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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  April 27, 2011
This issue sponsored by Vegan Essentials
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Photo courtesy of Animal Acres.

Notes from Vegan Outreach

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Activist Profile: Amanda Schemkes

Continuing our series of activist profiles, today we feature Amanda Schemkes! In 2011 alone, Amanda has handed a booklet directly to 19,136 students, including 1,052 in one day at BYU.

Here is an excerpt:

Amanda Schemkes

Why do you leaflet?

I leaflet because I believe in the value of one-on-one engagement with people about important issues; education and awareness must be at the core of real social change. You never know who you’re going to affect and what impact they will then go on to make – I want to do something that gives people that chance to have their thoughts opened to truly considering animals, and something like an informational booklet can be a great start to that.

What was your most positive leafleting experience and why?

I love leafleting at Warped Tour, mostly because it’s outreach to young people. I do a lot of leafleting from the Action for Animals booth on tour, and seeing teenagers look at the information can be an incredible experience. There are kids who will stand there and read through the whole booklet; sometimes they’ll end up in tears. Whatever they’re feeling, the emotion is clear on their faces and it’s a very inspiring and humbling experience to watch the moment that a young person becomes aware of what animals go through and know that day changed their life.

You can read the full interview here.


From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs


Product of the Week

YEA Camp

Nora: “Youth Empowered Action Camp is expanding this year! Bonus: looks like Eileen Botti will be the cook! And of course all food is vegan.”

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


Notes from Our Members

Josh James

Becky, Victoria, Kyle, Jon, and I had amazing positive encounters at Middle Tennessee State! I overheard one young woman tell her friend, “I’m never eating meat again.” I managed to get a Guide into her hands. Some students, who initially rejected lit, returned later and took lit after hearing about it from other students. One man walked past but spun on his heels and said, “Wait… did you say animals? I’ll take one.” Others took copies for their classes. Even a number of faculty members took booklets and/or stopped to talk.
—Josh James (right), 4/21/11

Wow, what an inspiring day of outreach at Towson University! We met two students today who said they went vegan from receiving a Vegan Outreach booklet in the past, had many informative discussions with students one-on-one, saw students reading booklets throughout campus, had one student want to get involved in activism, and met many vegans and vegetarians. Plus, we reached over 1,400 students today! Beautiful!
—Aaron & Kate, The Humane League, 3/3/11

Only a handful of students declined booklets at the College of the Sequoias, and I had a very nice discussion with a group of nursing students. None of them had ever considered going vegan but they loved their vegetables and seemed very moved by the plight of farmed animals. They asked for recipes and ways to get involved so I gladly obliged. Another student showed a level of empathy for animals that I never would have guessed. He talked to me about the frustration and sadness animals must feel when they’re locked in cages and denied their freedom. One young woman was especially excited to receive a leaflet because it would help her with a writing assignment. It seems that the teacher of English 101 and 251 has her students researching animal welfare.
—Jonathan Hussain, 2/28/11

Lorena Mucke
Another Emory student is enlightened by Lorena Mucke.

Cassandra joined me at the University of Nebraska, Omaha and leafleted as long as she could in the cold and wind. One student said he had been vegetarian before, but wanted to try again. He got a Guide. There were several groups of seventh graders touring campus. As one passed by a second time, a girl said, “Thanks for that. I really liked that pamphlet.” Another group’s teacher thanked me on their second time past.
—Fred Tyler, 4/19/11

Thank you for the updates. It was one of your pamphlets that led me to go vegan. I consider my contributions to Vegan Outreach the most meaningful donation that I make.
—JH, 4/19/11

Great interactions at MiraCosta College! For example: one man pledged to go veg for at least a week, and three ladies stopped with questions, leaving with Guides. One woman nearly yelled, “Thank you so much for doing this!” Then I met a young man who went vegan last semester after receiving a booklet!
—Nikki Benoit, 2/28/11

Took a vacation day, and, despite the snowy and icy roads, got to Eastern Illinois University by 8:10. Reached 726 students, and handed out eight Guides and seven AMLs. One Guide went to a student who let me know that getting the booklet from us in the past had moved her to eat meat free three days a week. Always great to hear people starting to evolve!
—Joe Espinosa, 2/25/11

Becky Sekeres
Becky Sekeres provides the animals a voice at Middle Tennessee State.

Excellent reception at Hillsborough Community College. One student who received a leaflet said, “Good message!” Another student looked over the leaflet, came back with her companion to ask some questions, and then she exclaimed, “That’s it; I’m not going to eat meat anymore!” She gave me a hug!
—Lana Smithson, 3/3/11

Darina and I had a tremendous day leafleting Florida State, reaching over 3,500 students with booklets (including 35 Guides). Students were very receptive, and we continually sparked great discussions. Many students were excited to get the booklet, and thanked us profusely for doing what we were doing. Darina had conversations with multiple faculty members who acknowledged that there was a problem with modern animal agriculture, and said that they would discuss the issue in their class.
—Jon Bockman, 2/28/11

Despite the very cold temperatures, Team Awesome (Cassandra, Marguerite, and I) descended on Baruch College, where a number of people recognized us/ the booklets; e.g., “I don’t eat chicken anymore because of you guys!”

Gun show!
Vegans are weak? At Vanderbilt University, Jon Camp (left) and Robert Cheeke beg to differ!

     At St. John’s University, one student came running up to me, saying to the crowd, “Hey, oh my god! Here everyone take these! You have to know about this!” and then turned to me saying, “You made me vegetarian when you handed this to me during my freshman year! I’m working on cutting out dairy and eggs. Thank you so much!”
     Within two minutes of that, another student stopped by and said, “This is really, really great. I just read the whole thing in class. I was thinking of cutting back anyway because of health, but this is a better reason.” She seemed like she needed more information, so when I offered her a Guide and a NYC vegan restaurant guide, she exclaimed, “Thank you! You are my savior! I’ve been wanting to do this and it will help!”
—Eileen Botti, 2/28/11


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