|Enewsletter • October 3, 2012|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Activist Profile: Lisa Drapkin
Continuing our series of activist profiles, we head to New York and talk with Lisa. Here are some excerpts:
What made you decide to start leafleting?
[L]eafleting is a much better use of my time than taking part in demos. I like leafleting because it’s something anyone can do with only time and motivation. I like the fact that leafleting is really educating people about pertinent information that they otherwise may have never known or thought about.
What would you say to individuals hesitant about leafleting?
I’d say that if I could do it, anyone could do it. I used to be the shyest person in the world. Leafleting has actually helped me overcome this. I need to leaflet because otherwise I’ll feel like I’m not contributing to this massive mind shift we have to create in the world. I had to overcome my feelings of social anxiety and fear because the cause is so enormous. I still get scared before I leaflet, but the period also gets shorter and shorter with each time. Once you hand out the first booklet, you get in the zone and it feels natural.
From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs
Product of the Week
Lisa: “Field Roast smoked apple sage sausages – I only tried them for the first time recently and now I wish I could eat them every day!”
Notes from Our Members
Take rate of 80–90% at Western New England
University! I was amazed at how nice the students
were. Students came over to get a booklet saying,
“I love animals” and “I want
to help animals.” One girl said, “This
is going to make me cry,” but took the
Even If You Like Meat anyway! Met a
student at the end who chatted a bit about factory
farming and the horrible cruelty forced upon
the animals. He wanted to change his eating
habits, so he got a Guide.
He gave me his email because he also wants guidance
on how to help get better food choices in his
cafeteria, and get a group going on campus.
over 1,250 students at the University
of Idaho. A girl told me she received a booklet
in the past and didn’t eat meat for a long time
but has since gone back. I gave her a Guide
and she seemed willing to give it another go.
Another older professor-looking woman was so
thankful that I was out there and said she was
so glad that “you young people are taking
charge,” to which I said, “Thanks
for paving the way!” I also had my first
ever unicycle handoff. Finally, Peter asked
for a booklet and stood next to a tree near
me reading it cover-to-cover for nearly 20 minutes [right].
He walked back over to me and we discussed the
issue for a while. He explained that he now
wants to stop supporting factory farms because
the way that animals are treated is sickening.
my leafleting debut, at Hamilton’s
Open Streets festival. I was surprised how many
people stopped to talk – approximately
20–25, ranging from 2 minutes to 10 minutes
in length. In addition to a group of four students,
I also talked with two former dairy farmers!
I was a little nervous during that conversation
but managed to maintain a friendly and open
dialogue with them about how the industry has
changed. And finally, I had a great conversation
with a (not yet veg) sixth-grade teacher who
told me several students in her class had become
vegetarians after doing a project on factory
farming. I thanked her for being open and supporting
her students in this way; she took a booklet.
I did a
half-hour presentation of my art
work and animal rights at my class (at Laney
College). Handed out 15 VO booklets. The students
were quite receptive and at least half said
they rarely ate meat. The teachers said they
wanted to help me get the message out to other
community college classes and that I could present
it to the Sustainability Committee – which
is a group of teachers concerned about environmental
and social issues. I will do that soon.
of vegetarians at LaGuardia Community
College, and good conversations. Spoke with
a former vegetarian who is now coming back.
After a while, he took booklets and started
handing them out!
Southern Maine Community College, a
young man [right] walked by and said, “You changed
my life.” He stopped to explain that he
got a booklet from me two years ago and has
been vegan ever since! His girlfriend went vegan
was great to have Kat and Andrew helping
out at the University of Mary Washington. Kat
had interned for MFA this summer, so was already
an experienced leafleter. Andrew, who made his
leafleting debut, said about Kat, “I can
see why she’s so into this!” We smashed
the school record – reaching over 1,100 students.
Jasmine, and I set a new record at
Cabrillo College, reaching nearly 1,000 new
students! Lots of conversations. I talked to
at least four people who will probably move
towards veg / vegan now.
From a recent batch of Guide requests:
A girl at the farmers’ market
makes these fabulous vegan cookies, and had
rows of Vegan Outreach booklets lined up next
to her cookies. I had noticed I was subconsciously
eating less meat than usual when I came across
these booklets, and knew it was a good choice
for me. Being a foodie already familiar with
the pleasures of fruits and veggies, I am excited
by the challenge of excluding animal products
from my diet. Thank you for making the beautifully designed
message that changed my life. It feels good
knowing I am a part of a movement bigger than
just considering where our food comes from.
A girl was passing out booklets
at the Made in America Jay Z festival in Philly
two weeks ago. I appreciated her efforts to
spread awareness. I’ve been a vegetarian for
6 months, and it’s a struggle sometimes, so
I found your booklet motivating.
A young man outside North Dakota
State was handing out booklets,
so I had to check it out and immediately supported
what I read.
Black Hills State, there was a
guy handing out booklets; I took one and read it.
It broke my heart and was the final straw – I’ve always questioned the ways we gather our
food and I just can’t ignore it any more! Sooo