|Enewsletter • June 19, 2013|
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that I can support Vegan Outreach – and
in turn increase the number of people who hear
our message – by making a financial contribution.
This donation is
to acknowledge the person who passed out leaflets
at Temple University. I was inspired to start
eating vegan then, a choice I feel good about
After getting a VO booklet from Vic Sjodin at the University of Tennessee, the student at left was also inspired to go vegan!
Notes from Vegan Outreach
New Team Members Work for the Animals
This week, we’d like to highlight Team Vegan 2013 members on the team for the first time:
Johanna Andris (left, with Brooke), East Bay AR & Advocacy, Wendy Blanch, The Vegan Catholic, Debera Delgatto, Chloe Falkenheim (right, with friend), Maria Catalina Furtuna, Team Joslyn, Annalisa Palmer, Adrienne Ramirez, Tonja Robertson, Corey Smoot, Sarah Still, Diane Thompson, Oneonta Vegans, Lynn Voss, and Kimberly Zandy.
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I handed out my 900,000th booklet
for VO today. Thank you so much to everyone
on this list who donates to ensure that activists
have all these booklets to hand out! This work
gives me a great amount of joy and meaning.
So you’re not just helping animals, you’re giving
me the opportunity to do work that I find rewarding.
And I never take this for granted.
Good conversations at the University
of Maine, Farmington. An older
woman gave thumbs up and said, “I approve
of what you’re doing. Thank you for doing it!”
Another woman said she grew up on a farm and
she lamented, “Looking back, it wasn’t
a very nice place.”
Middle Tennessee State was great outreach for me and Rachel, here in increasingly veg-friendly Murfreesboro. Many great interactions, including three students [below] who said they now want to go vegan! We met one student [above, right] who told us he went veg after getting a VO booklet last semester; after talking longer, he revealed in the past he used to taunt his veg friends, “For every animal you save, I will eat two.” Now he is veg from a VO booklet! We met another student [right] who was disturbed by the info in the booklet; and after a long talk said she was going to start cutting it out and eating meatless meals. I really feel our conversation helped and augmented the booklet.
We had an outstanding day at East Tennessee State with Frannie [Miller, below, right]! Many great reactions; e.g., “Thank you SO much for handing these out.” Met Yesenia [below, left], who told us she now wanted to go vegan; got a Guide. Another student came back to say he would eat less meat; others asked for extra booklets to give to friends and family. After heavy leafleting the last few years, we are helping make this area far more vegan friendly.
I’d say this was one of the best days of the
semester; then again, when you are saving animals
and awakening people to compassionate living,
every day is the best day!
Another productive day at Oregon
State. Just a few negative comments;
when one person refused a booklet saying she
likes steak, the person she was walking with
yelled back to me that she is eating less meat
due to receiving a booklet.
So much interest that
the night just flew by at the San Luis Obispo farmers’ market!
A woman told Jeanie that getting a Compassionate
Choices at the Arroyo Grande farmers’ market
caused her to go vegan. There were a couple
instances of guys saying they wouldn’t get enough
protein if they were vegan – I showed them
the photo of Robert Cheeke in Compassionate
Choices. A group of students got booklets and
posed with the cow [below]. I have a feeling there will
be some new vegetarians out of that group!
The first guy I met at
Norwalk Community College was a new vegetarian.
He took booklets and said, “I am going
to share this great information with my family
and friends! This cruelty needs to stop!”
Another guy said, “I’m all for this! My
aunt introduced me to vegan eating, and being
nice to animals. Keep up the good work!”
Met Mario, who received a Vegan Outreach booklet
13 years ago and went vegan! His girlfriend
is vegan too.
Reached over 1,000
students at Dutchess Community College, where
after getting a booklet, one woman said she
will now cut back consuming animal products
to twice a week. A security guard said, “Keep
going, and good luck doing the good work!”
Eleven students wanted to start a group and eight
of them were interested in leafleting!
Driving to Purdue,
I passed a number of chicken and pig sheds,
as well as Fair Oaks Farms, a dairy and now
pig operation that makes it a point to paint
a pretty picture of animal agriculture. I was
also thinking that this is the day after the
45th anniversary of the killing of Dr. King
and our work for justice does not require us
to withstand fire hoses, police attacks, firebombings
and lynchings. Reflecting on our great position
in time and space to effect change made me serious
about the work.
Great day at the
University of Northern Colorado! Reached 1,175
students, and gave a talk. Knowing it is a slaughterhouse
town, I expected the worst, but wonderful reception!
Shocked by the reception rate
at the University of Arizona Book Fair. People
would stop and come back when they heard what
I was offering. Even more shocking was the percentage
of people who were already vegetarian / vegan.
I could have easily handed out dozens more Guides.
Loads and loads and loads of people – including
those you absolutely wouldn’t expect – said
they were veg, thanked me for being out there
with *great* appreciation, etc. No long interactions,
but some nice short ones. (E.g., one guy with
a St. Louis Cardinals hat and shirt took a booklet,
and I said, “Tony La Russa is a vegetarian.”
He stopped and said, “Really?” with
I was blown away by the response
I received at St. Petersburg College!
Even some of the more conservative-looking folks
responded with sincere interest and talked to
me despite record low temps for this time of
year, as well as fierce wind. Several folks
came back to get more booklets. And an ethics
professor wants me to come back to campus.
Cornerstone University was sweet. I walked onto campus and noticed a faraway door open up with a huge flow of students exiting. Knocked out a ton of booklets and heard awesome stuff. E.g., met Jessie and Hailey that said how sad it was. I Guided Jessie, then Hailey wanted one. Jessie told Hailey, “We should get on that vegetarian kick!”
Take-rate was 97% at Aquinas College. I had a great conversation
with a student who had been vegetarian for 6.5
years, so I encouraged her to try it again;
she seemed genuinely interested. I think just
asking someone to do it is a powerful thing.
Also met a vegan that was happy to see me out
there and said she’d never met another vegan
before; I put her in contact with some locals.
and I had a great day at John Jay!
One girl took a bunch for her classmates. Another
girl said she was glad to have found
a booklet! Also met two veg people who thought
it was awesome to see us out there and were
happy to hear about VO!