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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  May 25, 2011
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Notes from Vegan Outreach

  SRJC students
  Your past donation printed these booklets, handed to students at Santa Rosa Junior College by Brian Grupe.

Team Vegan Powers Ahead

As you can see, the amazing members of Team Vegan have already raised half of the $75,000 matching challenge!

This week, we’d like to highlight (in alphabetical order) the first half of the returning members of the Team:

Nick Altmann, Julie B, Brandon Becker, Catherine Berlot, Jeff Boghosian, Kristi Capone, Kellie - Boulder Cupcake, Jasmine Flowers, Jim H, Laura Hart (see below), Rachel Haven, and Erin Gaines.

If you would like more people to learn the truth behind meat, eggs, and dairy, and start taking action for the animals, you can make a tax-deductible contribution to any of these members (or the people in the feedback section below, or via the Team Vegan general donations page).

And your donation will be doubled, dollar for dollar!

So please, click over to TeamVegan.biz, support a team member, and help take the animals’ message to more people!

Thanks so much!

Please Join Team Vegan 2011 Today!

 

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

 

Product of the Week

VO earrings

On her Team Vegan page, returning member Laura Hart offers: “I am designing and making beaded and hammered wire jewelry to sell. If you would like a pair of earrings, bracelet, ankle bracelet, or zipper pull (VO themed or otherwise), please contact me and we can figure out something to suit your tastes. I am currently making a pair of earrings for Nikki (right); you can be next.”

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

 

Notes from Our Members

Michelle Mamane
Michelle Mamane spreads the good word
at the University of Maryland.

At Chaffey College, Professor Dan Mages asked me to bring vegan literature to his “Is Eating Meat Ethical?” debate. His main argument was that our society has compassion schizophrenia in that most people who don’t support the suffering of animals are fueling it anyway. He worded it beautifully. When the debate ended, I shouted to the crowd that if they wanted info on a vegetarian diet, come see me, I have Guides. Within seconds, there were lines of people coming at me from everywhere. Whoa!
     I then spoke at his Critical Thinking class, where fresh faces awaited the compassion message. After 50 minutes of my PowerPoint and spiel, all thirty requested Guides. Not only that, I held up a whole stack of 50 Why Vegan?s and asked if anyone wanted one to read and / or take to others they knew. I passed the stack out and only got back two!
—Team Vegan member Nikki Benoit, 4/1/11

Even in the rain and fog, it was a great day at Appalachian State, where I reached over 2,400 students. Good interactions, including a student who came up to me and said, “This is a great booklet (Even If You Like Meat). Not everyone can be vegan, but they sure can reduce suffering by eating less.”
—Rob of Team Triangle, 3/30/11

Big day of outreach with lots of help from (Team Vegan members) Jeni and Nora! At Skyline College, a math professor informed us that they spent their period talking about animal cruelty because of the booklets. I had a nice chat with one guy who said he wanted to go vegan and I gave him lots of tips and recipes. Conversion!
—Team Vegan member Brian Grupe, 3/29/11

Nettie Schwager
Team Vegan member Nettie Schwager poses with a newly interested student at Chemeketa Community College.

I was having one of those days when I thought, “Why do I have to go out to leaflet when others just get to stay home?” I had to remind myself that it’s not about what others are doing, but that the animals are suffering, so I forced myself to go. And I’m SO GLAD I did! A half hour or so into leafleting, I was thinking, “I have to get out here more often!” The receptive crowd really lifted my spirits! I had good seed-planting conversations and saw lots of people reading their Compassionate Choices. Definitely time well spent!
—Barbara Bear, 5/21/11

Cory and I reached almost 1,500 students at Northern Illinois University. Many students remembered receiving the booklet last semester; between the two of us, we had seven people come up to us and say that they got the booklet last semester, read it, and decided to either go vegetarian or drastically reduce the amount of meat that they eat! We also met a surprisingly large number of vegetarians, handing out over 20 Guides!
—Team Vegan member Jon Bockman, 3/31/11

A drop into the 20s again on Friday meant breaking out the heavy-duty layers, but I reached 750 students at Berklee College of Music. One woman ran up to me to let me know that a VO leaflet from an earlier semester had turned her vegan! Then today, I beat the rain at Boston College and reached 1,088 students; one told me it was a VO booklet from an earlier semester that made her go veg! Keep it up everyone!
—David Coman-Hidy, 3/31/11

Seiji Wallis
Seiji Wallis reaches another student at Columbus State, while the previous leafletee studies his booklet.

Aleta, Teresa, and I had a good take rate at Wesleyan University. One student said he received a pamphlet from me last semester, and he and his fiancée have almost eliminated meat from their diets, and are going to become organic farmers! After reading the Even If You Like Meat pamphlet, a student told Teresa that it made her cry, and she will never eat meat again! That’s what I’m talking about!
—Karen James, 3/31/11

While leafleting the My Chemical Romance concert, one person told me that his best friend has now been a vegan for four years after receiving a booklet. I also overheard another person telling her friend about how a person that they know in common became vegetarian as the result of the booklet.
—Eugene Khutoryansky, 5/21/11

Tamara Hubbard
At the University of New Mexico, Team Vegan member Tamara Hubbard discusses the joys of veganism.

Interesting interactions at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. For example: one woman said she had tried to go vegetarian several times before, but she would slip up and then just give up. I said not to worry if she made a mistake, that it wouldn’t have to affect the rest of her diet. I suggested she take it one step at a time and that she would get to the same place. She seemed committed to trying again and was happy to have a Guide.
—Team Vegan member Fred Tyler, 3/28/11

About 90% acceptance rate at the mostly Latino University of Texas, El Paso, where I reached 1,000 students. A number of people came back to ask questions or mention how they were moved by the booklet.
     At New Mexico State, the first student I offered a booklet to told me that she and her sister were vegan. The third to last fellow that I leafleted told me that he was vegetarian for ethical reasons and was super-grateful that I was there. Both of these folks asked about Vegan Outreach. A number of people told me that the booklet was sad; I saw others stopping to read it, and heard others talking about it.
—Team Vegan member Jon Camp, 3/31/11

Great take rate at Rutgers; the booklets are widely recognized now. Several folks reported going vegetarian / eating less meat because of a booklet!
—Team Vegan member Eileen Botti, 3/30/11

 

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All donations are tax-deductible.

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