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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  July 4, 2012

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Some of Team Vegan’s top fundraisers
Clockwise from top right: Yvonne, John with Clint, Audrey, Darina, and Emily with Brian.

Team Vegan 2012 ROCKS!

Huge praise and congratulations to all the members of Team Vegan 2012! You did it! You crushed the goal, which will allow Vegan Outreach’s leafleters to put all the matching – and more – to work for the animals! We’re still putting in all the donations, so you can check the Team Vegan page for the up-to-the-minute total. As of this writing, though, over a quarter million dollars was raised to print and distribute our booklets!

The entire Team deserves more praise than we have electrons for, but we’d like to give extra-special special shout-outs to our top fundraisers, including Yvonne (look at that string of donors!), John O (the king of Warped), Audrey Caplan (who babysat up a storm and donated all the proceeds to the animals – mostly via other team members’ “pots”), the always-amazing and incredibly dedicated Darina, and newcomer of the year, Baby Emily!

And, of course, we just can’t say enough about our thoughtful group of matching donors – especially John and Fany, the driving forces behind Team Vegan – who magnified everyone’s contributions!

Thanks so much to all the great Team Vegan 2012 members
and the wonderful donors for making this possible!

Thank You!!


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


Jon Camp

Advice of the Week

Jon, celebrating his release from the hospital after a bout with Lyme disease, says: “After you’ve been hiking, walking, even leafleting in infested areas, always check yourself for ticks! And keep an eye out for the bull’s-eye rash!”

Not that LD-caused heart blockage kept Jon from being the top Team Vegan fundraiser, but we’re thrilled to have him back to health!

Please submit your nominees for product of the week via this page; previous entries here.


Notes from Our Members

Rutgers student
John Oberg snapped this pic of a Rutgers student engrossed in Even If You Like Meat.

John and I obliterated every previous Rutgers record – 3,376 students reached with Even If You Like Meat or Compassionate Choices, and 43 Guides handed out! We had so many positive interactions and conversations!
     We’re just four days into the tour and have already given out just shy of 8,000 booklets. It’s nice to know that if there is a will to stand out for hours on end, there are donors out there who provide the funds to make sure we have the booklets to do so. We can’t thank you enough!
—Jon Camp, 4/12/12

Record day at Florida Gulf Coast University, where we reached almost 1,000 students! Great interactions with people wanting to make changes. Lots of folks will no doubt be going vegetarian after today, with an unbelievable number of administration and faculty showing interest in going veg or eating more vegetarian / vegan foods. Two administrators (on separate occasions) came out of the student services office and asked for Guides because their coworkers had received one. Met a professor who will be a terrific contact. Apparently every student is required to take a colloquium class where they discuss ways to improve the world, and factory farming is covered!
—Jeff Boghosian, 4/4/12

Reached over 1,000 students during our great outreach at Yale today. Two separate groups of friends pledged to support each other; gave them all a Guide. Two guys were so horrified by what they saw, they were almost going to get sick. One guy had to close his eyes and stay still for a few minutes. His mother is vegan for 30 years, and now he understands. He and his friend pledged to start by cutting animal products out of their meals asap!
—Karen James, 4/6/12

Victoria Randall
Vic sends this photo of Victoria Randall at Sam Houston State University, noting that the student in the background sat reading the booklet cover-to-cover.

Huge day at the University of Memphis. Mara joined me and Victoria, and Kevin stopped by briefly, and we set a new record: 1,750 students! Watched students read cover-to-cover and talked to others very interested in going veg.
     Previously, we stayed with two members of the all-vegan punk band Die Young. They have toured internationally all over Russia, Europe, South and Latin America and the US and always provide VO lit at the shows. It was really nice to connect with these awesome folks.
—Vic Sjodin, 4/9/12

Elizabeth and I found a good crowd at Bogart’s tonite. One woman took a leaflet from me, then handed it right back saying, “Don’t make me cry…I keep a lot of animals, I’m OK.” She came back a few minutes later and asked for one saying, “I need to read this.” Then, a young lady came back to us with a few questions. She was definitely ready to make the jump because of the animal cruelty issue but was worried about details. After talking a bit, she expressed interest in doing outreach!
—Kevin O’Connor, 4/13/12

The Yamhill Valley branch of Chemeketa Community College was much smaller than I thought, but things are changing: I went to a small school in a small town and still met a vegetarian who’s trying to go vegan, multiple vegetarians, multiple people who made supportive comments like referring to factory farming as “horrible,” and a guy who was totally engrossed in reading the booklet while he walked around. So I gave out only 28 Even If You Like Meat booklets, but 7 Guides.
—Cobie deLespinasse, 4/16/12

Shasta College student
Brian reports that this Shasta College student’s cut down on eating meat to once a week, if at all, since receiving a booklet from him at Shasta High School three years ago!

Jeannie and I had an epic day at Chico State. Talked to one woman who said she had been thinking about going veg all year and she thinks the booklet is just what she needs to push her over the edge. Also met another gal who thinks she wants to move to vegan.
     Very interesting day at Shasta College and Shasta High School. First, a woman told me I needed to re-think my strategy instead of attacking people who couldn’t afford food otherwise. It was more of a hit-and-run statement and I didn’t engage; but she approached me again later and we talked, and turns out she actually wants to move more towards veganism. I explained I didn’t want to “punish” lower-income people who were barely getting by as it is; that’s why I focused on college students who are generally in a position to feed themselves relatively decently. I also talked about how a mostly bulk-food vegan diet (dried beans, rice, lentils, soups) could provide adequate calories and nutrition on a tight budget, but we promote the faux meat and dairy alternatives because people like to imitate what they are used to. We talked about quite a bit more and she left with a smile on her face and a Guide. Problem solved!
—Brian Grupe, 4/13/12


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