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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  June 30, 2010

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Jennifer Greene
Jennifer Greene provides the animals a positive voice.

Positive or Picky?

Excerpted from “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!”

Another reporter is trying to go vegan for two weeks, and is documenting her experience (days 1, 2, 4, 5, 8).

Unfortunately, amidst much support in the comments, a few vegans offer up less than inclusive feedback.…

Some people define themselves by what knowledgeable and committed vegans they are. Their self-worth is determined by how much better they are than others.…

But Vegan Outreach exists to reduce as much suffering as possible. To this end, non-vegans – far from being the enemy – are actually the key to changing the world. Positive, constructive outreach to them – via our example, our encouragement, our honesty, our choice of advocacy message – is the only way forward.

Full post, with follow-up.

 

More from “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs

 

Product of the Week

Life’s Basics

Jon: “For you physically active vegans, I’ve never found a better protein powder than Life’s Basics, especially the unsweetened vanilla flavor (which is still sweet enough). Each serving contains 22 grams of protein (pea, rice, and hemp) and actually adds to the flavor of your drink. Mix a scoop into your early morning or post-workout smoothie and you will be good to go! Various deals for this can be found online.”

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

 

Notes from All Over

Lightning Round

 

Notes from Our Members

Jo DeGeorge
Jo DeGeorge brightens the world at Fordham University.

Today at the University of Minnesota – Duluth was a great way to end a month on the road. The first vegan I met was so excited to get a Guide, she later returned with another vegan friend who also wanted one. One woman had just stopped eating meat a week ago after watching The Cove. After reading Even If You Like Meat, she had a lot of questions about what it meant to be vegan and how to do it. One of the building maintenance guys came over to see what I was handing out. When I told him it was a brochure about factory farming he said, “Oh yeah, that stuff is horrible.” He said he had watched Food, Inc. and King Corn recently. He said, “I’ll definitely look through this and take it into consideration.”
     I then spoke with a former vegetarian. She said after reading Even If, she thought she would have to get back on track and stop eating meat again. One guy said after watching Food, Inc., he couldn’t finish the bag of Tyson chicken wings in his freezer. I explained that Tyson was not alone in the way it raised chickens. He said he would look through the information.
     Finally, a number of people referenced this story, which was above-the-fold front-page news: nearly 10% of the student population had already signed a petition for a more vegan-friendly cafeteria! Duluth!
Fred Tyler, 5/6/10

Met a number of vegans and vegetarians at San Diego City College. A new veggie was super stoked for his Guide and A Meaningful Life. Met a young man that went veg last year after receiving a VO brochure (yay Brianne!). He so got a Guide/AML package, and a Guide for his doe-eyed friend hanging on every word. Met another young man who is fired up to do whatever it takes to stop the madness – he also got the same Guide/AML package.
—Nikki Benoit, 5/13/10

I had a great discussion with a guy at St. Mary’s College who had recently run into a friend who had turned veg. He got a copy of all the booklets, and he told me that meeting me and our discussion must be some kind of sign; I’m sure he’ll be changing his diet.
     Later, a guy with a messy, animal product laden sandwich took a leaflet and then proceeded to the nearest trash can, not to throw out the leaflet, but to throw out the remainder of his sandwich!
     Then, a woman informed me I had stopped her from getting a turkey sandwich and she was grateful for the information. She happily accepted a Guide.
—Brian Grupe, 5/10/10

De Anza student
After getting a booklet from Erik Marcus, a De Anza College student is engrossed in learning the truth.

A beautiful day leafleting in the city with my fabulous daughter, Riley, and the equally fabulous Blythe. A CTA worker had come out and said that Riley was standing a bit too close to the entrance, but because she was so tiny that he said it would be OK. He got a leaflet and came back later to say that he had no idea that this is where most meat comes from and that “this might just turn me into a vegetarian.” Proud Poppa doesn’t begin to describe how I felt!
—Mikael Nielsen, 5/15/10

Met a large number of vegans and vegetarians, with lots of good conversations at Monash University (Australia). One guy threw everything at me (leather, PETA, indigenous people, etc.). Giving up on trying to find reasons to dislike me, he said he’d take it, and read it. I managed to break through the defenses! Next, I met a woman who wants to interview me for an environmental radio program.
     Also met a girl who had been vegan for just two weeks, and earlier in the day was feeling tempted to have mayonnaise on a Japanese pancake. I think the booklet strengthened her resolve. Rounded the day off with a chat about the cruelty of dairy farming, with a girl who was shocked by the cruelty when she had previously worked on a dairy farm.
—Roy Taylor, 5/10/10

 

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