|Enewsletter • November 28, 2012|
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From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs
Notes from Our Members
Kendra, Lacey, and I reached nearly 3,000 students at Cal Poly Pomona. One student took the booklet, smiled, and said, “What, you want me to leave the matrix?” Had professors stop to take extra booklets for their classes, including one who teaches nutrition. Said numerous students in her class are vegan – woohooo!! Heard from four vegans and lost count of the vegetarians. They were also serving veggie dogs at their “Hot Dog Caper.”
Vietly [above], Jessica, and Kassy joined me for the first
day of classes at UCLA. The 4th booklet I handed
out was to a young woman who yelled, “Oh
yay, I was in Ms. Quesada’s class at Santa Monica
College, you gave a presentation there last
semester!!! I quit eating meat and am so inspired.
Thank you sooo much!!!” She hugged me and
thanked me profusely!!
and I reached over 1,700 students at Long Island
University and the New York Institute of Technology.
One student was loudly moaning when she read
the Even If You Like Meat: “Oh no, no,
no. How can this be?”
interest from faculty and staff members at Flagler
College, including one business ethics professor
who is going to talk about the Compassionate
Choices in his class, and an administrator who
was very happy to hear that students were interested
in the info. The bookstore manager even put
a stack of CCs at the checkout counter. One
student who sometimes falls off the veg wagon
said the booklet will get her back on track.
Two students said they got one last semester,
with one of them pledging to delve into this
issue and the other having already made changes.
Another student said he read the booklet and
wanted to know what he could do. I said he could
start by cutting his meat consumption in half
and then go from there, and he said that was
something he could do.
Champlain College, a student who
had given up eating pork needed help giving
up the rest; he got encouragement and a Guide. During the first 10 minutes of leafleting at
St. Michael’s College, I overheard two different
students telling their friends, “This is
why I don’t eat meat!”
the University of Kentucky, I reached over 3,000
students and had several conversations with
ag students. As I combated one student’s claims, I felt
bad, as her bottom lip started to quiver –
and quivered more intensively as the conversation
went on. She said that in her ag classes, they’re
accepting that practices such as battery cages
and gestation crates are going to eventually
be of the past, and current ag students are
preparing for different practices than go on
now. We parted on very friendly terms, shaking
hands, and genuinely wishing each other well.
slow at Hostos Community College, but in the
end, Nathan and I reached over 1,000 students.
Amazing conversations, too! For example, two
women decided right then they were going to
go veg and get veggie burgers for lunch.
made the long drive to meet me, and we had a
great day of outreach at the University of South
Carolina, Benedict College, and Allen University!
Many productive conversations. Paulette talked
with James who was very interested and had lots
of questions. Vaughn pledged to go vegetarian
and eventually vegan. Another student said he
used the booklet to write a research paper last
to Javier and Lauren for leafleting with me
early on my trip. In three days, I was at Portland
Community College, Mt. Hood CC, Clackamas
CC, Chemeketa CC, and Lane CC. Too many good
conversations to relate them all. For example,
a former vegan whose doctor told him to eat
meat was happy to get a Guide with Jack’s nutrition information.
One woman said she had tried to be an advocate but had
burned out. I gave her an A
Meaningful Life and said I hoped she’d stay
involved. A young woman said she’s wanted to
go vegetarian, but her parents who she’s living
with are against it because they’re afraid it
will be bad for her health. I suggested she
show Jack’s nutrition information to her parents.
A young woman [left]
told me getting the booklet in the past caused
her to go vegetarian! And after getting a booklet,
another woman [above] said, “That’s it. I’m going
vegetarian!” And at Lane, there were so
many vegetarians and interested people, I gave
out 98 Guides!
day with Italia at Oakland University. Lots
of interest. Four separate students came back
to talk after class; all said they wanted to
go veg. Another who used to be veg pledged to go
back and got a Guide. Another woman mentioned
she had thought about going veg sometime this
year; we briefly chatted and she got a Guide.
The Montana State, Billings
students were more receptive, polite, and interested
than I ever could have imagined. I met a ton
of vegetarians and several vegans. Favorite
quotes of the day:
It was great to
have Kat [above] and Jennifer with me at Montana State;
it was Kat’s first time leafleting, and she drove
four hours to be there! We met one former vegetarian
who now will be going back. Best part of the
day was a guy named Danny who asked, “Hey,
are you the Vegan Outreach people? The work
you’re doing is really important.” He went
on to say he is going vegan after receiving
the booklet, so I snapped a pic of him [top of page] and will
be putting him in touch with others on campus
that want to get involved.
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