|Enewsletter • October 16, 2013|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Even though it’s only mid-October, Adopt a College activists have already reached more than 521,000 students at over 450 schools!
The unstoppable Vic Sjodin (right) has handed a booklet directly to 45,000+ students already this semester, and Steve Erlsten and Rachel Shippee have each reached more than 40,000 students! And the amazing traveling team of Jon Camp and Lauren Walker have reached well over 60,000 students with Vegan Outreach booklets!
VO’s southeast coordinator, Dawn Ratcliffe (below), is also on the road. Dawn supplied one of our all-time favorite insights:
Congratulations to all leafleters and donors – you are changing the world every day!!
From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs
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Notes from Our Members
was so stoked to be joined at
Wayne State by Australia’s #1 leafleter, Chelsea
Collins! Her enthusiasm for this work is undeniable,
and we set the all-time one-day record for any school in the state of Michigan – 3,740 students were
handed an Even If You Like Meat booklet,
and 37 wanted Guides. The leafleting was great
– super high take-rate and really positive
reception from the students. We each heard things
like “this is so sad” and “I
love what you guys are doing, this is so cool.”
At Montgomery College, Helena found a booklet in the cafeteria and set off to find who was passing them out. Well, she found me! She was so happy that the school was being leafleted and wants to volunteer the next time I’m around. A really nice couple stopped and asked about our organization after they received booklets at the previous class change. They thanked VO for being there today and said it was a great cause! Vegans in the making right there.
At George Washington
University, Bo stopped to tell me that he was
happy to get a booklet. He was vegetarian for
a while until he read The Vegetarian Myth
by Lierre Keith. I asked him what about the
book changed his mind on being vegetarian. He
brought up the purity argument: that no matter
how many animals we do not eat, human existence
will never be able to never hurt animals in
some way. In short, I explained to him the idea
that being vegetarian or vegan is not about
being pure or perfect, but about doing the best
we can to hurt as few animals as we can. He
seemed to click with the idea of non-purism.
(It’s effective and brings about positive change?
Go figure!) He promised to read the booklet
again, and was happy to get a Guide!
a month ago, a student that I tutored was leaving to go home to Korea. Her
last week in the US, we went to Portland and
ate at Native Foods – her first meal in a vegan
restaurant. She also got a vegan tour of Whole
Foods. When she asked me if vegans eat honey,
I explained the goal of reducing suffering rather
than trying to achieve purity and how it applies
to different situations, honey, restaurant meals,
etc. She said, “I’m really happy to hear
that because I was thinking that it’s too hard
to be vegan.”
and I set a new record at Eastern
Kentucky U – 2,200 students reached, and good
conversations. For example, Andrew, an earnest
and sweet dude who goes to EKU, let me know
that he was straight-edge and has a lot of respect
for vegans. We talked about how even cutting
back on animal products was a huge step forward.
nearly 2,000 students at Cal State
Fullerton. A student [below, center] came back after class and
now wants to go veg; got a Guide and
some encouragement. Later met Amber [below, right], who wants to eat far less meat; also asked
for a booklet and Guide to give to
her bestie. Lastly, met Anita [below, left], who had been veg
for two weeks a few years ago; after getting
a booklet today, she was amped to give it another try. We spoke at length, and she took an extra booklet and Guide for her friend. Also had a convo with a very receptive amateur bodybuilder about vegan
CW Post, one student came back
after reading the booklet to tell me that she
agrees with the information a lot, and that
she is cutting back a lot on eating meat. Rechelle [below, left]
got a booklet from me last year, and went pescetarian,
and then vegan two months ago! Then met Lauren
and Ketan who started a campus group, and now
want to go vegan! They all received a Guide.
Six people gave me their emails, will introduce
them and past emails to Lauren and Ketan. Of
the 6, 4 said they want to leaflet!
day of my Ohio vacation started
out cold and rainy. I was thrilled to meet up
with Jen and Stefanie to destroy Bowling Green
State. Jen [Black, below] runs an animal advocacy group in
Toledo and was able to come for most of the
day. Stefanie is the president of the campus
group and was able to join us for a couple hours
in between her classes. Students were super-receptive!
A number asked about getting involved and I
referred them to Stefanie. Students even came
up to Jen to ask for leaflets! Talked to a few
students who were working on going veg, and
a couple who had tried but felt they needed
meat, so gave them harm-reduction ideas. A professor
was interested in using our lit for an ethics
day at CUNY Brooklyn! I had a
veg mom who wanted booklets to give to her daughter
and her friends. I met a vegan from Florida
who said she knew no one else here that was
vegan and was really interested in getting involved
to volunteer and to meet others! The best was
when a girl took one, rolled it up, and hit
her friend on the head with it while saying,
“Yea! I’m vegetarian!”
day at Sacramento State, where
I reached over 2,400 students. Great conversations,
too. Jennifer is interested in getting involved
for the animals. Another student is currently
vegetarian and wants to go vegan, but her parents
are deeply concerned. The Guide to Cruelty-Free
Eating I gave her should help her go vegan
while addressing her parents’ worries.
Vegas Veg crew [Gina, Elaine Vigneault, and Niala Wesley, right] very quickly reached
1,000 students at the College of Southern Nevada.
One guy was worried about building muscle on
a plant diet but after hearing that there are
vegan bodybuilders he gladly took a Guide
to learn more about veg nutrition. A woman
said she was proud of us and we were doing good
work. A man came back and asked, “So chicken
is out but why is turkey ok?” and so I
explained that he was pointing to TOFUrky not
turkey. He said, “Oh, I guess I should read
been recovering from a bad sprain, so
I was very happy to be able to get out there
to leaflet again. By the way, when the sprain
happened and the pain was intense, all I could
think about was the pain endured by farmed animals
and how they don’t get any help or comfort.
My thoughts went to how they get the opposite;
they get whipped, prodded, kicked, dragged,
and then they lose their lives. Along with the
physical pain, they are frightened and bewildered.
I can’t even imagine what they endure. They
are individuals, and the pain felt by each and
every one of them matters – so we leaflet and
speak up for them. Thank you, all!