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Vegan Outreach 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!

Rory Freedman
Rory Freedman opens eyes at Santa Monica College.

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:

I 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.
     Thank you for the amazing work you do to protect those without a human voice.
—KW, 3/14/11

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

 

Products of the Week

Moo Moo’s burrito

Gina: “PlantPure Tuscan pesto pasta, as well as Moo Moo’s chipotle black bean burritos (at right) and poblano chick(pea) patties.”

Please submit your nominees for product of the week via this page; previous entries here.

 

Notes from All Over

Lightning Round

 

Notes from Our Members

New veggie at Citrus
Thumbs up for another new veg – at Citrus College.

I 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.
     More people came back and said they were affected by the lit today than I can remember in a long time. I also watched students reading the booklet cover to cover. I can’t remember all the conversations – just so glad the day came together after a slow start.
—Vic Sjodin, 3/14/11

Cold 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 last week!
—Karen James, 3/14/11

Jeni 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!
—Brian Grupe, 3/14/11

Riverside CC student
A student at Riverside Community College studies the truth.

Bea, 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!
     The health fair provided free screenings for cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure. All my numbers were ideal. When the guy gave me my cholesterol result, he seemed amazed and exclaimed, “That’s really great!” I said, “I’m vegan.” He said, “Well that explains it.”
—Lana Smithson, 2/2/11

Met 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.
—Linda Bower, 1/27/11

I 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!
—Josh James, 2/4/11

Veggie at U of L
This Louisville Cardinal has been veg since being handed a VO booklet three years ago.

Nettie 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.
—Cobie deLespinasse, 2/8/11

Good 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.
—Brandon Becker, 2/7/11

At 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.
—Amanda Schemkes, 2/8/11

Abby and Taryn
Abby (4) and Taryn (2) Jarvis reach out for the animals at Southern Connecticut State.

It 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!”
—Rob Gilbride, 2/2/11

So 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 up, everyone!
—Eileen Botti, 1/31/11

 

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