|Enewsletter • August 14, 2013|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Activist Profile: Ben Sylvester
What would you say to individuals hesitant about leafleting?
Although you’re not handing out gunpowder, these booklets can spark people to become involved almost immediately – I’ve had people hug me and shake my hand for doing this work. You can get people that really appreciate what you do, and there is nothing more satisfying than that.
From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs
Recipe of the Week
Ben: “Toast a bagel, slice in two halves, cover the tops with peanut butter, and slice a banana on top of the peanut butter.”
Notes from Our Members
and I reached 1,670 Zips at the
University of Akron. The third booklet went
to Melissa [right], who is now leaning toward going
fully vegan; she took a Guide
for herself and a Compassionate Choices
and Guide for her boss, who is considering
going veg. Saw many reading in sunshine, snapped one pic [below, right].
Also met Sophia who would like to leaflet with
VO in the future.
the Cinco de Mayo parade was great
– I was able to use Christian Vegetarian Association
booklets, ¿Por qué vegetariano?,
and Compassionate Choices. There were
so many people it was easy to target the younger
people. I got a lot of “I want to help
animals” or “I need to go vegetarian”
comments, and even a few “My friend just
learned about this, and went like seriously
At Keene State, one
young woman said she had been vegetarian for
six months and then “failed.” I gave
her encouragement and reassurance that there
is no such thing as being perfect. She said
that made her feel better and would try again.
Another young woman said she’s mostly vegetarian
and the info would be helpful.
Rita and I had good interactions
at CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College. Two people asked
for recipes, so we gave them Guides.
Another person asked how can people themselves
actually make a difference in such a huge problem
– our answer was supply and demand. He really
thought it made a lot of sense.
I met Danny at Macomb Community
College. He had previously tried
to be vegan. I gave him a Guide, and
he said, “This is exactly what I need!”
While Gina and I were leafleting
today, a security guard approached
to say he had recently gone vegetarian! So he
got a Guide and a “Congrats! That’s
fantastic!” from me.
At Harrisburg Area Community College,
I had a nice chat with Terry,
a culinary student, who had seen Food, Inc.
and The Meatrix. He said that he ate
grass-fed beef. I said that while that was a
step forward, since he was a culinary student,
he might like to try some good veggie recipes.
He took a Guide.
Jessica and I had 90%
acceptance rate and good interactions at Gannon
University. One vegetarian was very happy to
receive a Guide. Jessica had a person
return and ask her questions about the animals
portrayed in Even If You Like Meat;
she also took a Guide.
We had a great day at
Chemeketa Community College and Western Oregon
University. Lots of people asked us questions / picked our brains about eating veg. Cobie
watched one woman intensely reading a booklet [far left],
so offered her a Guide. The woman repeatedly
said how awful factory farms are, in a voice
loud enough that Nettie [left] could hear her about
30 feet away. The woman said she would read
day at Grossmont College and Cuyamaca
College, with interesting conversations. For
example, I was patient with a devout Christian
who was very talkative. In the end, I was glad
I let her talk, because (with a bit of guidance)
she told me the animal abuse has to stop, and
the only way to stop it is to stop buying animal