|Enewsletter • February 23, 2011|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Adopt a College Powers Ahead!
Record snow and cold? Pshaw!
Adopt a College activists have already reached 170,075 students at 270 schools in 2011 – even before the end of February!
Thanks so much to all the activists who have been doing this amazing and important work for the animals!
From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!”
Product of the Week
Jack: “I like Yves Meatless Ground burger crumbles a lot – put them in spaghetti sauce. And they are fairly cheap at Trader Joe’s.”
Notes from Our Members
and I reached nearly 2,000 students
today at the North and Kendall campuses of Miami
Dade College. We each had a number of great
conversations. A very nice young woman talked
with me for quite a while about how terribly
upsetting the information is, giving her a sense
of urgency to change the world. She seemed close
to tears. I gave her a copy of A
Meaningful Life and she sat down and
read it right away. She came back to thank me,
saying the AML was very helpful to
deal with her sudden emotional upheaval and
that it will help her think about what to do.
She gave me a hug and said she was so glad we
met. I could sense that her life will never
be the same.
week, while Queenie and I were
leafleting at a fundraising run, we met a local
MMA fighter, Aaron
Simpson. The guy is in great shape, and
said he and his family are vegetarian! He thanked
us for being out there. That evening, I found
one quote of his: “I have a really tough
time with killing animals, that’s my worst thing.”
Today, I ran into him again, and he said it
was the images of what happens to animals that
got him and his wife to stop eating them.
I was joined by Jill at Cornell
College. Jill got a flier from me last time
I was at this school and started an animal rights
club on campus. She got in touch with me to
help leaflet and was excited to help spread
the word at her school. We found several new
people for the group while we were leafleting.
The group is also making a vegan guide to the
cold last week at the University
of North Carolina that most students were scared
to take their hands out of their pockets. Still,
I reached 700 new people. I also spoke with
students who received a leaflet last year and
are now vegan, and picked up an email of a
student who wants to leaflet.
was a great day of outreach at
the University of North Texas, despite it being
very cold and windy. Rachel and I reached 1,350
students, despite the fact they were reluctant
to expose their hands to the cold. We heard
from vegetarians and vegans, got a high five,
and were thanked for being out there spreading
awareness. A few students asked us how they
can volunteer to leaflet.
East Tennessee State, we reached
1,908 students, and a woman got a stack of 50
booklets from Brian to hand out on her own.
Met seven vegetarians this time, as opposed
to two last time.
the cold weather, Alan, Melanie,
Rochelle, and I found people very receptive
at Herald Square on Tuesday. One woman
took a Compassionate Choices brochure
and then came back about a half hour later to
tell me she was definitely going to go vegan
after reading it. Another person was so moved
by the brochure that she came back for more
to hand out to her friends.
Colette, and I reached 1,758 students
at St John’s University, with almost a 99% take
rate and many positive comments! A family taking
a tour stopped to talk. The mother appeared
upset, but she told me her nieces recently organized
protests in Ohio about factory farming and that
she was thinking of going vegetarian herself.
She took a Guide. Also ran into two
students at the same time who had never met
before, but wanted to start an animal rights
club, so I gave them some advice and everyone
exchanged email addresses. Heard from several
people who were thinking of going vegetarian, including
one who said that after reading the leaflet in
her class that morning, she was going to definitely
go vegetarian and possibly vegan.
today at the University of Houston.
I had one person who, at the start of the conversation,
told me that he doesn’t care because we can
always make more cows, along with “For
every animal you don’t kill, I’ll kill three.”
However, after I answered all his many questions,
and he heard all my points, he took a Guide
to Cruelty-Free Eating and said that he
will eventually go vegan.
and so cold at Illinois State
that my drink froze before I could get to it,
but I met dozens of vegetarians and vegans during
my time there. Towards the end of the day, several
students commented about me having been there
all day in the cold. I pointed out that so
much preventable suffering and death hangs in
the balance, trying to stop it is the least
I can do.
was awesome to have Scout’s help
again today and it was so cool of Eric (Griffith,
right) to drive down to Atlanta to meet us for
leafleting. We reached a total of 2,450 students
at Georgia Tech and Georgia State. Question
of the day at Tech:
day at Cal State Long Beach, where
I was joined by new vegan Julie Dais and CEASE
(the student group). Together, we reached over
2,200 students! Within the first 20 minutes
of leafleting, I noticed a young man sitting
reading his leaflet. Moments later he approached
me saying he’s now going veg. Seriously? YES!
On the spot. Then a young lady brought her leaflet
back to ask questions. She claimed she wasn’t
veg, but is not only gonna be by day’s end,
but took info to help the locals. BOOYAH!