|Enewsletter • September 5, 2012|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
AAC Activists Storm into New Term!
Last fall, hundreds of activists handed Vegan Outreach booklets directly to 881,191 students – a then all-time record – at a record 918 different schools!
In the spring, activists had an even more amazing term, smashing the record by reaching 899,003 students at 1,017 schools!
Thanks, as always, to everyone who contributed to Vegan Outreach’s 2011 end-of-year fundraiser, which enabled us to print and ship all those booklets. Without your contributions, our incredible leafleters wouldn’t have been able to reach so many new people!
And in the current term – as of only Labor Day! – activists have already reached well over 100,000 students at over 100 different schools.
Over 100,000 by Labor Day!
Nikki, our resident crazy-armed (or is she somehow quadruple-armed?) Southern California coordinator is over 21,000 for the term already (!!!), putting her over 460,000 lifetime!
We say this a lot, but it’s absolutely true: this is only accomplished because of all of our work together. Every leafleter and donor – especially Team Vegan 2012 – has helped the current term get off to such an amazing start!
Every one of us should be absolutely thrilled with these amazing numbers – congrats to all!
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Notes from Our Members
Holy summer session, Batman!
Acceptance rate was great at UC Berkeley; Leslie,
Grace, Katie, and I reached over 1,500 students!
No booklets ended up on the ground. It was awesome
outreach – we were a great team!
Norma and I had
such a fun day
at the LA Pride Fest! OMG amazing
take rate! WOW. Spectators couldn’t get enough!
San Francisco was
one of the craziest
Warped dates I can remember. Security
issues ran amok, as well as confusion about
the exits from every security guard we spoke
with. When the flood finally came, our amazing
crew* dealt with adversity and we were able
to knock out a record number of booklets –
Great time and high reception rate
at Oregon State! I sound like
a broken record, but every time I leaflet at
OSU, I feel the interest, awareness, and sympathy
for this issue growing.
While leafleting on Thursday, I
met a young woman [right] who got a booklet at Brooklyn
College about five years ago. She is now vegan
and a high school science teacher.
Victoria and I leafleted a lot
of young people at Chicago’s Millennium
Station. One woman told us she has received
the leaflet before and is moving towards giving
up meat. A man thanked us for the work. A young
woman who has been vegetarian for a year stopped
to chat and accepted a Guide. She has been
working on converting all of her friends. When
I went down into the station to catch my train
home, I saw people on the train reading the
Liz and I had a good hour of outreach
despite the heat. Many people
exclaimed they were either vegetarian or vegan.
One woman said it was our work that had helped
her reduce her meat consumption big time. She
said she was going to keep making improvements
and that she encouraged her friends to do the
The Coldplay concert here
in Dallas was really great outreach. Brittany,
Mieke, Anou, Allison, and I spoke to many vegetarians
and most people were enthusiastic about the
leaflets. The crowd was mostly teenagers. A
young girl (probably about 7 years old) asked
me if she could help me hand out leaflets! It
Only took a short time to reach
200 students at Florida International
U. Robert was really happy to get the literature.
He took my contact info and we talked about
him getting involved. Also spoke to Bianca and
Victor [right] and they said that they love animals.
They also took my contact because we spoke about
the possibility of them starting a club – maybe
At the San Luis Obispo farmers’
market, Erika and I had so many
great interactions with people who were seriously
considering veg*ism that it gave me renewed
hope for spreading veganism in this area. After
talking to me, one mother said to her kids,
“I think we should go vegetarian.”
One guy came back to our table and said that
he thinks we pushed him over the edge to try
being vegan. And a sweet young woman [below] told us
she’s been veg for 1 and 1⁄2 years after getting
a Compassionate Choices at her high
school in Castro Valley, CA.
It was a perfect day to
offer booklets; I ran out of them pretty soon,
as everyone was receptive. Had a positive response
from all of them except one. This was my first
time; next time I will carry with me more. It
feels so rewarding to be able to make a difference
and be a part of Vegan Outreach’s valuable cause.
From a recent batch of Guide requests:
I was given your Compassionate
Choices booklet on my campus at Indiana
University-Purdue University of Indianapolis.
It broke my heart!
They were handing out booklets
at Warped Tour. I read the handout and it made
me feel differently about eating meat.
It was my first
day at Suffolk Community College, and someone
handed it out to me. I read the booklet and
it really got to me. I want to try to at least
become a vegetarian, maybe vegan.