Definitely!
I'll take that one! Yes! Anytime
we leaflet we advance the cause,
but tonight felt like there were
many right on that cusp of going
veg and just needed that extra little
push. And it's always so great spending
quality time with my daughter [age
11, at right], who commented,
"I'm so tired and my wrist
hurts (ice skating today and she
fell), but I love leafleting."
At UT, Austin,
Casey, Ahlese, Ben, and I had plenty
of positive feedback. My most satisfying
moment occurred as a young man passed
by for the second time reading the
open pamphlet. He looked at me and
said, "This is unbelievable."
Our eyes met for a moment, and I
knew exactly how he felt. I knew
we had made a connection. This was
just one of many beneficial interactions.
Lindsay Parme leaflets at Howard U; photo by Jon Camp.
I picked up a copy
of Why Vegan in
a natural food store nine years
ago. After reading it, maintaining
a vegan diet never felt like a challenge.
All desire for the foods I once
thought I could never give up --
the foods I thought I would always
miss -- was gone. Thanks for your
While leafleting outside
of Berkeley High School
today, few women who were collecting
signatures asked to see what I was
handing out. All three of them,
upon seeing the truth contained
in the Even If, exclaimed
that they were about to go veg.
One woman said that she was going
to tape it to her refrigerator so
she couldn't forget what she'd seen.
Today at Fayetteville
State, I overheard
one student say the brochure (from
last semester) is the reason he
stopped eating meat. Another student
expressed interest in being vegetarian,
but he doubted he could be 100%.
I suggested just keep adding veggie
meals to his rotation and then see
how far he could get. At the end
of the day, a professor came up
and said she went veg recently because
of animal issues.