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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  July 18, 2012
This issue is sponsored by Pangea Vegan Products:
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Notes from Vegan Outreach

Nettie Schwager

Activist Profile: Nettie Schwager

Continuing our series of activist profiles, we talk with Nettie Schwager! Here is an excerpt from her profile:

What was your most positive leafleting experience?

Leafleting is always a positive experience, and every day I leaflet is a good day. I know I have done something great. I think about how the people who received a leaflet will be reading it, thinking about it, showing others and talking about it. Obviously not everyone who gets a booklet does this, but some do. I am seeing results and changes. I see more and more people becoming aware of and caring about this. This is an issue whose time has come.

What would you say to individuals hesitant about leafleting?

By leafleting, we are putting the information directly into people’s hands. We aren’t hoping that they will seek out this information or stumble across it – we are doing something to make it happen.

I enjoy leafleting. I enjoy the conversations and experience, but what is important is that I can reach hundreds of people in a day and I’m reaching the population most open to the message. That’s what counts and that’s what makes leafleting worth doing.

Full interview here.

 

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Conference Next Month

AR2012

As we’ve featured previously, AR2012 is back in the DC area. If you’ll be there, be sure to come to Jon’s and Matt’s talks, and stop by the VO table!

 

Notes from Our Members

JHS vegetarian
Casey reports that this Jamaica High School student went veg on the spot after getting a Compassionate Choices from Lisa Hines and Katie Pryor in April!

We almost doubled the old record at Miami-Dade College, Kendall – over 1,750 students reached! A number of them will definitely be pursuing a vegetarian diet or cutting their animal product consumption. For example, after she vowed to go veg, I spoke with one student about simple ways to veganize her Cuban-based diet. An administrator came out and said they’ve seen these all over campus and requested one of each brochure for herself and a coworker. Yuri met two separate people who said they are going veg.
     Despite the rain, we reached nearly 10% of the population of Edward Waters College, a historically black school. Great conversations; also had a professor enthusiastically take additional Compassionate Choices and Guides for other faculty members.
     The Jane Goodall speech and book signing at Rollins College was some of the best leafleting we’ve done! Because Jane had stressed taking action a bazillion times and talked about how we must change our attitude toward animals, folks loved the booklets!
—Jeff Boghosian, 4/19/12

Fabulous day at Eastern Connecticut State! First student I met was wearing a Stop Factory Farming T-shirt, and I knew my day would be great! One student returned to tell me that she turned vegetarian after receiving a Compassionate Choices from me last semester! She wanted to now go vegan, after getting an Even If You Like Meat from me today, which she will give to a friend. Gave her a Guide. Another student came back to me after reading Even If, and said she has wanted to try vegan eating, but did not know where to begin. We exchanged emails and I will support her with her transition! SCORE! Another student who was already vegan took a Guide for herself, and an Even If, which she said she was going to post to her boyfriend’s refrigerator!
—Karen James, 4/18/12

Sen Holiday
John Oberg sends this photo of Sen Holiday leafleting the Minneapolis Warped Tour stop.

Great reception at Lake Superior College and the University of Wisconsin, Superior. One woman said, “I just wanted to let you know. I got one of those booklets last year. I’ve been vegetarian ever since.” She hadn’t ordered a Guide so was happy to get one. The exact same thing then happened at the University of Minnesota, Duluth!
     At the University of Northern Iowa, I ran into a past couchsurfing host. He said, “I’m hardly eating meat anymore and I’ve got a few other friends on that kick as well.” I hadn’t given him a Guide yet and he was happy to get one.
     Today at the University of Iowa, Sen overheard a student telling their friend, “This is why I’m vegetarian” as they held up the leaflet. A woman told me, “Last time I got this I went vegetarian for a while. I remember I got that and the next day I stopped eating meat.” Maybe this time it will stick.
—Fred Tyler, 4/18/12

Was able to reach 175 students in just 35 minutes at Agnes Scott College. A number stopped to wait for me to hand them a booklet! The most eye-opening comment came from one girl who looked at the cover with the chickens and said, “Oh, I heard that this is where our chicken nuggets come from!” One security officer was at first abrasive toward me, but by the end, he said he’d keep the booklet, that his “wife is interested in this stuff and would like to read it.”
—Laura, 4/19/12

Unny Nambudiripad
Michelle Rosas snapped this pic of Unny handing out Compassionate Choices at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

CAA’s leafleting week continues! Mary and Natasha, both first-time leafleters, were a bit nervous going to Anoka Ramsey Community College, but reported they’re “sooooo excited because we were surprised at the responses.” And: “One guy ran up to me begging for info re: the Veg Fest in July. Another kid came up to me and asked me if he could have a couple for his class project.”
—Unny Nambudiripad, 4/18/12

Lisa and I reached nearly 900 students at Hudson Community College. It was an amazing experience. Lisa spoke with three different people who were interested in going veg. In fact, one person said that they had been thinking about it for a while now and just her being there seemed to be “fate” to go vegan. Simply amazing stuff! I spoke with a couple of individuals who were curious about what I ate, etc. We equipped the curious with Guides and had a lot of fun with it.
—Katie Pryor, 4/18/12

John and I reached over 1,700 students at SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Oneonta (where we set a huge new record), and Hartwick College. I ran into a young woman who got a booklet when Vic was last in town and has been almost exclusively vegetarian since. John ran into Curran [below], who said getting the booklet today turned her into a vegetarian.
—Jon Camp, 4/18/12

Curran

Malcolm X is always super receptive. Danyelle talked with one woman who spoke about the secrecy behind our food industry and the problems that evolve from this. I had a student who, after looking over the booklet, came back and asked how she could get involved with volunteering. A teacher approached me after receiving a booklet, asking for several for her office to distribute. Another student told me he knew a friend who worked on a factory farm and would explain how devastating the industry is, reinforcing what a harmful environment it is for everyone involved.
—Krystina Tucci, 4/18/12

So many interesting things always happen at Humboldt State, and today was the same. A guy came back to tell me he was positive he had received the brochure in Barcelona, Spain (in Spanish, of course). A young lady came back and said, “I checked this out, it’s really going to help with a speech I’m giving.” Then, I met Lauren, who went veg after getting an Even If from me at Canada College, over 300 miles south. We were both overjoyed to meet each other; it was a great moment. She says she tells everyone about the booklet.
—Brian Grupe, 4/17/12

 

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