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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  September 14, 2005

 

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Help Needed to Print More!

With our new Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating and a reprint of Why Vegan going to press in the next few weeks, Vegan Outreach must raise $19,000 to be able to print the next batch of Even If You Like Meat.

We need your help to print these booklets --
and save animals.

Every day, activists are reaching hundreds and hundreds of new people, exposing the hidden cruelties of modern animal agriculture and providing the animals a voice. In just the week from last Tuesday, September 6, until yesterday, Adopt a College activists handed 20,000 booklets directly to college students -- over 50,000 for the semester!

This can only continue with your help.

You can donate securely on-line (please state that your donation is for the EIYLM printing -- we will post running totals), or send a check or money order to:

Vegan Outreach | P.O. Box 38492 | Pittsburgh, PA 15238

Vegan Outreach is dependent on donations from you, our members, to be able to print and distribute these booklets. Please don't let us run out. Your donation of $10, $20, $100 -- whatever you can afford to give for the animals -- will make a difference!

 

Notes from Adopt a College

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to Vegan Outreach in the past, Adopt a College activists (like Jon Camp here; photo by Ayako Mogen) have been hard at work. So that you can know what your donations support, here is a sampling of their posts just from the end of last week:

I just received an e-mail from a woman who went vegan after getting a booklet eight days ago, and now wants to help leaflet.
-Greg Oschwald, MN, 9/10/05

Given my work schedule, I can reach more young people outside the shopping mall than I can at the universities. Today I gave out somewhere around 1,000 Why Vegans. One lady told me that she didn't want any more propaganda. I replied, "But mine is so much better than everyone else's." She laughed, and she and her friend stayed to chat for a bit. Later, I saw two girls who started to read their Why Vegans as they began to cross the road. They then stopped dead in their tracks, intently examining their booklets. Unfortunately, they did this right in the middle of six lanes of traffic, and cars had to stop to avoid hitting them. I met a vegan girl who was thrilled to see me doing this, saying that I am only the second other vegan she has ever met. I told her how lots of people tell me they are vegan, and many of them think they are the only one. I gave her 100 Why Vegans to give to her friends, and a starter pack.
-Eugene Khutoryansky, TX, 9/10/05

My son had a "paddle out" with an organization called Surf Riders International. I went out there and was able to walk along the beach handing out 100 Even Ifs. Seemed like a great opportunity because no one is in a hurry, so the take rate was almost 100%.
-Linda Bower, FL, 9/10/05

Jane Goodall came to speak at Northeastern Illinois University, and we distributed 350 copies of Why Vegan and EIYLM. This was a phenomenal event, because Jane has the entire audience believing in the rights of animals by the end of her talk! I've never seen people so happy to see us with the body screen and bloody, gory leaflets. Apparently, Goodall even talked about battery-caged hens, which must have made people even more receptive. You can check to see if she’s speaking at a venue near you.
-Danielle Marino, IL, 9/10/05

I handed out 67 EIs at Claremont College. The campus was almost deserted on this late Friday afternoon, but I had an acceptance rate of 100%! When I hold the pamphlet out to them I say in a very serious, caring tone, "This is about animal cruelty." One reason I've been saying this is that they seem more willing to take a pamphlet if they know what it's about. But there is another reason. I have many friends and acquaintances who profess to love animals, who love their cat or dog with great passion, who completely oppose animal experimentation, who feel sad for the animals behind bars at the zoo, yet eat meat. I like to help them make that connection, helping them realize that one cannot truly oppose animal cruelty while contributing to the bulk of it. Yes, pigs, cows, and chickens, are living, feeling animals too, not just cats and dogs.
-Stewart Solomon, CA, 9/10/05

I realize it's pretty easy to hand out a stack of 50 on my way in or out of school. The students at this campus seem more receptive all the time. I have strategically placed small stacks of materials around the campus because I can easily check the status. It's fun to see students around the campus with one in their hands. I walked into my Nutrition class and found a student reading one before class. She looked up and smiled at me, so I guess I must have handed it to her.
-Linda Bower, 9/9/05

Steve Jerrick and I had a great day at Howard University today, distributing 750 copies of EI. Nearly everyone took a flier, and many people even thanked us for being there. One person who had received a flier earlier in the day crossed my path again and exclaimed "After reading this, I will go vegan!" I also met someone who would be interested in leafleting with me in the future. She is studying to be an elementary school teacher/administrator and we talked about the feasibility of working on veg issues with kids at that age. Three minutes after she left, 70 elementary school kids walked right passed me and we were able to give a flier to nearly all of them. After they received it, there was a lot of screaming and yelling after they saw what the animals went through.
-Aashish Bhimani, VA, 9/9/05

Wednesday, I stopped at U of Maryland (College Park). After leafleting for a half-hour, I started walking around to find the best spot, and guess what? I was offered an EI brochure! Fellow AACer Kaya Hansen was also out leafleting. After talking, we split up to best cover the campus and had a great day, distributing almost 1,300 Even Ifs from about 11am-3pm. Then on my return trip, I stopped at a Trader Joe's, and coming out of the store I was offered a brochure about HSUS' Cage-Free Egg Campaign by fellow AACer Aashish Bhimani!
-Jeff Boghosian, VA, 9/9/05

Today I handed out 300 Even Ifs at Carnegie Mellon University in about 1 hour 40 minutes. I started asking, "Booklet on factory farms?" and got no reaction. I switched right to "Booklet on cruelty to animals?" I got a good reception then, combining that statement, spoken almost Joe Espinosa-loud, with holding out the booklet so the pictures were easily seen (although I still can't match my daughter Ellen's ~110% acceptance rate). Something about saying "Booklet on cruelty to animals?," combined with the pictures, made me less deferential / less defensive than previous times at CMU with other booklets. Perhaps it was more obvious that I was speaking for the animals, rather than for vegetarians/ vegetarianism.
-Matt Ball, Pittsburgh, 9/9/05

Today, Andrew Barry and I handed out 1050 Vegan Outreach booklets at the University of Victoria and Camosun College. One student came back to us and said that Andrew handed him a booklet, and after 30 minutes of reading it over he is vegan. This wasn't just an emotional response -- he seemed genuine, committed and was already pondering the big questions about the philosophy of animal rights.
     Yesterday was also a great day. In the morning I handed out 260 Why Vegans in just one hour at Camosun College. Then I cycled over to the University of Victoria and together with a first time leafleter we handed out another 450 WVs. One woman told me enthusiastically, "You gave me that booklet last year and it changed my life. You should be proud ... You should be proud"
-John Bowers, BC, 9/7/05

 

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