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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  September 29, 2010

Notes from Vegan Outreach

John Bowers

Activist Profile: John Bowers

Continuing our series of activist profiles, we meet a man not afraid of the cold, John Bowers. Since we started keeping track, John has reached over 34,000 individuals with VO booklets!

Here’s an excerpt:

What was your most positive leafleting experience?

Quite literally every leafleting experience is extremely positive in that I know that I am reaching hundreds of people who are in the very same place I was at their age. I help people find truth. By that, I mean that many people don’t come to really know their innermost values and the related implications of their lifestyle on the world until confronted by information that raises questions not generally asked elsewhere in society. A number of times I have received a hug or handshake from someone with a tear in their eye, thanking me for doing this work. Those moments of intense emotional connection are among my most personally positive experiences.

What would you say to individuals hesitant about leafleting?

Humans are amazing in our ability to justify our actions or inactions, including coming up with reasons not to leaflet. Perhaps the biggest struggle is to set these reasons aside and start by spending one hour of one day to hand out some booklets. By actually getting out there, a person can see just how easy and rewarding this work can be. I should also mention that Vegan Outreach and their team of volunteers provide wonderful support.

Read the full interview.

 

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Notes from All Over

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Notes from Our Members

Charlotte

At the DC VegFest, I heard from five – yes, five! – individuals who are now veg as a result of receiving a Vegan Outreach booklet in the past. I got pictures of two: Charlotte (right) and Kathleen (below), who has now been vegan for 10 years.
     It’s so easy to give in to the attitude that we can’t make a difference in this world. It’s an attractive assumption, as it frees us from any responsibility to work for change. But we can’t keep our eyes open for too long without running into individuals whose lives are profoundly different because of everyone doing this work. Let’s keep our heads high and continue to fight the good fight!
—Jon Camp, 9/24/10

I am feeling very blessed to be getting into leafleting; I can see that it is a very important way to spread the message. Previously, I thought activism had to involve running around and shouting in people’s faces that they are evil for eating meat. But the feedback I got was not very positive or productive (duh), and left me at home crying about my inability to help animals. With peaceful leafleting, I feel I can reach so many more individuals and have a much bigger impact, and so I am really glad that I discovered Vegan Outreach.
—OL, 9/24/10

Kathleen

Great times at Antelope Valley College and College of the Canyons today, where I reached a total of 1,579 individuals. Many students want to rise up and get involved! While leaving Antelope Valley, an editor with the student paper asked if she could do a piece on this issue, maybe even follow up with a video screening / vegan feed in!
—Nikki Benoit, 8/26/10

The Warped Tour has to be one of my favorite events of all year – so much fun and very successful! We reached 4,100 people. I don’t think the eight of us could have handed out any more; the last hour, almost every single person said they already had one.
—Dani Reese, 8/1/10

At Laney College, a guy turned around to give me back the brochure, saying he got one last semester and doesn’t eat meat. I asked him if it was the brochure that changed his mind and he said yes! He happily accepted a Guide. Later, at the College of Alameda, one young lady told me she had received a brochure at City College of SF last year (from me!) and it convinced her to go vegan. She also happily received a Guide.
—Brian Grupe, 8/26/10

Jamie Rivet
Jamie Rivet (in red sweatshirt) answers questions in Toronto.

The acceptance rate today at Allan Hancock College was off the charts, and not one booklet was on the ground. I witnessed many people flipping through the pages, some reading intently. One rather large, somewhat intimidating fellow accepted a leaflet and then said, “Aww, now you are going to make me stop eating meat!” as he flipped though the leaflet shaking his head in disgust. One young man stopped to tell me that it was this leaflet that turned him veg about eight months ago! (Go Brian!) He was happy to take a Guide. Another Guide went to a young lady who had been veg for two years, but went back to eating meat. We talked awhile; feelings were definitely coming to the surface. She would not take an Even If You Like Meat because she couldn’t look at the pictures. I explained that these images also keep me up at night, and that is why I have to do something about it. The interaction today may have put her back on track.
—Johanna Andris, 8/26/10

Handed out 610 Why Vegans and 102 Guides at the Janmastami Festival, a large gathering of Indian Americans. I also gave a bunch of booklets to the Society of Peace for their table by the entrance. About 20 “I am vegan” responses, and lots of vegetarian families got Guides.
—David Garvin, 8/28/10

Joe Espinosa
Joe Espinosa hands the truth to another student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Handing out Even If You Like Meat booklets outside the Ringling Brothers’ Circus was a lot of fun. Circus-goers kept on coming up to me really excited! A protester said that a Vegan Outreach leaflet made her decide to go veg!
—Roshanne Bakhtiary, 7/16/10

At Fullerton College, several students wanted to get involved and signed up to leaflet or join the animal rights club-in-the-making! One student read through the leaflet and said to her friend, “I’m going vegetarian.” Another student read through the leaflet and said, “This is so sad!” I saw him read it over a couple of times and then share it with his friend. One guy stopped to say he liked meat too much. I said, “If you eat a little less you can help reduce the suffering of animals.” He said, “You’re right. God bless you for what you’re doing.”
—Kris, with Taylor, 8/26/10

 

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