|Enewsletter • May 20, 2009|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
On Sunday, June 7, Anne Green, Vegan Outreach's Director of Operations, and Matt Ball, Vegan Outreach's Co-Founder and co-author of The Animal Activist's Handbook, will be speaking in Chicago. Details here.
Jack Norris, RD, VO's President, will be speaking and tabling at Their Lives, Our Voices in Minneapolis, June 12-14.
We are looking forward to meeting you!
Team Vegan = Vegan Outreach
The 52 members of Team Vegan are now several weeks into regular training. Team Vegan is run entirely by Vegan Outreach, and your donation to the team or any runner goes to Vegan Outreach. What's more, your donation is matched — up to $75,000! This is our only fundraiser for the summer; we are sending out NO PAPER. Thanks for your support!
Book of the WeekLooking for a change of pace after Handbook? Ruby Roth's That's Why We Don't Eat Animals is now available!
Notes from All Over
"Jason Matheny envisions the day when beef and chicken grown in labs will help prevent heart attacks and protect the environment — if enough people swallow the concept." Full story.
From Farm Sanctuary: Soon the California Assembly will vote on AB 1437, a bill that would prohibit the sale of battery-cage eggs from out-of-state farms in California. Act now to help ensure that no eggs from hens confined in battery cages are sold in California!
Notes from Our Members
I received a VO pamphlet
at a Morrissey concert and it struck
a chord in me. I have been meat-free
for over a month now and am surprised
at how easy it has been. Thank you
for your logical way of expressing
yourselves. It's far too easy to
write off the activists as fringe
groups when they are yelling and
screaming. I would never have accepted
that pamphlet from an angry person.
The non-threatening and non-judgmental
way it was presented enabled me
to read it. I really appreciate
I have been very impressed
for a long time with
what Vegan Outreach accomplishes
and was moved to make a donation
after reading the wonderful
I live in an area that is not vegan-friendly,
and thinking about what you do inspires
me and gives me hope.
I have finished the
book and I have
posted my 5-star review on Amazon.com
tonight. It is an absolutely fabulous
book — exactly the kind of book
I've been looking for since I became
vegan. I literally keep it in my
purse and am committing several
passages to memory.
Sjodin (at right) and I handed
out 2,062 booklets at CUNY Laguardia
— not bad for a semi-rainy Friday!
Super friendly people today with
a lot of positive feedback from
people who were truly affected by
receiving this literature. At least
four people came back to ask for
extra leaflets for their friends.
One student told Vic she was going
vegetarian, another told us she
wants to get involved and leaflet
with us, and an extremely kind janitor
did not mind picking up discarded
leaflets and even asked for a few
extras for people he knows. He was
not veg but was so upset by the
fact that pigs cannot turn around,
and kept cheering us on all day,
which was so great.
I got a lot of cheers
while running the
Cincinnati Marathon because of my
Vegan Outreach shirt. I even had
a runner catch up to me to say he
has been vegetarian for 13 years,
and that he raised his son as a
vegetarian. He said it was nice
to see my shirt and thought it was
an awesome idea to wear one at races.
I love it because it's simple and
creates awareness — people also
see that we are active, healthy,
and social. I always give people
thumbs up, thank them for being
out there, and smile as much as
I can. Definitely not a substitute
for leafleting, but a great way
to do something that I love and
share the message about something
that I am passionate about.
At Dakota County Technical
College, one woman
said "Don't start me on that.
I grew up on a farm, but I worked
on one of those nasty a-- places.
I know." I also talked to an
older gentleman who took a group
of boy scouts to a turkey farm.
He said he had to leave within half
an hour because it made him sick
they way they treated the animals.
He said, "They acted like they
weren't even living beings."
Tabling at the University
Amherst was very successful. I feel
empowered and excited to do more.
Thanks for your great work and materials
— I went vegan two years ago after
I picked up some VO leaflets in
Cafe Evolution in Florence, MA.
At the University of
Park, Rob Gilbride had a great interaction
with a student who has been veg
for 5 months after receiving an
Even If You Like Meat brochure.
The student said he could not set
aside his moral beliefs anymore
so he went vegetarian. I had the
Within the first five
minutes at San Jose
State, I met a young lady who told
me she went veg from receiving a
VO leaflet previously. She said
she had no idea how anyone could
NOT go veg once the information
is in front of you. Later, one person
angrily threw a booklet down, but
before I had the chance to say anything,
the guy behind the jerk picked up
the thrown leaflet and began reading
it as he continued on to class.