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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  April 9, 2008

 

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Best of Luck, Team Vegan!

On Saturday, the dedicated runners of Team Vegan will be donning their racing shoes and taking to the course in Santa Cruz (and in other races across the country). All of us at Vegan Outreach deeply appreciate the runners' hard training and fundraising. All the best on race day!

Our sincerest thanks to all the donors who have pledged their support to the Team Vegan runners -- especially John and Fany for their incredible generosity in matching these contributions! This support is essential if Vegan Outreach is to keep growing. This year's distribution is proceeding at a frantic pace -- over 630,000 overall, with more than 318,000 handed directly to students as part of Adopt a College. We will continue to do our very best every day to make your money go as far as possible for the animals.

 

Product of the Week

Catherine: Lightlife's Organic Three Grain Tempeh is versatile and healthy for you -- I love it!
Google "Tempeh recipe" for ideas, including these from Turtle Island.

Send your nominees for Product of the Week to info (at) veganoutreach (dot) org; previous products can be found here.

 

Notes from All Over

Lightning Round

 

Notes from Our Members

While leafleting at the National College Recruitment Fair, I overheard one student say to her friends: "Oh my gosh -- this is what made me go vegetarian." Also, a large group of kids came out to ask me questions, and they each requested a GCFE.
-Eugene Khutoryansky, 4/6/08

At UT, Austin, I met several people who had gone veg after receiving a booklet. One jokingly said, "I made the mistake of taking one of those last year and have been veg ever since." Too much other good feedback to remember. During lulls in traffic, when someone said they had gotten a booklet before, I asked them what they thought and if they made changes. Most thought it was horrible and many implied that they are eating less meat, working towards veg, and some are already veg. So my little tests seem to have proven our claims, because most do read/look them over and a reasonable amount do make tangible lifestyle changes.
-Casey Constable, 4/3/08

Annetta Stoker leaflets at the University of Houston; photo by Casey Constable.

At CA State, East Bay, a student came out of her class crying, saying she needed to speak with me about the booklet. I told her the best thing she could do was to stop supporting the system of oppression with her dollars and go vegan, and then to tell everyone around her to go vegan. She was very interested in learning about how to go vegan. She and her husband are trying to have a baby, who will be vegan as well!
-Miranda Robbins, 4/2/08

Earlier in the school year, Ellen [at right] was supposed to participate in an 8th grade project that benefited Heifers International. After explaining why she wouldn't take part, she gave the teacher some Vegan Outreach literature. A few weeks later, the teacher said, "Ellen, you've compelled me to become a vegetarian."
     The same day, the Athletic Director came up and asked for suggestions for high-protein vegan products. He, too, got VO literature. A few days later, he commented on how effective the booklets are: "When you eat a piece of bacon, you just don't think about anything. But when you see what the animals go through, the pictures, it is really powerful."
-Matt Ball, 4/8/08

Our campus group, SOS, held our 5th annual Meatout event on Monday, and it was the best ever. We distributed an enormous amount of free vegan food as well as 483 pieces of literature. JC and I leafleted while many other volunteers staffed the food and lit tables. We were pleased that The Red & Black (student newspaper) featured a front-page story about our Meatout event, despite a few unfortunate misquotes. More surprisingly, they also ran an unexpected but excellent opinion piece by their editorial board about SOS and Meatout.
-Eric Griffith, 3/31/08

I just wanted to say how proud I am of your work. My brother picked up one of your pamphlets from a man in downtown Pasadena -- the pictures, as horrifying and gruesome as they are, are shocking and effective.
-AS, 4/5/08

Carla Wilson leaflets while Bryan Wilson wears a BodyTV for Friday Night Videos in Orlando, FL.

Leafleting at Rutgers today, one student stopped and said, very sincerely, "I read what you gave me this morning, and I had no idea what went on. Thank you -- it really is important." Another stopped and said, "You're doing awesome work. Someone was handing these out in Philly 1.5 years ago, and as soon as I read it I quit eating meat cold turkey." Someone said he found one on the bus and wants to go veg now.
-Eileen Botti, 4/4/08

I've seen a couple of different publications, websites, and other sources that advocate a vegan and cruelty-free lifestyle. What I like about your program is that you advocate everybody doing what they can to make steps in the right direction, even if that just means eating less meat. I was recently handed your booklet Even if You Like Meat, and I was impressed by the way you reached out to everyone: meat eaters, vegetarians, vegans. I think that this is the best way to make a change towards the better, because it shows people that it doesn't take a life makeover to make a difference. It only takes each of us saying "what is one change I can do right now to make a difference?" every time we go to the grocery store or sit down at a restaurant. I've just signed up for a monthly donation for your organization. I hope that your organization can help to bring change elsewhere in the world.
-LM, 4/3/08

With all the problems of this nation, I am so glad your organization is here. You make this country worth staying in. Thank you!
-NS, 4/1/08

 

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Vegan Outreach is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the suffering of farmed animals by promoting informed, ethical eating.

All donations are tax-deductible.

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