|Enewsletter • July 23, 2008|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
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Seven-year-old Spencer Sherman leaflets in St. Petersburg, FL; photo by Nikki Benoit.
Activist Profile: Eileen Botti
As we've done in the past, Vegan Outreach is profiling some of our top leafleters. This week, we feature Eileen Botti. In just one incredible semester of part-time leafleting, Eileen handed out over 29,000 booklets to college and high school students in the New York City area! Here are some excerpts:
What was your most positive
leafleting experience and why?
What would you say to individuals
hesitant about leafleting?
Also, don't worry about being an encyclopedia of animal rights information or having a prepared response for every question someone might ask. I still get questions sometimes that I do not know the answer to -- in that case, I am honest and just refer them to a GCFE, or suggest a website for them to check out.
Remember that college students are used to having things handed out to them, and pretty much anyone can fit in at a college -- young or old. If it's your first time, maybe try it out for just a short time during lunch hour with a small number of leaflets. It's a great way to get involved, and I think you'll really enjoy it!
Conference of the Week
Next month, Animal Rights 2008 will be in Arlington. Vegan Outreach Co-founder Matt Ball and Outreach Director Jon Camp will both be speaking; other VOers will be there as well. Please come to our talks and stop by the table!
Links of the Week
Product of the Week
Eileen: "Raw Revolution food bars just came out with 2 new delicious flavors -- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Tropical Mango! Made with raw, whole, natural ingredients, no refined sweeteners, and very tasty! Some of my other favorite flavors include Chocolate & Cashew and Coconut & Agave Nectar."
See previous entries here.
Notes from All Over
Notes from Our Members
Nicole Matthews from
PETA recently stayed
at my house (traveling throughout
Ontario promoting KFC's vegan sandwich).
She stressed the importance of activists
"being joy." Today at
the Warped Tour, I made sure that
my smile, body language, and voice
radiated the joy that only a compassionate
lifestyle can bring. Dan [Wilson],
David [Evans], and I reached over
1,500 new people with the message
Booklet reading at the Warped stop in Charlotte; photo by Eleni Vlachos.
What an awesome day
this was! After leafleting
the farmers' market in Beaverton,
OR, I hit a festival in downtown
Portland. I had a steady stream
of foot traffic all afternoon --
it was a dream come true!
I can't say enough
good things about
Vegan Outreach. When I'm spending
my finite volunteer time -- and
the money of a generous donor --
I want to spend it effectively.
Not only is this literature super-effective,
but the strategy of targeting the
campus/young adult populations makes
sense. Adopt a College really works.
The regular practice of posting
about one's leafleting episodes,
and the positive feedback received
from the other activists, makes
it evident that I'm not alone in
the work -- I'm very much part of
a larger effort.
At the Soundtrack of
Your Summer Tour,
I unknowingly leafleted the venue's
chef. He said that most of the members
of the band playing tomorrow night
(Jimmy Eats World) are vegan. "You'd
be surprised at how many bands are
vegan." He was trying to figure
out what to make for them. I gave
him a GCFE
and said it contained recipes. This
made him happy. Also:
Nick Cooney leaflets Warped Tour; photo by Jon Camp.
The Warped stop in
Columbia, MD was expected to draw
11,000; the Humane League of Philadelphia,
Ramona, and I handed out 8,650 Even
If You Like Meat booklets.
Ramona estimates that six concertgoers
told her that they are now vegetarian
as a result of receiving a VO booklet
at last year's Warped Tour. Additionally,
one guy mentioned that he has been
vegan since receiving a booklet
at the University of Maryland.