|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 anne (at) veganoutreach (dot) org. Thanks!
Products of the Week: Non-Silk Ties & Hummus
Notes from All Over
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.
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.
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
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."
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!"
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.
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.
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.
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
At the Borough of Manhattan
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
Thanks for sending
me the link to A
This is an incredible piece and
so well written. The quote at the
end is so compelling.
Your organization is
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