|Enewsletter • June 18, 2008|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
A Million Steps Closer
Last week, Vegan Outreach's 2008 distribution passed 1,000,000. Nearly half of these have been handed directly to students as part of the Adopt a College program! Every day, thousands of new people are discovering the hidden realities of factory farms and the steps they can take to stand up for the animals.
Vegan Outreach President and Cofounder Jack Norris and Susie (left) enjoy life at Animal Place; photo by Kim Sturla.
Thanks so very much to the hundreds of volunteers and donors who make this possible. We can't say it enough: your efforts and contributions are providing detailed, irrefutable information to many more people, bringing closer the time when animals will no longer be viewed as food, but rather as individuals whose lives are complete and important unto themselves.
Activist Profile: Jon Camp
In the past few years, Vegan Outreach has profiled some of our top leafleters. This summer, we will feature several more.
Editors' note: One benefit of being involved with Vegan Outreach is working with some of the best people in the world. One of the finest we've met is Jon Camp, Vegan Outreach's longtime national Outreach Coordinator.
Since the inception of the Adopt a College program in 2003, Jon has handed booklets directly to over 350,000 students across the country, and thousands and thousands more in other venues. For years, he has inspired many new people to get involved with Vegan Outreach -- leafleting and contributing.
and humility are matched only by
his total dedication to the animals.
It is an honor to count Jon as a
colleague and friend.
Here are excerpts from Jon's profile:
Who has been / is a major influence
in your life and why?
What made you decide to start
leafleting? If you were nervous
the first time, how did you get
What was your most positive
leafleting experience and why?
What would you say to individuals
hesitant about leafleting?
Product of the Week
Jon: Eden sells ready-to-eat canned Rice & Beans, which consist of brown rice coupled with different legumes. These are organic, low in sodium, and cost less than $2 -- not bad for about a pound of food! My favorite is the Caribbean Black Beans meal. Stir in some guacamole and nutritional yeast and you've got yourself a great lunch or dinner!
Notes from Our Members
I just had to react
to the "parenting" email.
Do these people "force"
their religious and social beliefs
on their own children? Funny, isn't
it, how it's "teaching"
children when it's something people
agree with, but it's "forcing"
when it isn't. [Ed note: the on-line
version has been modified
to reflect this point.]
kids have to be taught
or fooled to eat meat. I've met
many teens who can't wait until
they don't live with their parents,
because then they can go veg.
In Italy, we
have launched the campaign "VeganMay”
and some people participated in
adopting a university or a high
school (at right). The
leafleting of high schools has been
REALLY successful -- a teacher went
vegan, many students went vegetarian
and are already becoming vegan,
others who were vegetarian are now
vegan, and in various classes, debates
have been held!
If it hadn't been for
Vegan Outreach, I
wouldn't have turned vegan 12 years
ago when I picked up a pamphlet
at a punk rock show on Long Island.
This booklet, in turn, inspired
dozens of people I know, who are
still vegan today. It works! Thanks
for keeping up the work.
Thank you so much
for all the wonderful booklets you
sent me! They are definitely going
to help me educate my friends, family,
and schoolmates on the issues I
feel so passionate about.
At the Argyle Red Line
stop in Chicago, I
saw a couple young women standing,
intently reading the booklet (separately).
I'm always glad to have leafleted,
even when it's slow. Even if I just
get a couple people thinking about
the issue, it's completely worth
Josh Balk leaflets in Gaithersburg, MD.
Vegan Outreach is WONDERFUL!
Thanks for providing
activists with such informative
and well put-together booklets.
We couldn't do it without you!