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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  September 11, 2013

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Rachel Shippee

Activist Profile: Rachel Shippee

Continuing our series of activist profiles, we meet new Vegan Outreach employee, Rachel Shippee! After dominating Illinois the past couple years – and even Hawaii this past winter! – she’s begun her first tour stretching from the Midwest to the Great Plains, from the Pacific Northwest to the mountainous western states. She’s already broken records and is on track to having one of the most prolific VO semesters ever!

Why do you leaflet?

After joining the AR club at school, our first outreach event was leafleting. It was amazing to be able to reach so many people so quickly! It really seemed like the most effective activism I could participate in, and that’s why I continue to leaflet.

What was your most positive leafleting experience?

Any time I’m out leafleting and I hear someone tell me they went veg because of receiving a booklet is a memorable experience for me. It’s a reminder that our work is important and effective!

What would you say to individuals hesitant about leafleting?

It’s totally normal to be hesitant! I never thought I would be able to go to public places and approach people I didn’t know. However, once you get started and get a few out, you will see people are generally nice and happy to take your info. It’s also very rewarding work – there’s nothing like the feeling after a great day of leafleting!

Full interview here.

 

From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs

 

Homemade Bars of the Week

Rachel has a great-looking recipe for peanut butter and jam bars.

Please submit your nominees for product of the week via this page; previous entries here.

 

Notes from Our Members

Brooke Andris at Strawberry Festival
Barbara sends these pics from the Arroyo Grande Strawberry Festival: above, Brooke Andris reaches another festivalgoer; below, two boys share a Compassionate Choices as their dad looks on, and two young women are engrossed in their booklets.
Readers at Strawberry Festival

My first day on tour was great – I reached over 2,150 students at Iowa State! I met two vegans who were looking to start clubs on campus; I took their info. I heard from other vegetarians who thanked me for being there. Overall students were receptive. A man stopped by to tell me that his daughter was vegan and most of the swimmers she coaches have gone vegan; we talked about nutrition and I gave him a Guide.
—Rachel Shippee, 8/26/13

Brooke, Johanna, Peggy, and I had two amazing days at the huge Strawberry Festival. So many people stopped to thank us for our work, told us we were doing important work, and one vegan even gave me a big hug while saying, “Yea, us!” A young guy stopped to help, too. A number of people who at first refused the booklet, then, realizing it was about animals, took it after all. Met some folks who were earnestly trying to go from veg to vegan, so they got Guides and vegan buttons for inspiration.
     One teenager accepted a Compassionate Choices, then handed it back saying, “Oh, no thanks, I…” then hesitated. I asked, “Were you going to say ‘I like meat’?” He said yes. We had a nice, short conversation during which I told him I used to feel the same way until I found out what happens to the animals. He took the brochure back from me saying, “OK, I promise you I will read this.” I said that’s all I ask and thanked him.
—Barbara Bear, 5/26/13

Some high school leafleting during the final week. At Lincoln Park High School, I handed out every booklet I had. One boy exclaimed he was already vegan, and gladly accepted the Guide. The take rate at George Westinghouse College Prep was high, and hopefully some seeds were planted. A number of students said, “Yes please, I love / want to help animals.”
—Darina Bockman, 6/4/13

Readers at Strawberry Festival

Georgia and I planned our day off to meet up at Northwestern. Maxine stopped by to help, too. We reached 900 students, and it was a lively day! A big high school group was visiting campus and almost every single student wanted a leaflet.
     Georgia and Jovan joined me at Taft High School, where a nice teacher directed us to where we could reach more students. And great reception from these students, including some who were already veg! I saw many students reading the leaflets as they waited for school to start.
—Leslie Patterson, 6/4/13

At the University of Chicago, a student asked why animal suffering was my focus. I explained that birds, mammals, and bony fish all have the ability to feel pain. I explained that the number of animals made to suffer, the intensity of their suffering, and the whimsical reason that they are made to suffer, as well as each of us having direct control over that suffering and death, is what drew me into this work on my days off from being a social worker.
—Joe Espinosa, 5/14/13

Nina Edwards at Pierce College

While leafleting today, one girl said after reading about what happens to pigs in Compassionate Choices, she would no longer eat pigs. Later, while waiting for her friends to get to Chick-fil-A for lunch, one young woman asked me for a booklet. She later told me that she didn’t know about the things that went on in factory farms prior to that. She also said she was going to think about her eating choices and she was “sure as hell not gonna eat here today with my friends.”
—Becki Markle, 6/20/13

I fit in about two hours at Georgia State. High take rate and positive responses. I even had a campus policeman come hang out next to me for a while; we talked about how animals suffer on factory farms, he agreed it was horrible and took a booklet. One woman took one and then came back by an hour later with a burrito; she pointed to it and said, “I got tofu!” Another guy took a booklet, then immediately turned around and asked for another for his stepdad – he said they have both been talking about making these changes. Lastly, I met one vegan woman, and one guy said he was already vegetarian and was going to give his booklet to a friend.
—Laura, 6/26/13

Juan at LAMC
Eduardo at ECC
Agnes at CPP

An amazing day at two schools in LA! I met Juan [left] at Los Angeles Mission College; he doesn’t eat pork, because of the way the pigs are treated. We discussed battery cages, fish farming, and a vegan diet! He was once vegetarian for two years, and he knows if he puts his mind to it, he can go vegan. He is excited about reading the Guide and getting started!
     At Pierce College, I met an aspiring vegan activist! Nina [Edwards, above] has been vegetarian for two years, and she wants to go vegan and get involved. I got her started leafleting. She is a natural, and she handed out 300 leaflets in less than two hours! She will be putting her new Guide and her copy of A Meaningful Life to good use!
     Another great day at El Camino College! I heard comments ranging from “THIS is what I wanted to show my mom” to “I read that. That’s why I quit eating meat” to “I JUST did a debate about that.” I’ve heard from quite a few people this semester who have written about or debated the ethics of animal abuse.
     Eduardo [left] took a booklet and mentioned that some of his friends in the campus chapter of Young Americans for Liberty are vegan. He has been thinking about it more lately and appreciated his Guide. Late in the morning the Young Americans for Liberty set a table up near me. I sparked some conversation, so I got to hear the vegan members telling the other YAL members about the incredible food at Veggie Grill and Native Foods. It was another great reminder that animal abuse knows no political limits, so everyone can participate in this revolution!
     Great take rate and productive conversations at Citrus College. I spoke with aspiring vegans, including one woman who founded an animal rights club in high school, but had since lapsed! She got a copy of A Meaningful Life, as did a student who struck up a conversation about the nature of suffering, why it matters, and the evolutionary origins of empathy. It was a fun day!
     Phenomenal day at Cal Poly Pomona! Agnes [left] took a leaflet on her way to class. A couple hours later she stopped back by to tell me the abuse is depressing. I reminded her that we have the power to change what’s happening, and we discussed vegan meats and other options. She took a Guide and was excited to try some new vegan dishes! I also met Nicole, who wants to get a vegan / AR club started. At the very end of the day I met aspiring vegan Natasha, who is excited to start an internship with Ellen DeGeneres in the fall! She’s excited to tell everyone there about Vegan Outreach – for the animals and for brownie points!
     Handed out all my booklets pretty quickly at LA’s Pride Parade. Some good feedback, including one man who said he received one of our booklets at San Francisco Pride last year and it changed his life! The highlight was hearing one woman loudly tell her friend, “THIS is what made me stop eating meat!”
—Steve Erlsten, 6/9/13

 

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