Pooja Rathor and volunteers at FC Road

Expansion and Empowerment in India

The last two years, our outreach efforts in India have been spearheaded by Outreach Coordinator Pooja Rathor (above, second from left, with volunteers). During that time, Pooja has traveled the country, mobilizing several hundred volunteers and encouraging numerous vegans to intern for Vegan Outreach India. She’s also started showing virtual reality footage when doing outreach.

Saurabh Sonkar et al. at Saheliyon Ki Badi

Outreach Coordinator Saurabh Sonkar (above, left), based out of Varanasi, has been on the move and reaching students in several states, including Rajasthan. There, he’s already reached students at 22 colleges. And intern Abhishek Dubey (below) has been giving many humane ed presentations in addition to leafleting.

Abhishek Dubey and humane ed class

If that isn’t exciting enough, we’re happy to announce that, starting in December, we’ll be expanding our India outreach team! Heading up this expansion will be Aneeha Patwardhan (below). Currently living in the city of Pune, Aneeha has an impressive list of accomplishments. She successfully co-organized one of the first vegan festivals in India—which had over 5,000 attendees—while studying to earn her engineering degree. She also organized a local group of animal advocates in Pune, and made the city a model for grassroots activism.

Aneeha Patwardhan with Pune mural

Now, thanks to Vegan Outreach donors who are empowering this growth in India, Aneeha will lead our efforts in the country as VO’s India Outreach Manager. We’re grateful she’s now working full-time for animals, spreading veganism with VO!

Among Aneeha’s first tasks will be to hire five new staff members, help design a new Indian booklet, and expand our national reach in India. You can follow our efforts on VO India’s Instagram and Facebook.

Humane ed class

A huge thank you to the donors who support VO’s work and have made this growth possible!

 

Festival Outreach

Earlier this month, VO’s Pooja Rathor tabled at the Ahimsa Festival in Mumbai:

I had an amazing experience at one of India’s biggest vegan fests. Volunteer Rajeshwar Singh and I [below, left] distributed 1,020 booklets and showed the reality of the dairy and meat industries to 60 people through VR headsets.

I met Debayan Rakshit [below, right], who said, “VO played a huge part in turning me vegan. I saw one of the posts on their social media and it connected to me.” Now he’s an activist and part of the Mumbai Animal Liberation League!

Rajeshwar Singh, Pooja Rathor, VR viewer, and Debayan Rakshit at Ahimsa fest

VO Mexico Campaigns and Spanish Media Coordinator Katia Rodriguez represented VO at the first Healthy Lifestyle Summit organized by the Universidad de Montemorelos in Nuevo León:

Volunteer Carlos Contreras [below] and I set up a table and had 82 views of Animal Equality’s iAnimal on the first day. This is an Adventist university, so most students and teachers are vegetarians. After seeing what happens to cows in the dairy industry, they were motivated to give up dairy. We also had great interactions after showing iAnimal on the second day of the event, and teachers invited us to return for humane ed soon.

Carlos Contreras and iAnimal viewers at UM

In Florida, VO intern Sarah Weldon and Southeast Outreach Coordinator Yuri Mitzkewich tabled at the Space Coast Veg Fest. Sarah reports:

We met one man and his wife who’ve been plant-based since 1980, and he was about to be 91! A man who volunteers at a farm animal sanctuary was able to convince his mother to watch the iAnimal cow video. Afterwards she kept saying how horrible the video was and how she was going to stop drinking milk. Hunter, who’s about 11, watched all three videos and said he wanted to go vegan. I reminded him how much power each of us has—how we have the power to change the world. As he was walking away, he turned, gave me a thumbs up, and said, “And I’m going to help you do it!” His aunt, who tried vegan for 30 days a few months prior, pledged to go back after speaking with me. And her vegetarian daughter wanted to go full vegan, and even gave me a hug. I could go on and on about all the positive interactions—it was an awesome day!

Yuri Mitzkewich, Jyoti Chawla, and Sarah Weldon at Sarasota fest
Above (from left): Yuri Mitzkewich, Jyoti Chawla, and Sarah Weldon in Sarasota.

Sarah, Yuri, and volunteer Jyoti Chawla had another incredible day at the Jax Veg Fest. With help from Ashley Weiss—a new vegan who was inspired to volunteer on the spot after watching the iAnimal chicken video—they distributed 1,622 booklets and showed iAnimal to 72 attendees. They also represented VO at Sarasota’s Solutionary Health Festival, where Yuri handed out his 500,000th booklet for farmed animals!

 

Annual Newsletter Now Online!

Vegan Outreach donors are heroes! Donor dollars made a lot of good happen for animals in 2017. Download a PDF of our annual newsletter to get the details—and a bonus guide to replacing eggs in baking!

VO’s annual newsletter is now online! Click here for the PDF

 

Activist Profile: Brian Chavez

Continuing our series of activist profiles, this week we speak with VO Outreach Coordinator Brian Chavez, who’s handed out 17,743 booklets at 17 California schools this semester. Read the interview.

Brian Chavez

 

Product of the Week

Brian: “I like the Black Bean Tamale Verde frozen meal by Amy’s Kitchen.”

Amy’s Black Bean Tamale Verde

 

Cranberry Almond Biscotti

The Full Helping’s Gena Hamshaw gives us a seasonal breakfast recipe to enjoy as the holiday busyness picks up!

Cranberry Almond Biscotti
Photo: © Gena Hamshaw / The Full Helping

 

Recent Feedback

Today at East Los Angeles College, I handed out 2,550 booklets—a new personal best for me. There was a really great take rate and a lot of students. I gave a leaflet to Aaron [below] and he later came back and told me, “I’m going vegan.” He said he’d already been thinking about it, but our leaflet helped make up his mind.

—Brian Chavez, VO Outreach Coordinator, 11/2/17

Aaron at ELAC

There were a lot of interested students at Union County College today. Alex [below] said he eats seven to eight eggs at one meal. We had a long conversation discussing ethics and alternatives, and he plans to try out veganism! He even helped me hand out a few leaflets.

—Alexis Clark, VO Outreach Coordinator, 10/16/17

Alex at UCC

 

Upcoming Events

VegFest Fort Lauderdale • December 2 • Fort Lauderdale, FL
More info.

VO Fundraiser at Raja’s Tandoor • December 3 • Davis, CA
Mention Vegan Outreach at Raja’s Tandoor Healthy Indian Restaurant and a portion of your purchase—whether dining in or taking out—will be donated to our important work for animals! More info.

Holiday Dinner • December 4 • Los Angeles, CA
Greater Los Angeles Community Events Coordinator Gwenna Hunter and Chef Sol will be preparing and serving a delicious vegan holiday meal. More info: Contact GwennaH@VeganOutreach.org.

Marinate: Cooking Demos for Seniors • December 5 & 14 • Brooklyn, NY
Greater NYC Community Events Coordinator Nzinga Young will be demonstrating how to prepare simple and healthy plant-based dishes. There are two dates available for this one-day workshop! More info: Contact NzingaY@VeganOutreach.org.

Trail Rider Pizza • December 10 • Tijeras, NM
Come join Greater New Mexico Community Events Coordinator Victor Flores to enjoy free vegan cheese pizza samples! More info: Contact VictorF@VeganOutreach.org.

More upcoming events.

 

Happy Hensday!

 

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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