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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  April 11, 2012

Notes from Vegan Outreach

  Jabril, at Virginia State, going veg for the animals!

From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs


Product of the Week

TJ’s brown rice

Office: “Some people are appalled to learn we use convenience foods, but less time cooking is more time helping animals. We love Trader Joe’s various prepared rices (in the frozen foods section).”

Please submit your favorite products; you can view previous entries here.


Notes from Our Members

Emma Tamayo
Emma Tamayo provides a voice for the animals at Sacramento City College.

Mieke and I had really good interactions at Southern Methodist University, including a great conversation with a guy who told me he didn’t want to take the booklet because he had seen it before and it made him “feel bad and almost change.” He said he didn’t want to read about how the animals were suffering since there was nothing he could do about it. Um, yes there is!!
     I talked to him about vegetarianism and, when he balked a bit, I mentioned Meatless Mondays, which I have found to be incredibly helpful to bring up when people are resistant to immediately going veg. When I’ve said to dozens of people, “You could be vegetarian one day a week, couldn’t you?” I have not met a single person who did not say yes, and their whole energy and resistance seems to shift.
—Nora Kramer, 2/9/12

Good conversations at Mira Costa College. At San Diego Miramar College, lots of people expressed interest. One student said he quit eating KFC because of this. I explained that all chicken we have access to is treated this way. He gets it, and even knows athletes fair well on plant-based diets. I Guided him and we parted, him with opened eyes and heart. Twenty minutes later, with booklets in hand, he walked past again smiling, sayin’ class was canceled…karma!
—Nikki Benoit, 2/13/12

John Oberg
At VCU, John Oberg with the skateboard handoff.

863 Even If You Like Meats and 7 Guides at Eastern Illinois University. Most memorable was the high number of regular-looking students who seemed to have genuine care and curiosity when asked to help stop violence.
—Joe Espinosa, 2/7/12

Fabulous acceptance rate at Florida A&M. A student said he’s been thinking about transitioning to a vegetarian diet. While turning the pages of the booklet he said, “These photos are going to help me do it!” He thanked me for being there.
—Lana Smithson, 2/13/12

Jonathan and I reached nearly 2,000 students today. Fresno High School’s students were extremely receptive; a very good use of time.
We both had great conversations at Fresno City College. I had a 10-minute chat with a very inquisitive and non-combative guy who later revealed that he was a farmer. He conceded I had a lot of good points and kept both of his leaflets. Met a student who told us getting the brochure last year had caused her to cut back significantly on meat. One woman told us, “That’s it, I’m not eating meat again.”
—Brian Grupe, 2/8/12

Reached nearly 900 kids with CVA booklets at Acquire the Fire this evening. Most of the kids were eager to accept a booklet and they always seem to be a friendly and polite group. One guy said that he had received a booklet from me last year but had lost it, so he was glad that I was here again. Others said that they thought that Jesus ate meat, and I replied that the conditions in his day were quite different than they are today, and that I didn’t think that Jesus would support factory farming.
—Rick Hershey, 2/10/12

LACC vegan
Vegan since getting a booklet three months ago at Los Angeles City College.

Annie and I had great conversations at Lane Community College. A young man read the booklet, then came back and asked how he could eat more humanely. He was open to my suggestion that he start eating some vegetarian meals. A woman read the booklet and came back for a Guide. She said it’s really important that people get this information, and that she had met some people once who worked in the animal industry and told her some things that really upset her. A young woman said she’s nearly vegetarian. She used to be completely vegetarian, but she says she thinks maybe she wasn’t getting enough fat in her diet. I showed her Jack’s article on nutrition in the Guide, told her that he recommends eating a serving of nuts every day and has more information on the website, and that she can e-mail him with questions. She seemed happy to get this information. A man told me he thought plant protein wasn’t as good for building muscles as animal protein. He was surprised when I opened the Guide and showed him a picture of Robert Cheeke.
     At Linn-Benton Community College, a young woman was glad I was there, because she used to work in the poultry industry and it was terrible. She saw live animals being thrown in trash cans, and she said, “What those videos don’t show is the smell.
—Cobie deLespinasse, 2/13/12

Scout led the way again to another record, this time 1,750 at Georgia Tech. Met vegans, vegetarians, and meat-reducers. One student stopped to help leaflet, too.
     Great conversations today at Florida Atlantic University and Broward College. People were very supportive of our cause, including many faculty. I had many good conversations with people asking about organic, free range, and where to buy cheap veg products. I also met someone that got a brochure at the University of Maryland (Baltimore County) yesterday! She asked if there was a major campaign going on. :)
—Jeff Boghosian, 2/14/12


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