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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  February 3, 2010
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Notes from Vegan Outreach

Vegan Valentine’s Dance to Benefit Vegan Outreach

If you haven’t heard the news, the Vegan Valentine’s Day Dance in Berkeley is going to be a blast! Acres of valuable raffle prizes to be won. If you buy your ticket before February 6, you will receive 2 free raffle tickets. Learn more.


Activist Profile: Rob Gilbride

Continuing our series of activist profiles, we meet Rob Gilbride. From California to North Carolina, Rob has reached nearly 75,000 individuals with Vegan Outreach booklets!

Rob Gilbride

Here is an excerpt from his profile:

What was your most positive leafleting experience and why?

One of my most positive leafleting experiences was leafleting at Duke University. Well, it was after I leafleted. I was standing in the Whole Foods checkout line when a student came up to me and said, “You are the guy who handed me a leaflet on campus last semester. Thank you so much.” He then told me that he is now vegan and writing about veganism for one of his classes. He shared the leaflet I gave him with some of his friends, and as a result they went vegan as well. Once I realized how much of an impact I could make with so little effort, I was hooked.

Read the full interview!


Product of the Week

Rob’s partner Eleni: “Spicy Italian Vegetarian Sausages – this recipe will change your life! I’ve had about five different meat-eatin’ people ask me for it…and have taken them to several events etc. where they were eaten up quickly and folks asked, ‘That’s VEGAN?’ I add sage and reduce the water to a little less than 2 cups.”

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


Notes from All Over

Meatout 2010

Looking for an excuse to get active? Meatout 2010 is coming next month! And be sure to contact us if you’d like to be hooked up with a leafleter in your area.


Notes from Our Members

Leah Wagner
Leah Wagner (above) and Joe Espinosa (below) braved the cold to take the animals’ message to University of Michigan students.

Many thanks to Lana Smithson and Nikki Benoit for driving out to Orlando to join Phil Letten and me at Central Florida University. We had numerous great interactions, and watched many people reading their booklet. Someone told Lana the pamphlet made them cry, and later, two guys prayed with her that her message would be heard. My favorite was a girl who, after speaking with me, threw her platter of bacon and eggs in the trash. Very proud of our effort today – it was very tiring, but everybody just kept plugging away. There are many new vegetarians in Orlando tonight.
—Vic Sjodin, 1/26/10 (Note: the 7,498 students they reached is a new one-day single-school record!)

Here in the very conservative farm state of Kansas, we’re doing our best to spread the word about factory farming and animal suffering. We led a six-week series of ethics classes at our church and did two classes on factory farming, handing out Vegan Outreach literature and referencing your website. (We also leave your booklets on the pamphlet table at church.) As a result, our church has decided to always offer vegetarian fare as an alternative. Our daughters also do outreach to their friends at school, and some have gone vegetarian. Just as we were ignorant in the past, we believe most people really don’t know about modern factory farming, and it is our job to get the information to them.
—M&CO, 1/3/10

Joe Espinosa

We’re starting to leaflet here in Kitchener-Waterloo; here is my latest donation. I was an omnivore for years – if I can be won over, there’s hope!
—AH, 1/24/10

Reached 1,075 students with Even If You Like Meat booklets at Illinois State, and also handed out 14 Guides. One student let me know that getting a booklet from us last semester had moved her to become vegetarian. Also, I was approached by two separate students who inquired about joining in the work. I gave them each a copy of AML and a brief explanation that leafleting on behalf of farmed animals was statistically likely to be the best thing we can do to reduce animal suffering at this time.
—Joe Espinosa (at right), 1/12/10

Handed booklets to 1,400 students during a long day at Virginia Commonwealth University, while receiving some kind words of support. One young woman said receiving the Even If last November prompted her to go veg.
—Jon Camp, 1/26/10

Drea Alexander
Neither Chicago snow nor the dead of night keeps Drea Alexander from reaching out to spread compassion.

At Santa Clara University, a student mentioned that the booklets had been brought up in one of his classes, and for the most part the students agreed with what was said inside. He also asked how I felt about the human suffering that was caused by factory farming and said he felt the booklets would have a larger impact upon the students if the booklets had discussed that issue more. I agreed that the impact from factory farms on humans was certainly terrible and worth ending as well, but I felt that one of the things the booklets were intended to challenge was the idea that non-human animals aren’t worthy of having their interests considered in and of themselves. He agreed with this.
—Theo Summer, 1/13/10

At the Houston Marathon, I met a nice family that all went veg after I gave them a booklet at the International Festival a few years ago – the father opened the booklet and they quit (eating meat) on the spot. They even help Eugene Khutoryansky leaflet on occassion.
—Casey Constable, 1/17/10

I had a great conversation with a guy who seemed really inspired to change his diet after reading a booklet. This kind of interaction always makes me realize how important it is to be out there spreading the word. I’m sure we all make a real difference for animals each time we make the effort to leaflet.
—Yvonne LeGrice, 1/15/10


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