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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  August 8, 2012

Notes from Vegan Outreach

  Sen Holiday

Activist Profile: Sen Holiday

Continuing our series of activist profiles, we meet Sen Holiday! Here is an excerpt:

Why do you leaflet?

I first leafleted with Vic in 2009 in Boston – it was a super-positive experience, so when I met Fred in the Twin Cities, I immediately signed up for whatever leafleting I could. I leaflet because it’s important! And I get to meet other cool folks, too.

What was your most positive leafleting experience and why?

Just this last semester, I was leafleting in Wisconsin (“Would you like some info to help animals?”) when someone darted across lots of pedestrian traffic to say, “Yes, and hug me!” and promptly hugged me.

They were vegan and were really glad I was there leafleting. It reminded me that I’m not only getting the information out to folks, but also that I’m connecting with people who are lacking a community of like-minded individuals.

Full interview here.


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Notes from Our Members

SUNY Cortland student
John snapped this pic of a SUNY Cortland student reading the Even If You Like Meat that Jon handed her.

Sen and I reached nearly 800 students yesterday at Creighton University, the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and Omaha Central High. Met a number of vegetarians and vegans. One guy came back after getting a booklet, held up his lunch container, and said, “I got pasta!”
     Today at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we reached over 1,100 students, and a professor stopped by to give us vegan cupcakes she had made for the last day of her class!
—Fred Tyler, 4/23/12

Grossmont College was awesome: soooo many sparks flew with soooo many people who stopped to chat – an environmental engineer major, a to-be law student, etc. Another student is doing a presentation on this topic, so I gave him a Guide and Christian Vegetarian Association booklet as additional resources. Bumped into a most dreamy being who, obviously, is a life coach, beaming with positive juju and wisdom. Stopped short with his booklet asking for recipes cuz he’s veg. Moments later, numerous students came up to say hi to him, inquire about training, etc. He advised everyone to read the booklet and know what’s going on, think about how toxic it is to consume this violence.
—Nikki Benoit, 4/26/12

Jon and I reached over 1,600 students at SUNY Cortland. One girl was really inspired and wants to get active back in her native France. I asked three girls in a group if they were offered a booklet yet. They all said they had been and that they had all just had salads for lunch. Two young men ran away from me screaming, “I don’t wanna eat meat no more!” I replied, “Here, take this (Guide) then! It has vegetarian recipes and stuff.” They each took one. I asked if they are no longer eating meat because of the booklet, and I got a resounding “YES!”
—John Oberg, 4/30/12

John and I set a new record at SUNY Binghamton – over 3,100 students. A number of comments showing support: “I read this and it made me really upset.” “I appreciate the work you’re doing” (heard that several times). “It’s f’ed up, man.” “That makes me want to be a vegetarian.” “This booklet just changed my life!”
     A vegetarian stopped by to tell me how much she liked the approach in the Even If You Like Meat booklet. She said it was “looking for solutions” rather than just telling people what we believe. I’ve always liked that about VO’s approach – it’s solution-minded.
—Jon Camp, 5/3/12

Will Peji and Karen James
Will Peji and Karen James get Warped Tour Why Vegan? booklets into the hands of NYC concertgoers.

While leafleting the University of Montana Techical College, I leafleted a couple of kids at the high school next door. One of them was veg and very excited to meet another veggie. I love that.
     Two days at the University of Montana-Missoula were great. I met more vegans and vegetarians than I have in the least few weeks combined, and many of them remembered me from my last visit. One of them credited me with her move to vegan, which was awesome. One guy promised he would cut his meat intake in half and I have hopes that he will take the plunge into veg shortly thereafter.
     I opted to try the veggie burger at the food truck on campus and asked how many veggie burgers they sell. They said way more than they ever thought. One of them told me about working a gun show in southern Montana and almost not bringing any, only to have it be about 10% of their sales that day. That made me smile for an hour straight.
—Caleb Wheeldon, 4/26/12

Excellent acceptance rate at Plymouth State, where I reached 754 students. I met a student who said she went veg because of a booklet. She mentioned that she had ordered a Guide at the time, and the information was all helpful.
     At the University of New Hampshire, I gave an AML to a veg student who is passionate about the issues but admitted having a hard time talking to people about them.
—Lana Smithson, 4/27/12

Hulya Johnson and David Coman-Hidy
Hulya Johnson and David Coman-Hidy provide a voice for the animals at the Warped Tour’s Denver stop.

While leafleting Manhattan Center for Science and Math, met a young Hispanic mother who said she and her daughter were vegetarian – they got a Guide for Jack’s health info. Met an African American teacher from another smaller school who asked for multiple copies for her students.
—Casey, 4/30/12

Pretty good reception at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. One student said there was a campus group but they did not do much and said she would like to get involved; I gave her more info on VO. One student told me proudly he had been veg for a year and a half. Overheard another student tell her friend after he took a leaflet, “See? You should be vegetarian like me!” Another came back to ask for a couple more leaflets since they were discussing it in their class.
—Leslie Patterson, 5/1/12

Big day of outreach at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati State. Sue, Rich, Kevin, Helen, Greg, and I reached over 3,100 students. One girl was deeply affected by these issues and not only is going veg but will also volunteer – she was really into it. Another woman had been veg and said she wanted to go back. Several others mentioned being affected by the booklet.
—Vic Sjodin, 4/30/12

Ventura concertgoers
Taylor sends along this pic of concertgoers reading our Warped Tour booklets in Ventura, CA.

At Hofstra University, one guy stopped to talk and told me he was starting a vegetarian group on campus. He is interested in leafleting, so I directed him to VO. He said he was from Brazil, and went veg after receiving a Compassionate Choices there! Took his email. Good thing I did, because I got the emails of three additional students interested in getting active!
—Karen James, 5/2/12

Too many good conversations to relate from Georgia Southern University! One woman said she’s definitely going to go veg after a short conversation; two women said they couldn’t eat meat anymore after reading the Compassionate Choices. Four more people on different occasions told me that they read the entire booklet and wanted more info.
—Jeff Boghosian, 4/23/12

At Lane Community College, a young woman said she has not eaten meat in three months because of a booklet. Nettie spoke with a rabbi who invited us to speak at his synagogue. Several people today refused booklets saying they liked meat. I used Brian’s line: “Do you think one night a week you could eat a vegetarian dinner?” With one person it worked, and he left with a Guide.
—Cobie deLespinasse, 4/30/12

Chicago concertgoer
Mikael Nielsen caught this Chicago Warped fan riveted to his booklet.

Leslie, Brian, and I met tons of vegans and vegetarians at Mills College. I ran into two people who told me they had significantly changed their diet since my visit last semester; always encouraging to hear that. Quite a few people commented about receiving the literature in the past and how powerful the information is.
     On a side note, I got an awesome message from a friend of mine. I met him and his 12-year-old vegetarian son at a veg meetup event that was set up while I was visiting Chico, CA a few weeks ago. Here it is:
     “Hey Brian, it was good to see you at Berkeley Vegan Earth Day. Thanks for being a positive influence on Ben. Meeting you at dinner in Chico was a turning point for him. I think you were the first cool young vegan GUY to acknowledge his journey. He thought it was cool to see you at BVED too and as we left he announced to me he was transitioning to full vegan and he wants to go to more vegan events.”
—Brian Grupe, 4/26/12


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