|Enewsletter • November 4, 2009|
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Notes from Our Members
was a very successful day of outreach
at CUNY LaGuardia Community College, where Jeff
LaPadula and I reached over 1,900 new people.
We both had great conversations with interested
students. Two guys asked Jeff about going veg
and had questions about protein, nutrition,
etc. A mother stopped to talk to him, and was
almost crying, she was so upset about the booklet.
She wanted to go vegan, so Jeff gave her some
advice and information.
my eight weeks on the road,
I heard, over and over, individuals mentioning
how eye-opening the booklet is, how they were
discussing the booklet in class, how it really
made them think. And of course, it was great
connecting with others, seeing more and more
new people leafleting, etc. We are indeed pushing
the ball forward and reaching those who need
to be reached! I’m incredibly grateful to all
of you who make this happen.
was really receptive and the take
rate was better than expected at the University
of Central Missouri. I had a wonderful conversation
with a member of the grounds staff who’d been
watching me leaflet while he was mowing nearby.
He came at me with a bit of an attitude, demanding
to know “What about human rights?”
I explained to him that by supporting animal
rights we are not sacrificing human rights.
I also came across five vegetarians. One who
thanked me for being there and shouted, “She
rocks!” loud enough for everyone around
to hear. It made me smile.
nice to be back at LSU. I ran
into a very enthusiastic vegan right away who
I heard telling her friends to “go get
one of those.” I heard from a student who
told me she went vegetarian after receiving
an Even If You Like Meat booklet one and a
half years ago; she got a Guide.
One guy said he was vegetarian previously and
was thinking about going back. He also got a
at Suffolk Community College,
Farmingdale University, and St. Joseph’s University,
Drew Winter, Jennifer Greene, and I reached
over 1,500 students. Drew veg-anized a whole
posse at Suffolk CC – four at once. After one
girl said, “I’m never eating meet again,”
he engaged the whole group in dialogue, and
the others seemed deeply affected by the booklets
and his interaction.
really well at Thompson Rivers
University, where two students came back to
talk about Vegan Outreach, get booklets for
friends, etc. Another woman ran back to me and
gave me a high five. She was excited and said
she was totally supportive of what I was doing
the vegan Spay-ghetti
fundraiser here in Montana, I got many warnings
and complaints about how I would offend people
and ruin both the spay-neuter clinic AND the
fundraiser. In reality, we raised more money
than we have since 2005, everyone LOVED the
food, and there was ZERO negativity! One of
the rancher ladies called the clinic coordinator
and told her that the Compassionate Choices
leaflet she picked up at lunch changed her life.
The clinic coordinator asked if I would mind
doing all the food from now on – she thinks
it would be great if we continue to share vegan
food and information! This is the same lady
who was so upset by my “offensive vegan
propaganda,” and said I would start “fistfights in the streets” if I
didn’t serve meat.
a chilly night with a little bit
of rain, but leafleting at Loyola’s Lake Shore
campus went pretty well! Got a lot of, “Already
veg!” Positive feedback included a man
who said he loved vegetarian food, but wasn’t
a vegetarian. He then took a booklet and told
me there should be more of us out on the street
doing this good work. It was a nice to hear
interactions at RMIT University,
Melbourne (Australia). I had one person take
one and say he had been trying to go vegan over
the past few months; I hope today’s leaflet
gave him the prompt to make that final effort.
Two other people came and took five leaflets
each for their friends. One girl came over and
was very interested. I saw her cross necklace
and asked if she was Christian, saying yes,
I told her about the Christian
the first really cold day this
fall at Minnesota State Mankato,
but the acceptance rate was higher than normal.
One guy said he was interested in human cruelty.
I replied that it’s all related, why not think
about both. He said that animal cruelty wasn’t
something that enraged him. Upon further discussion,
he conceded that I didn’t look enraged, and
he would consider this issue. I watched one
woman looking at the Even If You Like Meat
a ways down the sidewalk, and I heard her say, “Oooh, I’m going to be
a vegetarian now.”