|Enewsletter • March 27, 2013|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
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and I had a great start to the tour:
despite the unusual cold, we reached over 4,200
students at the University of Texas–Pan American. So many
highlights, including a student who had decreased
his consumption of animals when he got a booklet
in the past, and is now committed to going all
the way. We also met Andrea [right], who was stoked to get a Guide and pledged to go veg from now on! Many came back to get booklets for
friends, family, coworkers, and students, including
two philosophy professors. Rachel was asked
to be interviewed for the college radio station.
We met so many interested students – a huge
change from when I was first here in 2008!
Was great to leaflet
with Michelle at UCLA – we reached over 1,600
students. One guy said the last time he came
across a Compassionate Choices, he and his wife
almost went vegan. Hopefully this day’s booklet,
conversation, and Guide will be the
last push they need!
a total of 1,541 students at two
Portland Community College campuses and Clackamas
Community College, including giving out nearly
highlight at Miami-Dade College,
Medical Campus came right at the end, when the
security officer who passed me several times
even returned asking why he hadn’t been offered
one! Turns out he’d already been considering
vegetarianism since his sister and an aunt had
been eating mostly veg. A nice end to this great
day of outreach!
off the semester big by breaking
the record at CSU East Bay – Eleanor, Kitty,
Rob, and I reached over 2,100 students. Supportive
feedback and friendly students!
record at Northern Virginia Community
College, Alexandria. Ruth, a vegan of 30
years, stopped by to say that she really appreciated
what I was doing and that she followed VO. She
stopped by later with her 18-year-old daughter
who has been vegan her whole life – great representatives
of a vegan diet. I also came across a number
of new vegans and those interested in eating
more vegan fare. After getting the Even
If You Like Meat, one guy said, “But
I do like meat.” I told him that we’re
simply asking people to cut back on it. He said,
“That’s reasonable. I’ll give it a try.”
A great day!
Meggie and I were joined by Molly, and we reached over 3,100 students at Arizona State. Early in the morning I handed a booklet to a student who replied with “I’m vegan! F*** yeah!” Clearly she was happy we were there. Also met a supportive 12-year vegan. In fact, I met 8 vegans by 10:30 am! Must be a personal record. Ran into a dude named Xavier who had gone veg before but got sick; he told me he’s now trying to get back into it and the Guide will be super helpful. Had a good conversation with a student who had gone veg but became anemic. Of course I handed her a Guide and pointed out the health tips! Highlight was meeting JJ [below, right], a student who received a booklet from us on December 3rd of last year. He exclaimed, “I haven’t eaten meat since you guys gave me this last month!” He made it clear we made an impact on him. Great stuff!!!
College is a hotbed of interested students – new
vegetarians, people wanting to go vegetarian,
people wanting to go back to being veg, etc. Had a great conversation with Bailey and Elisia [above, left]. Elisia is a vegetarian who is trying to keep on it and Bailey is her former-vegetarian friend that wants to get back on it. Both were inspired by the booklet; Elisia to continue and Bailey to give it a second shot! They were both totally stoked to get a Guide.
Morrissey show in Bethesda was
fantastic! He performed “Meat Is Murder” and projected
Meet Your Meat on a huge screen as the last
song of a set. Kimberly and I grabbed booklets
and handed them all out in a short period of
time. People were very receptive, so if there
is a Morrissey show in your town, it’s definitely
worth leafleting – the people will be primed
by the show!
leafleting at Clara Barton High
School puts me over 500,000 reached, lifetime.
Lots of work over the years but it’s very worthwhile.
I’ve discovered that most students don’t share
feedback unless we inquire. But I know from
experience it works – when slow, I ask those
who got the booklet before what they thought,
and most state it’s bad / sad, and many go on
to say they have made changes. Leafleting can
educate / influence an entire school with very
little time, effort, and resources.
interested students at Eastern
Illinois University, despite the cold rain.
Heard from a dozen vegetarians / vegans – one
of whom said it was receiving a booklet in the
past that had prompted the change.
leafleting with Mark at the University
of Illinois, Chicago. We were able to answer many
questions from interested students, and met
a number of vegans and vegetarians.
great start to the semester at
the University of North Florida – we reached
over 1,400 students! Met students who had just
started to change their diets; and several students
commented how many vegans there are on campus
now compared to years prior.
conversations at Armstrong Atlantic State University, where I met several vegetarians
and a couple of aspiring vegetarians and two
folks who were going from veg to vegan. One
woman I had spoken with before said she was
still making steady progress toward being veg.