|Enewsletter • October 23, 2013|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Activist Profile: Chris Guinn
What was your most positive leafleting experience?
Earlier this summer I took my younger brother Adrian leafleting for the first time. He had a blast and did a great job, it was a rewarding experience for both of us. Watching him evolve from a stubborn meat eater to a compassionate vegan has been awesome, I’m tremendously proud of him.
What would you say to individuals hesitant about leafleting?
Everyone has to start somewhere. As someone who is naturally introverted, my first leafleting experience made me a little anxious. I wasn’t really too comfortable approaching strangers and didn’t really feel confident conversing with them, but I quickly found leafleting to be a very comfortable thing for me after getting out there just a couple of times. Understanding the difference leafleting makes for animals, I grew to love it. Every time I leaflet, I walk away with a feeling of accomplishment – it’s rewarding when you know you’ve made an impact. An hour of your free time once a week can mean a big difference for animals suffering on factory farms. If you really think leafleting really isn’t for you, you can make a donation!
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Notes from Our Members
The students at American River College were hungry for this information! I talked to more vegetarians and vegans than I could count, and lots of Guides went to people who have been trying to go vegan. One Guide went to a culinary student who talked about the rise of demand for vegan foods, and how she wants to be prepared to accommodate customers!
Today was another
fantastic day at Sacramento City College! The
most memorable interaction was brief but powerful.
On her way past, a student said she read the
booklet in class and started crying. She didn’t
stop to talk, but as she went past, she said,
“Thank you…and not thank you, because
now I can’t eat meat anymore.” It stuck
with me because she was so genuine and her raw
emotion came through so clearly. In three seconds
she communicated volumes to me. It was one of
the many small victories that make all of this
hard work worthwhile!
Pretty good day –
reached 660 students at Shippensburg University,
and 140 at Dickinson College. Met James who wanted to have someone give a presentation
– I got his email and gave him some videos
to show. Also met Rebecca [right], who told me that she had been eating a semi-veg flexitarian diet; we conversed a bit about transitioning to veg eating and I told her about some easy meals I make and was sure to get her a Guide too! She was compassionate and understood the cruelty of animal agriculture, I just had to reassure her that eating veg is easy!
The wondrous Chelsea and
I continued our leafleting fun with a short
day at Oakland University. Was crazy busy and
the take rate was so good we could have reached
twice as many people had we brought more booklets!
One guy named Duncan said, “I’m vegetarian,
please tell me what more I can do to spread
Shaunagh, Elizabeth, Kristin, Rachael, and I had a record day at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology! We all noted many more vegans and veggies out and about and stopping to tell us about it. Annie wanted to hear more about what we were doing and get involved. My favorite moment was right at the end when someone said, “I want one of those vegan books.” Another said, “Me too,” and a third stuck out her arm. It was like a feeding frenzy and I didn’t know which way was up!
“One guy said he had already read the booklet
and was trying to cut down his meat intake.
I encouraged him, saying that every little bit
helps. Another young man wondered if it would
be possible to still be healthy and get all
his dietary requirements on a vegan diet. I
explained that yes, the Australian dietary guidelines
have recently changed, saying that a vegan diet
is perfectly healthy, and encouraged him to
Google them for more info. Another guy looked
pretty sceptical as he took a booklet. He said
he’d met some arrogant vegans, and asked if
it is appropriate for someone in a third-world
country to be told to go vegan. I said I wasn’t
leafleting in a third-world country, that I
was completely aware of how privileged I am
to be educated and to be able to afford meat
alternatives at the supermarket. I said that
for me, not being part of contributing to factory
farming is a really good place to start, when
often it’s hard to know how to make a difference
in the world. He thanked me and shook my hand.”
Lane Tech High School was
my first time leafleting to high school students
– the take rate was great! It was very exciting
knowing that these malleable minds are so eager
to accept new information and have the potential
to be future change agents. Sydney, Alan, and
I had a very rewarding day of outreach.
It was great to have
Sam and April of the Louisville Vegetarian Club
join us at the University of Louisville [above] – they
helped Lauren and me reach 2,355 students,
continuing our string of records. Had good conversations
with people upset about what they learned from
the booklet, with questions about nutrition
and fitness, and interest in what VO does. A good day!
Boom, baby! Kate,
Sarah [below], Leslie, and I reached over 3,100 students
at Towson University! Shakira [right] was very interested
in the booklet and sharing everything she learns
with her friends on social media. Also, an on-campus
vegan bake sale!
For day 5 of my Ohio vacation,
we headed down to Cleveland State
to vegucate the students there. Had a record
day thanks to the super leafleting powers of
Frances! Vacation total = 5 schools, 28 hours,
7,290 people reached!
The rain didn’t seem to slow me
down at Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute. Higher take rate and more smiles
than last time I was here. During a slow spell
a student was envying my umbrella, so I walked
him to the end of the path he was on and we
chatted about his semester – didn’t plug the
animals, but I countered the angry vegan stereotype,
and he has a booklet to read.
Good interactions at
CUNY Baruch. I met a high school student who
was vegetarian and really excited to hear about
VO. Same goes for a student in the environmental
club who is looking to do a program pertaining
to vegetarianism. I met someone whose 14-year-old
daughter has been vegan for three years and
he said she would be thrilled to see the booklet.
I also saw a student who I used to work with
at my previous job – I had given him a leaflet
about a year ago and he told me he still has
it and since then has cut back on meat!
Reached almost 1,500 students
at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. One Guide
went to a girl who used to be vegetarian
and is looking to get back into it – hopefully
she now has the encouragement to do so. Also
gave a Guide to a girl who said the
booklet was very sad and we talked about what
she can do to reduce the suffering of animals.
Watched one student who, after taking a booklet,
walked ten feet, stopped and stood reading it, front to back [right].
At the University of Toronto, I
heard from someone who had been on and off vegetarian,
and it was getting a VO booklet last year that
got her back on track. She also took a Guide
day for the animals at Bakersfield
College today! Lots of interactions; e.g., met
Frances [above, center], a really kind student who wants to go
veg, we had a productive convo. Also met Pablo [above, right],
who had seen video online from social media
and had some questions. We had a very productive
talk and he is now interested in vegan eating.
Met Matt [above, left], and we had a long and comprehensive
discussion on animal suffering in factory farms.
He seemed deeply interested in eating vegan
and was very affable. I saw many reading booklets
as they walked. For example: early on, I saw
two students reading and walking, finally they
stopped and had a discussion of these issues [right].
They were very sincere, saying what is done
to animals is awful.