|Enewsletter • July 2, 2008|
July Matching Donation Drive
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Talk of the Week: Jack Norris in Seattle
Vegan Outreach co-founder and President will be speaking at the University of Washington on Monday, July 7. His will be discussing: Does Veganism Spread Itself? A History of the Vegan Movement in the United States: What's been tried, what's worked, where should we go from here? More details.
Notes from Our Members
The many problems
that face the environment, the country,
and the universe at large seem intractable.
For so many problems, I don't even
know where to begin. But when it
comes to helping animals, I know
exactly what to do. I get in my
car with a few boxes of Vegan Outreach
literature and go to a conference,
festival, or concert. In a few hours
I can spare thousands of animals
a life of suffering. I may not change
the whole world, but I know I've
changed a piece of it.
I leaflet because I know it makes
Susan Bury leaflets at the University of Alaska; photo by Alex Bury.
At Chicago State University,
one student took a booklet and stopped
to tell me he had recently begun
reducing his consumption of animal
products. Later, a student told
her friend that her sister had become
vegetarian after getting this booklet.
Another student heard my plea to
"help stop violence,"
looked at the booklet cover, and
declared she was not interested
in being a vegetarian. I asked her
if she was interested in being decent
to animals. She said yes and took
Thank you so very much
for the wonderful
information you sent for my Teach
Kind program! About 25 students
came, and I offered copies of Even
If You Like Meat and Why
Vegan, explaining the levels
of "graphicness" in each
and letting them decide if they
wanted to see them. I also passed
out the Guide
to Cruelty-Free Eating and "A
Meaningful Life" (which
I absolutely LOVE, by the way!).
Yvonne, and I found
the Death Cab for Cutie concert
to have a pretty receptive crowd.
A lot of people seemed genuinely
interested in taking a "pamphlet
against factory farming." One
teenage girl excitedly told me,
"I'm already vegetarian!"
and the guy she was with said, "Actually,
vegan." Two young guys asked
if I could give them a few more
Even Ifs -- "I have
some friends to give them to."
Matt McEwen leaflets at Union Station, Chicago; photo by Leslie Patterson.
This is just a quick
note to say thank
you. I've been "pescatarian"
for a long time, but recently started
considering veganism. Vegan Outreach
has the most thoughtful and informative
site on the Internet that I have
I love the "Adopt
a College" approach
because unlike protests, the activist
is not accusing the individual while
they are "in the act."
This simple distinction is important
because people are much more likely
to respond openly when they do not
need to defend what they are currently
doing. Most people are naturally
compassionate, and repeated reminders
of the connection between their
culinary choices and the animals
suffering for their food are needed
to advance their ethics into action.
At Laney College today,
everywhere I looked,
students were reading the booklets.
Jennifer Greene leaflets at Madison Square Garden; photo by Eileen Botti.
It saddens me beyond
measure to contemplate
the suffering of billions of innocent
animals. However, thanks to Vegan
Outreach's leaflets, I have a powerful
tool to help others see the truth.
During last semester, I leafleted
one university, two colleges, and
three secondary schools in southern
Ontario. I've been a vegan for 10
years, and I feel there's no more
important work being done on the
planet than the work of Vegan Outreach.
I think what you're
doing is commendable,
brilliant, empowering, and enlightening.
You are my heroes!