|Enewsletter • September 10, 2008|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
A Day in the Life of Advocating for the Animals
The day after Labor Day marks the kickoff for Adopt a College's fall semester, and what a day it was! On September 2 alone, 19,009 students learned the truth about the hidden animal cruelty of their food choices. Vic Sjodin was the top leafleter for the day, taking the animals' plight to an incredible 4,001 students!
Leah Wagner reaches another student with the message of compassion at Johnson County Community College in Kansas.
Overall college distribution for fall term is over 131,000 booklets at 144 schools! Kudos to full-time father and teacher Stewart Solomon, who, along with fellow volunteer Casey Constable, is already over 11,000 booklets for the semester!
Two Leafleting Tales
Joe Espinosa's interview on Vegan.com resulted in Generation V leafleting the University of Alaska! Also, Brian Grupe offers an insightful story on getting more people to consider the animals' plight.
Help Jon Help Animals
Starting in late September, Jon Camp, Vegan Outreach's Director of Outreach, will be on a leafleting tour throughout Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and northern GA, with a few days spent in Ithaca and Binghamton, NY. He's eager to leaflet with you or talk with your local group about Vegan Outreach and his experiences advocating for animals. If you're interested, please email jon (at) veganoutreach (dot) org.
Product of the Week
Jessica: "Fantastic Foods has reissued Tofu Scrambler. When they discontinued it, my boyfriend was in despair and bought as many boxes as the pantry would hold. We ran out a few months ago, but not to fear, I just ordered a bunch from Pangea!"
Notes from Our Members
Leafleting the University
of Illinois, Chicago
for an hour before work, I heard
from three vegans and six vegetarians,
including a student who stopped
to let me know that because of me
giving her the booklet last semester,
she and three others had become
was packed. One student received
the leaflet and immediately said,
"We need to give him one,"
and turned to the student sitting
next to her. She proceeded to point
out the many abuses and said, "See
how the little babies have their
beaks cut off -- I told you!"
He intently flipped through the
leaflet while she asked me for a
handful to give to other friends.
I encouraged her to leaflet and
told her to contact VO.
Katherine Groff lets another Georgetown student know how she can make a difference for the animals.
At the University of
Delaware with Stephen
Belter, a young woman let me know
that she received a pamphlet at
last year's Warped Tour stop in
NJ (go, HLP!)
and that she's been veg ever since.
She also mentioned that her sister
has dramatically cut down on her
meat consumption. That's two days
in a row I've heard, while leafleting,
from someone who went veg as a result
of being handed a pamphlet.
At CUNY John Jay,
I witnessed people (who previously
received leaflets) encourage their
friends to take leaflets from me:
"Take one -- you gotta read
that -- it's sad," etc.
Gary Loewenthal reaches new people at Vienna/Fairfax Metro station (Fairfax, VA).
As I have at other
schools, I ran a little
test at the University of North
Texas. When people told me they
already received a booklet, I asked
them what they thought. About half
said that it was horrible and sad
(I gave out about 15 Guides
that way). Some said they did not
have a chance to check it out yet,
but would, and a couple of people
said it was good. So most do look
at it, and many are impacted!
I just recently discovered
and I think it is wonderful. I am
always trying to educate myself
as well as anyone else who is interested
in animal rights issues, and your
pamphlet had a tremendous impact.
I think one of the best & most
effective aspects of your organization
is that you don't completely exclude
those who eat meat. I think one
of the key aspects of changing the
current conditions for animals is
by letting people know that even
eating vegetarian 1-2 times a week
can save lives.
I am trying to use
my time wisely, and
I am convinced Vegan Outreach is
best way to prevent suffering. I
Meaningful Life at least once
a week to keep me on track!