|Enewsletter • September 23, 2009|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
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Link of the Week: The Power of One Booklet
“I got the pamphlet and quickly leafed through it. This is the point when I throw most of this stuff away – I figure it doesn’t hurt to at least look at whatever someone feels strongly enough about to stand there and hand out, but it’s almost always worthless to me.
“With this one though, I couldn’t bring myself to toss it. I wanted to bring it home to show Erin, and to be able to look through it again. It made me feel horrible about the way I ate. And in some strange way, I was happy that it made me feel so bad.”
Products / “Recipes” of the Week
Five easy vegan desserts, by Ginny Messina.
Notes from All Over
Notes from Our Members
whoever did the pamphleting for
Vegan Outreach down here (at Washington State
University). I was really pleased to see my
students reading the pamphlets carefully.
Hopefest was fun and very effective.
The crowd was made up of Hispanics and African
Americans, a lot of high schoolers and people
under 30. Everybody wanted the booklets, and
what was amazing, once people flipped through
them, many came after me, and asked for more
for their other family members.
very happy I ran across your website.
I just would like to say thank you for promoting
veganism in a way that does not point fingers
and advocate any type of negativity. I read
regarding anger and humor, and
it really inspired me to stay strong, stop brooding,
and achieve my goals in animal rights and veganism.
My empathy and compassion will change others’
minds if I stay focused, thoughtful, and humble.
got your booklet at my college
and have become vegetarian immediately after
reading it. I was so impacted by Even If
You Like Meat that I would like to help
distribute copies to as many people as possible.
at high school hangout Sugar Land
Town Square, one girl told me she has now been
a vegetarian for one week since getting Why
Vegan? from me last Saturday. Another girl
told me that her mom has now been a vegan for
four years after having received Why Vegan?
And again, lots of kids told me that they will
now definitely try to become vegetarians.
It was a fun time at
CUNY Queens College. I had this conversation
with a student who was with his group of friends:
Missouri State, I heard from about
12 vegetarians and seven other students who
were trying to reduce their meat consumption;
I gave them all a Guide. Many of those
seven had received an Even If from
me in the past. One vegetarian RA asked for
ten for her dorm.
of good interactions today at
the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. One guy
came back after reading the Even If
to say, “I’m a big meat eater, but this
is horrible. They shouldn’t be treating animals
this way.” He thought meat from “happy
farms” would be better, but acknowledged
that those animals would ultimately reach the
same fate. He left talking about changing his
years ago, a guy yelled at me
at the University of Colorado, Boulder, saying
Vegan Outreach was sending the wrong message
asking people to consider veganism. By the end
of the year, he approached me and apologized
for his behavior. Since then, he always gives
me a thumbs up or thanks as he passes by. While
leafleting there today, he came back once again
to say how much he’s changed his diet. It’s
funny that this man who had the harshest words
for me initially has done such an about-face.