|ENEWSLETTER • FEB. 26, 2014|
Spring Into Service!
Thanks to The Pollination Project, you can get the “buzz” from service with Vegan Outreach this spring semester!
Would you like to try your hand at handing out Vegan Outreach booklets with an established Vegan Outreach leafleter? Our great friends at The Pollination Project have set up a new fund to reimburse up to $250 in expenses for individuals who are able to take 2–12 days to leaflet this semester!
Activists of all ages are welcome to apply!
For this pilot program, opportunities are limited to cities/areas where Vegan Outreach will have experienced leafleters. If you are interested and want to check eligibility, please contact info(at)veganoutreach(dot)org with your location and available date(s).
From Vegan Outreach’s Blog
Product of the Week
Longtime friend Ginny Messina sent us a copy of her great new book, Never Too Late To Go Vegan: The Over-50 Guide to Adopting and Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet. Great information and approach for anyone you know who falls into that demographic.
Biggest day of Vegan Outreach in Mexico history: Alan and I reached 6,800 new hearts and minds at UNAM Mexico City!
Salvador [above, left] read the booklet in class and returned to say he doesn’t think he can ever eat meat again, asking how he could help. I got his contact info and will put him in touch with AnimaNaturalis. Met Kathy [Cruz, above, right], a vegetarian who was beyond stoked we were on campus; wanted to schedule a talk for us, so we put her in touch with Israel. Also met Angelica [above, center], who is vegan and was over the moon happy to see animal activists on campus and wanted to help. I got her info and also put her in touch with AnimaNaturalis.
Tomas came back and said he is interested in going veg and had a few questions. Met a woman [Angelica, above, center] who wanted to go veg and came back to ask a few questions and for booklets to show friends. Met another student who said, “I’ve been wanting to go veg” when he got the booklet. Another woman read the booklet cover-to-cover standing next to us. Numerous people came back for booklets, some [below] to show friends, others after seeing friends reading. I always feel very encouraged meeting all the vegans and vegetarians and hearing “ser vegetariano” when people get the booklet.
Today at UNAM Oriente went well!
Highlight was meeting Daniel [below, right], who came back after reading, had
numerous questions and wants to go veg! Big
Big Friday in Utah! The
students at Utah Valley University are extremely receptive!
My host Jessica was able to join me for a bit before
her class and reached 250 students quickly.
Together, we reached 2,000 students and heard
from a lot of interested people.
I had one of the best leafleting experiences ever at North Carolina Central University. Almost 100% take rate all day. One student came back and said, “I’m going vegan right now”; I gave her a Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating for help. Another student said he was interested in going vegetarian; he also got a Guide. I talked with two students who wanted to know what foods I eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I showed them pictures in the booklets and explained what I liked best and where to buy them. Another student asked whether any one individual going vegan made a difference since animals will continue to be killed by the meat industry. I explained how as more people change, fewer animals will be bred and killed and the movement will gain strength to bring the slaughter to an end. He agreed with this reasoning and was happy to receive a Guide.
One student turned down
a booklet at first but then quickly changed his mind
when he looked closer and saw that it was about animals.
He was horrified by the pictures and wanted to know
what to do. I told him not to buy animal products and
instead choose plant foods. He apologized for initially
turning down the booklet and said it was because he
thought I may have been handing out religious pamphlets.
He pointed at the booklet and said, “This is
the real bible.” He was glad to receive a Guide to help him change his diet.
A professor leaving campus called me over as he waited
at a red light. He said that he saw the students
bring the booklets into his class and was looking
to get three to share with others. I gladly obliged
and he thanked me for handing them out.
day of outreach at Flagler College –
met lots of vegetarians and vegans. Heard that
the dining hall is slowly increasing veg options
to keep up with the demand. Met a vegan who
wants to leaflet with me next time around,
and talked to a woman who is determined
to give a vegetarian diet a try again.
Mark, and I reached 1,550 students at Texas
Woman’s University on Monday, and 1,500 at
Texas Christian University today. It is cold
and windy, but the numbers are still solid.
Must be the students’ insatiable thirst for
nearly 1,200 students at
Western Illinois University. Very high reception
and a variety of conversations, including
ag kids. Met a number of vegetarians and
vegans at this most rural of all the schools
in my territory.
Diane, Sherrie, and
I reached over 2,000 students at De Anza College, and met a number
of students who wanted more information (they
all got Guides).
Had a great conversation with one student who seemed
very resistant at first, but was very interested in
industry practices. He was especially surprised about
the cruelty in the egg and dairy industries.
Was a rough morning
at Loyola University’s Lake Shore Campus, but
after I moved my car I found a better spot
and reached many receptive students.
One student said she did not want the booklet since
the last time she got one it made her go vegetarian
for three weeks. I told her that was good, and suggested
that she should read it again! Many of the students
were already vegetarian.
Big day out here at Middlesex County College! Reached over 800 students, my take rate was exceptional. Almost every student I offered our booklet to was interested and happy to take one. One student ran up to me and ask for a booklet; he seemed really intrigued so I gave him a Guide as well. I had a girl ask for a second for her boyfriend. One of the highlights was after I gave a student a booklet and watched him flip through it as he walked away. He was maybe 100 yards away when he shouted back a big “Thank you!”
Another great day –
reached over 860 students at Union
County College and Seton Hall University. Watched so
many people reading! A number of students asked for
extra booklets for friends; one wants to get active
for the animals. Nyeisha [left] was appalled by what she saw
in our Even If You Like Meat booklet. We talked
about what I ate, and that anything she could name
has a veg alternative. She was clearly very compassionate
and motivated to make changes; she left with a Guide!
and I had a great day at
Nova Southeastern University – met more vegetarians
there than every before. Good conversations,
too. One student is now interested in starting
a group on campus. Another said she has been
veg ever since getting a VO booklet last semester.
More solid work by Vegan Outreach!
day at UNC Wilmington! While
the take rate for students was decent, the
take rate for professors/staff was 100%! I
met at least a dozen veg students, including
3 from the student animal rights club who said
they’d leaflet with me next semester. Two
additional students separately asked me if
I was part of a club, so I was happy to be
able to put them in touch with the campus group!
outreach on Santa Monica’s Third
Street Promenade and at LA’s Art Walk. Had
one conversation with
Nick, a seventy-year-old man from Greece, there with
his wife, both of them genuine, kindly people. I gently
encouraged him to move further along the compassion
continuum; they really seemed
to comprehend this. I also witnessed a group
of teenage boys aghast at what they saw, shocked
and truly responsive, and I knew the seed had
been planted. Then there was the guy in his
forties, Jason, who
said he “used to be vegetarian.” He
didn’t really explain, because while
looking through the booklet, he started
commenting on how horrible it was. Both he
and his wife were so receptive to what I had
to say! He grasped my hand and
with a warm smile thanked me. Meeting these
people gives me hope and keeps me going!
night of outreach at the Paramore
show! Sandi and I handed out all 600 leaflets
in 20 minutes! Many people said that they got them at Warped
and that it was sad. Many seeds planted,