|Enewsletter • March 16, 2011|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Every. Single. Day.
Even with spring still officially a few days away, Adopt a College activists continue to reach more and more new people with the animals’ message, every single day!
Despite the storms, cold, flooding, etc., AAC activists have already reached 300,173 students at 402 schools!
As you can see from feedback, this work is changing lives, every day. To feature one comment received while putting this enewsletter together:
work at Binghamton University,
and was handed your Compassionate Choices
booklet today. Thank you for changing my
life. I have never felt more sickened or saddened
to think that by eating meat, I have been contributing
to the misery of these amazing creatures.
The thanks for this – and for everyone whose life has been changed – go to the dedicated leafleters and the thoughtful donors who make this powerful – and necessary – work possible!
From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs
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didn’t want to leaflet this morning,
but ended up having an epic day at Binghamton
University. Nicole came back in the middle of
a class change, and she ended up reaching 600
students – pretty great. She had fun and wants
to leaflet again; she’s only a freshman, excellent.
at Central Connecticut State, but Aleta, Kim,
and I reached 938 new students. Met one student
who went vegetarian after being leafleted previously,
and two who reduced meat consumption because
of a booklet. Met two students who want to leaflet
on campus. Then I received an email from a student
we met last semester, who said he reduced his
meat consumption tremendously after receiving
a booklet and talking with Aleta and me. Also
met another vegan who just joined our group
and I had a blast today! We reached
2,131 at Mission College and San Jose State.
I overheard at least ten people say to their
friends things like, “I already don’t eat
meat,” “I’m vegetarian,” etc.
We also met people whose gears were turning,
and answered their questions. An excellent day!
Diane, and I had a great day tabling
at the Polk State health fair. One man said
the timing was amazing because he had decided
just yesterday to try going vegan for a week.
One of the vendors came over to tell us that
he opted for a veggie sandwich today because
of us! The vendor next to us asked me some thoughtful
questions and we had a good discussion. I gave
him an Even If You Like Meat and he
read through it intently. A doctor (who was
there as a representative for a local hospital)
came over to get literature. We had so many great conversations!
a girl at Florida International University
who went veg from getting a booklet
previously. A couple of students saw the Even
If You Like Meat cover and said, “No, I can’t look
at that.” I replied, “This pamphlet
is not asking you to go vegan, educate yourself
and at least cut way down on the meat.”
They then agreed to take it.
had some wonderful interactions today.
One of the first people I met was vegan and
very excited to get a Guide.
Another young lady informed me she received
the booklet on a previous day and now doesn’t
eat cows or pigs. I told her that was great
and asked her about chickens. She said only
free-range. I told her there was information
about “free-range” in our booklets,
and she happily accepted a Guide as
well. I also talked with several farmers, and
although they may not be willing to become vegetarians,
I convinced them I’m not against farmers or
farms. I am only against cruelty. After explaining
it to these gentlemen they actually thanked
me and shook my hand. We’re making progress,
slowly but surely!
and I had good conversations at
Oregon State. People took extra booklets to
distribute on their own, and a number mentioned
still having booklets from previous times. It's
good to hear that many students are hanging
on to the booklets we give them.
conversations at the University of
North Carolina, Chapel Hill. For example, one
student asked me: “How can I help? You
can be honest with me.” I told him, “You
can help animals by avoiding animal products
and choosing plant foods.” He told me how
he liked the taste of meat and wasn’t
sure he could make the change. I told him I
used to think the same way and then showed him
pictures of the vegan foods I now eat that look
and taste like the animal products I used to
eat. He was intrigued and thanked me for the
advice. When he walked by later in the day,
he thanked me again for helping him.
Highline Community College and
Green River Community College, different people
told me, “Good job” or “Thank
you” the class change after getting a booklet.
A number of students came up to request a copy.
After looking at a booklet, a professor asked
for another to pass around to his students.
was my best day yet in Charlotte,
when I reached over 2,100 students at UNC Charlotte
and Central Piedmont Community College. I spoke
to three students who are going vegan. Another
said, “I’m going to try to eat less meat,
that picture of the pig in its throw-up is terrible.”
Twice today some students came up to me and
asked for more leaflets, stating they were trying
to convince their friends to stop eating meat.
I had a nice conversation with a student who had
been veg all her life but now eats meat; after
looking at an Even If You Like Meat
today, she is going to stop eating meat again.
I also received a ton of high fives from people
who were vegan; one said, “Word! This is
why I have been vegan for two years!”
cold at New York City College
of Technology CUNY that students were hesitant
to take their hands out of their pockets. Overall,
though, it was a good day – I got through the
entire day with only one warmup break. Tons
of students recognized the leaflet immediately
and urged their friends to take a copy, which
was great. I’m continuously noticing a positive
shift in the general reactions people are having
now compared to even three years ago. Keep it