|Enewsletter • October 9, 2013|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
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From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs
Notes from Our Members
Animal Activist’s Handbook]
gave me hope and strength. I was very depressed,
did not think I am made for this world, could
not get along with my meat-eating coworkers…
Thank you and thank you! I share your recommendations
with all of my activist friends.
amazing day with Yvonne – set
a new record at College of the Canyons, reaching
1,600 students. One woman stopped dead in her
tracks on a busy narrow walkway and read the booklet
cover-to-cover, not moving for 15 minutes, transfixed.
We gave her a Guide. Amy [right] got a booklet and now wants innocent animals
to stop being hurt. Met a vegan who wants to
leaflet in the future. Others related they read the
entire booklet and were moved by it [including the student at left, who will now eat less meat].
At Catholic U, I talked with a man who is in the beginning stages of making the connection between animals and his “guilt” about eating them. He appreciated getting a Compassionate Choices and a Guide. I also met a 40-year-old whose husband just went veg a couple months ago after being hired to shoot photography for a campaign against a factory farm. They are now raising their children mostly veg (one of them who she claims was veg coming right out of the womb!). After answering her questions on protein and iron, I gave her a Guide.
Quotes of the
day at West Virginia U. Lauren [Walker, right]
and I started leafleting at 8 and reached more
than 4,000 students by the time we left campus
at 4. Met many, many vegetarians and vegans –
distributed more than 20 Guides. For example,
I had two young women in a row, totally unaffiliated
with each other, tell me no thanks to a booklet
because they’re vegan (they both got Guided).
Lauren had the best conversations of the day:
me at Allan Hancock College, and
we quickly reached 500 students. Many expressed
that they like animals and were happy to get
a leaflet. We also watched students reading
them. Favorite quote of the day: “This
is a powerful booklet!” And when I stopped
for a moment to acknowledge her, she said, “Keep
handing them out!”
County Community College, met
a number of vegetarians and vegans. Also met
Nicki, who took booklets to give to friends.
At Dowling College, a guy looked at the Even If You Like Meat booklet and said: “Oh
no, I am not going to eat dinner tonight!”
to have the Jungenbergs drive
up to join me at the University of Wisconsin,
Madison. Met vegetarians and vegans, and John
heard from someone who went veg from getting
a leaflet in the past!
and Debbie joined me at Moraine
Valley Community College. So many students said
they are interested in changing what they eat
and trying a vegetarian diet. Lots of students
wanted to know what they can eat if not animals.
Tina, Debbie and I offered lots of suggestions
and encouragement. I was impressed with the
ability of the students to stop in the middle
of their day, encounter a difficult issue, and
react to it with positivity and thoughtfulness.
There is hope in the universe!
though it was nearly 100 degrees
when we started, and a Friday, Anne [Green, above, right], I, and
Vegas Veg – specifically, Elaine [Vigneault, above, left] and Angelica
– reached 900 students at UNLV. I was two for
two with skateboards, and Anne had a bike handoff.
Later that evening, Elaine and crew reached
1,500 people at Las Vegas’ Pride Parade &
weather was hot, but Team MFA
was hotter, passing out 1,500 Compassionate
Choices at Harold Washington Library. High-fiving
vegans and vegetarians (one of 40 years!) and
encouraging Meatless Monday, we had an awesome
day of outreach as the community expressed interest
and enthusiasm in moving towards a more plant-based
was another phenomenal day! Jack
joined me for the first three class changes
at Cosumnes River College, and we set another
school record, reaching over 2,100 friendly
students. I talked to one vegan who thought
government action was our only hope, but I brought
him around to the idea of dollar democracy and
multiplying our personal impact by influencing
others…by leafleting, naturally. Late in the
day I had a lengthy conversation with a student
from Russia whose grandparents have a small
farm. She is comfortable having animals killed
for food, but wants them treated better. Traffic
was slow, so I talked to her for a while about
the quotation from J.S. Foer’s Eating Animals
from a factory farm operator: “You hear
about free-range eggs and grass-fed cattle,
and all of that’s good. I think it’s a good
direction. But it ain’t gonna feed the world.
Never. You simply can’t feed billions of people
free-range eggs. And when you hear people talking
about small farming as a model, I call that
the Marie Antoinette syndrome: if they can’t
afford bread, let them eat cake.”