|Enewsletter • June 17, 2009|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
93.7 Miles for the Animals
Inspired by the incredible generosity of John and Fany and wanting to make sure all of the $75,000 matching challenge is met, Alex Bury and Michelle Cehn (right) each ran in a 12-hour ultramarathon this past weekend to raise money for Team Vegan. Together, they covered 93.7 miles and raised $1,874 from Henry and Steve. Lots of Team members pitched in – a bunch came out to run along for part of the marathon, and cheer on their teammates; others watched online and sent emails that Alex and Michelle received at the aid stations.
Team Vegan is in the homestretch now, racking up hundreds of miles getting ready for their races next month. Please support these dedicated folks with a donation to Vegan Outreach – doubled, dollar-for-dollar by John and Fany! – and help Vegan Outreach provide the animals a voice. You can make a donation to one of the runners, or make a general donation to the team – either way, your contribution will go twice as far for the animals!
Bay Area Members: Don't
Miss the Vegan Prom!
Link of the Week: Letter to a Young Matt
A talk presented by Matt Ball in Chicago on June 7:
What would he say? Find out in the full article!
Notes from Our Members
I have been a vegan for a year and a half. I contribute to Vegan Outreach and leaflet when I can. I do a lot of e-leafleting which has been very successful. VeganHealth.org is just great. It is needed as much as undercover whistle-blowers in factory farms. Anyone interested in transitioning their diet gets sent to your page first. Thank you so much for your work and your continued research.
East LA College was
a really great school,
just like last time – receptive
and interested students. I’m
still looking for a quick response
to “Are there gross pictures
inside?” I did come up with
a satisfactory reply to “Will
it depress me?” to which I
said, “It might empower you.”
University of Delaware folks weren’t the easiest crowd, but I helped offset this by speaking significantly louder than normal, greeting students with a big smile, and leaning towards them. One young woman let me know that she received a booklet on campus about a year ago and has been vegetarian since. At DePaul today, a young woman let me know that she has been veg for the last four months since receiving a VO booklet from a different leafleter at the very spot I was standing.
At the Boulder Creek
Festival, a high school–aged
girl saw the Compassionate Choices
and said, “Oh, but I like
meat” (in a sincere, not snide,
way). I told her I had a pamphlet
written specifically for her and
gave her the Even If You Like
Meat. Her friend took a CC.
By the end of our conversation,
the EIYLM girl said, “You
know, I’ve been thinking about
this for a while and have been on
the fence, but could I have one
of those guides (Guide
to Cruelty-Free Eating)
too?” (I’d given one
to her friend.) It was great to
see her attitude change after chatting
At the University of
Illinois, I heard
from a student within the first
ten minutes who stated that getting
the booklet in the past had moved
her to become vegan. I offered her
the Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating
and she explained she had gotten
it before and found that the material
within it really helped her know
what to eat with dropping meat,
dairy, and eggs, and the article
on nutrition eased her mind about
making the move to nonviolent eating.
In two cases today [at the Galleria Mall in Houston], I overheard a person telling their friends that the Why Vegan? pamphlet is what made them go vegetarian. A third person told me that she had gotten the Why Vegan? pamphlet earlier in the day, and that she is a vegetarian now.