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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  March 23, 2011

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Jakie and friend
Courtesy of Pangea Vegan Products.

Link of the Week: A New World, If We Build It

Ever feel disheartened or pessimistic about the future?

This is the post for you!

 

From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” Blog

Note: There will be no enewsletter next week.
We’ll be running a five-part interview with Nick Cooney on the VO blog.

 

Product of the Week

Tofutti Cuties

Deanne: “Tofutti Cuties are so delicious!”
(Admission: 20+ years ago, many of the early gatherings of what would become VO ended in a sugar coma after boxes of Cuties were consumed.)

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 vegetarian

What better way to celebrate my one-year Cali-VO-versary than to leaflet with Yvonne? We reached 2,220 students at Citrus College today, where there is at least one confirmed convert every time I’m here! In addition to today’s (right), there were at least two others in the making. Also, while politely countering a “why not help humans?” person, I drew an appreciative crowd – score six more for the animals!
     Every day, reading the Adopt a College posts charges my soul. Dread and hopelessness are needless and a waste of energy… all the leafleters re-prove that daily! People care. They’re learning. They’re changing. And to all of you, I send thanks.
—Nikki Benoit, 3/15/11

Jamie and I had a special day at Bergen County Community College. One wrestler sitting next to us kept saying, “Read it!” when we gave someone a booklet. Another macho man said he gave his leaflet to three girls eating meat and asked them to consider the suffering of the animals. Two construction workers proudly showed us their veggie sandwiches from Subway, holding them up and saying “no meat” with pride and a smile. A girl showed us the salad she got for lunch. Saw lots reading as they walked, and many folks came back to talk after reading the pamphlet in class. Dozens and dozens of conversations over the course of this very powerful day; three students specifically stated they would no longer eat meat. Thanks as always to the donors for making days like this possible – we woke up many people and saved a lot of animals today.
—Vic Sjodin, 3/17/11

Jeni, Sarah, and I reached 2,235 hipsters at San Francisco State – an epic day of mega ultra awesome fun! We met upwards of 100 vegetarians/ vegans.
—Brian Grupe, 3/17/11

Another vegetarian
Nikki also met this woman who went veg immediately after receiving a booklet nine years ago.

Take rate was great at Borough of Manhattan Community College, where, with some help from Sean, I reached over 1,000 students. Heard from more vegans and vegetarians than ever before at this school. Countless positive conversations, with a lot saying they had been thinking of going vegetarian/ vegan, and now they’ll try it. One girl was particularly excited about going vegan, because just from giving up meat as a vegetarian, she lost 50 lbs and got her family and friends to start considering the plight of animals. Also heard from several people who were thinking about veganism since watching the Oprah show a few days ago, so I think it’s really great that we’re already seeing some positive effects of that. A former music therapy supervisor of mine, who refused to even try any of my vegan baked goods six years ago (let alone entertain the notion of a plant-based diet), is now going vegan for a week to try it out. We’re making progress!
—Eileen Botti, 2/4/11

Best part of today was at Southeast Louisiana State, where a nice student told me she got the booklet from me two years ago and immediately went veg. She has since done class projects and speeches on the issues, as well as other activism.
—Casey Constable, 2/10/11

Concertgoers
A mother shows her children the CVA’s booklet at the Christian concert.

We reached over 5,300 people at the Christian concert and evangelical event. We used the booklets from the Christian Vegetarian Association until we ran out, then we used VO booklets. The crowd was incredibly receptive, much more receptive than anticipated. Several people said they would go vegetarian on the spot. We met many part-time and former vegetarians, and encouraged them to continue or get back on the path. We also met many vegetarians and vegans who thanked us for being out there.
—Jeff Boghosian, 3/20/11

Kris and I had great reception at Cerritos College! Heard from a former veg who will now go back to being veg. Other positive comments from the very friendly students.
—Taylor R, 2/10/11

Despite this being the coldest day I have leafleted this year, the students at Ball State were very receptive – reached over 700. During the last hour, a student reporter from the paper took photos and interviewed me, and another took video footage for the student television station.
—Joe Espinosa, 2/8/11

When I left the apartment the thermometer said -6 and when I got back it said 3 degrees, so I think it is officially the coldest day I have leafleted! Despite this, the students at Harold Washington were friendly and incredibly receptive. Heard from a few vegetarians, had a few thumbs ups, and saw some students who got excited when they saw that the literature was about animals.
—Leslie Patterson, 2/10/11

Priscilla Temores
Priscilla Temores pushes the peanut forward at Mt. San Antonio College.

Today was a good day leafleting at Vassar. Since Wednesdays are always “chili days” at one of the cafeterias, one faculty member who took a leaflet, glanced at it, and said to me with a smile, “I guess I’ll get the vegetarian chili today!” It was great to get such an immediate response and know that I was definitely making a difference.
—Alan Darer, 2/9/11

Loads of good feedback at Cape Fear Community College, where I reached over 500 students. I leafleted a student as he sat down on the bench. Staring at the Even If You Like Meat booklet, he said to me, “See, the trick here is to stop eating meat.” It was amazing to see the lights go on in his head. One person came up to me and said, “You are a great man! Thanks for coming here. I was a vegetarian for years and now I’m going to return to it.” Another student came up to me stating that she is writing a paper on factory farming and is now going vegan.
—Rob Gilbride, 2/9/11

 

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