|Enewsletter • February 29, 2012|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
How Far, How Fast
These recent links – Chicken Industry Meltdown Continues and Bon Appétit Makes Big Move Against Animal Confinement – led Erik Marcus to comment, “Either of these would have been the story of the year if they occurred five years ago. We should remember not to take for granted how quickly progress against animal agribusiness is accelerating.”
And this story – Scientist Cooks Up a Meatless Product for Meat Lovers – could be the final nail in the coffin for the industrial meat industry, addressing what Erik identified as the #1 reason people eat animals.
From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs
Notes from Our Members
More from Mexico:
outreach at Instituto Politécnico Nacional in Mexico
City, where we reached almost 2,000 students at the school’s bus stop / metro station. Captive audience = score! Jeni quickly made friends
with the man in charge of the bus stop, and he expressed a lot of interest
in going veg; they left hugging and exchanging emails.
CUNY John Jay is amazing. I had students tell me they
were learning about factory farming in their
classes, while other students came up to ask
me for the information. Also heard from many
people who had gotten a leaflet the last time
I was there.
take rate and high interest rate at Paradise
Valley Community College, where Kirby and I reached over
700 students. People were appalled by factory
farming and many committed to making changes
in their diet! I even got a hug from one student
who was deeply touched.
Awesome morning at
Florida International University, where lots
of people said they were already veg. One woman
told me she was going to work on being vegan.
My favorite for the day was a couple of students
who came back after taking leaflets and said,
“I’m going vegetarian!” I asked, “Really?”
One guy said, “After looking at these pictures?
Definitely!” They were rushing to a class
to go take a test, but they came back by for
At St. Louis Community College
in Wildwood, I had a great interaction
with the security guard who hung out at my table;
he is 70 and has been vegan his entire life!
He even helped do some outreach.
Jessica, Josh, Yvonne, and
I all got great feedback at Pasadena Community
College, where we reached 3,421 more students.
Josh got two vegan conversions in less than
45 minutes, while making connections left and
right! Beautiful way to kick off the new year!
It felt wonderful to leaflet again
now that school is back in session;
Nettie and I reached 1,385 students at Chemeketa
Community College. One student told us that
there’s a nutrition professor there who teaches
“this,” showing videos, etc., and
most of the people who take the class end up
becoming vegetarian. Nettie met someone who
got a booklet two years ago and went vegan.
I met a young man who is vegan. He says that
during his first couple of months as a vegan
he was really angry with people who weren’t
vegan, but he’s doing better now. I gave him
Meaningful Life and showed him The
Animal Activist’s Handbook.
A solid day at Northern
Virginia Community College, where I reached
over 900 students. One guy let me know that
he read the booklet and that it really got him
thinking; I gave him a Guide. Also,
I got the contact info for two individuals interested
in getting involved. Incidentally, I received
an email last week from a student who got a
booklet from me the last time I was at this
school. She has since gone from veg to vegan
and now wants to get more active.
At the MLK parade, Lynn,
Ann, and I handed 650 people copies of Compassionate
Choices – I had only three people turn
me down! We all had great conversations with
folks who had no idea animals were raised so
horrifically, and many asked what they could
do to help the “poor animals.”
Katie, Leslie, Tiana, and I had
a great time at Las Positas College, where we
reached 1,498 students, totally saturating the
school! People walked by me with their brochure
open and their faces pressed to the pages. I
made sure to thank them for checking it out.
Also met another woman interested in getting
In the 20s with
snowy wind that
almost knocked me down three times, but was
able to reach 666 students at the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Met 10 vegetarians / vegans, and had surprisingly good reception,
given the weather and the number of times I’ve
message of non-violence seemed
to resonate with many at DePaul University,
and Joe and I were aided by the strong presence
of Monsignor Egan (above right), whose statue
is inscribed with the question, “What
are you doing for justice?” I heard from
several young people who had stopped eating
animals, and many eagerly accepted Guides.
One woman told me her whole office was trying