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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  February 8, 2012

Notes from Vegan Outreach

  New vegans at Laney College
  Two more vegans-on-the-spot, at Laney College.

AAC Powers into 2012!

No winter doldrums here! Even though it’s only early February, Adopt a College activists have already reached 147,784 students at 182 schools in 2012.

And right now, Jeni and Vic are leafleting in Mexico. Huge thanks to VO supporter Drew for making this possible!

And thanks so much to every donor and activist who is a part of this amazing and necessary work for the animals!


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Product of the Week

Match ground beef

Deborah: “Match meats are amazing enough to fool meat eaters! It was especially nice being able to enjoy an old comfort food like meatloaf for a Sunday meal. My non-veg husband and mother-in-law had seconds. My non-veg friend was so taken with the burger she bought some Match meat for herself. Some Whole Foods carry it; I buy it here in Indiana at a small vegetarian market. Also available via online stores. Expensive, but it is worth it for an occasional meal.”

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Notes from Our Members

Brian reports: “Corey got a booklet years ago and went veg. He then got another booklet this August at UC Berkeley and has been vegan ever since.”

A post to the Adopt a College email list:

Sometimes my posts from the road don’t list many details, often because I’m tired after a day of driving and leafleting and because I’ve actually gotten used to how positive leafleting is. I’ve gotten used to the surreal drop in antagonism over the years, the large number of students who thumb through the booklets and tell me this is an important issue, the large number of kids who tell me that the booklet really got them thinking, that they’re now vegetarian or vegan (often as a result of our work), etc. The most important change is often the silent change – individuals mulling over new ideas and figuring out how to go forward with the moral conflict that has been brought to their attention. So while it would be exciting to say otherwise, a lot of this work is just getting out there, getting the right materials in the right hands, and letting individuals think through these things on their own terms – which they do.
     As always, I can’t thank you donors enough for your trust in this work, your smarts to realize this is important work that changes society, and your dedication in working a steady job and setting aside funds to help ensure a brighter future for animals. And as I’ve said before, traveling a lot can be physically and emotionally taxing. But it’s a lot easier to keep my spirits high when my inbox is continually flooded by outreach reports from all of you on this list who really walk the walk and use your limited time to push the ball forward for animals.
—Jon Camp, 11/23/11

Absolutely fantastic acceptance rate at Bakersfield High School and Bakersfield College. At the college, a guy stopped to tell me that he had gone veg after getting a booklet from us at the Warped Tour a few years ago. He now has a two-year-old daughter and she has never eaten meat! Two lives changed from one brochure! Another guy was listening to our conversation and came up to me afterwards and said he had done a fast recently, specifically cutting out meat. He also had a 15-month-old daughter (random!) and her nutrition is a top priority for him, so he got a Guide as well. Very cool to have these two conversations back to back.
—Brian Grupe, 2/6/12

Cristina Cruz
Cristina Cruz answers questions from a South Texas College student.

I was leafleting on the sidewalk at Morehouse College (a private school), when a man named Mr. Walkins asked me what I was handing out. I explained what it was and he said, “I went to school here with Martin Luther King. Come on campus, he wouldn’t mind. No one will bother you, you are with me. I know people.” He was waving at people, shaking hands and smiling at folks as I leafleted a bunch of students (a high school crowd, too). He even leafleted a few students as well.
—Rob Gilbride, 11/9/11

I got tons of thank yous at CUNY Hostos, with students waiting for the booklet when I couldn’t get to them in time. Many people who passed the first time only to request the information from me on their way out. Others asked for an extra copy to take home to their children or other family members. One professor stopped and told me that he showed the film Food, Inc. in his classroom. After speaking to him, he spoke to one of his students right in front of me, telling her about the horrors of factory farms. One lady didn’t take a booklet at first but stood and spoke to me about how much she loved her dog. I explained to her that I love dogs, too, but my love doesn’t stop there. After I explained to her why I am vegan, she took a leaflet and said she would read it, consider it, and even share it with her son.
—Katie Pryor, 11/15/11

Tina, Mary, Jamie, John, Jennifer, and I reached nearly 1,500 more students at Northern Illinois University. One woman said that she went vegan after getting a VO booklet last semester – sweet! One of Jennifer’s friends took the booklet after she gave him a hard time for turning her down; he contacted her that night and asked for more info on how he could start a vegetarian diet. Awesome.
—Jon Bockman, 11/15/11

Crystal Gordon
Crystal Gordon takes advantage of warm weather at Central Michigan University.

Cold but excellent day at Harold Washington College – very receptive students. Within minutes, a vegan woman thanked me for the work. A couple students asked about volunteering. Others stopped with questions about the booklets, or said they care about animals and told me they are interested in moving toward vegetarianism. One girl told me proudly she just went veg a month ago. I ran out of booklets at 1:50, having only been able to bring 1,000 with me on the train.
—Leslie Patterson, 11/16/11

At Heritage University, I spoke with a Yakima tribe student who said some powerful things about how he sees industrial farming (it’s a nightmare). Other students listening in as he spoke. Coolest conversation I’ve had in a while.
—Caleb Wheeldon, 11/15/11

Met over a dozen vegetarians / vegans at the University of Minnesota, where Mike, Sen, and I reached over 1,900 students. Also met a woman who went veg after getting a VO booklet before. This was Mike’s first time leafleting. He did an excellent job and had a good take rate. He said at first he wasn’t sure if he’d be able to do it. He tried it and immediately saw how easy it was to get leaflets into students’ hands. We can definitely expect more from him in the future.
—Fred Tyler, 11/14/11

At Miami Dade’s InterAmerican Campus, there were many moments I wished I had a camera, as many students stopped in their tracks to read the booklets. Most seemed to be seeing this information for the first time, and so I’m sure many today gave consideration to animals in a way they had never before. Always such a great sight to see!
—Yuri Mitzkewich, 11/22/11

Emily Vanneman
Emily Vanneman provides the animals a voice at Chico State.

At North Carolina A&T State, Markie got a booklet from me earlier in the day, read it, and came back and asked if there was any volunteering he could do. I asked if he wanted to help me leaflet the campus and he gladly agreed. Another student came back to say he got a booklet earlier in the day and was converted. I heard other comments from those who said it was “sad” or “interesting”; I was able to offer a Guide to many of them, as well as to others interested in learning more or already vegetarian or vegan. I had a long conversation with a student who said she had lots of friends and extended family members who were vegetarian or vegan but still wasn’t sure whether she wanted to make the change. We talked about the sentience of fishes, vegan substitutes, living in a non-vegan society, “happy” animal products, etc. She left with a Guide.
—Brandon Becker, 11/19/11


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