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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  June 22, 2011

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil
to one who is striking at the root.
—Henry David Thoreau

Notes from Vegan Outreach

  University of Arizona student
  Your donations at work: after receiving a booklet from Team Vegan member Jon Camp, this student at the University of Arizona is engrossed in learning the truth, even ignoring his computer!

Matching Opportunity Expanded!

Hundreds of generous donors have now contributed $66,000+ to the Team Vegan matching campaign.

And now several other donors – dedicated to striking at the root – have stepped forward to expand the matching pool to $90,000!

But we’ll need your help to put all this money to work for the animals.

For the next week, you can take advantage of this great opportunity by giving to a member of Team Vegan, or to the TV general fund.

Your donation will go twice as far!

So please, click on over to Team Vegan, and reach more people!

Your contribution is secure, tax-deductible, and will be doubled, dollar for dollar!

Thanks so much!

Please Join Team Vegan 2011 Today!

Team Vegan Athletes

Ellen Green
Lifelong vegan and the fastest member of Team Green-Ball, Ellen is currently captain of her cross-country team.

This week, we’d like to highlight those Team Vegan members who haven’t been profiled elsewhere and, in addition to raising funds to print and distribute more booklets, are pursuing feats of muscle as part of their Team Vegan campaign:

Cyclists: Ovidio Aldana, Aaron Edge, Lauren Farnsworth, Taylor Waters.

Runners: Kiri Anderer, Laura Bruess, Eric Chow, Eric Griffith, David Meadows, Alison Monday, Kelsey Mosher.

Other pursuit of muscle: Scout Kilbourne, Elaine Vigneault.

You can support their work by making 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 as mentioned above, now until June 30, your donation will be doubled, dollar for dollar!

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


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


Product of the Week


Team Vegan member Lana Smithson: “One product I use a lot is Seitenbacher vegetable broth and seasoning (which I get from Whole Foods or smaller natural food stores). I use the powder to season a variety of foods including vegetables, pasta, potatoes, legumes, and tofu.”

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


Notes from Our Members

Outside Ellen Show

Team Vegan member Yvonne, Armaiti, Doug, Kim, Marc, and I (right) were all dressed up and ready to leaflet the audience at Ellen D’s show, but when it was canceled, we just moved to the streets, leafleting walkers and vehicles at red lights (below). So many honks and aerial high fives!
—Team Vegan member Nikki Benoit, 4/27/11

Amazingly great day with Brian and fellow Team Vegan member Scout. We reached nearly 2,000 students at Clayton State and Kennesaw State! I saw Brian engaged in a number of productive conversations; he is the type of dude that others feel comfortable talking with. And Scout was her super-effusive, sweet self, with almost everyone taking a booklet due to her immensely warm personality.
     Tonight, I gave an interview on Second Opinion Radio in Atlanta. It’s heard throughout a huge chunk of GA and even stretches to the AL border. It was 30 minutes and I was very happy with my performance, most of which was taking calls (which kept coming).
—Team Vegan member Jon Camp, 4/27/11

Yvonne LeGrice

On the first day of our leafleting vacation, we reached 1,325 students at the University of Akron. Very good reception. The highlight of the day came in the last hour when a student stopped to state that getting the booklet from us last year had inspired her to become vegan. Both she and her friend got a Guide.
     For the week, we reached over 4,500 students at U Akron, Bowling Green State, Youngstown State, Kent State, and Case Western.
—Team Vegan members Leslie Patterson and Joe Espinosa, 4/18/11

Such great kids at Rio Americano High School! I met two girls who are veg and really want to go vegan, so I gave them Guides and some tips on making the transition (and of course recommended Daiya to ease the cheese relationship into a more compassionate one). A great school, hardly any leaflets ended up on the ground, and plenty of receptive kids were reached.
—Team Vegan member Jeni Haines, 4/25/11

USF students

Students from the Ethics of Food Production class at the University of South Florida joined me today (right, and below). In addition to getting VO booklets to their fellow students, they were promoting Meatless Mondays and handing out a brochure from Dining Services about veg options on campus. Their vegan professor totally rocks!
—Team Vegan member Lana Smithson, 4/25/11

Short and sweet at Howard University; met a number of vegetarians in my short time there. One student stopped in her tracks after flipping through the booklet, and came back to me asking, “Is this what they do to animals before they die?” I said, yeah, these are their living conditions. She then said, “I kind of knew they were treated bad, but I had no idea it was to this extent. I’ve never seen pictures before.” She said she would order a Guide.
—Aaron Ross, The Humane League, 4/26/11

Very high acceptance and interest rate at Berkeley City College. At UC Berkeley…not so much, so Lori and I stepped it up. We started singling people out saying, “You’re a compassionate person. You’ve got a big heart, I can tell!” or, “You love animals, you totally do, I can tell. I know you’ve got a big heart.” This really got a lot of people to smile, and I would then comment, saying, “See, you’re smiling, I knew it!” and if they took one, I would then say, “I knew it, you do care!” reaffirming their awesomeness one more time. So many people opened up, saying they were already veg, loved animals, would check out the info, etc.
—Team Vegan member Brian Grupe, 4/26/11

USF students

Jennifer (my host and leafleting superstar) and I reached over 3,000 students today at Suffolk County Community College and Stony Brook University. Over 3,000! Great responses on both campuses, a ton of conversations with countless interested individuals as well as vegans and vegetarians. An amazing day!
—Team Vegan member Eileen Botti, 4/26/11

Wow! Lots of veggies all day long at the University of Nebraska, and lots of people interested in more info. I almost ran out of Guides. I don’t think my smile could have gotten any bigger. One guy said, “I just recently switched to almond milk. That stuff is delicious. I don’t think I’ll ever drink regular milk again.”
     One guy said he got a booklet quite some time ago and remembered it being pretty gruesome. He glanced through it again and said, “This stuff is gut-wrenching.” After my explanation of why we focus on this type of activism, he took a Guide.
—Team Vegan member Fred Tyler, 4/25/11


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