|Enewsletter • September 28, 2011|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Aaaa-dopt a College Is Coming to Town!
Adopt a College activists are hitting so many schools and reaching so many new people that their reports have overwhelmed our poor data entrists! But if you check back tomorrow, you're sure to see that the team is already way over 300,000 for the term!
A whole slew of dedicated folks are on the road or will soon be touring different parts of the country. If you’d like to be in our database to contact when a VO activist is in your area – to leaflet with them, or let them sleep on your couch, or have them give a talk, etc., please email Anne (at) veganoutreach (dot) org.
Thanks so much!
Linda Bower reports:
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Notes from Our Members
love Reed College! Many students
mentioned being veg. I was able to hit the lunch
rush near the cafeteria, and reached a significant
chunk of the total student population. I also
met a guy named Dylan who asked about getting
involved, mentioning that he wanted to leaflet
on his campus, and also that he had a car and
would like to help out in other parts of the
receptive crowd at Mt. San Antonio
College’s summer session. One guy handed the
booklet back, saying he can’t look at the pictures,
“It’s horrible.” I thanked him for
caring, reminding him that the only hope these
animals have is us and our compassion. I told
him it’s not all or nothing and that he could
do what I did first: cut out chicken and eggs.
His face shifted, now I had his attention. He
took the booklet back and said he’d read it.
a day! Jeni, Amman, and I made
a memorable first day of school for 1,281 students
at Los Medanos College. Then Lisa joined us
for Diablo Valley College’s first day, where
we reached an additional 1,725! Far too many
conversations to mention; we met dozens of vegetarians.
Great to see such progress at these schools
– people seem to really view the message as
College was busy today, and Peggy
and I got lots of great feedback, such as, “I
read the whole thing! That’s crazy! I am definitely
going to think twice about eating chicken!”
immensely positive day of outreach at
Northern Virginia Community College, where I
handed a VO booklet to over 1,000 students.
Lots of good questions, smiles, high fives,
etc. One young woman said that she has been
vegan since getting an Even If from
us last September.
I couldn’t join John, Sean, et al. in Tucson (where they reached nearly 5,000 students
at the University of Arizona and Pima Community
College), I was able to get to Arizona State’s
West campus over lunch. Glad I did – had a
great conversation with a young student who
was an editor for the school paper. She had
tried being veg several years ago but only lasted
a month. Now she’ll give it another shot.
record at the University of Southern
Maine – over 850! The acceptance rate was so
high that I felt shocked whenever someone declined.
Triangle was in full force at Jonathan
Safran Foer’s talk at the University of North Carolina.
His book Eating Animals was chosen
as the summer reading selection for both Duke
& UNC, so we hope to have many more veg
and veg-sympathizers here in NC! Javier, Leeanne,
Amanda, John, Brenda, Rob, and I reached 650
of these soon-to-be friends of the animals!
and I set a new record at Fountain
Square. One highlight: I approached a group
of three women, got shot down by the first,
the second took a leaflet and, when the third
saw what they were, she asked for two and said,
“They need to see this,” and proceeded
to chase down friend number one who had originally
turned me down!
really well at the University
of Toronto today, with good conversations. A
middle-aged university worker took a booklet
on her way outside to have her lunch; she came
back and talked to me on her way back in, said
she was no longer going to eat chickens as it
was awful what they do to them, and asked for
another booklet to give her friend.
and I reached over 1,500 folks
at Northern Illinois University, and we noticed
a marked decrease in the number thrown down or
out. On girl turned down a booklet, saying she
is already vegetarian. After explaining what
was in the Guide, and that we had a
local group for support, community events, and
outreach opportunities, she completely changed
her tune and left in a very positive mood. She
also left with a few booklets to pass on to
of us had great outreach at Boulder’s
Pearl St. Mall this evening. Several former vegans
told us they were coming back!
was in action from 7:30am–4:00pm
at the University of Chicago, and heard from
a number of vegetarians. One said it was a booklet
she had received from us previously that led
her to stop eating meat.
From a recent batch of Guide requests:
a Lady Gaga concert in Oakland,
CA, a girl was passing out the Even If You
Like Meat booklet. It has changed me and
my girlfriend’s eating habits forever!!!!
A boy handed me a booklet at
Santa Rosa Jr. College – and it worked!
Heard about you at Warped Tour. I am ready to make this change!