|Enewsletter • December 17, 2008|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Activists Everywhere Need Your Help
Hundreds of members of Vegan Outreach have already contributed a total of $25,106 towards the $54,500 end-of-year matching opportunity.
These donations provide booklets to thousands of vegetarians across the continent, allowing them to pursue effective action for the animals. Vegan Outreach has answered over 1,500 orders for booklets already this year. Overall, more than 4,500 people have used VO booklets to take the animals' case to new people, inspiring tens of thousands of new vegetarians and saving millions of animals from the horrors of modern agribusiness.
There are just two weeks left to reach our goal and put the full $109,000 to work for the animals! You can empower more activists by doubling your secure, tax-deductible donation here, or send a check or money order to:
Your contribution will put more booklets into more people's hands, providing the animals a voice and making a real difference.
This past week, Vegan Outreach's overall booklet distribution passed 2.4 million for 2008!
As always, Jon Camp is a major reason for this success. In addition to leafleting, Jon has a nearly full-time job as Vegan Outreach's Director of Outreach. And while it would be much easier for him to stay home and leaflet only in his area, he travels far, for weeks on end, to fill in the gaps where there are no locals.
As Vegan Outreach's all-time leading leafleter, Jon continues to turn in eye-popping results. On top of all his other duties, he has handed booklets directly to over 125,000 students (and thousands of others) already this year, far surpassing his previous personal record. (Read more about Jon here, as well as other amazing leafleters.)
Words cannot begin to do justice to Jonís incredible accomplishments, nor to his daily selfless dedication to the animals. We are exceedingly lucky to work with such a committed, focused, and humble advocate!
-Anne Green, Jack Norris, and Matt Ball
SoCal -- mark the date! Jack Norris will be speaking in the Los Angeles area on Monday, January 19 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day). Details here.
Also: the next two e-newsletters will go out on December 23 and 30, returning to Wednesdays in January.
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Notes from All Over
Meat Moves Over
Via The Vegetarian Site: Whether they consider themselves vegetarians or not, 24% of consumers say they sometimes order meatless entrees at restaurants. Which demographic groups are more likely to choose meat-free meals? Women (30%) more than men (18%); Gen Y (30%) and Gen X (26%) more than Boomers (22%) and Matures (21%); Asians (31%) and Hispanics (26%) more than blacks (25%) and whites (23%); Residents of the Northeast (29%) and West (26%) more than the South (24%) and Midwest (20%). Full story.
Notes from Our Members
Nothing is more gratifying
than to leaflet a college for Vegan
Outreach! It has become impossible
to hand out these booklets without
striking a cord with a number of
people. At Miami Dade College, I
had three nice long conversations
with individuals who plan to attend
the local vegan potluck. Another
professor took the information and
said he would seriously consider
it because, "We need to evolve
towards this." One of the students
had tears welling up in her eyes
as we spoke, which made me cry also.
I'm always so grateful for the opportunity
to share this information.
my three colleges today,
Truman, a community college, was
the star. It was brutally cold so
I had to go inside to warm up my
feet and hands every half hour or
so. Each time I went into the lobby,
I saw students sitting at tables
reading the booklets. Several students
approached me with questions about
becoming vegan. They received copies
Guide. At DePaul, I
heard from at least 6 veg*ns, including
a middle aged construction worker
who said he is trying to get his
children to go vegetarian. I no
longer have any preconceptions about
who may or may not become vegetarian,
since I have now heard from every
conceivable type of person that
Three of my friends
got the brochure you were handing
out today [at Frostburg State University],
and are all considering becoming
vegetarians because of it.
Just wanted to say
thank you for the
amazing article that you wrote (One
Possible Future). Very inspirational.
And thanks for all of the work that
you are doing. I will be putting
Vegan Outreach as one of the charities
that our wedding guests can donate
to instead of giving us wedding
I recently received
Even If You Like Meat from
a volunteer on campus at Georgetown
University. I am horrified by what
I saw and read. At bare minimum,
I am planning on cutting back significantly
on animal derived foods.
Kenny Torrella takes the truth to another Towson University student; below, Casey Constable reaches another Tennessee student with the vegan message.
At Kingsborough Community
College, many times
I would see two students walking
together, and the one furthest from
me would urge their friend who was
closest to the leaflet, "Go
ahead- take one! You need to read
that!" Many students reported
previously receiving them, and some
even asked for extras for friends,
which was great to hear since this
is relatively new school for AAC.
One person who turned down a leaflet
around 9am decided to take one when
she saw that I was still there 5
hours later. "Oh goodness...you've
been out here for hours! Geez you
must care about this!"
At Northern Essex Community
College, I had near
100% acceptance rate. One guy said,
"Oh man! I KNEW it was going
to be that. I just watched some
videos the other day and this is
like a sign."
Seattle Pacific University,
two professors approached and thanked
Rachel [Bjork] & Rob [Gilbride]
for being out there. One found a
Compassionate Choices in
the bathroom and read it. They said
the students are very open minded
to this message, and asked for brochures
for their classes.
Leafleting a concert
today, I overheard
one guy telling his friends that
this pamphlet made him go vegetarian
two weeks ago.