|Enewsletter • July 13, 2011|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Product of the Summer: Jack’s Book!
Yes, the rumors are true – Jack Norris’ and Ginny Messina’s book, Vegan for Life, is now available! You can order from any bookstore, or the VO catalog, where it’s only $12!
You can read some of the early reviews; here’s an excerpt from Dustin Rhodes’s review:
From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs
Notes from Our Members
to a 7th grade class at a magnet
school in Philadelphia, and gave them all a
copy of Compassionate Choices. The
presentation was about factory farming and veg
eating. At the end I asked if they’d ever eaten
anything vegetarian. I expected maybe one or
two to raise their hands. Instead almost everyone
in the class did, and many named these things
they’d eaten: vegetarian riblets, Tofurky, veggie
deli slices, veggie chicken patties, tofu, vegan
ice cream sandwiches, and more. And these are
(smart, future leaders) 7th graders from the
city of Philadelphia!!
but productive class change at
Lonestar College, Kingwood. Met an African-American
teacher who was thankful I was out there, and
wanted to cut out the birds from her diet and
go vegetarian; she got a Guide.
One student gave me a hug and a few mentioned
seeing the booklet in the past. Others were
overhead saying “it’s sad.”
saw the Chick-fil-A cow mascot
with an “Eat Mor Chicken” sign being
guided by two young women. So I walked up to
the ladies and said, “Surely, you love
animals, right?” They said yes, so I gave
them both a copy of Compassionate Choices.
and I set a new record at Oakland
High School, reaching over 460 students! I met
a young lady who said she had read the leaflet
and was going to go veg, right there on the
spot! We heard other students saying “vegan”
and “vegetarian” in passing. They
may not be veg yet, but this is on their radar!
leafleting at the University of Toronto,
I met a former vegetarian who got a Guide
as well as a Compassionate Choices.
She had been vegetarian for six years until
poor health made her stop; she had low iron
(proved in blood tests) and her hair was falling
out. She has been eating some chicken and fish,
but wants to get back into vegetarianism. I
told her about Jack and VeganHealth.org.
She seemed inspired to find out I have been
a vegan for over two decades, so I’m glad I had
the chance to talk to her.
of great conversations at Montgomery
College, Takoma Park. For example: I had a great
discussion with a guy who was moved by the booklet,
but found the idea of eating veg to be daunting.
In addition to stressing that “it doesn’t
have to be all or nothing” and emphasizing
the simplicity of using mock meats, I mentioned
that challenging ourselves to try new things
and go beyond our current situation is what
life is all about. By the time he left the table,
he seemed committed to eating more veg meals.