|Enewsletter • June 24, 2009|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Adopt a College Shatters School Record!
The last numbers for the spring term are still coming in, but so far, we can tell you that Vegan Outreach activists took the animals’ plight to 517,503 students at 715 schools – a whopping 154 schools more than the spring 2008 semester! An incredible number of amazing folk reached hundreds, even thousands of new people – see this table for the full list.
Summer leafleting is already well underway, with tens of thousands of new people receiving the detailed case for ethical eating.
Products of the Week
Brad: “Sheese. Serve on crackers, on top of pizza, on salads, or bite off a chunk straight out of the fridge (it tastes that good). Comes in six flavors including blue cheese! Try the smoked first, you won’t believe your taste buds.” (See also this review.)
Mark: “Soy Curls, a whole soybean-based protein that you can fry!”
Reminder: If you’re in northern California, don’t forget to get your tickets to the SF Vegan Prom to benefit Vegan Outreach! Meet Jon Camp, Brian Grupe, Jack Norris and others while enjoying delectable vegan desserts from our generous donors: Maggie Mudd, Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates, Tofutti, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Endangered Species Chocolate, Stanford Inn by the Sea, and Sun Flour Baking Company.
Notes from All Over
Finding Reliable Sources of Information about Vegan Nutrition
By Virginia Messina, MPH, RD:
Time Magazine Review of Food, Inc.
“The people we don’t hear from are those who control the U.S. food industry. The film takes us to meat-processing plants and slaughterhouses (sometimes with hidden cameras), offering glimpses of chickens collapsing under the weight of their own breasts or the truly revolting production of bleached hamburger ‘filler.’ But nearly every time Kenner asks a corporation such as Perdue, Smithfield or Monsanto for comment, he’s refused.” Full review.
Notes from Our Members
article about what you would
say to your younger self made a huge impact
on me, and in doing so has no doubt helped animals.
I am 34 and sadly, realized that I was more
like the 21-year-old you than I am like the
41-year-old you. Thank you for helping me see
the error of my activist ways, and for helping
me realize the role that ego has to date played
in my angry, obsessive activism. I am a better
activist for having read your article, which
I have forwarded on to my vegan and nonvegan
Just finished The
Animal Activist’s Handbook.
Thank you so much for that – I needed the inspiration!
I am rejuvenated and more ready than ever to
fight for compassion!
At the First Friday event in St. Petersburg, FL, two individuals expressed
interest in leafleting with me in the future. And after attempting to give
one man a leaflet, he told me he already received one and that it had great
info. He proceeded to tell me that he was planning to eat differently for
dinner that night as a result of reading the pamphlet!
At the Phoenix Art Walk, Jeff [Boghosian] and I both commented on the
extremely large number of folks who took the time to read the literature.
Jeff’s high point was a family who stopped to talk with him because the
daughter is trying to transition from vegetarianism to veganism and the rest
of the family is nearly vegetarian. My most enthusiastic recipient of the
night was a woman who was thrilled to receive literature because she’s
vegetarian – I gave her a GCFE. Great use of time!
Thank you so much for
all your good work, your earnestness and down-to-earth
philosophy. My daughter and I both went vegan
a few years ago – our switch stemmed from brochures
received on a college campus, so we know firsthand
that Vegan Outreach works. I’ve leafleted with
Brian Grupe in Sacramento and hope to continue.
I wanted to send a quick thank
you for such an amazing and informational
site. I decided to switch to vegan a few weeks
ago. I was turned off for many years to the
idea of becoming vegan, due to most people and
websites being so hard core I felt I could never
live up to their standards. I am very impressed
with how you show that doing what you can is
more important than being pure. I know that
even taking a prescription medicine containing
gelatin would make most feel not vegan, but
it doesn’t bother me because I know I still
don’t eat meat, dairy, or eggs. Your site reassured
me of that.
Hollywood Blvd. & Highland Ave. seems to be a pretty good cross section of the general population, and the take rate is up 50% from last year. There are far more people interested in the info, sitting and reading it, walking and reading it, saying things like, “I'm vegetarian!,” “I’m already vegan!,” “I’ve seen this stuff before,” “I saw this on YouTube,” “This is very interesting” (with a solemn, pensive expression), “You have to look at this” (to a friend). I’d say that if the U.S. population is an onion, we’ve peeled back one more layer.
I recently was handed a
brochure on Hollywood Blvd. Thank you very much
to the person who gave it to me. I have been
vegetarian for 8 years and switched to vegan
three weeks ago and have been desperate for
info since becoming vegan.