|Enewsletter • August 21, 2013|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Rocking Summer Outreach for the Animals
So far in 2013, activists across the country and around the world have handed Vegan Outreach booklets to 504,340 individuals at concerts, festivals, parades, and other venues!
Over 300,000 of these individuals were reached at this summer’s Warped Tour, a concert series that travels across the country.
Well before the tour begins, Vegan Outreach designs and prints a Warped-Tour-specific booklet, using quotations and photos from veg members of the various bands who will be part of that year’s tour. Every summer, Vegan Outreach organizes the schedule, arranges housing, and ships hundreds of thousands of booklets for our crew traveling with the Warped Tour. Over the years, Vegan Outreach has worked with many individual activists as well as other groups – including FARM, The Humane League, Mercy For Animals, Action for Animals, Compassionate Action for Animals, and many others – to make sure we reach as many interested people as possible.
This year 162 activists took part in Warped Tour leafleting – with Vegan Outreach intern Ben Sylvester distributing 38,620 booklets at a record 37 of the 40 stops! Thank you so much to all the amazing leafleters who put in long days in the hot, hot sun.
And a special thank you to all of Vegan Outreach’s dedicated donors. If not for you, these booklets wouldn’t be developed, printed, shipped, and handed to all these individuals. Your support is changing lives every day, and we thank you for making this powerful and necessary work possible.
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Notes from Our Members
year’s Warped was amazing. We
were received so well, kids were really nice,
and it bolstered our sense that the number one
way to change the hearts and minds of society
in regards to how we treat animals is to do
outreach to youth. Amazing to watch so many
people so engrossed in reading the booklet,
to overhear so many conversations about veganism.
This work is definitely a conversation starter;
it gets people who otherwise wouldn’t be discussing
this issue, discussing this issue. The hundreds
of starter pack requests that have come in over
the last two months are testament to the fact
that leafleting youth gets the goods.
It was so good to be back
on the pavement at the Detroit Warped stop.
My buddy Rob (who isn’t even veg) and I showed
up at 4:00, joined shortly by the Button. Within
minutes we were joined by the all-star crew
of the Pest, the Beast, the Shinbone, and the
Camp. Philboy and Matt showed up a little bit
after and we spread out. Stephanie [Bay, right], who I met
at Michigan VegFest when I was tabling, joined
later and the awesome Beau of FARM helped us
out at the end. We offered a booklet to nearly
everyone, and 7,900 accepted.
When the Warped Tour volunteers
left my house, they couldn’t fit all their leaflets
in their car. So Angelica, Lizbeth, and I leafleted
Vegas’ First Friday event. We met lots of interested
people, including teens who said, “Oh, I
got this at Warped Tour. Can I have one for
Pulled in so many different directions
at the Ventura stop of the Warped
Tour. One enthusiastic first-time attendee now
wants to get involved in leafleting! We were
nearly trampled while leafleting the exiting
mob, and I had to leaflet with a box between
my legs to keep stocked with lit., but it was
totally worth it to reach so many young minds!
Thanks Ethan, Victoria, and Ben for a memorable
night – and for your amazing work on the tour!
Solid night on Fountain Square
during the Friday concert event.
Most people were very receptive to the literature.
I encouraged the vegetarians I met to take a
leaflet and give to a friend. The highlight
was a young woman, who got a booklet earlier
in the evening, telling me the information was
very enlightening and that it “had a great
impact” on her. She thanked me for being
out there and asked for a few extra leaflets
to take with her.
The crowd was incredibly receptive
at the Artscape festival. Sarah,
Kate, and I had great conversations. For instance,
a teenager, who said he went vegan recently,
was excited to get a booklet; we had a good
conversation about vegan health and weight-training.
Tons of people were excited to get a booklet!
My second year leafleting
the Bud Billiken Parade, the largest African
American parade in the country; I was thrilled
to team up with Jovan to hit it. Very high reception
among the friendly and curious crowd. Lots of
people stopped with questions about the leaflet,
the treatment of farmed animals, and veg eating.
Good outreach and a fun event to cover.
good reception at the Grayslake Summer Days
festival! Many people were asking questions
and wanted to help stop animal cruelty. One
person said that she was going to look into
having her company donate to VO!
the Long Island Pride Parade, I
combined my dance moves with the opener, “Info
to help animals, widen your circle of compassion.”
Outstanding reception rate!
Alan, Haz, Chad, Stephanie, and I went
downtown and handed out 886 Compassionate
Choices around the Art Institute of Chicago
area. Numerous people stopped to thank the team
for getting out and educating people about the
ills of factory farming. Among those people,
many were either vegetarian or vegan. We had
bikers, runners, and even those on Segways take
a booklet. A woman who was standing in line
to get into the Art Institute of Chicago told
me to turn around because a cab driver wanted
to read one.
Today was Mark’s first day leafleting
and he seriously rocked it, along with Ethan.
Together, we reached 1,300 mostly 12-to-16-year-old young women at the One Direction concert
with the case for compassion. Many were in long
lines waiting to get in the venue, and the booklets
started countless conversations. Epic outreach
and a special day for many concert attendees
who now are new vegans. Met several parents
and concertgoers who were already vegan, and
gave them Guides.
Reached 300 people at
the Beach to Beacon race. I was
wearing my Team Vegan shirt and was happy to
have a presence, speaking for the animals. One
man said, “Team Vegan…tell me more.”
We had a nice chat.