|Enewsletter • September 21, 2011|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Activist Profile: Katie Pryor
Here’s an excerpt:
Who is a major influence in your life?
Eileen Botti is a major influence in my life. I met her while working against circus cruelty in NYC. She is the most amazing vegan activist I have ever met and she inspired me to do more to help animals. She introduced me to amazing vegan restaurants around NYC and has always been a great voice for animals.
What was your most positive leafleting experience and why?
My most positive leafleting experience was at the College of Staten Island last year. A guy came up to me saying that he went veg from looking at a Vegan Outreach booklet he found in the library the previous year. I realized that I was the one who had left it! I was studying for finals and had left booklets in the library one morning. It was so amazing that such a simple act could turn someone’s life around and save so many animals.
You can read the full profile here.
From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs
Product of the Week
Katie: “Road’s End Organics vegan Shells & Chreese. I was really hungry while studying one night this week and needed a good snack. I went to the local grocer and found this product. It was incredibly good and satisfying, especially when prepared with soymilk and Earth Balance vegan spread. It was a study-break lifesaver!”
Notes from Our Members
of Washington was incredible. I did not receive
a single negative comment and many people thanked
me for being there. When foot traffic slowed,
I was able to engage a few people in conversations
and had some great chats, including two vegetarians
who want to eat more vegan food. There were
three food trucks on-site, and all three have
vegan options. The best was the hot dog vendor,
who stocked delicious Field
I pointed this out constantly to the students,
and many told me they loved vegan food and ate
it all the time because it’s better than the
Over 1,000 newly
at UC San Diego. Approaching my
last hour, it happened: “Excuse me, would
you mind speaking to my class?” Um…let’s
see if I can articulate this clearly: HELL YES
PLEASE! I chatted with his 50-person class about
our individual roles in society, hidden atrocities
in the fabric of our communities and our irrefutable
role in them. All the while, Prof. Evans leafleted
the class! Wrapping up, students kept requesting
until I was all out!
Yesterday at the Stern Grove Festival,
I had an incredibly high take rate; many perked
up once they heard the material was about animals.
I met dozens of vegetarians, and was thanked
by quite a few people. One woman walked back
and forth a few times to get friends. She told
me she overheard some people saying things like,
“Wow, this is so bad” and “I’m
never eating meat again.”
Great outreach at
the Boulder Farmers’ Market. For example, one
woman didn’t want a Compassionate Choices
brochure when I offered, because she went vegan
a few years ago after receiving one!
at Herald Square today – Jim and I reached
900 people! Two young kids came up to me for
a booklet, which they brought back to read with
their mother. The three of them spent some time
reading the Compassionate Choices,
and then the mother and daughter came up
to me and asked questions. Before they left,
I thanked the mother for taking the time to
explain all of this to her kids. This was one
of the greatest interactions I’ve had while
Rich and I reached almost 500 people
at Fountain Square’s Saturday concert. A number
of vegetarians, and one person thanked me for
being there. The highlight of the evening was
a young man who said he got a leaflet at
the Warped Tour’s Cincinnati stop a couple of
weeks ago and had not eaten meat since!
Was great to be back in action
with college leafleting. Good
conversations at Northern Virginia Community
College, Alexandria. I broke my old record there
by a couple hundred, in spite of being stopped
by the earthquake!
Sean, Ashley, Jason, Michael and
I reached over 400 people at the
Decemberists concert. One interesting thing
about that night was the high percentage of
women who declined and then had their male companion
Yesterday at work,
a colleague began asking me about my diet. I
gave her a Compassionate Choices; she
started reading it and literally began weeping.
She said she had no idea animals were treated
that way. We talked about making veg choices
and she took a Guide. Just goes to
show how critical our work is – there are people
like her who would care if they knew!
Deborah, Joe, Leslie, Laura, Madonna,
Wally, Darina and I reached 2,900
people with CVA’s
Would Jesus Eat Meat Today? booklet
at the Night of Hope Conference. Emphasizing
“vegetarian” when offering people
a booklet from the “Christian Vegetarian
Association,” many people actively sought
out the booklet. We frequently saw people closely
reading the booklets – a great success!
From a recent batch of Guide requests:
Someone at my college
was passing out booklets. They explained to
me the values and convinced me to give it a
Came across VeganOutreach.com,
read Why Vegan?, and was surely persuaded!
I was at the Green Cruise in
Ferndale, Michigan and received some of your
literature. I was shocked by what I saw and
read. I am going to make a concerted effort
to rid my diet of animal products.
Manhattan, I was given your booklet.
Great Information! I’m going to share this information
with my high school students. I’m definitely
eliminating chicken and fish and becoming a