|Enewsletter • September 26, 2007|
This issues is sponsored by Vegetarian Shoes and Bags
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Can't Slow Down!
Last week, Adopt a College activists reported handing more than 27,000 booklets directly to students on campuses across North America. Even though schools on quarters are just getting started, AAC's total for the term is now over 155,000 -- more than the total from any of the first four semesters of Adopt a College!!
talks to students
Already, more than a dozen people are already over 1,000 for the term. After his first swing through Texas, Casey Constable is over 20,000 booklets handed directly to students. In his spare time, full-time teacher, father, and husband Stewart Solomon has handed out over 14,000 booklets, including a new one-day single-person record on 9/20, hitting the first day of classes for Cal Poly Pomona (2,700) and Cal State Los Angeles (2,050), for an incredible total of 4,750!
Next week brings World Vegetarian Day (Oct. 1) and World Farm Animals' Day (Oct. 2). Be sure to take these opportunities to reach more people with the animals' plight and spread the word about the compassionate alternative.
Jon Camp Is Coming to Town!
Next week, Jon Camp will embark on a 6-week leafleting tour throughout NJ, upstate NY, PA (Kutztown), WV (Morgantown), OH (Athens, Columbus, and Dayton), WI, IA, western and southern IL, and KY. He'd love for you to join him and take part in this important work. If you'd like to leaflet with Jon or if you'd like for him to give a talk to your local group, please email jon (at) veganoutreach (dot) org. Thanks so much!
Resource of the Week
Notes from All Over
"Stop talking about 'debeaking' a chicken. Instead, let’s call it 'beak conditioning.' The “backup killer” in a poultry plant -- the worker who kills birds missed by the automatic killer -- should be called 'knife operator.' Rather than saying a bird has been 'bled' to death, call it 'exsanguinated.'" Read more.
Notes from Our Members
of great conversations at Cal State
Los Angeles today. One example:
I offered booklets to three students;
one replied, "I love meat,"
another added "especially turkeys."
I asked, "Did you know they
chop off their toes? While they're
wide awake?" "No!"
"And they cut off their beaks
too; it's like cutting off part
of your chin." "No, why?"
I explained and they vowed never
to eat turkeys again.
Today was great at
Evergreen Valley College.
One man hassled me quite a bit,
but then came back later and thanked
me for being there. Also received
two hugs today. It's great when
you get validation from someone
already veg, but the second hug
came from a person who said, "I
would have never known this was
happening if you hadn't given me
this today." Two others said
something similar, but without the
hug. The Student Life Director told
me they were giving away free pizza.
She said students were asking for
Yesterday at Gavilan College and Gilroy High School was a great day of outreach. One woman, upon receiving an Even If, stopped walking and read the booklet for a minute, visibly disturbed. She then walked back in the opposite direction, seemingly stunned by what she had read. Later she met up with a friend. As they walked together, she showed him the booklet, telling him about the horrible conditions in which chickens are born, live, and die. Other examples:
-Victor Tsou, 9/21/07
being offered a leaflet at U Texas
by Casey, Ben stopped and helped
Jeff, Debra, Eric,
and I had a great
day at U. South Carolina, where
we distributed 3,425 copies of Even
If. It was a great crowd, with
countless sincere thank-you's and
dozens of people reading the info
as they walked around. We each had
great encounters; e.g., one soldier
in uniform stopped and talked to
Debra about how he was trying to
be manly and tough and not be affected
by what he had read earlier in the
day, but that it had impacted him
greatly. He then thanked her for
being out their leafleting.
I had many great encounters at Portland State today, including:
-Jessica Dadds, 9/23/07
Tabling at the Warped
Tour and a few other
concerts, we distributed about 40,000
copies of Why Vegan, among
other items. It was a pretty successful