|ENEWSLETTER • JAN. 8, 2014|
Together for 2014!
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From Vegan Outreach’s Blog
special day with Yvonne. She was amazed at
all the readers we saw at Long Beach City College. It was great – so encouraging! “I always
see people reading but today was unreal!” she
said. Got a good pic of Yvonne [LeGrice, above] leafleting right next to a student engrossed in his booklet. He read it cover-to-cover, then I spoke to him and he got a Guide. We also met Eric [right], who was deeply moved
by reading the booklet and had a lot of questions;
he was Guided and encouraged. Met and Guided a number of other interested students.
a really good Friday at the University of Idaho,
Moscow, where I reached 1,000 students. Met
Maggie, a vegan who was happy to meet me
and see me out there! Heard from other vegetarians
and one guy who was very interested.
Five hours leafleting St. Clair College and the University of Windsor, and 8 hours driving – all worth it for the animals! John tells me he had his best conversation so far this semester with a young woman who told him she’d been thinking about ditching meat, and our presence was a sign to make it happen! Another student said, “Thanks, you just helped me with a project for my Society and the Environment class!” We also met students at the University of Windsor who had just recently started a veg club on campus; I guess it was our day for good timing!
Solid day out here at the
University of Ottawa. It started raining as soon as
I arrived, but I found a good spot inside the doors
at the library and managed to reach 1,011 students
in 4 hours. I met a professor here who said he really
liked our lit, in particular our Even If You
Like Meat headline. He told me he thought it was
a refreshing approach. We talked veg eating for
a few and I gave him a Guide.
and I had a great day tabling at the Pet Fest! We gave out 400 Compassionate
Choices and 100 Guides!
Jessie, Alan, and I had a great day, reaching 500 people at DePaul.
I talked to a young man for quite a while about compassionate
eating, how we as a society treat our animals, and
what he can do to help. While he insisted that
he would never be able to give up meat, he did say
he was planning on raising his children on a vegetarian
diet. I asked him to try just one day a week without
meat, if that’s what he feels he can do for now. I
gave him a Guide to help. He also wanted to
discuss the social pressure of his male, meat-eating
friends, and how vegan and vegetarian diets are considered
of conversations kept me busy nonstop at the
Tampa Bay Veg Fest. Gave out lots of advice on everything from going vegetarian
and transitioning from vegetarianism to veganism to
dispelling myths about soy, wheat, and certain processed
foods. Met a few potential leafleters and current
leafleter, Nick. Met an awesome vegan mom who had raised her three
kids as vegans and they are thriving. Two of them entered college before the age of 15! Met other
people who told me their lives were changed
by being handed a VO booklet, including someone
who went vegetarian from a booklet they received at the 2010
Warped Tour in Columbia, MD. Brittany, who leafleted with me at USF,
stopped by the table to let me know that she looks
forward to leafleting with me again in the future;
she pointed to the Why Vegan? and said it’s the
leaflet that made her go vegetarian in 2006.
Also met someone who was on a double date in Miami
on a Saturday night when someone handed her a Compassionate
Choices. She went vegan overnight and is forever grateful
for the booklet that changed her life. Super day!
had a great time at
Arcadia College! Super receptive and fun! One
woman said she really liked us being there
and agreed we need to substantially cut back!
It was a great conversation.
and I met up with first-time leafleter Leo at IUPUI.
These students are so open and receptive to our literature
– many thank yous for being there. Leo
showed so much enthusiasm, and with his great
smile had a high take rate, he wants to do
more outreach with us on his days off from
work as a full-time pharmacist. The highlight was meeting nursing student
Megan [right], a long-time vegetarian who is now transitioning to an all-vegan diet.
She was excited to get a Guide and wants
to get involved in leafleting with us. Great day in Indy!
At Cal State Stanislaus, I had quite a few people excitedly tell me they were vegan or vegetarian, and I saw several people stop in their tracks
to read the first couple of pages of the booklets.
I leafleted Foothill
College in Los Altos,
and reached 400+ students. I met a woman
who recently went vegetarian with her boyfriend,
and they’re hoping to go vegan next. I enjoyed
answering her questions about making the
Another great day at
the College of Lake County! The take rate
was amazing as usual, and I also got into
some great conversations with people. One
woman said she had been vegan and was thinking
about getting back into it. She asked for
some tips and more info about veganism (got
a Guide). I gave extra booklets to two people who said
that they were going to give them to their
friends. I also met some other people
who read the booklet and were interested
in helping animals! Awesome day!!!
Cleveland Community College in Shelby, NC
had never been leafleted before – what a friendly campus! Reached 500 students,
only 8 people refused booklets and I didn’t see a
single throw down. Four professors thanked me
for being there, and three students and one professor said
they were going vegetarian after reading the booklet! Really
incredible for a school in a tiny rural town!
and I reached 900 students today at Ryerson University. A student told me she found a
booklet on a table in the library, and she
decided to go meat-free for 30 days. Another
student told me he thinks people need to
eat meat to be healthy, and so I flipped
through the leaflet and pointed at the picture
of Robert Cheeke. I said, “Look
at that guy. I know him. He’s vegan.” The
student said, “He’s jacked, too.” Kudos
to Robert for being jacked to help the animals!
And kudos to everyone else who is working
hard to help make the world a vegan paradise!
Delaware State, I overheard a student invite another student to Buffalo
Wild Wings, and one of the students replied: “That would be cool, but she’s vegetarian.” I gave everyone
a Compassionate Choices, and the vegetarian a Guide. I also let her know that Buffalo Wild Wings has a
black bean burger, so she can join her friends in ordering food.
It was a good day at St. Francis College. Got
comments like, “I support what you’re doing!” “Thank
you very much for doing this!” “I’m really glad you’re here today” I met
a woman from France who wished me luck in
taking on this extremely important cause.
Two girls walked past without taking a booklet and
then walked right back when they realized
what it was. I met a guy who was very interested
in reducing his meat consumption but had
always thought it was hard to do, so I gave
him a Guide. I also met a girl that had been
vegan for 10 years, a guy who was vegan for
20 years, and a girl who was vegetarian for 5 years.