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Activist Profile: Tammy Lee

Continuing our series of activist profiles, this week we turn to Tammy Lee of Bay Area Vegetarians. Thanks to Tammy, Bay Area Vegetarians have been taking part in Vegan Outreach college leafleting since the fall 2003 semester. In this time, they’ve reached 68,070 individuals with a VO booklet. Thank you for all you do, Tammy and Bay Area Vegetarians!

Tammy Lee and fellow BAVeg activists
Above (from left) are Holly Donohoe, Todd Smith, Darren Roth, and Tammy Lee at the Vallejo Farmers’ Market; and Tammy leafleting at Diablo Valley College.

What was one of your favorite leafleting moments?

Giving a vegan leaflet to a gal wearing a tee that says “I wake for bacon.” I was surprised she accepted it. But, really, the best is getting feedback from someone who received a leaflet and went vegan or made reductions in eating animal products because of this information. I’ve had both happen recently and it reinforces to me the importance of this activity, and Vegan Outreach’s role in developing the Adopt a College program.

Do you have any advice for those hesitant about leafleting?

I’d suggest not dwelling on all the reasons why you can’t or shouldn’t leaflet, or how someone else is better at it and should do it instead. As an introvert, it helps me to focus instead on the real reasons for leafleting: the animals and the opportunity to raise awareness of their plight by giving someone a leaflet. I’m always hopeful my efforts and leaflets could be the catalyst to someone going vegan, or reducing the amount of meat or dairy or eggs they’re eating. And, while I get the occasional rude or passive-aggressive comment, it’s actually far more likely that I am thanked by people for providing the information.

Full interview here.


  Boomerang’s curry veggie pies

Product of the Week

Tammy: “Boomerang’s Handheld Aussie Pies – curry veggie flavor: I love the flaky crust and savory filling; it feels so satisfying to eat this.”


Links of the Week

The Herbivorous Butcher
Last week, the Herbivorous Butcher in Minnesota became the first-ever 100% vegan butcher shop in America!

VO’s Bentham Meme
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VO’s Bentham meme


From the VO Blog

New Resource for Educating Communities about Factory Farming
The Factory Farming Awareness Coalition (FFAC) has announced a new web page that provides a one-stop shop for people who want to spread awareness, complete with public speaking tips, FAQ, and form letters for contacting local schools and community groups.

Video: Vegan Mexican Rice
An easy tutorial for making VO Food & Lifestyle Coordinator, Toni Okamoto’s favorite recipe!

Video: Vegan Mexican Rice

Recipe: Veggie-Packed Potato Leek Soup
A great way to use up all your produce and clean out your refrigerator!

Veggie-Packed Potato Leek Soup


Recent Feedback

From an Arizona State University student, the same day Lori Stultz and Phoenix Huber handed out 900 VO booklets at the Downtown Phoenix campus:

I was walking on campus as a young woman handed me a pamphlet about making a difference through a vegan lifestyle. I’m currently a vegetarian with hopes of someday becoming fully vegan. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone involved in this organization. As a vegetarian, it can be really difficult sometimes explaining how I don’t want an animal on my plate. I also realize just the thought of a vegan/vegetarian diet gives people a fear of not knowing what to eat once they give up animal-based foods.… Thank you for allowing other students to visualize a compassionate diet by normalizing the absence of animal products.

—JO, 1/20/16

Wow! Two great days of outreach at Arizona’s Chandler-Gilbert Community College and Glendale Community College! The take rate was phenomenal at both schools, and I had several conversations with students who were interested in going vegan. I also had a handful of students stop just to say thank you for being there, and a few athletic-looking guys stopped (at both schools) to talk about vegan nutrition and athletic performance.

I met a wonderful couple at Glendale CC [below], who said they received a booklet last year and went vegan as a result!

—Lori Stultz, 1/26/16

Vegans at Glendale CC


Upcoming Event

Potluck and Comedy Show | Denver, CO | Saturday, February 27
Yes, vegans can be funny! Join VO and the Denver Vegans for a gut-pleasing vegan, Italian potluck, followed by a gut-busting improv and stand-up comedy show with some of Denver’s most talented (and most animal-friendly) comedians! Headlining is the hilarious Nancy Norton, and the program will feature VO Director of Development, Lisa Rimmert, and others. RSVP required here.


Vegan Outreach is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to expose and end cruelty to animals through the widespread distribution of our booklets promoting plant-based eating and compassion for animals.

All donations are fully tax-deductible.

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