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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  October 19, 2011

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Activists Profile: Kate St. John and Aaron Ross

Aaron Ross and Kate St. John

Continuing our series of activist profiles, we feature the amazing duo Kate St. John and Aaron Ross, longtime dedicated activists who are co-directors of the Maryland office of The Humane League. Excerpts:

Why do you leaflet?

We used to leave leaflets around town and pass them out at educational events. VO’s Adopt a College inspired us to do it on a much larger scale.

What was your most positive leafleting experience and why?

By far, leafleting the Warped Tour year after year and meeting all the kids who tell us they have gone veg and vegan after reading a leaflet. Plus, it’s uplifting to connect with all the movers and shakers across the country.

What would you say to individuals hesitant about leafleting?

You will be empowered by how easily you can change someone’s life and save a number of animals by simply handing someone a piece of paper. It’s powerful stuff!

Full interview here.


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Product of the Week


Kate and Aaron: “We have been using Bob’s Red Mill TVP a whole lot. It is so easy to make, dirt cheap, and packed full of protein.”

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


Notes from Our Members

Mara Collopy
Mara Collopy makes the animals’ case at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Brigham Young University was pure gold. I talked to two separate students who are seriously considering going vegetarian; gave them Guides. One of the guys had tried veganism but said he couldn’t stay vegan, so I talked to him about making a shift that he could sustain for the long haul. Each conversation held some of those beautiful “Ah-ha!” moments. Friends, we have some new vegetarians in the making.
     Utah Valley University is probably one of my favorite schools ever for doing outreach. I met around ten vegans and had countless awesome conversations with people. One guy who received a leaflet from me exactly a year ago swore off meat that day and hasn’t eaten it since. I also met a vegan Mormon philosophy professor who has started an organization called “Mormons for Animals” and works to show how eating animals, especially those raised in factory farms, is in opposition to Mormon ethics.
     I set a new one-day record for myself, too – 3,014 students reached!
—Jeni Haines, 9/15/11

Yesterday, Sen and I reached over 750 students at Anoka Ramsey Community College. Talked to one girl very interested in being vegan. And after giving another girl an Even If You Like Meat booklet, she said “I’m gonna be vegan. I just can’t bear the thought of eating a dead animal.” Both she and a friend wanted Guides.
     Today at the University of Minnesota, I met a vegan who gets our enewsletters. She said she always sees the photos of people leafleting and was excited to see me in person. This got her interested in getting active. One guy came back after reading through the whole leaflet nearby and told me he was thinking about going vegan. He said the Even If booklet would help; when I gave him a Guide, he said that would help even more. One woman said she read the booklet and didn’t eat chicken for lunch. She said she was working her way towards vegetarian but that it had been hard. She was happy to get a Guide.
—Fred Tyler, 9/8/11

STC student
This South Texas College student has been stopped in his tracks by the truth.

Nettie and I got good feedback at Willamette University and Linfield College. One student said the pictures were sad. Nettie said to her, “Yes, it’s sad, but it’s important information.” Another student said, “I’ll read this, but it will make me cry.” Nettie told her that shows that she’s a caring person. The highlight was when Nettie asked a student leaving the cafeteria whether she had gotten a booklet. The student said, “You gave me one earlier, and I didn’t eat meat for dinner.”
—Cobie deLespinasse, 9/12/11

Mara, Katie, and I reached 4,275 students at Montclair State. Saw so many reading, pointing at pictures and showing friends. One student and her fiancé wanted to get involved with VO and leaflet in NJ. One girl teared and came up to Mara saying she never knew about this, and she wants to go vegetarian, and wanted to know how to do it.
—Vic Sjodin, 9/15/11

Alexandra (Who Killed the Electric Car?) and friend joined me at Occidental College today. Great conversation with members of the newly formed student group. Then, at Blair High School, one young lady stopped, asked about my eating habits, and then said, “I want do it, I want to go vegan.”
—Nikki Benoit, 9/15/11

John, Ashley, Ben, Jacqueline, and I had a great day at Arizona State’s downtown campus, with a number of positive interactions. Ashley met a young athletic guy who went vegetarian after reading the booklet. John met a student who ate organic chicken, but after reading the brochure and talking to John, came back later to say she was going vegetarian!
—Jeff Boghosian, 9/13/11

LA occupiers
Outreach 2 Occupy: Stewart reached 1,500 Los Angeles occupiers, including these two.

Reached 2,150 students at North Carolina State. I met a student who said she immediately went vegetarian four years ago (at age 14) after she picked up a booklet in the NCSU library and read it while eating lunch. She was really excited to see someone handing out booklets and happily took a Guide. A vegan student was surprised to see me handing out booklets as well and was interested in getting involved in the student AR group to connect with other vegans. One student told me she had just been in a discussion about the booklet in class. I overheard another student who got a booklet earlier in the day tell his friend, who had just taken one, “That’s actually not bad reading.”
—Brandon Becker, 9/12/11

At the University of Connecticut, we met a number of vegetarians and vegans, some who said they changed their eating habits as a result of receiving leaflets from our previous efforts. One guy said he got the booklet yesterday, pledged to cut back eating animals, and asked for a Guide.
     Smashed the old record at Eastern Connecticut State today – 1,110! Soon after I started, a student stopped to tell me he read the booklet, and had not known anything about the terrible treatment of animals. His wife is pregnant with their first child, and they are both going vegetarian! Later, one guy stood right by me and read the booklet. After finishing, he told me he went to a slaughterhouse about three years ago, and it was the most horrendous thing he ever saw. He pledged to reduce his consumption of animals by at least half.
—Karen James, 9/15/11

A great few days of leafleting – hit Christopher Newport University, Old Dominion U, Elizabeth City State, and UNC Wilmington. ECSU, a mostly African-American school, had never been leafleted before; a lady wearing a white apron came running out of the cafe after me. I thought I was going to get yelled at, but it turned out that she wanted to pass out leaflets to the students inside (she’s veg). I also had some great interactions with athletes who thought they needed meat for protein. After giving them a Guide and relating examples of vegan weightlifters, etc., they seemed really open to the idea of a vegetarian diet. And at UNCW, a student came up to me and said that the booklets are really opening up a dialog and making them think about their food choices. She stated that she overheard some students who said they aren’t going to eat meat anymore.
—Rob Gilbride, 9/15/11

STC students
More South Texas students learn the hidden truth, and how to make a difference.

Diane, Lori, and I set a huge new record at West Valley College, reaching 1,676 students. We all had fascinating conversations. One guy came back to me to ask about the work; the gears in this kid’s head were seriously turning. He told me straight up he knows he needs to go vegan. I kind of felt like I was talking to a version of myself from six years ago.
     We also shattered the old record at San Jose City College – 1,830. I had an amazing conversation with a young couple who were deeply disturbed by the brochure. I told them that being vegan really unifies the mind and body…factory farming is pure violence and putting that violence in ourselves is perpetuating an incredibly negative and destructive cycle. This deeply resonated with the dude, who I know is going to be making some serious changes.
—Brian Grupe, 9/8/11


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