|Enewsletter • July 1, 2009|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Jon Camp is Coming to Town! Even to Canada!
In late August, Jon Camp, VO’s Director of Outreach, will embark on a two-month college outreach tour through IL, IA, NE, WY, CO, UT, OR, WA, ID, MT, ND, SD, BC, and AB. In order to make this tour as cost-efficient as possible, he is looking for housing in or near the following cities: Kearney NE; Salt Lake City UT; Boise, Pocatello, and Moscow ID; Ellensburg WA; Billings MT; Bismarck ND; and Sioux Falls SD.
Also, Jon would love to meet with your local group and talk about VO’s work and his experiences and insights regarding advocacy. If you would be willing to house America’s Most Courteous Houseguest or would like Jon to speak with your local group, please email jon (at) veganoutreach (dot) org. Thanks!
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great team event with some of
the finest activists we are lucky to have in
Chicago. We gave out more than 500 booklets
in about an hour.
Thank you so much
for writing Handbook! How I wish there was a book like this around
years ago. It would have saved me from making
many of the mistakes you discuss in the book.
There is such a need for this book. I can’t
say enough about how helpful the book is.
Saturday night, I
had an opportunity to go to do some vegan outreach
at South Beach with my 11-year-old daughter
and my vegan friend and her 10-year-old vegan
daughter. When I first got there, I had a major
anxiety attack, thinking, "I can’t do this,
I can’t do this." Once someone actually
accepted a pamphlet, that feeling went away.
I remember thinking what an awe-inspiring experience
it was, just being there. It was truly overwhelming.
I’m almost finished
I have not been a strong activist. Your book
is inspiring me to take that next step. I’m
getting active in my local animal rights group
and I plan to get involved in leafleting. Thanks
for writing the book; I expect it will lead
to many more vegetarians/ vegans through people
Piedmont High School is
in the richest part of Oakland and the kids
at this small high school are picked up by a
long line of Mercedes, BMWs and Priuses. With
high schools (and colleges) like this, I prepare
myself for a barrage of snobbery and attitude,
but these kids were friendly, polite and receptive.
I had a decent acceptance rate, good access to
students, and positive conversations. No leaflets
on the ground and many students were thrilled
at the idea of helping animals and preventing
Our first vegan bake sale was
a great success – we raised hundreds of
dollars for Vegan Outreach, handed out hundreds
of VO booklets, answered a ton of questions,
and gave people that were trying to become vegan
lots of encouragement! I wish you could have
heard some of the great conversations. Met a
lot of new people, and collected about 15 names
and email addresses of people who wanted to
do leafleting and tabling. The ripple effect
from this bake sale, just in this area, will
be amazing. I think people were very comfortable
talking to us and asking questions – it
was a very nonthreatening environment. What
can I say about Vegan Outreach? You are all
the best!! Thanks again for all you do. We need
more people like you!
Tonight in Chicago, lots of people gave us the thumbs-up and said
they were already veg. One girl stopped to show
me her necklace which said "vegan"
and I gave her a hearty "Right on!"
I also had one lady get a Why Vegan?, which I noticed
she was reading a little ways away. She came
back and asked for 6–7 more, to give to friends
and coworkers. She told me she was not yet
vegetarian, but that I had just helped her take
a huge step in that direction.
to a Young Matt” is an
incredible speech – very inspiring!
the email newsletters I receive
re: animals, yours is the best. You provide
the most relevant and interesting issues. I
open most of your links in tabs, and read them
one by one, bookmark them and then send out