|Enewsletter • February 15, 2012|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Powerful New Web Resource!
To avoid the 75% regression rate of vegetarians, Vegan Outreach is combining MFA’s Farm to Fridge with the Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating. (Thanks to Nathan / Mercy For Animals for use of F2F.)
You can use these links to promote the page:
Thanks so much to everyone who has already been promoting this amazing resource!
Attention: Southeast & NoCal!
VO’s Southeast Coordinator, Jeff Boghosian, is looking for housing in the South for his February / March tour:
Troy, Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Auburn, Montgomery
Please contact Jeff (at) veganoutreach (dot) org.
27 (Monday): San Joaquin Delta College, University
of the Pacific
And if you would like to be a part of Hotel VO and host an activist in your area, and/or would like to get involved if an activist comes to your area, please contact Anne (at) veganoutreach (dot) org. Thanks so much!
From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs
Products of the Week
Lisa: “MimicCreme makes an amazing whipped cream substitute that is made from coconut oil, almonds and cashews.”
Kim: “My favorite vegan product right now: Eco-Dent tooth floss.”
Notes from Our Members
Leafleting Michelle Obama’s Let’s
Move talk was spectacular! A mostly
African-American crowd leaving the church; we
were literally surrounded by a sea of hands
asking for literature, with some people coming
back for a booklet when they realized what we
were handing out.
Yesterday was our first day of
taking farmed animals’ plight to Mexico. Jeni
and I were joined by our host Israel, and we
reached 400 students at the local high school,
Escuela Preparatoria de Texcoco. To my pleasant
surprise, we found massive interest in the booklets.
Saw dozens reading between classes or walking
and reading. One student came back to us and
said he wanted to volunteer and get involved;
we put him in touch with Israel. Another student
came back and said this was really crazy, he
has been thinking of going veg for a while and
now he will. Another professor or teacher expressed
interest, and we spoke to him for over 15 minutes.
From a recent batch of Guide requests:
A guy handed me a booklet
at school, so I read it. I’m glad I did, otherwise
I would have probably never known the shocking
facts. Thank you!
I saw a booklet about
the cruelties of factory farming by chance.
It changed my life.
Was handed a booklet at
Disneyland, and haven’t eaten meat ever since,
trying to do even better than that. :) Thank
I was on campus and
was handed a booklet. I always wanted to go
vegan I just never knew how to get started.
Thanks so much!
Received a booklet from
a friend about a year ago. Loved it! Inspired
me to become vegan. :)
Lori, Lisa, Mike and I had
a very productive day at Foothill College, where
we reached a record 1,623 students (including
handing out an amazing 92 Guides).
The take rate was excellent, and almost everyone
was friendly. I had conversations with omnivores
who were interested in becoming vegetarians,
and vegetarians considering becoming vegan.
One woman said she’d probably be vegan, but
she enjoys baking too much to give it up. She
honestly didn’t know she could bake without
eggs and dairy! I was delighted to give her
a Guide and let her know there are
plenty of vegan baking cookbooks and websites.
Another student wanted to know how becoming
vegan had impacted me personally. I probably
made him late to class with that one. :-) Another
person thanked me for being there. I left feeling
Citrus College is amazing. This
campus never fails to produce at least one
new vegan with each visit. Today’s was named
Laura, and she was in only one of the three
“spark flying” conversations I had!
Great interactions at
the University of West Georgia; e.g., as I was
leaving, a student told me she became vegetarian
because of a VO booklet someone handed her.
I gave her a Guide.
Love when you meet someone new
to veganism while leafleting and they are super
stoked to meet another vegan. It’s a good feeling
to know that just by meeting them you helped
solidify their veganism.
Superb take rate and
friendly students at the University of North Carolina
at Pembroke. Even most faculty and staff took
booklets. Amazing conversations, too. I told
many students my story about how I became vegan
and that I made the change primarily for animals,
many of whom suffer from the moment they are
born until the day they die in the industrialized
food system. One faculty member took ten booklets
to put on display in his office. Another faculty
member who took a booklet earlier in the day
passed by again and thanked me for the info.
Jessica, Leslie, Diane, Danielle
(making her leafleting debut),
and I reached over 2,000 students at City College
of San Francisco – what a great vegan posse!
I then gave a talk at Sonoma State. The presentation
went on for an hour and after I was finished,
the professor talked to the class about for
a minute while I packed up. She asked the class
how many would be willing to do Meatless Mondays,
and about ¾ of the class raised their
hands. I also found out that one of the most
inquisitive and supportive students in the class
grew up on a ranch. He was the one to pipe up
and say that small farms are not the solution
because of the amount of demand we have as a
nation. He also said he’s worried about
going to his grandparent’s cattle ranch
this week. “It’s going to be weird
being around the animals.”