|Enewsletter • September 4, 2013|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Storming Into Decade Two!
2012–13 marked the 10th year of Vegan Outreach’s Adopt a College program. Hundreds and hundreds of leafleters made it memorable, handing a Vegan Outreach booklet to a record 1,874,694 students, staff, and faculty at 1,312 different schools.
Now our leafleters have gone into AAC’s second decade full bore, having reached 79,443 students even before the majority of schools have started classes!
Records continue to fall at schools across the country. For example, Vic Sjodin (right) – who has now handed a VO booklet to more than 610,000 young people – just set a new single-day one-person record at Cal State Northridge, reaching 6,000 students!
Congratulations to Vic and all the leafleters out there, reaching thousands of people every single day with the animals’ plight, and compassionate alternatives!
That’s a Lot of Zeros!
It seems like just yesterday Vegan Outreach sent out booklet number 20,000,000. So we missed it when we sent out number 21,000,000!
That’s right: twenty-one million!
Thank you so much to every VO donor who has given so generously to this powerful and effective outreach. Your thoughtful, selfless support has made a huge difference in countless lives!
From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs
Shirts of the Week
Karen has a new set of vegan / animal rights T-shirts and tank tops available!
Notes from Our Members
[during the record day] at Cal State Northridge.
Met Natalie [below, right] who went vegan after getting a booklet
at the Ventura Warped Tour. Luis [below, left] read the booklet
today and wants to go veg now. Their recreation
department administrator and I had a good walking
conversation; he said, “This is interesting,
thank you. I will read it.” Had a bro down
with many dudes, but one in particular seemed
moved. At the end, I told him, “You seem
awesome, I’m sure you will respond to a good
and timely message.” Two separate women
said they wanted to go veg, but didn’t want
their pics taken. Spoke to Christy
from the campus group last night and she came to say hello
before class. I invited her to leaflet and she did
for about 15 min before class; her group will
likely help in the future. Others said they
read the whole thing. Three asked for a second
booklet to show someone else. Another student
said she has been wanting to go veg and got
and some encouragement. Had many other interactions.
Several thanked me for being out there and a
kind woman could see I was beat and brought
me a water and Gatorade right at the end. What
a fun day!!!
On the 50th
anniversary of MLK’s I Have a Dream speech,
Vic broke the one-leafleter record,
and Jon and I broke the record for the most
students reached at the University of Virginia.
After taking a booklet, one student asked me
what was the solution to the problem of animal
suffering. I told him that our mission is to
reduce suffering by encouraging others to eat
less meat, stop buying factory-farmed meats,
embrace a vegetarian diet. After a short conversation,
he told me he was going to try to eat less meat
and stop purchasing from factory farms! He was
happy for his Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating.
Another student was excited to get a booklet
to learn more about the issue since her sister
is vegan. She was very thankful for a Guide!
She plans on eating fewer animal products
and eventually transitioning to be vegetarian!
Tremendously high reception rate at the University of Georgia: I reached over 1,200 students, with many good, productive conversations! I encountered 15–20 vegetarians and vegans. Every time I do this leafleting, it seems there are more vegetarians, and that students are becoming more receptive, more aware, and more responsive to this message.
One woman told
me she was recently driving behind a truck transporting
chickens to one of the local slaughterhouses.
She saw one of the chickens fall off the truck
and hit the road…she went to try to save
the bird, but she was already dead. Since then,
she has not eaten chicken again, and she is
buying vegan “chicken” nuggets for
her children. She eagerly took a Guide.
sweltering but amazing day of
outreach at the University of Northern Iowa,
where I reached 1,160 students! The take rate
was amazing and everyone was extremely nice!
Gave a Guide to a girl who wanted to
know how to add more iron to her diet, so she
could now stay healthy and veg!
students and good conversations at
Adelphi University and Iona College, including
a number interested in forming / joining a student
group. Highlight was Elana, who received a booklet
from me last semester, and did a report about
factory farming. She also cut back eating animals
and animal products almost entirely!
and I had a great first leafleting day of
the semester at Bronx Community College! Met
three vegetarians and two vegans. Everyone seemed
very curious when they realized what we were
handing out, and we saw many reading them while
waiting for the bus. A lot of people were
excited to take copies for their friends as
good days at Edinboro University
– going to different spots, I reached nearly
1,000 students. Lots of good conversations.
I met a number of vegetarians and thanked them
for their compassion; also gave them Guides. One student came back to talk and expressed
his interest in helping. I invited him to join
me at the next class change and he did!
and I met super-receptive students at
Wilbur Wright City College, and Jovan was able
to join us too – reached nearly 1,500 students!
Heard from many veggies, including a couple
interested in going vegan and happy to
receive Guides. We also heard from some students
who want to get involved with activism.
the University of California Berkeley,
Kitty and I reached 1,700 students. I ran into
at least 20 vegans, including a few who want to
get involved; I gave one a copy of A
Meaningful Life. Interesting conversations,
including a long one with Mike. One of the Guides went to a man who has been vegan for long periods,
but keeps falling off the wagon. He was excited
to look through the Guide to find some new vegan
meats to try.