VO Outreach Coordinators and other key personnel

Groundbreaking Semester Getting Underway

By Vic Sjodin, VO Director of Outreach

For millions of students, the first time they heard the word “vegan” was after receiving a Vegan Outreach booklet on their college campus. Today, we’re happy to say that the word vegan is a commonly used and understood term in our society.

Starting this semester, thousands of students will hear—for the first time—the word “speciesism” after being handed VO’s new What Is Speciesism? leaflet. We’re excited to introduce this booklet, and we’re confident that the term speciesism will enter the public’s consciousness and will soon be a widely understood concept.

Emmanuel Marquez at FaSPyN UANL
Above: Emmanuel Marquez tables at the Facultad de Salud Pública y Nutrición in Nuevo León.

For the coming fall semester, our dedicated Outreach Coordinators will be traveling all over North America and beyond to leaflet, give humane ed presentations, and share Animal Equality’s iAnimal virtual reality experience.

Leafleting in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Boston, longtime employee Lana Smithson will be educating students in the far northeastern areas of the United States. Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York City, and Long Island will be covered by the unstoppable Kim Moffatt. And Alexis Clark will start her sophomore leafleting effort in upstate New York, eastern Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. After a long, cold semester of leafleting the East Coast last spring, these activists are excited to do outreach in warmer temperatures this fall.

Lana Smithson, Kim Moffatt, Alexis Clark, Nzinga Young, and Gwenna Hunter
Above (from left): Lana Smithson, Kim Moffatt, Alexis Clark, Nzinga Young, and Gwenna Hunter.

VO’s Community Engagement staff will do another round of tours to Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Nzinga Young will tour through Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. And Gwenna Hunter will be leafleting her way through Georgia and the Carolinas.

Along the rest of the Eastern Seaboard, Cris Myers will veganize whoever crosses her path. And newcomer Stacy Shepanek will cover North Carolina, and most of South Carolina and Georgia. Covering the Southeast and Texas, Yuri Mitzkewich is back in action with a new van following his accident last semester. He’ll be joined by intern Yuki Takahashi.

Leafleting pro Rachel Shippee will be spreading the vegan word all over Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, and the Dakotas. And John Deetjen will cover Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, parts of Kentucky, and Buffalo, New York.

Victor Flores will be pounding the pavement in Oklahoma and New Mexico, and Chris Shapard will be returning to leaflet the northern Rocky Mountain area, including eastern Washington, Idaho, Utah, and Montana. Communications Manager Lori Stultz will leave her desk to cover Arizona schools in Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff.

For the state of California, newcomer Kacy Franzen will cover most of the greater Los Angeles area. Steve Erlsten, marching toward his million-leaflet record, will cover schools from the Central Valley all the way up the coast to British Columbia.

Steve Erlsten, Jev Martel, Sam Tucker, Siddharth Sharma, and Pooja Rathor
Above (from left): Steve Erlsten, Jev Martel, Sam Tucker, Siddharth Sharma, and Pooja Rathor.

Dedicated activist Jevranne Martel has a jam-packed schedule and will be focusing on leafleting and sharing iAnimal with college students in Canada. South of the border, Emmanuel Marquez and intern Alejandro Boucabeille will tour throughout Mexico.

Overseas, Sam Tucker will continue to hit all the main schools in Australia and New Zealand. Siddharth Sharma will cover parts of Northern India, and Pooja Rathor will cover and coordinate leafleting in the rest of India.

As you can probably tell, we’re all beyond excited about the upcoming semester. Vegan Outreach’s work wouldn’t be possible without the support of our wonderful volunteers and donors. Thank you all for your ongoing support and encouragement. We couldn’t do it without you!

To our Outreach Coordinators—have a great and safe fall semester!

If you’re interested in volunteering with or hosting an Outreach Coordinator as they travel through your area, please contact Office Manager Josie Moody at Josie@VeganOutreach.org.


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Racial and social justice educator Robin DiAngelo, PhD


Vegr: Because We All Need a Vegan Community

We all know how important it is to have a group of like-minded friends when you’re living a vegan lifestyle. Vegr, an up-and-coming, vegan community-building tool, can help those who are seeking more vegan comrades. Click here for all the details!

Vegr: No meat? Let’s meet!


Bean Pasta Sauce

Love pasta? Then you’re going to want to check out Wendy Gabbe Day’s creamy and nutritious pasta sauce.

Bean Pasta Sauce by Wendy Gabbe Day


Recent Feedback

From a mentee in our Vegan Mentor Program:

I found my way here in a strange way. But I was horrified when I saw what happens in the commercial farming industry. Long story short, I was writing a stock pitch at work on [one of the largest poultry producers in the United States], because, let’s face it, they had an attractive business model—everybody loves chicken and cash flows. But seeing what goes on inside made me disgusted. I want to make the change for myself. So I’ve been hoping this could be a better alternative to just sifting through articles online. After all, sifting the internet alone after work is not fun or encouraging.

—WG, NY, 8/4/17

Today I handed out 1,900 Compassionate Choices booklets at Chabot College. It was another amazing day with more vegans than I could count and more aspiring vegans than I could count! Delilah [below, left] went vegan after watching What the Health and Forks Over Knives. She said, “[I]t was the best decision I ever made in my life so far. I’m sticking with it forever.”

Meeting Gisella [below, right] was one of the many highlights yesterday at Contra Costa College. She’s been vegetarian for about 18 months, and now she’s ready to go vegan!

—Steve Erlsten, VO Northern California Outreach Coordinator, 8/16/17

Delilah and Gisella


Upcoming Events

Mexican American Community Event • August 26 • Dallas, TX
Join VO Greater New Mexico Community Engagement and Events Coordinator Victor Flores at El Palote Panaderia. There’ll be free samples of vegan tacos, flautas, and tamales, plus a live mariachi, and other local organizations and vendors. More info.

Positive Links Conference • September 18–19 • Albuquerque, NM
Positive Links works to raise awareness about the connection between animal abuse and human violence. VO’s Victor Flores will be tabling at this conference. More info.

More upcoming events.


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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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