|Enewsletter • June 26, 2013|
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Thank you! I got your booklet at Cal State Long Beach 3 years ago. That was the last day I ate land animals. A few months later I stopped eating seafood, and a few more months after that I stopped eating eggs. AND I have now been vegan for 4 months! I have decided to take more action now and spread the word.
After getting a VO booklet from Vic Sjodin at Western Kentucky University, Becky (left) now wants to go vegan, too!
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Following the success of Team Vegan 2012, Vegan Outreach leafleters reached a record 959,706 students at 974 schools during fall 2012 – more students handed a booklet than ever before!
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Notes from Our Members
Ali, and I set an all-time Canadian record
at York University – handed an Even If
You Like Meat booklet to 4,602 students,
and also gave out more than five dozen Guides!
Ali took the bus for five hours and skipped
two days of classes. We met numerous students
that want to get involved, tons of vegheads,
and tons of people impacted by the lit. Great
feedback! One student told John that he got
a booklet a couple years ago, and now he and
his friend only eat meat on the weekends. Another
student said, “Keep up the great work!
I just want you to know that it’s so great you’re
out here.” Finally, I had a wonderful conversation with Shannon [left], who is vegetarian, working on vegan, and now wants to get involved more and leaflet! I gave her a Guide and an AML, and will be putting her in touch with others from the school.
Had a very positive experience today at Carleton University with Allison and Katie [below], volunteers who hadn’t leafleted before, as well as my great friends Marc and Len, who are always around to help out the student group. One student interviewed me for her journalism class, where she wants to write a feature about vegetarianism and what we were leafleting about and why. She is transitioning to vegetarian and wants to expose her professor and class to veganism. Very cool! Great day also for meeting new students who might want to get involved next semester!
—Team Vegan member Ali Pester, 3/25/13
reception from friendly students
at Indian River State College. Talked to some
interested in going veg. One student had been
raised vegetarian, but had quit. Now, though,
he is going to start reducing meat consumption
ASAP and go from there.
at Miami Dade College’s West campus, especially from
faculty and staff. Highlights of the day were
watching a number of students read the booklets,
talking with two police officers who were especially
touched by the Even Ifs, and chatting
with a construction worker who stopped to tell
me that the images really upset him, and he
was really taken aback by the obvious sadness
in the eyes of the animals in the booklet. Also,
the Guides were incredibly popular!
the University of Arizona, I gave
my last Compassionate Choices to a
pair of guys, who then came back to me. They
thought the booklet was cool, and the second
guy wanted one. I said all I had left were Guides,
with nutrition and recipes; they thought that
was great and would share both booklets.
great to finally feel the sun’s warmth at
SUNY Nassau, and great to be joined by Elana [Pessin, right],
Melissa, and Jennifer! We were able to reach
1,500 students. Jennifer met a professor who
said, “I eat meat. I can’t help it. But
I think you’re right, and I feel guilty now.
Guilty!” To which she replied, encouragingly:
“Don’t feel guilty, feel motivated!”
He seemed to like that. Another professor expressed
support for our efforts and said he knows it’s
probably what he should do (i.e., stop eating
animals). I Guided him. A student said
she’s nearly vegan, she was happy to accept
a Guide. This is how we change the
hurt the traffic but might have
improved the take rate at Western Illinois University.
Heard from half a dozen vegetarians, which was
nice at this ag school!
day at the University of Louisville!
Rachel had a 15-minute talk with Geno [above, center] – he
was shocked by many things, and is on his way!
Also met Rachel M [above, right], who was welled up with emotion
after reading the booklet; she got a Guide, and wants to go veg and leaflet! Spoke with
Matt for a half hour, even into his class time.
We discussed animal suffering on factory farms,
vegan nutrition, protein, and other things.
He came around more and more and was very disturbed
by animal cruelty; I think we got another one.
More great conversations at Eastern Kentucky
University, where Rachel and I reached a record 1,700 students. Had a really nice interaction with Murtaja [above, right], who now wants to eat less meat. One woman [a librarian, above, left] came back to say she had been on her
way to Chick-fil-A when she got the booklet.
She started reading it, and decided to go veg.
Also met Brian [above, center], who stopped eating animals after
getting a VO booklet in the past. As usual, saw several students reading booklets cover-to-cover [two at right]; a highlight was seeing one student reading in a hammock between class changes [below].
and I met enthusiastic students
at Lane Community College, and had good interactions.
For example: one guy initially refused a booklet
but assured me that he is in agreement and thinks
factory farms are bad. However, when I asked
him what he eats, his actions were not in sync with his beliefs. I told him that when we purchase
something we are voting with our dollars for
what we like and don’t like. He said that I
was right and took a booklet.
conversation at SUNY Plattsburgh
with a young man who wants to transition toward
more vegetarian meals. Another student said
she just wrote an article for the school paper
about animal cruelty and was happy to get a
driving was worth it for the amazing
students at Colorado Mesa University! I heard
one student tell another, “That’s the best
booklet I’ve ever gotten!” As she walked
past, I asked if she had gotten it before. She
explained that she was vegan for years, but had fallen off the vegan train a couple years
ago. Getting a booklet last year made her think;
this year I gave her a Guide, and she
is ready to come back to a compassionate diet!
was on campus today, and our group
was doing a large Meatout food sampling – Tofurky,
Gardein, So Delicious, a yummy vegan “mock
chik’n salad” from the deli of our local
Earth Fare grocery, and other items. Many hundreds
of students stopped at our tables and sampled
cruelty-free foods and took literature. I decided
to leaflet as well [right], and reached several hundred
take rate at Quinsigamond Community
College! Zion remembered me from last semester,
so he stopped to leaflet. Jenny also remembered
me, and took booklets to put on display in the
student center where she works. One student
came back after reading the Compassionate
Choices and wanted more for his friends,
some of whom are vegan. I briefed him about
VO and how we are here to help reduce suffering.
He said he would start by cutting his meat eating
in half, as he felt that this was doable!
recently saw 42, the
film about Jackie Robinson. During Jackie’s
first games, he was taunted by racists in the
stands over and over again. He and the team
executives understood that if he were to continue
to play, he would have to bite his tongue each
and every day. And so he did, as ignorant people
spewed irrational and venomous nonsense. Jackie
didn’t respond, and he eventually won the war;
he had a career leading to an induction in the
Hall of Fame, and MLB became an integrated