Vegan Outreach ENEWSLETTER  •  OCT. 1, 2014
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Joe Espinosa Breaks 500,000!

Joe Espinosa

Last week, Joe Espinosa passed the 500,000 mark, becoming only the 2nd volunteer in Vegan Outreach history to do so!

Joe had been leafleting for VO for many years before we started keeping stats in 2003, so he’s actually handed out many more than that.

Joe works a full-time job as a social worker, opting to work on Saturdays so that he can leave a weekday free to travel to schools within driving distance of his home in Chicago. Joe also spends many vacation days leafleting. In all, he has leafleted colleges 847 times and has leafleted 79 other events. You can see Joe’s activist profile here.

Thank you for all your amazing, consistent dedication, Joe! We are all in awe of what you’ve accomplished.

Breaking News: We’ve just learned that Joe Espinosa has received an Unsung Vegan Hero Award from the Pollination Project (see below). Congratulations, Joe, on this well-deserved award!


Vegan Mentor Program Update

Vegan Outreach’s Vegan Mentor Program is now in full swing! If you or someone you know would like a vegan mentor to help you transition towards a vegan diet, please fill out this survey and we’ll put you in touch with a mentor.


Pollination Project Unsung Heroes Awards Announced

  Unsung Vegan Heroes

This morning, the Pollination Project released their first round of Unsung Vegan Heroes and the list includes Vegan Outreach’s Senior Outreach & Strategy Coordinator, Vic Sjodin!

Many dedicated Vegan Outreach volunteers also received awards: Joe Espinosa (as mentioned above), Jennifer Mennuti, Lesley Parker-Rollins, Norma and Estela Sanchez, Lisa Shapiro, and Israel Miguel Arriola Toiber.

The award includes a $1000 no-strings-attached gift to each winner and an additional donation made in their honor to any animal rights or vegan charity of their choice. Read more about the Unsung Vegan Heroes Awards in yesterday’s HuffPo article by Ari Nessel, founder and president of the Pollination Project: How a Man Named Jingles Changed My Life.

Congratulations to all the Unsung Vegan Heroes – you are all extremely deserving, and thank you for all you do for the animals!


Ryan Henn  

Product of the Week

Ryan Henn has made the Team Vegan tank top famous!

We’ve received many requests, and while we don’t have any in stock right now, they are available at CafePress.

Please submit your nominees for product of the week via this page; previous entries here.


Links of the Week

Jeni Haines
  • Thoughts on Vegan Casein
    Ginny Messina, MPH, RD talks about Real Vegan Cheese, an attempt to produce vegan casein, in her article Real Vegan Cheese and Real Nutrition Science.
  • Plant-Powered Pull-Ups
    Jeni Haines (right) shows her dedication to spreading compassionate living not only by leafleting (she has handed out almost 90,000 VO booklets) but also by raising funds for VO! She has embarked on a training program to be able to do 10 plant-powered pull-ups. If you’d like to support Jeni in her effort to demonstrate the power of a plant-based diet and to dispel the myth of weakling vegans, please click here!


Recent Feedback

It was a blast to be with Richard Wheeler, Berenice Weber, and Krystin Elize [below] at San Diego Mesa College and the University of San Diego. Richard is a marine officer who served in Nam, now soldiering for the animals with gusto. Berenice took half a vacation day, and Krystin sacrificed serious sleep to get up at 5:30 am and has work from 2 pm to 11 pm each day; truly amazing Joe Espinosa–like dedication.

Krystin Elize at Mesa

     Huge congratulations to Joe on reaching half a million students while working a full-time job – a number that truly inspires, and shows what one person with dedication, heart, fire, consistency, and Coca-Cola can do.
     I’m sure many went veg today. Some highlights: We saw numerous readers, and several students came back for more booklets after class. I had a 15-minute conversation with a devout Christian baseball player who was fascinated by the many hidden vegan insights, and was genuinely moved to give not eating others a go. I said, “If you are the kind of person who would consider going through minor inconvenience to stop the incredible suffering of another, then you are likely the kind of person who would go vegan,” and we left good friends.
—Vic Sjodin, 9/24/14


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