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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  March 9, 2011

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Jeni of the West!

Jeni Haines

Continuing our series of activist profiles, we turn today to our new force in the West, Jeni Haines! In a short amount of time, Jeni has already reached 17,658 folks with the animals’ message.

Here’s an excerpt:

What made you decide to start leafleting?

One nice day at UC Berkeley, I saw a fine young lad leafleting to students traveling to their respective classes. I soon learned that his name was Brian Grupe, and he worked for Vegan Outreach. I was thrilled to meet him and thus began my initial spark with Vegan Outreach. I leafleted with Brian on that day and have done leafleting ever since.

What was your most positive leafleting experience and why?

I don’t think it’s possible for me to single out one experience that surpasses all others. Doing Vegan Outreach has connected me with so many incredible individuals and has sparked countless life-altering conversations. Every day that I leaflet, I am impacted. One truth that I can confirm is that I have certainly never had a negative leafleting experience.

Read the full interview.


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Notes from All Over

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Notes from Our Members

New veg at El Camino College
This El Camino College student told Nikki Benoit he went vegetarian after getting a booklet last semester. Below, other El Camino students study booklets.

Brian, John, and I reached 760 students at Durham College, Oshawa, a never-before-leafleted school. One lady mentioned she will go veg, another took a stack of booklets to distribute, many had questions and we saw lots reading the booklets. Was a great end to a monster week – over 9,000 students reached!
—Vic Sjodin, 3/4/11

The quality of interactions at the Junior Statesmen of America’s Activism Convention was amazing. The kids were very interested in the issue, listened and asked sharp questions. Quite a few were already trying to eat veg, and really appreciated the resources. One girl said she had been vegetarian since receiving the Compassionate Choices booklet in front of her high school two years ago. Also had a great conversation with a young teacher who was not 100% veg but trying to get there, experimenting with veg foods, and was extremely sympathetic. He profusely thanked us for being there and bringing this important message to the students.
—Darina Smith, 3/5/11

At Laney College, I gave a Guide to a vegetarian professor, as well as to two guys who had received an Even If You Like Meat last semester. All I had to do was ask them, “So, what did you think about it?” to engage them. Naturally they thought it was bad/wrong/gross/etc., and were happy to get a Guide.
—Brian Grupe, 2/2/11

More El Camino students

Despite the cold weather, some good conversations today while leafleting Columbus Circle. One boy told me about how his health class in high school is going over animal cruelty on factory farms this month, and how he has learned a lot about why he should not eat meat. Another man turned to his girlfriend and mentioned how he just read about how piglets get their teeth clipped; she took a couple brochures with her. It was nice to see people already informed about the cruelty of factory farming.
—Jordan Hamilton, 1/29/11

More blizzard-ish conditions today, so I used my leafleting wheelie cart as a snowplow to make my way to the subway. Lee, Marguerite, and I reached hundreds of NYU students, and I had the most positive interactions I’ve ever had here. We also had 22 new students sign up for Marguerite’s group, which is pretty unprecedented. Many of them were very excited to see other vegans on campus. One student came back to tell us that she got a wrap with beans and tofu today instead of eating meat, as a result of reading an Even If You Like Meat. I love those moments.
—Eileen Botti, 1/26/11

As the blizzard rolled in, I heard from 13 vegetarians and 4 vegans at the University of Illinois, Chicago. One of the vegetarians let me know that getting the booklet from me at UIC two years ago is what inspired her change in diet. Also had another noteworthy interaction with a student who at first laughed at my invitation to help stop violence upon seeing that the booklet was about farmed animals. I pointed out that animals have the same capacity to feel pain as he does. His face got quite serious and he stated, “You are right about that, let me check this out,” and he turned the page to enter the harsh world of today’s broiler chickens.
—Joe Espinosa, 1/31/11

At Wake Technical Community College, I helped a soy-allergic vegetarian student with tips on going vegan and doing so on a budget. I met a vegetarian since birth who wanted to become vegan. I also talked with a non-vegetarian student who was interested in eating vegan foods.
     The more I leaflet, the more I believe that it’s the most efficient form of outreach and cannot think of any other way to effectively reach the masses at the current time with the information needed for behavioral change other than this route.
—Brandon Becker, 2/1/11

Reached over 1,000 students at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. One came back to me and said, “I really feel for the chickens. After reading your booklet, I’m going to go vegan.” We talked about ways to cook vegan meals and I handed her a Guide. I spoke to a vegan student today – he was really happy I was there, and I handed him A Meaningful Life in hopes he will leaflet with me some time.
—Rob Gilbride, 1/27/11

Marshall University was the best leafleting experience for the semester so far – I reached over 1,000 students. A number of people thanked me for being on campus – even got an “I love Vegan Outreach!” One guy told me that he just did a report on eggs, was appalled, and is now considering going vegan.
—Jon Camp, 3/1/11

A student at Ithaca College studies an Even If You Like Meat she received from Brian Wink.

Shannon, Marc, Kevin, and I reached 2,942 students at USC today. This private school houses a lot – a lot – of herbivorous humans… holy wow they were everywhere! Chatted with a campus chef who advised that an ALL VEGAN eatery is being planned for this campus!
     Can I just say how AMAZING AND INSPIRING IT IS to work among some of THE most dedicated animal heroes EVER!!! Add on all you amazing leafleters across the globe, roughing some fierce conditions to get the word out. I bow to you all… some of the Earth’s most amazing unsung heroes, you are.   <3
—Nikki Benoit, 1/17/11

Today at Ohlone College ranks among one of the best leafleting experiences I’ve ever had – reached nearly 1,000 students. It was one of those days when you walk away a little bit exhausted but totally high on life. The campus was filled with wonderfully open-minded students. I cannot even count how many inspiring conversations I had. One guy told me that he received a leaflet a semester or year ago, and when I asked him what he thought about it, he said, “Oh, it’s horrible what they do to the animals. I don’t eat meat anymore.” Another guy, a self-professed staunch meat eater, thanked me for being out there, as did many other people.
     I’m filled with so much love and appreciation for Vegan Outreach, all the people who support it, all the recipients of leaflets, and the evolution of vegan consciousness.
—Jeni Haines, 2/3/11


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