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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  June 27, 2012

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil
to one who is striking at the root.
—Henry David Thoreau

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Two Simple Reasons to Support Team Vegan

Team Vegan member Nikki Benoit met Lenka at LA’s WorldFest – she’s been vegan since getting a Why Vegan? booklet in Tucson 10 years ago!



Following the success of Team Vegan 2011, Vegan Outreach leafleters reached a then-record 881,191 students at 918 schools during fall 2011 – 27% more students reached than ever before!

That record didn’t last long!

Because of the incredible generosity of our members during 2011’s end-of-year fundraiser, Vegan Outreach has been able to print and distribute a record number of booklets during the first six months of 2012. For the spring term, Adopt a College activists set an amazing distribution record, reaching 895,290 students at 1,014 schools!

That’s right: 895,290 students at 1,014 schools!

These records, and the countless lives changed, are the direct consequence of contributions to Vegan Outreach’s work.

If you gave to VO’s end-of-year fundraiser, these are your records.

If you want to inspire even more people to go vegetarian this fall, there are just a few days left to take advantage of Team Vegan’s double-doubling challenge!

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Notes from Our Members

Joe Espinosa
Joe Espinosa provides a voice for the animals at DePaul University.

At the University of Hartford, I met numerous vegetarians and a dozen vegans! Wonderful reception and conversations. Several teachers stopped to say that they were discussing CAFO’s in class, and were happy that I was there. A few adults said they were giving the information to their son or niece, or younger family member!
     Many students had not seen the booklet before, and were upset to see that this abuse happens…saying they would cut back on eating animals as a start toward ending the cruelty.
     For example, one student said she had been thinking about going vegetarian for a while. I told her that this was divine intervention, and gave her a Guide. She then said she would go vegetarian!
     My day was absolutely rewarded with a student who told me that he went vegan four years ago as a result of being handed an Even If You Like Meat on campus! He took more booklets for friends.
—Team Vegan member Karen James, 4/4/12

Lots of interested folks and high acceptance rate at Hillsborough Community College, with several people on their way to going veg! Security was super nice and one guard said that what I was doing was beautiful and wanted info on vegetarian eating, as did another guard! Too many other positive experiences to report, but I did leaflet and Guide a woman who had received a booklet at Scottsdale Community College this past fall. After a discussion, it turns out the booklet was from John Oberg – way to go, John!
—Team Vegan member Jeff Boghosian, 4/3/12

Absolutely freezing at Cleveland State, but I was rescued by Sarah, who was tabling! Leafleting at the table, I reached over 600 students. The table next to us was recruiting for the Marines, and the young Marine staffing the table is a vegan.
—Team Vegan member Leslie Patterson, 4/11/12

SUNY New Paltz student
John Oberg sends along this pic of a SUNY New Paltz student engrossed in Even If You Like Meat.

The first day of our tour took us to Richard Stockton College, where we had some very meaningful conversations, including with two young women who are now interested in going vegan. Also exchanged contact info with a young woman who is interested in getting active.
—Team Vegan members Jon Camp and
John Oberg, 4/9/12

Watched quite a few people reading through the booklets at Georgia State. One woman looked at me with a sad face like she was going to cry and scampered off before I could say anything. Another looked at the cover and exclaimed, “Oh yeah, I love animals. This is great!” A few more initially refused and then when they heard it was about helping animals, changed their mind and took one.
—Team Vegan member Laura, 4/10/12

Texas-sized week continued today at Texas State, where Victoria and I recruited Chad on the spot; together, we reached over 2,600 students! Met a lot of very intelligent, progressive and well-informed students who were concerned about animals. My favorite highlight was one girl who said she already got a booklet and asked why we were out here, to make people depressed? I walked back to her and said hello and we started talking; 15 minutes later, said she had been veg for 3 weeks but gave it up. Now, she’ll give it another go.
     Leaving campus, we took the garage elevator and I made small talk with a woman there; asked how her day was going. She ended up asking how our day was, and before you know it, “Oh, I was interested in veg for a while…” 10-minute pep talk and she said she wanted to go veg again; got a Guide. Never underestimate that parking-garage outreach.
—Team Vegan member Vic Sjodin, 3/29/12

Fellow Team Vegan member Lisa and I had an overwhelmingly successful day at York College! Loads of vegetarians, to whom we gave Guides. Counting our high schools later in the day, we reached over 1,600 students!
—Team Vegan member Katie Pryor, 4/17/12

Many long conversations at Denver’s Auraria campus. Three people told me they plan to go vegan, and others told me they plan to go vegetarian. Given how many interested people stopped to talk (over 50), I am confident many others will be adjusting their diets as well.
—Team Vegan member Caleb Wheeldon, 4/5/12

TN veggie
Vic Sjodin reports from Murfreesboro, TN’s Tour de Fun: “Met an awesome girl who went veg after getting a leaflet at Belmont U a few years ago.”

Sen and I have met a lot of vegetarians and vegans on our tour, as well as having interesting conversations. For example, today at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, I talked to a dairy farmer who had a lot of thoughtful questions. She said she would probably never go vegan, but might cut back on her consumption of factory farmed products.
—Team Vegan member Fred Tyler, 4/9/12

After an amazing trip back East, UC Riverside raised the bar today for all the University of California campuses. Steve and I reached 2,287 students on this day of superb outreach. Met many vegetarians and people moved by the booklet, including Kayla who was blown away. She teared up and chin-quivered while referencing the baby piglet picture (gas bin). She’s done with meat.
—Team Vegan member Nikki Benoit, 4/17/12

Great start to the week at Cosumnes River College, where the students just seem to “get it” so much more than they did four years ago. I talked with no fewer than five people who had seriously been thinking about changing their diet. One woman commented it was absolutely perfect I happened to be there that day. I also met a nice vegetarian gal (working towards vegan) who said she has converted four of her friends so far. Impressive!
—Team Vegan member Brian Grupe, 4/9/12

Today, I gave a talk at Yes House, a residential treatment center for drug and alcohol addiction. The kids are between 14 and 18 years old. At the end of class I asked how many would eat fewer animals, and 8 of the 25 raised their hand.
     The best part is that Jeanie, the teacher, now wants to get active. She borrowed three DVDs and ordered The Animal Activist’s Handbook, and plans to leaflet. A great gift for me!
—Team Vegan member Nettie Schwager, 4/10/12


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