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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  December 2, 2009

 

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.
—Henry David Thoreau, Walden

 

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Your Impact: Adopt a College and Matching Updates

Kaskaskia students
Students at Kaskaskia College are engrossed in booklets handed to them by Rick Hershey.

No holiday for the animals, and thus no holiday for members of Vegan Outreach, who continue to strike at the root every day, providing the animals a voice and changing lives.

To date, activists have leafleted 619 schools this semester, personally handing booklets directly to 437,552 individuals. This brings 2009’s school leafleting total to 957,237.

You can see a specific example of this work in this article (PDF) about Joe Espinosa, published at Ball State University.

These efforts have only been possible because of your generous contributions!

So far, hundreds of members, dedicated to creating real, fundamental change, have contributed to the $70,000 end-of-year matching challenge; Vegan Outreach is now over halfway there!

You can be a part of this: right now, your fully tax-deductible contribution will be doubled, dollar for dollar!

Double Your Donation!

We need your help to reach our goal –
and reach more people!

Every week, you read a sampling of what we’ve accomplished together. Please consider making a special donation to this challenge – your support will change lives.

You can use a credit card to make a secure donation online, or send a check or money order to:

Vegan Outreach | POB 30865 | Tucson, AZ 85751

Please help us put the matching money to work for the animals – you’ll be glad you did!

 

A Message from Jon Camp

Jon Camp

During my recently concluded 10,000-mile, eight-week outreach tour, I went to 46 schools in IL, IA, NE, WY, CO, UT, ID, WA, OR, MT, SD, BC, and AB, including a number of schools that had never before been leafleted. Fellow members and I handed 38,043 booklets directly to interested students and faculty.

Profuse and hearty thanks go to those of you who provided housing, leafleted with me, set up a talk in your neck of the woods, and to all of you who donate to Vegan Outreach: you make the success of this work possible. With each passing year, I’m seeing more and more interest from students – and a deeper sense of urgency. I know we are making a difference as I see near daily coverage from the media, books about veganism and factory farming topping the bestsellers lists, and a growing consensus from the general public that we should be moving away from eating animals.

It’s an invigorating time to be an animal advocate as we are making big, lengthy strides! As more and more individuals support our collective efforts, the pace of progress will continue to increase dramatically.

 

Product of the Week

Zuzka: “I’d like to nominate Dr. McDougall’s ready-to-serve soup cartons. I don’t need a can opener to enjoy them at work!!”

Send your product of the week to product (at) veganoutreach (dot) org; previous entries here.

 

Notes from All Over

Lightning Round

 

Notes from Our Members

Positively Veg*n
The Positively Veg*n meetup group ready to go at Broward College.

Your Guide, along with Why Vegan?, helped push my girlfriend and me to go vegan! We’ve been vegan for a month now and feel great. On top of this, we’ve become really inspired to assist in the animal protection movement. We have been leafleting the Phoenix area with Jeff Boghosian (such an awesome guy), and I just began reading The Animal Activist’s Handbook. The book seems awesome so far and is totally inspiring.
—JO, 11/17/09

Lots of students excited to get our info at Macalester College. One guy had just tried to go vegetarian a few weeks ago, but had a hard time living with roommates who ate meat. I gave him a few suggestions and a Guide, and he sounded ready to try again. One woman came back after reading the booklet to tell me she appreciated that it didn’t take an all-or-nothing stance. She thought she would try to cut out some meat from her diet and was intrigued when I suggested she start with chickens.
     At Century College, one guy said, “I read that pamphlet. It’s very powerful. It’s very sad. It makes me want to change something I’m doing.” One woman said she went on a field trip to an egg-laying farm and it was just like the pictures. She couldn’t believe how horrible it was for those birds to spend their whole lives crowded in such tiny cages.
—Fred Tyler, 11/4/09

Today is my six-year veganiversary, so I celebrated by leafleting with Jo DeGeorge. A number of good encounters, including one woman who scowled at Jo. Jo called after her, “Did you have any questions? I’d be happy to talk.” The woman came back and explained that she works with pets all day and can’t handle to see animal cruelty, and admitted she should read about this and took a leaflet! I stopped to chat with one of the Greenpeace canvassers and inquired about his veg status, to which he guiltily admitted he was not, and agreed to read an Even If You Like Meat and the Guide.
—Eileen Botti, 11/6/09

St. Charles CC student
A student at St. Charles Community College looks up from a booklet.

I was really happy how tabling went at Notre Dame de Namur University – great acceptance rate and very friendly students. Had a number of great conversations, including one with a hunter who was impressed with how reasonable I was in my approach to helping animals. The president of the Go Green club congratulated me for spreading the good word. A vegetarian gal told me (and her friend), “Yay, I’m not alone!” A teacher on campus uses our materials in some of her classes and a student remarked that he went veg after taking her class and getting an Even If You Like Meat and the Guide last semester. I stopped by to see the professor and we exchanged contact info and I replenished her stock of lit.
—Brian Grupe, 11/4/09

The crowd was receptive at Metropolitan State College in Denver, where I broke my old record with 1,059 booklets handed to students. I met one vegan who was itching to get active, so I told her about VO. Another, whom I had never met before, rushed up and said, “Oh, my vegan friend!” and gave me a big hug.
—Barbara Bear, 11/11/09

Once again, we were greeted with a very positive reception at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. My favorite reaction was after I handed a Compassionate Choices booklet to a young woman who was walking with a friend on either side of her. A few steps after receiving the booklet, and within earshot of many people, I heard her enthusiastically tell her friends, “I LOVE IT SOOO MUCH THAT THEY ARE OUT HERE DOING THIS!!!”
—Loren Hart, with Brandon Becker, 11/5/09

Got up early and did the 7:40am class change at Bluegrass Community College, then booked it to the University of Louisville. Very good outreach; conversed with one lady for a long time and she said she would go veg. Another came up and said getting a leaflet last year made her go veg.
—Vic Sjodin, with Phil Letten, 11/11/09

Rob Gilbride
Rob Gilbride gives the truth to another student at Duke University.

A dark and dreary evening at Portland State, but I had some good interactions. People thanked me for being there, and a group of three guys each asked for a brochure. They then agreed with one another that “This is messed up!” and “It’s really sad.”
—Jessica Dadds, 11/11/09

Many conversations at California University of PA. I explained to an older man that I didn’t think a merciful God would give animals a complex nervous system and brain if their intended function was to spend their lives in conditions that would lead to chronic suffering. One woman told me she had worked to get horse slaughter banned and that the booklet led her to the realization that the raising and killing of other animals was just as bad. Others mentioned wanting to go veg; I gave them each a Guide. It was a very solid six hours of outreach and there was definitely a great deal of interest at this school.
—Jon Camp, 11/10/09

 

Prevent suffering!

Vegan Outreach is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the suffering of farmed animals by promoting informed, ethical eating.

All donations are tax-deductible.

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