|Enewsletter • May 18, 2011|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Activist Profile: Marguerite Campbell
Continuing our series of activist profiles, today we feature a fast-rising star, Marguerite Campbell! While a full-time student, Marguerite has handed a booklet directly to 7,905 individuals, including 1,213 in one day. You can support her work by contributing at her Team Vegan page.
Here is an excerpt:
Why do you leaflet?
After reading the excellent The Animal Activist’s Handbook, I understood for the first time how to effectively communicate my passion for animals. This was a revelation for me! I always struggled to answer the oft-asked question of why I was vegan, and the Handbook really helped me to translate the overwhelming sadness and despair I felt about the suffering of factory farmed animals into constructive dialogue. I was compelled to leaflet after reading it, because leafleting is the absolute best use of my activist time.
What was your most positive leafleting experience and why?
I had an awesome experience in leafleting Warped Tour's Salt Lake City stop. So many concert-goers stopped to tell me they were interested in becoming vegetarian or vegan, it was inspiring to see so many young people not only aware of vegetarianism and veganism but excited to givie it a go! However, I do appreciate even the coldest, windiest day because I know that what I'm doing is making a difference for animals.
From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs
Product of the Week
Marguerite: “I’ve been making these chocolate chip cookies for five years now and they can convince even the most strident omnivore of veganism’s deliciousness!”
Notes from Our Members
record at Sonoma State, where
I reached over 800 students! Dozens of productive
conversations, including a vegan who wants to
get involved. I met a professor who told me
he has an Even If You Like Meat tacked
up on a board in his office, as it’s the
reason he’s vegetarian! He happily accepted
were very receptive at Truckee
Meadows Community College, and I had several
wonderful conversations. When I was leaving
campus, I cut through the student center and
I saw students reading leaflets.
students joined me at John Jay,
two of whom weren’t vegetarian when they started.
They read the leaflets during breaks and now
wanted to go veg!
is the toughest school in CT,
but we rocked it today – 777 students reached!
Met dozens of vegetarians / vegans. Great interactions
and feedback. A student told Aleta: “I
got my booklet in Pittsburgh. You guys are all
over the place!”
brother and I reached over 2,000
students at the University of Houston. Reception
was through the roof! It was great to have help
because person after person was coming up to
ask questions – wanting to go veg or vegan,
getting active, bulking up on a vegan diet,
1,100 at Boston’s GLBT Youth Pride
Parade. There were probably about 1,000 folks there
(with maybe 500 spectators along the pathways
of the common), so the take rate was absolutely
phenomenal – probably 90% without a single
rude comment and many, many veg folks and supportive
Vegan member) Darina
and I had an exhausting day at
Iowa State, but it was well worth it!
I was involved in conversations with angry farmers
for much of the time. I always came back to
our goal of reducing suffering. When it comes
back to that, it’s hard to argue, unless the
person is convinced that these animals don’t
suffer in the least (in which case you probably
need to move on).
good reception at the Great Human
Walk. Many folks appreciated our efforts. Highlight
was getting a picture taken with Ronald McDonald,
who then ran away when he saw the Compassionate
Choices booklet. Also met an entire family
who are going vegan!
Vegan member) Nettie
and I met many vegetarians and
vegans at Oregon State, and had a lot of good
conversations. One student said we need regulations,
because “You’re not going to get me to
stop eating meat.” I replied, “You
could eat vegetarian one or two nights a week.”
This got him thinking, and he took a booklet.
Good to get a foot in the door!
reached nearly 3,000 students
and saw many wheels kick into gear at Cerritos
College, along with great conversations.
I met a young lady who wanted to do this topic
for her class presentation; I gave her 20 leaflets
for her classmates. (Team Vegan member) Yvonne
heard from a woman who – after getting a leaflet
from me – committed to vegginess right there!