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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  February 11, 2009

 

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Not Snow, Nor Sleet, Nor Blustery Winds...

...will keep Adopt a College activists from taking the animals' case directly to thousands of new people each and every day! Despite horrible weather throughout much of the country, leafleters have handed booklets directly to 94,150 students at 188 colleges already in 2009! Non-college leafleting has been hot in the cold, too, with 31,612 people leafleted so far this year.

 

Looking for Long Island

Eileen Botti will be leafleting on Long Island in April and is looking for housing. If you would be able to host this excellent activist for a night or two, please contact info (at) veganoutreach (dot) org. Thanks!

 

Products of the Week: Non-Silk Ties & Hummus

  • Fashion plate Jon suggests these high-quality ties.
  • Following up last month's mention of falafel, several people wrote in to nominate hummus.

Send your product of the week to info (at) veganoutreach (dot) org; previous entries here.

 

Notes from All Over

Meatout!

Looking for an excuse to get out and get active?

On or around March 20 -- the first day of spring -- thousands of caring people in all 50 U.S. states and two dozen other countries get active to host educational Meatout events. Activities include feed-ins, cooking demos, food samplings, leafleting, information tables and more. Get involved at Meatout.org!

 

Vegan Children Must Be So Careful!

New study links cured meats (like bacon and hot dogs) with leukemia; vegetables and soy lower risk.

 

Lightning Round

 

Notes from Our Members

[I got your booklet] at Alameda College. It said you can help even if you just reduce the amount of meat you eat. That was empowering -- being asked to take it one step at a time. After seeing the brochure, I resolved at once to reduce consumption of all meat, including chicken, and I think I am not far from giving it up. Thank you for your wise outreach to folks like me.
-CS, 2/7/09

I had a great day at Alameda College. I find that small school leafleting is often more fun and rewarding than leafleting hordes of students at huge state schools. And it's quite effective too -- more students know each other at small schools, which means word travels fast. A student today told me that the brochures had been the talk of her English class, and I had only been on campus for one class change at that point! I met a lot of interested folk, including two on their way to becoming veg. Also met a woman who had gotten an Even If You Like Meat last semester and has been actively reducing her consumption. I think she said "Thank you" to me at least 15 times.
-Brian Grupe, 2/3/09

Lindsay Parme leaflets in the snow at Howard University; below, Aashish Bhimani lets another George Mason student know the realities of her food choices.

Students were very receptive at CSU Dominguez Hills. One student stopped to tell me that her Critical Thinking professor (who had just received an Even If You Like Meat) used the leaflet in class that very morning, asking who ate meat, suggesting that the leaflet was making an argument to be grappled with. Another student said, "I'm so glad you are here. I tell people about this all the time because they just don't know. I'll keep a couple in my bag to hand out." One older fella said, "Thank you for doing this work. It's really important."
-Brianne Donaldson, 2/5/09

Leafleting at Eric Hamber High School [Vancouver, BC], one student grabbed a pamphlet and, realizing what it was, started to wave the pamphlet at her friends and, speaking in Mandarin, said, "This is why I'm a vegetarian!" Another girl came up to show me all the vegetarian buttons on her backpack and stood by me for a few minutes urging her schoolmates, "Take one, take one!"
-Joanne Chang, 2/4/09

I had some incredible conversations at Florida International University today. The first one was a girl who stopped to chat. She called a friend on her cell phone and said "I think I'm going to be vegetarian. This lady just handed me a leaflet and we've been talking about so many things. I really want to do this." Another guy stopped and said that he had been having conversations with a vegan friend lately. He left and came back again. He said, "Thank you so much for being here. I am a biology major -- we never see any of this information, and I would have never known." I had a very similar conversation with a third guy.
-Linda Bower, 2/1/09

Thank you for the Starter Guide, which I have found to be very useful as I adjust to my new cruelty-free lifestyle. I have been exploring vegetarianism for over a year now since my sixteen- year-old son came home and announced he was becoming one. I panicked at first, but he has really taught me a lot. My son was so passionate about it that he convinced his aunt who took it all the way to becoming vegan. I am proud of him for making the decision to become vegetarian, and, as of the beginning of this year, I even gave up milk and eggs. I feel better inside and out.
-KI, 2/6/09

Dylan Ravenfox and I were able to cover both exits from Kappa High School for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The students were very progressive and interested; dozens of them were reading the pamphlets and discussing it with friends. One girl asked for extra leaflets to show her friends. Also met 12 veg/vegans.
-Vic Sjodin, 2/6/09

A beautiful day at Portland State. A man walked over to me a few minutes after receiving an Even If and said, "Thank you. I was on my way to McDonald's and the booklet reminded me [of how awful animals are treated]. I am going to eat somewhere else now. Thank you again." I also watched a guy walk by completely engrossed in a pamphlet he had received from Colin [Donoghue] 2 blocks away. He couldn't take his eyes off of it.
-Jessica Dadds, 2/6/09

At the Borough of Manhattan Community College, a lot of students came back for leaflets once they realized what they were. One person walking a dog walked by and said "good for you!" He later returned and asked for a few copies to put at the counter of the doggy day care where he works. Another person remembered me from Hunter College two days ago and stopped to chat. A few students recognized me from past semesters, and one student had gone vegetarian since we last spoke.
-Eileen Botti, 2/5/09

Thanks for sending me the link to A Meaningful Life. This is an incredible piece and so well written. The quote at the end is so compelling.
-LF, 1/27/09

Your organization is deeply inspiring. You're doing a great thing by giving good information, staying true to the principles that matter and focusing effort where it counts. I plan on ordering more materials to stock displays.
-DL, 2/5/09

 

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