|Enewsletter • October 24, 2012|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Slide Show Updates
If you haven’t looked lately, check out the growing slide show of new vegetarians in the upper left of the Vegan Outreach home page.
Our amazing leafleters regularly come across people who have stopped eating animals after receiving a VO booklet. As these pictures flow in, they’re added to the slide show.
Check it out and enjoy just a fraction of the payoff of our work together!
Record Day in Canada!
After setting the all-time Adopt a College record day at the University of Minnesota, John Oberg took the show to Canada, where he and the Liberation BC / UBC crew set an all-time Canadian record at the University of British Columbia!
Congrats to everyone involved! Details here.
From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs
Products & Recipes for the Holiday Season
Preparing for the holidays! If you want something other than a Tofurky Feast, Celebration Roast, or the new Gardein Holiday Roast, you can try the standard seitan recipe (which we have fed to many non-vegetarians for Thanksgivings and Christmases past).
Notes from Our Members
an excellent day of leafleting
at Canada College and College of San Mateo.
I was joined by four new volunteers! Jessica,
who now goes to school at Canada, brought along
her daughter Sarah and Sarah’s best friend
Jenna, both 11 and both vegetarian. They felt
a little shy at first but took right to it after
that and had a great time! They thought people
were friendly; when I told them how many they
had each handed out, they were surprised they
had done so many! Very cool.
over 1,400 students at the University
of Antelope Valley and College of the Canyons.
Even the brawny athletic guys were going out
of their way to snag a booklet. Snapped a photo [right]
of a woman engrossed in her booklet, clearly
in shock of what she was reading. At the end
of the day, as I was walking back to my car,
had a great conversation with a security guard,
who was happy to get a Guide before
she shimmied on.
conversations and a new record at
Anne Arundel Community College – 850+ students
reached. Two athletic dudes in a row came up
to talk about running / working out – two conversations
in a row where my love of physical fitness paid
off! One young woman who wanted to go veg was
happy to get a Guide, and told me that
I radiated good vibes, a compliment I was happy
and I reached over 1,350 students at
Middlesex Community College and Wesleyan University.
Lots of vegetarians and vegans – got contact
emails and invitations to speak! Some students
asked for extra booklets to give to friends!
and I had a lot of great interactions
at Malcolm X College, despite some issues. I
had several great conversations with people
who were looking to make changes. I recommended
that the first thing to give up was eggs and
then eating chickens. One guy worked at the
library there and asked for a stack to put out
for students. Pauline spoke to one woman who
said that they were talking about this very
issue in one of her classes, and said the way
we treat farmed animals, when compared to other
animals, is the same as racism.
and I reached over 800 students at
Ryerson University. Talked with and Guided
three people looking to get started –
had the “eating chickens causes 200
times more suffering” talk with each
joined me at Eastern Michigan
University and Washtenaw Community College;
Lizzie also stopped by to help at EMU. Many
great interactions and people expressing interest.
Several mentioned wanting to go veg; also gave
three Guides to brand-new, week-old
vegans! This place is WAY more veg friendly
than it was in 2008.
set new records at Valencia College
West and East, reaching nearly 1,500 students!
Lots of great, constructive conversations, too.
For example, one guy who went vegetarian for
4 1⁄2 years for ethical reasons lamented about
not being vegetarian anymore. He said he went
back to eating animals for selfish reasons but
now is going to give it another try. Suggested
that he start with a few days a week and increase
it from there. Also met a former vegan who is
coming back. Met another student who said the
main reason that kept him from giving vegetarianism
a try was his love of bacon; told him to start
eating vegetarian a couple of days a week and
go from there.
leafleted the University of Georgia’s Activities
Fair while our advocacy group tabled. One former
vegetarian said the booklet could inspire her
to come back. Several other students expressed
interest in cutting back on meat, and I directed
a number of interested vegetarians and vegans
over to our table to get involved with our campus
Kellie, Monica, Dale and I had
a great time tabling at the Boulder Humane Society’s
fundraising event! Every single person we spoke
with was totally receptive and open to the vegan
message. Every single person!!
It was a good day at Minnesota State – Mankato. Set a personal record, and heard a lot of positive feedback. I handed one woman a booklet, she walked a few steps, then said, “Wow, that’s effective!” Another woman said her husband owned a hog farm. She seemed pleasant enough, however, and I suggested, “You should ask him about gestation crates,” as she walked away. She turned her head, smiled, and said, “I know what you mean,” in a way that seemed like she agreed it was cruel. It’s also nice when students and faculty recognize this issue is important enough that we are willing to stand out there hour after hour handing out these booklets. One professor who received a booklet at 7:30 am and then was offered one again by me at 2:30 remarked, “I appreciate your diligence!” A student said, “Wow, you’ve been out here all day, please take this.” Free water – score!
with help from Mike, reached over 900 students
at six schools – Century College, University
of St. Thomas, Hennepin Technical College, North
Hennepin Community College, Bethel University,
and Northwestern College. A number of highlights,
including meeting a brand-new vegetarian who
was excited to get a Guide. I was also
escorted off campus by the nicest security guard
ever. He told me he had watched Earthlings and
was shocked by what he saw, so I gave him a
Guide. Even though it was late in the
day at Northwestern, the first 125 people in
a row said yes, and only 6 people out of 297